#604 + 605 – going in

May 28th, 2013

#604 + 605 – going in

Hey here’s an update! The site had some database craziness today, and it looked pretty grim — but Tyler J. Hutchison swooped in to the rescue! In addition to being a rad guy, Tyler is also a great cartoonist and inventor of We Draw Comics. Go enjoy his work!

You might’ve noticed updates have been slow. Convention season and constant travel is hitting me hard. It won’t be too much longer ’til things are back on track. Thanks to everyone who came out to VanCAF and was super nice!


Discussion (37)¬

  1. earth dude says:

    WELP. (sound of me hearing an exact description of my life)

    • Rowen Morland says:

      If it includes the going in part that involves having lots of friends and connecting with them I'd say you're doing alright 😉

  2. Michelle says:

    Eve's last three expressions are just too good.

  3. Algebraic Ennui says:

    Been a while since the last update.

    This comic's ability to capture many of the various images, attitudes and perspectives of early adulthood (especially in an urban environment) simply doesn't wane, even with such daunting absences.

    And it never stops being damned hilarious either

  4. Max says:

    This "Going In" is becomming quite common, actually! With bars charging you to go in, the crowded spaces inside clubs, and the dangers of going back home – More when you live like 40 minutes by car from these places – are all demolished by "Going In".

    alsoeveisadorableonthatthird-to-lastpanel :)

  5. @IWantAStory says:

    "Going in" is like college redoubled. It's what I did most nights at university with my jobless friends in expensive Austin, and I can't see myself not doing it going forward; I really would miss the connection. Too awesome, Meredith!

  6. Vabolo says:

    Oh no, Eve has been ensnared by the Clark's astute observations!

  7. Xinhui says:

    I dunno… Sort of sounds like a potluck to me. One of my favorite ways to socialize is over food that I personally made.

    Everyone looks super cute.

    • brigidkeely says:

      Yeah, I'm 34 & have been doing this my entire social life. I'm in the midwest, though. Maybe it's different here? (Chicago & south suburbs)

      • rsLNK says:

        I think the joke is that the Times (like usual) is writing a silly article on a specific ritual of young people that's not really that unique or interesting or specific to the generation but acting like it's a massive unifying social movement. it's typical overblown journalist bs.

        • Erika says:

          I think it would be fun to write a news story on that particular phenomenon: news sources reporting on stuff that is not really news, just to fill pages.

          But then, that wouldn't really be news either.

  8. seann says:

    Clark you may be superman, but you the WORST newspaperman.

  9. omnithea says:

    That second panel is a better ad for booze than any I've ever seen. That pose is fantastic. Did you use a model?

  10. HateMachine says:

    God, this is just the quintessential Times column (okay, not just them, but it's fun to beat up on the Times). That thing that you just do, because it's a normal, sane thing to do? It's not what you thought at all, it is significant beyond your wildest imaginings, and you are the emblem of your generation.

    At least with the "needles in coke cans" line, Clark seems at least self-aware of the NYT's modus operandi here.

    • Powys says:

      Well, if it's the typical, sane thing to do for you, but wasn't something typically done by your age group a decade ago, that means something. It IS significant, from a cultural point of view. Anthropological scientists are all over that shit. And it IS likely tied in with the economical climate. Not that we, as "going inners" ever think about the big picture consciously when we do it, other than to say "ugh, that bar charges to get in and I don't have much, let's just buy a case at the store or something". So of course we'll just handwave at it ("everyone does that, like it means anything, psh") if a scientist brings it up as a cultural and social shift in this generation. Doesn't make it untrue or insignificant.

      • Ivan says:

        It's a potluck

        He's describing a potluck in the most overblown, trendhunting terms possible

        Hope that helps, "going inner"

        • Powys says:

          I don't go out or in, but I'll also note that everyone else I know…goes out unless they're having a party. And half the time the party is out, too.
          And my parents didn't do potlucks or any other person I know. I know that they exist, from some sort of social assimilation, but I can't personally tell you of any potlucks I've heard of people having…

          Hence why I was like "well, if at some point we did it, or maybe we STOPPED doing it, and we STARTED doing it again, that has social and cultural significance." Though I guess, every thing we do has significance scientifically, even things such as the reasons behind why you shouldn't pick your nose in public…

      • HateMachine says:

        The big picture, though, is that this isn't really a generational thing. "Going in" is a fancy new name for a potluck, and old ladies were organizing potlucks at the church back when I was just coming out of diapers. And then my parents were leaving me with an aunt while they had a potluck with their friends. And then I did it with my friends back in college.

        Mad respect for anthropologists, and if the NYT was an anthropological journal, or if it was actually going to the numbers a lot with these lifestyle pieces, then that would be different. Articles like these are usually anecdotes embroidered with speculative significance, though.

      • Powys says:

        I could also see the point from A to B in:
        1. Potlucks are an old thing. It was a way for people to get together in their community and talk and share.
        2. Potlucks are still going on, even though we have all this technology to otherwise connect us in easier ways.
        3. Why is that?
        4. "The aching desire to connect on a human level. Free from our cold, stunted, electronic lives."

        All I'm saying is there's usually a grain of truth to these things. People generally dismiss the whole concept, but at the core, isn't it true? Potlucks in the modern age come from not having a lot of money and wanting to talk to people face to face. So what if he blows it up a little.

        Of course, we're discussing this article as though it exists, when it doesn't…

  11. jxk says:

    "yeah", "uh huh", "sure", "I agree". and it goes on and on… all while eve's brain is drifting off to a happy place

  12. @LMKnightArt says:

    i just realized how clark rhymes with park
    gosh im dumb

  13. Bteir says:

    The second to last panel looks like Eve's bullshit detector going off.

    • HateMachine says:

      More like the "listening with roughly .003% of one ear" glazed look. Because the fuck if Eve's going to let the conversation ruin the vista.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      I seriously can't tell if it's that or if she's struck dumb with infatuation.

  14. MerchManDan says:

    Is Eve….breaking that bottle's neck??

  15. Yyyeah not gonna lie I'd hang around for cuteness after realizing the article is pretty silly :)

  16. eSheep says:

    I'm loving this page. Panel 6(/7?) is genius.

  17. Laura says:

    I would totally switch teams for Jane.

  18. Commodore Biggles says:

    And once again, I find Eve's social life mirroring my own, despite never having lived anywhere near what you would call an Urban environment.

    We stay IN because there's no where around here to GO.

  19. pencilears says:

    wait a second, wait a second, this is a guy named Clark who works for a newspaper in New York. he's kinda hunky in a nerdy kind of way, with a forelock, good cheekbones, and glasses.

    he's at least a riff on Clark Kent.

    can't believe I didn't see that before.

  20. channamasala says:

    I love both the fact that "going in" is totally a thing, and ALSO that the Times writes totally fluff, based-on-zero-actual-scientific-evidence "trend" pieces that talk about stuff list like this. It's like brilliance on both sides. HEART.

    Also, Clark is also my type, but he wouldn't go for me. That basically describes my entire mid-twenties.