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  1. Story Monday May 28, 2018

    It also didn't help that Hitler started micro-managing his generals as the war went on, and he wasn't as good at it as they were: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GK419Nlp8eU
  2. Story Monday May 28, 2018

    ...and I'm going to assume it's a sucker bet that any spells Ashley gets will be transformation-related.
  3. Story, Wednesday May 2, 2018

    Hmm. Light green's never really been a favourite anime hair colour of mine and I don't envision it really suiting Ellen, so I hope it looks better in Dan's mind's eye than mine. That said, I'm not sure what it is (how they use their facial expressions?) but I get a vague but accurate sense of "that looks like Elliot/Ellen not Ellen/Elliot" when looking at the various panels, even before the difference in hair shades was brought to my attention... and that says many good things about how Dan's skill developed.
  4. Story Monday April 16, 2018

    I wasn't able to find a link, but you reminded me of one of the cartoons in my The Far Side Gallery collections with the caption "Zoombies: The Driving Dead".
  5. Story Monday April 2 2018

    I meant drive it home to the readers. (ie. Remove any doubt in their minds that Ellen is happy as-is.)
  6. Story Monday April 2 2018

    To be honest, I'd forgotten about that wand altogether. (My fault. Mucked up my sleep cycle and trashed my memory retention for the period it was covered in-comic.) The wand would be even better, narratively, since: It ties in with the whole "magic will become more commonly known" thing that was just decided. It would foreshadow that, given time, the decision by magic to not change may result in availability of gender spells comparable to in Magus's world. It would drive home that Magus and Ellen are different people with different lives, cultures, and desires.
  7. Story Monday April 2 2018

    Not necessarily. My memory of the details is hazy, but there might be another option that'd be better for narrative purposes. Did Tedd have to use it on himself for the spell's outcome to be controlled by the target's desire? If not, then it'd be a great way to "prove to the readers" that Ellen is happy the way she is.
  8. Story Monday April 2 2018

    Why do I get the feeling that Tedd's spell's ability to reset default forms was intended as foreshadowing relevant to this?
  9. Story Friday 9, March 2018

    In hindsight, probably. I was just saying that, back when I first read it, I didn't see the featurelessness of the boxes as a flaw because warehouses full of cardboard boxes are also a thing.
  10. Story Friday 9, March 2018

    I always assumed they were cardboard. (You'd be surprised at some of the tricks available manufacturing corrugated cardboard boxes for heavier-duty applications.)
  11. Story, Monday February 12, 2018

    Something about this page manages to evoke an emotional sense of "the narrative rises up in preparation for the crescendo" in me. I like it.
  12. Story, Monday July 17, 2017

    Likewise, partly because being able to anticipate that sort of thing and be proven correct makes a story more boring.
  13. Story Friday May 12, 2017

    The grandmother smoking while pregnant with the parent whose child would eventually be diagnosed with autism. Here. I quickly googled up one of the sites that reported on it.
  14. Story Friday May 12, 2017

    It's a phenomenon in the brain. That kind of specificity of understanding is still in the minority in neurobiology... especially with things which are rooted in prenatal and neonatal gene expression, rather than genetics. (ie. which genes are activated at which stages of development, rather than which genes are present) I don't have citations, but the way it was explained to me is that just as with the instincts like hunger and sexual attraction, we also have a deep-seated instinct which tells us what gender we are. It's already a well-known fact that glitches during prenatal cell division can send different regions of the body off on divergent plans, so it makes perfect sense to me to think of being transgendered as just a neurological counterpart to the myriad of intersex conditions the body can express, similar to things like having one ovary and one testicle, being physically female but with testes in place of ovaries, etc. (In this case, it would be a glitch that triggers the development of the "wrong" identity instinct compared to the path the rest of the body is on.) ...and, given that being gay isn't a choice and identical twins can have different sexual orientations, it'd make sense that a similar mechanism would be involved in sexual orientation. Autism Spectrum Disorders are another example of something we're still working to pin down, which have a developmental component, and I recently saw an article about how there's a correlation between autism and the child's grandmother smoking during pregnancy, which should give you an idea of how complicated this whole gene expression mess is.
  15. NP Monday, April 3, 2017

    The commentary reminds me of how one of the four DVD-extra episodes for Steel Angel Kurumi has Kurumi and Nakahito in disguise to follow Karinka on a mystery date... For the second time in the series, Kurumi chose to a suit, bower hat, and fake moustache for her disguise (she has long pink hair) and put Nakahito in a blue dress and yellow hairbow, resulting in this exchange (paraphrased). Nakahito: Kurumi, why do I always have to wear the dress? Kurumi: But you look so cute like that, master! I can't remember which time this was, but here's a screencap showing their outfits. ...come to think of it, that wasn't the only way Steel Angel Kurumi was had unusually human female characters for its genre. (Ironic given that they're gynoids.) Karinka is one of only female characters I can remember who ever used profanity in an English dub and also one of the few female characters I can think of in any shōnen anime/manga who started out as "conspiciously and unattractively crude/tomboyish" yet wound up "cute", not by betraying who she once was to appeal to boys, but because she no longer felt the need to rebel while, at the same time, was realizing that politeness was a more efficient way to achieve her goals.