Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Episode # 269 - November 17th, 2009

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23 comments:

Luca said...

being in the field, I can tell that the CV of Bjorn is plainly impossible in real life.

But this doesn't detract from the pleasure of enjoying the strip :)

Mikoru said...

I like how Njord's tattoo is one of the symbols for Uranus.

Neil said...

Luca, but this is not real life. This is a comic strip. And anyway, it makes for a good fantasy that someone in the field could actually have such a CV.

It's fun anyway.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to sound like I am always picking on this comic strip, because I am really a great fan of many years. But I do find it really distracting when it ventures into different areas and fields and it just feels like not enough research was done. It takes away from the fiction when it becomes too improbable because of lack of attention to details.

The ideas are there and can be great, but every writer does the basic research before publishing a book and I feel that it is disrespectful of the field if comic strip writers don't bother to do that for their own art.

We have seen lack of understanding when it came to the marketing and advertising world, for example. There was lack of research when it came to transgender issues. There are others, but this lack of basic astronomy knowledge is not excusable when even a primary school student can go to google.

I don't necessarily believe in writing only what you know first hand, because that would eliminate 90% of all non-fiction and biographies, let alone "hysterical" fiction. But you do have to research that of which you plan to use.

The reason the location of the strip works well is because there is a real knowledge of the location. The reason we get infuriated with some characters is because they come off as real people.

I can understand that it is challenging to find new things to write about when you are confined to such a very specific location but, perhaps, instead of falling on cliches, which stretch it at the seams, it would be more interesting exploring the characters that we know a little more in-depth.

For all his years owning the B&B, and all the various details we can gather about Kyle, he is still a very two dimensional character. Why even bother with a Norwegian with a fake accent when there is so much we still don't know about Kyle?

Just my two cents.

Sean S. said...

I want to respectfully disagree with the previous poster on some of the points brought up. I've spoken to Greg Fox in the past, and I happen to know for a fact he did quite a bit of research on transgender issues when developing the Morgan character. And that he did the same on people with disabilities for the Dave character. I thought they were both great characters, and enjoyed the stories they've been in.

I don't know what kind of research he did on astronomy for this Njord character, but I haven't seen anything that bothers me here. In this very episode, it is shown that Njord is more of a TV celebrity than a true hardcore astronomer, anyway. So I don't get what the problem is. (And the slight accent doesn't strike me as "fake", either.).

And since I have a thing for men with shaved heads and hairy chests, I really have no complaints here!

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the strip because it has every gay cliche and stereotype in it - i usually laugh at it when its probably not meant to be funny.
All the characters have perfect bodies, six packs and great hair or perfect shaved heads. Most of the storylines with visitors to the B&B always have them getting into bed with one of the residents and of course richard always thinks every guy under 35 is hot ,notice the only guy recently he didnt have any interest in was the daddy with the moustache whom i thought was hot.

Todays strip continuing this silly fling between Kyle and Njord is another perfect example of the visitor yet again banging one of the local residents. Njord is written so phony and is slowly starting to come across as a narcissist as well. Just like with Morgan and Brad - these silly impossible flings are just rehashed over and over. I mean not every person who visits is going to find any of the local guys attractive and want to do them yet in most of these strips they do.

Anonymous said...

Enough with the hate! It's a comic strip - it's meant to be fun and entertaining. Personally, I wouldn't want to read a gay comic with unattractive characters and plots revolving around middle-age couples booking a night at the B&B. Come on now! As for factual accuracies, again - it's a comic! Oh, and this isn't Kyle having the fling with Njord!

Keep up the good work, Greg! I love this comic!

Mike "Rock" said...

I'm surprised no one has commented on the most startling revelation of all in this episode: THERE ARE NUDE PICTURES OF NJORD OUT THERE THAT COULD SURFACE AT ANY MOMENT!!!

I can't wait, I can't wait...

Luca said...

"Luca, but this is not real life. This is a comic strip.

It's fun anyway."

This was the sense of my post ^^

It's completely absurd, plainly impossible (that must be clear), but I don't care because I like the comic.

Anonymous said...

Mike ... look him up on wiki as well!

Anonymous said...

that some fans of this site express the desire for better stories that explore issues a little more deeply is a simple indication that we believe the writer of this strip is capable of more. those of you who just want it to be a comic strip are simply expressing your ability to be entertained by the simplest things possible

Anonymous said...

can njord be made anymore fake .
who cares about his nude photos..
and matt ,is he just pretending to be into astronomy so he can keep banging njord. zzzz- boring storyline. i dont njord hot at all , i think he's a dog

Anonymous said...

Here's an idea, if you don't care for the twists and turns the characters make, or their physical attributes, STOP READING! or better yet, why don't YOU create a gay oriented comic strip full of out of shape yahoos who cater to the realism that you so often crave in your comic entertainment. Personally, I couldn't care less if the author researches the topics or not, as long as the strip continues to entertain me twice a month. If I don't like the changes or character development, I'll simply cease reading.

j to the 12th said...

What is Njord's last name?

Bob of Seattle said...

Looks to me like Njord has more of a wild side than Matt was prepared for. Matt seems to be a pretty stable, grounded, EMT guy. Not the type to be getting drunk and posing for nude cell phone photos. Maybe Njord is going to prove to be too much of a party animal for Matt. Either that, or end up getting Matt into trouble that could hurt his career. I hope Matt treads carefully with this one.

Lew Fox said...

Have read the strip for several years and enjoy it. Like the nudes but wish some were frontal. How about some dick and balls occasionally?

katekintail said...

To the Anonymous poster who wrote that all the guys are perfect specimens... have you seen Nick and Dave??? (Okay, they're my favorites, so I had to bring them up! They are fantastic but I wouldn't say either is perfect physically)

Anyhoo... who's up for creating a Wikipedia article for the character? heehee

There will be faults in every piece ever made (I say as I pound out a crappy first draft for NaNoWriMo). If you enjoy it anyway, the faults don't really matter. If you don't, go find something that's more your style *shrug*

j to the 12th said...

Kate, that's exactly what I was thinking. Create a wikipedia article for Njord! I don't know if I'm skilled enough with wikipedia to do so, but maybe you are? We need to know his last name, though.

Greg Fox said...

His full name is Njord Eliassen.

And he's 23 years old, (I know, the shaved head makes him look a little older).

Have fun, guys!

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Anonymous said...

someone PLEASE do a wiki page ... with a link to the video of course!

Jason said...

I don't know why every guy in the strip thinks matt is all that and inevitably has an affair with him. Matt is a jerk and not all that attractive. It would be nice if someone came to the house and chose someone else to bed...spurning matt!