I like to think Dave is more unsettled by the differences between Dirk and Bro than the similarities.
Dirk does something frighteningly similar to Bro and Dave says nothing, hardly even thinks anything of it. They’re bound to be similar. That’s To Be Expected.
But sometimes he bangs his fucking shin on a coffee table at 3am while flashstepping and the goDDAMN X FILES THEME PLAYS IN DAVES HEAD AS HE STARES IN BEWILDERMENT. Dirk proceeds to curse under his breath about asspacking endtables as he makes himself a pot of coffee, all the while Dave’s entire world is falling apart. He thinks back. Had Bro ever clipped the coffee table? No? What the fuck, did he ever trip over a chair? NO? SLIP ON A SMUPPET… NO. No unexplained bumps in the night, no quiet cursing as he goes about his weird routines. Nothing.
I think that after a while he gets used to it, and takes comfort in the differences as well as the familiarity fostered by any resemblance he may share with dead relatives. But it takes time. And so it goes that for like 4 months Dave just quietly freaked out every time Dirk wasnt the untouchable broninja he grew up with.
Anonymous said: Hello! Oh gosh, did you read the upd8 yet? What did you think about it and would you ever consider doing the draw of Dave hugging Dirk because I am not over it i am crying holy shIT! ;3;;; Anonymous said: could you draw the upd8 where the striders r hugging? bc i love your arts so much
Super late to the party but I just had to doodle a little something for it. This must have been one of my favourite upd8s this year ahhh ;o;
I saw a post a few days ago about how big a deal it is that Dave (who breaks swords) was able to cut through Dirk’s sword (the unbreakable katana), and I got to wondering on why that was the case. I think I’ve come up with an answer.
A warning: I went full literary analysis with this, and it’s pretty long. Prepare yourself.
Rose listens to classical music sometimes, and also alternative rock, mostly like what they had in the 90s/early 2000s. She likes Simple Plan, and Green Day.
John says he doesn’t like pop, but isn’t aware that a lot of what he listens to is totally pop. He pulls a lot of his music collection from movie soundtracks, the really good shrek soundtracks being some of his favorites.
Jade likes that weird kind of cheery music like The Front Bottoms and Noah and the Whale, that are definitely rock music, but a bit off from the normal stuff.
Dave listens to a lot of hiphop, rap, and electric sounding music, but as he gets older, it moves a little away from what his brother liked, and he starts to make softer songs than he had previously. They’re quite nice.
Jane likes pop music, primarily. She liked early 2000s stuff, and what recent stuff played on the radio. Additionally, she likes a lot of soft pop, like Norah Jones and Natalie Merchant. It’s good to bake to.
Roxy likes a lot of pop from different decades. She loves Madonna, Spears, Fergie, and ABBA. Also, she and Jane share a lot of music tastes, since she would take recs from Jane.
Jake likes acoustic music, as it reminds him of his grandmother, who would play songs for him on her guitar.
Dirk likes boopy stuff and rap. He also listened a lot to the soundtracks from his brother’s movies.
I started using
LibreOffice, and being able to copy-paste images from it made a WORLD
of difference. Its not perfect, but its better then what I used to
do. Anyway, I LOVED this upd8, and I suspect I’m not alone. We’ve
been waiting for this interaction between the Striders for a LONG
time. I kept expecting this upd8 to end at any one page, but for once Hussie didn’t leave us hanging.
from mousing over the old convos today. First, we have Rose
apparently daydreaming about smothering Jasprose? That’s…kinda
fucked up. Anyone else a little worried about this?
herself is headed for LOTAK. I wonder why?
And Calliope is now
meeting with the Mayor! That should be fun.
Today’s convo is
Dave and Dirk. Let’s see how this goes.
some talking about Jack English, we have yet another awkward silence.
Come on guys…
Dirk seems to realize how awkward this is. He’s clearly trying to
break said silence, but its not going well.
looks like a promising line of inquiry.
obviously was looking forward to this meeting more then Dave. But
Dave, on the other hand, has made it clear that he’s been near
learning how much Dirk looked up to Dave takes the latter off-guard.
Dave hasn’t had the best self-esteem (see his ‘I’m not a hero’ line),
and for most of his life, he’s put his Bro up on this pedestal
(Keyword: Most, as the rest of this upd8 later showed). Hearing how
an alt-version of his Bro actually hero-worshipped him, well, it
kinda throws him for a loop.
puts my words right into my mouth.
THIS should be interesting. Because Dave back when everyone was
gathered near Skaia made an interesting comment about Bro:
expecting this upd8 to peeter out any second now. Probably after this
this one, or…Huh, it just keeps going.
mentioned on this blog before that back in April I got validation
from my psych that well…Well, it was a bomb, to say the least. Long
story short, I can relate to a lot of what Dave says on this page SO
FUCKING MUCH. Where do I even begin?
the sense of overarching dread he describes here.
how he was convinced for the longest time things were 'normal’ before
piecing together in hindsight that, no, it was NOT normal.
how he came out with an incredibly low sense of self-worth that only
started to be fixed when he was around people who actually,
genuinely, cared. Which also probably helped him piece together what
happened and realize what he went through was NOT okay.
some personal stuff came out there. But this pretty much confirms Bro
was abusive. Its nice to see it taken seriously, rather then being
played for laughs like it was early on in the comic.
entire page were Dirk takes responsibility for what happened and
apologized was great. And likely to some degree cathartic to Dave.
Its not the same, true, but…(I’ll get into this more later.)
and Jake’s relationship is also confirmed unhealthy. I don’t think
that’s going to stop the DirkJake shippers, though.
is important, I think, because its Dave acknowledging that Dirk is
different from his Bro in a good way. Because before now I think Dave
was kinda equating them in his mind, and this bit shows he’s
detaching them. Which is important because if Dirk really WAS the
same as Bro in personality, Dave wouldn’t want much to do with him
for obvious reasons. But this is Dave pretty much starting the clear
the way for him and Dirk to try having some kind of relationship.
pretty much telling Dave that 1. He was awesome and 2. Is probably a
good person. I would hope hearing about his Post-Scratch self would
help Dave’s self-esteem a bit.
I’ve wrote about this EXACT THING in another post (when I was making
comparisons to Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker):
first, the Wind Waker was about letting go of a lost past. At the
end, the old Hyrule was flooded. Link and Tetra/Zelda sailed off to
establish a ‘new Hyrule’ in a far off land. I’ve speculated in
the previously mentioned John and Vriska post that Vriska will help
John properly come to terms with his dad’s death. The theme of
‘letting go’ would also tie into one of more tragic elements of
Sburb: The fact that these kids never got the chance to ‘properly’
grow up on their world:
despite that, signs point to them being part of something incredible.
Whether creating a new universe, or even a new reality. Their old
world may be gone, but they have the chance to establish an entirely
apparently, I was onto something? Who knows.
is sweet in some way. Dave has had this obsession with being a
'coolkid’ for most of the story. Dirk is pretty much saying, 'You
aren’t cool, but in the way that actually means jack shit, and that’s
actually a good thing.’ I also like how it acknowledges Dave is cool
in the 'right way’. Its really hard to describe here, but this part
right here feels like a 'capstone’ in Dave (and to a lesser extent,
Dirk’s) character arc. Or at least an important turning point.
Dave is actually HUGGING HIM! SQUEE! (I’m such a sucker for these
kinds of moments you have no idea.)
Dirk is hugging him back! AGH, I could die from the cuteness! (I
already spent the 'dead’ card a while back, though.)
this whole thing clocked out at 14 pages (counting images) according to LibreOffice. I repeat, being able to copy-pase images from that made a HUGE difference.
Anyway, this was an AWESOME upd8, one of my favorites in a while.
Tomorrow’s convo is Roxy and Kanaya, where Roxy will presumably give
Kanaya the Matriorb. And then, well, who knows what will happen. The
battle will begin? I can’t wait to find out!