Comic 224 - Crush

13th Feb 2012, 10:56 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 13th Feb 2012, 10:56 PM edit delete
I'm happy, because the last comic had a commenter conversation without me!

"Why not me?" "Um... because you're 13?"


Mijet97 13th Feb 2012, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Miwa, you wench!
Mangela 13th Feb 2012, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Mangela 13th Feb 2012, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Bah....Mijet97 ruined it for me by a minute. Also,I'm guessing since Mary isn't much of a tease anymore it's Miwa's turn.
cattservant 13th Feb 2012, 11:14 PM edit delete reply
1.You young folk are way too fast for me! 2.A happy view is a productive view! <take note dear readers> 3.That might explain the interest in soil biology. 4.Information disseminates rather quickly in Nowheresville. 5.Miwa's wheels are turning...
RandomTroll 13th Feb 2012, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
Wow, Gretel...blunt as a robot :P
cattservant 13th Feb 2012, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
This might be some of Gretel's "tunnel vision of the brain" view mentioned yesterday.
RandomTroll 14th Feb 2012, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
Do you think I read anything View types, if its not in NMG itself?
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
That's like spending too much time on top of your bridge...
RandomTroll 14th Feb 2012, 10:36 PM edit delete reply
I do not have a bridge, I have an underpass!
cattservant 15th Feb 2012, 2:15 AM edit delete reply
That's actually better. You don't have to worry about the beavers gnawing you pilings!
Meh.Aloe 13th Feb 2012, 11:44 PM edit delete reply
Aww, this is so cute! Gretel is awesome. :D

But now I just feel like giving her an even bigger hug than before. :( Oh, teenage crushes...
JasperWB 13th Feb 2012, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
As a male non-robot, being blunt never got me anything but grief. I'm glad to see its a two way street...or a four lane interchange. Not sure how to link back to a gendered, aging, robot clone.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
A question to the Commenteers: If all mankinds children got glands, what do robotkinds children have... Capacitors?
view 14th Feb 2012, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
Just a convincing software emulation, as you'd expect.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 1:44 AM edit delete reply
What fun is that?! Just another miracle of science, ho-hum...
Meh.Aloe 14th Feb 2012, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
Gland-emulating software, probably...

Meh.Aloe 14th Feb 2012, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Oopsy, I meant to click the "reply" button on the cattservant above.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 12:40 AM edit delete reply
Maybe something with electrons that magnets could disrupt. Of course that would make opening the refrigerator somewhat of a variable experience!
Mangela 14th Feb 2012, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
It might be due to the recent upgrade she just got on her birthday.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Could well be. Maybe she's working on her humanities...
pancake 14th Feb 2012, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
honestly i don't see her being 13 stopping miwa.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 5:53 AM edit delete reply
Another aspect of life in the Future perhaps...
rainbows1701 14th Feb 2012, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
Poor Gretel -- hopefully Miwa lets her down super easy, or I'm gonna be unhappy with her >.<
Mantels 14th Feb 2012, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Knowing Miwa, she'll probably plan a realationship for her. Then again she might get with her once she realizes that she can't have Jim
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
Nameless Blond Kid should start being alert round-about now!
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
Meanwhile, How's Hansel doing?
Meh.Aloe 14th Feb 2012, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
Ooh, I bet he's not having a good time. Can you imagine what waking up must have been like for him?

"Yay, it's my birthday, now I get to show off my new body to everyone at my awesome happy party and... Wait, why is everyone looking so somber? *Wait*, why did everyone just change their clothes? WAIT, why do all my friends suddenly look several years older? ... Uh-oh..."
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Master view is avoiding the issue for a bit. Gretel does seem a bit too happy. (Of course I've lost track of how long it's been since the accident.) <I bet Waverly is not too happy though.>
view 14th Feb 2012, 8:52 PM edit delete reply
I'm definitely not avoiding the issue.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Hi ya Boss! Good Afternoon. I would like to nominate JasperWB's comment of 14th Feb 2012, 3:13 AM #223 as one of the top ten best , most exactly to the point Comments made so far on NMTG!
JasperWB 14th Feb 2012, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Err...ok. Does that get me anything? At this point I'd take even an intricate smiley emoticon. Today has been a shitty day.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply
A crap-e diem, ehh? Well, you were really sharp yesterday!
view 14th Feb 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
I have no idea which comment that is.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
The one immediately after you reminded us all of what NMTG was all about.
ravenor78 14th Feb 2012, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
Unexpected plot twist! I foresaw many ways this was going... this was not one of them.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Miwa is a gravitational singularity of personal attraction. Everybody will end up getting sucked in!
view 14th Feb 2012, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Jim and Miwa are both geniuses who have added a lot to the town. Unlike Jim, Miwa is friendly, funny, sexy, understanding, empathic, and interesting. Basically, in any other setting, Miwa would be the Mary Sue character.
cattservant 14th Feb 2012, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
Not a negative description. She is really an earth spirit. A force of nature! (Were Miwa and her parents already citizens of Nowheresville when Jim and Mary and Esteban arrived?)
ravenor78 14th Feb 2012, 9:18 PM edit delete reply why is she after jim again? OH right, the fact that he's the only other genius around, she needs to get herself sorted out.
Meh.Aloe 14th Feb 2012, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
I always thought Jim was a bit of a Gary Stu! :P But I can't help lovin' him, he's awesome. :'(

Miwa has a classic TRAGIC FLAW, which makes her even more fun to watch. :P
view 15th Feb 2012, 12:01 AM edit delete reply
He's a Gary Stu only in that he's very accomplished and some girls like him.

In order to avoid being a Mary Sue (or Gary Stu) it's necessary to be completely unrealistic: a successful person in a comic? MARY SUE! ALL CHARACTERS MUST BE FAILURES!

Any reasonably successful person in their comfort zone is strong and capable and, usually, pretty well liked. If we claim that every reasonably successful person is a self-insert power fantasy, then we're only allowed to write about boring, unsuccessful shlubs or people who are successful but never recognized for it.

Those are boring.

Rock stars get laid. Talented geeks make money. And they're even allowed to be reasonably good people.
Meh.Aloe 15th Feb 2012, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
I'm sowwies, I didn't mean to be that negative. :( I said that mostly because I was thinking earlier that we've not seen many flaws in Jim. And his always-calm demeanour makes him look... Extremely confident without being arrogant, and he carries it in almost every situation. :P But that doesn't mean I think he's a flat, boring, or uninteresting character.

I certainly did not think he was a self-insert power fantasy! I have no idea what a view self-insert power-fantasy would be like. :P
view 15th Feb 2012, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
I didn't take it as you being negative, it's just a touchy subject. The whole idea of "Mary Sue" is flawed: every superhero ever made is a Mary Sue.

Sure, you can write bad fiction with boring characters. But the same exact setup can be used to write interesting and powerful stories in the hands of someone who can handle it.

But these days, any powerful or well-liked character is automatically judged harshly, to the point where if you read any random webcomic, you'll notice that just about every character is a failure, and their weaknesses are trumpeted in a desperate attempt to downplay any good traits they may accidentally have.

I don't like stories about people who suck. I much prefer stories about cool people who still struggle.
cattservant 15th Feb 2012, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Meh.Aloe: Perhaps Jim's a natural stoic.
cattservant 15th Feb 2012, 2:22 AM edit delete reply
No fun watching a pasture full of mules then?
Tdean 15th Feb 2012, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
"cool people who struggle".... That is why we read you, Story and Awesome art skill. thank you.
view 15th Feb 2012, 2:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm no pro, but I'm glad you like it.