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The "ick" factor has gone up exponentially - holy moly. If this doesn't become a cautionary tale of a naive student and an unethical instructor, we'll have proof that Karen Moy really does have rocks in her head. ("Naive" is an understatement when applied to Dawn - hoo boy.)
Look at him shoving his book and papers into a trash can. He's definitely planning to do something with Dawn that will get him fired.
Harlan must be an Old Master at this sort of thing.
I see what you did there, Sharon. ;-)
No "ick" factor here. This is KM's idea of romance.
Harlan should be on a collision course with the HR department, if Local University has such a thing. Even if he's as clueless as Dawn, and his invitation is completely innocent, he's probably an adjunct or part timer, and highly expendable. Of course, we're dealing with an alternate universe where the University is run by a "Director" instead of a president, so normal rules may not apply.
While reading this story the only thing that comes to mind is "50 Shades of Ick". Is Dawn so dumb and clueless? Never mind, I answered my own question.
Someone else mentioned it but I am betting that Harlan's wife and/or kids are at the door when Dawn shows up. Otherwise this storyline is indeed very icky.
Harlan Jones has also morphed into a much younger and more handsome figure than when this StorIckLine first started. Also, more Inspiring.
It would be unfair of us to conclude that Dawn is an idiot if we couldn't "see" her thoughts, but we can and she is.
Can't image what it's like to be the artist on this strip."I have to draw what???!!!"Does anyone know how much direction they receive? Does it read like a script (Harlan leans forward, attempting to hypnotize Dawn... )Would love to see an example of how they make this sausage.
Did Prof. Harlan really say "FOUR P DOT M DOT"?
I've never missed Margo Magee from Apt 3-G so much as I do today. Her blistering gaze might be the only thing that can save Dawn from...something very bad...
Is M. Giella attempting to send us a secret message by picturing the EXIT sign with all other students marching towards it immediately adjacent to uber icky Harlan. Danger, Dawn!! Run for the exit with the others!! Eww, I just remembered that "Harlan" was the name of the creep in "Thelma and Louise" that Louise had to dispatch in the parking lot after he attacked Thelma... Double ick.
I'm with KitKat on this one. Unless this plot line turns around very quickly (yes, I know how silly that sounds for Mary Worth), Karen Moy will have added yet another merit badge for cluelessness.I have to admit that something about today's column has me raising the odds that Moy will turn things in the right direction. Obviously I'm deeply ashamed to write such words, but do you know what I mean?
I am predicting that Harlan will soon be revealed as one of the unsavory secondary characters who turn up from time to time in Worthiverse. Many of you will remember the guy who enjoyed showing off his pornographic art in his Charterstone condo some years back. Whatever happened to him??
Danger Wil Robinson, Danger Warning Danger
Who ARE these people? They don't look anything like Dawn and Harlan!
I know this is a family-friendly blog and all, but am I the only one that sees there's something terribly suggestive about the way Harlan is jamming his book into that open satchel? My goodness!
I think someone was like "hey Joe, here are some pictures of modern men with mustaches, try one of these," and he couldn't decide between Selleck (panel one) and McConnaghuey (panel two).
Prediction -- after this kerfuffle, Dawn will decide that college is just too much trouble and, in a moment of inspiration, will apply elsewhere ("If u kn rd ths, u kn bkm a sec n gt a gd jb").
How can she get out of class later today at two when the clock in the second panel clearly shows it's already five past three? Also...I'm reading this just after reading about the poor woman in Seattle who was apparently dismembered by the date she "met" online, which makes this storyline even creepier.
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