Identity crisis

Identity crisis

Postby Maximuscoolman on Wed Nov 15, 2006 12:14 am

Did anyone else notice Alex call Pierce Alex before he discretely corrected himself? :p
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Postby Allan_ecker on Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:29 am

An astute reader in Australia pointed this out to me and it was changed early yesterday morning. Thanks to my newfound competance in the "keep your goddamn original scans" department, the correction was quick and painless.
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Postby Shurhaian on Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:05 pm

More to the point of the day's strip...

It seems, I dunno, a little strange to me, I guess, that Pierce's arms are on the outside. After all, he's been described as waifish, and this is not a term generally applied to football players... so... I dunno. Seems like it's that much more of a stretch to have him reaching right around Alex's arms instead of vice versa.

Anyway.

What's got Alex so irritated about the situation? I mean, Jack presumably already knew about Pierce being gay/bi(witness his comment <a href="http://umlauthouse.comicgenesis.com/d/20061031.html" target=_blank>here</a>; yes, we know Pierce is bi, but everyday schoolmates might not, and could instead assume gay), and quite possibly, given the earlier public-ness, that Alex was the other guy in question. Besides, it was Alex who stipulated that he didn't want to be in a closet anyway. Is it just... something about Jack's manner that pushes all the wrong buttons? I suppose the insinuation that they're just putting on airs to psych the competition isn't exactly a nice one, but still, the reaction seems... extreme.
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Postby Allan_ecker on Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:09 pm

ALEX HAS SERIOUS ISSUES.

And I love him. :shucks:

You all can decide for yourselves what you think of him. In all honesty I've given up expecting him to be liked. There's a lesson in *why* he isn't liked, and I'm trying to learn it without taking it personally. I can't play everyone in the audience like an orchestra yet, but you'd be surprized how much humans have in common with one another.

Eventually I'll find that secret formula to make you all fret for hero and villian alike.

And I will laugh.

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Postby Allan_ecker on Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:18 pm

Oh yeah and Pierce having his arms on the "outside" is an exaggeration; he's got one arm outside Alex's arm, and another wrapped around his torso, actually "inside" the other arm. And in the last one he's got his arm wrapped around -just- Alex's lovely bicep.

Alex has such lovely biceps...

Hey, shut up, I made 'em and I can lust after 'em if I want. :shifty:
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Postby E_voyager on Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:08 pm

those words... so well spoken in a text style way. i can see how Pierce if fawning after Alex he has the heart of a romantic.
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Postby Shurhaian on Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:54 am

I never said I didn't like Alex, I was just wondering where the animosity came from in this case. :)

(And incidentally, I lust after my own characters on a regular basis. If that's crazy, well, we're all in good company in this madhouse of a forum, hmmmm?)
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Postby Candide on Fri Nov 17, 2006 7:33 pm

I never said I didn't like Alex, I was just wondering where the animosity came from in this case.

What do you mean, in this case?

To quote a Christine Lavin song,
"You thought I didn't have a Temper.
Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha. Surprise."

Alex has a temper.


(And Allan isn't exaggerating Alex' temper, either. I understand Alex's temper rather well, y'see...)
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Postby Allan_ecker on Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:40 pm

I expect you do, brother. :roll:

(But don't get too hard on the ones that don't get it, I've already worked out a number of tricks I could have used to "pull people over" to seeing Alex's point of view. I haven't done this perfectly by any stretch.)

In all honesty, "Alex" was probably created way back in the summer of 2001 when I was sitting in a company caffeteria with a group of people, one of whom was complaining about his girlfriend/fiancee/whatever not being "motivated" enough.

He complained about her for half an hour. I swear. He wasn't just complaining, either. This was some fairly vicious ad-hominem stuff.

Politeness prevailed, but Alex, I could feel, wanted to grab the table, flip it over on top of this person, and shout that only abject SCUM would mate with someone they held in such low esteem, and that if he'd been talking about MY mate I'd have eviscerated him on the spot.

Alex too is a part of me. He's this comic's grumpy bear in a way.

Speaking of grumpy bear:

Grumpy Bear didn't, but could have wrote:Look, dude. This isn't some sort of Emo bullshit here. You can't go through life using cognative dissonance to somehow not see that there's a lot of stuff in life that genuinely sucks. My purpose here is not to tell you that it's "okay to mope". It ISN'T. But pretending you don't have certain feelings just because other people might not like them is a dishonesty that can eat you the hell up. Negativity isn't immoral. Dumping it on other people can be, sure. But NOTHING IS WRONG with you if you don't feel like singing and dancing. Now help me tip this bucket of motor oil on BraveHeart. Trust me, he deserves it.
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Postby Allan_ecker on Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:53 pm

Shurhaian wrote:I never said I didn't like Alex, I was just wondering where the animosity came from in this case. :)


Oh and if you want *specifics* in this case (which, like, yeah, I wasn't going to do all this curtain-pulling and showing off of the inner workings but BAH I say) it's the words "psychological warfare" applied to good clean guy-guy makeout sessions. Hence the desire to pummel.
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Postby Cyril_Dran on Sat Nov 18, 2006 9:53 am

*shrugs* Quite frankly, I think Alex is completely adorable. His reactions are the same kind I'd have in the back of my mind in said situations, and may very well have acted upon had I not been born with the upper body strength of an arthritic gnat... I've always kinda over reacted to stuff, good or bad, so I can kinda feel for Alex when he gets upset like that. I mean, yeah, it's an overreaction, but that's how some people feel. And if you stop recognizing that people can have thoughts that aren't your own... well, you become my mom. And trust me, nobody here wants that.
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