August 8th, 2017

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21 . by: Furrama November 13, 2017, 12:57 am

I guess she was called 'Fig' in comic and I missed it.

So she's , Fig, 'Fig', XX, and ???
20 . by: Mutt August 10, 2017, 11:10 pm

I feel as if the color change in this page is just for dramatic effect, a buildup of tension.
19 . by: Mana August 10, 2017, 9:21 pm

Her teeth seem to be used as a thematic delivery of her concept/art/what she's about in some cases; remember Battery's weird color explosion?

I wonder if it's not foreshadowing/portraying her as making a threat, as she's quite angry with him. When Fig brushed him with her tail back in reality, it turned part of XY blank white for a panel, iirc. It could also be one of the ways used to depict her attempts at enticement, in that regard. Either way, they may have stepped out of the realm of the womb and into Fig's world, perhaps, as the whole background is now blank... [and the color seems to have faded from her nose, + the shift from cool to warm... hmm...]

I actually hadn't thought about it until you brought it up; thank you for doing so.
18 . by: Furrama August 10, 2017, 8:07 pm

Detail I've been mulling over: In panels 11 and 12 we have opposing images of Fig and (S)XY, which beckons us to compare and contrast.

So, why is the inside of her mouth blank, like the background, while his is not?

I have thoughts, but I'd love to hear y'all's!
17 . by: August 10, 2017, 5:52 am

n/m i don't know why i thought the obvious brown text was not smoothies

well fig can be afraid of loosing the same "sex is most powerful in society" so same line of my thinking
16 . by: kuu August 9, 2017, 6:11 am

is his fear about loosing?
15 . by: theroguez August 8, 2017, 6:19 pm

is XY's flower symbolizing the shape of sperm? will it open in here?
14 . by: Juna August 8, 2017, 6:18 pm

I think unemotional works, in that someone can plausibly withhold their emotions out of fear. "Unempathetic" I get the meaning of, but the cadence is a little too close to unemotional to begin with and isn't as immediately descriptive.

Actually, maybe 'ruthless' would work. It doubles down on 'exacting' and 'cold', while also adding onto a lack of compassion. Though it connotes a little more active cruelty, the root meaning means without 'ruth' (i.e. mercy or remorse).
13 . by: August 8, 2017, 5:30 pm

try "unempathetic"
12 . by: Zack August 8, 2017, 4:30 pm


I think a better word than "unemotional" might be "unsympathetic". This word escaped me last night. I wanted to use the word "mechanical", but it drew too many connections to "machine". "Mechanical" in the sense of withholding all affection, while maintaining only affectation.
11 . by: Furrama August 8, 2017, 2:10 pm

I do admire that (S)XY is keeping her on topic, even as she threatens him and tries to change the subject.

That's a hard thing to do, speaking from experience. XX has been continually rolled by Fig, but (S)XY isn't allowing it to happen to him. He cut to the heart of Fig's motivations... but (also speaking from experience) when that happens these sorts of people tend to resort to violence. If they can't talk you into what they want they'll beat you into submission.

Because it's all about control. And with such an abusive person at the helm, there can be no love for XX or anyone else she interacts with.
10 . by: Papeipou August 8, 2017, 1:54 pm

Oh no, Smoothie, you're getting a bit too big on her turf.
9 . by: August 8, 2017, 1:46 pm

Something is going to happen that makes the mouse or RG so worried they try to wake him, even though XY said not to do so under any circumstances. My guess is doing such traps him in some kind of limbo.
8 . by: hazard August 8, 2017, 8:31 am

@1 I think Fig is "unemotional" because Smoothie can see Fig's underlying emotional motivation that would lead her to this behavior, however, she's not openly expressing that fear directly in her behavior at the moment. She is coming off as cold & emotionless & demanding because she's afraid of something.
7 . by: Acy August 8, 2017, 4:18 am

The one and only...the same phrase is used by her boyfriend to introduce her to the brothel owner back on page 54. I may be hoping for to much but I want to see her use this line for herself, not as the flowerless girl or Fig the prostitute, but as XX the artist.
6 . by: August 8, 2017, 4:03 am

He's about to hurt real bad
5 . by: Downhill August 8, 2017, 2:22 am

This page is so dramatic and cool!!
4 . by: meww August 8, 2017, 2:16 am

rip smoothie
3 . by: Furrama August 8, 2017, 12:55 am

The fear of obsolescence? Irrelevance?

She's a bit bigger than him it seems.
2 . by: Mutt August 8, 2017, 12:55 am

Uh oh. He hit a nerve.
1 . by: ItPierces August 8, 2017, 12:53 am

Interesting that a representative of emotions, such as fear, would be described as "unemotional".

Colors fading. Desaturating. Greying out.