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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:29 pm

Don't have a new avatar for this upcoming arc, but I can share it's inspiration: I've been wanting to do an arc featuring Dawn, showing why she's attracted to Brian. I started writing this arc awhile back in response to questions from readers who were as befuddled as Dawn's roommates: "Why does she like him at all?" And I hope this arc will help answer that.

Also, it's a lot of fun drawing Dawn and Brian together. My secret guilty pleasure is sketching them being adorably awkward.
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Post  The J.A.M. on Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:11 pm

I was hoping she'd dump him after taking all her pencils...
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Post  Latrans on Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:35 pm

Having seen both sides of relationships such as theirs, I never really questioned why they'd get (or stay) together. Cool

Heck, some of the strongest relationships I've ever seen were people simply accepting others for who they were, all quirks included, and not trying to "fix them", "change them", or "make them better".
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:54 pm

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Bad Day, Dawn
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Post  Mr Ed on Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:19 pm

Quick, Brian! Grab one of Diana's cloaks!!

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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:50 am

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Post  The J.A.M. on Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:05 pm

This is after the pencil scandal?
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:26 pm

The J.A.M. wrote:This is after the pencil scandal?

Yes, this arc takes place after the previous arcs regarding the pencils. Smile
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:42 pm

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Page 450: Dawn visits the hospital, with a cameo appearance from Godel Fishbreath!
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Post  Latrans on Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:37 pm

I was just reminded of something by the current strip and thought I would share. Personality types such as Dawn's and Brian's actually tend to work very well together. Prepared types like Dawn are usually proactive about their goals and ambitions but do poorly when things deviate from planned. Reactive types like Brian are often poor at self assertion but excel at improvising on the fly.

Together they tend to minimize each other's weaknesses but share their strengths.
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:14 am

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Life ain't easy for a buck named Doe.
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Post  The J.A.M. on Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:31 am

"A boy named Sue" Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  Mr Ed on Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:13 pm

The J.A.M. wrote:"A boy named Sue" Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
"My name is DOE!  Just so you KNOW!" Razz

Whoa! Pretty black fox!  I should buy a cameo for my Ferric & Fraya.  I love you
Really like the old cat in panel two also.  And this one page gives Dawn all the excuse she needs to like Brian, and not just because it's her mom he's talking to.  (Love Mom's pun too. Wink )

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Post  Mr. Cardinal on Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:12 pm

These two are my favorite, looking forward to this arc. Very Happy
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Post  Cutekitty on Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:57 pm

Oh dear (in a d'aww way). Dawn is quite twitterpated, isn't she?

On the whole opposites-making-great-couples thing: I think it's one of those things that can either work brilliantly or go terribly, terribly wrong. Laughing  If the two are like the yin-yang--with a little bit of the yang with the yin, and a bit of yin with the yang, so that they can appreciate and imbibe each others' qualities and find middle ground when necessary--then I think that yes, they draw on each others' strengths and have a beautiful bond. But it could also go the other way, where they step on each others' toes and bring out the worst in each other. It especially seems like it would be a problem in the most extreme of assertive-passive couplings--that can lead to a severe power imbalance if one of the two never stands up for themselves.

Brian and Dawn look like a best-outcome case, though. Cool

So is my relationship with my thesis advisor, come to think of it. A platonic example, of course, but a similar principle--my mentor's relaxed, open to changes of plan, brilliant with narrative structure and useful criticism, and also deeply kind, which helps me relax and makes it easier for me to be creative, but my self-discipline and planning is integral to getting stuff done. 'Cause he trusts me too much to keep close tabs on me but also, I think, isn't organized enough to keep close tabs on me. Pairing us up resulted in an awesome novelette about a talking rat. Very Happy /shameless tangent

Anyway, looking forward to seeing where this arc goes!
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:39 am

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Post  The J.A.M. on Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:59 am

She works as a telemarketer? Yikes, I hope she's prepared for hundreds of practical jokes...

That lump looks more like he dyed his hair slightly.
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Post  Latrans on Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:12 pm

J.A.M., he's holding his head with his hoof. Wink
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Post  The J.A.M. on Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:36 pm

I know that. I was referring to the light orange...thing that looks like a question mark without the period.
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Post  Latrans on Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:14 pm

That's shine on his hair.:p
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Post  Rubin_West on Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:42 pm

Someone Special, has the power to turn our whole day World around. Very Happy

-Rubin.
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Post  Mr Ed on Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:07 pm

The J.A.M. wrote:I know that. I was referring to the light orange...thing that looks like a question mark without the period.
Well, his poetry is somewhat 'questionable'.  Rolling Eyes Laughing

Yay!  Mousetta!  (and I have a knife like that too...) Wink

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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:44 pm

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Post  The J.A.M. on Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:12 am

Again? Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post  Ellen-Natalie on Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:28 am

Yes, Jam. Again. Smile
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The J.A.M. wrote:I know that. I was referring to the light orange...thing that looks like a question mark without the period.
Yay!  Mousetta!  (and I have a knife like that too...) Wink

So does my Dad! Very Happy When I was a kid he made two big knives like Mousetta's out of old chainsaw blades.
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