If there is one thing I envy about Reggie it’s displayed in this scene. He doesn’t let people guess about how he feels. He has openly pursued Nina, in spite of the rules against it. If he hates you, you know it. If he likes you, you know it. In many ways he’s the most truthful person in the comic. He even telegraphs his schemes, which is probably why they don’t work. He’s terrible at being subtle. Like Thomas has said he’s a dick, but he’s an honest dick. There is a value in that which I can’t stress enough. Knowing exactly where you stand with someone is great because you don’t have to worry about what they are going to do. You can guess with far more accuracy when the person in question is guileless.
Does this mean he’s given up on Nina? Probably not, but why put all your eggs in one basket? Dating seems to have taken on a level of seriousness, at least in my experience, that it didn’t seem to have decades ago. Maybe because we have a certain expectation of carnal pleasures being given up quickly. Somehow that adds a feeling of obligation into the mix faster than it might have had before. I don’t know. You guys are welcome to tell me what you think about that.
The downside of this particular pairing is what might happen if the wrong people find out. Although he tries to hide it Reggie does fall prey to wanting to be accepted by his peers. If someone were to tease him about dating a fat girl Reggie might not react positively. That said, the rest of the cast isn’t likely to do that. Well, most of them aren’t anyway.
What I like particularly is that in this moment Reggie just realizes what he feels and goes for it. Say what you will about him, but he has a level of courage most people lack. Once he decides what he wants he goes for it an woe be it to whoever tries to get in his way. Of course in Ed’s case that didn’t go well for Reggie, but it didn’t really put him off anything.
I had a really hard time with the colors in this one. Since the settings for color are different in MS5 I had a hard time making the blushing look right. It’s still too subtle but I don’t have time to keep fiddling with stuff indefinitely. Hopefully it will read better on other screens than it does on mine. I’m still getting my head around the new software.
Here’s the new eBay picture. Everyone’s favorite finally, Brooksie.