3. Can you read their emotions?
More or less, but greatly exaggerating the faces and body language would really improve it. Try copying pictures of Spongebob and Ren & Stimpy to get a feel for what the artists are doing.
Practice gesture drawings, too, to polish your anatomy: it's easier to make expressive characters when you know how to draw the human figure accurately. Incidentally, learning to gesture draw will help you draw anything you could ever want, too -- human or otherwise.
4. Believable, and not flat?
Well, the February 4, 2008 strip is a big fat "no" on believable. Two single, good looking young college women would have men lining up to date them. They would only remain single in two situations: 1) They don't want boyfriends; 2)Their standards are so ridiculously high they turn down every suitor they meet. If you made the baristas in that scene men instead of women I would totally believe it. I would also believe a story arc about the characters forming a sex toy black market in the no-sex-toys states (doing a single joke about the possibility of that plot is pretty weak: frankly, in a lot of cases, the subjects of the characters' conversations would make way more interesting comics).
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