I know I keep drooling on myself blathering incoherent nonsense about KC Green’s The Anime Club, but seriously, look how much information we get about both of these characters in this one simple interaction.
Just from subtleties of facial expression and body language, we get that Mort is NOT a fan of physical contact but given the circumstances and how much he genuinely likes Clyde, he’s willing to let it go, even if he’s unwilling to stand the hug longer than he has to.
And there’s Clyde’s complete obliviousness to Mort’s discomfort, not even noticing that he’s being (surprisingly gently?) pushed away because he’s so excited to have the club back together. Clyde’s just so open about expressing what he feels, while Mort represses everything. He can’t even say “I missed you too”, all he can do is give that uncomfortable smile as a vague indication that he’s at all happy.
The little hug and push didn’t even “need” to be there. Clyde could have just said those lines while standing three feet away and the story would have read the same way. But just those tiny details add so much depth to the characters and their relationship.
I just really like this stupid comic. I definitely have critiques for it (no, really, I swear I do), but the character writing and acting/emoting is just so great that it really inspires me to push my own work further.