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Mondays and Fridays

Daaaawwww ... (ain't panel two cute?)

Back to the young folks for this chapter ... friendships, relationships (and if Ken Troubled can get his nuclear reactor working, fission ships).

You know, I was going to get so much done last weekend ... get ahead on the pages, reorganize the site, maybe get a new wallpaper image done ... instead I got to play with plumbing.  And not the clean end, either ...

On a brighter note, I did a guest piece for Jim Cleaveland's The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!  Bob, Jean, and Molly just met a family of Japanese ninjas ... so of course Molly (being an anime fan) had to do a little cosplay with her new friend.

Is it spring YET??

76 comments:
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Panel 4 beats panel 2 for cute.  ;-)

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Spring has sprung,

The grass has riz;

I wonder where dem birdies is.

Dem liddle birds is on de wing!

Oh how absurd,

Dem liddle wings is on da bird.

Wayne (wayne) says:

This is what I like about running Macs.  Even my PCs I never had to clean malware, though I was once hacked through a software exploit.  It was interesting watching the mouse pointer move without my input, I yanked out my wireless card when it tried to uninstall my anti-virus.

My dad's Windows box, on the other hand....

Joshua Deming (longshotlink) says:

Don't worry Carrie, it just means she sees you as a normal fixture in her life. It's hard for her to see anything else as weird when she knows she's around.

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

To say that to Carrie (cute though she is) of all people...

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

Also, hey, PS238 is back? I thought it was dead, site and all.

Ben Schweitzer (dracone) says:

I find it amusing that it was expected that she would realize that she said something stupid. Also it looks like there's another serie that the creater of PS238 just posted, it's called Use Sword on Monster, just like the others it's hilarious

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

If the goal is to get Summer to be able to control her eyes even when startled, do her parents have her on some sort of training regimen?  As things stand, her eyes seem rather unpredictable.  They went off when she saw Carrie as a hair monster but not when she got hit with "Stairway to Heaven" chords, which seemed to rattle her more.  It doesn't seem like going six months without an incident one time would really mean much.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

Yes, the six-month requirement is kind of arbitrary ... just like a lot of other government regulations.  Summer does practice suppressing her glowing eyes every night; some days she does better than others.  Like a toddler going through toilet training, doing well one day is no guarantee of doing well the next day.

When all else fails, remember the Rule of Funny and the MST3K Mantra.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Seriously? Teal hair, and she calls THEM "clowns"? Her hair looks like a real-estate office.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

It's actually cyan, not teal.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but her name is Cyanne Hyde.

BTW, between Cyanne's cyan, Zinger's magenta, and Marilee's black with purple tips ... one of those is actually their natural color.

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Cyan, magenta, black... you're missing a blonde. :)

I feel like I would've remembered if miss Hyde's name had been mentioned before.  At least I would have wanted to remember whether she had, er... mood swings.

Pastangum "I've heard of toxic friendships, but..." Felinix

Jim Cleaveland (bobadventures) says:

I agree with Carrie. I always thought it was strange that people tend to view silly potty-mouth cussing as somehow worse than blasphemy-type cussing; it always seemed like it should be the other way around.

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

Symbols carry the meaning we ascribe to them. If the prevailing attitudes don't carry forward the weighting of the value, the symbol doesn't hold the charge of the meaning.  This is how a denotation, the "dictionary definition" of a word can slide to a more colloquial "connotation" over time, or how a word that was taboo or shameful at one point in time is suddenly every other word in common speech, and no one thinks twice about it -- the word simply doesn't carry the same social weighting among those who hear it anymore. SOME may still feel that way about it, but not enough to keep it carrying the old meaning throughout the society.

Mark Chapman (aardvark86) says:

Hi Ed, I presume one of the things you intend fixing is Carrie's undersized forearm in the last panel.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

Gwen:  Yep, taboos can fade, or be newly formed, over time.

Incidentally, those two sorts of swearing are closely related -- "sacred" and "unclean" taboos are mirror images to each other, both "untouchable".

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

Carrie asked for payment prior to doing something nasty, and never got it.  Good thing she knows someone to do 'dirty deeds, done dirt cheap'!  Good for you Carrie,  holding on to your principal.  I just worry that Zinger's muckraking will sink to a new low after this episode.

Pastangum "here's mud in yer eye" Felinix

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I thought Summer's line was pretty good!

Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

You know, I'm wondering now if Zinger's eyewear serves a similar purpose.....hmm.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Vegemite!
gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

"And no, you don't get the Merida set with the weapons. We were thinking maybe Belle, or Aurora."

Wayne (wayne) says:

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Definitely best served as a single page.

And I'm sure Paul would have appreciated the rest of the story, he seemed to have quite the sense of humor.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

"Authroized"?   That broke my etymologizer.  ;-)

 

 

The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

The penultimate panel made me laugh. :P

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

Maybe she's actually just a giant mass of sapient hair wearing a latex mask and gloves.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@John, that's also just plausible enough to be scary. 

Wayne (wayne) says:

Cousin It!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

That's Itt!  I mean, it's "Itt" ... Itt is it ... is Itt?  (The hair creature from The Addams Family had a double "t" in his name, is what I'm trying to say.)

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says:

It's the Super-Crete, Super-crete! It's super-sealin' now.  (With all due respect to the filkmaster)

 

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Carrie just wants concrete evidence of their friendship.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Tetra: *SWAT*  (You were warned)

John Campbell (jcampbel) says:

I don't think I'd want to stand behind the machine while a super batted balls back at me, wire mesh or no.

... actually, I don't think I'd want to stand anywhere in the same county as this thing.

John Higley (jedraft) says:

Throughout my life, I have often wished I had special reinforced balls. ;)

Wayne (wayne) says:

I think if you stood directly behind and just to the left you might be safe from the ball and from fouls, but you'd run more than a bit of risk with a bat breaking or accidentally letting go the bat.

Jennifer McGaffey (jjmcgaffey) says:

Aww, did she break her lucky bat? Rats.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

No rats, that's her lucky hat, not bat.  Got that?  All raght.

Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

And she doesn't need any super sauce! *collects nerd points*

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

I think she needs supervision. Oh wait, she already has that. *colects a few nerd points as well*

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: I disagree Ed, I think putting these in as two strips works better. It punches up the callback to 'yesterday', rather than stretching the joke over three panels.Pastangum "Batty? Balls jokes? Too easy" Felinix
Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

Okay, a filk for the filkster!

When you find yourself in danger

threatened by a hungry stranger

If you're wanting something finger lickin'

bawkbawkbawkbawk!

There is one place you must turn to

When a pizza just will not do

Call out for Super Chicken!

Don't be afraid that we will overcook it

bawkbawkbawkbawk

We basted and we fried and then we shook it

bukaw!

Dunk him in our Super Sauce

And serve him with a salad tossed

and you will say that he is finger lickin'

bawkbawkbawkbawk!

There is one place you must turn to

When a pizza just will not do

Call out for Super Chicken!

bawkbawkbawkbawk!

Call out for Super Chicken

bawkbawkbawkbawk

Callllll out! For Super Chicken!

Buk-KAW!

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I note that you've colored today's but not yesterday's strip.  I hope you'll catch up with yourself eventually....

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

*slow clap*
Brave, good one, sir or madam.

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: Sweeeet subtle punnage in panel 1, Ed!  Though I hope those dents in Fred's helmet are old wear'n'tear, not from this Summer's practice. Pastangum Felinix
Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Right through IND Class B airspace, too, if not the very glideslope.  I'm sure he has some messages from the FAA.

Love the crack about Bobby Knight.  Go Blue!

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Wait, do you mean Broad Ripple Park, whose ball field is oriented in the opposite direction??  Those were some powerfull foul balls!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

No, this is a (fictitious) park/arcade called "Ripplecade".  (The sign is visible in the background in a couple of episodes.)  As the name implies, it's in Broad Ripple, but the batting cages there face south.  'Cause I said so, that's why.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Now a character in-strip calls out the lack of a training regimen.  This looks like it's going to have plot significance....

How did her father learn to conrol his own powers?

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: Carrie's willing to try "something" new, not "everything" new; she's free to set limits on things.Also, possible continuity error, Ed?  I thought Summer already clocked out to start batting practice.Pastangum "dunno why my line breaks are broken" Felinix
Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

And remember folks, vote early and often! Everyday Heroes needs YOU!

Have a good wekend, Ed.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Pastangum:  She clocked out to go home and change, then clocked back in again.  Her boss insisted that she clock out for the actual contest, but helping the guys set up the machine is still paid work time.

And yes, please vote!

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: Ah, thanks for the clarification Ed! One of those subtle bits I missed.  Also wish I'd gotten around to commenting on "yesterday"s comic, about Summer needing both batting and battLing practice. :) Pastangum "Belittling practice? Zinger could teach her" Felinix
The Auld Grump (theauldgrump) says:

Yeah, toast! :P

Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

Hey, Ed, I think I recognize the bird painting-isn't that one you did to raise money after a disaster? What about the other two on the wall? Any chance of a closeup so we can see the details?

Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

Edit-I just clicked on your links. D'oh! That explains the bear, what about the other one?

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

The one to the right of the bear is the "Saturday Night FEMA" I did for Skin Horse (check the archives for the "Brave Little Toasters" story arc).  Behind Uma's head is a fan art I did for Gunnerkrigg Court; it's somewhere in the fan art forum on that site.  Drat, I can't post links in these follow-up comments ... I'll have to add links next episode.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Thanks, Ed!  I'm looking forward to the flashback arc where you cover Marko's family and history....

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

I like to think that I inspired some of this page. ;)

gwen patton (ardrhi) says:

I briefly belonged to Toastmasters. I won the best speech of the week trophy in my chapter with my "Getting To Know You" speech. That's the first speech you make. 

I was only there because my boss had decided to send all of the programmers so they'd be able to talk to more than machines. But my degree is in Theater, not comp-sci, so it was sort of like swatting flies with a hellburner. My boss didn't make me go back when I showed off that trophy.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Gwen:  Yes, my take on Jenny was inspired by the Infinite Quarktime Jenny.  Especially her love of toast.  Thanks!

Pastangum Felinix (pastangum) says: My first thought: (Oooh, caffeine rush.  A normal teen would be a double handful, no wonder Jane's calling for backup.)Then I thought, (Oh waitaminnnit... SUPER on a caffeine rush! *cringe*)And _then_ I thought, (Super TEEN - powers barely controlled - on a caffeine rush!!  I hope the house survives.)Pastangum "Oooh, sudsy!" Felinix
Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

The question is, can Marko get there before she starts to rebuild the coffeemaker?

I like how Jane skips over the "almost got in a fight part" and reacts to the coffee reference.

Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:

Ed: I didn't know that you drew this! Bookmarked!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Edwin: Yeah, that's kinda why I post links to this on my Facebook page!  :)

Chic Geek (chic_geek) says:

A Pratchett reference *and* a They Might be Giants ref! Well done, sir.

Hmm...I wonder how Carrie is handling the aftereffects of her first coffee?

Brian Mann (hypnoskills) says:

Bugrit!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@ChicGeek: funny you shouild ask ... find out Saturday!

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

I can't wait, Ed. :-D

Lisa Kaye (writerlisakaye) says:

"Friends will be friends. When you're in need of love they give you care and attention."  Queen

Wayne (wayne) says:

One thing that I love about living in a national forest at 9,000' is the lack of a yard.  I dig out the weed whacker at the end of summer and demolish new growth in the front, do a semi-regular poop patrol in the back, and that's about it for the year.

Of course, you still have to manage the occasional tree falling through your roof.

Tetra Valent (4_valent) says:

Was Carrie really in the room when her parents were yelling at each other?  That would be traumatic enough by itself.

Wayne (wayne) says:

Excellent piece, Ed.  You don't see much introspection in supers comics, it was something that I always tried to have in my Champions characters.

We were quite pleased with how Red 2 handled the Bechdel.  And The Heat was also an interesting treatment, I think it's the best Buddy Cop movie I've seen where two women were the centerpiece, the fact that I can't name any other female buddy cop movies could have something to do with it.

Sam Schmern (the_occupant) says:

To quote some suspiciously Liverpudlian vultures, "That's what friends are for." :)
Many feels, Ed, many feels.

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

You know, the more we see of Zinger, the more I look forward to her future appearances :)

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

Heehee. I learned to drink coffee by adding a little to my chocolate milk.

 

I stopped at 50/50, and never went on to pure coffee.

Nyerguds (nyerguds) says:

Pssh. These two talk about non-guys relate stuff all the time.

Matthew Mayabb (sephikus) says:

I consider myself lucky to be in the minority who weren't "Mind-Read" by my parents.

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