1046 Downright Disturbing.

My friend Amber did two pages of the comic when I asked for help a while back. This is the first of them, obviously. I thought them both so clever that I decided to evevate them to the status of canon. Her medium of choice is not pixels and she actually sent me the physical portions of these pages. I have to say that the scanned pages do not do the watercolors justice. They are exceptionally beautiful. It is a shame that they can’t be passed to each one of you that you might look upon them with your own eyes. The scans will have to do. For my part I intend to have the image framed so I can have it on my wall to remind me of this gesture of friendship.

Our relationship kind of reminds me of a movie. I forget the name, but it’s a British guy and an American lady who become friends over several years strictly through letters. Man what is it called…? It’s the guy from Silence Of The Lambs. 84 Charing Cross Road! Anyway, it’s a really good movie. You all should totally watch it. In fact I won’t spoil the story for you. I will say, however, that I hope my relationship with Amber doesn’t end the same way as the one does in the movie.

May as well tell you what I remember about this dream I had the other day. I was walking around with Fes from the Webcomic Beacon and Danielle Corsetto (sp?) of Girls With Slingshots. We were in a slightly wooded area and it was fallish. Cold, moist, the smell of the wet rotting leave was in the air. You know, that sweet smell of maple leaves slowly turning into cold dirt. Fes seemed to be a third wheel and eventually she and I left him to do some other thing he was interested in. She walked and talked with me in a sort of mall style gallery for a long time about art, comics, and related matters. Then I woke up.

I know Fes from his podcast, but we’re not bested friends or anything. I think I’ve only seen one actual picture of him. Still, him being in my dream makes much more sense than Corsetto because I am very familiar with his voice and personality. I don’t know her at all, don’t read her comic, have never heard her voice, or obviously seen video of her. I think I’ve played Words With Friends with her and seen her facebook profile pic. In this case words with friends is very much straining the definition of the word. If nothing else I’m not her enemy. Why my brain chose to make her the voice of sage advice is well beyond me.

I don’t put much stock in the significance of dreams, but I have to say it made me curious about her. If she is even half as smart as the dream version my brain concocted then I very much do want to be her friend. I know how that sort of thing goes though. You don’t make friends upwards in webcomics. You make friends downwards or with equals. Only on very rare occasions do people become friends outside their class, and I’m guessing she’s outside of mine. That said, it would certainly make for a great story years from now. Oh, how did you meet, J.T.? Well, he had a dream about me and instead of geting a restraining order I decided to become his friend.

Perhaps not…


I feel bad for John if his erection can be concealed by holding a handheld game in front of it.

BTW you really should read GWS. It’s a VERY awesome book. I read the whole run in about 3 or 4 days. It’s VERY long though. She’s been doing it since 2004 and she updates almost everyday.

Yeah! Ha Ha…….I could probably use my cell phone….and it’s not one of those big smart phones….wonder why I prefer webcomics to life….


I recently changed to a new google account and had no easy way to transfer my RSS subscriptions, so I had to do it from memory. I discovered GWS around the same time I discovered QC and the storytelling is definitely on par there. Great comic.

Also, I agree with Kazu.

I was wondering why things looked so different. That’s cool your friend made some pages!

And definitely don’t knock dreams’ ability to tell you something. As my friend was just two seconds ago telling me, it can’t hurt to make contact and gain a new friend, you’ll be no worse off than you are at this moment if you try.

Course, your dreams may be telling you something but mine certainly never do, if the were then something is seriously messed up somewhere.

Is the Silence of the Lambs dude Anthony Hopkins?

Yes, Anthony Hopkins played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon. He also played C. S. Lewis in Shadowlands and James Stevens in The Remains of the Day, among many other great parts. Just don’t confuse him with Anthony Perkins, who played Norman Bates in the original Psycho…

Actually, I think Amber did a nice job. Her style is different, of course, but if everyone drew the same way, what a boring world it should be. Her lettering, of course, shows the influence of years labeling bottles…

Thanks, Perfesser. ^^ As for the lettering, that was sheer laziness. This computer doesn’t have the right typeface on it and I couldn’t remember how to install them on Vista. Rather than switching rooms, I decided to stay in here and laze my way out of it.

Send your friend my regards. Same base character design, just slightly rougher (and different lettering).

On the topic of dreams, I agree. Don’t read into them too much. Otherwise you wind up married to a seal with a collection of children’s toys.

Let it be known that while I found GWS first, I only check it out occasionally. On the other hand, I ALWAYS check Between Failures every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Maybe I relate to the characters better – slightly geeky folks living fairly normal lives and fumbling around with relationships vice a bunch of characters with more fringe lives. GWS has a skinny alcoholic girl who talks with her anthropomorphic cactus, her overendowed bi friend in a platonic relationship with another girl, her lesbian ex-boss who has a roller-derby girlfriend, her ex-boyfriend who drives a taxi and slept with women to be nice to them, a dominatrix/librarian… These are just not a very good cross section of type of people within my day-to-day sphere. On the other hand I can find many examples of people within my sphere of acquaintances who are a lot like Thomas, Ed, John, Mike, Carol, Nina, Jo, and Jess.

Between Failures might be more “normal”, but both are good. Granted GWS has some extreme characters, but extremes are sometimes what makes life fun.

and BTW, Jaime and Erin aren’t in a “platonic” relationship. Platonic would indicate a relationship where there are no romantic feelings involved. But they do seem to genuinely love each other. It’s just that it’s asexual. While Jaime is very sexual, Erin apparently derives no pleasure from sexual encounters (unfortunately). So Erin has agreed to allow Jaime to continue with her trysts, so long as she’s not involved (let’s see how long that’s going to last without anybody getting jealous).

:D Your comments make me smile. And make me want to figure out that movie you’re talking about. I wish I’d have been able to spend more time on this page but the next one makes up for it. :) I’m honored you’ll be framing it. :)

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