EDIT 12/20/2010: It’s been brought to my attention that I used an ableist term, “idiotic”, in this comic. I always try to eliminate language that demeans a person because of their mental condition or intelligence from my writing, and I totally dropped the ball on this one. I’m sorry. What’s worse is that this particular comic has been hugely popular, and it’s been reposted all over the place, so even though I plan on editing this comic to change the wording, the original will still be out there. I will be more mindful of the language I’m using in the future.
Please know that I ALWAYS welcome reader input if they find something I write hurtful or demeaning. Don’t hesitate to contact me. You can read more about what makes this particular instance problematic at FWD’s Ableist Word Profile.
You may note that the style’s a little different on this one. I could pretend that is to reflect the nature of the MetaphoricalPuppyVerse, but it’s also because this was the first one I made in photoshop (as opposed to gimp), and was working my preferences out as I went.
Thank you to all the visitors who gave me a great boost of confidence and motivation in my first week, and special thanks to the art blog that linked me! In weeks to come, expect more plot progression and less complaining about Joss Whedon (for now).
↓ TranscriptWREN: This is exactly how I feel about Joss Whedon: ok, so caring about TV is like owning a house full of puppies.
WREN: And sure, they're cute and they're fun, but even if you ADORE them, they're constantly pissing and shitting on everything you love. It takes you so much energy to keep up with them and it doesn't seem worthwhile and you start to wonder, why, why did I fill my house with these irritating puppies?
WREN: Then you find one puppy who taught himself how to pee in the toilet. And you think, hey, that's neat trick! So you start watching him more than the other puppies. You realize, this puppy is actually pretty amazing. He behaves civilly, he's well read, you even share interests. His name is Joss Whedon, and even your friends that don't really like puppies think he's great. You start treating Joss Whedon like a friend instead of a pet, and you genuinely feel like he's in your house because he cares about you, not just because you feed him.
WREN: But one day you catch him doing some mundane puppy shit like drooling on your stuff or eating off your plate, and your expectations were so high that it's like...
WREN: GODDAMMIT JOSS WHEDON, YOU ARE THE WORST PUPPY EVER.