I think it’s going to take more than a book of kitten pictures and a tub of pudding to put poor Stephanie right.
We’ll see what the problem is on Monday. In the meantime, I hope you have a swell weekend!
Oh Stephanie, just like a little scared child stopping her parents from fighting. I feel kinda sorry for the poor “girl”, she’s already lost and confused and starting to develop emotions. Trying to cope with a full on knock down adult argument, no wonder she’s struggling.
Charlie, once again brilliant human observation.
For better or for worse, there seems to be a family unit forming here.
now that’s a “parade deck” bellow, reminds me of my old senior d.i. back in 1955. most even tempered man i ever knew, mad all the time.
Her finger’s on fire…wow, this is bad
Wow. I thought Edison outright punching Larry was awful, but his reaction just seals how unhealthy this relationship really is for me. Let’s take a step back, reverse things and imagine it was Larry that punched (or even just slapped) Edison after she walked in on him having sexy-times with someone else and she yelled at him for it. Larry then yells: “How dare you talk to me that way!” Edison recoils, nursing her injury, and says: “You’re right, I was out of line”. How many people would scream “abusive relationship” and curse Larry’s name?
It is beyond unhealthy for any individual, regardless of gender, to try and rely on physical violence as a means of punctuating a point. Larry responding to her by calming down (seriously? who gets punched and gets LESS angry anyway?) is serving as positive reinforcement for her bad behavior. Much the way it is a poor choice to pacify screaming children with candy because the child will expect screaming to be effective in bringing about the desired outcome in the future, Larry is showing Edison that being violent will get her what she wants.
Although this scene obviously serves to transition to some point regarding Stephanie, I just can’t get over the creepy dynamic with Larry and Edison here. Still, I WAS happy to see Edison actually receiving a reprieve for her actions with Stephanie in the previous scene with Mr. Sampson. :/
Also, hypocritical Edison is hypocritical. She may not have met Anya or Stephanie in a bar, but isn’t it worth noting that she was making out with someone else 30 seconds before defending her so-called honor?
But making out with Stephanie, which she first did in front of Larry here, was how Edison was going to convince him to let Stephanie move in. Larry is fine with Edison making out with Stephanie. That’s not what he meant.
Larry’s line about Edison bringing someone home from the bar wasn’t just in bad taste. He didn’t know it, but Edison had already addressed that issue when she told Robespierre that she wouldn’t do that anymore, here.
I know that when I’ve been in an argument and something like that happened, it made everyone step back take a look at the situation.
Larry has also apologized for his behavior here. Which got him a nice reward from Edison.
Can’t quite tell, but is Larry calming down in panel 2? Was he about to apologize?
Yes. Not about to forgive, but to apologize for the bar remark.
Well Panel Four’s showing his hand on Edison’s Shoulder which suggests that the anger is probably gonna be short lived, especially because of Stephanie’s “Panic Attack”.
Most people in a relationship anger moment don’t want to touch/be near the other party until the “Mad” is over. B.T.D.T.G.T-shirt.
Exactly. They’re “closing ranks” because this is more important.
“I will never cheat on you with someone I met in the bar”
Correct me if I am wrong, she is still married and is cheating on her husband… and larry IS someone she met in a bar, and brought home, and wanted to sex (and IIRC he refused to take advantage of her)
Well, yes, she is cheating on her husband, since she is still married. She did want to sleep with Larry the night she met him. But she didn’t meet him in a bar. She was hanging drunkenly off a lightpost instead of sitting drunkenly on a barstool.
Even so, she’s never given Larry any reason to doubt that she would be faithful. All those times she got drunk and went home with other men were before she met and fell in love with him.
She even refused free alcohol from Paddy at his bar because she thought she might end up with someone.
She’s behaved herself pretty well in the week and two days they’ve known each other.
Reading through the archives (again) and wanted to pause on this page for a bit of an observation. This webcomic isn’t really in our “real world” time sequence, obviously, but if it was, it would be taking place back in the 1970’s. It’s important to place some of what we see in context with the times. Today, a woman slapping a man is seen as much a form of unacceptable physical assault as a man hitting a woman (or any person on person violence) – but in the 70’s, if a man said something that gratuitously offensive to a woman, a slap across the cheek would be the expected response.
Urgh – it’s hard to remember what has and hasn’t happend yet in story when you start your archive dive with a “random” page…. but if I recall corectly, Edison has spent a night (not frolicking, I know – but the intent was there) with Anya. So, is it only “cheating” if she is doing it with a man?
Every time I do a crawl, I become more and more convinced that your original intention was to craft a quite “racy” comic – one that was NSFW most of the time. But your art and the general “sweetness” of your story drew a readership that isn’t as comfortable with that as you thought you’d get. But we’re such WONDERFUL readers 😀 that you don’t have the heart to disappoint us! ~laughs out loud~
Good points, Tru. Thank you for these.
Even though the comic looks like it’s in the 1970s, it’s set in June, 1996. I don’t know how her response would play out now, but I think Edison’s response is perfectly appropriate, given how out of line Larry was.
Edison did spend the night with Anya, but that was something she discussed with Larry first (remember when she threw the book at him?). Larry was upset that she told Stephanie that she could move into Larry’s house without asking him. That’s what Larry was upset about.
Originally I wanted to make an “adult” comic without any NSFW images. I’ve done two xxXenophile comics in the past, and that pretty much was all the NSFW I want to do.
I think of Groovy, Kinda as an “adult” comic, in that it has a lot of adult situations and events. Sex, March/December relationships, alcoholism, abandonment, hexapods…this show wouldn’t be out of place on cable TV.
You’re right that Groovy, Kinda is in a strange zone-adult situations leavened with a lot of sweet and silliness. I’m not sure if I should change direction, or even how I could. I think I’ll just put stuff out there and hope you like it.
Thank you, by the way, for the “sweetness” compliment!
And you are WONDERFUL readers! I’ve never told you this, but I’ve gotten admiring compliments from other creators. There are a few creators who envy me for the wonderful commenters that Groovy, Kinda has.
And I would never want to disappoint you. You’re the reason I keep going.
Huh. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure you’ve made that “1996” dateline comment before – I guess I just can’t fit it in my head with the clothing styles 😀 I was in my 20’s in the 1970s, so the clothing designs you scatter through the comic just feel … I dunno – a little like home.
DO NOT CHANGE the direction of this comic, please. I, for one, love it just like it is!
I was in my formative years in the 70s as well.
So, when time came to make a comic, I wanted to draw the clothes I loved!
The other day I was at an estate sale, and I went into the basement…dark paneling, a stone fireplace along one wall, and orange pattered shag carpet. It looked like Larry’s rumpus room. If he had a rumpus room, that is.
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