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Mondays and Fridays

My writing is getting verse.

It's Friday, and the girls are heading out to have some fun.  Will there be any drama?  Will we find out more about Uma?  Will answers be provided that only raise more questions?  The answers are yes, no, and maybe, but not necessarily in that order.

That last panel took a long time to draw ... so of course, where am I sending the girls?  To hang out with more crowds!  Expect to see a lot of repeated background in the next several episodes.


Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Awww!
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: She could play duets with her hair! ;-)
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

In the words of Lazlo P. Hollyfeld, "Well, then I'm happy and sad for you."

Being out of work, especially nowadays, sucks the big wazzoo.  But not being able to hug your wife, that su...well, no, actually to be accurate, that would lack...um, er...*blush*...let's just say that's *really really terrible*.

Okay, digging my way out here...I'm going to say I'm glad you'll be reunited with your family. 


Mad Andy (andrew_c) says:

Good luck with the job hunting! I hope the next job will be closer to home.


chic geek (onechicgeek) says: Cookies...good to see she has her priorities right! Anyway, what is that piece of muscic?
chic geek (onechicgeek) says: Good luck! And thanks as always for a nifty comic.
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: North Carolina will miss you.... Or, at least, it may someday.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Have I mentioned lately that you are evil?  You're really a villain yourself, aren't you?  Admit it.  Your evil superpower is making your readers suddenly feel ancient.
Christopher Bacon (tricksterson) says: "We are from France".  Was that on purpose?
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: Now I have to go watch 'Coneheads' again....
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Hmmmmm... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_vache_qui_pleure

That album is interesting.  There are clips on Amazon.  They sound a little like the early Beatles, just before Sgt. Pepper, only female and French.  Maybe some influence.

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: You too? I have eclectic tastes in music, too.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Pizza as we know it was invented in New York.  What they have in Italy bears little resemblance to it.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: @ardrhi:  I know, I just like the sound of the phrase "Vivaldi and pizza" ... sounds like an art film.
Avilyn (avilyn) says: Ed - Have you ever listened to DaVinci's Notebook? Some of your parodies on SH & Narbonic remind me of their work. Definitely worth checking out if you're not familiar with them.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@avilyn: Yes, I have heard DVN.  "Title of the Song" is one of my favorites.  (For those who don't know, "Title of the Song" is the world's most generic fill-in-the-blanks boy-band love song.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoCGKFg-WYw

Christopher Bacon (tricksterson) says: Besides it was still Italians in this country, or at least people of Italian descent and culture, who came up with it so it counts.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

I LOVE DVN! I love the acapella approach on theri songs.


gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Well, that is true.  It was Lombardi and Pero around 1900 who first made what Americans would recognize as "pizza" in New York.  Their pizzaria, "Lombardi's", opened in 1905.  It's still around now, 32 Spring Street, in Manhattan.

I like NY Style...I grew up eating the pizza of a Greek immigrant named Gus on Long Island.  But I prefer Chicago-style, both thin and deep-dish.  There's a place that makes a deep-dish stuffed pizza in the Chicago suburbs...*sigh*.  If you get to Naperville, try Uncle Pete's stuffed pepperoni and sausage.  The large weighs 8 lbs, so bring friends.

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: thank you for posting the rules of play!  Even if they are shortened.  It helps a great deal because i had forgoten. And i like the refernce to Brester Rockett, Space Guy!
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Question? Can you knock an opponanants boll further away from the pallino?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Yes, you can knock the other side's balls away, or knock the pallino to a different spot, or try to place your shots so they block your opponent.  Good players can use a fair amout of strategy placing their shots.
Christopher Bacon (tricksterson) says:

What happens if a player's ball hits the pallino?  Especially if doing so moves it?  Forgive my total ignorance.

A comment and a question on Carrie.  Comment:  Thank you for creating a character that's a devout Christian and not a loony and/or bigot.  I'm not a Christian myself but even I get tired of the stereotype.

Question:  You show Carrie's hair holding the hammer.  Is this just a special effect or is it "alive" ala Medusa of the Inhumans?  If so does this mean she's a super as well?

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Hummm! this sound better and better!

I will have to look into this..

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Sorry for delays in responding ... I just moved to a new job and it took a few days to get my internet connection up and running.

Bocce rules:  You can use your ball to hit the pallino, knock it away from your opponents, knock it closer to your own balls ... it's all legal.

Yes, Carrie is Christian.  She's more a believer in actions than words.  As for her hair, it has some mobility of its own ... I'll go into more detail as the story progresses.  If the girls ever have a sleepover, watch out for a flood of exposition.

Christopher Bacon (tricksterson) says: Hmmm, why do I get the feeling that was no accident?  Or am I paranoid?
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

nah! You arnt paranoid..teh other two ladies were set-up! 8-)

"I surely dont know how to play this game?" 8-) LOL! And they fell for it, hook, line and sinker.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: "Po-ker?  Gee, I never heard of THAT game...what are the rules?" "Gee, those balls on that green table sure are pretty.  Tell me what I do with this long stick thing again?" They fell for one of the OLDEST tricks in the book.  Hell, I've hustled pool that way MYSELF when I was TWELVE at summer camp.
Christopher Bacon (tricksterson) says:

Actually I don't think she's familiar with the game.  Remember, she is an alien.  I just think she has an unnatural (for a human anyway, who knows about her race) ability to calculate angle, force vestors etc.

Btw, have we been told her race's name yet?  I forget.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: @Christopher:  No, I haven't mentioned the name of Uma's race yet ... All Will Be Revealed At The Proper Time.
Nyerguds (nyerguds) says: Actually, the "eu" in "pleure" is pronounced like the "i" in "bird".
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

you can haz cheezburgr

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

Hunting the elusive and wily cheeseburger! 8-)

And yes, you can haz one!

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Heh. I like Uma. "Come! We hunt!" is just the sort of overdramatization of everyday activities that most of my friends are prone to.

I don't know if it was before or after you got into the top 100, but I followed you over from Skin Horse a while back.

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Sigh..never heard of them..but i can go look. Have heard of Shannon Garrity tho.
chic geek (onechicgeek) says:

I utterly love this page. So many wonderful lines, Every panel rocks! The egging each other on, the delighted jaegermonsterish "we hunt!", the "apex predator, the "we'll make a heathen out of you yet", as resistance crumbles...

Not to mention the great art.

And I also followed over from Shaenon's comics a while back, and I'm glad I did.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Oooooh.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

And..which "she"?

Suspence mounts!

gwen patton (ardrhi) says: The militant arm of "Locks of Love" wants to kidnap Carrie, to create a giant hair-bot to take over the world.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Carrie's hair would get militant right back ... who knows what sort of arsenal is hidden in those depths?

"Locks of Love" is a great organization, though ... just ask cartoonist <a> href=http://freshman15.deviantart.com/art/Locks-of-Love-118044996 Lindsay Smith</a>.  For that matter, ask my wife Joan (donated almost a foot of hair last year).

Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Thats Dad?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: You'll see ...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Hmnmmmm...
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Touché.
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says:

So do I! 8-)

Deeper! Dig yourself deeper!

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

While some girls are more than happy to stick to their guns and NOT be round-heeled little tramps, it's still painful to have the insinuation that the reason *why* you do so is not because of your *convictions*, but because of your *ugliness*.  Equating virginity with being a loser isn't necessarily saying virginity is bad, but is saying you're an ugly, undesirable, person who is only a virgin because NO ONE WILL HAVE YOU.

Carrie seems to DARE someone to tell her she's undesirable.  She knows otherwise -- she's had to wield her hammer enough to know the truth, and is clearly able to shrug it off.  Summer should know better from the number of broken flyswatters she has in the trash, but she's still stung by the specter of being thought undesirable.  Maybe because she's insecure about her not-yet-controlled powers.  Uma...maybe she wrestles with it since she has to live in disguise, and wonders if she will be accepted if her disguise is penetrated.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

*Telepathically copying down Ed's credit card number...* oh, uh, er...hi.  Um. *blush*


I love Carrie's facial expressions in this one, especially panel 4.  
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.

Wait, does one of those guys have hooves?!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: Now that you mention it, yes ...
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Watching wiht great interest! I cant wait until the next episode!
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: BTW,,,whats Flintstoning?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: "Flintstoning" is increasing the speed of your vehicle, by putting your feet through the floor and running (like Fred Flintstone).
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Ah! I remember now! thank you! Interesting notion, of what she might be doing to win.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Looks kind of furry for a Klingon.

(Shakespeare is better in the original Klingon.) 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh. I doubt that it's any trouble the girls can't handle.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Dogs of war?  Shoughs (shaggy dogs)?  Brachs (hunting dogs)?  Lyms (bloodhounds)?

 The Scottish Play lays out a list of canines --  "hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs/ Shoughs, water-rugs and demi-wolves, are clept/ All by the name of dogs."  In King Lear, there is another such list: "Be thy mouth or black or white,/ Tooth that poisons if it bite;/  Mastiff, greyhound, mongrel grim./  Hound or spaniel, brach or lym,/ Bobtail tyke or trundle tail." 

The former is quoted in Star Trek VI. I don't think Lear is.  But in Julius Caesar, we find the famous reference to the "Dogs of War", made by General Chang:

Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

I know a fair bit of Shakespeare, and have seen Star Trek VI.  The possible race name for the canine fellow (Out, out damned Spot?), if not one of the ones I've suggested, eludes me.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: @ardhri: You're on the right track.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Very nice.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Ah. Now, who are these two...?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Merry Yulemasiday!
Avilyn (avilyn) says: Merry Christmas, Ed!  Hope you made it home safe.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Merry New Year!
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: Awwwwww, gosh. *blush*
Timothy Whitcomb (tim) says:

These guys  just slay me! 8-) Good job, Ed!

Mad Andy (andrew_c) says: Happy New Year! Better late than never :)
Stephanie Holland (wannablessedbe) says: Nice reference to Life,The Universe and Everything in panel 1. :D I love this comic more with each new page.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Adams field! Ah, that explains it.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says: They keep trying to improve the Adams field, but the guy assigned to the project always keeps saying it's someone else's problem.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Something unusual...? Well, crud.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Yay for your dad!
Jennifer McGaffey (jjmcgaffey) says:

I really like the way you showed the interruption/speaking over bit. Very clear.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: !!!!

Well, that was surprising.
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

I think the Mighty family needs to go bowling.  Of course, they'd need a special set of lanes for those with extra powers, to make sure the pins didn't explode through the back wall, that a little "loft" on the ball didn't send it into orbit, that sort of thing.  Sort of...super-bowling. *grin*

Tyler Wright (tylgar) says:

Came from Narbonic +.  And I'm enjoying it here!

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

Ohh, petanque. Uma's French heritage sure isn't showing if she never heard of that.

HiddenNow (twobooks) says:

Sorry for nitpicking, I'm confused about the physics displayed in this page. I guess I can pretend that with the fourth green ball in the last panel, it moved the white ball further towards its supposed collision, making the assumed straight line collision to happen.

What I don't get is how the white ball, which probably has a smaller mass, displays such elastic collision. I mean, we're supposed to assume the red and green balls are of the same mass, unless the game's rigged, yet with each collision comes a greater distance traveled by the proceeding ball. With the final collision, we also get the white ball moving close to 90 degrees.

Honestly, when I say this, I mean it, but I'm rusty in physics. Still, Am I reading too much into this, or is this improbable aiming at its finest? :D 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Jordan: Yes, you're reading too much into it, and yes, it is improbable aiming at its finest.  This falls more under "Rule of Funny" than rules of physics.

dasd asdsfsfg (kingsdaughter613) says:

My father did that once. he played the basketball game at Hershey and won every prize they had. It is 'technically' possible... but not a good way to keep a low profile.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

It's the very end of the Moonlight Sonata.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

The question is, which is the one who wants to kill her...

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I'm a middle-aged computer programmer from Indiana, but I've always enjoyed doodling and drawing. After discovering webcomics recently, I decide to try my hand at creating one. My wife thinks I'm crazy. My wife is a very sensible woman. ... full profile