Something from yesterday's comments I think needs to be addressed...out of the many things I WANT to address...the assertion that women like their men to fight for them. While this might be true of SOME women, it's certainly not a gender-wide trait, and NO woman wants her boyfriend to beat up her friends. That is simply a ridiculous thing to think.
But you know what? Cameos! Brennan H and Stephen C are helping break it up, Cassandra M, Pete D, and Roger R looking on, and ol' Dickie Steve keeps the show going.
Also, thanks to everyone for the messages about the incident with my email being compromised yesterday. There were a lot of you who contacted me to let me know. My email was subsequently restricted, preventing me from sending messages to warn/thank everyone.
Although Peter would be the obvious choice as Kiza mentioned, I can't help but feel like your not actually a visible character in the tale at all. When I think back to my own similar times, it's not me I'm picturing. I think we are see this from the perspective of someone who watched this all happen, a recounting of events that shaped the author...not because of the things you did, but because of the events and people that made them so memorable. I think you were there, involved and close. Perhaps you were even quiet and reserved, not the main character but the only one who realized how monumental that time actually was, even if it hadn't sunk in till much later. I keep being drawn back to the beginning of it all, it was like hearing of what happened to everyone through the grapevine and memories flooding back of how it all began, and the delicate yet powerful remembrances that shaped the most important time of your life.
Sorry, don't mean to wax poetic there, but your story really makes me pine for my own days on top of the world :)
I read a comment a few pages ago saying "Why doesn't Peter come over and just knock Rick out?" and I believe Mulligan just answered that question. Peter and the band haven't been around during this whole Rick thing, they were on tour. And thus, as stated by Mulligan, they don't know anything about Rick or this whole situation. Just my 2 cents.
And in response to Quadrant, Gibson's avatar is Michelle, not Lauren lol.
Okay, as much of a Feminist as I am at heart, Lauren really is being a selfish and stupid bitch at this point. While I know that not every woman wants her man fighting over/for her (as my own life can attest), it's not as if this asshole didn't have it coming. I can't wait for him to try and get into her pants so she can see just how stupid she was being.
You notice though that Sam immediately cooled off and even acknowledged that he had done something crazy and apologized for it. I think this shows that Sam is reasonable and has control and that he's not some crazy guy under normal curcumstances. I think that Rick will find he is now going to be under a great amount of scrutiny from the rest of the crew.
Coming from a girl's perspective, not realizing he's a jerk makes it worse, makes it look like Sam's the one being a jerk. No, I typically don't want someone fighting, especially not over me, but if I have a boyfriend and he decks a guy, one of them is in the wrong... and it's probably the one my friends are concerned about me being around. In my personal situation, my friends were concerned about me being around the boyfriend.
We all knew (and still know) people who shape us. Sometimes we are part of the action and sometimes we watch and are affected by the action. BTW, I knew my husband was the one for me when he stood up to my father on my behalf, though without violence. He just said, "you are not allowed to speak to an adult woman that way."
And I am thinking Wiley only with a girlfriend instead of a boyfriend as far as guessing the secret identity.
Regardless of whether Rick is a douche, Sam is just showing us even further that he can't handle life like an adult. Crappy things happen in our lives all the time. Stupid people will come around and aggravate us, but we either have to deal with it maturely or just end up looking like a jerk ourselves. In fact, if Sam had not been such an ass about this all along, I bet Lauren would have stopped defending Rick and gotten bored with him by now. If you don't like one of your lover's friends, bashing them and throwing tantrums about it all over the place is usually the last way you'll get rid of them.
Firstly I'm going to put it out there that I love this story, it's characters and you are an awesome author mr Twist. And I've actually really enjoyed Rick as a character/plot device. I don't like him but that's mainly due to him staring at Michelle's tits unapoligelicly awhile back. That's when my dislike for Rick (and lauren) started, and so far he hasn't done anything redeeming for me. His "I told you so" in the second panel (though probably hysterical) lends itself to how he's going to react to all this (trying to yet again convience Lauren that Sam's abusive) if that happens i'm proabably gunna judge him as a little bitch, but we'll see.
Sam I like. His reaction to calmy step away from this now tells a lot about him as a person though I wish he would hae done that before the punch for his own sake. Now to see how Lauren and Rick handle this.
@reverendjack: Totally should have, that douche helmet spilled my drink! Dork Beer isn't cheap, you know.
In reality, though, Gibson got me pegged, I'm usually the one helping break it up, and more than once my glasses have been broke from getting elbowed in the face when the person I'm dragging away draws back for one more swing at the other guy. Well played, salesman!
I admire Sam's ability to step up and admit he's in the wrong, even when he may be considered in the right. Not at all saying Rick didn't have it coming, but it takes a bigger man to walk away,even if the bouncer is making him leave anyway.
I'm really glad you seemed to come to your senses somewhat after the punch was throw - but it's a smidge too late. Though I really wanted Rick to get what he deserves, I still feel like the punch was exactly what he wanted to happened so he could try and slither into Lauren's pants.
GAH! Why is it the weekend?! I need to know what happens next.
when I said "most girls like guys fighting for them" in the previous page, I actually wanted to say "fighting over them". That might or might not include actual fist-fighting.
(I didn't want to make all women look so violent, sorry!)
About who Gibson could be in the comic, I guess that maybe is not just one charater. And probably his real friends, who inspired POY, are not represented each one in just one of the characters in this story.
@migue: I'd like to dispute that, that "most girls like guys fighting over them". I think that is a lame cliché out of soap operas and has got nothing to do with real life persons.
If the woman who is being fought over holds any kind of regard for one or both guys involved in the fight, she'll be saddened or at least feel awkward for being the cause. If she doesn't care for either of the guys, she might still feel awkward or indifferent. Unless she's one of those women who define themselves solely on their impact on men. And that is by far not the majority.