Walking away
Walking away

… Sometimes, it’s the smartest thing you can do.

There’s still some great discussions going on in the comments! Glad to hear you guys are so into this storyline – I’ve been dreading writing it for so long!

News: Posted March 13th, 2013 by Alina

^ 79 Comments to “Walking away”

  1. Jollyskull Says:

    Oh, wow this has been good I knew that this would more than likely happen but still it is heart breaking for me to see this. I hope they can work it out so Sarah is not torn asunder by Jess and her group.

    Man, I am enjoying this story line but sometimes it is just hard to watch.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:07 am
  2. Muahahaha Says:

    It was about time you got to this. I’ve LIVED through situations like this. Its better for both this way.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:16 am
  3. Hurbster Says:

    Well after he admitted lying to her, what else was going to happen ? Maybe if he had sat down and explained what he was doing it might have helpedm I don’t recall him ever doing that though.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:18 am
  4. Hurbster Says:

    Want to buy an edit button….

    Just thinking if he had met her on time in the first place – well priorities and all that.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:20 am
  5. Andy Says:

    Yeah he’s admitted to lying to her.. about playing games. Its the kind of thing you don’t WANT to happen, but at the same time its completely logical.

    Though the most logical thing to do would be to say “Honey, I’m playing games on Fridays. I hope you can stop laughing at me about my hobbies.” And if she doesn’t respond positively, then he’d have the right to say “screw this relationship.”

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:25 am
  6. Twilights_Bard Says:

    @hurbetter: if he had met her on time, then I think this confrontation might have been delayed. It would have happened in some way at some point. At this point they just feel too different.

    I can’t put the blame squarely on either one of them. This has been a two-way street with and it simply came to a head now, instead of later.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:02 am
  7. SurfPenguin Says:

    Hurbster: And therein lies the problem: Mark has TRIED to explain what’s going on in the past, and has not only been blown off by the woman he (supposedly) loves, he’s been insulted by said woman. After a while, he just stopped telling her. In all honesty I can say that I would do anything different if I was in the same situation.

    Is any one person at fault here? No. If Jess would get over her prom-queen mentality about what’s ‘cool’ and what’s not, this wouldn’t have happened. Likewise if Matt had his priorities in order, he would have been on time for his date and this whole mess wouldn’t have happened…

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:02 am
  8. jmucchiello Says:

    While he wasn’t “sneaking around with Sarah”, it doesn’t help that when he was “sneaking around”, Sarah was most likely there.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:06 am
  9. Oxymoron Says:

    Hm… my boyfriend doesn’t like gaming, but he knew at least enough about my character to not explode because she got love mails…

    But one thing is sure: Gamers and Non-Gamers will always have problems…

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:56 am
  10. Aita Says:

    When you’re a mocking bitch, no one owes you anything…

    You did a fantastic job on the characterization here… these are some pretty visceral emotions I’ve got here. Probably because it’s so true to life in many ways.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:56 am
  11. Zoabeast Says:

    This was bound to happen sooner or later. Im thinking its a good thing.

    My ex girlfriend used to mock the hell out of me for playing Warhammer 40K. Yes they’re little plastic soldiers. so what? modeling and painting them make me feel good. You may not like your partners hobbies, but thats not a license to ridicule them.

    Personally I really hope they don’t make up. I’m sure Jess is a nice girl in her own way, but he could do a lot better. I mean what did they really have in common?

    And please don’t dread writing anything. After all this is ‘your’ story. And nobody can tel you how to write ( and draw ) it. If people don’t like it well thats to bad for them. Me, I’m hooked. so keep up the awesome work :3

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 6:30 am
  12. Daryl Says:

    I’m surprised it took this long for this to happen. When one half of a relationship truly thinks that something is stupid and pointless and the other half thinks that it’s one of the most important things in their life, it’s going to end badly. In the long run, being alone will be better, but for the short run the fallout is going to be ugly. Especially for Sarah caught in the middle and probably blamed by Jess for everything.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 6:31 am
  13. Jamming Says:

    Just goes to show its important to maintain trust and communication in a relationship. Without either of those elements there is going to be a break up. LRE (Listen, Respect, Empathy) those are the things that make a relationship work.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:04 am
  14. briarroot Says:

    Those two were too different. Never would have worked in the long run. I’ve been rooting for Sarah to actually get her fangs into him from the beginning; now THERE seems a good match!

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:05 am
  15. Minion #2 Says:

    I really love how this has turned out. They’ve both made some big mistakes, and they both have good reasons to be pissed off. I noticed a lot of people here seem to be against Jess. Really, I can empathize with her, even though I’m a geeky person myself. It’s always difficult when you and a loved one are growing in different directions.

    What I’d really love to see would be a non-geeky audience being introduced to this plotline and seeing how they’d respond to it.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:29 am
  16. Regular passerby Says:

    I really hope they end up going separate ways. She isn’t his type at all, and I’ve never liked how their relationship dynamics were. He was being whipped at the beginning and now when he’s found new friends, good friends to boot, and a way to enjoy his life in his own time he has to go with sneaking and lies to cover it up, as she doesn’t respect his decisions.

    I really hope they end up going separate ways, it’d be better for both of them. Both could find someone better for themselves.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:49 am
  17. Lync Says:

    Awesome they finally broke up.
    They were terrible together.
    The only negative repercussion is that Jess might get mad at Sarah. And maybe Mark BUT COME ON THIS IS MARK.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:55 am
  18. Red Jack Says:

    Jess is a pretty good example of a non-supportive S.O., but it’s important to note that Mark’s far from blameless.

    He didn’t start out being completely honest with her about what he was doing, and he’s always been a bit evasive about it. I’d be willing to bet that if he’d had a chance to hide those emails, or show them off–even if gaming was not an issue–he would have.

    If there’s a relationship (or an aspect of one) you have with someone other than your S.O. that you feel a need to hide from them, you’re cheating. It might not be full on “pressing charges in Arkansas” cheating, but it’s still there.

    Of course, as others have mentioned, Jess has done plenty to make it harder to share with her, and if you’re going to be mocked every time you talk with someone, you develop little reason to talk with them. If you can’t extend trust, if you do everything to discourage being trustworthy, and you won’t acknowledge either of these, you’re destroying a relationship as surely as anything else the other person might do.

    I’m sticking with the author on this one: “Sometimes it’s the best thing you can do.”

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:58 am
  19. Gmac Says:

    I don’t believe that with-holding information is lying. He did not fabricate a story about what he did. He simply did not tell her because she belittled him about his hobbies. When she made a choice to go through his emails, she also made a choice. That, in my opinion, is by far more of a crime than not telling her about what his games involved.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:04 am
  20. mercutioh Says:

    I have to say I’ve been waiting dor this ever since it was brought up in the storyline that Mark and Sarah were emailing each other between games. This is one of the most heartbreaking situations a geek can be in. I love my wife and am not going anywhere but being mpcked for something that brings you joy just because ot osnt the norm really sucks. Mark will be better off finding someone who gets him.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:55 am
  21. Wm Says:

    That is one determined walk.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:57 am
  22. john Says:

    I like the silhoetts in the last scene. Their ending emotion is very prominent and sure. Jess knows she doesn’t want to be with mark, mark knows she is mostly in the wrong. He admitted it, that was good, she thought she is totally rightious after that. bad.
    are the hunters going to do the typical,” use protagonist’s ex against him,” trick?

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:06 am
  23. Sigurther Says:

    I would be very happy to see if this does not play out like a typical ABC after-school drama. My hopes are not high.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am
  24. john Says:

    ps. I always did hate how her skin was darker than her hair. it makes her look like she overused the tanning machine.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:08 am
  25. john Says:

    after school drama? what do you mean?

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:09 am
  26. Kazi Says:

    And i guess he cant trust her not to snoop through his emails!

    The fact is if you can’t be yourself around the person you love you are probably better off without them. No, this does not mean they have to like everything that you do, but they should at least give you the time and space to enjoy your hobbies (and vice versa)

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:18 am
  27. Paul M. Says:

    I’ve been hoping that their relationship would end for ages. I’m in a supportive geek/non-geek relationship, they can work just fine, but this so clearly wasn’t one of them.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:23 am
  28. DM Topher Says:

    ABC used to have “After School Specials” revolving around various subjects (drug use, abuse, homosexuality, peer pressure, etc.) and as I recall, more times than not, they always wrapped things up just a little bit too neatly and perfectly at the end.

    Except the one where Helen Hunt goes wacky on PCP and jumps out a window. Other than that, though…

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 9:46 am
  29. Sarah Dee Says:

    Finally! YES!
    I just honestly never understood their relationship. They shared nothing in common, Mark felt the need to lie to her about his friends and hobbies and conceal them from her, and Jess used him like a prop/accessory and belittled his hobbies and friends. They didn’t connect. I did not get it at all.
    I just hope Sarah doesn’t rush in now, that would not be ok. I find her fangirly crush on Mark a little … eh, not creepy per se but not entirely healthy either. Mark should just be on his own for a while.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:02 am
  30. Hinton Says:

    Great storyline and, frankly, inevitable.

    I can kind of relate to this: my last girlfriend broke up with me because we had nothing in common. She had no interest in gaming and other geek pursuits, while I had no interest in working on cars, football or NASCAR. We’re still friends, though, so it went better than this did for Mark.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:07 am
  31. Necrozuka Says:

    About frelling time… i was wondering when those two were going to split… kinda hope that Sarah takes this opportunity to tell her actual feelings to Mark, not just the roleplay feelings

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:22 am
  32. Xanditz Says:

    Well, what can we say here? I think lots of geeks has passed something like that. I always thought that would be better find a geek girl to have a good relationship, but I never manage to meet one to go on with… Now I’m married with a non-geek girl that, at least, respect my hobbies. Yep, it’s a strong story line because we can see ourselves in Mark’s skin.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:24 am
  33. Alouette Says:

    They’re both right, they’re both wrong. This is what happens when people change and grow, sometimes they out grow each other. It’s sad, but better to end it then hate each other. Sometimes you hate each other anyway.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:37 am
  34. Merion Says:

    Oh man! This sucks!

    As guy with a girlfriend like Jess I could need a few tipps on how to handle that situation. We make do, but it could be smoother.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:57 am
  35. Ashley B. Says:

    Saw this coming, and the mall strip just seemed to reinforce how little she respects him. But, I could see this taking an interesting route, if Alina didn’t already have this plotted out.

    Have we ever met Jess’s parents? Wouldn’t it be interesting as a closing strip, we see Jess return home in a huff and upset and a shadowed, male figure asks her what’s wrong. She explains whats happened, making herself out to be the complete victim, and it turns out her father is a Hunter (atleast, one of the older ones). This could take two routes: 1) As possibly one of the Hunters that believes Geeks can be rehabilitated, he encourages Jess to stay as friends and try to encourage his “Mundane” activites more, or tells her she needs to stay with him to help him become a better person, or 2) He recruits her as a Hunter, explaining what’s really out there, thus letting Jess continue in the strip as a character, but now, putting her at odds with the group, as she knows two of them.

    Just a thought.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:13 am
  36. Robert Says:

    Sure hope this doesn’t end up as Mark being the offended party here and having done no wrong. Even if it’s in the context of the game there is not a total divorce between character and what he should be actually feeling re: those emails. Hopefully Alina has enough storytelling skill to let this thing be as messy and not one-sided as it should be.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am
  37. Andy Says:

    Ooosh. Serious punch moment there. Definitely inevitable, I agree.

    I’m a bit afraid of a rebound plotline here; to be honest, I never really liked the idea of Mark/Sarah developing, I’m not quite sure how to articulate why. I’d prefer something a lot more textured.

    Heck, it would be -really- interesting to see Jess come around and accept Mark’s geek culture–that would be a subversionary take on the plotline.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:23 am
  38. Last One Out Says:

    Incredible work! I knew this was going to happen as soon as the emails started, but I honestly was expecting a breakup far less mature than this. Well done, Alina!

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:26 am
  39. Kalirren Says:

    Ooh. I like how the silent panel in the middle implies Mark’s stumbling for comeback because he in fact -was- with Sarah. Or rather, Sarah was -there-, while he was playing Pokémon Yahtzee with a bunch of other people that don’t matter to Jess AT ALL. (Arguably that’s even worse. I get the feeling it’s even harder to imagine your SO being with people you don’t value at all than cheating with a friend you actually know.)

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:52 am
  40. Hornet Says:

    These boots were make for walkin, good take’m and go walk all over someone else. :P

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 12:15 pm
  41. Marsh Says:

    I’m a bit glad to see her go to be honest. Completely blowing up at a thing like an ambiguous email tells a whole story about what she already thinks of Mark. If it didn’t happen like this, it likely would have happened another way.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
  42. Andy4Hire Says:

    To tell you the truth, Alina, I’m quite pleased that you *didn’t* write this storyline sooner (and I’d also have been perfectly OK if you hadn’t written it at all, but in any case I’m happy you didn’t write it sooner). Early in the strip’s run, it looked very much like you were setting Jess up as little more than a standard soon-to-be-ex. She was so far removed from Mark’s geeky interests–there was a particularly egregious reference to her making doilies with a church group at one point–that I was convinced you were going to split them up in pretty short order, and probably pair Mark up with Sarah not long thereafter. That would have been the obvious thing to do–and that’s precisely why I’m happy you didn’t do it. The next most obvious thing to do would have been to keep Jess and Mark together and have him win her over to the geeky side. But you didn’t do either of the obvious things. Instead, you kept Jess and Mark together for years (in real-world time, if not in-universe time) but never converted her to geek-dom, and thus you gave Jess’s and Mark’s relationship quite a bit more depth than I was expecting. For that, Alina, I thank you, and I say to you, “Well done.”

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
  43. Zephi Says:

    “When you’re a mocking bitch, no one owes you anything…”
    Very true, glad to see her walking off. Never really liked her. Too shallow and sure her way was always right, knew too many people like her.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 1:07 pm
  44. OldGeekGal Says:

    As a geek happily married to another geek (though we don’t share all geek interests – and that’s OK, we both encourage each other) I hurt for them both, but am relieved for Mark’s sake. Jess actually showed a glimmer of compatability when they went to the movies and she expressed a love of horror films (actually something very geeky) and “got into” the mystery the gaming group was doing. Mark actually made fun of her then for liking horror films. I actually wanted to bang my head against the table when I saw that – “DUDE NO! HUGE GEEK CROSSOVER POTENTIAL HERE!” And he’s played horror-based RPGs and LARPs. So really? Though Jess made fun of everything Mark did, Mark missed his own chance to be supportive AND give Jess an opportunity to understand “his world” a little better. After that, the breakup was inevitable. And Sarah is going to get “mean girl’ed” by Jess and her friends. That is inevitable.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
  45. Morgan Walter Champion Says:

    At last! While that Mark isn’t blameless for the end of the relationship, Jess was extremely shallow.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
  46. FSilvermane Says:

    I went back a year and the only instance I can see of Jess really ridiculing his games [or Mark for gaming] is at the Mall when she was doing nothing but gossiping with her GF and making Mark carry everything,..all in all making him miserable,… they goto the Goth Shop and the girls ridicule the clothes while Mark gets a coat for his character which Jess makes fun of a little,…they run into Abby and Sara and Mark asks to goto the Arcade with them,..Jess teases him a little but says something about Dinner later then kisses him and basically says “have fun”. From what I can tell she seems be self centered about their “together time” and belittles his gaming then has moments of clarity where she realizes he is who he is and she loves him,…… so to me it seems she is just on her High Horse for a bit and will eventually realize that she is being overly critical of him and his gaming. Hopefully she will realize how critical she is being and how self centered she is this time,…..

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 3:15 pm
  47. Quin Says:

    Anyone remember the TV drama bit comic about relationships? Well what has been for told has now come to past. The moment has happened and now we shall wait to see which path it shall take. A. back together and no mocking. B. drama and breakup. C goes for Sara and of course the all mighty D. something else happens.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:14 pm
  48. WillyDJ Says:

    Well, that was dumb of them. Then again, they’re both not thinking clearly. Hopefully, calmer, wiser minds, ie Darren will slap Mark upside the head. Bah, kids, get off my damn lawn…
    This is an excellent comic, I am truly interested to see what happens to the characters and their development.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:20 pm
  49. randomdude Says:

    I love people’s reactions to this storyline. I’ve had relationships like this that I should’ve just walked away from too. Anyways, props to Alina for one of the most believable relationship endings I’ve ever seen in a webcomic.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:21 pm
  50. Mortium Says:

    #TeamSarah nuff said

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:41 pm
  51. BaronVonBorg Says:

    I am so glad that my partners are both huge geeks. 8)

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 4:58 pm
  52. The thought occurs that if Mark was really in love with Jess he wouldn’t have been late in the first place. He’s clearly putting more effort into his LARP relationship with Sarah’s character than he is into his real-life relationship with Jess.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  53. D&DPreacher Says:

    Well,Well this looks like the relationship I had just after High school. So the “big blow up” has occurred can’t wait to see what’s next.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:02 pm
  54. Wollvenrause Says:

    Wow finally i have been wondering for a while when this would happen. I have been through something like this and its not healthy for either of them. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:08 pm
  55. Chris Says:

    It is hard to say if this is an over reaction or not. Less than six months (four vampire games) have passed since the beginning of the comic. If they had been dating for years maybe they could re balance things and work it out. If they had not been dating long then Jess has been feeling neglected for a big portion of their relationship.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:37 pm
  56. Luke Says:

    It’s about bloody time. I knew this would happen and it’s been killing me seeing them dance around it. Good job

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 5:57 pm
  57. KenderBryant Says:

    The big question is, is it permanent? Right now, Jess is hurting and angry. Mark is also angry and defensive. It’s possible they can work it out, but if Jess can’t just accept that Mark’s a geek, then it’s best they just end things, for everyone involved. I think Mark should stay away from the gang for a while. If Sarah were to get involved so soon, it could get uglier. Frankly, Jess better hope that Katie doesn’t find out. Katie might go all Red Sonja on her.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  58. Skipster Says:

    We all know it had to happen some time. Really Jess was so shallow she reflected herself. She deserved it for snooping around. Mark isn’t innocent either, but I give him credit for trying to protect himself the moment Jess wasn’t supportive. Although I would have had Mark say you would know whether or not I was with Sarah if you had come to a couple of games… which would have been a little more honest, given Jess pause, and us all a little bit of a breather before the emotional climax.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 6:20 pm
  59. Drraagh Says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority, I don’t know based on the comments here, but I see in-character and real life stuff as two different things. By that I mean, an actor plays a role, and does things in the role which they may not agree with in real life, but it is part of their job. With roleplaying, you could make a racist, sexist, genocidal maniac, but be the most accepting person in real life. So, I don’t see the things Mark has done any worse than a writer writing a story about the same situation.

    Now, trying to explain that to Jess isn’t going to work, until she begins to come to terms with his hobbies. But I don’t think that would go well if she’s still going to ridicule him and so forth for playing games.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 6:21 pm
  60. Shadowcat888 Says:

    He should have kicked her to the curb when he found out she had read his e-mail.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:18 pm
  61. Wynni Says:

    It’s hard for many of us to sympathize with Jess, because most of us have had one too many runins with a Judgemental Jess in our lives. I am also going to go out on a limb here, and say that Jess made most of her own grief. Here’s why:
    1. Hard to want to be around someone always putting you and your hobbies down, makes it sooo much easier to justify “just one more thing’ about something that makes you feel good. If anything can be laid at his door, that’s all.
    2. Hard to explain to someone what you’re doing and where you’re going if you know it’s only going to get ridiculed. She not only closed the doors of communication, she slammed and bolted it so no sympathies from me on that score.
    So, there’s my two biggest reasons for saying “So long, and don’t let the door hit’cha where the good lord split’cha.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 7:19 pm
  62. Emmers Says:

    Don’t lie to your partners (not even by omission like this), don’t date people that mock your hobbies, don’t snoop in someone else’s email, and always password-protect your computer, even if you live alone. That about cover it? :-D

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm
  63. Shadow Fox Kitfox Says:

    In a way though. He couldn’t trust her – to not make fun of him.
    I was expecting this for a very long time and it is just as emotional as I was thinking – if I weren’t in a public location I would have cried a little during the last couple pages.
    The shame of it is, Jess was invited to at least one geeky hang-out session. However, I don’t think she could wrap her head around anything less mainstream than Monopoly or Jenga… The saddest part is that I have known way too many people like that in real life.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:45 pm
  64. Yikes! Yeah I have been wondering when this was going to happen. I can kinda relate to it in a way but yeah – I can see where this was tough to write.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 8:46 pm
  65. WillyDJ Says:

    A potential comic situation would be Jess cooling down and trying to find out about ‘Vampire LARPS’ on her own to see if Mark was telling the truth. Going to the wrong site or even the right one’s could easily give her the wrong idea. Even more amusing would be her joining the LARP with the express goal of getting Mark back.

    Hell hath no fury and all that…

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:08 pm
  66. Mike Says:

    That was inevitable, to be honest – it’s hard for a geek to mingle well with someone who isn’t a geek, on a relationship level. I just hope that Mark won’t suddenly decide to start dating Sarah. That would be extremely contrived.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 10:26 pm
  67. Mischa Says:

    @Kalirren – Re “I like how the silent panel in the middle implies Mark’s stumbling for comeback…” I didn’t get that at all. Mark just spent the first two panels detailing how she belittles him. I imagine him getting more angry as he goes on. By the middle panel, he isn’t willing to compromise any more. He isn’t willing to offer her a reason she should trust him. But I don’t think the question about being with Sarah was specifically about being with her tonight, I think it was about being in a cheating relationship in general.

    Posted March 13th, 2013 at 11:44 pm
  68. Halzar Says:

    please no sarah and mark hook up!

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 1:46 am
  69. James Says:

    Thank goodness the irritating bitch is gone and we can get on with interesting/likeable characters and plots. :D

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 1:56 am
  70. Bender_Sastre Says:

    I’m not certain which crap I’d prefer feeling like: the crap of being broken up with or the crap of breaking up with someone. I’ve felt both. I’ve also done two-way explosive argument, like what just happened between Mark and Jess. I think that’s actually preferable; you both leave angry, but at least with your dignity intact. Despite all that, probably best to have a reasoned discussion about how it’s not working and part as friends.

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 2:03 am
  71. Satyrwyld Says:

    I am not sure if this has been brought up already, but the VERY FIRST THING we see Jess say in her first appearance is “Don’t you love me any more? Are you cheating on me? Who is she?” Like she’s been waiting for this to happen even before Mark’s geekness came out.

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 2:08 am
  72. Satyrwyld Says:

    Another thought that came just after I hit enter… would people be as upset with Mark if the romantic roleplay were happening with Abbie’s character (since Abbie has no secret romantic interest in Mark)? What if it were Dustin’s PC? (Assuming neither Dustin nor Mark possesses an as-yet irrelevant bisexual nature, there wouldn’t be the possibility of RL romance issues)

    If Mark should have told Jess about Sarah’s PC, what about those situations? Why or why not?

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 2:13 am
  73. cyber dragon Says:

    about time he told her off Jess is the most a-hole characters ever i hate how she acts round mark and his friends i just wish Sarah had been there to remind her how she act like she’s still in high school just please tell me she’s not going to try and be a hunter to get mark back

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 2:22 am
  74. Yeah, about that.... Says:

    @satyrwyld: For me, once Mark decided to take the romantic roleplay out-of-session I feel like he had a responsibility to tell his significant other. Thus, I still feel like he would be in the wrong.

    That said, IMO, where no actual, or potential, romantic undertone to the RPing exists, the seriousness of an offense diminishes, although it doesn’t fully go away because thoughts lead to actions, and in-game actions can have real world repercussions. (Ex. the feelings generated when another player kills your PC “just for fun.”)

    So, Mark RPing a romance with Abbie, or Dustin doesn’t carry the same kind of weight that it does with Sarah. Neither of them have expressed actual romantic interest in Mark. Nor has Mark expressed any interest in return. So, in those cases, as long as it was kept in-session, it would actually be just part of the game. (Although, depending on how those progressed, he might still, at some point, end up with a responsibility to tell his significant other.)

    I don’t think that most in-session romance is wrong, but I do think because of all the external factors involved with Sarah and Jess that Mark crossed a line he shouldn’t have, especially once he took it out-of-session. And, while he’s a little slow on the uptake sometimes, he’s smart enough to know that he shouldn’t have crossed that line.

    All that said, I’ve anticipated this fight for a long time, and Alina really delivered. Now I’m hoping that we’ll eventually see: Jess the Weregeek Hunter. That would be awesome.

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 3:08 am
  75. Maryxus Says:

    Yeah, I kind of don’t agree with Jess. Mark really ought to have talked to her in depth about his problem with her mocking his hobbies earlier, and dumped her ass for that if she couldn’t or wouldn’t deal, but it’s true that he has tried in the past to no avail.

    I’d also argue that from Jess’ perspective, Sarah really shouldn’t be more of an issue than any other character, because Sarah has never mentioned her romantic feelings for Mark to Mark or to Jess. We know about them as the reader, but Mark is blissfully unaware, elsewise I think he never would’ve continued with the RP situation with Sarah.

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 3:14 am
  76. GBlackthorne Says:

    I saw this coming for a while, lack of mutual interests. And both are at fault. Yes Jess could have been more understanding, but Mark could have tried harder to blend their interests. Why couldn’t he have painted his warhammer figures while she did her crafts and they watched tv together. Its that together but seperate component that I have found with my friends but still seek romantically.

    I worry about Sarah because I think she’ll feel guilty. She knows that her feelings for Mark, but Mark doesn’t. So there is a lot of possibility for misunderstandings and broken hearts.

    Love the comic by the way. Brought up a lot of emotions, I’ve had a version of this fight. Never fun.

    Posted March 14th, 2013 at 9:54 am
  77. Alondro Says:

    *the shadow Charline de Lyon grins evily from.. uhm.. the shadows* Excellent! He is ready to join my army of angsty, RAEG-filled geeks! Soon we shall emerge and conquere the feeble mundanes! *A sinister plot with malevolent intentions!*

    Posted March 18th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
  78. alex Says:

    this makes me sad! i’ve been in/seen geek/non-geek relationships, and i know they can work, but i’ve never seen it, i always liked that there was a long term relationship like that in this series, even if you’ve foreshadowed this happening for years, i’ve dreaded it. it was just nice seeing a geek/non-geek relationship working.

    Posted March 19th, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  79. Dave C Says:

    I’m cathcing up after the birth of my son and found this excellent strip. Great job, Alina!

    So I am going to go out on a limb and say that Mark probably has more responsibility than Jess in the breakup. It has nothing to do with being late (Marc is who he is, being late is not a statement about how much he loves or doesn’t love Jess), or with the e-mails between him and Sarah. The problem is that Mark has not had enough confidence in himself or in the strength of their relationship to really explain his enjoyment of his hobby, and explain how Jess’ attitude makes him feel.

    If the person you love is hurting you, even inadvertently, you have to make them understand what they are doing. If they cannot or will not learn and stop hurting you, then the relationship will become a poisonous situation with you suffering until you cannot take it anymore. At that point, hopefully it ends only with a breakup and hurt feelings.

    Posted March 26th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

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