I don't want to talk about it!

posted May 21st, 2013, 2:01 am


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May 21st, 2013, 7:40 am

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If you want my critique on Julie, she looks fine the way you have drawn her on these panels, given your art style. However, since Dr. Julie Bernt is " on the job " in this installment, I would suggest that she should have been dressed more business-like and professional. Maybe you should have drawn her wearing a lab coat and a dress, or a nice blouse with long, silky sleeves, and a short pencil skirt. As she is now, she is too casual for work, even if it is in her own home, IMO. But just take that for what it's worth. You don't have to do a redraw if you don't want to, or if you like what you have done, just because I have said something. After all, this is your comic to draw as you see fit.

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May 21st, 2013, 11:54 am

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@CuteDress&TwinPonytails: You are absolutely, 100% correct that Dr Julie Bernt is dressed too casually. This was done very deliberately.
It stems from a combination of factors. The first being that Toni is not in the best position with authority at the moment, so presenting as an authority figure it probably not a good idea.
Second, Julie wants Toni to be as comfortable as possible. In tech support/customer service, the general rule of thumb is to speak to customers at the same level they are at, with a slightly more professional tinge. This way they don't feel talked down to and feel like they are being heard, as the other person is reciprocating their stance.
Third, and probably the most important - Julie's (and to a lesser extent, Dan's) relationship with Toni is *very* complicated. This gets built on later. I actually have that part fully thought out, but I don't know how to introduce it. Just keep reading and it should become clear that there is much more at stake than a therapist/physician-patient dynamic.

I hope that explains some of the thought process behind it. I really dig that you paid close enough attention to point that out!

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May 21st, 2013, 10:11 pm

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This part is probably supposed to be a text bomb; talking is something that Toni really needs to do, and Julie's trying to encourage that.

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May 24th, 2013, 7:36 am

Valley

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Better drawer than I am. That is why I prefer writing.

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