Maybe I've said it before, but who wants to make bets on who'd be left standing between Mulligan and Peter?
Yeh, I know, this chapter's been a bit of a roller coaster, more controversial than I anticipated, and it ends kinda high. I'm not really sure what to say, other than I have been anticipating the current story arc with very little patience since I finished the script for it 5 years ago. We're hitting the first real conflict in the group, with more to come next chapter, and I guess this is really where the story picks up a lot of steam.
I'll admit, I'm really excited again to be drawing Pictures of You in a way I haven't been since the first book. Hopefully it shows.
What do you mean the chapter ends? We don't get to see another fight between Michelle and Christo?
And what do you mean by picking up a lot of steam? I for one have no complaints to make about the storytelling so far.
And it's fine that you're really excited by this story. Join the club.
Also, I like that you made Mulligan the "bad guy" in this. (All right, make that a "controversial-choice character".) All you people who have been condemning Peter for having made a big deal out of it, change the focus of your judge-guns, starting now. Hey, even Andy is calling him "Ed" and everyone knows one shouldn't do that.
Oh, and Michelle is so touchingly cute in that first panel. She's never moved me in that way before. And I don't think I've ever seen Andy frown before either.
..okay, that really got me by surprise. Wouldn't have expected that reaction from Mulligan. And according to Mr Twist there's more trouble to come in the next chapter.*sigh* You know, Pictures is starting to get a real strange reaction from me, knowing that we are heading towards the point in time where that wonderful crazy world is starting to crumble down(we've been forewarned from the start) makes me nearly afraid of going on, as I've grown very found of those guys. Of course I will, as your storytelling is captivating in both conflict and fun.
Oh, and I just realized what Andy did there: "Ed". Ouch. Andy being both intimidating and a voice of reason? What a crazy chapter.
both just did what they thought was right for their friends, it was inevitable for it to collide anyway
i am fairly surprised christo was upset, i was sure he would just be disappointed michelle felt she should keep it from him, if i was him i would have guessed what she was doing because of the way she's dodged around his 'what's-your-job' questions
also, did i mention how i love interaction of character values instead of them giving long speeches about them
also, i am also very excited mr twist, although it will be sad to see happy times end
Darker times approach?... maybe?
And I gotta say as much as i absolutely loved each page and the good times feeling... I was kinda missing this...
Mr. Twist... You have amazing skills... Cant wait for more!
Oh yeah, the bet. I would still bet on ol' Slugger. I know that youth and skill (Peter) are no match for experience and treachery ("Ed"), but unless Mulligan can get a strong swing early in, he'll either go down under a strong flurry of blows or get winded out first, as he is the heavier smoker by far, not to mention Peter was in pretty good shape one year ago.
(A friend of mine in high school was a long-distance racing phenomenon when we were 15, and marveled at this ability of his despite being a chain-smoker; two years later, he was hardly special on the race track. Still, Peter took to smoking later in his life, so I'd say his organism may be more resilient.)
And I just noticed that Mulligan made a sexist comment in panel 7. This character gets deeper or more hypocritical by the page.
Mulligan has a lot more rage simmering under the surface than Peter can muster. Maybe it's because whenever Peter's pissed off he punches someone and then he's done being angry. Mulligan doesn't really let out his anger and I think it's just waiting to explode. He would win in a fight.
The start of the end
I like how Peter, Mulligan, and Andy all had reasonable responses. Their friend was lied to, and for them their loyalty is with their friend. Andy understands difficult secrets, so he'll keep hers. Peter doesn't understand the situation and asks advice - then carries it out. Mulligan is straight forward. While there is a sexism in his language, I would put forth that one does not always choose the most diplomatic language when in the process of exploding. I can understand all three and imagine them as responses real people would have.
Compliments to Mr. Twist's storytelling.
I'm not at all surprised about Christo's reaction. I'm not sure if Mr. Twist took it into account or not, but, a European would have a different view of strippers. Yes sex is much more open here and has fewer taboo's but the strip clubs that exist in America do not exist here. Yeah there are strippers, but they don't strip in gentleman's clubs, they do it in Bordellos or the Redlight district, and nine times outta ten they double as prostitutes. Back in the states I had a few friends that were strippers and it wasn't that big of a deal, it was way for a good looking girl to get by and make a bit of cash, if a shitty one. Its not like that here.
Bros before hoes my ass
In case you've forgotten that "ho" isn't one. She isn't a prostitute she just takes her clothes off and dances for money (celebrities do it too, does that make them whores?). It isn't like she was out to hurt Christo. I can understand her situation very well. PLUS she is their friend too.
I had faith in Peter the whole way through to do the right thing on both sides. And thanks to Andy calming him down and Greg's answer he did it. I'm really disappointed in Mulligan right now.
"These girls are dancers, and what they do isn't fucking easy. Most of them are just trying to put themselves through college so they can make more of their lives than flipping your fucking cheeseburgers. They deserves some RESPECT, so fucking SHOW SOME." -Mulligan
murohshel- i dont think Mulligan is being a hypocrite at all. he is not criticizing Michelle because of her being a stripper, its because she was lying to Christo. If she had told Christo from the beginning I am positive that Mulligan would have absolutely no problem with Michelle being a stripper.
Mulligan. Peter's too honorable (at least in his own mind) for his own good. He wouldn't be prepared for the kind of dirty tricks I would expect Mulligan to pull.
One of the things I like about this arc is that there is no right or wrong about this particular issue. You can go back and forth all you like about it, but in the end, if her occupation never came up in her relationship with Christo, then she never lied. Maybe Christo should have worked harder at discovering what his girl did for a living. The blame and perceived lies are all in the eyes of the various characters. And Mr. Twist plays it all very well.
I think a bigger issue is at hand as far as bad shit happening.There is a confrontation between Melanie and Devon looming on the horizon and it looks like it is coming pretty soon. Peter has known the guys for a little over a year at this point and at the beginning he was talking about years of friendship. Even the good times are going to have some drama and rough spots when you are talking about a large group of friends, and I'm thinking they are going to have a lot more things to bring them closer and have more good times before things really blow up.
The last panel
The last panel exactly captures the emotion peter feels. I think we have all felt that way from time to time, and you have captured that darkness, helplessness, anger, and despair very well. Thank you.
Dealers aren't your friends
They are your dealers. The two aren't mutually exclusive, but they shouldn't be blurred.
Mulligan is a shit-starter, Christo is no more his "friend" than Michelle is (they both know people in the band he plays in and (maybe) buy drugs from him, save that he and Christo have the same "equipment").
For Ed to pull the friend card is self-serving at best, and obviously untrue.
It doesn't matter, I say it again, in a large group of friends, you have to hold your close ones close, and be honest with them, there are just too many variables, doing otherwise is roulette.
And I think I should say: relax! The good times never end completely, life is never without comedy, even when the darkness contrasts it more. I'm confident Mr. Twist can handle this roller coaster just fine :)
Between Mulligan and Peter? That's a darn good question Mr. Twist. I would have to go with Peter, hes a man of sheer force and brute strength. Mulligan strikes me as more of a pacifist. We know him to be sort of a mediator, a man of indifference. He doesnt directly step into conflict. Something tells me though that if he ever HAD to, he would have some moves. He strikes me as a crafty guy, he is a dealer after all. But hand to hand combat exclusive and equal ground its Peter all the way.