Chapter 13 Page 43

February 26th, 2018, 4:59 pm
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February 12th, 2018, 5:02 pm
There's that lil' wonky half smile again, I guess that's just a thing he does now lolol.

Ah'll sithee later.
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Vapor (Guest)
February 17th, 2018, 8:57 pm
Love Atty's face in that second-to-last panel. XD Great comic!
Hero of Comedy
February 26th, 2018, 5:16 pm
February 26th, 2018, 6:51 pm
@Hero of Comedy:

Gentleman angered/offended.
February 27th, 2018, 3:56 pm
@SoulRaider116: Triggered
February 27th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Perhaps on the next page he will have a clinical mental health episode and you will be proven correct.

Perhaps he's merely going to be upset and/or angered and you are using triggered as a slang word that underminds the severity of actual mental health episode triggers thus making a difficult battle against stigma even more difficult.

Perhaps you deliberately posted the comment to get to me because I ranted on this issue a couple pages ago and you are a troll.

Perhaps I was (and am) overthinking things in the way I often do when my first thought on seeing you use the word triggered was that you deliberately used it because of the comments left a few pages ago. My counselor says I need to work on the overthinking...he's right.

The battle for mental health triggers to be respected is definitely worth the while, though. And since H0ly seemed to agree, I'm not as hesitant about posting this.

I'll be sure to say one last time that if people actual took the time to understand what a trigger is, I wouldn't mind it nearly as much. But it's a meme or slang, whichever you choose to call it, born of ignorance.

And now the troll feeding is done. Go look up some facts on mental health, and don't use wikipedia. Try NAMI, or other reliable sources.
Chris (Guest)
February 27th, 2018, 11:24 pm
@SoulRaider116: If the term was used exclusively for serious mental health-related breakdowns, you *might* have a point. But it gets used so broadly by many people who say they're triggered or demand trigger warnings that it's laughable. And don't expect to not be mocked when you come in with a self-righteous "um actually" post, showing no sense of humor or irony.
February 28th, 2018, 5:56 am
@Chris: You obviously just skimmed over that post, since SoulRaider116 mentioned it was used as a meme too, and that is the problem. Using the term as a meme ridicules people who actually suffer. It's worst then victim blaming, it's victim bashing. Just because a word is misused, doesn't mean its proper meaning can't be explained and understood. "Someone used it incorrectly before me" isn't an excuse to keep doing the same mistake. Especially when the people asking for trigger warnings on ice cream flavors are clearly idiots.
February 28th, 2018, 11:44 am
You've just pointed out that your part of the problem by linking the meme to people who ask for trigger warnings.

If a person feels the need to say a trigger warning should be in place, then they are most likely affected by a deep mental impact that is somehow connected to the instance they're asking to be warned about.

Those who ask for trigger warnings and are not serious, should really be ashamed. Learning to cope with your triggers is a lifetime of hard work and maintenance. I am in control of one of my most severe triggers as long as my mental state is moderately good. Some of the others, I have yet to master.

And memes like the one you've referenced are part of the reason even my so called supportive family can't seem to grasp that I don't always have control over my reactions to certain situations.

I'm not self-righteous, I'm speaking from experience. When the very aspect of something leaves you shaking, panicked, hardly able to don't necessarily expect people to go out of their way to avoid it (often it's unavoidable).

If folks could show a bit more understanding and less ridicule of a programmed reaction it would be very helpful. That's all it is.

The "triggered" meme makes it seem like we choose to over react to simple things, and that's not it.

Honestly, the meme wouldn't be a problem if it were not for the already existing stigma and ignorance that lead to its creation. Because, your right. The word has many meanings, most words do.

A trap can be triggered, an argument can be triggered, a fit of anger can be the lack of specification that automatically implies mental health, since in the psychological field, we talk about triggers, triggering events and "what triggered you."

Sometimes we are still discovering triggers.

I didn't know trains could be a trigger for me until I reached High School. They are my greatest trigger, I think, when I'm in the lowest of places. The sight or sound, in person or on the screen. Especially the idea of death by train.

I can give you a list of my triggers, if you like. Like my supportive family, you'll probably think most of them are ridiculous, and a 32 year old should get over them. That's called mental health stigma. One in four people are diagnosed with mental illness. One in four people deal with the other three telling us to get over it every day. Most of us just want a little respect and understanding. A little dignity.

Only once have I ever commented to an author about trigger warnings. Because I was reading a fic involving suicide (which doesn't bother me) and came across suicide via caused a panic attack. Most of mine aren't that sensitive to literary or comic reproduction though.
King (Guest)
February 28th, 2018, 9:06 pm
@SoulRaider116: Triggered has fallen to same fate as words such as gay or retarded. Literally is also one of such words that no longer holds their original meaning. Chris will not be the last person you see use this word, whether you think it's a misuse of it or not. (HINT: It is no longer a misuse of the word.) Lots of special snowflakes around the globe have ruined the term completely unrelated to memes in any way, shape or form.

Just get over it and stop being triggered over someone using the word triggered correctly.
February 28th, 2018, 10:29 pm

Guest previously known as Chris:

I'm not triggered by this word. I'm upset and concerned over the trickle down effect of the way it's being used as slang.

I'm not panicked, pulse is normal, no tremors or freezing in racing thoughts or chaos in my growing feeling of impending doom or sense that my ultimate fate is destined to be flashbacks or dreading my parents thoughts of self harm or of harming need to practice grounding techniques to calm down even.

Definitely I'm not triggered. I'm in a pretty Zen place, actually, since I get the perfect chance to use you and you trolling to demonstrate my arguments. Thanks for the podium.

Your point is valid, I acknowledge that much. English is a fluid language. Words change meaning constantly. Triggered used to refer to setting of a it makes sense it would morph into the current slang of setting off someone's temper.

So, it's not really the evolving etymology that bothers me, if you can grasp that finally.

It's the fact that people are undereducated about mental health and what triggers mean in that context. Therefore, they assume that triggered simply means choosing to get upset, and having control over it. With mental illness, depending on what state of mind you are in, you don't always have that control.

That's why I have to make sure people won't forget what someone being triggered can truly mean. The real impact it can have. That it's not just a meme or a joke.

I'm not going to stop explaining what the severe repercussions of the new uses are. I'm not going to stop fighting the stigma I face every day. I'm too strong for that. Go ahead and use the word, just be aware of the consequences, that's all.

It's the only thing I actually rant about on this site...I take mental health issues seriously, because I've lived with it most of my life.

If I'm a snowflake, so be it. Snow is only water in another state, right? And we are all mostly water.
March 1st, 2018, 1:28 am
@SoulRaider116: You seriously need to grow up, someone pointing out that you're throwing a temper tantrum does no mean that they're "trolling", people understand that the word triggered is actually significant when used in the same context as PTSD yet you seem to think that using it outside of that context means they don't. Just because tumblr and other whiny bitches have devalued the word doesn't mean that the original meaning has lost it's importance.
March 1st, 2018, 5:26 am

Hmm...don't limit it to PTSD please. Major depressive, schizophrenic, bipolar, we all have triggers.

That's part of the issue here. If your not PTSD you aren't allowed to have a trigger.

And sweetheart, I'm not throwing a tantrum. I'm presenting a logical and thought out argument.

And tantrum is more along the lines of pointless crying. I don't think anyone here has thrown a tantrum.

And we can just say trolling is in the eye of the beholder. I've admitted to perspective issues. It comes hand in hand with my depressive and generalized anxiety disorder diagnoses. Thankfully I have been making progress.

Nice talking to you though. Chris/King/Annonymous person.
King (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 4:23 am
@SoulRaider116: Not Chris and not a troll. But holy shit, get over it. There is no denying that you're triggered by the use of this word. Your reaction is the stereotypical Tumblrina reaction to something they don't like. Your reaction is straight up embarrassing.
March 1st, 2018, 5:42 am

Sweetheart, I've lived with my diagnoses for nineteen years, and have a degree in psychology (an associate's, but still a degree that I plan to continue). In nineteen years, I've learned a lot of what happens when I'm triggered. The word triggered isn't triggering.

If anything on my trigger list applied here it would be 'being treated like an idiot,' and ' people assuming my emotions.' And it's not because of the word.

I know I'm asking for that by trying to explain my position though.

The reaction you are describing isn't me when triggered. It's me when upset, but under control.

Triggers include (not in order of severity):

-Raised voices (particularly of men perceived as paternal figures or in that age range)
-Being treated like an idiot/being dismissed when offering advice or opinions to family
-People who assume my emotions and thought
-30 minute lectures on a mistake that could be pointed out in five minutes.
-Math problems

I will gladly explain why each triggers me (the history behind it) and the symptoms experienced if you like.
King (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 12:58 pm
@SoulRaider116: You may say you're not triggered but with how you're responding to the 3 of us you clearly are. And reading up with your reply to the Guest you still can't seem to grasp that it's more than 1 person, which is just sad. Multiple people are against you here. You've already shown your true colors and are just digging yourself a deeper and deeper hole by trying to fight it.

You are triggered. It's clear to everyone in the comments section. Just stop while you have what little bit of dignity you still have.
D (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 1:44 pm
@King: Did any of you actually read what SoulRaider wrote or just wave it off because it doesn't match your current view? They're responding in quite a calm and controlled manner; the only temper tantrums here are the kids who are getting offended that someone dared point out linguistic inaccuracies which lead to serious health problems being treated as a joke. It's also abundantly clear that there's a lack of knowledge among those upset kids regarding what being "triggered" actually entails, psychologically speaking. Try understanding SoulRaider's point of view, you may find yourself becoming a better person for it. Tumblrina snowflakes certainly share the blame for making the concept seem more frivolous than it actually is, but internet memelords making fun of them only make it worse for people who actually suffer from mental health problems.

Triggered is not synonymous with "upset/offended/opposing viewpoint", no matter how much kids on the internet try to make it seem that way. Kind of like how millions of examples of people mixing up their/they're/there doesn't make them legitimately interchangeable.

And before you ignore everything I said because it's easier to dismiss someone as "triggered" when they don't agree with you, I do not have any psychological issues with associated triggers. I'm a mental health professional with a master's degree in my field, and my patients getting bullied for mentioning their triggers because everyone misusing the word turns it into a joke makes my job more difficult than it has to be.

I get that it can be obnoxious when someone starts soapboxing online. But if you suppress that knee-jerk irritable reaction for a few minutes and think about what's being said, maybe it'll make more sense than you initially thought.

I sincerely hope you have a pleasant weekend.
Uknown (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 2:47 pm

I tip my hat to you.
King (Guest)
March 4th, 2018, 3:25 am
@D: There's a huge difference between a word adopting a new meaning and someone making a typo in the case of their/there/they're.

Someone getting upset/offended is a perfectly accurate use of the word triggered nowadays. Unfortunately for you and anyone with mental illnesses it has adopted a new meaning, just like literally and retarded have.
Jim (Guest)
March 3rd, 2018, 12:03 am
What @SoulRaider116: Hot dog, this is the most self-indulgent thing I have seen in a while. Don't get me wrong, I understand that you are simply trying to get others to understand the position you are in and your particular circumstances, but you are also being a gigantic twat.

Nobody actually wanted to know about your special circumstances before chris posted his joke, and nobody actually wanted to know after. chris was making a joke, that is all. You are clearly either oblivious to that fact, or felt that it was terribly important that you impress your personal situation upon us all. You responded to a one-line joke with a monologue that honestly looks like it belongs on a personal blog or some personal journal. But you posted it here, because you wanted to interact with people, regardless of their feelings on this. I will re-iterate, nobody wanted to know about any of your shit. Whether or not you are trying to be an egoist, you are coming off as one.

Speaking for all the other random people who really couldn't be bothered to actually make a post on this, i'll just say: "you look like an idiot, you should probably post your essays elsewhere"
Jim (Guest)
March 3rd, 2018, 12:14 am
PS @Jim: I'm still in shock over the fact that you actually posted comments about your parental issues and your fear of trains in response to an original comment about how the MC might be emotionally disturbed by witnessing terrible art. That is the dumbest thing I have seen in a while. I also can't believe I got through that whole spiel without swearing at you. I think you deserve a good brow-beating, but that would just serve to further feed that victim-complex you've clearly well-nurtured. If you honestly are so emotionally compromised, go outside and play. You clearly shouldn't be on the internet, and the combination of fresh air with genuine human experiences should do wonders in making you into a more stable human being.
March 4th, 2018, 9:48 pm
@Jim: on the topic of essays nobody wants to read, please look in the mirror.
Noble (Guest)
March 3rd, 2018, 2:59 am
triggered @King: "Just get over it and stop being triggered over someone using the word triggered correctly."
Damn straight.
March 7th, 2018, 4:21 am
Alright guys, we've hit the end of this comment chain. If you were curious like me, and you wanted to see what was up with the whole debacle just above, it's over now. Regular comments start from here down.
February 26th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Thats atty. After years of hard work drawing some rich guy gets a less quality art and he's thinking "i could make this better with my eyes close, seriously".
February 26th, 2018, 5:37 pm
eheheheheheh I love the smile I love this page.
February 26th, 2018, 5:44 pm
I Beth Atty can make a better one :33
Lone_Garurumon (Guest)
February 26th, 2018, 5:45 pm
Oh no, Art Snob Atty has been unleased
February 26th, 2018, 5:48 pm
And here comes Atty the master thief, where he steals the subject and leaves a painting.
February 26th, 2018, 6:45 pm
my favorite part of this is that its clear the lack of sleep, the stress, and the nagging sense of mortal danger for him and his (unconsciously) favorite pokemon results in him kinda just SNAPPING when something that he has a deep-seeded aversion to (over-expensive art with no quality or effort) shows up from what seems like the depths of hell
Shaede The Black Eevee
February 26th, 2018, 7:20 pm
I would say the same thing except proceed to drawing a masterful picture of rapidash and presenting it to him on a piece of notebook paper while smirking and flipping him off.

Love the half-smile thing, btw. Hope it appears more often.
mikato1 (Guest)
February 28th, 2018, 3:13 am
@Shaede The Black Eevee: WHERE'S THE LIKE BUTTON!? XD I like the way you think, sir.
February 26th, 2018, 7:21 pm
I've loving Atty's expression in that panel it's just so good and conveys his distain for that picture so well
February 26th, 2018, 7:41 pm
Atty clearly hasn't been to a modern art museum
February 26th, 2018, 7:41 pm
they broke him
February 26th, 2018, 7:45 pm
Clearly he does look disappointed after looking at rich gentleman's arts that looks terrible.
February 26th, 2018, 8:52 pm
Dangit Atty. No bike voucher for you.
February 26th, 2018, 9:01 pm
This is going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back I just know it. He's been through so much crap and just making him, an artist, endure BAD ART and call it AMAZING and bragging about how much you paid for this piece of crap by a so called professional it just going to make him flip LOL.

Atty should just quit and become an artist for the fan club. Given he has to stomach the over enthusiastic owners, at least he'd being doing art and it'd be GOOD.
February 26th, 2018, 9:43 pm
*When you show an edgy, teen artist your collection of terrible artwork*

"What can I say except YOU'RE WELCOME?"
Ren Fowl
February 26th, 2018, 10:25 pm
Reply this the first time we've seen atty smile? I swear to god it is.
TotallyNotADitto (Guest)
February 26th, 2018, 11:54 pm
Atty's face at the end is pretty much how I look most of the time. Not sure why people find me so creepy.
Osmostrix (Guest)
February 26th, 2018, 11:59 pm
Oh, so we're acknowledging that. I didn't want to be the one to point it out!
February 27th, 2018, 2:06 am
Challenge: Paint that Rapidash like a baws, Atty!
Pokedork (Guest)
February 27th, 2018, 2:07 am
Let atty just bust out his book and doodle his rapidash, and just blow his tits off
February 27th, 2018, 2:54 am
oh lord he's about to crack it. hang in there atty
February 27th, 2018, 6:27 am
Oh thank god he said it
Fluffyllama (Guest)
February 27th, 2018, 6:49 am
Hehehe NIiiice. XD
Danny (Guest)
February 27th, 2018, 8:17 am
Atticus.exe has encountered an error
February 27th, 2018, 11:58 am
Atty's about to have a mental breakdown
February 27th, 2018, 12:52 pm
this is it... Atty snapping.

Let loose Atty man, let them all hear how you're better and how this world of pokemon is insane and how he never even got any sleep.
February 27th, 2018, 12:53 pm
I am with Atty on this... and just about everything else.

Atty and I are so similar it's kinda scary.
Though I don't agree with that stick up his a** at all, it seems to stem from his major trust issues (those can be fixed with effort).
February 27th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Atty: I could do better with both hands tied behind my back while blindfolded and holding the pencil with my FOOT.
RighteousBafian (Guest)
February 27th, 2018, 8:10 pm
Welp, looks like Atty is broken once more at the sight of the Rapidash. Also George seems to (not) have good taste apparently.
February 28th, 2018, 12:45 am
It's a matter of perspective
February 28th, 2018, 8:16 am
@MilkyTea, maybe, but to be frank the meme in and of itself has raised awareness of the existance of mental triggers as a whole.
It may be uninformed the majority of the time but the fact that it exists as a meme in and of itself invites people to realize and figure out that it does exist.
Without the meme I know that I would have literally never heard of it as a thing that apparently happens.
February 28th, 2018, 5:30 pm
February 28th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Well, he is an artist. I'm guessing that he critiques the work in great detail. From here a few things can happen, Atty probably wouldn't show off his own work but might in his frazzled state and the old man could bad mouth it before tearing it up leading to them both verbally going at it maybe even with Atty evening the score(probably not that far as to tear up the portrait though).

Or The Old man Challenges him to 'BATTLE' and releases all his Pokemon starting a massive stampede wherein atticus can sneak around and steal stuff.

Maybe the Old man can't take it and starts overacting being in severe distress at which time Atty can steal stuff.

Of course there's always the whole he just doesn't, thereby forcing him to travel to Celedon in order to gt back Dragonthing!... Probably not through combat at first but it could devolve into that.
March 1st, 2018, 1:57 am
@SoulRaider116 Oh my god, nobody cares. This comment section isn't your special place to share your special opinion or to attack people for the use of an insignificant word. If anything, you're just making yourself a target by going through the process of writing out a god damn essay every time someone uses the word triggered, they're just going to use it to bait you and then mock you when you respond. You want people to stop using it incorrectly? Don't acknowledge it.
Uknown (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 2:52 pm

Er, that's kinda not how reality works? Not acknowledging a problem/ignorance doesn't make it go away. People don't magically become better informed because no one says anything. Some kind of intervention has to happen first.

Just saying.
Bubblekin Spawn (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 4:02 am
I so want Atty to give a genuine artistic critique on all the elements of how the painting fails. I mean, there's a tapered end at the edge of the canvas (Where two lines meet at the edge), having an object cut off in the upper corner is an amateur mistake, the ears reek of unintentional cubism, straight lines in the background fail to provide proper line direction to guide viewers' eyes around subject, subject takes up too much space, et cetera.
March 1st, 2018, 9:20 am
Next Atty will draw his Rapidash in exchange for a handful of Pokemon so he can claim he 'stole' them to get DT back.
Uknown (Guest)
March 1st, 2018, 2:54 pm
Atty's face in the second to last panel is absolutely wonderful. I admit to being kind of an art snob, so watching watching the other dude's praise was kinda painful, lol.
March 1st, 2018, 7:28 pm
Atty has been broken
March 1st, 2018, 7:29 pm
Or upset might be a better thing to say
March 1st, 2018, 9:19 pm
Atty's been the straight man, the one sane person in a world of crazy people, but he's been, albeit loudly, tolerating it.

Little harder to tolerate things when under stress and lacking sleep. Ooooh, I feel a storm coming.
March 2nd, 2018, 2:50 am
To the idiot posers above who use trigger warning as a meme "because people ask for ridiculous trigger warnings to be marked."

You have the empathy levels of a seaweed. You don't know the least bit about psychology and mental illnesses. And you claim to be the ones who are right and act like it's ridiculous to not be reminded of your worst experiences? You have no idea what dealing with a mental illness is.

There are people whose trigger warnings are things that can be easily linked with bad experiences in the minds of others. If someone tells you their trigger warning is sexual abuse or alcohol or drugs,you can easily imagine those things are linked with bad memories for the person in question.

The thing is, the human mind is tricky. Things don't always work like that. A person may be fine discussing alcohol and drugs in a general way, or being around people who drink, but break down if they hear the clinking of bottles. Weird,right? But if that person was beaten by their parents when they drank, and the kid knew when the parents drank because there was sounds of clinking bottles,then it's not so weird anymore,is it?

There are trigger warnings that are indeed very strange. I've read the case of a person whose trigger warnings included soup and jello. No,it wasn't an idiot joke. No,it wasn't the person faking it. It was totally serious,and that person received a lot of hate for saying it. However,it turns out that person was hospitalized and force fed soup and jello only for a month and a half. Force feeding is an unpleasant experience at best, but for this person,it was awful.

In both examples above, you knew what the origin of the trigger warnings was,and maybe that made you a little bit more sympathetic. However,it should not have. People should not need to disclose their Tragic Backstory to strangers for them to be respected. They should not be reminded of the days when their lives were a living hell so that others can judge whether or not they are "for real" or if they suffered enough to be traumatized. Especially since the others are not the ones who have to deal with anxiety,panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, nervous breakdowns and such later from being triggered. The very own word says it - trauma means wound. Ignoring their trigger warnings or demanding to be told the cause is an asshole move, but more importantly,it causes the mentally ill person real harm. You ask a person for their trigger warnings and then you respect them,full stop. If you can't do that, better to walk away and leave that person alone.
Guest (Guest)
March 2nd, 2018, 2:23 pm
@Guest: ... triggered?
March 2nd, 2018, 10:48 am
No one is going to say it?.... Alright, triggered.
Nintendrone (Guest)
March 2nd, 2018, 3:24 pm
The emperor has no clothes
varsaigen (Guest)
March 2nd, 2018, 4:22 pm
Time to paint a new one!
Guise (Guest)
March 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Srsly Just stop the asshattery. Can't we enjoy the comic without resorting to memes in the comment section? You don't need to undermine people with health issues by using the term "Triggered" to make fun of someone, and neither do you need to write a multitude of essays to defend a request not to use it.
March 3rd, 2018, 8:08 pm


See those commenters up there?

What ever shall I call them??

Ya know..

I think they're all a little bit

*cough* tiggered *cough*

Aaaaah! What's good with you? Why'd you read that "t" word that way? I didn't spell it wrong
It's OBVIOUSLY a reference to Winnie the Pooh...
March 3rd, 2018, 9:52 pm
^ Hi Boolol
March 4th, 2018, 1:45 am
Why is this just cooypastas
VI (Guest)
March 4th, 2018, 8:34 pm
DRAW More than anything i want to see atty's new and improved rapidash - dear author, you could probably re-use the picture frame from the previous page so you don't have to draw it again :D
March 5th, 2018, 4:24 pm

March 5th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Pod argument
March 5th, 2018, 5:01 pm
Fuck autocorrect
March 5th, 2018, 5:02 pm
March 6th, 2018, 1:09 am
@Lenn: actually I rather enjoyed his essay. Please speak for yourself
Kroz1776 (Guest)
March 6th, 2018, 7:47 am
I found this interesting. I found it as I was doing research on the subject. d.html

Anywho...Atty is in the phase of sleep deprivation that's broken down his internal barriers. Some people are downright hilarious when they get like that.
March 7th, 2018, 1:46 pm
All right Atty, it's up to you to show them what real art is.
March 9th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Shit that escalated quickly...