Friday, April 09, 2010

Questionable Content has been unquestionably good lately

Jeph Jaques has introduced some new characters to the ongoing coffee opera that is the webcomic Questionable Content lately. I like what I'm seeing there. The longtime character of Hannelore, who is desperately OCD and whose dad is a mad scientist, has been developing some delightful spunk. Jaques has built up her inhibitions nicely, and now he can play against them, as when she resists her fear of dirt long enough to stick around and help a friend.

Ever since Adam Cadre introduced the concept of aspirational liking of a comic into my life, I've worried that I like Questionable Content because I aspire to be a laid-back college kid who hangs out in a coffee shop all day. Possibly because that is so different from my actual life. I hang out in an office all day. Lots of coffee is involved either way.

It's probably not worth worrying about. But thinking that way makes me realize that the characters in QC don't actually ever do much. It's not like I'd actually want to be a fellow who works in a dead-end job in a library. Granted, I wouldn't mind having a sexually adventurous bisexual girlfriend now and then, but somehow I think my family would object.

What am I trying to say? I like the characters, and I get a kick out of their sass, and sometimes they warm the cockles of my heart. There you go.

1 comment:

  1. Dead end job in a library doesn't sound so bad, but the hanging out in a coffee shop thing would turn me off quickly. And if I dream of being a college student, it's of being a college student who actually goes to class and learns stuff.

    It's nice to see that after so many years of having so many common interests, there are things other than sports that we don't share. Preserves individuality!