The end! Oh well. Thanks Puget Sean.
Okay that went totally in the opposite direction i expected
HAHAHA aww well A for effort.
That'll learn her, Puget Sean!
either he has massive ADD, or he is teaching her… something
it's ALL TRUE.
i just got the TETRIS! Sadly, I was already ball$-deep into computers at that point and didn't do much writing on paper. I was hoping that computers would advance quickly enough to help my cartooning. Maybe that's why I got out of cartooning for 15 years! As always, excellent work Meredith! I like the subtlety that your strips contain and the emotional "subtext" (a word I hated in college and much as "ergo").
I hope the new year is being kind to you!
He got mad because Hannah was complaining about her realized potential? Anyone got any other interpretations? That doesnt feel quite right.
I don't get it.
Well, that sure worked…
Oh my god… I can totally relate to this. And people would give me weird looks for telling the truth.
REALLY, Puget Sean? Really?
You know, I really appreciate Hannah's honesty in this three part series. We always see her in the strip as this happy-go-lucky kind of girl who's practically invulnerable; it's nice to see that she has the same amount of doubts that others in the strip have. That being said, I totally sympathize with Hannah. It sucks to have to cater your dreams, creativity and ambitions to others. You lose part of yourself I think and I'm pretty sure that's what Hannah is feeling.
Or maybe I'm wrong! Either way, suck it Puget Sean. No amount of Tetris will make your daddy love you.
I was really expecting an out-of-character expression of kindness from Puget Sean. But… I suppose that's too much to ask.
Before now I always kind of wondered why everybody hated Puget Sean, and I even sort of liked him. Or at least sympathized with/pitied him, shoved in a corner to draw his anger away.
But now I see he's just a dick.
I know that Meredith herself expressed Sean's intentions as flimsy and that that's the joke, but when you read the comic itself technically he could have actually set things right and cheered up Hannah in between panels 8 and 9, they're so far apart. Just a little comic theory. It might just be the desperately good part of me that wants happy endings, ha.
I took it as a two-fold thing – 1st: Meredith may be commenting thru Hannah about her 2nd commercial book deal disappintment and possibly having to return to the job market (we're bummed too). 2nd: I also took it (as stated above) that the only time that when everything WAS a possiblity, as Hannah said, was when when we were kids. So Puget Sean is playing Tetris as a way to get those Glory Daze. I kinda do that thru listening to 80's music. Back when I had no money, no car, and high school really sucked. Now life sucks, but i own it, and I can do what i want (sic!).
I'd like to hear Meredith's opinion.
As an artist turned burnt-out social gaming illustrator, I feel you, Hannah. Oh, I feel you.
Maybe Puget Sean simply feels empathy for Alexey Pajitnov, who created Tetris but had the rights to his creation yanked out from under him by the Soviet government.
Procrastination, I understand its addiction too Sean (It looks like that sort of thing to me anyway).
I am real good at Tetris.
I have nothing else to say, though.
Fuck, I would have done the same thing. That's whatchu get!
Seems to me that this goes back to supporting Eve's notions about Hannah's group of (everybody but Marek/Marigold) stoner buddies. Hannah had best let go of a lot of stuff – hmmm – just like Eve. Her success (on many levels) depends on that.
Tres subtil, Mlle Gran.
I sometimes my life was a comic that people could overanalyze and give advice on!
Hannah is still a horrible bitch with control issues who's not happy if she's not in charge, bossing everyone around and generally being an unlikeable shithead.
Whee, no one else has the same interpretation I had!
When Puget Sean says "Wait here!" he turns everything back into a possibility for Hannah. As long as she's waiting, it could be *anything*.
Then he goes and plays Tetris, because he doesn't want to resolve that feeling and take it away from her.
I think he's not only just being a dick and tricking her into waiting there for a while, but that he's also been inspired by her comment about everything once being full of possibility to go recapture that feeling by playing Tetris. He may even want to go back and tell her how it made him feel (doubtful, but funny.) So it's revenge AND solipsism he's manifesting.
Dammit Puget Sean. You idiot, you nearly did something.
I don't understand Sean's intentions here (and realistically, someone doing something this strange usually doesn't understand their own intentions very well), but that was the funniest moment I have read in a long, long time. Excellent, excellent subversion of a serious moment!
I looked back at the past page and I just saw "Fuck my life" and drawings of fire on the other book page in the last panel.
That was Puget Sean who wrote that, right? Oh man. Seeing that helped explain a lot about why Sean reacted like that.
Sean's face… I just love the expressions he makes. I thought he would actually do something productive or helpful, only to storm off and play Tetris on his NES.
Of course, there's Hanna's little bit, "Y'know, no one ever cares as much about your ideas…" I think it's more inward than an insult to Puget Sean.
The punch line doesn't seem ambiguous to me. Hana's complaining about her too-much-success problems after consistently putting Sean down. What was supposed to happen?
I thought Puget Sean had good intentions but just got distracted by Tetris. It's like trying to get work done in front of the TV.
guys guys i have a radically innovative interpretation of the major themes and message of this strip, i contend that meredith made a funny joke and then drew it, the end!
This story arc threw me off guard because it was so short. Other than that, I love Hanna's quote here. It is priceless.
U mad, Sean? U Mad?
Yeah, he mad.
I don't blame him, though. Besides, Tetris is awesome.
Wow I can't believe how strong the Hannah hate is on this one. I don't even think she did anything wrong this time — pretty sure when she said "No one thinks your ideas are as good as you do" she was talking about herself and her own sketches.
I swear I left a comment RIGHT HERE a couple of days ago.
I don't really care "How" the joke was supposed to be funny or all the different stories and take speople are putting on this strip.
I laughed because I saw that his hair is longer than mine.
This comic is almost a response to my earlier comment about how I don't like Puget Sean.
Because now I love him.
Interesting to note the two main strains of interpretation here seem to hinge on two gendered perspectives:
Ladies are disappointed that Sean failed to be "heroic" and ended up playing tetris.
Dudes feel that Sean is offended by implicit criticism, and plays tetris as self-medication.
This says a lot about our own (heteronormative) romances, doesn't it?
Y'know… maybe I'm just tired but what if, since she's saying that she misses the days when everything was a possibility, his going home and leaving her alone was his way of setting her up for something and then leaving it as a possibility? I dunno. Like I said, tired.
I think when Hannah sees whats written in the notebook what he did will become much clearer. If I could venture a guess it is probably something rather rude that he kind of felt a little bad as she reflected, having been humbled, but not bad enough to mean what he wrote.
It's a good thing Hannah didn't stand there long waiting for this big revilation.
I'd be pissed.
- Beep boop -