4.13 Driven Home 14

March 14th, 2013, 12:01 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, March 9th, 2013, 8:31 pm

Have at it.

User Comments:

Guest, March 14th, 2013, 12:07 am

The momentary gratification will ultimately outweigh the consequences. Right? ...right??

Kendall (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:07 am

Nice going, Sam, you just fucked yourself over.

stuporsmash (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:18 am

It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

DemonicMRX11 (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:30 am

Driven Home indeed.

TCGC (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:32 am

Violence is never the answer. "Violence" is the question, "yes" is the answer.

Kim J (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:38 am

@stuporsmash: Perfect description.

Luminous (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:43 am

Man, all the punches really follow through in this comic!

Fin (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:46 am

You are what you do. So be it, Sam! Get it buddy!

gordig (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:50 am

I was going to be more than a little disappointed if the most punchable character you've ever written didn't get at least a little comeuppance.

Grey Radiance (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:51 am

On one hand, the dick was asking for this.

On the other, the fallout for this is gunna be MASSIVE...

Anthonywert (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:58 am

I knew it!
I did. I just had a feeling Sam would do something to Rick and now he has. What next I wonder?

Force (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 1:05 am

If I may say, whatever happens, happens.
If Sam gets dumped, so be it. Lauren didn't listen to any of the warning signs from Sam, nor from any of her friends (and let's be honest; friends usually have good intuition about things) and is now paying the price for allowing Rick in despite everyone's protests. Sam is also probably well aware of the consequences (even if they aren't running through his head at the moment).

That said, I totally threw my fist in the air, and silently yelled "YEAH!" at seeing this.

KyledKat, March 14th, 2013, 1:07 am

Finally! The prick had it coming.

Vairan (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 1:17 am

Ah crap...
As much as i dislike rick..... Sam messed up big time i think.

Reign (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 1:36 am

@Vairan: Nah, even if we didn't know that Sam and Lauren were going to get back together I'd say that relationships come and go, he'd find someone new, and NOT doing anything to Rick would be HELL for his mental health.

Blake (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 1:52 am

This story saga has my heart racing and me literally frothing at the mouth for more. Good job on this arc.

jodie (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 2:04 am

i tell you all he is just devon with a moustache on why wont anyone believe me

Teenlink, March 14th, 2013, 2:39 am

@jodie: I was hoping the punch would knock the mustache off, resulting in a dramatic reveal.

Omega (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 2:39 am

About time someone did it. Was hoping it was going to be Peter to reduce the fallout on Sam though. Oh well, we know those two end happily ever after: they were together in the prologue after all. Though I guess now we are going to get to see what Peter was talking about in panel 2 of 1.00 Prologue 7

Reb (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 2:40 am

The last comment in panel 1 is on-target, because "DOUCHE!!!" is the only appropriate sound effect for that punch.

Teenlink, March 14th, 2013, 2:41 am

Few notes: One, perfect response to Rick's previous question.
"Haven't you done enough damage?"
"Not yet" *busts Rick in the face, causing 9999 damage*
Two, I love how it looks like Rick's trying to grab Sam's hair to take him down with him, but then comes the realization that Sam shaves his head.
Three, The way his sleeves look make Sam look like he's wearing some kind of Bruce Lee monkish get-up.
Four, I love how Christo is the only one who saved his beverage of choice. He must have some serious ninja skills to be able to swap hands holding the drink and pull it out of the line of fire.

The_Hankerchief, March 14th, 2013, 2:46 am

They both fucked up; they spilled all the beer! The worst party foul of all!

phoenixgem, March 14th, 2013, 3:02 am

About time! Hopefully after the dust settles Lauren might start to think of Sam as a human with negative feelings instead of the personificatoin of passiveness that she expects.

Thirdshaft, March 14th, 2013, 3:03 am

Is it just me or is anyone else imagining that Sam wants to yell "The power of Christ compels you!"

Lurker 324 (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:11 am

I think the punch scene needs it's very own page when published though, maybe even a double page!

Quadrant, March 14th, 2013, 3:36 am

As much as Rick has been deserving that, it will only push Lauren away from Sam. Momentary satisfaction, long term consequences.

Then again Lauren has been pushing Sam ever slowly towards this.

Sirkstrebor (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:41 am

It's about time. That dude has been sniffin at heels without consequence for far too long. Its not about jealousy, or about trust. Its about respect.

RiverL (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 4:05 am

I feel like all this is irrelevant seeing as how when peter is in the future at the beginning of the series, Sam and Lauren are still together. Sometimes is nice to know someone will fight for you.

Val (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 4:17 am

Everyones so focused on Rick the shithead and Sam the hothead but I 100% thin Lauren brought this on. She let that goddamned snake feel like he was entitled to a place in her life (though she refused to leave Sam there and go with him, which was a pleasant surprise for me) and she's been COMPLETELY not only blaming Sam for his feelings but also refusing to acknowledge their legitimacy. Even if you disagree with your partner or are pissed off at their reaction, you more than anyone should be there not to retaliate against them but vaidate and work through their feelings, supportively. Even if Rick straight up made out with Lauren right in front of him, I don't think anything would've driven Sam over the edge like this except Laurens constant blaming, lack of support, and intolerance. Nothing makes a person crazier than feeling abandoned and misunderstood by the person who's supposed to staand by you through everything

Los (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 5:58 am

LOVE the eyes. It's as if they're responding to his question from the last strip with a resounding "ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??" My only regret here is that he sent him flying into their table. Otherwise, I'm sighing a satisfied sigh:-)

mirandamarquez, March 14th, 2013, 6:23 am

A good start, Sam, now finish the job, but do it yourself, don't drag the others into it.

This is between Sam and Rick.

I agree with Val, obviously, in thinking that Lauren was more than a little responsible for this.

I sometime forget how young the characters are in this story, and how they are still developing their characters. When one is reading a comic over a period of years, it is easy to forget Peter's flashback has, so far covered a period of less than eighteen months.

Very few people have acquired much life experience by the time they are only in their second year at university and Sam is, as far I am aware, only Lauren's second boyfriend.

She still has a lot to learn about what makes relationships work, so she can't really be blamed for her immaturity and insensitivity with regard to Sam's feelings.

Even at this stage, she could have diffused the situation by clarifying in front of both young men where it is that she stands.

Instead, she gives yet another 'All about me' speech and stomps off in a hissy fit.

Her behaviour throughout the entire story arc has left me actively disliking her character, and liking Sam's character more and more.

It helps to have known throughout the arc that things will turn out for the best, and that by the time Peter is remembering these events, she will have finally grown up enough to actually deserve the attention she gets from Sam.

I loved the artwork, Mr Twist.

As ever, thank you for the effort you put into this excellent story.

H0lyhandgrenade, March 14th, 2013, 6:44 am

As soon as I saw this page was bigger than usual I knew that could only mean trouble.

mirandamarquez, March 14th, 2013, 6:46 am

On the other side of the hill.
Actually, now I think a little more, I can see how Lauren could have made Rick think he was in with a chance.

In her conversations with the other characters, she has often alluded to how she feels Sam is being a bit of an arse recently.

I imagine she has had similar conversations with Rick, some on camera, as it were, and some off.

Rick isn't one of 'our' friends, but I can imagine him saying to 'his' best friend something along the lines of 'I've met this really nice girl, she gives me lots of encouragement, we meet regularly for coffee, share a lot of interests and I love being in her company. The only problem is that she has this douche of a boyfriend called Sam, although she never refers to him as such. He is a really insensitive tosser whom is always making her feel bad. I really like her, what should I do?'

Cue friend saying, ' Just go for it, man if you like her that much, and you think she likes you, she'll leave that scumbag Sam for you.'

GreenWhiskers (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 7:07 am

No one else thought of this yet?
So maybe it's because I just did another archive binge (so delicious--and calorie-free!), but I keep thinking about how the way things turn out in the end were mentioned in the beginning, and wondering what events will cause them to happen. In particular, how Peter and Sam will have a falling out/no longer get along. I think this is going to instigate that, because Sam is likely going to get a lot of flak about just punching Rick, and he'll reference "Slugger" in order to help justify that it was okay.

The difference here is that when Slugger punched someone in the face, it was when that someone was, himself, leading into being physically aggressive, as opposed to Rick, here, who was just being a douche. And when Peter says that himself, Sam won't take well to that at all.

Just a thought.

Phil C., March 14th, 2013, 7:55 am

Rarely, I think, has anyone earned a punch in the face more.

Of course, Lauren is now going to freak out and scream at Sam. If she goes to Rick and helps him up, I'm....I don't know what the hell I'll do.

Gibson, you surely can tell a story. Good AND bad, you tell one hell of a story.


Jeffko, March 14th, 2013, 8:08 am


Called it.

Now here comes the pity party starring Lauren and Rick.

Gentle Reader (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 8:19 am

The Bowl
I get the feeling Gibson really hates that hairstyle considering he uses it for really annoying characters.

chewbacca (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 8:28 am

SO satisfying

mcjstar (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 8:36 am

Well, can't say this was unexpected. However I am disappointed in Peter and Michelle. They saw the guy come in so they had their eye on him, even if the rest of the crew didn't. They should have been on their way over as soon as the shouting started.

Ryan H, March 14th, 2013, 9:18 am

Aw man...I was so sure Michelle was gonna hit him.

AtypicalGuest (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 9:27 am

Mind Blown
@Gentle Reader: I'm totally gonna go on an archive hunt and look for all the characters with the douche-do. The seeker of truth in me demands it to be so!

In any case, seeing this happen made me cheer inside and fist pump for Sam, but I worry about what will happen next. Sure, we know they end up together, but still... I really wish I wasn't feeling like Lauren is mostly to blame here, but I can't. I'm not saying she needs to keep a better eye on her man or something else lame, but her anger seems unjustified especially since she wasn't willing to at least understand and talk about Sam's feelings.

Not gonna lie though - I'm glad someone punched Rick. He's such a creepy creeper.

Fabio (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 9:35 am

I'm so happy it is not Friday yet.

yayness (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 10:59 am

Oh Sam...

Am I the only one who thinks that watching your boyfriend deck someone in the face would actually be really terrifying?

yayness (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 11:06 am

Just read through the comments and while there are some great ones there's also sorry, back up, Lauren being "responsible" for this.

OK, maybe everyone else just has more punch-happy friends than me. Maybe I live in some freakishly polite non-punchy world. Yes, Lauren is responsible for not talking this over with Sam, for maybe not making things clearer to Rick.

But she is absolutely 100% NON-RESPONSIBLE for the fact that one guy just decked another. You cannot blame person A for person B hitting person C. Sam is throwing a punch, that is Sam's responsibility, she is not moving his goddam fist around.

You can blame Lauren for Sam being hurt, for Sam feeling betrayed, but you absolutely cannot cause actual bodily damage to someone then turn around and point to your significant other and go "their fault!"

Masterrambler (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 11:32 am

Aw yeah. Sam, you're going to regret that... but, fuck it.


Guest, March 14th, 2013, 11:48 am

It honestly looks like he was trying to rub his head. In the world of being bald thems fighting actions

Amgodtic (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 11:54 am

Sam is behaving less maturely than lauren about this situation, but factoring in the extenuating circumstances of his art show deadline, they're about equally to blame for this result.

If I were Sam, I'd be satisfied to let Lauren go at this point, focus on the art show, THEN take stock and decide how to proceed.

G (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 12:39 pm

Well nobody can honestly say they didn't see THAT coming. I think Sam is a little too quick to lose his cool over the situation, and Rick the Opportunist jumped right on that to make his play.

In the first chapter, while Peter is reflecting back, he mentions there was a time when he thought he wouldn't ever see them together again. I think it's safe to assume this is the time in question.

Guest, March 14th, 2013, 1:32 pm

Such a bad idea... but it felt so good.

Guest, March 14th, 2013, 1:45 pm


I don't think so.

Lauren actively spoke with Rick, ignoring Sam in a way that she should have known would upset Sam. She and Sam had a previous conversation about this. She knew that this was a sore point with Sam, and she is studiously pretending that it should not be.

Rick seriously needs to quit being such an intrusive creep. He could easily have prevented this. He obviously manipulated the situation, infuriating Sam so as to get punched in an attempt to separate Lauren from Sam. He deserves his likely fate.

Lauren needs to grow up and realize that relationships involve give and take, as well as tact and responsibility. She needs to realize that you can't have everything your own way all the time. She needs to decide between Rick and Sam. She needs to realize that possessiveness and jealousy are integral parts of romance. She needs to realize that women can easily provoke violence between rival males, even unintentionally. She severely violated relationship etiquette.

Yeah, I know. Ideally, men should not get violent over women. But it is a simple fact of life that they do. By the age of eighteen she should have known all this, but she inflamed the situation. She should have seen this coming. She could have headed it off by pointedly ignoring Rick or discouraging him. But she didn't. She continued to encourage him weakly and then got angry at Sam, who was already angry. Instant fight. Her ambivalence is central to the development of this conflict. It's hard to discern her true motive. Maybe she's just naive, or dumb, or undecided, or confused, or selfish, or maybe she's playing a game of "Let's you and him fight!"

Sam should have given Lauren the ultimatum talk long before now. "Lauren, sometimes in life you have to choose between friends, especially when love and sex are involved. I dislike Rick intensely, and if you don't respect my feelings enough to tell him to get lost, then we should break up." If he had done so, he could have prevented all this. But maybe he is too needy and insecure to have done so.

But when everybody in a story acts wisely, maturely, charitably, and correctly, then you have a boring story.

Krab (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 2:31 pm

No Rick, now he's done enough damage for the night.

(Way to fall into his plan though Sam.)

Jeffko, March 14th, 2013, 2:53 pm

@Guest: I believe yayness was referring to the punch itself, not the whole baggage that lead up to it. If I throw a punch at someone, that's MY doing, and nobody else's. That's ME using MY body to cause harm. No matter how justified I believe this act may be, or how fueled it is by someone else's actions or words, that gesture is mine alone.

Neither Lauren or Rick is to blame for that punch. Sure, they both riled Sam up in their own way, especially Rick, but, as yayness said, no one moved Sam's fist for him. He had the option to stay cool, walk away, chew Rick out, etc. Punching was merely one of many options, and the one Sam ultimately went with.

Congratulations, Sammy Boy... You've just lost control. Time for the consequences.

towel (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:50 pm


towel (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:53 pm

@Quadrant: LAUREN has been pushing sam?? how, by being an independent woman and having a friend of her own her boyfriend disapproved of? so the answer is, woman behave, ditch the friends your boyfriend doesn't like or he will act like a child and punch them?

excuse me while i become amazed by your sam-like maturity.

towel (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:57 pm

@Guest: Bull-shit to the max.

Men get violent because they like to think they are allowed, and they say they can control it so they can keep getting jealous, controlling and shitty about "their"women.

Proof this behaviour is a CHOICE? The fact that an increasing number of women behave in this way, and will get violent with other women, in public places and for controlling reasons, about their boyfriends (a type of behaviour that was extremely rare 50 years ago).

"Ideally", men would stop making excuses and treat their girlfriends like people whose choices deserve respect.

However, and you are one example, it seems it is much more socially acceptable to blame the mean girlfriend who dares having friends than blaming the actual guy who decided to punch another human being.

towel (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 3:57 pm

@Guest: Bull-shit to the max.

Men get violent because they like to think they are allowed, and they say they can control it so they can keep getting jealous, controlling and shitty about "their"women.

Proof this behaviour is a CHOICE? The fact that an increasing number of women behave in this way, and will get violent with other women, in public places and for controlling reasons, about their boyfriends (a type of behaviour that was extremely rare 50 years ago).

"Ideally", men would stop making excuses and treat their girlfriends like people whose choices deserve respect.

However, and you are one example, it seems it is much more socially acceptable to blame the mean girlfriend who dares having friends than blaming the actual guy who decided to punch another human being.

amiko_16, March 14th, 2013, 4:46 pm

I want to hit Rick, too, but omgggg D: This is only going to backfire, Sam

Sidenote: Just as a heads up, I got what I think is spam email from you, Gibs. Your account get hacked?

Bane Falcon (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 5:38 pm

It's about damned time. Rick was asking for this. Completely.

And maybe, MAYBE Lauren will finally realize that something here is REALLY LEGITIMATELY BOTHERING SAM. Instead of just sitting on her high horse and saying everything will be fine, she finally has some concrete evidence that no, everything will not be fine.

Pointless (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 6:39 pm


On another note, Gibson Twist just sent me a "Lose weight with this magical cure!" spammail! I feel fat now, you jerk!

migue (Guest), March 14th, 2013, 8:23 pm

Totally with Sam on this one.
Now it just doesn't matter if Lauren is gonna get mad about this. (plus, most girls do like men fighting for them)

Jeffko, March 14th, 2013, 9:07 pm

@towel: Wow... have you even read the last ten or so pages of this comic? We're not talking about a guy who shares interests with Lauren and just wants to be friends. We're talking about someone who deliberately calls out ONLY her boyfriend's slip-ups, consistently shadows her everywhere, flat out ignores said boyfriend when in his immediate presence, then has the gall to tell him to butt out of his own relationship?

Honestly, I was totally hoping Rick wouldn't turn out to be that type of guy so that we might all have proof that a hetero man and woman could juss be friends and everyone would just trust each other like adults. However, it's all turned into one giant clusterfuck of disrespect, mistrust and misinterpretation by EVERYONE involved. Nobody is above reproach here.

youngcannibals, March 14th, 2013, 11:09 pm


Guest, March 14th, 2013, 11:30 pm

Okay, there are some really great points and views and debates goin' on in the comics. And I honestly was waiting for Sam to do this.

But, looking at Michelle in the background... This looks like a first punch kindof thing, and even the couple of people who were watching Rick before didn't notice it happening until it crashed through them.

Michelle was LEAVING. She had her back turned on both of them, and had time to have walked quite a ways away in their little conversation before the punch. But here, she's already facing them full-on, with a look of full realization of the situation.

This is not a woman who heard a noise, turned around, and is now being confronted with a fight. This is a woman who was already looking at them, and saw the fist flying before it connected.

And there's no way she's just shocked to see a fight and happened to turn around. Not only is she facing them completely, but this is mid-punch. With those stances, one of them would be on the ground before she managed to turn around completely if she hadn't already been watching.

Mierin (Guest), March 15th, 2013, 2:10 am

Can I agree with everybody? Starting with really hoping it had been Michelle who hit Rick.

Rick TOTALLY deserved to get punched. There may be dissenters out there, but in my opinion the guy had it coming. True, Mr. Twist may well have some secret good intentions for him, but as the author he knows we've been set up to hate Rick.

Sam is over-reacting. Yeah, yeah, I know I said I wanted Rick to get hit, but honestly Sam really should trust his girlfriend. As a reader, I cheered seeing that last panel. Still, gratifying as it is, violence is not the way to convince your girlfriend that you're not a possessive neanderthal. She's allowed to have friends who are male. She's even allowed to have male friends who don't like her boyfriend. Though I tell you, it's hard to find people out there who agree with that last part.

Lauren is in the wrong too. She can have a friend who is male and unfriendly with her boyfriend, even the entire rest of her circle of friends. She can, and should, defend her right to hang out with said person despite the implication that he finds her attractive. While on her rant about talking and trusting instead of reacting however, she should have brought up the concern to Rick and clarified up front that she wasn't interested. I can tell you from experience this is a lot easier than it seems, and is a heck of a way to weed out the guys who are only waiting around for their chance to get into your pants from the ones you can actually be friends with. For those who are getting incredibly defensive of Lauren, I'm not saying she has no right to be angry or that she's manipulating the situation, I'm saying she's also making mistakes.

The answer to all of this was stated way up in the comments. Mr. Twist is very good at accurately portraying how young these people are. Despite all the sex, actual long-term relationships aren't something that most of these people have any experience with. The fact that Lauren and Sam are together at the party in the beginning of the comic is a testament to the fact that sometimes you can come back from those early mistakes, but you have to make them first.

Gibson Twist, March 15th, 2013, 2:56 am

@Mierin: Thank you for that praise, though I don't agree that anyone has been set up to hate Rick. I think everyone who hates him has chosen to do so based on perceptions and judgments that have nothing to do with the comic. All I did was put ink on paper and fold it in half.

Lleyn (Guest), March 15th, 2013, 3:08 am

@Mierin: THANK YOU for that insightful and well-balanced comment!

It has been bothering me for a while how people in here tend to choose sides, depending on who they think is to blame and who got wronged the most. But simple fact is that neither Lauren nor Sam are handling this situation well. They need to sit down and talk with each other, but without throwing blame around.

And as someone else pointed out, while we all hate Rick with a passion, there is nothing here that in real life would tell him to back off, on the contrary. So, why shouldn't he go for the chance he thinks he's got in what looks like a dysfunctional relationship? I still hope he has his own coming, though ;)

Oh, and a side note: My husband has several female friends who are not my friends at all. And I watch them flirt with him and more or less ignore me, and still am not fazed at all, because I know that in the end, it is all about trust. Without that, you can just as well end your relationship then and there. But then again, I'm 38, and Sam still has a chance to learn.

Jeffko, March 15th, 2013, 8:20 am

@Guest: That's not Michelle. That's Lauren.

yayness (Guest), March 18th, 2013, 12:41 pm

Yeah, I wasn't saying that Lauren wasn't to blame for Sam being hurt, or Sam being upset, or this whole damn mess the relationship has become. Of course she is.

What she is not responsible for is Sam being /violent/. And no, I do not believe the bullshit that "by the time women are 18 they should know men have the potential to be violent and tiptoe around them". Men are better than that. /People/ are better than that.

Like I said. Maybe I just have very non-punchy friends.

Onyxlight, April 23rd, 2013, 7:12 am

Whoa... O.O

I'm so behind and I come back to this wonderful comic to find Sam pulling a Slugger... NICE!!

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