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October 11, 2007


Filed under: Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, comic strips, comics, flirtation, humor, women's magazines — Cidu Bill @ 12:27 am



  1. “All those articles you read, and you still don’t understand anything about men.”

    Arlo is saying that the only reason a man ever speaks to a woman is because he’s attracted to her. This is because Arlo is a shallow tool, and he assumes all men are just like him.

    Comment by Brian — October 11, 2007 @ 1:51 am

  2. You mean the guy who pretends to be your friend only because he wants to sleep with you? And when he can’t manipulate you into dumping your boyfriend, he rants and whines that “women don’t want a Nice Guy, they want jerks”? And all his friends agree like sheep and spread malicious rumours about you?

    Ah, yes. The “Nice Guy” (note the caps), in reality the biggest jerk of them all. He lies, manipulates, uses emotional blackmail – and when his grand scheme fails to work, blames the other person, never himself for being dishonest.

    Comment by Charlene — October 11, 2007 @ 2:38 am

  3. The current Something Positive storyline echoes Charlene’s thoughts about The Nice Guy.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 11, 2007 @ 4:04 am

  4. Bah, there are plenty of nice guys who don’t do it just to get chicks.

    Comment by Powers — October 11, 2007 @ 7:38 am

  5. There’s a difference between a nice guy and a Nice Guy. Really nice guys are kind guys, good guys; Nice Guys are jerks who try to get girls by offering fake friendship for the sole purpose of getting sex. Some of them even do what the character in Something Positive did – try to make the girl feel like she owes them for their having been “nice” to her.

    You’ll also notice that the Nice Guy is the first to scream and holler when you mention the Nice Guy Syndrome. “No! It’s not like that! Who can understand women! They all like jerks!” Um, no.

    Comment by Charlene — October 11, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  6. Arlo’s point isn’t that there are faux nice guys out there — he’s saying that those articles always insinuate that the random male character is some sort of potential love interest. Of course they do this in the interest of creating drama, which boosts magazine sales — but it’s natural for Janis to expect (and for Arlo to assume as well) that this fellow likes her.

    And as Chekhov said, you don’t bring a gun onstage in Act I and not have it get fired by Act III.

    Comment by LostInTarnation — October 12, 2007 @ 4:12 am

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