So, as you may have noticed, we're having some trouble with the site. We lost all of our images over the weekend, and although we've been able to restore some of them, we may or may not choose to restore everything right now, since...
Ta da! Second announcement for the month (a little earlier than anticipated) the new site redesign launch will be happening very shortly! Still not sure of the exact date, plans have been sped up and putting all the last-minute touches, but it should be around the end of the month!
Also, for everyone who missed it over the weekend, our very own Rori has set up a Facebook Fan Page for Pictures of You! All you cultists can head over there and like it, whatever that means! There will be news and probably some exclusive art and other shit over there, plus a more interactive place for readers to discuss the comic! You can find it at http://www.facebook.com/PicturesofYouComic and I'll put up a more permanent link soon.
In addition, wonder girl Amonyoshu has volunteered to start up a Pictures of You Fan Wiki! I don't know what those are, but she does! Anyone who's interested in helping her out can PM her through Smack Jeeves ( http://www.smackjeeves.com/profile.php?id=89379 ) or, for any non-guests, drop me an email and I'll pass along your info!
This is going to be awesome. Because now we will get to see whether Alexander is with Patrick for the money, or for him as a person. I always thought that Alexander had numerous reasons to do the things he did that didnt necessarily make him a total douche, but people jumped to the worst conclusions. I dunno how I necessarily feel about Alexander myself, but I dont think he deserved to be labeled as he was so early. If he stays with Patrick despite being peniless, then I think thats a strong sign of their relationship. If they arent together though then Patrick will either have to reconcile with his friends or fall apart. Toss up.
So what i see...
...is Alexander leaving Patrick cuz the sugar has now run out, daddy... and after Alex burned the note that was left for Pat, he still doesnt know that they tried to extend the olive branch and will be all butthurt and whiny and pissy cuz nobody loves me anymore...
Kind of seeing where this little snowball is turning into a hell of an avalanche, and quickly
To be honest, I think it'll be good for him in the long run. I myself have never had anything handed to me by my folks. I got my first job at the age of 14, busted ass to pay for my first truck (gas and insurance, too), and graduated high school, on my own. To pay for college, instead of taking out student loans, I went and got a summer job on a boat in Alaska. No scholarships, not grants, no nothing. Now, it looks like Patrick may have to do the same.
Seems I forgot Patrick was essentially being funded completely by his folks. That may explain why he has been such a pretentious douche-bag up to this point. I mean when everything is handed to you and you don't have to work what's the value in things?
Kudos on dad though, handled that much better and even seems like he regrets doing so.
finally, I can't at this moment feel sorry for Patrick (even if he is my favourite character) since he deserves being cut off right now,hopefully this'll stop him being all high and mighty and start being grateful for everything he has/had. finally get his head out of his ass and sort his life out
This is absolutely awesome. Patrick's a spoiled little brat, and really needs to learn to work hard. I officially love his dad- I still think he's kind of a total douche, but Patrick never really showed effort with him either.
I don't have a problem with Dad's decision to cut Patrick off, but I do have a problem with "hiding your sexuality is hurtful to us." Does Dad never watch TV or read the news and see how many gay kids are kicked out/abused by their parents or sent to places to "cure" them? Considering how Dad's always treated Patrick like a disappointment, I wouldn't have told him either in Patrick's shoes.
Patrick's father seems like a perfectly normal, relatively reasonable, conservative person. He's probably not a *fan* of his son's sexuality, and yes, he should be more understanding of patrick's reluctance to come out of the closet; but refusing to support a lifestyle he doesn't condone is a perfectly rational, reasonable action. He is a decent human being.
Whether or not he is a decent parent, I think, has much more to do with what happens immediately following this conversation.
I agree with Indigo on terms of what he said about Patrick's sexuality--considering who we all assumed his father to be up until this point..it's really no wonder Patrick would be nervous to tell him.
Also, I think it was harsh of him to sort of try and blame what happened with Mel on him--"you knew and didn't tell us"? Um..sorry Dad, but once she was out of the hurtful place..It is her business who she tells really, provided she is no longer at risk to get hurt anymore. It's not Patrick's place to tell everyone her life...also clearly Patrick did not know it was happening while it was going down or Devon's ass would have been dead far sooner.
That being said, the cut off will probably be good for Patrick in some ways. He does need to learn how to support himself.
I don't think "it's Mel's business" applies in this situation. People who are being abused tend to be mentally brainwashed and therefore often need the outside help the break away from hurtful relationships. Otherwise they end up stuck there.
And...Go Patrick's Dad :D Patrick can be a decent guy but he is also a very childish self centered whinerpants.
Didn't see that coming
I was pretty sure Mr. Hogan was going to cut Patrick off, but the way it went down was pretty unexpected.
To find out that he knew about Patrick's sexuality was surprising enough, but his decision to cut Patrick off actually comes from good intentions, not spite.
Clearly, Patrick has been relying on his dad's money to get him along for far too long, and has never bothered to try and stand on his own two feet. Only now do we see what Mr. Hogan was really wanting to see from Patrick: to get his act together and be an adult.
I was really surprised as to how level-headed over the issue Mr. Hogan really was. From previous encounters with him, we all got the impression he was just a hardass who would never accept Patrick for who he was. Now we all see that he's accepted Patrick for who he was, but couldn't continue to accept the lack of mature life choices that Patrick was making.
I hate to say it, but I actually sided with Mr. Hogan on this one. Sometimes the only way to teach someone to stand on their own two feet is to take away the crutch they've relied on for so long. I think this will be good for Patrick... as we've all learned, life and your priorities are a lot different once you have to pay for everything yourself.
Kinda reminds me of someone I know- always expected shit to go along in a way that was beneficial to him in some way, and once he got a little older and had a kid, he had to realize that the world doesn't revolve around him, and he has to work to get things done and support the family.
The Cutting Off
I dont really think its fair for the old man to call Patrick out on not mentioning the Melanie-Devon incident. It wasn't really his place to say. Melanie clearly didn't want them to know, so hes supposed to go behind her back? It wasn't "Gee Patrick, good job standing up for your sister and supporting her after Devon douched out on her." It was "Oh Melanie why didnt you tell us...well we understand....BUT PATRICK WHY DIDNT YOU TELL US! YOU KNOW BETTER!" I thought that was kinda BS. The only reason I felt the need to emphasize that was because Mr. Hogan specified that as "the worst of all". Other than that, I would say Christmas dinner is gonna be pretty awkward for the Hogans lmao. Patrick has been pretty immature, I mean for all this time hes had everything provided for him, played in a band, smoked weed, partied, and yet he still acted like life was just the hugest bitch. Sorry sir, but you are about to get a hard lesson from Reality Check Tech.
Monsignor Twist, I gotta say that I love the nuance of the characters, and that you try to present them as real powple. Thus no one is perfect, and this strip really illustrates it. I think the dad's not off base at all, and it sounds like Patrick has, consciously or subconsciously, abused the fact that his dad was paying for everything.
But he misconstrues the situation with Patrick, and thinks that Patrick knew about the abuse while they were still together and didn't tell him.
Love the characters, loving the strip. :D
God, I love your comic so much Mr. Twist. Like if it was a person I'd make sweet sweet love to it and call it the next day for a brunch date .That being said, I feel for Mr. Hogan right now. He looks so tired at the end of the comic.
Been reading for a while now. I normally don't comment on stuff but just wow. I honestly didn't expect his father to actually be so down to earth with him as he was. I mean just from how he had been before. I am truly wowed by your talent as an artist and a writer sir. Keep up the good work I can't wait till Friday.
Good Morning Everyone
Kotire here with another installment of the Voters Update.
Today we find Pictures of You sitting again at #75. Now over the last 26ish hours, we have seen PoY move up to 73, down to 78 and back to 75, so there has been a LOT of activity going on over at topwebcomics.com . And not just for PoY. I think we started something here between us and the other fans...
For those people who think Mr. Hogan should have told Patrick he know he was gay, remember they didn't know how comfortable Patrick was with his sexuality. Its one think to have your dad tell you "Its ok you like other boy" when you're out, its another when you haven't accepted it. If he was faking heterosexuality before, he'd be faking it even harder after, not to mention potentially being bitter at his father for a while after he accepted it.
Mr. Hogan is successful, and made himself that way. He wanted his son to do the same; to be self reliant.
I think he's not so much angry that Patrick has a boyfriend, as much as Patrick hasn't told him; Not that he a boyfriend, but that someone else was living in the apartment. I think if he was straight and had a girl staying with him, it would have garnered a similar reaction. hell, even if it was just a friend, I think he'd be angry, and justifiably so.
I think this seems slightly overkill...clearly one of Dad's problems is jumping to conclusions, and as a result making pretty poor decisions. Take the Devon case - he was blind to what was going on and didn't bother inquiring, instead suggesting that he himself could intervene and fix things for Mel and Devon. Same thing goes here - I think he should at least give Patrick a chance to explain himself.
The big sticking point for Dad here is that Patrick knew about Mel's situation, and didn't bother letting the parents know. The fact that Patrick is gay and lives with some douche bag boyfriend is the least of Dad's concerns...just more like adding fuel to a fire that's already started ablaze.
Given all of that though, he should at least give Patrick a chance to explain that sticking point. Tell him straight up "Look son, you knew about this. Why didn't you tell us? What was going through your head? Didn't you know this was negatively affecting Mel? You're her brother for crying out loud!" or something to that effect. Instead he, at one fell swoop, basically throws Patrick to the dogs. That ain't right.
Patrick, Patrick, Patrick...
While I'm really hoping Patrick takes a deep breath, tells his father that he understands, and realizes that he's not entitled to his father's free money... I'm really expect him to get all mopey and start raising hell...