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  1. about 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    Overall, the strip is fine. But Steen occasionally has a payoff that lands with a real thud for me.

    Still, better than most.

  2. about 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    This is actually an older arc plucked from past continuity (2020), while the creator takes a break.

    Presumably, the strip will pick back up with the school dance arc soon(ish?).

  3. about 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    Exactly. But they’re still really young, and that’s one of the harder lessons for a lot of people to learn, if they ever do.

    Having a depth of knowledge doesn’t have to be a cudgel whipped out at every opportunity. It can be a ‘sociable syrup’, used to draw others into a conversation, excite them, entertain and lead them to new discoveries that will make them feel smarter.

    If you’re only using it as a big, red conversational correction pencil to gatekeep and ‘grade’ them, you’re doing it wrong.

    But that lesson is far down the road for these two. Lots of growing and building of their own confidence and self esteem to be done yet.

  4. about 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    Just standard ‘guy nerves’.

    Went straight from, “Welcome to McDonald’s” to “Is that for here or to go?” and totally forgot the “What can I get you?” and “Would you like fries with that?”.

    He’ll get to Carnegie Hall someday. ;-)

  5. 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    Hmmm. I wonder if we’ll see a call back to the recent Kat/Jacob arc?

    But with a twist? Some random tries to give the pair grief and Jacob unexpectedly steps up to call them out for it.

    The bully goes from zero to hero, because ‘pigtail pulling’ is one thing, but actually being hateful doesn’t fly, even with him?

  6. 2 months ago on Heart of the City

    Will the two of them going to the dance together qualify as them coming out in the Heart universe?

  7. 3 months ago on Heart of the City

    Excellent question.

    The “pencils” are actually decorative nose hair and part of my species’ elaborate mating dance.

    Beyond that, they are strictly ornamental.

  8. 3 months ago on Heart of the City

    And with a single line, all my kvetching about the Charlotte skipping arc disappears in a geyser of soda shooting out of my nose. lol

  9. 3 months ago on Heart of the City

    I am officially sad.

    Kids being reluctant about school is a beaten to death trope.

    Why, oh why couldn’t Charlotte be a different, dare I say it, original character and be a kid who has fun being smart, hasn’t met a challenge she doesn’t like yet, and her dirty little secret is that the start of school is just a half step behind the start of summer vacation as her favorite day of the year?

  10. 3 months ago on Heart of the City

    Perhaps, but it would be up to the parents to add a little “sociable syrup” to the mix of keep contacts going; group outings, movies together, sleepovers, etc.

    As for her new school cohort, it would have only been one grade, correct? So only a year older? Granted that’s ‘a WHOLE YEAR older’, lol, from a kids’ perspective, but I’d think manageable with a little guidance.