[1581] can't make it any worse

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[1581] can't make it any worse

Post by paarfi » Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:05 pm

Fred has posted the new comic to his Patreon. He'll post it to the main site and elsewhere probably tomorrow.

Fred also posted this message to Patreon with the comic.
(regarding the delays this month, if you follow twitter, you should be pretty updated - but i've been spending the last three weeks working on getting my dad settled into a extended care facility with mom, still a lot to do but getting there. No matter how much life tries to smack me down, i'll get these comics out. thanks for the support everyone.)
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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by Invisigoth » Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:11 pm

Turn the phone off!!!!

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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by paarfi » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:34 am

Poor Megumi. She never gets a break.
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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by Yl33 D4 N00b » Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:58 am

Invisigoth wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:11 pm
Turn the phone off!!!!
Exactly what I do so work won't interrupt..... ;) Paisen's gonna go back to GF, so Megs might as well lock n' load.... :D

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Post by darrin » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:08 am

I guess this counts as be careful what you wish for. :(
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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by garapagosu » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:26 am

<Glasses looks at phone and the profile pic of him and GF complete with lovey dovey hearts, powers the phone down, and throws it over his shoulder>

"Wrong number."
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Post by Voyager » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:44 am

garapagosu wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:26 am
<Glasses looks at phone and the profile pic of him and GF complete with lovey dovey hearts, powers the phone down, and throws it over his shoulder>

"Wrong number."
Yep. Unless he wants to spend the rest of his life with someone he already knows he can't trust. Best to make not a clean break, and just check the voicemail on the morning.

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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by eomdal » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:58 am

Now I'm stuck on a question: what ringtone did Fred have in mind when he drew this comic?
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Re: [1581] can't make it any worse

Post by tambo » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:39 pm

what ringtone did Fred have in mind when he drew this comic?
"Chitter-churp" kinda reminds me of the dorky chiptune ringtones from early-2000s flip phones, like this one: https://www.zedge.net/ringtone/34b27486 ... 92d1b362aa.

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Post by piro » Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:55 pm

eomdal wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:58 am
Now I'm stuck on a question: what ringtone did Fred have in mind when he drew this comic?
If i had been able to wait a few more months before doing this comic, i could have very specifically had a ringtone to use here :)

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Post by Roamer » Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:01 pm

Having been in almost this exact situation, the winning sequence of moves to solve the puzzle is:

-Look at phone
-Say 'Yes, it is' with a worried frown.
-Pick up phone
-Turn phone off
-Look back down at beautiful girl
-Smile
-Say "Now where were we?"

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Post by cidjen » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:15 pm

Heh this was a nice 'Chekhov's gun to shoot round the corner' lol.

You know wha else would be ' nice?'

If this girlfriend was someone we completely overlooked ... Waiiiitttt. A. Second.

The Zilla Girl! That must be it! Must be!

Since cat girls can't exist, the only other girl around who would be out of action for so long to not be able to even talk to her BF, it must be Zilleko ! Prove me wrong!

Splendid page Fred, I don't feel the sketchiness really, what you are talking about ;)
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Post by maldrul » Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:40 pm

cidjen wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:15 pm
Heh this was a nice 'Chekhov's gun to shoot round the corner' lol.

You know wha else would be ' nice?'

If this girlfriend was someone we completely overlooked ... Waiiiitttt. A. Second.

The Zilla Girl! That must be it! Must be!

Since cat girls can't exist, the only other girl around who would be out of action for so long to not be able to even talk to her BF, it must be Zilleko ! Prove me wrong!
And exactly *who* would Zilleko have cheated on him with? Largo? :lol:
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Post by cidjen » Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:25 am

maldrul wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:40 pm

And exactly *who* would Zilleko have cheated on him with? Largo? :lol:
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She has this side gig she didn't wanna talk about, even to the BF, where she turns into a Rent-A-Zilla (and she really, really likes the pork rinds...). No cheating involved even tho it might have (deliberately, made so by her Zilla-form employers) looked like that to Paisen:)

She knew if she told him, he'd not allow her to do it again, so this time it was supposed to be The Last Stint as the Zilla. But it went wrong, because of Largo and Yuki, and she was stuck in Zilla and then Zombie form...

(one thing, we've been talking about the guy here being like Paisen from Nagatoro... now I think about it, maybe the two of them are more like the pair of protagonists from Shed! Ryugasaki-san ....? Granted, in that, the bf is in love in her lizard form; but this is MT universe ;) )
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Post by Tsukai » Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:18 am

Boooo! Bad Fred! Give us the sex!

Or at least the implied sex.

Got to admit, he's working out really well so far, is glasses guy. Don't screw it up, PLEASE.

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Post by BetaCygnus » Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:03 am

@ Fred : Yay! A new comic! =D

@darrin : Yep. He wished for it.

#Sketchiness? Me no see sketchiness? =? =)

@Voyager #he-already-knows-he-can't-trust : Too true. =(

@Tsukai : From my own personal POV and experience, much as I agree with Voyager on the trust issues, I’m more like *impressed* with the way Fred managed to give me a "Saved By The Bell" kind of vibe with this update, chirpy though the bell may be.
I truly wish for Megumi to never be lonely anymore and to really kick it off with this person… but I’m worried she may only reduce her self esteem further — and it’s already really low from what I am reading. There are moments in life you simply *have to* pull the emergency brake. This would be a good moment, in my opinion.
To me, it would seem like I was exploiting her if she and he really would have sex ‘on MT-camera’ — or even implied, for that matter. So I’m glad they didn’t, so far. And I really hope they won’t, either.
I wish them both happy. I don’t want her to have to perform for us readers.

@ Megumi: So… get to know this guy, he seems to be worth it. But… my experience says slowing things down a notch or three at this point can never hurt…

@ Glasses : And now throw that phone. Into the toilet, preferably. And then flush. =)

@ Fred : Great update, you always make my day when I find one!!! — And wow, you and Sarah sure have a lot to deal with… I wish you *every* bit of strength and patience in caring for your loved ones. I really admire you guys!

…and I’m really happy with your determination to keep on producing MT comics! =)
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Post by Teddy-Werebear » Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:13 am

Firm booby beer shelf for the WIN!

If I was Glasses, I would reach across Megumi making sure to graze he breasts lightly to retrieve my cell phone. I would turn it off while leaning over her and drop it. I would then slither my way back up her body until I was face to face and whisper, now where were we and kiss her as she begins to answer.
Either that or...
Yell "WHAT PHONE?" and motorboat Megumi.

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Post by cidjen » Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:17 am

I was looking for what the heck the ringtone might be and this popped up into my head somehow... apologies.
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Yell "WHAT PHONE?" and motorboat Megumi.
OOohhhh lmg the popcorn before you mboat a 9 tail kitsune lol ;)
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Post by darrin » Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:28 am

cidjen wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:25 am
(one thing, we've been talking about the guy here being like Paisen from Nagatoro...
No, I just said he looked like Nagatoro's Paisen. The way he held Megumi's hand without freaking out in any visible way made it clear he's not much like that Paisen personality-wise.
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Post by cidjen » Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:17 am

darrin wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:28 am
cidjen wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:25 am
(one thing, we've been talking about the guy here being like Paisen from Nagatoro...
No, I just said he looked like Nagatoro's Paisen. The way he held Megumi's hand without freaking out in any visible way made it clear he's not much like that Paisen personality-wise.
Right, thanks for correcting me ;) he might look like Paisen, but he /is/ the OP of Shed! instead, then... :)
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Post by Rapierman » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:34 pm

So, now the ball's in his court. Either he just ignores it / shuts it off, or he goes back to her and life screws Megumi over again (no pun intended).
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Post by Teddy-Werebear » Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:02 am

cidjen wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:17 am
I was looking for what the heck the ringtone might be and this popped up into my head somehow... apologies.
I was thinking it would be this ringtone.

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Post by NinjaDefenestrator » Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:56 am

After reading paarfi’s update in the previous thread...holy shit, while I’m pleasantly surprised there’s a comic, Fred has way too much real life to deal with right now. I’m sorry the ‘Rona has screwed them over so badly.

I know I’ve previously complained along with a lot of other readers about how infrequent the comics are and how the story meanders, but right now I just hope Fred and Sarah and their loved ones will be okay.

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Post by Tsukai » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:25 am

@BetaCygnus Hey, you never know, this could be the start of something beautiful!

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Post by Roamer » Thu Jul 23, 2020 5:51 am

Teddy-Werebear wrote:
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:13 am
Yell "WHAT PHONE?" and motorboat Megumi.
Get her to laugh in this mood and you might win her heart. Or they might find Teddy-bits in five prefectures, but that's the chance you take.

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