Comic 242 - Bathroom

1st Aug 2012, 8:20 AM in Ch 10: Friendship
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Author Notes:

Jocelyn 1st Aug 2012, 8:20 AM edit delete
Big point: It’s hard to convey sarcasm in written form. I tend to hope something like a smarmy grin will illustrate it well enough, but I had this horrible image in my head of everyone misreading the last panel as Gavin actually outing Todd. Maybe no one will read it like that, but to ease my neurotic mind: Gavin’s being sarcastic. He knows it’s the kind of thing that’ll piss Todd off, so it’s exactly what he’s doing. This is actually a good tactic for shutting up homophobes in general, but it probably works better for Gavin than it would, let’s say Rudy. Gavin’s at least bigger than Todd.

Middle point: Originally, the second and third panels were shown from an angle that had Rudy facing the reader. It kinda looked like he was still… doing his business. I feel like the side view doesn’t look as good, but I felt a little awkward when it wasn’t necessarily clear whether he was standing at a sink or a urinal.

Little point: Someone’s gonna ask, so allow me to remind you the different colored collars denote different grades. Rudy’s orange collar puts him in tenth grade. Todd’s green one shows that he’s in eleventh grade. Gavin’s (unseen here) blue collar means he’s in twelfth grade. Admittedly, you don’t really see the green one very often, but there really just aren’t a lot of significant junior year characters. And for what it’s worth, we should be seeing more red collars (ninth grade) soon too. ^_^

Not really a point: Yes, it is extremely convenient that Todd shows up in the bathroom when Rudy’s in there… with Gavin apparently already in there. I’ve got no explanation for that. It’s highly unlikely, yes, but for purposes of moving the story along, it had to happen.

Summation: Eh. I don’t really like this page too much. It totally worked better in my head.

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kelverse 1st Aug 2012, 10:12 AM edit delete reply
I like this. Todd's a bit of a derp, though... not too fond of him...

And it's totally plausible that Rudy and Gavin were in the bathroom at the same time when Todd walked in. That happened to me once, where I ran into some friends in the bathroom.
AliJ5533 1st Aug 2012, 10:15 AM edit delete reply
Oh damn, finally someone puts that twerp in his place (apart from Maria that is).

I wouldn't want to be in Todd's shoes right now. Against the two wittiest characters in the comic, and Gavin could probably kick his ass? Awesome
Micheal 1st Aug 2012, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Gavin, you are a man today.
CyberSkull 1st Aug 2012, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Wonderful retort.
Syrup 5th Sep 2014, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
i thought todd was kinda cute other then his name i actually found his physical apearence attractive
Synergiance 19th Feb 2016, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
In response to your middle point: I don't know how easy it is to draw the mirror shot but it might have looked just as good as the front view

Also, for what it's worth, I feel like this page worked a lot better than you give it credit, Gavin's response to Todd was well executed and tactful, and I always loved a bit of sarcasm, which I couldn't have read this panel in any other way than sarcastically
Akane 13th Jun 2016, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Panel 7: flying toilet paper? xD
The T.C. 13th Aug 2016, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
Why am I getting some kinda Gene Starwind/Colonel Mustang vibes in that final panel?
Lex-Kat 17th Nov 2016, 12:29 AM edit delete reply
I like the flying toilet paper!

But what I like best is that Tood now knows, and should have known all along, that Maria isn't the only threat he has to watch for. Gavin is Rudy's friend. Tood better watch himself.
re: not really a point 5th Feb 2020, 10:34 PM edit delete reply
Back when I was in school, there'd be a few minutes between classes. Restrooms were high occupancy in those few minutes, so, 3 characters running into each other there wouldn't be so unlikely....
Share 16th Nov 2020, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
IT’S hArD to cOnVey SarCasm in WriTtEn ForM
Absentia 28th Jul 2021, 5:19 PM edit delete reply
Mocking sarcasm and regular sarcasm are different though
Selix 17th Nov 2021, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Todd's dialogue: because targeted slurs against two marginalized groups is better than one!
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