I was dragged screaming and kicking into reading PvP. Then again, I was dragged screaming and kicking into reading Sluggy Freelance (which I no longer read, due to an inane storyline followed by a complete change of venue that has lasted for months now). Basically, my roommate and I came to an agreement. He’d read several webcomics that I enjoy (such as College Roomies from Hell and occasionally Clan of the Cats) and I’d read PvP. Mostly, it was due to the fact he’d read the updates on my computer so PvP was there… and he’d find it funny and try to get me to read it.
Eventually it worked. And while I might disagree with Scott Kurtz’s opinions on Keenspot and certain other things… well, the man knows how to draw an amusing and interesting comic strip. Which brings you to Thursday’s PvP. The Miranda plot had seemingly been shelved for a while. Miranda was working in Max’s shop (sort of the evil opposite to Jade, her sister) and had little opportunity to stress out Brent with her evil plan to seduce him away from Jade. So her appearance out of the blue was a bit of a surprise yesterday, as was today’s update as well.
We catch Brent and Jade on the tale-end of an argument about Brent “cupping Miranda’s breast” and with no real knowledge of what Jade had accused him of. It’s easy enough to understand, though, even without hearing each word of the argument. The masterstroke, of course, is the final panel. Just about any guy out there knows what it’s like to accidentally catch a feel of a girl’s breast, whether it’s from catching the girl when she trips or tickling her ribs or even just rough-housing around. And despite Brent’s devotion to Jade and knowledge of Miranda’s motives… he can’t help but remember what it felt like to be holding Miranda, and feeling that breast in his hand. Most funny. And most real. Congratulations, Scott, you continue to excel.
Today’s CRfH is a nice role reversal for Dave and Margaret. On two different occasions fans have seen Margaret watching over Dave in a hospital bed. Now it was Dave’s turn… and it was most touching, whether you consider Dave and Margaret to be friends… or are among a vocal group of fans who insist that Dave and Margaret are meant for each other (romantically).
I must admit to feeling slightly let down, despite how touching the update was. I wanted to see more between Diana and Roger… and more with Dave and Roger. Instead nothing is resolved. I suppose Dave would rather spend time with Margaret, to make sure she pulled through, rather than a roommate he doesn’t trust and another who he tends to dislike.
No doubt we’ll be getting back to Roger and Diana soon. In fact, if Maritza is her usual twisty self, we’ll probably switch to Roger or Mike for a day or two and then go back to Dave and Margaret… and his probable revelation about divine drycleaning. Still, this is also tradition for Maritza. We didn’t focus on the journey home near the end of The Adversary storyline… so it makes sense for Maritza to rush things for Dave and crew this time as well. Meanwhile… it’s a beautiful update, Maritza. Artistically… and as a storyteller.
Cheshire Grin is an interesting comic, a combination of fantasy and reality merged together seamlessly. On the one hand we have the main characters, an eclectic collection of gaming geeks (and one babe!) (hey, I’m a gaming geek, I think I have every right to refer to us as gaming geeks.) who use the game as a reason to gather together. Really, when you get down to it, isn’t that what gaming is about? You get together with your friends and have fun.
It doesn’t matter if it’s D&D or watching videos or a poker game… we are friends because of our connection through the game. (And let’s be honest… gamers are more imaginative (on average) than most poker players or those letting their brains rot while watching the latest movies from Hollywood.) On the other hand, we have descents into different fantasy worlds, depending on what is going on. We’ve had fantasy roleplaying, LARPing, and now this latest mixture of Lovecraft, Discworld, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I think). Tonight’s comic is especially twisty, with a superb-looking Death appearing on-scene… and being sidetracked from collecting the ape to going after the bad guys instead.
(Reminds me of the time when in the game I convinced an Ettin that evil people were more nutritious than good people… I was 12 at the time and new to the game. Hey, it worked! *grin*) And of course you have to wonder just who is playing the monkey. I mean… I was thinking he was an NPC up to this point, but that little twist was just so delightfully evil that it has to be something a player came up with. And when we’re not in the game, we’ve people looking for jobs, dating troubles, and even one of the gamers having problems with an abusive father… and how his older friends try to deal with the situation. These subplots can be even more interesting than the fantasy roleplaying we see through the eyes of imagination. Any roleplayer will enjoy Cheshire Grin, and I certainly recommend it.