Still not an april fool’s prank
You have no idea how happy all this silliness is making me. YOU SERIOUSLY HAVE NO IDEA.
SERIOUS DATING MONTAGE GO!!
This should be COMBINED with the Martial Arts training montage. So like they’d be rollerskating in the park, at a fancy restaurant laughing and feeding each other bits of their respective desserts, renting a paddle boat somewhere where it’s way too damn cold to be out on the water but the director doesn’t care because it’s tradition dammit, and wind up holding hands somewhere with a good view of the panorama of skyscrapers they live near, like a bridge or a rooftop.
Then just as they’re leaning in to kiss as silhouettes in front of the setting sun, Mr. Miyagi parachutes in and reveals to them how all of this soppy bullcrap ACTUALLY was secret training to kick asses more efficiently.
Martial dating- Breaking hearts and bones at the same time.
Where is the damn “Like” button when you actually need one?!
There’s one for the comic (Facebook liking) but not one for comments…
I know that feel, bro…
“I’m Steffi Frohlich of the Frohlich School of Anything Goes Martial Dating. And I accept, you confession.”
ROUND 1! DATE!
The Saotome school of Martial dating?
I, yes. There is a lotta me just going yes right now. Yeah.
also your expressions are so great
Haha, that last panel. She is taking on this whole “dating” thing like a mission. I love the way she glows in the fourth panel.
I think she’s meant to be blushing because she’s embarrassed. But, yeah, that looks more like a glow than a blush.
Look again, she is literally brighter than the other panels. There is a halo of brightness surrounding her. She is blushing, too, but to show her happiness despite the surprised frown and embarrassment all her colors are brighter and she is surrounded by light that changes the grey in the walls to a brown. Plus, “glow”‘s secondary definition is to blush.
oh my god Steffi’s expression in this are top-notch. seriously perfect. AND AKDFNRKERNAKNFKANFDKE5843IFALD;AN I’VE WAITED SO LONG FOR THIS MOMENT. I can die happy now.
Ever get so excited that you make a typo? expressions**
They’re both dorks aren’t they?
I appreciate how you’ve fashioned this comic to be so unpredictable, Mary. (and not like ‘random unpredictable,’ like ‘creative unpredictable’)
I didn’t expect Steffi to cool down so quickly..
Darn it. Messed up with this comment system again… that was intended to be a reply to my own comment.
Yes, gangler, dorks they are. Lovable, awesome dorks.
Courtesy = I’ll turn around and look outside this window…
Haha! Nice Ben, that was pretty smooth! I’m proud. It’s also pretty humorous how Steffi doesn’t really know how to express her feelings and reactions to Ben.
“You want to date me? Uh.. uh -challenge accepted! Let’s go! Operation: Go Watch A Movie Together!”
failure: accidentally mauling the snacks counter clerk.
Normally I’m jealous of successful romances, even those in fiction ever so slightly, but this is probably one of the most off-the-wall that I can’t help but laugh at it and love it.
I approve of this response.
I actually think that ben did the leeroy jenkins thing this time, after all, he decided to ditch logic and inhibitions.
Well in that case,
God I love your facial expressions, Cube. It’s like each pixel is specifically placed for maximum adorable.
It’s LIKE? I’m pretty convinced they are.
“LET’S DATE THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER!”
SPEED LINES WHILE STANDING STILL!
Best response to being asked out ever. BEST.
I see what you did there Cube, if no one else did. The bench markings behind Steffi in panel 7 are the same as the markings behind Ben in panels 3, 5, and 6! The last two panels are occurring in BEN’S IMAGINATION! Either that or it’s a metaphor for Ben wanting to be Steffi, but EVERYBODY wants to be Steffi so that shouldn’t need expressing in metaphor.
I like how 42 turned around completely instead of just staring at the street.
His eyebrows go over his hair
augh, why are they so cute
Hi! I’m a recent fan, and I love your comic! The expressions are gold. But this dating raises a question for me..what about the Raccoon/Chandra? From I’ve seen, she is developing some sort of crush or admiration for our pink heroine. Will the aqusition of a boyfriend cause the Raccoon to become jealous? Will the possible jealousy cause the Raccoon to try to get revenge on Steffy or new BF? And I know Raccoon/Chandra doesn’t know Blitz’s real identity, but hey, anything is possible for a thief working with a criminal organization.
And then, in the vast space that this universe covers, even in the furthest corners of it – assuming it has some – could be heard an epic cry of the Phan-Gheerl goddess:
This is adorably awkward.
In every frame, Steffi never smiles, and instead looks to be about one millisecond from bawling her eyes out. The terror of committing your heart to someone else!
I love the more serious expressions, and though I would imagine romance to warrant a big smile, the whole Mission Accepted Jibe works perfectly for Steffi.
On an only slightly related note I can just see steffi’s father’s reaction:
Dad: “Ok, so first you were pissed as hell at this guy, and know you wanna date him…”
Steffi: “Pretty much, yeah.”
Dad: “I give up! I can’t even understand my own daughter anymore!”
ok, I swear this is my last comment, but I also love how Ben never blushes.
That’s because guys never blush! We just get boners.
The more you know…. ^
Yay for nonchalantness? The sooner plot comes back the better. (>3<)
Though I have to admit, this IS pretty much exactly how it went down my first time. "Why don't we be girlfriends?" / "Why?" / "Just 'cause." / "Sure, why not."
1. Look at the markings on the bench…they point to Ben and say “LOVE ME”, if I’m not mistaken.
2. Is it just me or has the drawing style changed? The faces seem rounder and…smaller? Or, maybe the features got larger? idunno
3. Fourth. Panel. (reaction guy/long neck reaction guy)
4. OPERATION: MOVIE WATCH: COMMENCED!
Last panel should have made Mr. Frohlich’s Daddy warning alarm explode. Possibly also thrown Benzene off a bit as well.
Somebody had to say it…
Should it? If anything I’d think Mr Frohlich would approve pretty strongly of Benzene. He’s a nice boy that the family trust’s with a good head on his shoulders who’s known to be a moderating influence keeping Steffi out of the worst of the trouble she get herself into. I can’t imagine what Uberprince Mister Frohlich would be holding out for to decide he disapproves of Benzene.
I mean just the other day the dude judo-throwed a homicidal cyborg and whisked Steffi off to safety and comfort after she nearly got herself killed trying to steal from the police even after he said it was a bad idea. Today she was like ‘Bye Bye off to go bust up some underground crime rings” and he was like “Aw hell naw, you’re so not equipped for that. I’m tagging along so I don’t have to bail you out when this turns sour.”
Dating Benzene means approximately half as many heart-attacks in a day for Mister Frohlich. If anything the Daddy Warning Alarm just got conspicuously silent. He’s gonna be tinkering with it all day long trying to figure out what’s what and then he’ll see Steffi holding hands with Benzene and he’ll say “Oh, that explains it. Geeze, gonna have to get some kind of white-noise machine. Not used to working in the quiet.”
Plus, Mr. Frohlich really trusts Ben. He was the one who introduced the two when Steffi didn’t have any friends in the country and didn’t know the language as well.
Amazing… three (technically four) words that tend to throw out everybody and 2 people miss it cleanly.
Let’s do it NEVER fails to have something wrong happen shortly afterwords. I’ll remind people of full metal alchemist first. Human alchemy? Let’s do it, what could possibly go wrong?
Oh, was that a sexual joke? Sorry, my mind wasn’t in the gutter. I was kinda focusing on context of the story.
And with the reference, I’d have to say that Mary, the writer, doesn’t let a lot of cliches or predictable and already used plot points in her work. This story prob isn’t gonna go in the same way that other stories go..
Meteorologically speaking, tornadoes are cool on the outside and hot on the inside.
This is not the yaoi I signed up for :0
Did you know. 50% of readers like yaoi and Garfield.
I really don’t know what to comment to this.
Flustered Steffi is friggin’ adorable. I’m just sorry best friend Shockpulse isn’t on this ship.
Eh?? I have a friend? So happy. >w<
I am warming up to the idea of Steffi X Benzene, though I don't like it. But as long as everything continues as normal without bunches of snogging or drama or whatever, I won't fight it.
Hm, I guess you forgot I was impressed enough with some of your opinions that you earned my respect. And some weird interest that I’ve since cut out to not be a creeper.
Also that emoticon’s all wrong. It should’ve been a look of mild surprise at my behavior.
Yes, adrenaline really does weird things to people.
Am I the only one who noticed that the background in panel 4 gives Steffi flustered-bunny-ears?
she’s pink! Like when you accidentally max someone’s affinity in Dragon’s Dogma. Only know liquid effluvium or tossing her in the brine…
she’s pink! Like when you accidentally max someone’s affinity in Dragon’s Dogma. Only no liquid effluvium or tossing her in the brine…
Steffi looks distinctly pissed, whilst saying yes. Ben, you have no idea what you’re getting into!
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