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Author:  Argent [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:03 am ]
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Why a cat, rather than a dog?

Author:  Perfesser_Bear [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:37 am ]
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Oh, deer. I'm having flashbacks to the Monty Python Argument Sketch.

Author:  Frank [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:41 am ]
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gameangel147 Wrote:
So that's what the inside of a possums mouth looks like. I am learning so much! THE MORE YOU KNOW!!!!
I was about to say... Where's an expert on marsupial dentition when you need one? Argent, get back here!

GameCobra Wrote:
Been a lot of spotlighting in this comic this year. Rick is going to have to start paying for more spotlights.
Or he could just use the same one over and over. *fizzle, burn out* Oh sh--

Author:  LarcenVII [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:58 am ]
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Yay first post ever!

Hope for being wrong, but I see a more cynical resolution. Zach realizes that even though he's not a deity, people expect things of him, and gives Jessica the medicine to take back anyway, whether it perpetuates the falsehood or not. Jessica accepts the gift, 'cuz y'know, whatever gets the cub healed, who cares where it came from? But when Jessica returns, the Opener is hailed for providing a miracle. Because she realizes that whatever gives people hope must be a good thing, she more or less remains mum about the fact that Zach's not a deity, just to keep the spirit of hope going, even though it's false hope. Broad, overarching lies keep everyone happy and life worth living, Merry Openermas!

I hate being cynical and right, so c'mooonnnn, Rick! Prove me wrong, PLEEZE!

(and just for saying, I totally ship Jessica Rabbit too, just don't see it coming to pass XP)

Author:  Seth [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:24 am ]
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I never imagined this comic would have a well written atheist character. I found Jessica to be too much of a caricature at first but this last strip added some nuance to her beliefs. I'm eager to see where this goes.

Author:  Saturn381 [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:13 pm ]
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I feel so sorry for Jessica right now. Poor thing. :(

Author:  Argent [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:14 pm ]
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Frank Wrote:
gameangel147 Wrote:
So that's what the inside of a possums mouth looks like. I am learning so much! THE MORE YOU KNOW!!!!
I was about to say... Where's an expert on marsupial dentition when you need one? Argent, get back here!
Hlaoroo is probably more of an expert, being in vet school and still living in Australia and all.

Author:  RatHead [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:16 pm ]
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Ya know, i'm not quite sure what to think here, i mean, i he helps Jes, he';s screwed, if he doesn't she'll hate him for it and he'll be screwed.

I know what all you are saying aboutjess and oh well he should still help her; well yeah he should, but he's also not seeing how Jes can help him, if he can convince her of the truth, she might be HIS savior!
i wonder if he can just show her, kinda like this :)
(yeah I know he cant, but it would be nice for him huh?)

Panther Wrote:
"puts a roasted chicken leg in Jessica's great opened mouth"

*jessica gives him a dirtylook while starting to eat the leg*
"I'm still mad at you ya know"
ROFL that would be hilarious!

Author:  LarcenVII [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:20 pm ]
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As one who's stumbled along an opossum skeleton in his back yard before, they gots canine teeth like you wouldn't believe. Behind them is a bit of a gap, then the premolars and molars start. Plus there's about six or so incisors per jaw (I might be off, but that's what I recall).

Expert credentials: Living in the middle of nowhere in a semi-wooded rural region where we have opossi, and examining the skull thereof. In layman's terms, "OO, what's that?! *picks it up*"

Author:  rickgriffin [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:40 pm ]
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deepskycyan Wrote:
Also, I love how Rick repeatedly forgets to tag his double strips. XD

It was arbitrary in the first place. It'd make more sense to tag locations.

Maybe I'll bug Diss to do it . . .

Author:  RatHead [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:42 pm ]
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mods can do that stuff? i thought it was just you who could do stuff relating to the actual comic page... (i don't know, that's just what i thought)

Author:  Hedronal [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:43 pm ]
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rickgriffin Wrote:
deepskycyan Wrote:
Also, I love how Rick repeatedly forgets to tag his double strips. XD

It was arbitrary in the first place. It'd make more sense to tag locations.

Maybe I'll bug Diss to do it . . .

That would be cool and helpful, bugging or not. If I were a staff member here I'd volunteer to do it.

Author:  Argent [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:55 pm ]
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LarcenVII Wrote:
As one who's stumbled along an opossum skeleton in his back yard before, they gots canine teeth like you wouldn't believe. Behind them is a bit of a gap, then the premolars and molars start. Plus there's about six or so incisors per jaw (I might be off, but that's what I recall).
And even the molars are pointy.

Author:  Prof [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:58 pm ]
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Seth Wrote:
I never imagined this comic would have a well written atheist character. I found Jessica to be too much of a caricature at first but this last strip added some nuance to her beliefs. I'm eager to see where this goes.


I don't see Jessica as an atheist, her "Where are the miracles?" outburst shows she wants to believe in something.
She appears more to be an disillusioned ex believer and those are the most skeptical.

Author:  Satsura [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:11 pm ]
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Where's the fun with arguing with a deity who's not full of itself?! :x

Author:  Argent [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:14 pm ]
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And the latest SFaM has a similar theme!

http://amultiverse.com/comic/2013/12/18/the-good-pope/

Image

Author:  valerio [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:02 pm ]
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...and now I cant unsee it...

Author:  Panther [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:24 pm ]
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RatHead Wrote:
Panther Wrote:
"puts a roasted chicken leg in Jessica's great opened mouth"

*jessica gives him a dirtylook while starting to eat the leg*
"I'm still mad at you ya know"
ROFL that would be hilarious!


LOL :mrgreen:

Argent Wrote:
Frank Wrote:
gameangel147 Wrote:
So that's what the inside of a possums mouth looks like. I am learning so much! THE MORE YOU KNOW!!!!
I was about to say... Where's an expert on marsupial dentition when you need one? Argent, get back here!
Hlaoroo is probably more of an expert, being in vet school and still living in Australia and all.


http://www.aaanimalcontrol.com/blog/opossumteeth.jpg

Author:  Liam [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:06 pm ]
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Do you accept Zack as your lord and savior?

Author:  TheOne [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:28 pm ]
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Liam Wrote:
Do you accept Zack as your lord and savior?


Zack? No. Christ? Yes!
...He did ask the question. Can we leave it here?

Author:  LarcenVII [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:34 pm ]
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Poor Zach. All this is what comes of finding and pressing a random button. Been there, bunnybro.

Author:  Muninn [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:39 pm ]
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Aww, poor Jessica. Reminds me of my own crisis of faith years ago; you want to believe so you become so cynical that you wall off your heart, but deep down you pray that you're wrong. She's so sweet.

As another poster said, I can see her being Zach's confidant among the ferals, someone who knows he isn't the prophet but yet keeps the myth going because it gives hope to so many. She may even convince him to play the role, if not embrace it.


I really hope she's going to be a recurring character, and not a one-arc-and-done one. There's a lot of potential for her

Author:  Saturn381 [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:43 pm ]
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Muninn Wrote:
I really hope she's going to be a recurring character, and not a one-arc-and-done one. There's a lot of potential for her

I couldn't agree more.

Author:  Sleet [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:03 pm ]
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Hey, when characters get well-received there's a good chance of them coming back, right?

Author:  GameCobra [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:07 pm ]
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Sleet Wrote:
Hey, when characters get well-received there's a good chance of them coming back, right?


...Fluffy!

Author:  King_Crimson [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:22 pm ]
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Jessica is so cute.

Author:  WhoElseButQuagmire [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:14 pm ]
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By the way.....happy 5th anniversary, Zach! Wonder what life would be like in Babylon Gardens had Aunt Claire not given Zach to the Albelts 5 Christmasses ago....

Author:  Xane [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:21 pm ]
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Sleet Wrote:
Hey, when characters get well-received there's a good chance of them coming back, right?

Nobody likes Rufus. :cry:

Author:  Hedronal [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:35 pm ]
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Xane Wrote:
Sleet Wrote:
Hey, when characters get well-received there's a good chance of them coming back, right?

Nobody likes Rufus. :cry:

Rufus was a nice guy, but had no issues or troubles shown, which is what makes a character more empathizable.

Author:  WhoElseButQuagmire [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:58 pm ]
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Argent Wrote:
Why a cat, rather than a dog?


Why a duck?

Author:  copper [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:56 pm ]
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And so we begin to see the true nature of Jessica's need.

I have been in this situation, in both capacities! I prefer not to fall into this sort of thing again.

I think Zach is going to lay some deep wisdom down soon... just a feeling on my part.

Author:  Cesco [ Wed Dec 18, 2013 11:30 pm ]
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The situation is getting frustrating for you, Jessica, because of your little convintion that you may be wrong in not believing to the Opener, making you feel different in the bad way than the others. It's not being so for Zach, as seems: his sincerity and sort of indifference is making the thing less pressing than how much it should be for him. :P
Why are you showing to be so cynical when it isn't making you feel good? However, you're saying so right things, Jessica, it's hard don't agree with you. :|

Liam Wrote:
Do you accept Zack as your lord and savior?

Maybe.

Author:  valerio [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:41 am ]
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WhoElseButQuagmire Wrote:
By the way.....happy 5th anniversary, Zach! Wonder what life would be like in Babylon Gardens had Aunt Claire not given Zach to the Albelts 5 Christmasses ago....

Truth be told, let us be thankful to Tiger, too, for bringing Zach to the point of making him join a feral raccoon and run from home

Author:  Vuk91 [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:53 am ]
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Jess is starting to act very illogical.

Author:  deepskycyan [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:36 am ]
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Hedronal Wrote:
Xane Wrote:
Sleet Wrote:
Hey, when characters get well-received there's a good chance of them coming back, right?

Nobody likes Rufus. :cry:

Rufus was a nice guy, but had no issues or troubles shown, which is what makes a character more empathizable.


Agreed. Although I can see him being a great supporting character in some future arc.
The thing about Rufus, is that he's not really a developed character yet, as compared to Jessica in this Christmas arc. From the 7 strips we've seen her in, we already have a clear idea of her personality and goals, and this is important as it helps us understand and sympathize for the character, therefore, making it easier for Rick to re-use Jessica, as we already know so much about her, and constant explanations are kept at a minimal level.

However, I don't see Jessica appearing as a major character again in the near future, maybe she'll appear as part of the woodlands troop, but nothing more than that. Idk, I just feel that her story is kinda done (or is it too early to say that?)

Author:  Seth [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:00 pm ]
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Prof Wrote:
Seth Wrote:
I never imagined this comic would have a well written atheist character. I found Jessica to be too much of a caricature at first but this last strip added some nuance to her beliefs. I'm eager to see where this goes.


I don't see Jessica as an atheist, her "Where are the miracles?" outburst shows she wants to believe in something.
She appears more to be an disillusioned ex believer and those are the most skeptical.

I've said pretty much the same thing and I'm an atheist. But whichever way one reads it I'm still glad to see some depth to the character.

Author:  TheOne [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 2:28 pm ]
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Argent Wrote:
Why a cat, rather than a dog?

Pete's already changed one character into a dog. and look where it's gotten him.
So it would balance things out.

Besides, can you imagine what could happen if Zack gave superpowers to Marvin...Or worse...Tiger?
DUN DUN DUNNN!
*eagle skee*
Gesundheit!

It would be like Precocious, but the superpowers are real!
IT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!

Author:  Gamewolf67 [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:43 pm ]
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TheOne Wrote:
Liam Wrote:
Do you accept Zack as your lord and savior?


Zack? No. Christ? Yes!
...He did ask the question. Can we leave it here?

I keep my faith in Rick.




...And God.

Author:  Jibbs [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:46 pm ]
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Danggit Griffen! You're giving me those society feels.

Author:  Morris [ Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:35 pm ]
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Kinda feels like there is some strong anti-religious subtext here.

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