Oh ... oh my.
It was Yuko's birthday on Thursday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY YUKOOOOO! She's back from Japan! Yayyyyyyy
That's all for us, catch you next week!
Yuko's birthday is the day after mine!
Hahaha, I'd probably not read that book either. Hahaha. Happy birthday Yuko! Hope you had a wonderful trip. =D Awaiting comics relating to the trip. =3
So how much of that book did you write in your head, Yuko, before you finished with the cover?
SHE LIVES FOR MEN'S LUST...
BUT SHE'LL DIE WITHOUT HIS LOVE!
this front cover is perfect in every way. beautiful tag line.
whoops hahah. man im good at using the comment system
Her shirt is different so I guess time has passed or what?
The frazzled edges imply that she has already read the book before giving it away. I guess thats how she knows it quality.
On an unrelated note can we get an explanation of what happened in the last two comics with the whole quarters, 5$ worth of gum, etc, because that was really intense and awesome.
My guess is the kid was stealing money to use to buy gum (probably quarters from those vending machines that give you a small handful of candy/gum/whatever for a quarter that you still see around from time to time). Penny picked up on that and commented on it. Knowing that Penny knew what he was doing, he hired her and gave in to her demands for free laundry to keep her quiet. The 80 quarters comment was just a smart-aleck last word sort of thing, I think; I can't tell if she was wrong at first because she was on the spot, or just wanted to test him. xD
Is that one of the steamy romance novels her grandmother left her? What a thoughtful and sentimental gift. That's true friendship right there.
A Happy (belated) Birthday to Yuko. Hope that she enjoyed it and was spoiled rotten for her special day. (What? No reason not to be spoiled on that day, right?)
Now THAT is a book I need to experience in my life. As much as movies like Can't Hardly Wait or Rock of Ages.
Trying to figure out what's going on in that cover exactly. She seems to have a cramp in her leg, and he must be holding her over the fire to warm the muscle. Note how she's flapping her wings so he can lift her one-handed and massage her leg with the other hand.
I think some pointy part of her is poking him somewhere uncomfortable, or maybe he just woke up and haven't had his vodka red bull yet.
And she's not wearing pants because he just woke up there naked and she had to lend him hers. Such nice, considerate young people. I think they'll make that love curse whatsit work out.
The last panel covers the fact the book says "By Ananth Panagariya".
(And Happy B-Day Yuko!!)
I'm confused. Is Penny going somewhere? Is Helen? Could someone explain to me please?
Penny just moved out of Helen's apartment...into her storage garage. Probably won't see each other quite as often.
Happy Birthday Yuko, I you had a fun trip and a great Bday!
Oh man, she's one of THOSE gift-givers. The kind that buy something they themselves would want but the receiver doesn't actually care for at all (I'm looking at you, all those aunts that bought me pink corduroy two-pieces and spa gifts). And you can tell Penny bought this for herself because it looks like she read it first! I hate those kinds of gift-givers...how good of friends can these two even be if Penny doesn't know what kind of books Helen likes? Or doesn't care?
I assume Penny loves the book SO much she can't possibly imagine anyone else not loving it, and hardly imagine living without it. Giving it away could be the greatest act of compassion, not to mention loyalty, she could do.
Sometimes the rules for gifts are overturned. Like in "Braveheart", if anyone remembers that, where Mel Gibson wins the heart of his lady by giving back the SAME GIFT she gave HIM the last time they met - a lame, cheap thistle flower at that. It's ultra-romantic.
To me, that explanation still shows that she's self-absorbed to the point of not realizing other people have opinions and likes that aren't hers :/ Just because Penny loves it a lot and it's an act of sacrifice to give it up doesn't supercede the fact that gift-giving should be about the recipient. This is my basic problem with the "I love it so you should too!" type of gift-giving I described, so I still think it's a bad thing.
I wouldn't wanna be friends with Penny :(
Maybe this is the beginning of a grand tradition of exchanging the stupidest gifts they can find.
Really all Helen has to do is read a little bit and tell Penny that even though she likes that Penny gave her the book, it's not her thing. Penny has a weakness that probably she doesn't realize because no one's told her about it, that hardly makes her a bad friend in my opinion.
sure its a bad thing but so is being super uptight about someones motives for giving something
we cant all be perfect. sometimes you just have to take who will be your friend in life and after a while maybe you will grow to tolerate them and a while after that maybe you will grow to like them.
if you kick someone to the curb for not being a good enough friend right away of course you will never know
You never have to tolerate anybody you don't want to. If I don't like somebody, they won't be my friend. If a person starts out by grinding my gears, there's billions of other people on the planet I could be friends with instead. I don't have the time to waste on trying to be friends with someone who annoys me at step 1. Maybe find some better friends if you think of friendship as a chore?
Also, It could very well be a stupid gift giving joke the two have, but I doubt it as Helen's reaction is one that reads to me as "ummm...why would you get me this...?" instead of "omg hahaha oh wow I can't believe you found something like this"
I'm pretty sure the POINT of the comic is to show how self-centered and impulsive Penny is (hence why she's "unlucky"). She's relatable to many people, but not to me. I enjoy despairing over her rude actions since they don't actually affect me in real life, but if it was real life I'd run far away from her.
I guess if you can be friends with anyone in the world you like, you can afford to pick and choose. Must be nice but, since we're talking about relatable personality traits, I cannot relate to that.
Eh. Actually exist.
(Now, I SWEAR I only read it cause a friend told me it was good.
It wasn't. French translation can only be blamed to a certain point.)
See...though this made me laugh stupidly- this is just about exactly what these books look like/say/are about. I should know. I've read many.
But brilliant page either way, highly amusing and a shameful hit home for me XD
please wish her a happy birthday!
Just my 2 cents, but...I like the comics with your guys' actual lives and day-to-day happenings WAY more than Lucky Penny.
If Yuko likes drawing it, that's cool, but...please bring back the old stuff.
Uhm...that's all. Thanks!
Nooooooooooooo. I've loved the long-form stuff Yuko has been involved with. Keep it up!
I agree. I want regular Johnny Wander back...
belated happy birthday...
That reminded me of a Takei reference, back there.
Happy birthday, Yuko! :D And thank you guys again for the wonderful comics! You spoil us big time. The book's cover almost made me spit my tea all over the keyboard! XD
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