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Ego Generosity pt 4 by VanHeist Ego Generosity pt 4 by VanHeist
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Didi, Protector of the Feelings, to the rescue! FYI, if Didi calls you a "Stinker", that's her cussing at you.

While Gogo is off turning a few minor comments into an existential meltdown (as folks do sometimes), Andy's still pretty cavalier about it.

Last update for a few days while I hit the road, but much more on the way!

peace :salute:
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:iconmercurial12:
Mercurial12 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
Way to hit below the belt!
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:iconcormy1:
cormy1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
You know what's sexy as fuck?
Sepia/gray scale tones with only the eyes being coloured.
That is damn sexy.
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Serendell Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Is it just me or does Didi have the persona of a house wife from the 50's?
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SomniumKreasIncito Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Oh, Didi...xD
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Stinker, and seeing him clip his toenails in boxers. Very cute :D
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Jowain92 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Student Writer
I like the black and white on these, the idea that the only focusing on the color of the eyes is very artistic... in my opinion, I like it very much :)
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somercet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Oops.
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:icongi203:
Gi203 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
He like Totoro!:D
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
A stinker? WOW Didi...You kiss yer mother with that potty mouth? XD
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, Didi being protective. :)
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WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have officially decided I love your characters. Gogo and her manner of speaking, (not to mention the awesome speech bubble with a sword through it in the previous panel) Didi and her obvious brains... The kid I haven't seen much yet (working my way through your stuff backwards, always confusing), but he seems interesting enough. the girls seem to have far more personality, even I could seriously see myself interacting with any of them.
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emfinnfz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
It's the implied shoulder motion that I see going with that "hmmph!" that's really messing with my mind.
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Andharian Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
THEY`RE ALL SO CUTE I`M GONNA CRY >W<
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hal0fanboy311 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
i love your stuf. always haved. i cant wait to read more :3
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:icongraller:
graller Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I SHALL WAIT!
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:iconpresarioman:
presarioman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Waiting for the next episode...
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avrdal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I am in great need of Didi's shirt for my GF.
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:iconwilliamtrausch:
WilliamTRausch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Isn't it amazing?
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AnathePirate Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Moooooreee, must have MORE *u*
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
i'm on it! :)
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batosail Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Filmographer
OMG im so done. didi for president.
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hexicateonline Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Didi in that penultimate panel is brain-numbingly adorable. "♥Hmmph!♥" Also, Andy, dude, don't be a stinker. (Also don't hurt the feelings of people who can EASILY CRUSH YOUR HEAD.)
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ekwood Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
An impulsive, distraught, egomaniac demigod with an image crisis and a loose grip on reality . . . what's the worst that could happen?

Oh gee, I dunno Andy. How does thousands dead, millions injured and billions in property damage sound for starters?

I had you pegged as smarter than this. Son, I am disappoint.
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
well yeah, but...BESIDES that!
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ekwood Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Oh well, maybe he is just giving her the benefit of the doubt and assuming that even at her worst she won't do anything too insane.

But in all seriousness I do want to raise a concern this comic has given me.

Anytime more content for Bomango comes along I'm a happy guy, this I assure you. Endearing character(s) is(are) endearing.

That said, since the pace of the series creation is set over the course of a long time there are inevitably some character changes/evolution that need to be addressed for the sake of consistency.

Here we see an unprecedented event of Gogo getting sucker punched. Gogo has been teased by Andy about her appearance before and taken it with due poise. That type of tomfoolery is what makes them an amusing duo. However, this time is clearly different.

Gogo is seemingly lacking her usual momentum of personality. She is actually derailed as though surprised by Andy's calculatedly indifferent response that was little more than a blatant(?) attempt to troll her as per usual. (Admittedly, in an unusually cold and deadpan manner.) The Gogo I think I know would be peeved but this is nothing new to her. So why such a different reaction?

Gogo discovers that she is not in line with expected social norms, in this case for aesthetics, and cares all of a sudden? Yea, that doesn't sound right. She strikes me as a bit of a non-conformist, a prideful free spirit. Even if her ultimate goal was to be attractive to Andy, her ego is too big to allow her to consider that the problem is on her. She'd think something is wrong with Andy and society at large and, using classic Gogo logic, seek to rectify everything else and not change herself. These actions are reminiscent of those of a typical (read: boring) school girl with low self-esteem and self-image insecurities (thanks media).

Wow, reading that last sentence it's hard to believe who I am talking about.

Now if you have an outline of character traits and character arcs that you are jealously hoarding to yourself, that this all fits into, then great. I am not fool enough to pass judgment on an incomplete picture. For all I know, Gogo's self assured poise and devil may care attitude is all a facade. I would not be surprised if this will all make sense in retrospect. I'm not concerned that we are seeing new things in Bomango, rather, I think that is a good thing.

No, my concern is the proximity this has with the whole bs "Mary Sue" thing. I doubt it, but I just want to be sure that this is not a knee jerk reaction and was a carefully considered, internally consistent development.

Look at me, I'm already a hyper-sensitive, over-analytical fanboy and you haven't even been published.

Oh you're good.
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Whew! That's a lot to digest, but I think I understand your interpretation.

This little arc is--in part, let me emphasize--quasi-autobiographical. There are a lot of times when I'm riding a high artistically, and then either have a moment of clarity that suddenly casts everything into doubt, or someone points out that I'm not quite as able/talented/what-have-you as I may let myself think. Here on dA, it's all too easy to let glowing comments fool you into a sense of self-satisfaction that creates a bubble that can be easily popped.

Usually I'm realistic about it, but sometimes realizing you're not the world-beater your ego tells you you are can throw you off your game. Here, I've used Gogo as a proxy for that. 9 times out of 10 she would shrug it off, but I think she's capable of being wounded or questioning things from time to time.

But for the context of the story/characters, I think this offhanded set of remarks by Andy comes as a challenge to her, meant as a half-serious ribbing but interpreted as him chiding her for being "less" than she assumed she was. I think Andy is comfortable enough with her that he believes he can mess with her like this, but Gogo, with her childish need to be acknowledged as constantly awesome has taken this with more thought and umbrage than a rational person would.

And besides, it's fun when she overreacts to little things :)

And wow, I really ran with that. My two cents have a way of turning into dollars. I'll just continue this arc and we'll see what happens. ;) thanks for the insight!
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ekwood Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Coolbeans.

Glad my fears were unfounded. It's just a pet peeve of mine to see artists heckled into doing something they wouldn't normally, it's unnecessary.
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Well, I try not to be heckled into anything, heh...But I'm slowly becoming aware that people have memories when it comes to these characters, and so I'm trying to balance between offering new insights while honoring the stuff people see as sort of canon.

And of course trying to push myself more. I tread the same water enough as it is :P
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ButterflyPigment Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. Didi got pretty scary there.
XD
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DTJB Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Come on Andy, you didn't think something was going to happen over this? Take responsibility.

That shirt...awesome.

Aww, even when she's pissed off she's cute.
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kianahsaro Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
And meanwhile, I'm wanting to steal Didi's shirt. It's awesome.
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NinaMarinaAcuatico Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Awesomeness! I adore Didi's Mama Bear-esk rant, reminds me of my Mom. Keep up the prodigious, and well drawn comics!
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akyraXyue Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahah i love that serie xD
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AnathePirate Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*coughs awkwardly* I personally like where this is going story wise..it's interesting. Looking forward to see what happens next, VanHeist!
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Coyotecom Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Didi got dem Hartman Hips~
I like the character development going on here, Andy actually being less afraid of Gogo, probably to the detriment of the world! How will he learn his lesson? (Probably the moon will explode)
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
cripes, i have to look up EVERYTHING these days! "Hartman hips"...ahh, gotcha. :P dang kids with your terms!

character development has stalled, as i have been drawing these in photoshop AND FORGOT TO SAVE THE DAMN THING BEFORE MY COMPUTER AUTO-UPDATED WINDOWS ON ME AND ARRRRGH...

...so...re-drawing now :S
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Coyotecom Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Gotta watch those updates man. Always save if you're gonna be away from the computer for more than a couple minutes :3

I had to look it up too, last year.
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Good lord, yeah. I stopped working to read a book for whatever reason and the computer said "time for updates! Restarting!" And the new Gogo n Didi drawings went up in smoke. Clumsy artist mistake.
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Coyotecom Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Damn the luck!
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aquatus1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I love her shirt. I love her shirt. I LOVE her shirt.

So much so that I am going to overlook her potty-mouth. She was obviously extremely upset, but she did blush after swearing, and she did give him a loving "hmph!" at the end of it.
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freetalkn657 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
That last panel is super duper beautiful. His proportions and fluffy hair and pose are all spot on, I think. <3 I also love how he has a Totoro!! :D
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kunoichimistress Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really liking this whole comic to bits :D

It shows a different side of Gogo that is very interesting to see and gives her even more character. <3
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ohTHATsean Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow this is super serious!
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Hyenaworks Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is some good stuff you're belting out. :D
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Readasaur Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
In his defense, she was pretty much just pressing her massive ego in his face and daring him to pop it.
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now she is MAD. :shifty:
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OrdonCrane Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
The 'Hmmph' with hearts totally broke the seriousness for me. Smirked at end.
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Arkane-Kumo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
This is adorable...yet real. The complexities of their relationship is revealed.
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salitine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Way to break down and give yourself an easy way out instead of something original like character development.

You gave in to the feelings of a character you made up, instead of actually trying to give her some feminine empathy and goals.

Why don't you give her a giant shota-raping horse penis for Andy to suck on while you're at it?

Quitter.
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OceanStory1 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
You serious ??? I may have just read this comic for the first time, but this Andy guy was being an ass.
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