56 thoughts on “Chapter 5: Lit, page 78.”

  1. And now we see that he’s not just being blunt or whatever, he actually IS just a jack-ass who wants to push peoples’ buttons.

  2. Oh man, Mesmer. I always jump around between hating you for being such an obvious, obnoxious asshole, and loving you for the most awesome catchphrases you throw at Flannery.

    1. That’s what I’m worried about. He could have made off with an armful of pistol ammo and a box set of Retarded Succubus by now.

      1. Of course on the other hand maybe if he acquires sufficient weaponry (and porn) he will be able to take the fight back to his homeland. Austrailier, Austrailer Austrailer, we love ya, Amen.

  3. Looks like Mesmer looks exited to have a challenge! It looks like he actually gets OFF on pissing folks off. Hmmm, maybe he and Gordon get along very well.

  4. And here we have confirmation that Mesmer does indeed do it just to intentionally get a rise out of people. I would condemn him, but I used to do the same thing when I was younger. The difference is, I grew out of it.

  5. Wow. I almost feel validated by the fact that there is another person, albeit fictional, who takes the phrase “It takes a lot to bother me” as a personal challenge.

    Validated and saddened.
    Also heartily amused.

    1. Waaaay more of them out there.

      Shit, half of my graduating class was Mesmer.

      Half of my -family- is Mesmer.

      The other half is Reagan.

  6. Fuck it, I love Mesmer. Last few pages, I’ve been trying to figure out if I should feel guilty about that or not, but I can’t do it, I don’t have it in me. He’s exactly my kind of character and I love him!

    1. Hey, that’s nothing to be ashamed of! We like characters for being interesting, not for being nice or the kind of people we wouldn’t claw our own brains out because we talked with them.
      I mean, hey, one of my “types” of favorite characters include psychotic girls whose endless sufferings have led them into screwed up ideas on the concept of love, with capitalization on the insane part.
      Others are sadistic characters using their sociable and nice sides as a means of torture, not to mention the type of somewhat normal character who is thrown into a group of people who is incredibly different from the norm and mostly rather aggressive but who still like and compliment said character.
      No seriously, I like seeing “normal dude” get compliments. It’s awesome.
      Obviously, Ben’s my favorite in Templaraz, and I’m very, very happy he is back in action after his long break.

  7. Remember, Gordon is on three ‘no-sell’ lists, because he is a special boy; completeness dictates he make off with guro as well. On the other hand, he seems to disciplined for petty thievery. Spike will surprise us with whatever’s going on out there.

    1. odd, because he hasn’t pinged my gaydar in the slightest before this page, haltertop or no. the way he’s leaning across the table to get at ben is making me seriously reconsider..

  8. Mesmer: VALIDATE ME. VALIDATE ME LIKE A PARKING TICKET. REACT, DAMMIT!!!
    Ben: Not interested. Lunch with this chick you like to upset is more interesting than you.

    I predict a giant flaming Mesmer-snit within five minutes after the two of them walk out.

  9. Hmm, this may even be Mesmer’s (rather pitiful) idea of making a play for Ben. If Flannery picks that up on some level, it would explain her being miffed, too. If it is, Mesmer will definitely go ape, now.

    Or maybe not.

  10. I like how ben almost seems like he’s about to open up about all the issues Mesmer pointed out, but Mes is just like “I don’t care what you’re saying, I’m just gonna KEEP ON PRODDING YOU.”

    1. I know someone exactly like Mesmer. The only difference? Whereas Mesmer obviously just likes fucking with people, Person B is dead-serious.

  11. Damn, I was so hoping he was a sincerist. At least then I’d feel he believed he was saying these things because that’s truly what he wanted to know, and I could have liked him a little. Ah well, it’s his own fault.

    (at which point I realize that I am talking about these characters as if they’re real people, which reminds me how well they are characterized. I do love this comic!)

    1. I bet Mesmer’s got some things to say about Sincerists too. Spike could probably do an entire bonus comic on “Mesmer says backhanded things about everyone” and hit all the groups in the city.

  12. It’s not that I hate Mes, I really don’t. He’s a great character, but therein, as the Bard would say, lies the rub: the things he does are things I find dislikeable. It would be bad enough that he just didn’t care, but to find irritating people as a personal goal?

    Yeah, Mes. Go there. Hope your medical insurance gives you great benefits.

  13. Mesmer is an asshole, there I said it. He’s an asshole; they are no shades of gray here, just pure unadulterated assholeness.

  14. Okay Mesmer is definitely one of my favorite characters now.
    I imagine that he stops being interested in people once he’s gotten to them. (Which is why he dislikes Flannery because it’s too easy to make her mad, which bores him.)

  15. “Morning, Sir. Retarded Succubus? Psh. You’re into that, huh? Naw, s’okay. No judgements. Out of curiosity, though, are you poor? You look poor. You’re poor, right? Hey, do you actually have a house? Where’re you gonna watch these things? Am I bothering you? Please, tell me I am.”

  16. I think I see where this is going. Ben and Flannery go out to eat, but while they’re gone, Mesmer screws up and sells Gordon a gun.

      1. I disagree, as the brother to a God Tier level jackass I can tell you some people cannot have the jerk beaten out of them. It only makes it stronger.

      2. Maybe for Mesmer the verbal trolling is the opening act and a physical altercation is the main event? People that like fistfights do tend to be this type of annoying sometimes.

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