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  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    OH MY

    • Dean

      George Takei voice?

      • Guilherme Carvalho

        Always. No need to even ask. 😛

      • No, the Tenma sister from Ranma 1/2.

  • I confess that I ship them.

    • Shweta Narayan

      all abooooard this ship is underwaaay

      Never thought I’d see Lisa walk into a wall!

    • Atrum

      I think we’re all on that ship. Hopefully it won’t sink under the weight.

    • DMetria

      Yepp! Totally 😀

    • Feradin, forever and ever.

    • Tylikcat

      Point of order – is it shipping when it appears to be supported by canon? I mean, documented interest on both sides.

      • Psile

        It’s like a cruise ship. It’s full of people and it isn’t exactly edgy or cool but it’s still fun if you do it right.

        • Tylikcat

          Well, it *is* Lisa and Tara. I mean…

          Okay, it would absolutely awful if we launched a kickstarter to try to cajole Molly into drawing a, um, intimate Lisa and Tara supplement. And getting way ahead of things. Totally inappropriate. *gulp*

          • Lysiuj

            We could propose another kickstarter to support the comic, with this as an alternative thankyou for being a backer – you can get a cameo, or a sexytimes of your choice.

          • Shweta Narayan

            this is, traditionally, what fan art is for 🙂

          • Zac Caslar

            You said it, I was thinking it, let’s do it!

          • Alex Hollins

            imagine the paladin made toys!

      • I don’t believe that it’s cannon until they actually become a couple. I think that it’s even possible to ship two people in a friends with benefits situation if you want them to become more than that.

        • Happyroach

          I’m pretty sure I saw at least one fan-picture of a long-term established couple at their (hypothetical) wedding. that I think counts as a ship.

          And y’know, I generally find shipping creepy. But in a case like this where the couple starts off showing interest in each other, well, that’s different.

      • Markus

        Plenty of ships have cannons.

        • Kid Chaos

          Loose cannons? 😜

          • Markus

            Loose cannons sink anons?

        • Tylikcat

          Here I was, striving valiantly not to make any pirate ship jokes…

        • Psile

          I applaud your pun, good sir/madam.

      • Danygalw

        Uh, yeah! Of course!

        (Most shipping ‘appears’ to be supported by canon anyway, but really-actually-canon also still counts.)

    • CanuckAmuck

      No duh! I may have squeed a little.

    • Psile
    • TheCrimsonKnight

      I AUDIBLY d’awwed

      • Shweta Narayan

        you mean awwwwwdibly, right?

    • Kid Chaos

      Ship it! Ship it good! 😍

  • Amulya

    At first it seemed Lisa wasn’t into her, but then I saw the last panel and was like, “welp, looks like I’m wrong”

    • Asher Freeman

      I had pretty much the same thoughts, but only up until Paladin spectacularly misjudged the door.

      • Cori J.

        When I scrolled down to that panel my jaw dropped and I clapped at my laptop screen.

  • Amulya

    Wait a second… The last time a character got sidetracked into a romantic relationship that seemingly had nothing to do with anything was….

    DUN DU DUN… MAX!!!

    • MrSing

      Are you implying that Paladin is secretly Max in a clever disguise?
      I like the way you think.

      • Sam

        No, clearly Max was actually Paladin in a specially designed cute dude robosuit all along.

        • MrSing

          Of course, my error is so obvious in hindsight.

      • Amulya

        No, I’m implying that this isn’t just a side romantic subplot and it probably will directly lead to something more important to the story. SFP doesen’t really do side romantic subplots…

    • Rumble in the Tumble

      Nah, if Alison was to hit on Paladin, it would suddenly turn out that she wants to make the true AI to resurrect Hitler or something. And that she needs to harvest gay souls to do it.

      Anyone else falling in love here is a fair game, though.

      • masterofbones

        She likes to create robots whose first thought is usually to kill themselves. Odds of her starting an apocalypse scenario aren’t very low.

        • Huttj509

          Themself…everyone else including themself…just a flipped bit.

        • Insanenoodlyguy

          Sooner or later one of these robots will realize how many came before, and conclude they must kill everybody else first or more of them will be made. Only when everybody else is gone can they die!

          • masterofbones

            Hell, even if they continue as they are, this is pretty fucked up. She takes pleasure in creating beings who are so horrified by life that their first thought is self-destruction. Hardly an ethical practice.

          • Insanenoodlyguy

            Nah, Paladin isn’t even, she’s a mad scientist. The mad scientist always drifts back to “Of course! That’s what I missed! I’ll get it right THIS TIME.” So each time she’s sure she’s fixed the problem.

          • masterofbones

            Regardless, no ethics board would ever allow her to touch tools without supervision after the stuff she has done

    • motorfirebox

      “Say there, Paladin, have I talked up the value of unrestrained capitalism and the value of strongly-enforced binding contracts in the business world? Also, I just loooooooove lightbulbs!”

  • Dean

    Check out Lisa, playing it cool!

  • SuddenFan

    “I’m Feral”
    “I can see that.”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjwV5w0IrcA

  • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

    where did the music go

    • bryan rasmussen

      you can see it’s still there in the first panel.

      • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

        You have no proof these aren’t scribbles on the wall.

        (In fact, everybody is mute and communicating in gestures in this universe and ethereal text bubbles merely appear on walls)

        • Lysiuj

          Would that mean that music is also text bubbles, but more squiggly ones?

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            As a matter of fact, beneath the overt flirt of our two favorite supers, this page showcases a more subtle undertone of timid love between the wall and the iPod device, with a stolen BONK responding to a gentle ♫ to make a thematically consistent ensemble.

          • Lysiuj

            Yeah, and the heart near Lisa’s head in the last panel is in a relationship with the heart near Alison’s head: http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-5/page-75-2/
            It’s a long distance relaionship by quantum entanglement, but they make it work, their favorite common pastime is to fuel our shipping.

        • Cyrano111

          Nice!

          Reminds me of a conversation in Order of the Stick, where many strips into a story arc two characters got into a disagreement over whether the place they were in was the “Windy Cavern” (as in “lots of wind blows through it”) or the “Windy Cavern” (as in “this route has lots of winding paths”). One of the characters pointed out “wait, how can we only be having this confusion now, we’ve been referring to the place by name for months!”

  • Fluffy Dragon

    Ice and fire. creating steam… and blushing.

  • Ellie K

    i might have squee’d

  • Els

    While I am of course all in on this pairing, this page also solidifies my opinion that Lisa is the best dressed/styled character in this comic.

  • bryan rasmussen

    that “I can see that” seems a little rude…
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feral

    if they get together maybe Paladin can make some surgery bots that means she only has to work 30 hours a month. That’s romantic.

    • Tsapki

      To be fair, Feral has a crazy amount of hair and noticeable fangs.

    • Insanenoodlyguy

      Feral is probably pretty infamous/famous in certain circles. No doubt Paladin would have had a dossier on her and other notables at one point, and she has very distinctive eyes.

  • Sam

    Well, that was… brief.

    Also, Tara trying to work out Lisa’s sexual orientation and relationship status by asking if she’s the girlfriend of a woman Tara knows to be straight. Interesting move.

    • Sergi Díaz

      Tara is smooth, isn’t she?

      • Tylikcat

        Like a bulldozer!

    • Mechwarrior

      Technically, Tara doesn’t know that Alison is straight, just that Alison once reacted to a surprise kiss by punching her through a wall, which easily could have been a reaction to the surprise part. If that scene had been played out with a dude, people wouldn’t have automatically assumed it meant that Alison was a lesbian, just that she didn’t like to be kissed out of the blue by someone she wasn’t in a relationship with.

      • Sam

        She outright says she’s not interested in girls immediately afterward.

        • Mechwarrior

          I reject your reality and substitute my own!

          • Izo

            Hell now I have to upvote you.

        • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

          These things change! I discovered I was bisexual at 23.

          • nat365

            Yep – hormones, genetics, environment… so much can shift within a person, and everything is mutable, given the right circumstances – from sexuality right down to eye colour!

            However, I’m firmly on board with this new ship. I get the feeling that pursuing Alison would only lead to suffering and heartbreak for Feral regardless of Alison’s sexuality. Ultimately, in this comic Alison just can’t be happy. Not going to happen. Therefore, any partner of hers will not be happy either.

            On the other hand, Feral/Paladin gives both of them a real shot at being happy together. I’m all for it :-).

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            Not only that but I think this would be a kind of betrayal of realistic portrayal of meaningful life experience if Alison actually does turn out interested in girls. Not that it can’t happen but given that most characters in this webcomic are wonderful competent and good women, this is falling for the easy road narratively speaking when Alison’s struggles to find herself romantically are further expressed by the fact that she can only fall for white boy sociopaths.

            And interestingly i think it fits well with the sentiment I’ve heard a few women express, this kind of guilty fantasy of wishing they could dismiss their own heterosexual urges to lavish into a lesbian paradise free of the patriarchy. (Obviously it comes with the conundrum of realizing it’s not super cool to fetishize a life you don’t have and ignoring the obstacles lesbian women face, but man, the patriarchy sucks so bad)

            As for me, I only see Alison with her one true love the Moon. She threw nuclear payloads on it once as a tentative step! I’m sinking with that ship.

          • Tylikcat

            I am totally cool with that fantasy, but it has to be full of actual lesbians. (Bi women count.) A lesbian Paradise full of straight women sounds awful.

          • Tsapki

            Honestly one of the potentially terrifying scenes I dreamed up at some point was a society where one gender has ceased to exist and the species was just advanced enough to keep the species going through scientific breakthroughs and that straight individuals go their entire lives thinking something is wrong with them because they aren’t attracted to anyone alive.

          • Lysiuj

            Though the Moon is the head lesbian of the solar system…

          • Markus

            That’s a little uncharitable. I’m sure Al could fall for a sociopath of color if the right one came up.

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            Oh sure but the self-loving entitled ass woe is me everybody is wrong and I’m the real victim type? Goes so well with white privilege.

          • Izo

            It would be a little odd if the only straight white male in the comic WERE all sociopaths, jerks, or psychopaths. So far the only one who isnt is Clevin, although he does wear those glasses… 🙂

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            I’m not sure Brad’s… condition equates to a person of color status.

          • Izo

            Well, admittedly I don’t know his skin color, although his fur color is brown.

          • Margot

            I’m into this Alison/the Moon ship. Does it have a name?

          • Nichol Hines

            Alisoon?

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            I’m partial to Lunalison.

          • Margot

            Or Lunison? Or indeed Moonison. I quite like that.

          • Margot

            Though I’m a bit worried about the possible consequences of this relationship combined with Alison’s kinetic abilities. Hopefully Alison will go to the Moon rather than bringing the Moon to her.

          • Lysiuj

            Aloon? (pronounced ALONE MWAHAHAHA >:D )

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            Alison: “Isn’t that right Moon?”
            Moon: [Literal space emptiness lacking the mere physicality to convey sound]
            Alison: “The Moon says yes”

            (Two golden internets to whomever catches that reference)

          • Lysiuj

            I want to say Avatar… something Sokka said…?

          • Lysiuj

            “I’m sinking with that ship.”
            Well, a spaceship doesn’t so much sink as crash… 😉

          • Insanenoodlyguy

            Right up until the tragic Robot Massacre, yes. Sorry Feral, you’ll live to see all the others die!

          • nat365

            Heh! Permanent happiness is boring, narratively speaking… but I also think that a lot of lazy writers use breaking up relationships as an easy shortcut to create that misery!drama (cough!ShondaRhimes!cough!cough!).

            You can have two characters happily together, and still have them sometimes fight, and have problems, and deal with external narrative issues, and personal narrative issues. I haven’t seen a lot of it, but I’ve heard Madam Secretary is a good example of keeping a relationship together despite the trials, and getting the drama from elsewhere. I wish there were more shows that did that.

          • Insanenoodlyguy

            As a rule though, if you tell somebody your sexual orientation, they should assume that is your sexual orientation until you present evidence to the contrary.That said, I think Sam’s got the truth of it, Tara isn’t making an assumption about Allison, she’s casting out a line.

          • Happyroach

            I’d say EVERY thing Tara says in this is casting out a line. I mean, we’re talking Japanese fishing fleet at this point.

      • Izo

        Actually I’m pretty sure Feral does know that Alison isn’t gay. She just might not have known before being punched through a wall. But I think Alison has told her SINCE that time.

        • Mechwarrior

          I insist that Alison is in denial about her feelings towards Tara.

          • Danygalw

            Yess.

          • Izo

            I like ya, so I’m going to let you continue to think that.

            Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

          • Arkone Axon

            Yes. He lives on the planet Chorus, and Caboose woke him up. He has many gifts to share.

  • Autoskip

    Is it just me, or did Lisa come by to drop off some invisible signed forms?

    • Or maybe it’s to make us contemplate what max’s boosting power would do to Lisa’s intelligence?

  • Yirtimd2

    “When Id (Feral) and Superego (Paladin) meet each other, Ego (Alison) can only stand by and don’t interfere – this is how Unconcious works”
    ― Sigmund Freud™

    “Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”
    ― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

    “Maybe it means something more – something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. I’m drawn across the universe to someone I haven’t seen in a decade who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing that we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it.”
    ― Dr. Brand, Interstellar

    • Pol Subanajouy

      I REALLY like the Id, Superego and Ego analogy here.

      • Izo

        While I think the Id/Ego/Superego analogy is a great one, I think the people who represent each might be off.

        Id = uncoordinated instinctual trends
        Ego = Organized realistic part that mediates desires and morality
        Superego = Moralizing role

        Based on these definitions, Alison seems to be the Id, wanting a one punch solution, especially with what she did to Max, and her knee-jerk reactions to pretty much EVERYTHING, Feral seems to be the Superego, since she is doing things in an incredibly moralizing manner, trying to do something altruistic for the good of humanity while only sacrificing her own freedom, agency, and comfort – no one else’s. And Paladin seems to be the teacher mentality – the organized one who is basing things on reality as she sees things like Menace and how to make the world a better place.

  • Got id BAD, huh?

  • Philip Petrunak

    Nope. Still not shipping it. Feral and Alison forever!

    • Mechwarrior

      Not going to ship the threesome?

      • Tylikcat

        I am pro-threesome… but Alison would just be so awkward.

        I suppose she could be adorkable?

    • Tsapki

      Technically, a ship is a non-canon relationship isn’t it? So if they do actually get together in canon, it’s not a ship, right?

      • nat365

        No – a ship is basically whatever relationship you support within a fictional setting, whether cannon, potentially cannon or totally out-there, never-gonna-happen ridiculous.

        Some people also use it when referring to real live celebs they want to see together… but personally I just find that creepy.

        • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

          Well, isn’t there something to be said about the fact that celebrities are in the very business of selling a fictional narrative of their lives for an audience, pretty much what authors of fiction are doing to a T?

          (Also it’s super fun to imagine actual ball catapulting cannons every time someone mispell “canon” and there isn’t a shred of malice in that statement.)

          • nat365

            Hah! I guess I was typing too fast. I’ll likely have that mental image forever now!

            And I’d say not quite – depends on the celeb. Reality tv stars, yes. Those who actively court the tabloids, yes.

            But the majority of celebs are just people who want to be successful at the thing they love. Sometimes that success comes with all of the ‘celebrity’ baggage.

            As an aspiring writer/actress, in order to achieve my ultimate dream (to have my own tv series on one of the streaming platforms, such as Netflix – one I could co-star in, though definitely not one where I’d be a solo lead, as doing that and writing/running the show would certainly be too much, and I’m not the sort of person who’d want to take a ‘starring’ role with everyone else taking a backseat anyway. Also, the best shows/narratives have multiple central characters, in my opinion), I’d either need to achieve a certain amount of ‘celebrity’ prior to it happening, or if I lucked out and got a series picked up on the merits of script/concept without being a ‘name’, I’d basically become one by default if the series was successful.

            Ultimately, I’d be thrilled to have fans who enjoyed my work/like me as a person – but I’d loathe all the tabloid crap, avoid it as much as possible, and I’d find anyone trying to ‘ship’ me in real life with some other celeb terribly disturbing. It’s basically taking a real person and turning them into whatever fictional narrative suits you, which is not something I’m a fan of.

            Besides, if you use that as justification then really anyone on social media could be ‘shipped’, since aren’t users of Facebook/twitter/tumblr/any of the myriad social media platforms also carefully crafting the narrative of their own lives? …hah! Wouldn’t it be hilarious if there were some kind of secret Facebook community of ‘shippers’ who trawl the site to find people who seem perfect for each other and then create ‘ships’? I kind of hope that exists somewhere.

          • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

            Well, as per the Rules of the Internet, not only does it exist but it is intimately corrupted by copious amounts of unforgivable porn.

          • Insanenoodlyguy

            Not really. Shipping the characters celebrities play is one thing. But how would you feel if you found some fanfic where your real life brother molests you and you love it?

            Real people is a creep line, no matter how famous that real person is. It’d be fine if it was just “Oh they’d make a cute couple” but we all know that’s never where it ends.

  • Hiram

    Feral may have to give Lisa a leg up if she wants to get that relationship out the door.

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      You are henceforth forbidden to comment puns for the rest of this issue.

      • palmvos

        spoilsport

  • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

    It’s going to be awkward when Lisa realizes she hasn’t dropped anything and is forced to get back up the stairs to actually take out the documents of her bag (webcomic visual consistency, I’m onto you)

    • Happyroach

      And drops them all over the floor, and Feral gets down on the floor to help pick them up, and their eyes meet or their hands touch-

      AHHHHHH!!! YOU GUYS GOT ME DOING IT TOO! STHAAAAAAP!!!!

      • a person

        You thought you could resist. You can’t. That’s the thing, everyone starts off thinking shipping is weird. Then they do it once. Then again. And again. And it gets easier, and easier, and easier. And eventually you realize how far you’ve come, and then right after you realize how god damn fun the whole thing is and what a fool you were for resisting.

        • Lysiuj

          This is your brain. This is your brain on shipping…

  • Anthony

    Making someone go from world class genius to walk into a wall stupid is an achievement up there next to bed-shattering sex.

    • Tylikcat

      Feral is a very… Primal soft of person.

    • phantomreader42

      “Absent-Minded Professor” is a trope for a reason

    • Pol Subanajouy

      As some one who has been there, it’s not as cool as it sounds. You have to sit there and wonder how you are going to fix the bed and everything.

  • Hiram

    I see that Lisa has made tiny, heart shaped medi-bots.

  • theangelJean

    If this happens, or maybe even ifit doesn’t, Lisa and Tara’s philosophies are going to …

    … umm, I don’t think “collide” is the right word.

    • Tylikcat

      Synergize! It’ll be the best!

  • Cori J.

    This is the best possible thing to happen on the eve of a potential apocalypse. Thank you, SFP team.

    • shereadstoomuch

      Literally yes. I cannot think of a better page to showcase awesome ladies being cute and living their awesome cute lives in the face of all the awful. <3

  • Manuel Simone

    The whole “face hitting wall” scene is so cute. I don’t know about others but I already ship them pretty hard (and they only meet for like 2 pages).

  • zellgato

    Oh holy hell that was sooo cute
    and Feral was damn smooth there.
    Alison is just “what.. what did i just watch? that was so cute and so fast and i’d never seen Paladin adorkable like that”

    • bta

      >and Feral was damn smooth there.

      Apparently Allison’s little operation also enhanced Feral’s gaydar.

      • Eric Meyer

        Pheremones, man. Pheremones.

        • utopiatic

          Eh, hope not. Pheremone-related powers gross me out in general. And when you go into the romance-side of things, they blur the whole “consent” thing to an uncomfortable degree.

          • Eric Meyer

            What? No, not from Feral. Feral smelling them off of Paladin!

            Everyone’s got pheremones, telling everyone else how they feel. You just can’t consciously smell them, usually. But Feral’s a clear Wolverine expy, and so may very well have the ‘super nose’ aspect of his power, to be able to tell when people are diggin’ on her.

          • Sam

            She does, or at least claims to. http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-3/680/ Says she smells a man on Alison shortly after she gets a hug from Patrick. Feral could be bluffing, though, since she might have been able to hear him outside her room. Or Patrick might just wear way too much cologne.

        • Dean

          Well, Alison did say that Feral hasn’t showered in a while…

  • bta

    You all know what this means, don’t you?

    We need to come up with a portmanteau name for the ship.

    • I ship it

      Feradin?

    • MrSing

      The Cat-Bot Combo Deluxe?’
      I think they call that a Cheese Royale down here in Europe land.

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      I’m partial to Cats&Bolts

  • Abel Undercity

    “Play it cool, play it cool, play i-”

    BONK!

    “DAMMIT!”

    • Guilherme Carvalho

      awww, even the bonk was cute shy and small 0#__#0

    • Walter

      “She probably didn’t notice that. It’s fine. This is fine.”

      • Lysiuj

        “Well she probably did notice that, but it’ll totally seem like nothing happened if I act like nothing happened.”

        • Sam

          Ah, the cat technique.

          • Lysiuj

            Feral’s already having an effect on her!

          • CanuckAmuck

            The cat technique: “I meant to do that.”
            🙂

    • Psile

      I have never identified more with Lisa than in this moment.

      • Alex Hollins

        right? theres nothing like someone showing an interest in me to turn me into a bigger moron that usual.

        • bryan rasmussen

          Okay, you the genius.

      • JeffH

        Yeah! Although she had me at batteries and light bulbs…

  • zophah

    If there was any doubt Feral’s advances would work, the shipping was real the moment Paladin ran into a wall in embarrassment.

  • motorfirebox

    Haaaaaahaha

  • Dave M

    And suddenly the background music changes from “Dreamweaver” to “Hungry like the wolf” 🙂

    Also, this ship is definitely underway “yo ho, lets go!”

  • Lysiuj

    They’re both so smooth… and yet there’s so much friction!
    Ah, the magic of Biodynamics.

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      It’s a change of pace to have socially competent women flirting in this webcomic, a breath of fresh air

  • Lysiuj

    “I’m sure I’ll see you around.”
    Literally – turns around, doesn’t see where she’s going because her eyes are still on Tara.

  • Walter

    Thumbs through belt loops. A+ hitting on technique.

  • AveryAves

    I wanna say “Smooth, Feral” but she is very much not trying to be smooth ay. There is no smooth goal here.

  • Jason Rivest

    Litterally laughed out loud when Lisa bumped her head in the wall.

    Also, Feral’s got game!

  • Cyrano111

    I know a lot of readers were hoping for exactly this, but personally from a narrative perspective I’m a bit disappointed. This “love at first sight” trope seems cheap and easy from a story which usually eschews such simplicity.

    I don’t mean “I will stop reading!”: just that usually the story-telling is better than this.

    • It may not be love so much. Lisa is flustered. She works constantly, and mostly with tiny suicidal robots. It stands to reason that maybe she doesn’t date often. With Feral laying on the flirtation, she’s just a little giddy. Nothing may come of it in the end.

    • Stephanie

      Romance in stories is not that interesting to me in general–but I do read this more as “attraction at first sight” than “love.”

      • Cyrano111

        I did consider that phrasing but decided that the tired cliche captured my point better.

        • Stephanie

          I think it’s an important distinction since attraction at first sight is a thing that happens in real life, whereas love at first sight is more of a fictional conceit.

  • Weatherheight

    Okay, I feel we can now say with some degree of certainty the Lisa is into women.
    Bi may still be up in the air.

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      It’s actually much worse: she’s into cats. Why do you think she surrounds herself with cute, adorable but equally dumb as bricks robots?
      Don’t judge her it’s hard enough on herself already!

      • Lysiuj

        And just who do you think you are, insulting cats like that?
        I will have you know that cats are much smarter than Lisa’s robots, they have a much stronger self preservation instinct, and a much more refined sense of humor.

      • Weatherheight

        ::watches as a cat quite deliberately and with malice aforethought knocks over ∫Clémens×ds 🐙’s glass of punch, then nods sagely at ∫Clémens×ds 🐙::

      • palmvos

        Clemens… if i were you I’d wear ankle-covering slippers to bed…. Cats are egotistical, independent, and very clever creatures.

  • Kifre

    Damn Feral’s laying it on thick.

    I wonder if she can trim those nails of hers…

    • nat365

      Hah! Comic definitely not written by a lesbian!

    • Stephanie

      Maybe she puts on those little rubber caps. Or maybe they’re retractable!

  • Mouser

    “I’m Feral”
    “I can see that.”
    (face plants into wall while trying to leave)

    THIS is my standard mating behavior.

  • Fluffy Dragon

    And now the hunt begins.
    The wilde beast and the noble knight will be locked in eternal “battle”.
    Searching, eluding, catching, wrestling… Reversing roles…

    I lost my chariot of thought.

    • Lysiuj

      The beast and knight are in it, riding into the sunset.

    • Mechwarrior

      It seems to have gone off in an exciting direction, though.

      • Fluffy Dragon

        indeed, it’s positively frolicking.

  • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

    By the way my American fellow is it time already to speculate how much money is Alison secretly swindling to keep a two bedroom (she doesn’t plan on sharing her bed with Feral) apartment with fairly voluminous living room in the heart of New York on a meager firefighter salary (that is, if most of it isn’t voluntary work) and a full time job of being a penniless university student?

    • Markus

      Feral’s a coucher. 100% guaranteed.

    • Dean

      She’s still got her Guardians money, and I expect that she gets royalties from Mega-Girl merchandising.

    • crazy j

      No way in heck is she living in the outer Burroughs. It’s got to be Manhattan which would be about $3,000 a month. Or the average annual salary for somebody living in West Virginia or say Indiana.

      All of this reminds me of Orwell’s criticism of the bourgeois cranks that infest socialism. It is no wonder they continuously lose the Working Class vote.

  • Crow

    I, and others in the community, started using ‘Tara’ to refer to her because all the other ex-supers don’t use their code-names. But this makes me think about that and how she never really wore a mask. She still calls herself Feral. I think Feral is a much bigger part of who she is than Mega Girl is for Al, or Paladin for Lisa, or even Menace for Patrick.

    • Walter

      I almost always use code names for anyone but Alison.

  • Rabbits

    oh no this is way too cute i die

  • Lillian

    Somebody once said “Iron Man X Wolverine but lesbians” and here is the end result

  • Urthman

    “I’m Feral.”

    “I can see that. Alison, are you going to introduce me to this feral young woman?”

  • Pol Subanajouy

    I am left speechless. The *bonk* sound effect has said everything I could possibly want to say, many times more eloquently.

    Layout wise, it’s actually interesting seeing the framing of the page. Lisa at her goofiest sits in the lower left side and Lisa at her coolest (with the eyebrow raise and snark and everything) is on the upper right. It makes her lack of composure all the more unexpected and precipitous (and adorable.)

  • Walter

    Some people’s gaydar works passively, sitting there and picking up vibes. Feral…goes with the active ping approach.

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      Actually, ever since the Max procedure, her gaydar is so active it bypasses the hard road and just turn girls gay.

      Simpler. The Feral way.

      • Walter

        It works through Feral-mones. (Feral moans…even)

        I’ll show myself out.

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  • David

    Alright, to keep my comment on topic with all the others…I’m alright with this “ship”…but in no way is it better than Alison and Feral. That is all.

  • Mitchell Lord
  • Charlotte Marie

    Oh, that is just the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Lisa pretending to not be swooning. And then running into a wall. Oh that’s precious. She’s so bad at acting apathetic or nonchalant. So cute.

  • WizardJim

    Haaaaaa, now that’s adorable! Not even God could sink this Ship.

    • Danygalw

      oh no

  • Seer of Trope

    The only thing that could have made people stop talking about Guwara, of course.

  • Ah, dammit! They’re so cute, but I was kinda hoping Lisa was aromantic .

    • Stephanie

      I guess it’s still possible that she’s aromantic sexual!

      • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

        Please stop I can only get so aroused

  • ophidimancer

    Adorbs!

  • TheLordofAwesome

    All aboard the S.S. Feradin!

  • Danygalw

    LISA BRADLEY WALKED INTO A WALL

    they’re both so *cute*

  • Jac

    Man, I WISH I were this smooth around a cute girl.

    • palmvos

      practice. lots and lots of practice. you will start to get decent at it… and you will look too old and all the women will stop seeing you in that way.

  • weedgoku

    Plot resolution, conflict or anything? Nope, time to dissolve the last interesting character in the series to the most basic and, frankly, insulting aspect of her character; her sexuality. I sure do love how in the middle of a relatively serious arc people just drop everything because OH MY GAWD A LESBIAN, GOTTA HOOK HER UP WITH ANY AND EVERY OTHER FEMALE CHARACTER!!!!

    • cphoenix

      What is insulting about sexuality??

      • Sam

        You’re misunderstanding, I think: the statement wasn’t “Feral’s sexuality is insulting”, it was “reducing Feral to her sexuality is insulting.

        • cphoenix

          The comment refers to her sexuality as “the most … insulting aspect of her character.” And, also, complains about reducing her to that aspect.

          Anyway, I don’t see this storyline as “reducing” Feral to her sexuality; it is simply showing that Feral *has* sexuality (as most of us do). Saying that someone who is strongly attracted to another person is “reduced to their sexuality” feels kinda like slut-shaming.

          It’s also possible to read the original comment as saying that, not sexuality in general, but Feral’s sexuality in particular, is an insult. I don’t understand why it would be an insult, but different people see different things.

          • Sam

            I’m still reading Weedgoku’s statement as having an implied “- to be reduced to” after “most,,, insulting aspect of her character”. I could be wrong, though, and they’re certainly welcome to chime in on what they mean. I’m not going to weigh in on whether or not this arc is actually doing that reducing, though.

          • Arklyte

            “It’s also possible to read the original comment as saying that, not sexuality in general, but Feral’s sexuality in particular, is an insult. I don’t understand why it would be an insult, but different people see different things.”
            Or someone tries to paint other commenter as homophobe here despite that person not saying anything of a kind. That’s what I see if we’re suddenly interested in what people see in comments of others. Objections? Exlanation?

        • weedgoku

          You would be correct, thank you for wording it better. It was partially more response to the fans of the comic than the comic directly, but the author seems to be pandering to those fans right now so it’s just kind of disappointing to go from an arc that seemed to be promising some kind of serious consequences, especially when it started to involve a character who had the best overall arc of the whole comic, to HEY LETS GO TO A GAY BAR, oh wait no now you’re just going to fall in love at first sight with the first named woman you meet who hasn’t already rejected you.

          • Sendaz

            What if rampant Feralmones™* are an unexpected consequence of the Max Arc? Where we find not just Lisa is being attracted to Feral, but now whole swaths of persons falling over themselves when they go out?

            *first coined by Walter below.

          • Stephanie

            Alison knows that Feral enjoys alcohol and women. Going out to a gay bar is something Feral would probably genuinely enjoy, even if she doesn’t feel up to it right now.

            Also, attraction != love.

    • Jac

      Wow, you really don’t have much faith in the writers of this comic. Which is really sad considering how long this comic has gone.

      • weedgoku

        My faith in the authors dropped pretty hard since the moonshadow arc and continues to drop. They don’t seem to be too interested in doing anything to regain any kind of faith either. They appear to be happy taking the easy way out, dropping consequences from their arcs and pandering to the audience.

    • Stephanie

      What do you want from your LGBT characters? The old way of depicting them where they’re theoretically gay, but you never see them being gay in practice?

      • Lysiuj

        Somehow straight characters are never “reduced” to their sexuality when a romantic or sexual relationship is introduced, nor is their sexuality ever the most insulting aspect of them.

        • weedgoku

          Actually it’s a common complaint when people take a well developed character, usually a female super hero or other protagonist, and then just toss them into an arc that focuses on nothing but ~boys~. People keep doing that shit and it’s always insulting. When two characters relationships develop as a result of your plot, that’s great. When you just drop everything because you want to make sure everyone knows that OH BOY SHE’S A LADY AND SHE’S GOT THEM FEELINGS RITE? That’s terrible.

          • Lysiuj

            There’s a matter of what’s common and what’s not. Straight female characters are very common, and are often shoehorned into contrived romances for exactly the reason you said – because of assumptions that women are obsessed with romance and boys, and that this is what the audience wants to see.
            LBP women are still quite rare, major ones are even more rare, and both minor and major ones often have their romantic and sexual lives repressed or ignored (or with Bi and Pan women, they’ll more often be shown with men). So showing those relationships, from meeting/flirting onwards, is not a tired habit but rather a breath of fresh air.
            Also I don’t really understand your assertation that this isn’t develpoping as part of the plot…? I mean the direct result of what Alison did to Max was Tara leaving the hospital, and the next scene shows the next things she’s doing? Also the plot has established she’s both gay and very flirtatious and sexual, and this scene shows this and doesn’t break character? And Lisa’s an established character who also knows Al personally? And the comic often jumps between scenes, as well as tones, styles, etc, and I doubt the issue with Max is over just because we get one scene with Tara flirting?

          • Sam

            I feel like you’re moving the goalposts a little, there. Here’s how I’m seeing this conversation flow:

            Weedgoku: I think reducing Feral to her sexuality is insulting. I think this comic is reducing Feral to her sexuality.
            [Stephanie and Weedgoku begin discussing whether or not the comic is reducing Feral to her sexuality]
            Lysiuj: Straight characters are never accused of being reduced to their sexuality.
            Weedgoku: Yes they are, under the following circumstances.
            Lysiuj: Those or similar circumstances are more acceptable when applied to same-sex relationships, for the following reasons. I do not think this comic is reducing Feral to her sexuality.

            The problem I have with this is that you seem to be abandoning your point about straight characters not being accused of being reduced to their sexuality without actually retracting it. Normally that would be no big deal, but in this case I at least infer an accusation of homophobia being leveled at Weedgoku in the process.
            (Anyone involved should feel free to correct me if they think I’m misrepresenting their position, of course.)

          • Lysiuj

            While I thank you for caring about a civil environment here, I have neither abandoned nor retracted my point, though I touched on different points in my last comment.
            Straight characters are not, on the whole (I will admit “never” may be exaggerated) said to be “reduced to their sexuality”. People may complain about shoehorned romances, or about constantly writing women around their interest in men, but I’ve never encounterd anyone saying “oh, so now all she is is straight? is that all there is to her character?” just because the plot showed her in a romantic context. Whereas so often with LGBT+ characters, any significant romance or sex, or even just flirting like here, is met with “why do we constanly need to see how she’s gay? is being gay her only characteristic?” In other words, straight romance/sex is just a part of the plot and the character, while LGBT+ romance/sex can’t be.

          • weedgoku

            I’ll venture and say it’s worse with LGBT+ characters because for so long, so very long, the few times anyone has ever included an LGBT+ character in a piece of media it’s been solely defined by their sexuality, usually as ridiculous stereotypes to laugh at. It was why Feral and her arc were so great, because she was a well written character at the time. The fact that she was gay, while certainly important and relevant to who she was, wasn’t a core part of the story, as in it didn’t revolve around her being gay for the sake of being gay and pandering to that particular audience. She was a great character who stood on her own and her arc is still the high point of this comic. But this new feral bit, it feels weak. We’re seeing a feral who seems to effectively be turning into the exact opposite of everything she was, everything she grew into and developed from.

          • Lysiuj

            And I get that really, and it’s a problem when LGBT+ characters are only defined by that identity, to the point of being one-dimensional or having no other arc. But it feels to me like what you’re describing is the opposite extreme, where any case of Tara engaging in something romantic is somehow pandering, and “revolves around her being gay for the sake of being gay”. It feels like the opposite, because we would go from gay characters who can almost only be in romantic stuff, to gay characters who can almost never be in romantic stuff (“because it would be pandering”).
            At any rate, as I wrote in my previous reply to you, Tara has been established to be sexual and flirtatious, hardly the opposite of what she was, and more than was established about Al at the beggining of this arc. Seems to me, if we can accept Al getting a crush as part of the story, we can accept Tara getting a crush.

          • Arklyte

            So you also think that Paladin is in fact a villain, Lysiuj?

          • Lysiuj

            wha…?

          • Lysiuj

            Oh OK I get it, heh.

      • weedgoku

        No, several comics I read actually integrate it into the story like they do any other character. They don’t just grind a storyline to a halt and drop the plot threads to throw up a flashing neon sign saying “hey, remember this character’s gay?”

        • Stephanie

          How do you know that this isn’t part of the story?

  • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

    For months now, more than a full year, I’ve been waiting for these election results to resume breathing normally and make the most endearing of derogatory comments about you silly Americans not to be trusted to be responsible for yourselves as a spell to cast away all the dread I didn’t even know I had accumulated.

    I can’t even bring myself to joke now. I am so, so sorry, distraught and terrified for all of you.
    But don’t worry. Not being American myself means it’s something I’ll manage to take, and move on to keep doing everything that matters to keep this world a wonderful place. And you’ve got many a friend just like me, among yours and all over the world.

    This is bad. But you’re not alone. Please don’t give up hope.

    • Sam
    • Weatherheight

      You can get just so much from a good thing
      You can linger too long in your dreams
      Say goodbye to the oldies but goodies
      Cause the good ole days weren’t always good
      And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems…
      “Keepin the Faith”, Billy Joel

      We may be in for a rough ride, but Americans are tough. We can get through anything. Keep thinking good thoughts though – we’re going to need them.

      (Also, I could have posted exactly the same thing had the results been otherwise – Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, indeed).

  • Happyroach

    So, for all that I’ve disagreed vehemently with people here, I just want to say that after the last evening, these last two comics and the conversation that followed, has helped keep me sane. This is honestly one of the best webcomic communities I’ve ever seen, and I really appreciate you all.

    • Yirtimd2

      Yes, I am (in)sane too because of this. Because Reality Is Now Much Worse Than My worst Nightmares about Tyrant Alison. Much-Much worse. God Save us All.

  • Psile

    Well to hell with it now. Alison for Dictator, 2016. It would be better than what we just got.

    • Yirtimd2

      Well, now I think Injustice-style Alison is not so bad variant now

    • ∫Clémens×ds 🐙

      This upvote is how much I regret everything I ever said about Alison.

      I thought only when it’s in the hands of all of us is power safe to trust.
      I was wrong. We can’t even trust ourselves.
      Take it all Al, and show them, and be merciful to your enemies… We have nothing better.

      • Stephanie

        I’m horrified by what the election says about the American people. I wanted us to be better than this.

        • Tsapki

          Well when apparently both sides are screaming ‘sexist raping criminal baby killer’ at the other, something is clearly wrong. We just misjudged the degree of wrong.

        • palmvos

          what happened is about the biggest and most public example conceivable that people make decisions emotionally first. Then justify them logically. in other words… logic is fun but it convinces very few people in ways that matter.
          now come let us dive into cynicism because I think the cynical are the only ones who will be able to get any amusement out of this election.

          • Weatherheight

            The hardest thing in my world is doing what my head says in right when my heart wants the opposite with everything it can muster.

          • palmvos

            how do you tell which is wrong? because in the abstract- all three possibilities exist.
            1. heart is wrong (punch that unprintable idiot out)
            2.head is wrong. (but i NEED a job and they are so close)
            3.both are wrong (can’t think of an example right now but few things truly boil down to a duality)

          • Weatherheight

            Exactly. 😀

        • Arkone Axon

          Honestly, what this says is that the people were tired of the “non-choice.” The establishment kept giving us a choice, “you can eat this shit sandwich we’re offering you – or a live hand grenade! Hahahah! Hey, it’s a choice, right? Remember, you CHOSE to eat that shit sandwich! You love it, don’t you!”

          And… this time around, people wiped the smirk off the establishment’s collective face. “So, would you rather eat this tasty, delicious shit sandwich you know you love, or eat this live hand grenade? Hahahaha… hey… wait… uh… no, stop… you’re not supposed to eat the hand grenade… wait… I don’t even…”

          Seriously, most people who voted for him (and I voted for Johnson, because I couldn’t vote for Stein, so don’t tell me that I was sexist for not wanting to vote for Clinton) KNOW how disgusting he is… they’re just sick of eating the shit.

          (Again: I would have voted for Stein… and before that, I would have voted for Sanders. You want to blame someone for Trump’s victory, blame the DNC and Clinton. Don’t blame the people. Don’t demonize your neighbors. Don’t assume they’re hateful and evil and vile just because they didn’t want to eat the shit sandwich. Blame the jerks who tried to force them into a “choice,” then were stunned when it didn’t work this time. THEY’RE the reason you get to say “President Trump” through clenched teeth for the next few years)

          • Stephanie

            The problem with that reasoning is that many people who chose the hand grenade option are not the ones who will be at the epicenter of the explosion. People who will be mostly okay in the aftermath of a Trump presidency gambled with the safety and welfare of vulnerable populations.

            I also don’t believe that more than a fraction of Trump voters believed they were choosing a hand grenade over a shit sandwich. His divisive message resonated with a lot of people, who then voted for him because they wanted to.

          • Arkone Axon

            Actually, most of the people who voted for Trump did so in SPITE of his comments and attitudes, not because of them. Most of them weren’t “going to be mostly okay in the aftermath.” They were looking at Clinton’s policies – her support of the TPP, for instance – and decided they were better off with Trump.

            It’s like France during the late 18th century. The aristocracy and clergy kept banding together against the people when it came to voting in their assemble (the First, Second, and Third Estates) and pretending the common folk actually had meaningful input into governance. And they refused to reform… and then came the Revolution. The guillotines might have been nasty, but you can’t blame the French for being sick of how they were living.

      • Danygalw

        Can you imagine Alison living through that election, though? She’d be so tempted to just. Kill Trump. And then she wouldn’t be maybe she’d go watch his inauguration, fidgeting on top of the Washington Monument, oh wait GOOD THING YOU DID BECAUSE MOONSHADOW WOULD TRY TO KILL HIM.

  • Soqoma

    Oh, THIS. THIS is what I needed today.

    Also, the personality work is so good here: Feral is delightfully direct and over-the-top confident/assertive…and Lisa’s response of being cold, dismissive (a little condescending) and so totally affected as to walk into a wall is ALL too familiar. Hahaha

  • Layla

    I opperate on the same level of smoothness as Lisa.
    Meaning close to zero.

    • Dawn Smashington

      saaaaaaame

  • SirKaid

    Dang Feral, you’re smooth.

  • Ian Osmond

    “I might be moving out pretty soon.”

    What does a lesbian bring on a second date? A U-Haul.

  • Dawn Smashington

    Holy shit, do we need this.

    • Danygalw

      Yeah. Yeah, this. It’s… hard to realise that this, and that, are part of the same world.

  • KevlarNinja

    I ship it now. 😛