Re today’s strip. He’s trying to comfort her after his rejection of her advances the previous night. Makeup hug - he holds her gingerly - he tries to disengage - her arms move from his waist up to his chest - then surprised look - then he holds her more tenderly.
Is she doing something out of view? Why the surprised look? What subtext am I missing here?
At first, she’s in a loose embrace with him, but in the next-to-last panel she’s gripped him tightly, and then in the final panel, she is crying, as indicated by the movement lines around her head (which IMO are too subtle and easy to miss).
I don’t mean to speak for Astro , but I don’t get it either and no one’s really explaining the meaning. I’ve never seen this cartoon, so not knowing the characters or the storyline, my first interpretation would be that the guy has suddenly, surprisedly found himself turned on by her.
I’m not familiar with the cartoon either, but it seems to clear to me that these are two characters that share a friendship; the previous night, the woman came on to the man, who rejected her. Today, they are discussing it: She reveals that she is hurt and upset, and he tries to comfort her by saying that he wants to be her friend, but nothing more. She initially agrees with this, they embrace, and then the embrace turns into her sobbing into his chest, which is what causes the look of surprise on the man’s face.
There isn’t really anything to “get” here: there isn’t a punchline to this strip. In the last couple panels, Marigold has had another breakdown and is sobbing into Angus’s chest. I expect this is a setup for tomorrow’s strip, which will in some manner involve Angus agreeing to help Marigold over come her crippling social anxiety and awkwardness.
It may or may not help to know that Marigold and Angus are roommates, so they can’t just avoid each other until the awkward goes away. Marigold made advances while drunk, after Faye left. Faye had been there drinking with them and she’s the one that Angus likes, although Marigold may not know it. Marigold is an online gamer who has only recently started interacting with people outside of her room.
In my interpretation of the strip, Marigold is blowing Angus. Yep, full on blow job. Now, whether Angus is hung like his namesake, or he has a mutant chest penis… well that’s just up to the individual reader’s interpretation. As it should be.
Re Marigold, the strip artist really does make her pretty repulsive as he keeps drawing her with an unattractive face, then adds lots of blackheads and acne due (assumedly) to poor hygiene based on her history of not taking care of her surroundings or herself. If she’s that slack with simply cleaning her skin I don’t think Angus would be in for a treat if they did hook up if she smells like she looks.