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Mondays and Fridays

UPDATE: Finally got this done and posted (it's before 6 pm here, so technically it's still Saturday afternoon, not evening).

Yes, that last panel shows Jane with a long-time-unseen relative.  She's been mentioned a few times before, such as here, here, and here.

As I mentioned before, I wanted to make this chapter a little more fun.  Get ready for some serious silliness (if that's not a contradiction).

79 comments:
chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

....can I hire him to tackle my yard, too? Heaven knows what horrors are lurking in the underbrush. I think I need a mad scientist yard service.

chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

tnt candles! Ah, the classics.

Wayne (wayne) says:

Einstein's Theory of Relativity: You can't pick your relatives, thank god you can pick your friends.

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: That's not the robot wife, is it? The shape of the head looks similar, so I figured she might be in mufti.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Ariel Combat? Ouch.
E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Forgot about the puns.
*reels*

chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

The grenade on her blouse is a nice touch.

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Ah, good ol' Mort L. Combat...

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

It took me a moment to recognize her as well, Sean. She's drawn on-model fine, (compare her in August 8, 2008, in the second panel) it's just that the molded-plastic hair and optical lenses are so similar. To Mecha-Nicole, I mean.

As for the Combat family puns, all they need now is to adopt an Oriental child by the name of Saiko. The adoption process, after all, is a minefield of mindgames.

Pastangum "That's a Stepford Slasher Smile if ever I saw one" Felinix

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Hi, Ed! I apologize for my contribution to the confusion.

Ginny Free, Jane's passenger, is the bearer of 'molded-plastic hair and optic lenses' who I thought looks like Mecha-Nicole.  She's on the right of panel 2 on that date.  June is merely the bearer of the Stepford Slasher Smile so beautifully illustrated, demonstrated, and perpetrated here; also, she doesn't wear glasses.

Pastangum "Hair spray is liquid plastic" Felinix

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Heh - if I really want to find poisons at the super market then I don't even have to leave the grocery section....

Apples, peaches, and pears.... With the peaches being the easiest choice - cook up the pits for noodles almondine....

More fun is looking through the woods for the common ink cap - delicious, as long as you don't drink alcohol. An emetic if you do. (Not lethal - just makes you lose your lunch. Looks nasty, tastes good - and more importantly, it does not look like any really poisonous mushrooms.)

Wayne (wayne) says:

I guess June doesn't know that Ruger is made in New Hampster and Prescott, AZ.

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

She may be thinking of Lugers - but those were made in Switzerland.

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Dear gods, above and below! Downgrade to Windows 7 before it is too late! Windows Hate has all the stink of excrement without the benefits.

 

So... Jane is not only related to villains, she is related to at least one bugnuts insane villain....

Wayne (wayne) says:

Ah, yes.  Windows Hate.  I made sure to tell my dad specificlaly DO NOT upgrade to 8!  I only upgraded the VMs on my Mac from XP to 7 because SQL Server 2012 will not run on XP.  Here's to hoping whatever follows 8 will be good.

It just occurred to me that they're sort of doing an 'every other = good' model.  XP was good, Vista flopped, 7 good, 8 flopped.  Not a good business model.

Have you heard that they're not planning an SP2 for 7?  I hope pressure will cause them to rescind that stand.

 

Myself, I'm working on learning Python and Scientific Linux.  And Adobe Premiere.

Wayne (wayne) says:

I once had a German PPK, very sweet piece.  Also had a P-38, also a very nice gun.

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Does the company that he bought the computer from offer a 'downgrade' to Windows 7? Some places do, some do not, but it might be worth looking into.

 

 

Daniel Ross (nentuaby) says:

Pun foul. Ten yards.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Is that some sort of demonic looking duck?

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

Those eyes... those creepy, utterly insane eyes!

She has special eyes! My brand!

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Exit: Stage Left!

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Look! It's an obvious distraction!

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

I probably contributed to your February spike.  I've peeked in here before, but just completed an archive crawl.

This is a great comic.  I especially like all the character names, and it's nice to see that Helen Narbon's glasses have found a second career.  But just how often does Ginny need to cover up the taste of cyanide (referring back to the previous episode)?

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

Ouch! You wound me, Ed! I wouldn't make a cutting remark... perhaps a sharp remark or two, but never cutting! I shed a tear knowing that you think that of us, your loyal renders!

Anyways, glad to see the current mood of the comic is less dramatic and introspective and more day-to-day life stuff. I always did like slice-of-life.

Wayne (wayne) says:

Ed always liked edgy humor, haven't you caught that yet, Jospeh?  Be on guard and careful of what you say or you might bolster his ego more before he gets a grip.  But you have to admit, this strip does have some tang to it.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Well blade, gentlemen.  Well blade.

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

"Ariel Chainsaw"?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

I know it's not a pun, but I was trying to come up with something more dangerous than a cleaver, and "Chainsaw" just jumped out at me.  (Come to think of it, June does the same to her neighbors.)

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

Before the rest of the update, I'm guessing old-school dynamite.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@ET:  Good guess!

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

That's one durable dress, to survive at least four sticks of dynamite (assuming that the cake is the one we saw at the chapter opening). Who makes her dress? I want to commision them for my own durable clothing (definitely not a dress, though).

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Joseph:  Why not a dress?  Then they could make commercials for that fabric and claim "As seen on TV".

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

I love the dropped groceries, Ed, and the "Oh god, she's WHERE?!" reaction shot. I can just *hear* the Creeper-- err, the TNT candles hissing behind her.  Guess who plays too much Minecraft?

Not so enamored of the Looney Tunes physics (specifically, that carrying a cake in front where Summer could see the 'candles', could somehow lift her FORWARD in an overhead arc. Having her dress merely scuffed and scratched is fine with me!) but the visual gag is worth it.     -boom- wheeeeeeooooo*crash!*  And the like-mother-like-daughter hands-behind-back pose is just.... :)

Pastangum "Physics? in MY webcomic?" Felinix

Wayne (wayne) says:

June probably stole the material from Reid Richard's trash when he was making prototypes for the Fantastic Four's uniforms.  Notice it's torn, so definitely not a late model.

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Clothing from Edna Mode Fashion's Retro 50's line. Explosive percussion resistant, that's a new feature, darlink.

 

The Auld Grump

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

EDNAAAAAA! Unfortunately, I don't think she serves supervillains, so getting anything of hers that's both up-to-date and fits me is a very large problem for me... sigh...

chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

Hee, this brings back memories! My other half used to play an assasin in D&D, who liked to use contact poison killer cream pies.

So, June has to rush home? She'd better do some road running to get back and shower before the poison sets in.

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

Well, I've seen a lot of botched assassinations in my day, but this one takes the cake.

Naturally, the contact poison is the icing on said cake.

By the by, I like the little touch of the face going all evil-looking before the explosion.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

I wonder if that icing is Vulcan n'gann-flavored? It reminds me of a scene from "How Much For Just The Planet?"

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Surprises for her foes!

Surprises for her friends!

Surprises for any innocent bystanders that just happen to be in the neighborhood!

She even manages to surprise herself!

 

She's just full of surprises....

chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

Oh, I love 'How Much For Just The Planet?'! You have good taste, gwen.

Nick Vito (greenknightfury) says:

Why can I clearly picture her deciding to kidnap a bunch of villains just to see what "villain extract" would be like...even if she didn't like it, gifting it to Genny (along with telling her what it was, after she tried it of course) would amuse someone truly twisted.

Nick Vito (greenknightfury) says:

@chic geek: My old D&D assasin prefered gloves and perfume spritzers for his contact poison needs, though his godfather had an old adventureing companion (who he whelped out a couple of times) that loved exploding food jokes. And methanol spiking booze of people he didn't like, just to make them pay for a priest to "Cure Blindness".

Joseph Rasche (thewarriorofmanyfaces) says:

...okay, that's utterly BRILLIANT of the heroes. No attacking the homes of minor-league heroes? No wonder he can get away with wearing the costume around the house.

Of course, eventually someone smarter than June is gonna break the rules and get someone killed and all that messy stuff, but I imagine they're more worried about the major-leaguers. Speaking of whom, how do they keep their families safe if they're not covered by the Chicago Convention? (Come to think of it, why Chicago? Or were you just going for alliteration.)

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

It also applies to the villains, which is why Mr. Mighty can't just walk over to Dr. Unpleasant's house (which is about two blocks away).

Major-leaguers are usually strong enough to protect themselves (places like the Baxter Building or the Fortress of Solitude have their own security systems).

And I picked Chicago because I lived in the area for a few years ... who knows, a dramatic flashback scene on top of a recognizable landmark might appear some day.

Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

Yeah, the layout works perfectly on this page. I nominate this strip as Crowning Moment of Funny for the whole arc thus far. :)

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: I was going to correct you on "cannon law"... then I got the joke. *groan*
Wayne (wayne) says:

I just hope your Chicago is more true to life than Butcher's Dresdenverse Chicago, not that I'd know the diff as I'm a Phoenix boy now in Southern NM.

Alfred Kügler (madmcal) says:

Such agreements tend to be enforced by both sides.

The villains (or the mobsters or whoever) don't threaten the families of the 'good' guys and in reverse the law enforcers don't... lets say nitpick the families of the lawless.

No 24h arrests for jaywalking, no weekly search and seizures at home, no daily visit at the workplace.

No 5 years in prison for a bit dope...

As a rule the villains are much more dangerous to other villains who violate these agreements than the good guys.

 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Look who it is!
chic geek (chicgeek1) says:

Oh, this is going to be good. *gets popcorn*

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

She herself has to be a violation even of Major League rules.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I notice that Freebird <i>gets</i> to call her that...

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

I could've sworn Melody Wildflower Kelly was mentioned somewhere in the Narbonic run, proper.  No time to search for it today... Also, I think lawyers are more like smart-bombs, in that they're mostly dangerous to their targets.  They're a good-guy weapon, which kinda explains how Dr. Unpleasant managed to misfire his!

Pastangum "but villains get defense lawyers!" Felinix

Sean Duggan (duggansc) says: Oh my... super-innuendo going on here. :)
Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Your snowstorm, and our (Florida) tornados. Someone tell Dot to stop running in circles, okay?  And is it tornados or tornadoes?

That was thoughtful of Jane to open the door. Those Wile E-style door outlines may look funny, but they're not worth the broken noses.

Pastangum "Beep beep!" Felinix

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

The W8 machine was a loaner? Whew! You just had to deal with it for a short time then.

 

With regular use you could have found out what Windows 8 is REALLY like.

 

And truly have come to hate it....

Wayne (wayne) says:

I finally upgraded from Win XP to 7 last year when I found out SQL Server 2012 doesn't run on XP.  It isn't my base machine, that is a 27" iMac i7 running Parallels VM, so I wasn't too concerned about security issues.  Best of all worlds: stable Unix OS, nice GUI, and I can run Windows for 2-3 programs and Scientific Linux for study.

I told my dad quite plainly "DO NOT upgrade to Windows 8!"  I'm very thankful that he has not.

Now I just need to find a copy of Win98 so I can create a VM for playing Outlaws and Duke Nuke'm and Diablo 2.  I'm sure I have one buried somewhere, I just haven't excavated that far yet.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Great use of the Darth Vader theme for Doc's ringtone. Have a Happy Easter, Ed, to you and to your family!

Jim Cleaveland (bobadventures) says:

Hi!  I hope you got my email with the picture last night!  Happy Easter!

--Jim Cleaveland

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Jim, yes I did, thank you!  I tried loading it into the Fan-Art page, but for some reason it's not displaying.  I contacted the admin ... he said he'll look at it Monday.

Hey everyone, Jim was kind enough to send me an Easter-themed fan art.  While I'm getting the technical glitches sorted out, please check out his comic at http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Both Summer and Mell have access to hammerspace -- they shouldn't be terribly surprised....

 

 

Jared Anderson (andersonrhys) says:

Roll out the excuses.....because they'd better be wheely good.

Wayne (wayne) says:

I find it interesting that Doctor Unpleasant, who presumably has a PhD in Mad Science, doesn't know what to call a hand truck.  I would think that most mad science studies would eventually involve moving heavy objects, at least around the lab.

Wayne (wayne) says:

I was wondering how you got the the collaboration in with Kay.  It was definitely a good one, gratz!

Man, it's a little scary how many of us gray hairs are out there in fandom.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

In panel 1, it looks like they're seeing more of June than they'd like at the moment.

Ooh, you've outed Manifesta!  I foresee a long and productive partnership.  "Got filk?"

Wayne (wayne) says:

Ah, Ted Knight.  He was one of the great actors.  Speaking of greats, you know we lost Jonathan Winters a couple of days ago.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

I feel a bit awkward posting a filk to a site run by THE FILKMEISTER himself, but Ed typically posts his elsewhere and this strip needs more occurrences of the word "fine".

(Tune: "I Feel Fine", John Lennon, Paul McCartney)

June is bad for me, you know.
She's crazy as can be, you know.
-- She did WHAT?
I'm ticked off at her but I'll pay the fine.

Lady says she's fine, you know.
She tells me all the time, you know.
-- She did WHAT?
I'm ticked off at her but I'll pay the fine.

   Anfo gnomes have rested in her grass.
   She's so mad, she's making chlorine gas.

And her husband holds her dear, you know.
He buys her deadly gear, you know.
-- She did WHAT?
She's embarrassed me but I'll pay the fine.

Land mines on the walk, you know,
Make trick-or-treaters balk, you know.
-- She did WHAT?
I'm ticked off at her but I'll pay the fine.

   I'm not glad that she's my staffer's spouse.
   She's so mad, she'll hit kin at their house.

From her husband's salary, you know.
He buys her TNT, you know.
-- She did WHAT?
She's gone too far now but I'll pay the fine.
She's gone too far now but I'll pay the fine.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Bravo, Tetra!  And thanks!

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

I always thought the name of that family dynamic was "teenager".

When Joan looks at you after surgery, may her first reaction be neither of the following:

1) "Who the heck are YOU?"

2) "AAAAAAAH!"

Wayne (wayne) says:

My wife was upset to finally acquiesce to getting her first set of progressive bifocals last year, and she's very happy with them.  We both have cataracts developing, so at some point in the future we'll be getting ours fixed.

One interesting reaction that I've heard to cataract repair is the need for a new wardrobe as the old one was much blander than previously perceived, also the possibility of new home decorating for the same reason.

 

Best of luck, Ed & Mrs. Ed!

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

SO this could all have been avoided by having someone give June an occasional spanking?

Wayne (wayne) says:

A spanking!  A spanking!  Yes, and then you must spank ALL of us!

 

Mark, I'm so glad you beat me to it.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

And then, the oral sex!

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: Not to break the combo, but I like your choice of calendar photo!  Good ol' Hindenburg, right up there with Titanic and Challenger, good choice for a villains' calendar.  Sorry to hear about the congested pipes (both house's and spouse's).Pastangum Felinix
Priye Reuben (jamiah93) says:

HOld on, was Summer texting Dot?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Priye:  Yes, she was.  Summer helped her dad set up his smart phone, and copied the numbers to her own phone as well.

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

It may not be a pun, but "Ariel Chainsaw" summons images of a woman juggling chainsaws. Which is also pretty frightening...

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

Huh. I really thought that in the first panel, Mister Mighty would just say "I already met her. She shot a cannon at me." ;)

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