3.II.06 Bruises 5

June 9th, 2010, 12:01 am

Author Comments:

Gibson Twist, June 8th, 2010, 7:53 pm

All you yaoi fangirls may start squealing now.

So many thanks to everyone who is voting for us on both WebcomicZ and TWC! I'll try to keep a steady stream of bonus stuff as incentive to keep going, at least one per week. I have a couple cute ideas, and next month I have something special planned to make it even more worthwhile!

Just to let everyone know, also, that while you can only vote once a day for any particular comic, you can vote for as many comics as you like. For those of you that can't bear to make the choice between voting for PoY or another favourite title, you don't have to choose! TWC and WebcomicZ each let you vote for both!

User Comments:

LeyLegbreaker, June 9th, 2010, 12:24 am

Ahahaha omg Andy's face is just hilarious. This's really a nice start into a new day *squeals* M'voting as often as possible, this comic sure deserves a place at the very top of the list xD Loved Patrick's angry letter too xD

RadicalTrain, June 9th, 2010, 12:25 am

ono fangirls. *hides*

That look in the last panel does not seem very nice..

Kitten (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 12:25 am


jd_singer, June 9th, 2010, 12:44 am

Not squealing. (Being neither a yaoi fan nor a girl). I like how ambiguous the situation is. Andy's been at least uneasy about Alexander since day one, but back then we could think it was only surprise.

Now it could just be concern about Patrick giving money to Alexander - but it could be some sort of jealousy. Ill-placed and certainly unfair considering the number of girls he's slept with, but still.

(Then again, it could also be jealousy towards Patrick. Who is in a steady relationship - here's hoping it lasts - while Andy has only one-night stands with lots of hot sex but little tenderness.)

Fine page once again! Let's keep voting!

BloodyGem, June 9th, 2010, 1:43 am

dawww Alex and Trick are just so cute. Meanwhile I wonder why Andy is glareing at Alex...hmm

LeyLegbreaker, June 9th, 2010, 1:53 am

I doubt Andy glares cause of the Money, look at his expression when they kiss xD It could be jealousy because of the relationship or simply put "being uneasy about two men kissing each others" without being intolerant in an extreme matter, but that slight uneasiness most straight man would express when watching a couple of men kiss xD

Guest818 (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 3:11 am

It could be that Andy runs through all these girls because he actually prefers Patrick and has never had the courage to say so.

Maybe the reason he can't keep a girl for longer than a few hours is because he only performs for her while he's thinking about Patrick.

jd_singer, June 9th, 2010, 4:24 am

Guest818: interesting thought; I proffered the same idea about Andy and Melanie in http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/870985/3-ii-05-run-and-hide-11/ . Time will tell - though apparently in the present Andy is with neither.

One point against your theory is that he managed to keep his cool on seeing Alexander at Patrick's place in http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/740792/3-ii-01-the-better-man-10/ through http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/740796/3-ii-01-the-better-man-12/ , while when he saw Melanie's ruined face he snapped for the first time in the whole story. It isn't a very strong point because it's about two different kinds of events, but it's still there.

LeyLegbreaker, I don't think it's just uneasiness. Uneasiness wouldn't prompt that last dark look at the end of the page.

On a side note, it's interesting how we jump at every bit of hint to future cracks in the friendships. Enjoy the ongoing tease, Mr. Twist.

(Oh, and Patrick's letter is excellently awful. I wonder if the government guys who receive this - assuming he isn't just thinking it up in his head while watching a table tennis match video or something - hold a "Best of" list. "Hey, that Hogan guy wrote to us again!" "Yay! Wait for me before opening the letter!" "Read it aloud again! That guy cracks me up every time!")

darkamnios, June 9th, 2010, 7:12 am

Am i the only one thats looking at Andy's last panel glare as simple an "asshole" look towards Alexander, since he couldn't be disturbed from his coffee to offer "moral" support to his "boyfriend" and whatnot?

And the kiss face to me at least, like LeyLegbreaker said, simply looks uncomfortable, uneasy about two men kissing, specially when one of them is his best friend.

Murohshei, June 9th, 2010, 8:46 am

Hmmm what was that look for on the last panel? Hmmmm...maybe I'm just imagining things. A yaoi fan might say omg love triangle kawwee deesueee or whatever it is they say. Blech

H0lyhandgrenade, June 9th, 2010, 9:15 am

D'aww they kissed. And I will allow myself to hope for suprise yaoi-styled love triangle, despite how unlikely it is and what other reasonable explanations there might be.

jd_singer, June 9th, 2010, 9:21 am

darkamnios, excellent point about the last panel. To further it, I'll note that Alexander has been hanging out with Melanie much more than Patrick since last Christmas (given that Kara hung out with her even when she was out with Devon, and apparently always brought him along since, and had introduced him at Patrick's non-Christmas party in http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/451798/2-14-shindig-2/ ).

Anotheryaoifreak, if you're still there, dont blast Murohshei. (And if you're not, come back at once! Patrick is kissing Alexander on-panel!)

reidavidson, June 9th, 2010, 10:25 am

I think Andy's glare is that Alexander is coming off as a mooch and like he's treating Patrick as a sugar daddy. Could it be for all his puffery, Patrick is finding himself in a relationship similar to his siser's previous one?

Also, yes, Alex is not much of a reactor. I'm pretty sure the dialogue just now was

"My sister just got the crap beaten out of her by her boyfriend."

"Okay. I have no the money to buy meal."

"Oh okay, here you go. Bye."

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Andy is most likely not harboring secret man love for Patrick. Though it's not unheard of for a friend to be single for a very long time and then suddenly have a boyfriend/girlfriend, and their best friend get jealous. I've done it with my friends.

Instead I think he feels Alex is in the relationship for the sex and the money. Thus only asking for the check to be paid when Patrick told him there was an emergency.

My prediction is that Alexander is not uncaring, nor is he as bad as Andy is starting to paint him in his mind. I think there are thoughts and emotions that he has trouble articulating through speech due to his poor english skills and that he does better expressing through sex and passion. Thus why Patrick allows his minor reactions to major events without getting upset.

Plus, I think Patrick needs someone to counter act his extreme reactions. So maybe that in itself is a form of comfort for Patrick.

I really don't want to see Alex be a jerk because I love to see these relationships that no one gets just looking at it from the outside but if you were to spend a whole day as a fly on the wall with the couple, you'd see there's something real there.

It is also possible that Alexander is just a mooching, careless, bed-post notching asshole, too.

yayness (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 10:37 am

Actually that wasn't so much squee-worthy as just a bit d'awww...

@jd_singer : thanks for the link of Mel making patrick laugh because a) I'd forgotten and b) he looked real cute.

Oh dear people are slashing Andy/Patrick already...I think that was more a "weren't you mates with devon once?" glare at the end, or maybe just a "So, huh, this was more than a one-night-stand then hmmm?" type look.

Tbh my inner yaoi fangirl is more excited about the fact that it was Patrick paying than anything else XD

tezzle, June 9th, 2010, 12:02 pm

Andy/Patrick slash. This exactly the kind of vague evidence yaoi shippers thrive on for their justifications of absurd pairings. "HE LOOKED AT THEM! OBVIOUSLY HE'S JEALOUS AND IN LOOOOOVE!"

Zac (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 12:47 pm

Maybe the look is because this whole situation with Devon is making Andy really protective of his friends, especially when it comes to their relationships. Andy could be thinking that he's seeing the start of another Devon.

Jai (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 1:47 pm

I don't think that was a glare at all. To me it seemed like Andy is just trying to decide if Alex is good enough for Patrick. You know, deciding if he could give his approval.

FrostedWaffle, June 9th, 2010, 2:30 pm

I don't know what Andy's look was at the end but everyone, what if Pat is putting down two bucks for his own stuff. No one says that just cause they are having sex that they have to pay for each other. He probably went in to tell Alex what is going on and then pay for his part of the meal so not to let Alex have to pay for it all.

you are all reading too far into (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 3:22 pm

That didn't seem like mooching to me, more like Patrick leaving money to pay for his own coffee and Andy's just making an "i don't trust you because you're sleeping with my friend" look

jd_singer, June 9th, 2010, 5:53 pm

I'll admit I hadn't thought of Patrick paying his own part, but the pictures remains ambiguous. (Someone around here is one crafty devil.) If he had left money on the table and Alexander had not held out his hand, there would have been no issue. As it is, though, some of us are wondering and Andy may be too.

reidavidson, plenty of interesting things I agree with in your comment. Still, if Alex is just stifled by his inadequate language, he must know that his mere presence may help. Instead of which, he sits there while Patrick rages on. That isn't enough to make him uncaring, but he sure is calm.

The Gypsy Queen (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 6:43 pm

I can't help but wonder...
Hi, I'm a long time reader and a first time commenter. I love this comic but this page makes me wonder...

Maybe I'm wrong but in my experience, I've noted that people who habitually make bad decisions in their relationships tend to have learned that behavior from a major role model. For example, a person who grows up with an overbearing father may seek the same overbearing qualities in his/her partner or perhaps a partner that is so lax it may seem they don't care.

Again I'm probably wrong or over-thinking it, and it could be Patrick is just paying for what he had, but there are some little things... Patrick and Melanie share a major role-model who wasn't exactly a picture of compassion and understand. And Andy has know both of them longer... Mr. Twist's art is very expressive and I didn't get the usual "rawr you aren't good enough for my best friend!" vibe off that look in the last panel.

If Melanie has learned to make bad decisions in her relationships, maybe Patrick has too? We haven't heard much of his past relationships (none at all that I can recall off the top of my head). Maybe Patrick habitually dates mooches. Maybe his feelings of inadequacy at his father's constant belittlement have him subconsciously seeking a partner he can feel like he provides for, a partner who doesn't control him. Also, there has been a hint to Alexander having money trouble before, when he mentions that he hasn't had phone service for a while.

Or maybe I'm over-thinking it. XD

Anyway those are just my long winded thoughts. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful comic!

Laura (Guest), June 9th, 2010, 7:14 pm

:D kiss kiss! Awesome!

Mmh, Andy, I don't like that borderline homophobic glare/pout. I hope it's just about the money thing.

Rori, June 9th, 2010, 7:24 pm

Gypsy Queen, that sounds pretty right-on to me. (And you're just at think right now, if you want to over-think, you got a long way to go here :D )

The worst part is these role models almost never see the damage they've done for what it is, rather that this behavior is *despite* their best efforts.
In some of them (not necessarily Patrick's father) it almost seems like there is a Munchausen-type tendency to almost enjoy their children's failures for their own martyrdom.

BloodyGem, June 10th, 2010, 2:58 am

Makeing another comment
I would like to say that even as I am a yaoi fan girl, I can see when something is unlikely. I am sure Andy's glares had to do with something other then sexual envy.

Zi (Guest), June 10th, 2010, 6:56 am

:3 I wouldn't call myself a guy-on-guy fangirl (as I don't read yaoi) but I just wanted to drop in and say that one of the main things (among many) I love about POY is the way you portray the gay characters.

They're neither stereotyped, nor 'the obligatory gay guy' that you see alot of. They're real people, with problems and upsets that are similar to straight people, but you also point out that they've struggles that straight people don't understand.

As a gay girl myself, that's very bloody heartening!

xkrazydog, June 10th, 2010, 11:19 am

Well Alex seems like an emotionally detached douche-bag, so maybe that's why Andy doesn't like him 8|.
I mean Andy is skilled in the way of lady hopping so Alex is probably the same cept he doesn't discriminate between man or woman.

Not to mention Pat's sister just got beaten, as well as devon and the guy's like "ookay whatever".

8| Ur gonna get hurt patrick, and i will laugh.

DisGuyz (Guest), June 10th, 2010, 11:36 am

I agree with @reidavidson and @xkrazydog. I don't think Andy is jealous...just thinks Alexander is a douche.

jd_singer, June 10th, 2010, 3:22 pm

All right, I did the civic stuff again (vote early, vote often!)

I agree with you, Gypsy Queen (welcome to the talking club!). I thought Patrick's relationship with Andy and Mulligan who enjoy annoying the hell out of him on a regular basis was an example, but maybe there's more.

Then again, if there were, Andy might have mentioned it in http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/740796/3-ii-01-the-better-man-12/ .

But I don't think you're over-thinking it. (All right, so that would be the pot calling the kettle gray.)

Laura: borderline homophobic? Come on. One may glare at a homosexual man without being even remotely homophobic, you know. (After all, one assumes even homosexual people have to glare at other homosexual people on occasion.)

vitaldose, June 10th, 2010, 6:13 pm

Someboooodddyyyysss Jeaaallloouus.

youngcannibals, June 10th, 2010, 8:36 pm

Oooh, sub-plots!

Gabelous (Guest), June 10th, 2010, 9:51 pm

Last Look
I dunno about that last look, if you remember some pages back Alexander stated that Christo was actually Greek and not a Spaniard (claiming he knew more than a few Greeks). I'm sure some of it could be the whole mooching/sugar daddy thing, but Alexander would have no reason to lie about that. So maybe amidst all the stuff everyone is hiding then what could Christo potentially be hiding if Alexander is right about him being Greek?

yayness (Guest), June 11th, 2010, 3:58 am

I just gotta say before I move onto the next new page, I find it VERY hard bordering on impossible to slash POY characters. They are all such strong and well rounded characters, they know what their doing and who they want to do it with and trying to force them into non-canon fanfic is almost impossible.

Although at the risk of insulting Mr Twist I did have a brief Peter/Wiley phase... it could have been cute XD But both characters were way too strong for it to last...

If Alexas really does turn out to be a douchebag and if the 'thing Wiley did' turns out to be Alexas I will be sad :( Mosty because I don't usually mess up character second-guessing *quite* that badly.

TheVoicesTalkToMe, March 14th, 2012, 8:37 pm

*Commencing the squealing*

Off to read next chapter...

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