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    mookie's deserved to die before, but this is the first time I've wanted to do it myself...

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    Naked men have no nipples or hair below the neck.
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    Naked men have no nipples or hair below the neck.
    Or navels.

    So, are animu characters some other species than human, then?


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    Or navels.
    What is a navel but an inverted nipple?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElfLad View Post
    Naked men have no nipples or hair below the neck.
    To be fair, it's still a lot more appealing than furry balloon boobs.

    It's not a case study in anatomy, it's a girl's imagination.

    My biggest problem with today's strip is not that it's bad art, since I don't know I could do better if I sat down and tried. It's that we're seeing the same problem with characters and relationships that we've seen since friggin' a million years ago in Mookie's writing. Characters obviously being written for one another, and not even trying to hide it from the readers.

    The first time, with Dominic and Luna, it was actually kind of charming. Then it happened to every other character ever.

    The reader should always be asking, "What's happening next?", never "When is X going to happen?"... unless the tension comes from the "Will they or won't they" aspect.

    EDIT: Also, howcum there's always got to be relationships?
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    Mewtarthio, you have scared my brain into hiding, a trembling, broken shadow of a thing, cowering somewhere in the soothing darkness and singing nursery rhymes in the hope of obscuring the Lovecraftian facts you so boldly brought into daylight.

    Congratulations on a job well done.

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    I so very much agree.

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    The reader should always be asking, "What's happening next?", never "When is X going to happen?"... unless the tension comes from the "Will they or won't they" aspect.
    This is not better either, because this is Mookie's wish fulfillment comic. Hence, "Will they or won't they" is reduced to "When is X going to happen?" as well.

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    EDIT: Also, howcum there's always got to be relationships?
    See above.

    Also, as we all know, breaking a relationship is a worse crime than murder, and all First Caste members are in happy, blessed relationships. See a pattern?
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    I know there is some link in TVtropes that have this issue. Something quite different than Author Breakdown, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuan View Post
    I know there is some link in TVtropes that have this issue. Something quite different than Author Breakdown, though.
    Being a webcomic artist, Mookie has Protection From Editors.

    EDIT:

    This leads, of course to the Author Appeals like Inappropriate Ass Shots, Emotionally Damaged Love Interests, and other fetishes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oracle_Hunter View Post
    Being a webcomic artist, Mookie has Protection From Editors.

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    This leads, of course to the Author Appeals like Inappropriate Ass Shots, Emotionally Damaged Love Interests, and other fetishes
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    You see, this is why villians like Jacob, Celesto, and Tim are the more popular characters in the comic. They aren't railroaded into cliche relationships. Well, Celesto was, but Ilario took care of that. Come to think of it, I think Scarletti's single as well... and Szark... and Stunt... Ilario... Rachel... Dex...

    And now, of course, those three pairs are going to get hooked up before 2009.

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    So, are animu characters some other species than human, then?
    You have not come to appreciate the reproductive cycle of the animu.

    While ersatz 'female' characters will occasionally make references to having been pregnant, and they have the requisite oversized mammaries to infer they are equipped to deal with squalling offspring, they are, in truth, infertile. This is how they can do the horizontal tango with ersatz 'male' characters without the risk of true pregnancy.

    The truth is, animu characters are, in actuality, genetically engineered proto-humans that are implanted in the 'female' after in-vitro fertilization has occurred. This is why 'male' characters lack nipples - as an evolutionary throwback, the nipples were removed from the genetic code. In addition, as they are insensitive to cold, they do not need hair on any part of the body save the head; the hair on their head exists primarily to distinguish one character from another due to their close genetic relationship.

    Side-effects from overuse of a specific genetic code may include: abnormally large eyes (primarily in the females), lack of genitalia, excessively watery eyes, the inability to feel pain from falling on their face, frequent nosebleeds, double (sometimes multiple) joints and a spine that can bend in any direction.
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    You know, now I understand what really gets on my nerves about this strip. Because... in principle, it's actually kind of cute that Cassafinn is imagining Reinholdt naked. I can deal with that. It might even be funny. The problem is, that image? It's weird. If you're going to imagine a guy naked, why would you imagine him with that kind of oblivious angelic smile with his eyes closed, facing sort of away, like he's not even aware you're there?

    That face has its uses. It's one of the stock bishounen expressions, and its precise significance is to demonstrate that the object of fangirl lust is absent, unreachably far away, put on a pedestal as a romantic ideal. It makes no sense if the guy you like is right there in front of you and you're hitting on him while imagining what he looks naked. Open eyes would make more sense. Hell, not showing the face at all would make even more sense, and be funnier to boot. Seriously, girl, if you're gonna imagine a guy naked, do it right. This half-romantic, half-naughty crap is just weird.

    Moral of the story? This just demonstrates that on top of everything else, Mookie doesn't even understand anime expressions and cliches. Le Mookie, nul points!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karellen View Post
    Moral of the story? This just demonstrates that on top of everything else, Mookie doesn't even understand anime expressions and cliches. Le Mookie, nul points!
    Actually, the moral of any story involving this comic and Mookie is "oh my god, why the hell am I reading this?"

    I don't need to know about some one dimensional student's sex fantasies. >.<

    And weren't we just shown something about Siggy coming in and killing people and then about to go carry out the evil plan? Or how about learning of the slaughter that Dominic "meh'd" over? Possibly learning about WHY the royal knights were disbanded?
    ...why are we having a random "We're hooking up yay!" story thrown in here when he has so many more serious things to attempt and fail at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vael View Post
    I don't need to know about some one dimensional student's sex fantasies. >.<
    Ah, but Cassafinn is not a mere student! She's Luna's coworker, an elemental alchemist, and was one of the 'good' candidates to take over Miranda's job as Headmistress. With pillow boobs.

    But, yes, she's one-dimensional, shallower than a kiddy wading pool, and has all the heat of a baby's bottle.

    And weren't we just shown something about Siggy coming in and killing people and then about to go carry out the evil plan?
    His evil plan, of course, and not Karnak's. Siggy is acting on his own, and Karnak has him on a short leash. So! Siggy's going to be going after TIM. Eventually. Maybe in 2009.

    Or how about learning of the slaughter that Dominic "meh'd" over?
    Well, Dominic meh'd over it because... hrm. Well, I suppose that Mookie put it in to shut off yet another complaint about Dom. "Well, even if Dom can't use his SS, he STILL gets visions that tell him about plot important points that Dom Has To Know. So it's no real restriction at all."
    Now, doesn't that sound grand? "Dom didn't receive a vision about it and his bastard watch didn't go off, so it's just a random bit of violence, therefore, he doesn't care!"

    Possibly learning about WHY the royal knights were disbanded?
    Of course not. Then we'd be able to laugh at Mookie for his complete and utter lack of understanding of a workable governmental structure.

    ...why are we having a random "We're hooking up yay!" story thrown in here when he has so many more serious things to attempt and fail at?
    Because he's still emo over the breakup thing that he wrote out in the Jayden/Milov arc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sihnfahl View Post
    Well, Dominic meh'd over it because... hrm. Well, I suppose that Mookie put it in to shut off yet another complaint about Dom. "Well, even if Dom can't use his SS, he STILL gets visions that tell him about plot important points that Dom Has To Know. So it's no real restriction at all."
    Now, doesn't that sound grand? "Dom didn't receive a vision about it and his bastard watch didn't go off, so it's just a random bit of violence, therefore, he doesn't care!"
    Technically, it's just there to show that Tim is invisible to Dominic's ability to scry. This makes him a Serious Villian, since immunity to scrying indicates that he is a strange and unknowable monster. Heck, it's not something you can buy in convenient crystal form. Or tattoo onto your forehead.

    ...Of course, what I want to know is why random slaughter makes the headlines while the disbanding of the entire standing army is somewhere on page B-27. In real life, they'd be together: "Criminal Celebrates Disbanding of Army with Massive Killing Spree!" (note that, in Callan, the army is apparently also the federal police force. Yes, I used the word "federal."). Or possibly an interesting segue in the news: "And speaking of our national defense being completely dissolved..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mewtarthio View Post
    Technically, it's just there to show that Tim is invisible to Dominic's ability to scry. This makes him a Serious Villian, since immunity to scrying indicates that he is a strange and unknowable monster. Heck, it's not something you can buy in convenient crystal form. Or tattoo onto your forehead.
    Aw, but that version actually makes Mookie seem like he knows what he's DOING. Spoilsport.

    ...Of course, what I want to know is why random slaughter makes the headlines while the disbanding of the entire standing army is somewhere on page B-27. In real life, they'd be together: "Criminal Celebrates Disbanding of Army with Massive Killing Spree!" (note that, in Callan, the army is apparently also the federal police force. Yes, I used the word "federal."). Or possibly an interesting segue in the news: "And speaking of our national defense being completely dissolved..."
    Put that way just for the lulz when Luna tells him to relax, he turns the page... oops, not relaxed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mewtarthio View Post
    ...Of course, what I want to know is why random slaughter makes the headlines while the disbanding of the entire standing army is somewhere on page B-27. In real life, they'd be together: "Criminal Celebrates Disbanding of Army with Massive Killing Spree!" (note that, in Callan, the army is apparently also the federal police force. Yes, I used the word "federal."). Or possibly an interesting segue in the news: "And speaking of our national defense being completely dissolved..."
    Wow, I just had a vision about Mookie inventing a nightly "ethercast" news show. Any more Magitek in this Anachronism Stew and I might lose it.

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    So these are the lighthearted strips? Teenage romance..........

    Romance in general has been done to......I'm not even sure if its atoms are still there. Almost every single story in existence has a Romantic plot. Most Romantic plots are filled with cliche's and predictability. I don't know if it's appealing to a multiple demographic or if there is some kind of unwritten rule but, it's blindly running rampantly through a crowd of people. Might someone care to explain this phenomenon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raroy View Post
    So these are the lighthearted strips? Teenage romance..........

    Romance in general has been done to......I'm not even sure if its atoms are still there. Almost every single story in existence has a Romantic plot. Most Romantic plots are filled with cliche's and predictability. I don't know if it's appealing to a multiple demographic or if there is some kind of unwritten rule but, it's all over the place. Might someone care to explain this phenomenon?
    All stories contain some amount of conflict; that's what makes them entertaining. Romance is a source of conflict as old as time. It isn't something to avoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h_v View Post
    Romance is a source of conflict as old as time.
    Except when it's done by Mookie, of course. The only romance he's done right was Dominic/Luna relationship before the end of Storm of Souls arc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by h_v View Post
    All stories contain some amount of conflict; that's what makes them entertaining. Romance is a source of conflict as old as time. It isn't something to avoid.
    It also isn't a necessity. Eh, it just might be a naive ideology that love is all around us and that the world is truly beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h_v View Post
    All stories contain some amount of conflict; that's what makes them entertaining. Romance is a source of conflict as old as time. It isn't something to avoid.
    I'd like to see some other classic conflicts in DD though. Personally, I'd like Man vs. Nature... though whenever I think about that conflict, it's always Chuck Norris fighting a bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raroy View Post
    It also isn't a necessity. Eh, it just might be a naive ideology that love is all around us and that the world is truly beautiful.
    Honestly, most stories use what I call "sometimes plots". Most of the time, successful romantic relationships involve people meeting, liking each other, maybe having a few fights, but they work at it and end up sticking together. However, sometimes, it isn't that easy, and romance involves love triangles, ex-boyfriends, and missing family members. Writers create stories about the relationships that don't usually happen because, honestly, how much fun would it be if stories were exactly like real life?

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    Fine I'll leave Romance alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mewtarthio View Post
    ...Of course, what I want to know is why random slaughter makes the headlines while the disbanding of the entire standing army is somewhere on page B-27. In real life, they'd be together: "Criminal Celebrates Disbanding of Army with Massive Killing Spree!" (note that, in Callan, the army is apparently also the federal police force. Yes, I used the word "federal."). Or possibly an interesting segue in the news: "And speaking of our national defense being completely dissolved..."
    That's because the disbandment of the entire army is something from the boring area of politics. Politics are evil and boring, nothing more. Nobody is interested in politics. All the cool kids know that. Why would anyone who is cool want to read something from the politics section? It's evil and boring!

    Or, at least, Mookie thinks so.

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    Aw, but that version actually makes Mookie seem like he knows what he's DOING. Spoilsport.
    Except it doesn't, because we already know that TIM is not immune to Dominic's scrying powers - not only did Dominic have a vision of TIM when the latter returned to this dimension, he also created this crystal ball as alarm system. Speaking of which, why didn't it flash when TIM slaughtered this temple? Or wasn't it TIM who caused this massacre after all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by h_v View Post
    All stories contain some amount of conflict; that's what makes them entertaining. Romance is a source of conflict as old as time. It isn't something to avoid.
    On the contrary. One might argue that fighting (physically, that is) is a source of conflict even older, or at least more noteworthy, yet many stories do without it. However, it seems like every story has some form of romance, often shoehorned in simply because one of the leads is male, and one of the other leads (or even a member of the supporting cast) is female, and for really no better reasons. I think it would be refreshing to see any fictional male/female interaction that didn't end in romance.


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    He does have hair on his body!

    See all those little lines that couldn't possibly be shading?

    That's fur, he's a werewolf. His Winter coat is only just starting to grow, so it's not as bushy as ol' Cassy likes it.

    It explains EVERYTHING.
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    Yes, Mr. Terraciano.

    This totally makes up for yesterday's comic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElfLad View Post
    Yes, Mr. Terraciano.

    This totally makes up for yesterday's comic.
    I swear I checked Dominic Deegan a half hour ago and saw no new comic... do you reload the page constantly past midnight until it shows or what?
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    I like the colours on this one. They look pretty.

    Of course, I first thought Reinholdt was sitting at the coast and looking at the sun setting over the ocean... until I realised it was not an ocean, but the Maltak plain.

    But meh... after trees looking like mountains, why not a plain looking like an ocean?
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