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damn, i hope you like text...

been chipping away at this one for a bit, basically it amounts to a little bit of internal character study for Andy. Which i guess is why it's a bit windy and overblown. But i did like drawing 3 versions of him.

the idea is that Andy's been spending his summer allowing himself to be pummeled into shape by Gogo, who's had him out in the miserable heat to the point of exhaustion. The joke, of course, is that while he's off in his own little world debating the particulars of his relationship, Gogo is frantically carrying him from the battlefield to get him back on his feet. See, she's not all that wicked, right? ;)

so...i realize all this amounts to a HUGE festival of navel-gazing and convoluted notions, but this has been a snowplow for removing a case of artist's block and so i'm going to get back to work on stuff i'm paid to do :XD: enjoy!

EDIT: Much as i'd love to take credit for the phrase on Gogo's shirt, it's been floating around long before i got to it. Pretty sure you can find a similar shirt if you look hard enough :)
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AJKaton Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang this was good. My kudos Mr.Van.

Andy's got the annoying voices in the back of his head that I've heard before. To "be who you are" now while that cynical jerk on the other side calls it "giving up". Friggin love those debates in stories.
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johnny90anderson Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Best strip to really get a sense of andy. So glad this got made.
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
Wow awesome character development and awesome wirting thanks for writing
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senzirri Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not usually into comics... but this one.... this one's deep. I like it.
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hellobobo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Can she really destroy a city if she wants?
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lokiawolf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The third version of Andy looks like a Andy/Gogo love child
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Crusader13 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
I had a "STRONG LIKE BULL SMART LIKE TRACTOR" made for me. The layout is a bit different but it is one of my favourites ever since.
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Tymofey Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Okay. I have discovered you and Bomango just 2 hours ago and have since been reading everything in the entire gallery in the order of submission. Many thanks for this awesomeness as a whole, but I have something I want to say about this one in parciular, even though I am rougly 3 years late. I REALLY hope Andy's 'dream' there is an actual plot point, not just heat induced bullshit. The idea of him actually being able to level up to Gogo's level makes me insanely giddy with excitement. Anyway I reckon I'll either find out in next few hours or, if the plot (however much there is) has not progressed to that point yet, I'll be able to nag you to actually pursue this idea. Good day.
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senzirri Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I completely agree. 
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VanHeist Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Oh dear...PLOT? I knew i forgot something! PLOT!

just kidding...sort of.

Also...this is that old already? jeepers!
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KingBoro Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice ludacris reference
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KingBoro Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry i meant outkast
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013

in this entire series there seem to be some weird spark of brilliance about it all.

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somercet Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
John Landis used to tease John Belushi with that phrase, actually.

Fragment A knows Andy needs to examine and sort his motivations, but B is right: a little pain won't kill him.
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Omen11 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
the jjourney continues
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silvon23 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I like how you split Andy's Ego and Id in dealing with Gogo, as well as his relationship with Gogo, sort of a take on the Iron Giant.
I love your art, humor and story. Keep it up!!
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Carameja Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
LMFAO! :XD: Oh dear lord.. XD
love the last panel! :rofl:
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Inside all of us are a number of voices all clambering to be heard, the right answer is none of them are right or mean anything until acted upon.
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eablevins Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Love it!
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Kunnai Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Nice job with the symbolism with both sides of Andy's consciousness. The shadow is always below the light.
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Slartybardfast Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[i]Swift[/i], like Tree through Forest.
[i]Sharp[/i], like Pebble in River.
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vanghool Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Am I the to understand that the upsidedown Andy is his superego while GoGo Andy is his id?

By the way great dialogue. Worthy of Moore, Miller or Claremont.
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Mokalyne Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
strong like bull smart like ... tractor ? XD Love it u_u mouahaha xD
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Kenichi2point0 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Normally I don't laugh at heat exhuastion, but LMAO!!! This is brilliant!:lol:
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
i'm here to tell ya, heat exhaustion is a pain :XD: thanks
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Kenichi2point0 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
I can only imagine. Btw I have a friend who's totally addicted to Gogo now. Lol!
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Dude8462 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
good job its really interesting
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fangseeker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
I am sorry. I know you have said this before somewhere, but I lost it. These characters where in a collection of short story comics right? What was the name of that? Happy New Year!
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SolrSurfr3 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, their relationship is indeed a complicated one. But it's probably a lot less complicated than dying of heat exhaustion, so that's one bright side I guess. XD

Note to self: Get a shirt like that :D
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Dante8411 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
Reading the dialogue, I just imagine it like he's trying to date the Iron Giant.
"YOU ARE NOT A GUN! OR A SLEDGEHAMMER! OR ANYTHING WITH A PRIMARY FUNCTION CENTERED AROUND DESTRUCTION!"
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EvynC Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Pessimist: Life's about being scraped and cut.

Optimist: Life's about living to tell the tale.

Realist: Everyone get's cut, get over yourself.

Taoist: Become the knife.

and then there's Gogo: Anyone try to cut me don't live because I cut dem with mine meat claws first.
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MotorTomten Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
I should get me a "smart like tractor" t-shirt sometime
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InTheStarryNightSky Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Oh wow. I love this piece. Andy arguing with himself, and Gogo helping him and just everything is so awesome. And I always knew Gogo cared!

I like to think that Andy decides to keep with Gogo's training, but still has that quality about him that makes him Andy. (Then again that's just me.)
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AuroraKet Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
It almost scares me to think about her trying to do CPR on Andy. That could end up horriffically. ;)
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doubtingthomas Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
There is a powerful woman in my life who I am always trying to impress, and I tend to be very stupid about it. Panels one and two made me feel very peaceful. Thank you.
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nigeltheoutlaw Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
I love her shirt, I want it! "Strong like bull, smart like tractor".
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PyroJirah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011   Traditional Artist
The upside-down pale Andy creeps me out, but the fainted, conked out Andy cracks me up.
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Coyotecom Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
I was about to say, I love her shirt. But I love her hair more.
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Dunne Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Gah, can't compete, nor do I want to with the already placed observations of such an unbalanced quagmire of what Andy faces with his relationship with Gogo.

Andy is Gogo's control rod to her nuclear reactor. In-spite of being either full out, Gogo in her more extrovert state and Andy ambivalently distant, or in a SCRAM condition, with both of them close together even though they keep each other in check, I think that Andy will find a compromise. Personally I prefer compromise. Andy may gain a Gogo like physique, with the matted hair, yet still retain the hair color and eyes, just a mind that is not as whishy washy.

Of course I'll just summarize it to that Andy will become a sort of old spice version of himself. Confident, strong, better looking, with a much matured and nurtured mind, yet with water parting logic and the ability of charming Gogo with such logic without lifting a finger, yet still being the boo-bear, just one that wont come close to asphyxiation in her embrace.
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digitalspiritx Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
I'm not sure if Andy's anima and animus are really sorting things out for him or making him more confused.
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wolfen Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
...and so goes Andy's spiritual revelation. Nice Work!
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SP85 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011   Digital Artist
Your comic's getting so in-depth! So much character development :eager:
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Mehf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
"Strong like bull, smart like tractor" snickersnort.
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mach-one Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... couldn't help but laugh at the end. I think i'd get the first way, seems smarter, easier to fix, and well, more suitable for lazy people.
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
It'll be interesting to see which way Andy ultimately goes, but honestly I think finding a mid way point between the two would be best. He can be Gogo's conscience and moral compass AND better himself at the same time :3

P.S. Gogo carrying him like a handbag in the last panel is just PRICELESS XD
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Awfully funny, as usual. The soulgazing lasts just long enough to make the last panel really pop. The only thing I don't like is Andy's face at the end. Suddenly inserting that generic anime mouth interrupts the flow of the story and panel - at least for me.
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
I'm not sure I agree - I think the face works in that the expression shows you just how out of it Andy is.
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
I'm of the opinion that anime expressions are just lazy. Bomango comics have such an awesome style all their own - why trade it in for something generic?
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Otacon144 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student Filmographer
I'm of the opinion that styles and expressions are tools. It's all in how you use them.

Personally, I think it's effective here.
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voodoo143 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
As I also live in wisconsin, the last few clips hit me hard (in a great way) the work as always is great.
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