Time to get cleaning!

News: Posted August 29th, 2019 by Alina

^ 15 Comments to “Scrub-a-dub”

  1. Weatherheight Says:

    Joel is what I like to call a “practical headologist” (thank you Terry Pratchett).

    When they’re feeling sorry for themselves, make ’em work until they drop. Wax on, wax off. They can’t moan when they’re too tired to think.

    Posted August 30th, 2019 at 3:39 pm
  2. Gene Wirchenko Says:

    Work like that can help get one out of one’s worries.

    Get cleaning, Mark! And put your R into it.

    Posted August 30th, 2019 at 3:41 pm
  3. Hfar Says:

    It’s interesting. By doing this Joel is getting Mark to feel emotions other than self loathing, if anything by getting Mark irritated at him. It’s a bit brute force, but it is a method.

    Posted August 30th, 2019 at 4:40 pm
  4. Eli Says:

    At least when his feelings do come crashing through, he will have a clean nice place to stay. It’s really easy to let your less than stellar surroundings affect you and your self worth when you’re emotionally vulnerable.

    Posted August 30th, 2019 at 11:14 pm
  5. Xadah Says:

    I am wondering this since the story took this route.

    I mean Mark had some feelings stuck in him because he was unhappy with the whole situation and, in anger, hurt himself.

    How hasnt kicked or thrown something in anger, and accidently hurt himself in the process, and noone goes like: Oh you might be suicidal or need constant watching?

    I really dont understand why this is all neccessary.

    I get that his friends want to be there for him, but its not like that he is going to jump from the next building, the moment they leave.

    Posted August 31st, 2019 at 5:52 am
  6. Netty Says:

    @Xadah Maybe, maybe not. Joel asked him if he was feeling suicidal and he gave the answer of ‘not right now’ as in, he was likely feeling it before. He just had a major mental breakdown and the last thing he needs is to be left alone with his feelings to stew on them in solitude. He literally broke his hand in several places and didn’t really notice until he got home. That’s a bit deal. Internalizing and agonizing out his feeling in silence is what got him in the situation in the first place, so until he’s in a better state mentally to deal with those emotions on his own, he shouldn’t be left alone. For his own safety.

    Posted August 31st, 2019 at 11:43 pm
  7. Cyrus Says:

    Mark, buddy, this may suck right now, but as a sufferer of depression myself, I promise you, a clean environment will do wonders for your mental health.

    Posted September 1st, 2019 at 11:18 pm
  8. HousePet Says:

    Not sure if symbolism, or just highly entertaining…

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 12:42 am
  9. Alastor Says:

    Has Joel been trained in the military ?
    Next up, we’ll see Mark running with a backpack full of stones and Joel screaming at him that he’s slower than his grandmother 😀 !

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 4:33 am
  10. Valtharr Says:

    @Xadah @Netty Lest we forget, not only did he have a mental breakdown and hurt himself, he had a *public* breakdown, and hurt *other people* as well. He snapped at his girlfriend and more or less a complete stranger for, let’s be honest, no apparent reason, and even got physical, grabbing and shoving them. All of that was very out of character for him, and his friends picked up on all that, so Joel just straight up asked if he’s feeling suicidal, and Mark gave an uncertain answer, so it’s better to keep him company, at least for now. And not just because that means there’s someone keeping him from jumping in front of the next best train, but also because depression and other illnesses like it only get worse when you isolate yourself, while simultaneously doing their best to prevent you from socializing. So even ignoring the potential risk for suicide, having people around him instead of being all by himself is still the best option for him.

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 8:11 am
  11. HeavyP Says:

    Oh man, the colored version sells it for me, Mark is one of *those* dudes. You can dust or vacuum or tidy all you want, if your bathroom is that grody I’m going to judge the hell out of you. *shudder*

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 11:30 am
  12. Astorius Says:

    Okay so, can everyone stop sugarcoating Joel right now. I Don’t feel like this is helpful in anyway, as it feels like he’s just being needlessly rude and, well, almost abusive. This isn’t “helping a friend by being rough”, this is “guilt-bullying a mentally broken friend into doing chores while wounded”. And i Don’t even know why he’s doing it, instead of just letting him, i Don’t know, sit down and rest his bloody broken hand with broaches Inside it. I have not liked Joel for quite some time now, as i perceive him as an unapologetic cornhole, but this is a new low, even for him.

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 4:58 pm
  13. dakkagor Says:

    @Astorius the only thing Mark would be doing while cleaning is sitting and stewing in his own juices, going over the last nights events in his head over and over again.

    And doing chores can be therapeutic. Once they are done you get a small hit of accomplishment and a tidier, cleaner environment is better for your mental health, especially if later he needs time to decompress and can’t manage the energy to clean. Best to do it now, while he mentally can, and give him a small victory to start Mark on the long road to rebuilding his confidence and self-esteem, both of which are almost certainly in the crapper right now.

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 6:50 pm
  14. Darla Donna Says:

    Is it just me, or are the backgrounds in this last page really complex? Hundreds of tiny patterned bathroom tiles, parallel slat closet doors? It’s really well done and artistically beautiful, but I’m surprised it’s Alina who isn’t on the edge of sanity.

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 7:25 pm
  15. TheAuldGrump Says:

    And the part of Joel is now being played by R. Lee Ermey.

    Posted September 2nd, 2019 at 10:26 pm