Comic 359 - Climb
4th Apr 2016, 5:56 PM in Groundhog Week
Climb
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Some quick portraits for Vixen:
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Lee M edit delete reply
Lee M
Sean's channeling View... stretching this thing out for as long as she can.
TDL edit delete reply
Well, like View, perhaps Sean has a plan...or at least understands good pacing. ;)
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Sooo ... by that analogy, we, the viewers, are motorboating View, and View punishes us for it ?

.... hrmmm ... View ... Viewers ... I would like to say the pun was intended, but it wasn't.
Hedrah edit delete reply
Getting better and better.
TDL edit delete reply
Well well. Probably the first thing that leapt out at me with this page was Alis' 'Yes, Sean.' I can't say I wasn't expecting it, but the main reason it jumps out is because it's 'Sean' used as a title, rather than a name. That the answer is rote, as shown when she gives it identically some three panels later, and that she matches it symbolically with her minor foot-worship in the first panel. It's important in that it shows perhaps the first protocol or routine in their experimenting being established; as we gathered from the last page, Sean expects her questions to have an answer, and she has already told Alis what to call her- therefore, here is the answer. Input-output. And Alis, off her own back (coloured I think by Sean's ministrations but also just because Alis enjoys the role), has realized that Sean likes 'correct' feedback, so giving that answer to orders is natural too.

The second thing that's most worthy of note are the last two panels, for showing both that, Alis is *not* perfectly without her own whims at the moment, that she'll still take indulgences within her remit, but also, that Sean has definitely already set some mental bonds onto Alis in regards to physical manipulation; previously requiring a lot of physical exertion and overpowering, but here, in this headspace, now needing nothing but a finger. It's a good image and I'm glad it was given prominence on the page.

I'm loving the expressions on both of them too, Sean's in particular for the mixture of pleasure, affected disdain, challenge, enjoyment and commanding presence present in it, but also Alis' lidded expression of amorous submission and expectation. I think her body posture is great too, in getting across this passivity.

I do wonder how this use of Sean's name is going to effect the everyday; I think normally people use titles like 'Mistress' in order to denote on/off positions. Seems to me if Sean knows this and I've no reason to doubt otherwise...well, she might only be playing, but she's playing for keeps. I think intentions may become clearer over the next few pages, when it becomes more obvious what she means by 'start'...I can't help but feel that the quip I made last comment about enjoying ironing out creases may well be more fitting than I'd thought at the time...


Haha, I'm getting a little self-conscious about my comments for being overly long, but I can't help but make them. Apologies.
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Long comments don't bother me, but I don't really have anything to say in response to them, either!
TeeKay edit delete reply
TeeKay
Re: the use of Sean almost as a title here.

I wouldn't think it'd need to change anything. You don't normally say your friends' names every time you say something to them, do you? And when you do call your friends by their names in person, it's usually in some specific context like when you want to attract their attention.
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Teekay>

True. I'm thinking it might be something Alis can innocuously drop into a group convo though that she wouldn't otherwise have been able to do. I was thinking that this could be either an issue vis-a-vis Sean's possessive streak and private/public split, or a hidden delight. Hard to say.

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Thanks; I know it'd be bad form to comment on things with too much detail when you can cover the answers in the comic itself. I just don't want to end up repeating myself too much, so it's something I'm going to have to try and balance.
Susu edit delete reply
Susu
I for one am loving your comments. Your deeper analysis of the comic makes it all the more enjoyable to think about. In response to this specific thread:
Alis already asked if she should call Sean mistress. That coupled with her behavior indicates this has long been a fantasy of her's, perhaps something she has hidden in her closet. I believe when she offered the title of mistress and Sean corrected her to "Sean" the two became interchangeable to her. I think every time Alis says "Sean" in this context, it's just another word for mistress.
TDL edit delete reply
I daresay you're correct. I also think it's likely that when Alis suggested there'd be stuff in her (literal) closet Sean wouldn't want to see, it would indeed be stuff regarding things like this.

That said, I still think Sean would be innocent of some of the items Alis might have as it seems to me that whatever Sean's getting out of it doesn't require them- and also, she'd probably/ideally want Alis in something *she* chooses. All said, I still think she appreciates symbolism and items that denote it; it dovetails nicely into what we've seen her enjoy so far.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Maybe there's also a bit of "monkey see, monkey do" in it as well.

Using "Sean" instead of "Mistress" may not get her "punished" as much as she would if she used "Mistress", but she's also less likely to turn off Sean. Sean asked for it, so she's getting it.
Deamon edit delete reply
I will implode if all this amazing buildup gets cut off by something. Nevertheless, I will take that risk! Great job so far
vivaldi edit delete reply
vivaldi
View: "hmm, seems like the readers are enjoying it...... might as well put a chapter break here."
Miao edit delete reply
Miao
Yes, that is how one stands up.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Wait ... waiiit a minute ... you don't motorboat someone everytime you stand up ?

.. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ?!
Miao edit delete reply
Miao
Well, mistress didn't like being tickled....
Vixen edit delete reply
Vixen
Yayy!! Thank you so much :)
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view
Just a quick sketch, I'm glad you liked it.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
It's a pretty cool avatar though, I like the idea. :)

Though I wonder why the transparency isn't working in the post ?
Works fine up in the description.
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view
It's probably because the avatar system doesn't save in .png... :|
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Mebbe it works in .GIF ?
Checkster (Guest) edit delete reply
I am really enjoying this series. Thank you so much for your hard work.
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Glad you like it!