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Reality Bites

Still better than the NHS.

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Considering the quality of your work and how you dipped into her potential insanity during the height of her hallucinations, I'd love to see where EDA can go with it.

The title is just a little unsettling. Long live Suchong!!

Ouch. Hope you feel better soon Gray. I remember when I had cavities...wasn't fun.

Not sure if intended or desired, but I'm aboard the EDA hype train. Looking forward to it.

This pleases me greatly. I'd love more character driven bits.

And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Gray's a Brit too? Hey Escapist, I need a job, hire me! I've made more cups'a tea then a Starbucks and I don't even drink the stuff.

OT: I hope you feel better.

P.S. That female dentist is cute.

So, did anyone else find that the dentist from the comic reminded them of a certain other dentist?

Thanks, Oba....Wait, this Obamacare joke probably doesn't work if the subject is not American.

Fox12:

And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Check pretty much every single comic that was part of one of those arcs.

The other two will be part of a new series called Erin Dies Alone. In EDA we'll be focusing on a slightly more damaged version of Erin and her adventures (*or not adventures, as the entire strip takes place in her single bedroom apartment) with a more stable cast of videogame character hallucinations. While they share a similar premise, EDA will be a far gentler, more character-driven comic than CM. Still funny, hopefully, but in a more thoughtful way.

So it's a gentler piece that focuses on a mentally ill woman stuck inside a tiny apartment with her hallucinations, with the implication that she dies there? Either you or I don't understand the word "gentle" in this context.

Fox12:
And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Yo. I'm not opposed to it per se, but a lot of the CM story arcs feel unnaturally maudlin. It's one thing to have a character in a comedy series sometimes hang out with video game characters, but when CM takes a turn for drama and tries to talk about mental illness it comes off like a Lifetime movie.

I just glad there will be more Erin comics.

A slightly more damaged version of Erin? She's already pretty damaged.

'Route Kanal'? Ermagerd, tell us what you know of Half-Life 3! Tell usssss..

Good luck with the increased workload.

I feel sorry for Grey, I really do; having that sort of work in my outh is one of worst fears.

That said, what's with this "British people have horrible teeth" stereotype? I don't know anyone with horrible teeth. And although I may not have the pearly white shine of a movie star I'm 27 and have never had any dental work despite going every year regularly - not even a filling.

So unless everyone else in every other country in the world has perfectly straight, white teeth I don't see how we earned this terrible mantle!

Kinda reminds me of Natural Selection 2.

Proverbial Jon:
I feel sorry for Grey, I really do; having that sort of work in my outh is one of worst fears.

That said, what's with this "British people have horrible teeth" stereotype? I don't know anyone with horrible teeth. And although I may not have the pearly white shine of a movie star I'm 27 and have never had any dental work despite going every year regularly - not even a filling.

So unless everyone else in every other country in the world has perfectly straight, white teeth I don't see how we earned this terrible mantle!

It's one of those American things, we tend to go for orthodontics and teeth whitening a lot less than them, and up until recently (and still to some extent) that included news readers, media personalities etc etc and on TV/cinema etc you tend to get a lot of close ups of peoples faces so you notice imperfections more, especially when all your own celebrities look like Guy Smiley [edit: shit...coulda sworn he had a completely flat & white top mono-tooth thing. My memory fails me in my old age]

As for why British and no one else, part sticking it to the ex colonial overlords and part relative exposure to other cultures.

Thunderous Cacophony:

So it's a gentler piece that focuses on a mentally ill woman stuck inside a tiny apartment with her hallucinations, with the implication that she dies there? Either you or I don't understand the word "gentle" in this context.

Yeah...that sounds particularly sad to me.

SupahGamuh:
Kinda reminds me of Natural Selection 2.

That was my first reaction to, "Dentistry on a gorge is a lost cause".

Fox12:
This pleases me greatly. I'd love more character driven bits.

And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Here here! I think that a ,for lack of a better word, dedicated strip will really enrich Erin's character

Well, when I discoverd CM, i read through all the strips in a few day (during down times mostly) and a trip this intensive has left it's mark.
I am excited for EDA, loved the stories about Erins live. Good luck with that, although 4 strips a week sound like A LOT of work.
Maybe one CM and one EDA per week would be more sustainable?

So, Erin Dies Alone... Are we going for a slightly more somber Critical Miss, or something along the lines of Warbot in Accounting?

Cool. :) I'm all for this, should be neat to see how this goes.

Also, I hope the old ones didn't drive your dentist insane. I got a check up in a week myself.

Great art Cory! :D Love all the little details.

Scars Unseen:
So, Erin Dies Alone... Are we going for a slightly more somber Critical Miss, or something along the lines of Warbot in Accounting?

I can't tell if the robot was trying to help and now it feels guilt, was trying to put him in problems and succeded, or he just did what it usually does and now relaized its mistake.

CaitSeith:

Scars Unseen:
So, Erin Dies Alone... Are we going for a slightly more somber Critical Miss, or something along the lines of Warbot in Accounting?

I can't tell if the robot was trying to help and now it feels guilt, was trying to put him in problems and succeded, or he just did what it usually does and now relaized its mistake.

Warbot really just isn't good at anything...

Scars Unseen:

CaitSeith:

Scars Unseen:
So, Erin Dies Alone... Are we going for a slightly more somber Critical Miss, or something along the lines of Warbot in Accounting?

I can't tell if the robot was trying to help and now it feels guilt, was trying to put him in problems and succeded, or he just did what it usually does and now relaized its mistake.

Warbot really just isn't good at anything...

Robots building robots? O_o

PS Captcha: this is sparta No, it isn't. Silly Captcha...

Zachary Amaranth:
Thanks, Oba....Wait, this Obamacare joke probably doesn't work if the subject is not American.

Fox12:

And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Check pretty much every single comic that was part of one of those arcs.

I don't see it. Many we're positive, and everyone seemed to enjoy children of steam, which was rather funny. The idea that every comment was negative is... Wrong.

Besides, those comics were few and far between.

Huh....I actually had a dentist appointment about some cavities today.
Funny timing :P

Thunderous Cacophony:

The other two will be part of a new series called Erin Dies Alone. In EDA we'll be focusing on a slightly more damaged version of Erin and her adventures (*or not adventures, as the entire strip takes place in her single bedroom apartment) with a more stable cast of videogame character hallucinations. While they share a similar premise, EDA will be a far gentler, more character-driven comic than CM. Still funny, hopefully, but in a more thoughtful way.

So it's a gentler piece that focuses on a mentally ill woman stuck inside a tiny apartment with her hallucinations, with the implication that she dies there? Either you or I don't understand the word "gentle" in this context.

Fox12:
And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Yo. I'm not opposed to it per se, but a lot of the CM story arcs feel unnaturally maudlin. It's one thing to have a character in a comedy series sometimes hang out with video game characters, but when CM takes a turn for drama and tries to talk about mental illness it comes off like a Lifetime movie.

Comedy webcomics making the shift to serious drama has to be handled carefully and delicately; ease the audience into it. Other wise, we'll get another instance of that one Ctrl+Alt+Delete story arc (you know the one I mean). The premise of "Erin Dies Alone" sounds suspiciously like that one set of Garfield strips where he's alone in his long-abandonded house, and its suggested he's hallucinating as he starves to death. Fun fun fun!

Fox12:
The idea that every comment was negative is... Wrong.

It's also not what I said, which is convenient.

So....am I not needed here, then?

Darth_Payn:

Thunderous Cacophony:

The other two will be part of a new series called Erin Dies Alone. In EDA we'll be focusing on a slightly more damaged version of Erin and her adventures (*or not adventures, as the entire strip takes place in her single bedroom apartment) with a more stable cast of videogame character hallucinations. While they share a similar premise, EDA will be a far gentler, more character-driven comic than CM. Still funny, hopefully, but in a more thoughtful way.

So it's a gentler piece that focuses on a mentally ill woman stuck inside a tiny apartment with her hallucinations, with the implication that she dies there? Either you or I don't understand the word "gentle" in this context.

Fox12:
And who hated your attempts at long form story telling? Those were the best ones. Tell us, and we'll have them burned at the stake as heretics!

Yo. I'm not opposed to it per se, but a lot of the CM story arcs feel unnaturally maudlin. It's one thing to have a character in a comedy series sometimes hang out with video game characters, but when CM takes a turn for drama and tries to talk about mental illness it comes off like a Lifetime movie.

Comedy webcomics making the shift to serious drama has to be handled carefully and delicately; ease the audience into it. Other wise, we'll get another instance of that one Ctrl+Alt+Delete story arc (you know the one I mean). The premise of "Erin Dies Alone" sounds suspiciously like that one set of Garfield strips where he's alone in his long-abandonded house, and its suggested he's hallucinating as he starves to death. Fun fun fun!

It's probably too late at this point, but I think the part about Erin dying alone while descending into madness would be a great ending twist. A way of going "SURPRISE!" after suggesting that everything she saw was real. There may still be tricks to get the audience to believe in the possibility that it's all real and then careen down that path with so much gusto that people are actually surprised when it ends with reality ensuing in the most surreal punchline imaginable.

Zachary Amaranth:

Fox12:
The idea that every comment was negative is... Wrong.

It's also not what I said, which is convenient.

So....am I not needed here, then?

I don't see the negativity in those strips.

Why are you even responding to my comment? Did you intend to add something to the conversation that you started at some point? It's impressive that you can be negative without actually saying anything, but you can take it elsewhere. I.... I could respond, but I don't care enough really.

Fox12:

Why are you even responding to my comment?

Good question. Why do I bother when you're more than happy to make things up for me?

It's impressive that you can be negative without actually saying anything, but you can take it elsewhere.

It's impressive that you can continue to make this up and then play me for the bad guy.

I.... I could respond, but I don't care enough really.

You care enough to insert words into my mouth and hold against me things and actions that aren't mine. Just....apparently not enough to actually address me.

Maybe next time don't lie in the first place?

Ugh, you encapsulated every man's fear when they haven't been to the dentist in a while. Add on top that the first dentist I experienced in my adult life was a worn out county free-clinic dentist who didn't care about my well-being and was lite on the pain shots while he yanked out my wisdom tooth. NOT COOL.

Anyhow, I enjoy your strip as it is, so I am glad you will still do two strips a week of Crit Miss Classic. Your long form works have been hit or miss, but, in the interest of ART, I wouldn't mind see you take another stab at it.

sageoftruth:

It's probably too late at this point, but I think the part about Erin dying alone while descending into madness would be a great ending twist. A way of going "SURPRISE!" after suggesting that everything she saw was real. There may still be tricks to get the audience to believe in the possibility that it's all real and then careen down that path with so much gusto that people are actually surprised when it ends with reality ensuing in the most surreal punchline imaginable.

Personally, I'm hoping for the Labyrinth ending.

canadamus_prime:
A slightly more damaged version of Erin? She's already pretty damaged.

In fact, she's rather cartoonishly so.

I wonder if we're going to see something actually worse, or just more grounded.

Darth_Payn:

Comedy webcomics making the shift to serious drama has to be handled carefully and delicately; ease the audience into it. Other wise, we'll get another instance of that one Ctrl+Alt+Delete story arc (you know the one I mean). The premise of "Erin Dies Alone" sounds suspiciously like that one set of Garfield strips where he's alone in his long-abandonded house, and its suggested he's hallucinating as he starves to death. Fun fun fun!

I don't think it's so much that it has to be handled carefully so much as people need to not be hamfisted about it. There's a rather large difference between needing to use a chisel and needing to not use a bulldozer. I think the latter is more appropriate here.

I do worry somewhat, but we've seen a more serious tone in some of the arcs already done, so it's only the loosest sort of worry. And it's more about the future of the comic itself. I liked the ups and downs of CM as it is, but people really did complain, so I guess this will split things up. But I'm not sure it'll be all that different.

The Wooster:
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As I've been going through a hellstorm of dental procedures for the last two weeks (I believe they brought in an expert on closing dark portals for my innumerable fillings) this comic is oddly fitting while t the same time very creepily personal.
And my mouth did feel like something drastic (killing things with fire) was done to it the first time out. Actually it felt more like someone unleashed a squad of miniature Bruce Lee's in my mouth to fight the cavity demons... That would explain the swollen jaw and "punched in the mouth" feeling I have.

Scars Unseen:

CaitSeith:

Scars Unseen:
So, Erin Dies Alone... Are we going for a slightly more somber Critical Miss, or something along the lines of Warbot in Accounting?

I can't tell if the robot was trying to help and now it feels guilt, was trying to put him in problems and succeded, or he just did what it usually does and now relaized its mistake.

Warbot really just isn't good at anything...

Thank yoy for sharing these, never seen them before, but I kinda dig how utterly useless that robot is, it has good intentions, but it just realy can't do anything useful. Kinda bittersweet, a good mix of fun and sad :)

Honestly, the Erin hallucination comics were the ones I liked the most, so the whole EDA concept is exciting (Though I'm already getting some Johnny Dies at the End vibes from the title). Can't wait.

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