I love Kate Beaton. I love her so hard.
I think the essence of that comic can be summed thusly: It is a truth universally acknowledged in Romancelandia, that a single brooding man in possession of a dickbag nature must be in want of a Magic Hoo-Hoo to reform him. Nice dudes are nice, but dickbags are (generally speaking) easier to write when one is looking for fodder for generating conflict, and more exciting to read about. This is why I’m tipping my hat to Patricia Gaffney, Barbara Samuel, Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Crusie, Sharon and Tom Curtis and all the other authors who do a great job of creating heroes who are incredibly hot but aren’t brooding, damaged dickbags.