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Reply Oly-RRR, July 24th, 2014, 12:24 am

I grinned when Eddie said "Mick" - it's the only way Nutter refers to the Irish unless he's going for strong profanities...

Reply mitchellbravo, July 24th, 2014, 9:41 am

@Oly-RRR: Another tie between us! :P Eddie's not "full Irish" the way that, for example, Aggie is, but I think he identifies strongly with it anyway.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 24th, 2014, 12:45 pm

@mitchellbravo: Awww! Cultural identity is a funny thing... Like Gavin is half-Scottish except his father died early and he never got in touch with other relatives on that side of family tree but every time he gets drunk he goes on about his "Scottish heritage". :D

Reply mitchellbravo, July 24th, 2014, 1:28 pm

@Oly-RRR: Lol!! With regards to drinking, you'll want to keep an eye on Eddie in one of these later chapters XD

I really think that cultural identity is interesting and I wish I could deal with it a bit more in the main comic. I ought to start doing some side work like you do, maybe it'd inspire me more to get stuff done and I could explore the characters a little more beyond their time in this particular spotlight.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 24th, 2014, 2:58 pm

@mitchellbravo: I just got to the pages with Eddie's mother - with a mother like that I wonder how he stayed sober all these chapters already!

And I'd love to see that! :D Short side work can be fun because even when you really love your project moving one page at a time across a complicated story can get frustrating.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 24th, 2014, 4:20 pm

@Oly-RRR: That's a good point. I never thought about it that way because it seemed like it'd just be more work to do that I would put off, but maybe if I do work that's fun instead of just work for "work's sake" it would get me off my proverbial tuchus.

Oh god, yeah, she's a real piece of work, for sure. That family in particular has some interesting back story that I'm not sure when it'll ever come up in story-proper.

Reply Oly-RRR, July 24th, 2014, 10:36 pm

@mitchellbravo: Awww, I'll look forward to it! :D You know, when I was around 12 I used to get really upset that my family wasn't like families you see in Disney movies, everyone hugging and kissing and talking about how much they value each other. And as I got older I looked at other families and at some point I realised that even really happy families are not often like that and that there are multiple ways of how families can be. Since then I really appreciate stories showing all kinds of families even if they are imperfect - if I had more stories like that in my childhood I would worry less about something being "wrong" with my family. I mean... they sort of builds up unreasonable expectations, those family movies.

Reply mitchellbravo, July 25th, 2014, 8:28 am

@Oly-RRR: Not to mention even in those Disney movies there's usually a dead parent o_o You're right, there's many different types of families and there's no one right way to be a happy or "good" family. My family is as mushy as anything, but there's a lot of issues lurking beneath it- not like we're about to fall apart at the seams or anything like that, just that the affection we show for one another doesn't erase the actual problems we might have!! Lol, Eddie's family in particular is a little further over on the "destructively screwed up" scale, but nuances and family dynamics are fun to write about.


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