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AdamBombTV It really tied the room together Debbie Jackson This deserves more upvotes – sadly someone else already made the joke 😉 palmvos i refuse to up-vote such a ridiculous method of changing time. police boxes are more civilized. critically_damped Actually, that’s a rug. Not a carpet. 21stCenturyPeon It really tied the room together. Kid Chaos So she owes Clevin a new rug…and wait just one cotton-pickin’ minute! Is that Patrick??? Dude, what the hell? This is SFP, not Stick In the Mud. 👿 Debbie Jackson *Patrick* owes Clevin a new rug; it’s not the fault of the emotionally abused when the abuser shows up to jerk them around some more, and (arguments of physical abuse/the cup flinging incident aside) Patrick is definitely acting as the overly obsessed psychological manipulator who can’t accept being cut from his target’s life. palmvos plus too we can access the ancient legal principal of he who has the more money sue him (or her) first. Todd Either that or he’s acting as someone who believes only Alison can help him at this point (and I do believe she’s the only one he’s told his suspicions to concerning The Conspiracy). Tylikcat Yeah, I don’t think sending her a check for 25 million dollars was well handled, but it wasn’t intrusive contact, I’d put it more along the lines of a poorly done “I’m sorry,” note. Max’s file is a bit more iffy, but then, there’s a lot of iffy to spread around there. I might even be willing to cut Patrick a bit of slack if I didn’t think it were entirely besides the point. Debbie Jackson I’m not saying that it necessarily *is* intrusive contact, but I do think that – especially given the general atmosphere and aims of SFP as a work of fiction – it’s designed to mirror and elicit responses based on actual intrusive situations of that nature in the real world. Patrick couldn’t sway Allison with arguments or direct manipulation and so he decided to buy her acquiescence. I read it not as a poorly done apology but rather as more manipulative behaviour masquerading as a poorly done apology. YMMV, but which one it truly is can only be deduced from the sender’s private intentions and past behaviour and he doesn’t do well on those axes. Similarly, with the scene above, I’d say we’re probably meant to appreciate the disquiet and shock of seeing someone thoroughly uninvited show up at a vulnerable moment – plus the guilt of exposing a new partner to their antics, the panic of how to handle the situation. Tylikcat I don’t recall there being other contact between their blow up and that. In that context… it was just so wrong. I mean, we don’t have much of a sense for what kind of money Valkyrie is being funded with, but Patrick’s check seemed to be in the wrong magnitude – more desperate than tempting. (But this is where having some idea of their operating budget would be nice.) I don’t think that’s a gift she would have accepted if they’d been on the best terms. (There’s a principle where you’re bribing someone, that the bribe should be in the right general ballpark – big enough that they should be happy taking it, but not so big that it should be a signal that either something totally else is going on or you’re clueless. None of this really applies to Alison, who doesn’t have any practice accepting bribes, except… that was in WTF money territory.) If there’s a scale between manipulative and flailing, I don’t think Patrick’s traversing it consciously? Which is pretty much where I am with the current scene – it’s possible that he’s being a total dick. I mean, my base position with Patrick is that I really like his character but man, he’s a fuckwit. But I’m holding judgement, because I think he might be past the ability to be a dick. Which doesn’t mean his effect on Alison isn’t going to be cringeworthy. Huttj509 Heck, she might be the only person he’s actually had an honest conversation with. If his powers are, in fact, out of control, taking in too much, getting vomit-drunk off other people’s intoxication, can’t filter…who would he turn to for help? Who COULD he turn to? He’s a wanted villain, he can’t call up the doc and say “hey, Menace here, yeah, still alive, powers wonky, little help?” deebles False distinction. In much of the world, the older meaning of carpet, of which rugs are a subset, is still in use; the word is not limited to wall-to-wall, tacked down floor covering. leoboiko Case in point: “magic carpet”. StClair Also: the scene in the French Revolution segment of Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I where the aged and frail father passes out (again), lands face down on the floor, and querulously demands to know, “What fool put a carpet on the wall?” Brandon Quina They really need to hurry up and release Part II. M. Alan Thomas II “Ambush”? Really? Todd Well, he could’ve ripped off his clothes and yelled, “Yahtzee!” Weatherheight I’m stealing that for the next time I get that drunk. Assuming I can remember it during a drunken stupor. palmvos post video. Todd You don’t have to be drunk: After weeks of mounting tension, a million dollars at stake, and the World Chess Championship on the line, Garry Kasparov went berserk yesterday, took off all of his clothes and yelled, “Yahtzee!” http://snltranscripts.jt.org/90/90hupdate.phtml Weatherheight “And Edward Scissorhands and Captain Hook were both killed this week when they high-fived each other at an apres-premiere party at New York City’s Hard Rock Cafe.” Dennis Miller was awesome back then… Of course, Dana Carvey imitating Dennis Miller was even more awesome. “Baba ganoush!” Abel Undercity Now picturing Allison holding the rug in her arms and crying out, a la the famous Crisis on Infinite Earths cover. MedinaSidonia *giggling* 😀 Arkone Axon I can actually see her punching reality itself while screaming, “I’ll kill you! I’ll kill you to death!” Lysiuj Drunk Patrick is best Patrick. Kid Chaos That’s a matter of opinion. 💀 deebles Best at being annoying, perhaps. Lysiuj Annoying for Alison = fun for us! (Or me at least) Lysiuj The fact that her ex showed up unannounced while her boyfriend is out, is somehow the least embarassing part of this. Filthy Liar Clevin is only gone for like the next ten minutes. He forgot his phone so when he loops around to get it Patrick can be all emo at him. Arklyte Patrick knows how they both feel no matter his wishes. How exactly do you go all emo on the girl you pushed away yourself out of fear, but who still cares about you and the actually good guy, who loves and supports her? He literary feels and knows what they do and he can’t block it or forget. Lysiuj Why, he’ll do what he almost always does, act like he knows everything and has it all figured out. Tylikcat Yeah, I think there’s a good chance he’s finally blown that one. I wish I could think that was a good sign. Jac See that vomit? He MEANT to put it there. All a part of his grand plan, you see. Filthy Liar Clevin walks in “What th–” *slips on the vomit, dies* Menace “BWAHAHAHAHA” Walter His phone is still in the room. He is hearing all of this somehow, and will wildly misinterpret it. Or rather, that’s what might happen in another comic. Clevin, being a perfect human, will deal with any jealousy he might experience in a mature and responsible fashion. Ellie Patrick isn’t her ex, they never got together because of Patrick’s “issues”. Lysiuj Yeah I know, ex in the sense of “they might as well have been together.” Jac Ex-it’s-complicated? Cori J. Hilarity and YAY THE HOT MESS IS BACK <3 feelings aside, 1) He is drunk, but thinks he's sober because the boundaries of his own consciousness are blurring with people around him. 🙁 2) He's sober and is experiencing really, really, really bad neurological problems. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 3) He got drunk to try to escape the onslaught of intrusive telepathic thoughts his heightened powers are inflicting on him, it didn't work/made it worse/caused disorientation, and sobered up but is still reeling from mind-sickness. The most hopeful outcome. :/ 4) AMBUSH smooth dude that practice in the stairwell paid off. Dashing af. The prodigal problematic fave returns! o/ Dean 5) He’s been poisoned! Oren Leifer 1 & 3 are quite likely intertwined. Corrine Stenman 6) He himself is sober, but is experiencing other people’s intoxication telepathically. palmvos this seems like cheating somehow. like hes freeloading or something. Dwight Williams Not if these are the only effects he gets to experience. Fairportfan Kinda lie the Oh God of Hangovers… Corrine Stenman Yeah, kinda … and it sounds like something he’d do. Jac 7) He’s totally, obviously drunk, and giving Alison sarcasm. Tylikcat You credit him with so much self awareness. Jac True, so this is probably not very likely. Mouse I am so bad at maintaining this story line in my head, when did he telepathy get boosted? Zorae42 It’s never been stated, it’s just speculation. We’ve only seen that multiple other supers have gotten more powerful as time goes by and it stands to reason that his would as well. There’s also separate, even wilder, speculation that since he sent Alison Max’s file and is fond of overly complicated plans, he might have gotten his hands on Max. Walter He is drunk, the line about being sober was sarcasm. palmvos don’t drunk people often claim they are sober? Cori J. Moar speculation fun, following my comment on the previous page: 8) He has successfully time-traveled!!! But this is the nasty result, kinda like in Primer (2004). ryan almazan I wonder if getting drunk is the only way for him to not read minds Dwight Williams Now there is a terrifying thought. David Gillon cf Londo Mollari on B5, once he became Emperor, with a Shadow keeper on his shoulder that couldn’t handle its drink. Dwight Williams I remember that little “gift” from the Drakh all too well. Chris Rice For his sake, I hope not. But with the way super powers in this comic seem to work, you may be right. In fact, now that I think about it, getting drunk might turn off the powers of ALL the superhumans in this comic. ryan almazan that could be the reason why reason why Allsion never drinks. through if getting drunk nullify superpowers than I don’t think tBrad would have a human head. Dean Alison doesn’t drink because she’s (reasonably) afraid of the possibility of harming someone while impaired. Zorae42 Doubtful, I’m fairly sure it’s been stated that Feral doesn’t get drunk because of her powers – and that wouldn’t make sense if alcohol turned off powers. Plus all those people drank a toast at her party without any adverse effects. I assume that since alcohol dulls the senses and makes you process stuff differently that it would help with Patrick’s powers which are a kind of sense that gives him a ton of stuff to process. Although as others have pointed out, he may not be drunk and just getting the effects from someone nearby who is (if his powers have grown). ifsogirl_88 That’s why the Torrance family struggles with alcoholism in the Shining & Doctor Sleep. It’s the only way for them to numb their brains from the constant input. Mechwarrior Worse, his powers only stop working when he’s hung over. bryan rasmussen she wants him to vomit on the floor? That’s a lot harder to just throw out and get a new one. ampg Wood floors are WAY cheaper to get back to their original state, though. bryan rasmussen I’m just sick and how me and my friend the professor tricked you and got me these heightened powers! HUURRLL Projectile Ambush! dbmag9 The way Al got the ability to fly was that she was able to use the same underlying power, but to lift herself rather than only on other things. If Patrick’s underlying ability is a blurring of the boundary between other people’s thoughts and his own, it seems like the way it could ‘improve’ is for his thoughts to broadcast into other people’s minds, perhaps uncontrollably? Maybe he’s drinking to drown out others’ thoughts, maybe he’s drinking to stop projecting his thoughts at others? Maybe he hasn’t had anything to drink, but wandered past someone who was drunk and got drunk from their drunkenness? Arklyte Actually that’s not a boost, it’s his normal condition(minus projectingmon others). That’s why I hardly can blame him for anything considering that when you’re 14, waking up to a world where you suddenly find out that your parents dream you were never born, your neighbour is a pedo and that your classmate is seriously planning to take her life in toilet is quite a world changing expirience:D Dwight Williams I could accept that combination of revelations – and others as yet undisclosed – as sufficient trauma to drive an otherwise sane 14-year-old to a life of world-conquering. Arkone Axon So you’re saying he’s not drunk… he’s knurd? Victor von Jul The Dude: “Oh man, I liked this rug. It really tied the room together!” Joshua Taylor Spotted a continuity error: Alison was wearing socks when she was on the couch with Clevin and now she’s not. Thechynd She does on page 18, but page 19 has Clevin commenting on how cold her toes are so presumably she took them off between pages. Why? …Maybe Clevin has a foot fetish? Joshua Taylor Dun dun dun palmvos maybe carefully wandering down a road shes never known? if taking socks off turns out well….maybe other things can happen. MedinaSidonia You get a No-Prize. 😀 Todd Ah! The No-Prize should include (in my experience anyway) an explanation of why what looks like a (continuity) error is not, in fact, an error. Weatherheight Originally, in the late 60’s and on occasion in the early 70’s, they were given for spotting a continuity error (usually in regards to canon in-title or as regards events in another title). Starting in the mid 70’s (maybe a bit later), one had to offer a plausible explanation as to why it was not a continuity error. Given the most recent standard, we are indeed owed an explanation before issuing the award. 😀 Not sure if Marvel gives them out anymore – it’s a lot harder with a whole stable of writers and plotters as opposed to like 6 writers, or when you have 50+ years of continuity to deal with and a whole slew of writers who are willing to completely ignore or reinterpret canon in bizarre ways over a 20 year period. It doesn’t help when universal re-boots happen every ten years or three. Todd https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_No-Prize (And, no, I didn’t get my info from the article: I really did read comics back in the 80s.) Weatherheight Me too – I began collecting in ’77. 😀 MedinaSidonia Yeah, but people were always trying to get a No-Prize just by pointing stuff out, which is why Marvel had to take such pains to explain the requirements. I always got the impression of exasperation on their part. AdamBombTV You know, as opening lines go, he could have done a lot worse than “Ambush” Walter Good thing he is sober. Lisa Izo Imagine how much he’d be throwing up if he wasn’t sober. Too bad about that rug. It really tied the whole room together. MedinaSidonia It’s awesome that most people didn’t think it was Patrick, because when someone is *that* fucked up, they do look unrecognizable for a second. GreatWyrmGold “I’m totally sober. HURRK!” This is what we in the business call “implausible deniability”. Ben Posin Like most people I’m wondering about the effects of Patrick’s powers probably getting stronger, whether on their own or through Max. Could be I’m making too much of something intended as a joke line, but I’m wondering if Patrick is having trouble keeping all the drunks in the city out of his head–maybe that drowns out everything else? But I know I’m making way too much stew out of one oyster, it’s hard not to go wild with speculation when you get only two pages a week. leoboiko Maxxed Patrick → psychic projection → Allison’s visions? Ben Posin My gut reaction—only our author/illustrator know—is that a Maxxed Patrick still wouldn’t be able to project into or control anyone’s mind. I know I don’t nearly have enough examples to claim to be sure, but it doesn’t look like either Max or the increase of power and time does anything to change the fundamental nature of a power. Feral’s healing was increasing, and now has gone into over drive, but she’s not dong anything else. Cleaver’s sharp bits have gotten sharper. It was never made 100 percent clear what Moonshadow used to do, but it seems like it was some sort of light manipulation turned towards mimicking invisibility—and now she’s better and more versatile, but with light manipulation. Alison is the closest to an outlier, but if we accept that her strength and hardiness was just a very specific application of telekinetic ability, then it doesn’t really break the mold that she can turn that ability towards flight. I’m not trying to throw shade on anyone whose gut feeling doesn’t match mine on this issue, but I’ll be surprised if it turns out that Patrick is responsible for Alison’s visions. But the theory that he does let’s us have the visions without a. Alison having mental issues or b. some new character/drug/whatever having to be introduced to explain them, so, who knows. Debbie Jackson Projection and control are two very different things. I could certainly imagine a boosted Patrick who, while still unable to exert any direct influence over the minds of others, is perfectly able to project his own thoughts outward as foreign influences. It fits far better with his previous modus operandi as the shadowy manipulator behind the scenes for him to have a method of influencing others’ actions subtly rather than overtly, even to the point of making them think they’d made those decisions on their own. Perhaps he can now blur the boundaries between his subconsciousness and that of other people further than he was previously able and so force them to experience a weird mingling of his own mental state and theirs? Lisa Izo Patrick is definitely projecting something on that rug. Weatherheight Which is a shame, as it really… ::ducks and runs and hides:: Ben Posin We’re talking counter-factual super powers here, so the rules are whatever the SFP team decides. Your gut and my gut disagree as to what the rules are, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Debbie Jackson That’s fair indeed! 🙂 Andrew Rian Hansen How did it take me this long to associate Max’s name and his power of “Max”-imizing other peoples powers? Seriously… leoboiko also “Patrick” means something like “ruling patriarch”, and “Alison” translates to “noblewoman of some kind” – the “al” traces ultimately to adal, “nobility”, which must be related to the Andals, of whom Daenerys Targarien is the legitimate queen. Coincidence??? (yes.) Arklyte Okay, who’s this guy with perfectly normal unscarred face? Patrick’s twin brother? Debbie Jackson He was never scarred; he just had high, sharp cheekbones. Presumably right now he’s looking a bit more slackjawed and less pristinely presented. Beroli A lot of people appear to have assumed that the cup Alison threw at him would scar him horribly for life. Arklyte It was inside cardboard box in a protective wrapping and still was shattered to small pieces that tore out of the box. If you through a cup in same conditions out of the window on 20th floor it’ll still land on pavement less damaged. And All is superpowered and was angered by him on purpose. What else should we have assumed? Beside in all other covers and pictures since then Patrick is always shown only with half his face visible. All that teasing… Beroli The question “What else should we have assumed?” has a premise I don’t share. Debbie Jackson Absolutely. We know she was struggling to retain her control, but she was winning that struggle. She threw the cup in anger but not to actually hit or damage him. And presumably she didn’t want to ruin the structural integrity of the building, either. People making the argument that Al is super-strong and thus would have done a lot of damage forget just *how* strong she actually is. If she were trying to do damage – or even throwing that cup at highest velocity – there’d be no shards of it left in the room. Arkone Axon She once got frustrated with a vending machine and ended up shoving money at a hotel employee and apologizing profusely. This is not exactly someone who spent years training at the X-Mansion to control her powers. Debbie Jackson No, but it *is* someone who – despite being able to crush a vending machine without thinking – is able to physically interact with even the most frustrating of genetically-stable humans on a day-to-day basis. She doesn’t put them in the hospital by shaking hands or even a sudden firm hug. That requires a *lot* of control. Arkone Axon Literally, her first use of her powers seen in the comic was when she got bounced off a bus and into a sign post (damaging both) because she was jaywalking in a “I don’t avoid vehicles, smart drivers of vehicles avoid me” fashion. She has also casually assaulted people for reasons that would have the police inform anyone else “that doesn’t justify it, please come along quietly,” threatened to massacre an entire crowd, broke Feral’s NECK when Feral kissed her without warning (meaning that the only reason she didn’t murder a fellow superhero is that the other superhero’s power is regeneration), and those are just the examples of her going too far without thinking about (as opposed to the times she thought about it and decided “violence time is now. I love violence, this is a good time for violence, I will do violence.”). I still remember when I was first learning to drive a vehicle. I remember how scary it was, how much work it took to learn to control the thing… just driving in a straight line was scary at first. Today I’m quite casual about it… BUT. A car or truck has an average of 200 horsepower. That’s the equivalent of TWO HUNDRED STAMPEDING HORSES under the hood. Powering a mass of metal and synthetic materials wrapped around a highly flammable substance fueling a controlled series of explosions. And if anything should happen because of a vehicle I’m driving, I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR IT. The fact that I can usually drive to and from the supermarket without hitting something doesn’t mean a thing if I should run over a kid playing in the street because I was too busy fuming about something upsetting to pay attention. If Alison wants to be seen as a hero – and if YOU want to hold her up as a heroic character – then she needs to be considered more responsible for the use of her strength than Lenny Small from “Of Mice and Men.” Debbie Jackson I know, but I’m not giving that assumption the time of day. Even if it had left a minor mark, plastic surgery exists and Patrick is more than set up to be able to afford it. The only other reason for such confusion would be a probable misreading the original issues’ art style … so I’m giving them the temporary benefit of the doubt 😉 Pol Subanajouy Patrick. This is unacceptable. Patrick. I expect a villian monologue on my desk by the end of the hour. How dare you show up to work drunk? Patrick, are you listening? Patrick pls spriteless He’s not gonna do any homework he’s a middleschool dropout yo. Arianwen I started rereading the comic and was reminded that aside from the evolution in the art style, before, it was very obviously traditional brushpen + ink. Is it entirely digital now, or have the techniques/materials simply changed? Martine Votvik I findt that art evolution is one of the best things about web comics. I love following people through the years and see how their style develops. Sometimes a comic can go from amatuerish to really polished. Sometimes it goes from the artist trying to emulate a style to settling into a style of their own. A lot of the time comics go from having a lot of fussy details to being simpler but still conveying more. Example here for instance, how Allisons hair is drawn. Danygalw I miss having backgrounds on close-up panels instead of… gradients… Sabe Jones Ah, my ex-favorite character. If only he’d found the secret of time travel and thus a way to erase Issue 5’s “warp everyone’s characterization to make Alison look better” gambit. Rando Senator Lady: I may not be able to hurt you, but I can send an endless stream of drunks to your home, and have them vomit on your rugs! Revenge is mine! MWAHAHAHA. Tylikcat Darn it, for a moment I thought you said ducks! Rando The duck is the grand finale. We can’t talk about his plans though, he….wouldn’t like us giving anything away. Johan That seems like an awesome revenge. Not that hard to pull off too XD David Gillon First SFP strip to make me laugh out loud! Points to Patrick for snarking under the influence (or not). JohnTomato No smoochies for Clevin tonight. Alas. palmvos there is still time. the night, and they are young…. a person “Ambush!” Another good reason for Patrick to be my second favourite character. Sean Nathaniel Fisk Clevin gets back. C:”Uhhh. What?” A:”Clevin? …Meet Menace?” P:*Continues ruining the carpet* AdamBombTV C: Aww man, that rug really tied the room together. Debbie Jackson Thrice! 😀 Lysiuj This joke is really tying the comments together. palmvos I am getting concerned with the direction this thread has taken. where is the consent form? Arkone Axon Patrick already puked on it. Arkone Axon All joking aside, what IS Clevin’s reaction going to be? He IS the ultimate nice guy… and Patrick might be a lot of things – but “terrorist” and “supervillain” are two of those things. So is “unapprehended.” “Uh… wait… this is that guy you never caught? And he’s… uh… puking on the carpet. Right… um… so… should I call the cops now? Since he’s a terrorist, responsible for the deaths of thousands, and all that? You can give him some water and some of the pills I got you while we wait on the cops…” Danygalw I don’t think Alison would open her explanation by saying “That’s Menace.” Arkone Axon As opposed to what? “This is… um… Patrick? Yeah, he’s a… a friend. Troubled, yeah… um… how did we meet? You know, that’s a very good question… um…” palmvos ‘Clevin this is Patrick. I met him while i was mega girl. he helps run ::whatever:: corporation. ‘ see we don’t need to talk about things we shouldn’t talk about and even not lie. you know and I know how those ‘facts’ run together but most people in Alison’s world would assume they met at party or other boring function rather than Patrick being the cover identity for one of the most wanted supervillans on the planet. I’m not blessed with the gift of doing this on the fly but if you give people a reason to go down an expected path they often will. this is why stage magicians can do what they do. Arkone Axon “Alison… uh… who is this?” “Clevin, this is Patrick. I met him while I was Megagirl, he runs a corporation.” “Oh… uh… why did he show up dead drunk and dressed like a hobo? And why did he show up here, at this time of night, and why is he babbling drunken stuff that makes him sound like a supervillain?” See, we DO need to talk about things, like “who is this strange person who showed up drunk, reeking of filth, and babbling dementedly?” Even if he weren’t a terrorist-at-large, he’s still either a potentially dangerous person (To himself and others, if not to Alison), or a person in need of help. And Clevin’s already shown himself to be someone wants to help – and he has every right to ask questions. palmvos ‘clevin, I love you. but I don’t know these things either. I’m hoping he will tell us at some point. I’f you want I can haul him to the police station where he can sober up in the place provided for such things. given his past I thought I’d wait a bit to learn what he wants.’ note I don’t think Alison would put it quite that way. like someone else around here i get wordy sometimes. look. there are several commentators who are not happy that Alison is not suffering consequences proportionate to her crimes in their opinion. In fact , I’ve also heard complaints that Patrick is also unpunished. now that Patrick is obviously in some difficulty (suffering) I feel you are trying to rush this story to a point where Alison suffers in some way. as has been said before by someone else, this is about the slowest form of storytelling there is. there is more resolution in a single comic book than we get in 2 months in this form. it could be a lot worse. one of the comics I follow the author basically has said ‘guys I have serious writers block, I’m going to go do some paid work for a while (months) while i sort it out.’ and his wife who is also very good has been teasing us with bits and pieces, for several months now! Arkone Axon I’m not talking about the fact that she hasn’t suffered consequences yet. I’m just pointing out that Clevin’s going to want to know the answers, and he IS entitled to them. This would be the sort of situation that makes for comedy gold in a comedy show… here, it’s the kind of thing that leads to dramatic music: http://www.dramabutton.com/ palmvos I don’t think Clevin is entitled to know that Patrick is Menace. that knowledge comes at a fairly high price by itself and will mean discussing those folders. that knowledge is probably lethal. the conspiracy cannot afford for that to appear as headline news, even rumored it is very dangerous stuff. clevin is entitled to know if Patrick and Alison have banged. (no) have they been in a compromising position (yes- he took Alison to see Feral and the watched loony tunes in a hotel room) he is entitled to know their relationship. (id say business associates that have fallen out personally. see next page) what kind of business? that’s confidential. which isn’t as unusual as you might think. there’s a lot of confidential stuff in Patrick’s head just from running that company. never-mind his talents. Arkone Axon That’s actually my point – if Alison starts telling him bluntly, “you aren’t entitled to know these things,” or “classified” or the like… that’s just going to make it worse. There really ISN’T a best option for Alison at this point. A wanted fugitive who is WAAAAY too drunk to keep his mouth shut has just shown up and ruined the rug. And Clevin forgot his phone so he can’t be stopped from coming in at the least convenient moment. She’s found herself in a social trap, the kind that secret identities were created specifically to protect heroes from. Danygalw “This is Patrick. He’s a biodynamic. We met when I was superheroing.” Arkone Axon “Okay. Why is he drunk, dressed in rags, and babbling about supervillain stuff? Because he’s talking about ambushes and folders… and most of the biodynamics you met when you were superheroing were working for Menace. Except for the ones we met at the party, who I know are your friends and fellow heroes. And the one who murdered my friend and almost murdered me… and I’m pretty sure this isn’t that woman. So who is he?” Danygalw “I don’t know why he’s drunk and dressed in rags, that’s most of why I haven’t kicked him out.” Only if he’s still babbling about super-villain stuff. Why would he be? And she was superheroing for years, there’s a lot of people she would’ve met we haven’t even seen in the comic. Clevin isn’t a super suspicious person. Arkone Axon We’ll see what happens. But I didn’t say that Clevin would be suspicious (at least, not at first), merely that he’d be curious about this person who apparently needs help (which is a thing that Clevin likes to give people). And as for “why would he still be babbling about super-villain stuff,” I… have you dealt with many drunks before? That voice in their head that tells them “now would be a good time to stop talking” gets gagged by another voice that sounds like Daffy Duck when he’s being shushed. https://youtu.be/EKK07iEN8ug?t=12 Martine Votvik troubled male antagonist martynW What, we get no trigger warnings for barfing on the rug? palmvos given the drinking culture in college…. that’s a normal thing. Lisa Izo He totally ambushed that rug. Lostman Somebody forgot their mother teaching… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IierfoUZ60A Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. I love that we’ve all been expecting HORRIFIC DOOMY DEATH to descend any minute, and then…. her ex shows up drunk while her boyf is out and vomits on the rug. In a slice of life series, a disaster. In this comic, a relief! Stephanie Gertsch Red background for anger, green for nausea. 😀 Hiram Don’t freak out, Allison. Try to imagine him in his underwear. Oh no, he’s hot! trippingoverdrumset.mp3 Vespayik THROW ‘IM BACK OUT palmvos and she can do it. Darkoneko Hellsing Well, that’s not the confrontation I was expecting. RobNiner ♫ You know, other people’s mortal enemies invite them to masquerade balls and send assassins. Arkone Axon http://img04.deviantart.net/5070/i/2016/171/7/7/harry_dresden_by_autsdraws-da6yxc4.jpg RobNiner ♫ Is that a Harry Dresden comic? Arkone Axon Someone’s fanart from the book “Grave Peril.” The scene where Harry attends the masquerade ball of Bianca of the Red Court. Thereby making it clear exactly what he thinks of their pretense of civility. cannibalism Rest in peace, brave carpet. You will be missed. Margot That rug was great. It brought a sense of completion to the room. Like, it held everything together. You know what I mean? AnonymousSam For a second, I thought that was Gaki from FindChaos. He’d be right at home in this setting.