3.II.05 Run and Hide 3

April 23rd, 2010, 3:03 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, April 23rd, 2010, 3:03 am

This page should give you something to talk about.

One more thanks for all the kind words sent my way, as well as the suggestions. I promise, changing the website won't mean changing the comic. Just to address a couple of the comments, first of all, there won't be anything animated or blinking or bouncing all over the screen, that much I can assure you. Second, in regards to music playing on the site, I would do it were it not for the fact that it annoys the hell out of me when other websites have preloaded music. I do have something in the works that might serve in lieu of that, but more on that later. Lastly, the donate button is right above the email link (which people also have trouble locating) which is above this very comment, which reminded me to write down on my magic list that I need to make the buttons easier to find.

I had more to say today, but I forget what it was and I don't want to delay the comic posting any more. Cheers, see you next week!

User Comments:

Dormitator (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 3:14 am

"You know, Slugger is at the video store right now. You might want to take him with you. Just an idea."

Nicely done, there really should be a lot to talk about. Unfortunately, I may throw my 2 cents in later, I have to leave for a job application.

I don't know what is different( if there is), but I somehow really liked Patrick's facial expressions on the last two pages.

MoRT (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 3:14 am

Nice. last panel is great

tezzle, April 23rd, 2010, 3:27 am

I like Alexander. Hopefully one day he'll get that moose and squirrel! (Now we see how many people even get that joke. My favorite part!)

Los (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 4:15 am

Pleaseletthishappen, pleaseletthishappen. May I also request that at least one if not all of One Inch Punch take turns One Inch Punching Devon until he needs plastic surgery? As a P.S., I think that Greek comment may take an interesting turn...

Vicki (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 7:34 am

Come on, you guys. She is so not going to break up with Devon. She will get over there and start to say something minimal and he will get all, I can't live without you. Then she will stay with him to save his life and he will beat the whatever out of her in the next day or two.

H0lyhandgrenade, April 23rd, 2010, 7:51 am

Don't argue with Alex. He knows things.

This will be the first time Patrick's pleased to see her going off to Devon's I'm guessing.

Jodie (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 7:59 am



i dunno what to say

good luck melanie and may the eternal powers shield you from the devil's wrath

devon, i meant devon

also, alex is cute. cute little greek

xkrazydog, April 23rd, 2010, 7:59 am

HE'S GREEK? HE LIED TO US!! Goddamn. *throws desk around*

I'm betting my liver she wont have the balls to do it, or break halfway.
;w; altho my heart wishes her luck and hopes for good fortune.

sharpilyteeth, April 23rd, 2010, 8:44 am

that's gotta be tough. trying to break it off with someone who will beat the shit out of you if you say the wrong thing. ):

what would christo succeed in by hiding the fact that he's greek (providing he actually is)?

DavynD, April 23rd, 2010, 9:01 am

Shit's gonna go down.

jd_singer, April 23rd, 2010, 9:05 am

Yeah, starting again with wondrous élan!

First comment is about Michelle keeping a secret. Given how Patrick is good at keeping his secrets (see how Alexander's new place in his life was revealed), he has no room to talk about Michelle.

Next: oh my, Christo has a secret too. Well, several readers have already pointed out that his name wasn't spelled right for a Spaniard (of which I wasn't), but that doesn't necessarily make his nationality a big secret. (Sorry if I'm breaking a huge suspense about this, Mr. Twist, but I don't think I am.)

It could very simply be that his Greek parents moved to Spain before he was born, or that he was adopted into a spanish family. "Medeiros" looking like more of a Spanish/Portuguese name than Greek, that last possibility sounds more plausible.

Strange about Patrick's right eye in the fifth panel. I feel that it should either be visible or Patrick's face should be turned a notch farther away from us. But maybe that's just me.

And of course, interesting that Melanie should choose to share that piece of news with Patrick, of all people. I hope he'll have more sense than to jump up in the air with joy. (Then again, that would be a nice change for him.)

It sounds a bit like an ominous factoid in detective fiction. "So at 17:16 she told her brother that she was going to break up with you, and the coroner says that at 1:22 that night she had been killed. Interesting line of events, wouldn't you think, Mr. McMasters?"

On another note, Melanie's rouge has been going darker and darker since the series began. On her first appearance her lips were light pink (all right, so they were actually white at the time), and at least since "A Wise Investment" they've been deep red. They were more like lighter maroon in "The Better Man" later, though, so it may not mean anything.

And not to hurt you, xkrazydog, but I hope she does break up. We all agree she needs it. And it might even be good for him. (I doubt it, but miracles happen.)

Keep up the good work, Mr. Twist, and friendly messages of love will keep abounding!

Edit: I just noticed the title of the chapter. Now I know Michelle or Melanie (possibly both) will break up with their boyfriend.

This being canon only if I'm right.

reidavidson, April 23rd, 2010, 9:05 am

I think Alex was trying to say he acted like a Greek. XD

Stick to your guns Mel!

Ryan (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 9:37 am

Quick thought
I absolutely LOVE this comic strip. I've been an avid fan from the beginning - I'm just not usually one to comment on things.

I just wanted to quickly say that your art style has seemed to be getting....mellower? I'm not certain that that would be the right word, but that's sort of what I'm trying to get across here.

For example, compare Patrick's face in this strip to his face in earlier strips. Now he's a bit rounder and smoothed out, compared to the sharper, more reserved Patrick of when we first met him.

I don't know if I'm the only one that's noticing this, or if it's even there at all, it may be me just being weird. At any rate, if there is a change going on like I think there is, I would just like to say that I preferred it the old way.

Take that as you will. Like I said, love the comic, love the story, can't wait to see where it goes. Keep up the good work!

amiko_16, April 23rd, 2010, 10:56 am

Hrmmmm do I sense a fight about secrets and hypocrisy coming up?

Fff I'm glad she's going to try and break up with him, but terrified how Devon will react to her attempts to do so. D8

Laura (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 11:02 am

Well I'm from Spain and I always thought it was a little weird Christo was called like that. We spell it Cristo without the h, but no one is called like that (Jesús would be normal).

However, I have met Greeks before that were called Christos. So it DOES make a lot of sense. I really like Alexander <3, I hope future chapters include more slashy deliciousness with him and Patrick.

And WELL DONE MELANIE, finally! Although it might go completely wrong. But I hope she'll make it happen.

MonkeyDomi, April 23rd, 2010, 11:53 am

It seems the stick that was stuck in Peters ass has been pulled out. Perhaps by Alexander, but I won't let myself say things like that. My point being, he's been nice and polite through two entire pages! 8D

Other than that, this is really exiting now. Can't wait for more pages, want to know where this is going! Excellent~

Tyrannosaurus Awesome (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 11:54 am

Uh oooh.
I'll be readying some gangster rap about it "going down."

You know...'cause it's goin' down.

LeyLegbreaker (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 12:31 pm

Ack, there it is!
Thank you, for some reasons I just watched the links of the other webcomics, then scrolled down to read the comments, so I always missed the donation link >_< duh but great now I found it XD. Awesome Comic update, but I doubt she'll actually manage to break up. I think he'll put so much pressure on her or be like "I'm going to kill myself then and you'll be responsible!" brrr...Well what I do hope is that...she'll survive >_<

Dormitator (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 12:38 pm

So, is Alexander just
weird, or does Mr. Twist just enjoy the show of us being paranoid?
My first thought was "Wouldn't the accent be too different to not notice?", but then I remembered that I thought a turkish colleague to be russian. Maybe other people are just as dense.

But sharpilyteeth hit the right point: What would be the use? And in case of this conspiracy, I just reread Christo's letter to his sister. Could Laura or some other confirm if Mari is a common spanish name?

Yazzydream, April 23rd, 2010, 3:42 pm

I never noticed Patrick and her have the same colored eyes! For some reason that makes them seem more like family than before. Haha.

(Oh, and I think it would be neat if you had a cast/character page.)

penguino (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 3:59 pm

I get the feeling this poor girl is going to end up in the hospital... Devon is going to go Apesh*t crazy if she is truly going to break up with him.

Face (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 4:31 pm

Awright Melanie! Don't get hit.

Dormitator, I knew a girl from Mexico whose name was Mariana, I think, but who always went by Mari. Border town, though, could have had American influence.

Christo has always struck me as very Spanish, personally. It's the goofy way he flirts. My mother did a semester of college in Spain, and when she'd go out dancing men would come up to her and say, "Baila conmigo! Soy Juan Travolta!" ("Dance with me! I'm John Travolta!") Seriously, can you not picture Christo saying that? I'm also under the impression that the Greek stereotype is more womanizing than Christo, but hey, Alexander has spent way more time in Europe than I have, so, you know.

Shikamaru_Nara, April 23rd, 2010, 4:32 pm

Art style
I think, Ryan, the art style has changed, most noticeably in this book. I think it may have to do with him making them originally in color, so he uses a style that fits better with it. That's just me though, and I really don't know a lot about art.

çkmjkojjm (Guest), April 23rd, 2010, 4:39 pm

! Patrick called everyone 'yahoos'! Hardcore...

Laura (Guest), April 24th, 2010, 9:32 am

Yeah, a lot of girls that are called María or similar/derivated get it shortened to Mari. I don't know if Greeks ever use it though.

As for the accent, Spanish (from Spain, not South America) and Greek have extremely similar phonetics. It's very easy for both to pronounce each other's language (although the grammar + vocab obviously are very different).

@Face: I thought the ones with the womanizer reputation were the Italians? But again, that might just be in Europe.

In any case, we might be overthinking this xD. Let's wait and see, eh?

Zmoore0890 (Guest), April 24th, 2010, 9:10 pm

Interesting developments. I also noticed the spelling issue for Christo, but it didn't seem entirely significant. I'm more interested in the development that Melanie brings around in this page, though the future may show otherwise with just how important Alexander's comment may be.
Also, I've noticed something. Patrick is happier. I mean, very authentically so. The way he talks, moves, it all speaks quite well that he's doing much better than before. Even the way he took this thing with Michelle: He's shocked, but he's not pissed. I just found it interesting how he's changed.

BloodyGem, April 24th, 2010, 10:45 pm

Ok I hope I don't get jumped on here
But I firmly believe if a woman is hit once she is a victim, if she stays to be hit twice she is then a volunteer.

I do hope she means it, I do hope she does it, but I have a hard time having compassion for her because I have a hunch this shit has been going on for a long. long time.

Meanwhile, Alex rocks he reminds me of a few people I know and some people I write about.

I am glad 'Trick seems happier he has always been my baby *coos at trick*

And.... I do not care if the C man is greek or spanish. lols

Psity (Guest), April 25th, 2010, 3:44 am

The nationality of Christo
Mmmm... While i cannot speak for spain (since i am mexican) I can confirm that Medeiros is a "spanish" last name, but at the same time, i cannot deny the possibility of greek blood on Christo. Perhaps Christo has parents from both countries, and a very sad backstory of why he considers himself spanish and not greek, maybe home violence or some other distinct trauma.

Mary is derived from the name Maria, and is a very popular name in catholic countries that sometimes worship the Virgin Mary or Virgen Maria.

@BloodyGem (Guest), April 25th, 2010, 4:59 am

... a volunteer? Are you trying to be controversial or what the hell? The longer abuse goes on the harder it is to get out of. I thought everyone knew that.

yayness (Guest), April 25th, 2010, 6:04 am

*jumps on bloodygem* Seriously man, that is not on.

Alexander is so good for Patrick :) and omggoodluckMelanie! Must be so hard for you, really hope you manage it.

Gibson Twist, April 25th, 2010, 9:44 am

Before too many people jump on BloodyGem, I think what she means is more in the range of "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me" and that women who stay share some of the blame. As someone who has helped not only friends but family and even future lovers to get out of abusive relationships of varying degree, I have to say that it's both a true and untrue sentiment. It's true in the sense that one must make the choice to leave and not making that choice is making the choice, intentional or not, to stay. It's untrue in the sense that the choice is the same one faced by drug addicts and obsessive-compulsives. At the bottom line, though, it is their will to stay, unreliable as that will may be. It could be reasonably argued that they are both victim and volunteer at the same time. But, hey, it's a really complex issue so let's all avoid making it simple, okay?

Also, I can't decide whether to reveal Christo's sister's name. I was going to, but the discussion about it is just so much fun to watch!

Vicki (Guest), April 25th, 2010, 10:24 am

Oh, go on,
Tell us the sister's name. In this day and age, names are crossing borders, anyhow. Also, as a pediatrician, I work with some few women who are abused. Often they stay because it is, in their eyes, better than living in a car with their three kids. I do try to let them know what resources are available but those resources are few and spread thin.

Dormitator (Guest), April 25th, 2010, 3:57 pm

Ooh, I know!
It's Mario, right?

mushroomfest (Guest), May 6th, 2010, 5:00 pm

im greek (real greek, from greece, not a half-assed greek-american who desperately wants to associate his-/herself with something other than the melting pot of baby america),

medeiros is very possibly greek
and christos is very definitely greek.

im a huge fan and have been following for a long time, just wanted to take a second to say thanks for the comic :D


Heimy (Guest), June 13th, 2010, 8:38 pm

Laura: I'm Spanish too, and I can tell you that "Cristo" is used as a name (more often than I'd thought). Maybe only down here at Canary Islands, who knows. Anyway, the spelling (Christo) struck me as Greek from the very beginning.

The surname, though, and I have to disagree with Psity, is more Portuguese than Spanish.

Gibson: I still say that if he were from Madrid, to begin with, he shouldn't be freezing during autum/winter. They do have "proper" such things in there...

Gibson Twist, June 14th, 2010, 12:29 am

Heimy, I'm not sure you understand where this story is set. Madrid has winter, yes, and it is colder there in the winter, yes, and it has comparable latitude to Washington DC, sure, but a comparable latitude does not mean a comparable climate, and this story is set quite a bit north of Washington DC, in Canada, where I assure you it is much colder in the winter than Madrid. The average winter day is well below the freezing point.

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