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Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Eleven pages to ditch the dumb gimmick this started with. ELEVEN.

God bless you, Mookie, please never change.

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Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Oh for gently caress's sake.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



make them boyfriends you loving coward

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Fish Noise posted:

just how many people are waiting to see if chekov's cock fires

If Mookie wants clout for showing some dick there better be just shlong EVERYWHERE on every single page.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



If I remember correctly that was just Dominic saying something like "Wow, great job, that's something older students are TAUGHT but you found that on your own" and that's it.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



This isn't fun anymore.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Snout consistently alternates between "kind of cute in a sort of stupid dog person furry OC kind of way" and "horrific nightmare creature that's half human half hell demon with a tail coming out of the middle of his back".

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



The reader, Snout, and Mookie all know what Snout was talking about, therefore every other character does because they have no actual presence.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



It would make sense if it was set up that in the 200 years or whatever it's been their poor understanding of proper common tongue developed into its own dialect, but then why does Snout write 'normally' and why would the rando understand the note?

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Did I die? Am I in hell?

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Sweet making GBS threads Jesus that guy is terrifying.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



I like how he has to think about it, like "Okay I know I stock nothing but porn, is he asking about that ONE single non-porn book I have?"

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



But....but they scavenged for their own food (presumably? it was never actually shown) and slept outside perfectly fine until now. Why are they now spending all their money on a restaurant and a hotel? Just go walk out of town and do it again and come back the next day.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



It's like he watched A Game of Thrones and all he took from it was "if there's a penis or some titties then people will take me seriously".

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



I utterly refuse to believe an adult married man in a healthy relationship with a woman wrote this.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Okay so what was the point of the last like six strips then if they can just get more money the next day and go back to buy it? Why even have a plot obstacle that gets resolved instantly and with no real effort or time? Was it seriously just an excuse to get them both to go back to the hotel? Ugh.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Who What Now posted:

I see you're new to Dominic Deegan?

I keep thinking it can't get worse and then it gets worse.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



My favorite was when Mom Deegan was trying to use some magic gauntlet thing to heal Dominic's friend who was gay and a creepy murderer/hedonist/Marquis de Sade type but who totally turned his life around by the Power Of Deegan after the Token Brown Guy murdered his wife, and Gay Friend was so appalled she was going to heal him with the Infernomancer gauntlet that he sliced it off of her arm and hosed her up good, and nobody brought this up, just praised him for being so resilient to not want to use evil magic to heal his wounds.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



She's going to the desert to DIE. DIIIIEEEEE. "I'm going to the desert to DIE." Do you not understand? DIE. DEAD. D-E-A-D DEAD.

Except "die" is really just "confess my sins and renew my vows with the church" and Mookie was being dramatic for no loving reason.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



^: I'd be curious to see what that work is, if you don't mind sharing it.

The treatment of Melna through the whole thing was also a factor, I think. As an adult, her trauma and pain was all about her family, not what she was put through personally (or at least not nearly as much). At one point she even refers to Stonewater as "my husband" in the final panel of one comic, and in the very next one she says "yeah that was just for dramatic effect", like Mookie had to literally say that himself to justify such a ridiculous statement. It was a very Jeph Jacques moment.

The whole thing was COMPLETELY and utterly tone deaf to the thought processes and mannerisms of people who have lived through sexual trauma like that. She was treated as a mouthpiece for the whole "Stonewater is actually a HERO" idea, despite being the absolute worst possible candidate for it. Had Mookie shown any consideration whatsoever or done any research into the subject at all and had at the very least Melna's actions and thoughts be more believable and relatable, the whole thing would have at least read as more respectful, not just treating sexual violence as a callous creative writing exercise.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



At this point I'm only here for the potential of some gay stuff to happen.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Invisible Clergy posted:

You will be disappointed, because Mookie is a homophobic piece of trash, who wrote exactly one gay named character in Dominic Deegan (Szark, who is gay.) There was one other gay character, a golem butler who Szark flirted with. I know textually Szark was bisexual in his introduction, but Mookie immediately abandoned this. He did nothing but embody harmful stereotypes. I kind of hope he's done drinking from that well. But I'm probably hoping in vain. I wonder if their balls will touch while they're making an ink witch inkwich.

Oh I'm fully aware of all this. I just want to see the train wreck as it happens.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



I don't understand how this is any more valid of a point than "Ink Witches take what they think other people don't deserve". And the only one here who's proven to be manipulative and dishonest is the Ink Witch, so I automatically believe Arudak more than her.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



In a properly written setting, those two panels might have told me things about the town or world through environmental story telling. Those two panels tell me absolutely nothing but vapid scenery.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



I actually feel bad for him now. He's a dad pushing 40 talking about artistic integrity and creativity and "legacy" and harvesting Twitter kudos on an image he spent not even 15 seconds image searching and then loving traced. Mookie's been off base and shoddy before but I never really thought "pathetic" until now.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Codependent Poster posted:

Yeah, no. Tracing a photograph and then boasting about how proud you are of it is lovely as hell. It doesn't take any skill and then he goes and posts on twitter about how awesome it is, because he's trying to trick people into thinking he drew that himself.

If he wasn't ranting on Twitter about people being uncreative lemmings and poo poo and then basically talking up his own artistic growth and poo poo about that one page, I'd have much less of an issue with the tracing, I'd just think it was dumb and make fun of him for it. But his attitude around it actively makes me think less of him as a person.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Miss posted:

i forgot how much i couldn't stand the way he drew faces in profile

One time I put one of the faces into paint and just flipped the nose upside down and it looks so much loving better it is unreal. I don't think I've ever seen an artist where literally rotating a facial feature is an improvement. For Snout at least though I think it works, because of the.....snout. On an actual human it's hideous.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Change.org petition to have the Ink Witch just disappear from the comic and turn it into Orc Mage and his Gross Stupid Boyfriend Have Dumb Sexy Adventures because it's the only thing that could save it at this point.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



It would make more sense if he wasn't literally tracing the image (throw around dumb photoshop terms all you want, it's tracing) but then completely changing the context and ideas behind the original. Homer Simpson being lonely and isolated and then the shot pulling out into looking just like the Nighthawks setting but with a Springfield diner and Homer at the table is an homage or a tribute. This garbage is just laziness disguised as pretentious horse poo poo.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



So how long has Arudak been here that he finds Snout wandering naked, but he's never seen this potion seller or.....even heard that a pain relief potion exists.....?

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



The Ink Witch fits, like, every possible definition of a narcissistic, manipulative fake "best friend" type using Snout for her own ends. Snout has basically no understanding or context for the outside world and real relationships, she's hosed him over a bunch of times while begging him to help her, there's a TON of evidence that she has some nefarious scheme in mind for whatever the gently caress they're searching for, alienates anyone who's genuinely kind to Snout and helps him out, possibly used her tits to manipulate him as well, and pulls the "I just hope you can still trust me" card. Everything about her is awful.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Joe Slowboat posted:

Sheís based on the authorís wife, so, Iím assuming all of that is more or less unintentional.

I didn't know that. :cripes:

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



So the entirety of the conflict of this story is that Ink Witch and her peers hosed with Arudak. Like that's literally it, they're assholes to him, so he thinks they suck, and they're righteously indignant about it.

What about the Ink Witch exactly is likable? Every time we see her I dislike her more and more and she's supposed to be the deuteragonist.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



The protagonist of this story doesn't matter for the story in any way whatsoever.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



The true Dominic Deegan was inside of us all along.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Snout's naked body looks like what you'd get if you gave a very vague and handwavey description to an alien about what a naked human looks like.

Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



Well whatever it is it's certainly not quenching my gay thirst I tell you what. The prospect of dick was dangled in front of me and now I'm just ashamed and disappointed.

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Safari Disco Lion
Jul 21, 2011

Boss, if they make us find seven lost crystals, I'm quitting.



This can not possibly NOT be intentional on Mookie's part. He has to be thinking "okay how do I make her MORE unlikable and awful?" He has to. There's just no way.

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