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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltest View Post
    Heres a quick test. Can anybody identify anything that either member of the relationship actually likes about the other besides a physical attraction to their body?
    I did a quick skate through the strips, and came up with the following:

    Clinton comments positively on Elliot's build (physical attraction, alas) and bread-making skills.

    Elliot? Nothing much, really. I think he admires Clinton's intellect, but that is implied rather than stated.

    Granted, the number of pages that apply is tiny, but even in the pages where characters are discussing the relationship there's virtually nothing like that to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Willie the Duck View Post
    I like it fine in the intent that I see (not whim or spite). I think Jeph is trying to pull off a 'look at the adorkable dorks be adorably awkward until they finally figure it out' storyline, but it just isn't working. Instead of being adorable, it is slow, cringe-y, and... well, just plain awkward (that's really the best word, IMO, no need to grab the thesaurus).
    This seems likely, and I think part of the problem is that neither of these characters is actually 'adorkable.' Clinton, very clearly, is a high-strung, slightly neurotic type nerd - the recent strips where he interacts with Yay are quite indicative of this. Elliot, by contrast is a 'gentle giant,' with such substantial anxiety issues that other people have to tiptoe around him. This, critically includes Clinton, who very clearly 'turns it down' when around Elliot. That's a recipe for relationship doom because one half of the relationship cannot actually be themselves around the other half.

    Now, if this relationship is intended to implode, all well and good (and honestly, it would make sense for a relationship in which both members are exploring a previously unplumbed aspect of their sexuality to not go all that well long term), but it's hard to see that as the trend considering the extensive effort put into making it happen at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manga Shoggoth View Post
    Granted, the number of pages that apply is tiny, but even in the pages where characters are discussing the relationship there's virtually nothing like that to work with.
    Yeah. I think this kind of demonstrates the lack of chemistry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltest View Post
    Heres a quick test. Can anybody identify anything that either member of the relationship actually likes about the other besides a physical attraction to their body?
    Each of them got shot down by Brun, so they both have "horny and willing to settle for their second choice" in common with each other?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willie the Duck View Post
    I like it fine in the intent that I see (not whim or spite). I think Jeph is trying to pull off a 'look at the adorkable dorks be adorably awkward until they finally figure it out' storyline, but it just isn't working. Instead of being adorable, it is slow, cringe-y, and... well, just plain awkward (that's really the best word, IMO, no need to grab the thesaurus).
    I think this is where I am with the story, too. Elliot and Clinton do have chemistry - it's that sort of bubbling-under, "not quite ready to erupt" kind of sexual tension. I don't watch much anime, but that's where I recognise it from - two dorky teenagers who carefully brush against each others' hands and immediately break out in huge fountain-like nosebleeds, such is their outrageously 'lewd' behaviour!

    And it's just so very, very tedious. I know QC has shifted its genre multiple times over the last ~16 years, and generally I've liked exploring where it's gone, but this is one of the genres that doesn't appeal to me; less so when such a simple concept is dragged out over years worth of comics between two characters who I happen not to like very much anyway. I'm sure that someone, somewhere likes this kind of thing, but I was tired of it when Marten/Faye were finally killing off their tease, and again when every stranger in the world turned up to give advice to Faye/Bubbles on the same subject....
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    For the record, I'd personally categorize all the flustered flailing about as infatuation and note that the claim of lacking proper chemistry refers to needing substantial deeper friendship shown, or the progression towards one, and that has not been sufficiently demonstrated. In other words, the attraction feels paper thin to the audience, and isn't as believable as other relationships.
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    Bored petulant demigod outside of Clinton's mother's house (excuse me, "Cosmos' house"). I'm certain nothing bad will happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windscion View Post
    Bored petulant demigod outside of Clinton's mother's house (excuse me, "Cosmos' house"). I'm certain nothing bad will happen.
    At one level, I don't want to see Something Bad Happen, but at another level, in terms of plot, this should end, yes, very badly. I assume we'll get more Wacky AI Hijinks and Clinton's mom will be just fine with a stranger bursting into her home at 2 in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoduck View Post
    At one level, I don't want to see Something Bad Happen, but at another level, in terms of plot, this should end, yes, very badly. I assume we'll get more Wacky AI Hijinks and Clinton's mom will be just fine with a stranger bursting into her home at 2 in the morning.
    While I agree that Clinton's mom is fairly likely to roll with the punches (especially if she's high at the moment), it'd also be pretty hilarious if Yay lets themself in and she thinks (well, okay, *accurately deduces*) they're trespassing, and hits them over the head with a baseball bat.

    Insert absolute panic on the part of everyone who gets roped into the "oh no I knocked out/murdered an AI" subplot *except* Yay, who of course can just blip over to another body no harm no foul (and would presumably wish to enact some sort of token vengeance on principal, though Roko might talk them down from doing so).

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    Default Re: Questionable Content XVII: "My Brain Is Trash And I Live On The Internet"

    Was there a particular reason Yay doesn't just buy a dog? Or a hundred dogs if they wanted?

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    Was there a particular reason Yay doesn't just buy a dog? Or a hundred dogs if they wanted?
    They spent a lot of their money on charity, a while back. Maybe they don't have enough for all that many dogs, anymore? Also, it's cheaper to steal someone else's dog, and it's not like even the richest person on the planet is gonna say "no" to free stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hungrycrow View Post
    Was there a particular reason Yay doesn't just buy a dog? Or a hundred dogs if they wanted?
    They recently said that officially acquiring more pets would be like cheating on the ones they have now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoduck View Post
    They recently said that officially acquiring more pets would be like cheating on the ones they have now.
    I think that was specifically directed at this specific body getting a pet in this specific apartment, living separately from their "main" dogs. Like when you abandon your wife and kids on the weekend to visit your other family.

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    First time I find suspence in QC

    I am actually surprised to see that Yay has found its place in the comic, and is now added value.
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    I mean, just because you want to meet and pet other peoples animals doesnt mean you should want to buy another thousand of your own. Yay learned of an intriguing dog breed in the area and wants to pet.
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    Consider that Clinton likely did not tell Yay his last name, or his mother's name, or where his mother lives.

    Yay has had to look all this information up, demonstrating again that she's an incarnation of how ugly the information age really is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFlipp View Post
    While I agree that Clinton's mom is fairly likely to roll with the punches (especially if she's high at the moment), it'd also be pretty hilarious if Yay lets themself in and she thinks (well, okay, *accurately deduces*) they're trespassing, and hits them over the head with a baseball bat.
    I wonder if Yay would merit the "other bat" option...
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