12-08-14 I like someone else

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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Artemisia » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:54 pm

Which is why I own the books and occasionally do a reread of the strips.
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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Spidrift » Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:57 pm

The trick for readers is not to assume the most shallow interpretation. Small things that get dropped in passing may or may not prove significant later - often they don't - but there are things going on with these characters that aren't declared front and centre, and sometimes these people are even unreliable witnesses.

(Well, that's my theory about Gary's schooldays, anyway.)
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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by dmra » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:15 pm

Unfortunately it's often a case of too many books/comics too little time. If only trivial things like work didn't get in the way I might have the time for re-reading.

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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:18 am

I have to say...

From the perspective of us, the readers, this particular pairing of "strange bedfellows" (or ménage à 3, if you count Minew ;) ) seemed custom-designed to comfort Dillon and to bother Ruby. Instead (judging by the last panel of this strip), it seems to have had exactly the opposite effect.

(Makes me wonder if there will be a similar reversal of emotions in this comic's other current pair of "strange bedfellows"--Jerzy and Angel.)

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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Artemisia » Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:29 am

dmra wrote:Unfortunately it's often a case of too many books/comics too little time. If only trivial things like work didn't get in the way I might have the time for re-reading.
I reread the books in about a week not long ago, and I don't have a lot of time to sit and read right now.
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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Geeno » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:23 am

Well - I'm not sure I should resurrect the topic, but I did have something to say about the Dillon "hate".
I don't actually hate Dillon; I see his likable traits as well. He reminds me of people in my life - who are good people, and I want only the best for them - but the need they have to make you a participant, a dramatis persona in the pageant of their life, makes them a horrific labor to just be around. You start avoiding them.
Easy enough to avoid Dillon, but I'm all caught up in Ruby's story now. To follow that, I have to put up with this constant irritant - not even so much Dillon himself as all of the people he reminds me of when he does those things to Ruby - that I get very frustrated with the comic at times.

This strip, however, I think is showing Dillon making some realization (perhaps true, perhaps not). I don't think he's just waking up, because Ruby's arm was impeding his breathing.
I think - I hope - that this strip marks the beginning of Dillon's growth arc, and I'm certain Ruby will be a large part of it.
Then we just need to do Jerzy's growth arc, and Dillon will be all set.
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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Kiggy » Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:26 am

Spidrift wrote:
Kiggy wrote:I started a thread last year with the prediction that Ruby would/could fall hard for Dillon, but she would end up heartbroken as he has no interest in women.
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Ruby is now very clear that Dillon is gay, she's shown no signs of any misguided social-conservative ideas about gayness being an illness that can be cured, and she has no serious sexual vanity, so she wouldn't assume that she could change him through sheer seductiveness. If she found herself falling for him, she'd just get annoyed with herself.

(And it's always been the point of Dillon as a character that he's the gayest vaginaphobic thing on Planet Gay during Gayness Week, Kinsey Seven with a bullet; him showing the faintest twinge of sexual interest in anything without a penis just ain't gonna happen.)
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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by dmra » Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:00 am

Artemisia wrote:
dmra wrote:Unfortunately it's often a case of too many books/comics too little time. If only trivial things like work didn't get in the way I might have the time for re-reading.
I reread the books in about a week not long ago, and I don't have a lot of time to sit and read right now.
Well good for you. There are things I've read more than once but I prefer to read new stuff rather than re reading things but, de gustibus and all that.

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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by bejammin2000 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:52 pm

Like I said, I was probably in the minority. And really, I find the Kinsey scale to be... much too limiting.

Sexuality is much more fluid then I think either side of the argument are willing to say, so that's my matter.

Besides, there's no reason for Dillon to not still be the gayest thing out of gay city even if he is attracted to Ruby. I look at it like early seasons of Simpsons with Smithers. Single target sexuality against their own grain doesn't seem out of place to me.

But what do I know? I'm a white straight cis male.

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Re: 12-08-14 I like someone else

Post by Geeno » Sat Aug 16, 2014 5:58 pm

Sexuality is as individual as our life experiences. We create broad categories and grading scales to try to deal with its complexity, but they all invariably fall short.
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