Comic 1241 - Hugs

28th Feb 2020, 8:09 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
Average Rating: 5 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 28th Feb 2020, 8:09 AM edit delete
A little bit of a fluffy payoff after sticking with the heavy subject matter all week. Not that this can't potentially be its own can of worms. Emily seems to have made up her mind to confront her mother, which as all your comments on the last page imply, could either go extremely well or turn into a terrible disaster. But at least she won't be alone.

It all culminates in not one, but two, tender hugs shared between the girls in the middle of the school hallway. Sure, hugs don't have to mean anything romantic, but these are the girls that now have a reputation for having kissed at prom. The peanut gallery here - mostly consisting of nobody we know or will know - may have been there and saw that. Or some might have missed prom, but heard the gossip about it. But either way, many mouths are agape to see them "at it again".

Maybe this will all lead to something bad, and maybe not. But it's been a rough week. So let's just have this cute moment for now. ^_^

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Anastasia 28th Feb 2020, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
That hug makes me feel warm and fluffy inside :3
Sine 28th Feb 2020, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
Lovely way to end the week.

Take a picture peanut gallery, it'll last longer.
Catlife333 28th Feb 2020, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Rain blushing is so cute
TK 28th Feb 2020, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
I wish all the virtual hugs I give could be real, cause my bff is sad a lot and I wanna make her feel better.
Vicky_Michelle 28th Feb 2020, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Interesting facial expressions in the background.
Sessy 28th Feb 2020, 9:37 AM edit delete reply
That person next to Debbie and Holly looks like they're about to say something
Mary 28th Feb 2020, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Komaru Naegi on the left there looks distressed
millie 28th Feb 2020, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Don't be shocked, O kids of hyperconservative people who art in the background, just pretend they're close friends and don't tell the diocese, like all the catholic popes and archbishops did about that sweet greek loving going on in the background of most of the NT. (Much of which is set in Athens, when there is a setting and not just a letter, and Athens was known for being welcoming to gay couples.)

Because really, it's sad that an organization supposedly dedicated to ending suffering found a worse thing to do to LGBT folks than erasing them from history. Better to roll things back and try again.
Tualha 28th Feb 2020, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Oh my! Two people who love each other, how horrid! Shocking!

Actually, since this time it IS on school grounds, I hope Brother Arthur doesn't have to take official notice ...
j-eagle12212012 28th Feb 2020, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
The expressions on Holly's and Debbie's faces are not what I expected
Sylvia 6th May 2020, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Indeed; Seems more like faces of confused disappointment to me.

Whereas everyone else (with one exception) has a face that implies confused shock to me (pikachu face); the last one looks more like angered and shocked (The girl next to the two you mentioned)
bgb16999 28th Feb 2020, 9:17 PM edit delete reply
I'm hoping this whole exchange leads to Emily having a serious, honest conversation with Debbie and Holly. Preferably with Rain there too.

Just not in the middle of the hallway.
Inaya 29th Feb 2020, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
It astounds me how you've written so many pages of this Webcomic and you're still able to have one-word titles like 'hugs'.
Jocelyn 29th Feb 2020, 9:00 AM edit delete reply

I was pretty shocked by this too! But I'll take it! XD
Sylvia 6th May 2020, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
And it seems you still haven't used Hug so there's an opportunity to repeat this and one up it.

well... one down it :P
Neelix 29th Feb 2020, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
Not really sure I understand why this would draw notice from anyone, except perhaps Holly and Debbie in this context.
Girls who are friends tend to hug each other, even straight girls, so why should anyone seeing this think it even noteworthy, let alone surprising?
Jocelyn 29th Feb 2020, 9:02 AM edit delete reply

Sure, girls can hug. But it's less that it's girls hugging, and more that it's those girls hugging. Those girls that everybody saw smooching with each other just days ago. That's why this is getting more of a reaction.
Guest 29th Feb 2020, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
I wish the final panel didn't cut off where it does. I'd love to make this tender moment my phone background.

Jocelyn, I'm going to have to bill you for a replacement heart because my current one has melted thanks to this XD
q 29th Feb 2020, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
After Maria's "I'M A DYKE" moment and the Emily and Rain kiss, I'm surprised a hug still startles some kids. I guess not everybody is caught up with the times ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
LoreTheCat 1st Mar 2020, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
I know they're inevitably going to get some negative feedback from their peers, between this and prom... but I hope they get some unexpected support from people too
Miiohau 10th Mar 2020, 1:46 AM edit delete reply
I like how from the school's pov Rain/Emily is playing out almost exactly like Rain/Rudy (Kissing at a party -> hugging at school).
Also, I think Debbie is getting an idea of why Emily might have pulled away from her and towards Rain. A wrong idea but an idea.
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