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As I drafted this, I became physically angry while working out the polaroids and comments scrawled below. With friends like that... well...

Still. Chet always makes me smile.
Ignorance is bliss and all that.

Finally, there was some debate over the dialogue. At first I thought something dramatic like "I will never forgive you for this!" or archaic like "A pox upon you!", would have been a nice key phrase. But after drafting the comic I found the most poetry in a fist to the face.

Thanks for stoppin by!
-Gear
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Snowypaint Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love his airhead friend who doesn't even care XD
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ewitwins Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Student Interface Designer
Wait, are you the kind of artist that shows the kind of facial structure they're drawing? :D
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
What, you mean the underdrawing?
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ewitwins Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Student Interface Designer
underdrawing? wha? No, I mean like, you make the facial expressions your trying to draw? o_o fancy art terminology shenanigans
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! Well yes, most artists do that. ^^; That's why people who draw sad people all the time tend to be sad. ( <- Gross simplification)
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ewitwins Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Interface Designer
hmmmm. . . *ponders about friends*
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
But not always!
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ewitwins Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Interface Designer
I wondered how they could be so chipper and draw that :D
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jaimehlers Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
In defense of the two friends (or at least the cynical one, since the other one is a bit dippy), Noah has apparently decided to become a public crossdresser, and then went on what could be construed as a date. And remember, they don't know that the clothes are making him do it. So, they're concerned that such behavior will reflect on them in less-than-desirable ways.

Of course, this is the worst possible way to try to shock Noah out of acting the way he is. Publicly embarrassing someone like that is more likely to get them to continue the behavior out of scorn or spite, rather than less. After all, the worst has already happened (or certainly, something really bad).
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
So, there is something wrong with being a crossdresser and being out in public?
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jaimehlers Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
From the perspective of the two friends (or at least the dark-haired one), yes. Which was the point of the post. I certainly wasn't talking about my opinion on the matter. That begs the question of why you seemed to assume that my post was about my personal opinion, when it should have been very clear that I was discussing the viewpoint of the characters in the strip.
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Actually, I was asking as a general question, not commenting on a personal opinion. Opinions are just that, opinions. As for the two friends, while one might have issues with Noah/Noell's clothing, one seems more than a little oblivious but happy to go along with the other friend's opinion. Kind of typical, really.
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Ifrit89 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Why doesn´t ribbon stop Noah? That´s not how a lady should behave!
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HomunculusLover Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit though....some of the photos are very cute. *grins* Sorry Noah, I've given in to the fact that you just look adorable as a girl. ;D
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NvrKnowsBest Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love chet in the last panel. :love:
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
*^_^* Me too.
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Twin-3 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
oooo.. jealousy is a fuuugly thing. But, at least thats all it seems to be. And the school in general seems to react to the situation with curiosity. Both are much easier to deal with than the intolerance a closer to "real life" comic would probably have thrown in instead.
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It certainly could have gone that way, with all the derogatory slang included. But it would be a harsh shift in tone: one that I can't justify right now. I'm banking on Noah as a curiosity (for the moment) as opposed to a social 'threat', which would be met with the hostility that always comes with social change.
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yzarc Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
love the anticipation of violence in 3rd panel :)
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Mr-Cryuga Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hey it's not his fault he's an assh#le. Ha, I like the guy in the back, like he doesn't even notice the fight.
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TheDJTC Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Second frame reminds me of Pokemon forsome reason.

I think the comic mighta looked better if the pinboard (for the life of me I have no id-)BULLETIN BOARD extended the whole white space. Though that's just me.

The polaroid's being retired y'heard?

*sniff* I never owned one.

OMG I could buy an assload and sell them for a mint after they're discontinued. I was thinking the same witht he old lightbulbs cuz florescent hurts migrane people, but they're making LED ones now and I don't think that hurts migrane people.
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think Polaroids have an exceptionally cool look about them. I've always wanted a polaroid camera but haven't had the money for one (or the need w/ my digital cam). They've got a magic and curiosity to their immediacy that no other cameras capture. But such is life, all things have a beginning and end. I shall miss it when it's gone.
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Heather1138 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That was really nice. Some friends practically ask for the beatings they receive.
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LoveRobin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Hmm... that one in the lower corner(WTF)... was that a... kiss? or at least a pregnant moment that looked like it could have been one. Yeup, figgered it was his buddies, or one of them. Be funny if Chet was related to Clueless.

But that would be too serendipitous, and he doesn't seem inclined to say so if so.
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It's possible. They're both a bit airy in the brainzone.
Their character archetypes are twins of one another. The major difference, of course, is the role that they play in the story.
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Chyfly Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
XD Rofl thats mean...What friends. Lol MY friends would have probably done the same...if they got jealous or something
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burgerbecky Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A fist to the face doesn't solve anything. But it does make the attacker feel better.
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halkeye20 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
in the words of captain Reynolds "Well, they tell ya, 'Never hit a man with a closed fist.' But it is, on occasion, hilarious."
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leila-stoat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is going to be intense...

And I just love Chet. He sure knows how to break tension! :flirty:
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HeartGear Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
That's why I keep him around. ^_^
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laughingman19 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
Seriously? They did this because he started hanging out with another guy? Are they twelve?
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halkeye20 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
anything that is not set to societies norm is deemed taboo and will be shunned. or in the words of Gandhi “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Maybe they did it because they had to make fun rather than admit they were jealous...
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laughingman19 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Oh Noel or Mars?
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:iconjilliannc:
JillianNC Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Or both...
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laughingman19 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Hm, well, given that Noel is a boy trapped in girl's clothing and forced to date a boy and Mars is unknowingly engaging in a homosexual romance with a crossdresser, envying either of them is does not help their image.
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JillianNC Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Ah, and image is everything at that age.
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laughingman19 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2009
Precisely.
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