What is Ralph...

Postby Miryan No Trunks on Tue Sep 05, 2000 10:47 am

He's a damn Moogle, isn't he..
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Postby Miryan No Trunks on Tue Sep 05, 2000 10:57 am

Second:<P>
Awesome comic. I approve.
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Postby Poe on Wed Sep 06, 2000 4:03 am

...<P>
Yes... yes, he is.<P>*sigh* But the 'bastard love child of Hello Kitty' thing was funnier (that and the Hello Kitty people are far less likey to sue than Square)so it was I put up on the cast page.<P>Second:
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Postby Poe on Fri Sep 08, 2000 2:21 am

No, I stopped drawing those stupid things back in 97, after I started drawing Ralph with clothes on...<P>...jeez, that didn't sound right... <P>------------------
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Postby Big Bad Al on Fri Sep 08, 2000 5:49 am

Does Ralph have stupid little red wings too then?<P>------------------
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Postby Big Bad Al on Sat Sep 09, 2000 5:06 am

Hold on... So does he have wings but you can't see them under his clothes or does he have none at all?<P>------------------
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Postby Poe on Sat Sep 09, 2000 5:36 am

No, he doesn't have the stupid little wings... And I'm not drawing him naked again, those damn moogle genitals are too hard to draw...
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Postby Big Bad Al on Sat Sep 09, 2000 6:23 am

Yes, thank you Poe for that mental image... :P<P>------------------
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Postby Yuji on Tue Sep 19, 2000 1:26 am

So just to make sure, he's the result of an affair Hello Kitty had with a Moggle?
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Postby Poe on Tue Sep 19, 2000 3:29 am

Yes, somthing like that... exactly.<P>------------------
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Postby Wafuru on Mon Oct 02, 2000 5:43 am

HEY! I wouldn't mind seeing Ralph nekkid... Bimbo's in the buff a lot, how about some equal rights here??!<P>*watches all the men flee*<P>Aww.<P>------------------
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Postby Greenreaper on Tue Oct 03, 2000 3:46 am

You have a good point. If we could make do with a mental image, why would we be here anyway? I dunno . . . any moogles around? <g><P>Actually, how common are they? I suppose Ralph must feel pretty lonely if he's the only one of his kind around . . . which could just explain his slightly zany personality - and why he's *still* shacked up with Bimbo . . .<P>(I'd just like to say that Ralph is my favorite character [he gets about 75% of the best lines - "how many times . . . it's a medical condition!" :-] - oh, and I think the goth look suited him ;-)
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Postby Greenreaper on Wed Oct 04, 2000 3:30 am

Behold! The Power of Nudity! - *g*<P>It's an interesting idea - I mean, if you think about it, you could potentially increase your readership by 100% by providing a male sex icon . . .<P>Having said that, the cast structure as it is (with regulars/irregulars) is good.
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Postby Greenreaper on Wed Oct 04, 2000 5:23 am

Come to think of it, what *is* the dynamic between Bimbo and Ralph? Bimbo says to her mother ". . . but then the guy would (wouldn't?) let us have it because he thought Ralph was a pet . . ." Obviously Bimbo doesn't consciously think of Ralph as a pet. But is that really true? Certainly not in the traditional sense, and yet . . .<P>Think of how close they were through high school (ok, I'm basing this on the flashback, but then that's all I've got). Now they're living together. That would seem to indicate a *very* close relationship, yet it's indicated that Ralph and Bimbo aren't involved with each other in that way (unless you intend to drop a bombshell on us, Poe ;-). In fact, it's made fairly clear that they wouldn't, *ever*, be involved like that (which I suppose makes it easier for them to be together all the time in relaxed situations). So they've been "just friends" for what . . . 5 years? Somehow that doesn't seem to fit.<P>Ralph is always very pro-attention . . . ever noticed the things your pet does to try to get your attention? I'm thinking particularly of the beer ad at the start ("Hey Bimbo . . .") - Bimbo is always in the dominant position (ok, so she's taller, but still . . .)<P>After that, he followed her to her art class. What does he do all day, anyway? Stay at home? He seems to have nothing better to do that hang around with Bimbo . . . like a pet (he claims to have been bored - it's not like you can just leave a job because you're bored). He's still a bit independent though (the 'video camera' scene :-) . . . and there's nothing like a cat to do their own thing, particularly if they know you won't want them to.<P>When they're stuck in a motel, Bimbo gets pretty stressed with Ralph's "medical condition" (*g*). But she *could* just leave him. She doesn't - why not? Then when Ralph expresses doubts over the lease, Bimbo overrules them, and Ralph complies with nothing but a *sigh*. She has this way of disregarding advice from him (the cheesecake incident, _and_ Cthulhu), even though he appears to be the more sensible/intelligent of the two.<P>But the most telling incident is when Bimbo finds Ralph has been smoking pot. "I . . I'm sorry . . It was . . err . . peer pressure . . I didn't inhale . . um . ." - sounds more like a child with his mother . . . AND the text behind them is highly suggestive - is that "Bad! Bad Moogle! You're very bad!!" in the background? (actually, I'd like to know what she's saying there, since it looks . . . interesting ;-)<P>Then Ralph is willing to skip the first day back to give "moral support" (ok, so I'm the sort of person that probably *wouldn't*, but Bimbo certainly phrased it like an order). And on the way into the piercing shop, guess who's holding who's shoulder . . .<P>Please tell me if you think I'm reading *way* too much into this comic, but I thought you might not have noticed how suggestive it was in other ways.
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Postby Poe on Wed Oct 04, 2000 6:09 am

Y'know, surprisingly... I'm actually kind of glad to see a post wanting a character besides Bimbo nude... it's a nice change of pace, almost enough to make me want to introduce more male characters. <P>I mean it isn't likly to happen... but still, it ALMOST makes me want to.
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Postby Wafuru on Fri Oct 06, 2000 2:36 am

Maybe he models at the college, too... I sure wouldn't mind having to draw him in a class. = )<P>But seriously, there's always the five fingered discount... OR, what he seems most suited for, gas station clerk. I can SEE him behind a counter, reading a magazine at about 4 in the morning, ignoring a customer banging on the service window. = )<P>You laugh, but as a graveyard shifter, I encounter these types of folk almost every other night on my way home. Gotta stop fer munchies sometimes. = )<P>- Wafuru<P>------------------
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Postby Poe on Fri Oct 06, 2000 7:53 am

Heh... first off, I think that if I ever write an EN faq I'll base it on the questions in your post.<P>But, anyway... As for the whole Ralph and Bimbo thing, let me see...<P>Because of various financial reasons, Bimbo is pretty much forced to share an apartment with Ralph, as she cannot longer manage to afford her own place with what few model/acting/etc jobs she can get in a profession that would consider someone like her, in their mid/late twenties, "Over the hill." And as for the way she acts, Bimbo has the personality of the type that believes that they truly are the center of the universe... or to put it in more appropriate literary sense... She thinks of herself as the lead role and everyone else around her as merely supporting characters whose only purpose is to further along her storyline. In other words, she's a stubborn, egotistical bitch who would ignore any advice that she did not agree with and treats people as if they were put on the earth for her sole benefit. <P>And as for Ralph, He is simply such an undersexed pervert that he is perfectly willing to deal with any abuse just to be around an attractive female, even one that he knows quite well that he will never receive any kind of sexual gratification from... and perhaps by this point' he has actually begun to enjoy the abuse and rejection he receives from Bimbo and does things to purposely invoke such violent responses from her.<P>These are, of course, the very worst aspects of their nature and personality but still, simply put... nether of them are very psychologically and emotionally healthy.<P>Oh and in last Wednesday
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Postby Greenreaper on Fri Oct 06, 2000 11:36 am

Ok, so what does Ralph actually do for a living? He always seems to have enough money when it matters (Bimbo borrowing from him, dope, rare books, porno collection - though not now . . . <g>). And what did he do at college (apart from slacking)? Who needs to be psychologically and emotionally healthy (after all, if you are, you can get rich selling stories about your neuroses . . .)?And why can't I stop asking these stupid questions?<P>TheGreenReaper (Laurence Parry)
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Postby Michael on Sun Oct 08, 2000 12:56 am

He's gotta be in web design. First, we all are. Second, being a sole proprietor means never having to say "I can't skip work today", meaning he can nip over to the art school to pester Bimbo and make up the work that evening. Third, it can earn you enough money to pay the rent even in real life (heck, it earns me enough to invest in real estate.)<P>I mean, Torg only rarely works, but he has enough money to afford <I>his</I> rent, and probably Riff's, too, since Riff is a freelance bum.<P>Just my two bits. Hey Poe! That old-school Ralph and Bimbo is excellent stuff! You should scan more of it, I'll certainly read it.
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Postby Pikel on Sun Oct 08, 2000 3:32 am

as a 'cute furry animal'
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