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  • Adrian Fänger

    Its the underpants stalker,who set his building on fire to meet her

  • Kid Chaos

    You look amazing as well, Max. 😍

  • scarvesandcelery

    Oh, Alison XD

  • Olivier Faure

    Well, that’s embarrassing.

    I’m feeling for Clevin hard right now. Poor Clevin. All he wanted was to invite Allison on a date in the most roundabout and convoluted way possible.

    • Eric Meyer

      Not necessarily roundabout and convoluted. It’s possible he’d rather approach getting a girlfriend from the “Friend” side first, and hanging out, going to the movies on a whim, shooting the breeze when you happen to bump into each other- that’s how you’d build a friendship early on. More planned activities would follow, once you’ve figured out that your interests mesh the right way to be friends- and then, early in that relationship, you indicate that you’d be interested in taking it further. If they say okay, great! Operation successful! If not, then hey, you’ve still made a great new friend.

      • chaosvii

        You know, now that you’ve spelled it all out here, I realize that I personally stress friendship to the point of never asking for dates from anyone that isn’t already a friend beforehand.

        • Tylikcat

          I’ve done both and vastly prefer starting with people who are already friends. With people who aren’t, it’s either all about the sex (and I’m not knocking that, I’m just generally wanting a real relationships these days, especially since no strings sex usually isn’t, IME) or it’s super awkward, because here you are, trying to figure out if you want to have a relationship with a *stranger*.

          Dating is weird.

  • chaosvii

    Oh noes, now Clevin has to deal with his role in the narrative, the guy that can’t woo a super-girl over with his great taste in cinema. If he’s to come out on top in this plotline, he’ll need to do something drastic. Like…like remove his Goonies shirt and reveal it was autographed by Corey Feldman!

  • Owndkls

    before anyone says anything and we all fall into a philosophy orgy as we always do: Alison, you look super, super cute. Clevin you absolute babe. Max looks way too close to Patrick for comfort but he too looks dapper. I am aware these are fictional characters but congrats on all your faces, k, now I’m just waiting for the comment section to explode with the ethical implications of this exchange, bye everybody

  • ∫Clémens×ds

    “This is definitely not awkward enough. Next line of the script: And then Patrick shows up.

    • MrSing

      “In his underwear.”

    • Graeme Sutton

      I bet the first trailer is for a Menace biopic.

      • Tylikcat

        Nah, a “fictionalized” “totally based on the life of Menace” thriller.

        (Though that would be an awful call, as no matter what they put as the final show down between mega girl and Menace, it’s pretty much guaranteed to piss Alison off, and since he’s official the one guy she didn’t beat, I think, it’s probably an easy to anticipate sore spot.)

        • Mitchell Lord

          …So? Getting your production office attacked by Mega Girl is GREAT publicity…and, your lawyers could TOTALLY sue her.

          Heck, make Menace the protagoinst, and Mega Girl the Inspector Javert.

  • Roman Snow

    Well… this is some catastrophic timing.

  • Tylikcat

    What. Is. She. Wearing?

    • Johan

      Right? I don’t … I don’t even know that’s called XD

      • M. Alan Thomas II

        Looks like a stringier variation on the string tie. It’s tied rather than clasped, so it’s not a bolo tie. Still within the general realm of ties, though.

        A more colorful version would be similarly within the scarf/ribbon/tie variations on Japanese school uniforms for girls. (Or at the very least fashion faux-school uniforms, if not real ones.)

      • Tylikcat

        Okay, I rarely see my research students when they’re about to go out on dates, but… aw, damn, really? I mean, I’m out of touch on matters of fashion, but really? (Admittedly, one of my research students is spending the summer in Europe, and another looks like an anime character…) That’s so… ineffectually femme. I don’t mean it fails to make her femme, but that it’s a kind of femme that makes her looks so… mild and an ineffectual.

        And I could even deal with that, because seriously, she might feel like she has some compensating to do, but that random string bow thing – it’s not eighties dress for success, and I’m not sure what it is.

        …but it’s less that I can’t believe it than that I don’t want to believe it. I bet she’s wearing sparkly pink lip gloss too.

    • I’m more struck by the colour (dis)coordination – white blouse and green bolero jacket, okay, she’s a green-eyed red-head, green works, but matching it with grey mini-skirt (or shorts), black leggings and brown shoes? She’s as bad at colour combinations as I am. It might work better without the leggings, but when is Alison ever not in black leggings?

      I get the feeling she hasn’t done this much.

    • Weatherheight

      It’s a string tie!
      Colonel Sanders would be so proud!

  • Dean

    Why does he look so much more sinister when he’s fully dressed?

    • Chris Hubbard

      I know, right? I got the same instinctive reaction to him as I did the first time I saw elrond in lotr. The actor they picked just gave me such an evil vibe, even KNOWING he is a good guy. Fricking agent smith role tainted him forever.

      • Tylikcat

        “Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson.”

        • StClair

          Apparently, for one of the takes where Aragon finds him waiting in the tent to chew him out, Weaving wore the sunglasses.
          “Your Numenorean disguise will not hide you, Mister Anderson.”

          (And seeing him relieved and happy when Arwen and Aragorn are finally united, later on, was what “cured” me. Because that right there, a father’s love, was an expression you would never ever see on Smith’s face.)

      • Mx Miki

        The cure for that? Go watch The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. And then have your views of lotr and the matrix tainted by the memories of Hugo Weaving in drag.

      • Lance Allen

        It’s okay though. V untainted him.

    • Graeme Sutton

      More concealed weaponry slots.

    • Ganurath

      It’s not that he’s fully dressed; correlation doesn’t equate to causation. It’s that little extra line at the corner of his mouth turning his smile into a smirk.

  • Pol Subanajouy

    Wow, Al. Keeping your options open?


  • Eternal

    Am I imagining things, or is she just totally oblivious to the fact that he’s trying to ask her out ?

    • Tylikcat

      …I don’t think so? But he’s being super disorganized about it (spontaneous is great and all, but not with someone on a tight schedule) and it’s sucky timing all around.

    • RemoteScholar

      You could be right. I’d have to go back and look at the other time(s?) he asked her out to know for sure, but I don’t think she got the impression he was asking her out on a capital-D DATE as opposed to say, hanging out together. Clevin is kind of low-key, too, so he’s not super overt in his flirtation, which unfortunately doesn’t help drive home the message.

    • Danygalw

      Same. I think she would be clear about it if she realised, but how can she not??
      So awkward.

  • Thewizardguy

    Secretly, he still isn’t wearing pants.

  • Insanenoodlyguy

    Clevin you are not a lucky man.

  • Jon

    “If you watch closely, you can actually pinpoint the moment Clevin’s dreams rip in half. Annnnnd… now.”

  • Markus

    I don’t know whether seeing sad Klevin or mad Klevin would be worse. Sad Klevin is like a kicked puppy, mad Klevin is like that puppy turning out to be an entitled whiner.

    • Tylikcat

      I do realize that much of the world still expects things to run on the rules of courtly love (“The greater the love, the greater the jealousy…”) but the most awkward thing about this is Alison’s inexperience. (Well, and Clevin’s. I’m kind of getting the impression that Max is not lacking in the experience department, but hey, he might just have been running on an adrenaline high.) Otherwise, the thing to do is introduce them to each other, using equivalent terms (“good friend” or whatever, since she isn’t signalling that she’s in an exclusive relationship with either), say something like “Definitely call me about that movie!” to Clevin, and then jauntily head off with Max. Head up, shoulders dropped, relaxed smile. And if either of them gets weird, that’s a mark against them, because it’s not like either has been granted the right to pee in a circle around her.

      Look, I get that Alison’s not only young but has been isolated from this sort of thing. And it takes practice. But some of the assumptions here are so 1950’s-esque.

      When I was Alison’s age, both my out of town boyfriends (and of course they knew about each other, because i was full disclosure girl) wanted to come up and stay with me for Folklife (I lived in Seattle.) So they did. My strongest memory is that I was performing on Sunday, so 2am Saturday night / early Sunday morning I pulled myself away from a really awesome discussion of physics, and collapsed. In my bed. Alone. Because I had to get some sleep if I was going to make it on stage. I think they were so wrapped up in the discussion they barely noticed me go!

      (I’m still in touch with one of them – and would happy to be with the other, we just lost touch somewhere over the years. Um, well, and I can’t remember his last name, which is awkward. I can totally remember the card he sent me when I lived in Turkey, and I can’t remember his last name, how lame is that?)

  • motorfirebox

    “Hello, Max! You have more clothes on than you did the last time I saw you! I mean uh”

  • I’m not a fan of the “ask me again later” approach. If Alison wants to hang with Clevin, maybe she could reciprocate by taking the initiative and asking him sometime?

    • Katie RL

      Yeah, I was a bit confused by that as well – “I’ll call you when I’m free!” seems like it would make more sense. Although it might just be that she isn’t as excited about hanging out with Clevin as she is about Max, since she was certainly willing to give Max a call even if it took her a bit.

      • M. Alan Thomas II

        Perhaps Alison knows that, left to her own devices, she doesn’t schedule enough free time; she works herself really hard trying to make a change in the world and not seeing it come fast enough. And the last time we saw her go to a party, it turned out badly, didn’t it? I think maybe she knows she’s going to be better at relaxing hangouts if she lets others act as the reminder to do it.

        (I’m the Clevin in many of my friendships, sometimes for similar reasons vis-a-vis other people never scheduling anything unless reminded.)

      • Rumble in the Tumble

        “I’ll call you when I’m free” usually turns out to be “I’ll call you never”. Trying to decide whether these people don’t call you because they’re still busy/forget/don’t actually want to talk to you at all is a great way to spend a week or two.

    • someladyontheinternet

      Because “I’ll call you” sounds like a flakey copout. You always say “please ask me again” so the other person knows they have permission to do that. Of course, modern relationships have a lot more texting going on, so that helps. Unfortunately, “Allison texts a whole bunch” doesn’t make for a fascinating comic. 😀

  • Ben Posin

    I am the worst one to talk, because I sort of transitioned from friendship/activity partner into dating my wife. But yeah, good lesson here in the perils of not clearly putting what you want out there out of fear of rejection.

  • Hawthorne

    Alison: Nice suit!

    Brois: Thanks! I got it at a-

    *whips on discount sunglasses*

    -fire sale.

    • ∫Clémens×ds

      *half an hour later*

      Brois: Well, this was great, let’s do that again sometime.

      Alison: What, already?

      Brois: I’ve got to get going. You could say that… *puts on sunglasses over another pair of sunglasses* …my pants are on fire.

    • Izo


      Cue music

  • AgentHufflepuff97

    Dang, Max, you clean up nice for just a movie. I’m really enjoying this story arc so far! Keep up the great work, Brennan and Molly!

  • Loranna

    Random Comment 1: Oh dear; my Spider Sense is tingling at the sight of Max all dressed up for a date. Something about the jacket, I think; it just brings out the sinister in his eyebrows. To me, at least. Plus, his outfit sort of matches what Alison decided to wear; that level of synchronicity means either psychic ability or EVIL, EEE-VIIILLLE!! *whistles innocently*

    (Though I do like how the background color in the last panel is so vibrantly contrasting with Al’s and Max’s clothing. The pinkish-red is nice ambiguous foreshadowing too – it bodes for passion, but is it romantic passion, or frustration/anger?)

    Random Comment 2. Is it me, or do all three main characters for this page – Cleven, Alison, and Max – have similar hair styles? Are pompadours in fashion these days? =D


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  • Rascal_Face

    I approve of this universe where men wear sport coats to the movies.

  • ampg

    Two unrelated thoughts:
    1. I’m confused – she told Daniel she was “getting ready” to go on a date. Does that just mean she had mostly made up her mind to call Max? Because it seems that they didn’t plan anything before she got home from seeing Dan.
    2. I love how this comic uses Alison’s wardrobe to show her state of mind in a way that’s very realistic. She pretty much only wears clothes with more feminine detailing when she’s trying to impress a guy, but she still stays within her “functional and low-key” wheelhouse.

    • M. Alan Thomas II

      “Emotionally ready” and “planned and prepped” aren’t always synonymous. Usually the former has to come first.

  • ClockworkDawn

    Poor Klevin.

    Also, he’s sexy.

    Almost… too sexy…

    I smell a supervillain in disguise.

    • Johan

      Plot twist : Klevin is a villain, Max is a cool guy ^^

    • Pat

      He does have supervillain cheekbones.

      • AmberWriter

        Not going to lie, one of the first things I thought upon meeting him: you look a little like ginger Patrick

    • Tylikcat

      “I’m– too sexy for my shirt,
      too sexy for shirt…!”

    • Huttj509

      Is that why he wasn’t wearing a shirt before?

      He’s…too sexy for Milan… *dances away*

  • Mechwarrior

    Nothing good can possibly come from someone who combines that suit and that hair.

    • MrSing

      No one person should have that much cheekbone.

  • Carla

    Max, did you color coordinate on purpose?

    • Weatherheight

      Pair look was a thing in Japan for a while back in the 90’s.
      It was lame then too. 😀

  • Layla

    …I ship her with Clevin.

  • Anna

    Don’t think we don’t notice that eyeliner, Alison.

  • Graeme Sutton

    Has Max been hanging out with Professor Gurdwara? He seems to have contracted Evil-Face.

  • Graeme Sutton

    Hmm. Anvilicious ‘Nice Guy’ Aesop at 3 oclock.

  • Cindy MacDougall

    Klevin is wearing a Goonies T-shirt. I am now officially Team Klevin.

    • Stevonnie

      oh crap! I didn’t notice that…!!! #teamclevin !!!

  • martynW

    Geeze, as if it wasn’t tough enough asking a woman for a date when you know she can slap you with a battleship.

  • Weatherheight

    Clevin, lose the Goonies t-shirt. Even for a hipster, that’s just.. excessively clever.
    Ali, while you look lovely, the string tie is.. uhmm.. about 2 centuries out of style.
    Max, unless a formal dinner is involved, you’re trying too hard.

    Now that fashion portion of the comment is done…
    Poor Clevin. Well, he’s at least got his foot in the door, but it’s looking friendzoned for him. I’ve had that conversation almost verbatim more than I’d like to admit (I’m a bit more straightforward than that), and every single time that’s where it ended up. Of course, that could just be me. 😀

    • Tylikcat

      Please never say “friendzoned” again.


  • Catching me unawares all the time. LIKE HES STALKING YOU.

  • Shjade

    Given we jumped from last night to this event, I feel comfortable assuming the phone call went just as I predicted it would.

    *nods sagely*

  • Zmm

    Hah. Oh Clevin. Please. Please. don’t turn out to be an obsessive megagirl fan with a psychotic stint.
    This whole webcomic for me is summed up like “OH god please stop hurting allison, she’s too sweet for this shit”

  • Lysiuj

    Has anyone else noticed that both of her current love interests are guys whose lives she’s saved?

    • phantomreader42

      What percentage of the male population of the comic DOESN’T fall into the “Guys Allison has saved” demographic? I’m thinking her dad, that teleporter from the hospital, one or MAYBE two of her professors, that TK villain she fought with Feral, and Furnace (though not for lack of trying).

  • Jared Rosenberg

    Is it just me, or does he look different with clothes on?

  • Deneb

    I thought the United States had this wonderful culture where “dating” does not mean “being in a serious relationship” so that dating multiple people at the same time is A-okay as long as you’re not a douche about it.

    Was I wrong? Was it all a lie?

  • Daniel

    Am I the only one that is worried that Al is about to get nice guyed?

  • damocles6

    I’m totally okay with Alison subconsciously being into Max because he looks like Patrick. I do love a sinister man with strong eyebrows. But presumably a much healthier relationship to have!

  • Nathan B Earl

    This season on SFP someone will DIE! Someone will fly…!

  • fairportfan

    Such perfect timing all round.

  • Nevermore

    Just started this comic and read in in one sitting, it’s awesome! And characters actually use common sense 😀

  • yeah I didn’t really mean Flirting (I just couldn’t figure out the word) and I have nothing wrong with it either being flirting or not flirting. I’m probably just a hopeless romantic weirdo who sees flirting in too many places. apologies for stepping on any toes

  • chaosvii

    “But I really don’t deal well with people who decide they can just impose their own cultural scripts – or hell, just their own wishful thing – on me. Or any other obligations that I haven’t actually agreed to.
    Grr. Right up there with ‘I am appalled and horrified because you have gone ahead and done exactly the think you told me that you were going to do.'”
    Same deal here, I guess everyone I dated just wasn’t a shithead like the people you dealt with. I have no tolerance for any of that, be it religious beliefs, not paying attention to what I declare, believing in conventional idiomatic nonsense which means the precise opposite of the words that I use over my word, or just not having a sense of humor about the fact that the environment they were brought up in is just as arbitrary as any other.
    This crap that people by into is on them, it will always be on them to learn that people will not always cater to their particular culture. That people need to be given a reason to do things or have some sort of internal incentive to act. And that people do not all have the same general sets of incentives and constraints.
    My culture may not be inherently superior to anyone else’s but I don’t demand that they follow the rules I apply to myself. I merely hold it against them that they have terrible standards that I will never follow and move on with my life of not catering to stupid cultural traditions.

    It also probably has everything to do with the coincidental selection process I unconsciously go through simply by being more reserved and socially inert than most anybody I know (including both of the people I know who were diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome).
    I don’t make friends with people that consider me a flake for not contacting them in over a week or so.
    I don’t make friends with people that only invite me to stupid shit I don’t care about.
    I don’t make friends with people that expect me to initiate small talk when I prefer silence or replying to what other people have to say.
    I don’t make friends that think all silence is awkward silence.
    I don’t make friends with people who are incapable of using the word “acquaintance” even in an ironic sense.
    I don’t make friends with people that prefer to hang out with at least 4 people over just one person.
    I don’t make friends with anyone that values party time over learning.
    I don’t make friends with anyone that writes me off simply because almost all alcoholic drinks smell terrible & taste worse.
    I don’t make friends with anyone that finds videogame subcultures to be distasteful or “nerd shit.”
    I get annoyed easily by egocentric presumptions about introverts being nothing more than shy extroverts, and either confront such statements or don’t bother treating that person like a well-informed adult.
    The list goes on, but I generally don’t waste much of any time with people that feel like being a friend to me is too much work (frankly it is more work than with extroverts). Further, I was never lonely enough to make an effort to make friends.
    This all obviously reduces the friends I make (which was never a problem for me), but basically ensures that I know the person’s philosophy on almost all agency-related crap & social kowtowing before I even contemplate romance. I establish my boundaries simply by being very difficult to leverage any sort of social pressure towards. I am not a chill dude, I don’t mimic other people unless I consciously choose to, and I probably haven’t given people the benefit of the doubt prior to making friends for the entirety of my adolescence.

    …and it takes a raving like this to recognize just how much of an individualist I act like. Wowowowow this is a lot of individualism, no wonder I’ve been so pretentious until my first year of college,