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PostSubject: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:25 pm

Update is out: http://zoophobiacomic.com/post/130820212314

Aww, blushing Addi.

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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:33 pm

TL;DR: I'm pretty disappointed with this update.

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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:49 pm

To be honest, I got a good chuckle out of Addison hiding in his scarf.
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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 5:56 pm

ninjapacman wrote:
TL;DR: I'm pretty disappointed with this update.

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Hmmm, now that you mention it, I'm kinda hoping Mackenzie reports on Gustav to get back at him for hurting her feelings earlier in the comic. It would be a nice revenge plot.
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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:22 pm

...oh wow, never though of it like that. Thanks for that perspective. Gustav's behavior now seems inappropriate, even too fast for a creator-pushed romance or whatever.

Vivz confirmed that this new, retconned Addison is 17, Gustav is 19. It seems like Vivz is treating this like a regular shipping thing. Gustav's rather informal volunteering gig (something that is implied he did before) doesn't even seem like anything more than some contrived somewhat okay excuse for him to be there and participate in the talent show arc.

No but seriously, Vivz is unlikely to play this regrettable situation For Drama, and will likely just keep going with this: Gustav is a cold, condescending theatre judge stereotype, and he's now showing some warmth by complementing on his Designated Love Interest. Addison... I honestly don't even know what he's doing, hiding in that scarf like an ostrich. Not expected from what we knew of the old one so far. Maybe he's just reacting that way from the complements? Maybe he's just that promiscuous and is sensitive to perceived advances? Maybe it's just his first time talking to an anthro snake besides his mom, and we all know how he feels about snakes?

Actually re-reading that makes it sounds terrible, I have no idea about this sort of stuff, I mean we don't even have substitute teachers here, and these new Addison and Gunter are bleeding with old headcanons. Regardless, I really hope Vivz slows down on this "flirting"-I mean they just met-and spread this out a bit over time. I'm still in favor of that pairing, but if this romance arc takes place entirely in an art room, with Mackenzie in it, and with these two having just met, I'm just going to pretend this never happened.

And for Gustav being say, an unobjective talent judge (yeah I just made that up), that was shown with Mackenzie, with the retcon having him reject Mackenzie for literally no reason. Something tells me someone's a snake supremacist.
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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Fri Oct 09, 2015 7:15 pm

Yeah, he did go from 0 to all over Addi at first sight... now that you guys brought it up this seems a bit strange considering what we've seen of Gustav earlier and right before these scenes.  The reactions could be to the compliments and the immediate coming on to that were probably unexpected from someone he just met.  That could catch anyone off guard... especially if they're busy painting and suddenly a stranger is hitting on them.  I wonder if there's a hidden reason or something that suddenly attracted Gustav to Addi because it is kinda off putting.  Love at first sight, maybe?  

They both could be devices for the other to explore the two character's hidden feelings.  We've only seen the surfaces of their personalities so far.

Also I found that scarf hiding adorable.

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PostSubject: Re: Update 10/09/2015   Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:23 pm

Late to the party, but this doesn't sit well with me either.

Addison has a pretty legitimate excuse to be acting the way he is.  If someone I'd never met before wandered up and started flirting with me out of the blue, I'd be flustered down into my metaphorical scarf too.  So that's at least reasonable.

Gustav... yeah, I don't know what's up with what he's doing.  Whatever it is, he deserves a speeding ticket at a minimum.

I think part of the problem might be that we're going into this expecting it to be the beginning of a relationship since everyone knows that's "supposed" to happen.  If we didn't know anything about Addison and Gustav/Gunther... well, this would still feel rushed and odd, but without banging our heads on the desk quite as hard.

I'm willing to see how this turns out.  Maybe Gustav is about to get called out on his behavior.  Or maybe Viv will surprise us all by deep-sixing this thing.  It's not going to happen, but I'd seriously go for that over... this.  As a bonus, it would throw the entire massive years-long legacy of "canon" into doubt, making it exciting to see what comes next.  Whatever the case, I hope it's resolved before the end of the year.  That gives us... what, eleven pages?
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