February 13th, 2018

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30 . by: Zack February 8, 2018, 10:49 pm

Hey Witti,

Thank you for sharing your tablecloth sketch. Your skill shines.
29 . by: February 8, 2018, 9:59 pm

Love the art Witti!
28 . by: February 8, 2018, 3:03 pm

Xx: I'll fight you with art
Xx: no not that kind of art
27 . by: 26, again February 7, 2018, 10:43 pm

essentially fig is overpowering xx because xx has no grounding in college theory and thus doesn't know how to control the monster she's created

*i've been thinking about this all morning
26 . by: February 7, 2018, 5:12 pm

honestly, her lack of control is WHY she needs this. the only thing that's going to control fig the monster is some kind of discipline on the part of xx.

because the core of nofna's martial arts isn't /the projection/, it's the basic discipline and control. that's why SV went so far off the rails when he refused to practice the basics and instead insisted on crafting a thesis with no real basis in theory. he hit on something real, but he couldn't control it.

and we know that you don't even get to play with the more advanced stuff until you have a solid grounding in the basic stuff.
25 . by: Witticaster February 7, 2018, 1:42 am

Date night was a painting activity so I doodled our favorite stoat...

Acrylic on vinyl tablecloth
10 x 12 cm

24 . by: Dani February 7, 2018, 1:06 am

I don't mind the blank bubbles, I've seen them used in video game dialogs as well.

Some of us learn the hard way...wonder who will teach her the lesson? Cherry II? Dream Fig? Greenie?
23 . by: February 6, 2018, 9:12 pm

she'll be back!!!!
22 . by: February 6, 2018, 8:26 pm

it makes sense for Fig to be extremely averse to the idea of an institution that essentially focuses on turning your inner thoughts/feelings/truths into specifically martial arts fighting... She already seems to have no choice in her violent outbursts, when control is the hallmark of what they do at the college. Might not be the best for her... she isn't so stable right now. but of course I also love the idea of her taking from it in less explicitly physical ways. The college must have courses on the meta of what they do there. As a form of meditation, I can see so much good. But maybe not the concept of enforcing that projection onto anyone else.

Thinking about Cherry's formal learning & her winding up in a brothel as muscle, maybe she really is the same as Fig. Maybe her thesis all focused around the power and energy of her innate sexuality, something beautiful to her and pride-worthy, and this was seen as vulgar and crude to her classmates. I can see something like that getting you kicked out of college, and also, catching the notice of a brothel. Maybe it would even be seen as a kind of harassment to subject your opponent to. A 'cheap' tactic. But I bet it would be effective in making your opponent really lose their focus, HEH. If XY were scouting for new talent, she would definitely catch his eye, as a person freshly-rejected-by-society.

With Fig, I see her issue as the thing that gave her a sense of strength and inspiration was constantly demeaned until she had no choice but to find pleasure in demeaning herself. A way to take control over the overbearing image everyone projected onto her and her very first art. Maybe Cherry is something similar, but she turned it into demeaning others. Unlike Fig, there IS no doubting Cherry's power, as it's utterly physical. She knows it impacts, is real.
21 . by: natoon February 6, 2018, 6:45 pm

I dunno. I had no trouble interpreting it, and I rely quite a bit on you guys to figure things out for me (thank you, by the way) :)
20 . by: Furrama February 6, 2018, 5:12 pm

These bubbles don't have tails or outlines, and since her bubble is light gray it can easily blend into the bg. It needs something inside it or it becomes part of the bg.
19 . by: Nobody February 6, 2018, 4:40 pm

i agree with kanya, as someone who's paid to make comics as my job. "..." denotes a purposeful silence, closed mouth, and a blank bubble indicates more of a stutter, the gentle crackling of the throat or an inhale when someone is going to say something and hesitates.
18 . by: ItPierces February 6, 2018, 2:49 pm

17 . by: Kanya February 6, 2018, 2:13 pm

I actually love the blank bubbles. It feels like a catch in the throat, stuck on an inhale moment. Cause you are not simply remaining silent, or pausing, you just lack all speach.

But maybe I'm just reading to much into it xD

16 . by: Seven February 6, 2018, 11:11 am

Zack did the same thing with Quintet's dialogue on page 158 of 10%+. I think an ellipse would work better, too, but to each their own, I guess.

15 . by: February 6, 2018, 9:29 am

Huh, the IAIA. Doesn't really roll off the tongue like HIOT. I like this guy's last effort to get Fig to join the College too. Too bad she's not having any of it.
14 . by: Kaidona February 6, 2018, 9:00 am

For shit's sake, X, go learn denial skills so Sherry can't hit you so hard.

13 . by: camila February 6, 2018, 6:01 am

lol the "who are you" panels are so funny to me.

They just wanted to know your NAME figxx, stop taking everything so existentially.
12 . by: February 6, 2018, 3:38 am

I wonder if Fig will master some kind of suppression/denial technique? Maybe she'll be able to deny Cherry II and the fake lightning
11 . by: Sunnybrook1 February 6, 2018, 2:14 am

That last panel with the brown dude looks like a mini-boss awaiting the hero to return, too cool~

Level up a bit and come back Fig, you need to defeat this dungeon and gain some party members if you're going to challenge the boss!
10 . by: Furrama February 6, 2018, 12:04 am

I think an empty speech bubble is distracting design wise. I think there should be "...." or something.
9 . by: February 5, 2018, 11:48 pm

Fig, I'm gonna kick your tiny weasle butt, go get your education!!
8 . by: February 5, 2018, 11:48 pm

Yeah, it's a pause in her speech
7 . by: Furrama February 5, 2018, 10:04 pm

Is that an empty Fig bubble in panel 7?
6 . by: Seven February 5, 2018, 9:48 pm

Aw, Figgy, don't be rude. :(
5 . by: Mutt February 5, 2018, 9:34 pm

Suppression, and denial, too.
4 . by: February 5, 2018, 9:30 pm

Mmmm Fig... dat back arch again. <3
3 . by: Witticaster February 5, 2018, 9:10 pm


Still, I can see why she would have a knee-jerk negative reaction if she associates fighting with the Cherry II/Fig side of her. She's trying to reduce those aspects of herself.
2 . by: Kai February 5, 2018, 9:09 pm

Learn how to defend yourself, girl.
1 . by: February 5, 2018, 9:08 pm

aw no fig ): study at college!