Comic 710 - The Dragon

4th Aug 2015, 5:09 PM in Ch. 26: Cut
The Dragon
Average Rating: 4.81 (16 votes)
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Jocelyn 4th Aug 2015, 5:09 PM edit delete
What a colorful page. I can't remember the last time I packed six relevant characters into one panel. XD

Okay, but being serious(ish), I know a lot of people were expecting Fara to come in and bring fury and rage down upon Kellen. It would've been too easy though, and too expected (and I don't want to feel like I'm promoting violence). Instead, have you ever gotten in SO MUCH trouble that your parents/teacher/whatever didn't yell... and somehow that was worse? They'd say something like, "I'm not mad. I'm disappointed." That's where Fara is.

That's kind of where everyone is, really. It's exhausting to argue with someone who doesn't listen. What's the point of fighting with her? They could present her with logic and reason until they're blue in the face, but it's only going to make her retaliate more. Sometimes the best way to shut someone up is to not fight back. Let them yell. Let them look and feel like a fool when they're the only one arguing.

Or take a page out of coolheaded Vincent's book, and be sweet as pie. Irrationally angry people HATE that. Especially when you "innocently" point out that their devious plan has utterly failed. XD

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RainFan 4th Aug 2015, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Vincent slayyy. I was hoping he'd have a verbal smack to add to the mix :)
BillycannotFly 4th Aug 2015, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Some people just don't understand.
Thatguyinthecorner 4th Aug 2015, 5:40 PM edit delete reply

Seriously though, I'm starting to love Vincent. He's like an adult Rudy, but with a PhD in psych.
Nama 4th Aug 2015, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
I see what you quoted there.

And it is indeed.
j-eagle12212012 4th Aug 2015, 6:23 PM edit delete reply
See that is what the MLP fandom is all about, we will "Love and Tolerate" trolls,haters,and people who just don't get it untill they give in and accept it or move on to something else
Guest 4th Aug 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
wh?? ??W?H???H? ??H?W??hh? ????
j-eagle12212012 5th Aug 2015, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
What vincent did is similar to what mlp fans do when someone is ignorant to an issue, instead of yelling he was nice and polite (mlp fans love and tolorate)
Guest 5th Aug 2015, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
We don't have business cards (yet), though.
Rain Beau Dash 5th Aug 2015, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
That was of course me, forgetting to log in
Tualha 4th Aug 2015, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
Nice exit lines for both Fara and Vincent. If Kellen didn't have the sensitivity of a rhinoceros, she'd feel as though a cat had kicked dirt over her.

You can see it in her eyes when she realizes who Vincent is.
Mina 4th Aug 2015, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
I-is Rain crying? :c
It surely hurts when someone says your identity, and what you're fighting for, is a "disgusting hobby"...

Vincent rocks! (He rocks, he was in a band, got it? :p)
tapi 4th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
can i ship vincent x me
Niceguy Eddie 4th Aug 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
To hell with Kellen!

Hey, Jocelyn, when will I get to have you on my show?
Lemonado Girl 4th Aug 2015, 11:06 PM edit delete reply
Oh man. Vincent and Kellen both just...perfect. Like, Kellen's going to need a Full Restore after those two burns. Now personally, I was expecting Fara to yell at Kellen for a while. But the way that went, that I think is so much more effective. And then she has to deal with Aiken, I would assume.
Lemonado Girl 5th Aug 2015, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Oh crap I mean Vincent and Fara why does this happen to me
T-Dog 4th Aug 2015, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
Well, that confrontation went well. Fara and Vincent both rocked this scene.
Rain will snap back, but well, we all kind of knew there would be some conflict come up somewhere on this trip.
Guest 5th Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply
Vincent throwing shade like it's his fucking job.
Dr. Smart 5th Aug 2015, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
Vincent was so me right there, "short haired girls are the cutest" that is both a true statement (especially true in this instance) and the kind of thing I would say both to encourage Rain and as a last little retort to Kellen.
Ashura Atsu 5th Aug 2015, 2:05 AM edit delete reply
I was just about to comment almost those exact lines.
DocMesa 5th Aug 2015, 2:16 AM edit delete reply
Kellen, is it that you can't understand or is it that you don't want to understand?
Draca 5th Aug 2015, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
I think its both.
Dream of a Pebble 5th Aug 2015, 3:55 PM edit delete reply
Both. Plus she cannot admit to herself that she's wrong, because that would mean admitting that what she did was monstrous. Still, F & V almost got through to her.
Erin 5th Aug 2015, 2:39 AM edit delete reply
I need more catharsis! More!
emmadilemma 5th Aug 2015, 10:45 AM edit delete reply
"I don't know, Kellen. You tell me." Just throws it straight back in her face. Love it! And Aiken's confused "Uh, yeah. You too." Cracked me right up.
Yuki-chan 5th Aug 2015, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
I really loved when Fara answered Kellen that. BEST ANSWER.
Sarume 5th Aug 2015, 12:03 PM edit delete reply
Thank you.
Zimerick 5th Aug 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply
Is Kellen drunk in the first panel? The symbols on either side of her head seem to indicate that to me. Either way, she just got told!
sesquipedalia 5th Aug 2015, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
All I know is, I'd hate to be Aiken once everyone else has left. Actually, I'd probably just go with them.
T-Dog 5th Aug 2015, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
I see a motel in Aiken's future. Or he could go back to the old place he was sharing with Jessica.
sesquipedalia 5th Aug 2015, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
That's not a bad idea.
Dark Link 5th Aug 2015, 3:18 PM edit delete reply
Okay, no matter what, reading "Kellen" will always confuse me because I share that name...
Jocelyn 5th Aug 2015, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
@Dark Link

Sorry about that. I have at least one reader named Chase who's pretty much said the same thing about that character too. Inevitably, someone somewhere is going to share a name with these antagonistic characters, making it very awkward for certain readers.

So, seriously, sorry for that. ^^;
DiEvAl 6th Aug 2015, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
That's not inevitable. Some stories manage to avoid it. For example I doubt there were any readers named Voldemort before HPatPS came out :P
Jocelyn 6th Aug 2015, 7:03 AM edit delete reply

Touché. But there MAY have been a Tom Riddle (or certainly, there's at least been a few Toms in general reading those books). ;P
Sam 6th Aug 2015, 3:26 PM edit delete reply
I hardly think Jocelyn would want to name her characters anything like Voldemort, though... Though "Wings of Death" certainly suits Kellen.
Some Ed 16th Jun 2017, 11:46 AM edit delete reply
But there were people named 'Tom Riddle' before Harry Potter came out.
Vana 6th Aug 2015, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
And no one noticed Emily's expression in panel one... :rolleyes: :D
flutesalute 7th Aug 2015, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Rain's expression in the second panel is so spot-on, and it seems like it's not only a reaction to Kellen's arrival but also to Fara's calling her "the dragon;" it hurts to start antagonizing someone you feel like you should love, even if they deserve it.
Transginger 13th May 2016, 2:38 AM edit delete reply
I legitimately would have hit her. I'm not normally a violent person, but I would have popped her right in the face.

Would it fix anything? No, it'd make it worse. But it would make me feel a little better before breaking down.
Samantha 31st May 2016, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
Nothing hurts a person more than being completely forgotten.
Kioty 23rd Mar 2018, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
I've only ever wanted to hit a woman six times in my life... Kellen just made it seven.

Honestly, I know she will probably get better, that's what this comic is about (transition and acceptance) but still....
no 12th Nov 2020, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
i love being nice to people who hate me. so disarming.
Hooman Bean 25th Nov 2020, 10:29 AM edit delete reply
Oh my gosh same! It's so funny to just smile at them. And it makes them even more mad!!!
Amber 28th May 2022, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
As a Trans Woman myself and as a human being, Kellen makes me sick to my stomach.
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