Leon Arnott (l) says: Monday's Comic: And here we are in the final stretch of the gerbils' rebellion for control of the laboratory for reasons which are tenuous at best.
It seems, upon introspection, that not all of the dumb jokes about "remote controls controlling things that they shouldn't" are adequately milked by this story arc. We could do with at least one silly strip where someone 'pauses' the laser just before it strikes something, leaving a pure-white beam of energy extending from outer space to a just few feet above the floor. The fast-forward and rewind functions can subvert expectations by doing nothing useful.
Current named gerbils (deceased in italics): Artie, Dana, Jaye, Ethan, Dale, Lise, Allison, Kate, Marc, Ben, Mike(?), Keri(?) (92.3% completion)
David Cunnius (capnq) says:
Curse you, Tomn Peng! Yesterday's first Madblood Battle Anthem made me put on on my _Best of Andrew Lloyd Webber_ CD, and the third track inspired this:
"Dave Davenport's Lament"
Don't torture me, Helen Narbon!
The truth is, you really scare me.
You're oh, so sexy,
But also crazy
As a mad gerbil!
I gasp and burble...
Melissa Trible (tamtrible) says: Seanan is lots of fun in concert, too.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Tuesday's Comic: Silly Shaenon, Allison was eliminated three Thursdays ago.
Testing out a weapon on one of your defectors? My, Dana's pretty far gone into Overlordism at this point. Had she not flown over the cuckoo's mortal coil, she'd have made an interesting Series Final Villain - considering that she is already almost a Series Final Villain by proxy.
Rachel S. (masamage) says:
Woo! Happy anniversary! :D Seven years ago I was...really really young.
Also, tee hee. Pinkos.
Liza Furr (liza) says: Red Roses and Dead Things will have a Narbonic song? Wheee!
M Lowe-Hentges (annechen67) says:
Interesting bit of Seanan music trivia: Singing along with Maybe It's Crazy at full voice will cause holes in rush hour traffic: TRUFAX!
Interesting bit of Shaenon gerbil trivia: They are not only genetically-modified for intelligence (if not sanity), they are also stronger than they look. The remote masses the same as the average gerbil, yet they are able to manipulate it as if it were paper. This becomes an important tidbit later when Artie starts throwing his weight around.
Jaye Brown (illogicalv) says: It's me! Allison kicked it a few weeks ago.
Dave Coleman (cheshyr) says: Helen looks excessively cute in panel 3. :-)
Leon Arnott (l) says: Wednesday's Comic: Silly Shaenon, that isn't how the Narbonics elevator shaft works! TIME PARADOX.
Speaking of which, let us reprise previous complaints regarding the absence of tangled pipes, buried treasure chests, and Buzzy Beetles in the shaft cutaway.
Dear me, doesn't Helen ever tie her shoelaces? It's a wonder that she remains upright for so long.
Finally, this is probably the first strip in this webcomic where overt character intrigue is revealed. Congratulations!
Rockphed (rockphed) says: Maybe dave redesigned it so it worked better.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
I must admit, panel 3 does ooze excessive cuteosity. And the untied shoelaces just add to it.
Maybe the rope pulls the elevator car up to the half-way point, where the hydraulic shaft takes over and pushes it to the surface? Sounds like just the sort of excessively-complex mechanism that would appeal to the mad-science-techie-nerd personality.
Mee R. (mee) says: Gol, I still have fond memories of that MST3K soundtrack. To this day, I can still sing the Frank song.
Matthew Miller (mattdm) says: There's a counterweight in a parallel shaft. Obviously.
Matt Katinas (nidoking) says:
What worries me is that, according to the arrows on the inside and outside, it only ever goes up. Wayside School is Falling Down?
Unless that's supposed to be a woman in a triangular skirt bending over, seen from behind.
Rockphed (rockphed) says: It is ironic how they are justifying their use of the death ray.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Thursday's Comic: "About" to blast the lab?! That awful, puissant finger of light has struck four times already.
In the absence of more pressing issues, I shall now point out that I find it unlikely that even ingenuine gerbils would rest their tails upright, as if mimicking the handle of an ornate cup or mug. Also, there's another merchandising idea for you.
Dave III (dave_iii) says: It occurs to me: The laser had enough power to (apparatnly) vaporize the gerbils, but no one seems bothered about the holes in the roof. I guess it must not be raining outside. ^_^
Kevin Peckham (detailbear) says:
Re: the Roof - Especailly when the roof is several feet of earth and possibly highway.
Re: the Lyrics - I was also unable to find them online, but listening to the download, I believe that the above listing is correct.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Helen makes Mell and Artie do the spackling later.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
Yes, Mell and Artie must spackle. There is much spackle that must be applied. To repair the roof, they need lots of spackle. Isn't it amazing that "spackle" can be both a noun and a verb? Do you love saying the word "spackle" as much as I do? Spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle spackle wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee ha ha ha ha ha!
Yes, I have had a lot of sugar today; why do you ask?
Sean Duggan (duggansc) says:
Ed, sadly, four years of working with a particular co-worker in the government has rendered the word spackle *shudder* somewhat disturbing to me. Let's just say that this fellow had a tendency to refer to his "man spackle" and how he redecorated his girlfriends...
Leon Arnott (l) says: Friday's Comic: "Surrender or disintegrate" - but on the human scale, the heaven-sent mortal uncoiler isn't very efficient with regards to total body dematerialisation. Would the gerbils really be motivated to powderise their victim's corpses one brick-sized chunk at a time? (Now that's what I call comedy.)
Fun fact: apparantly, right now is possibly the first time in history that anyone has ever been inspired to concoct the phrase "No taxation without disintegration."
I'd like to congratulate the artist on (unintentionally?) promoting the illusion that Dana (gerbil on left), when viewed face-on, has a circle-beard and goatee. Mwahahahahaha, like-mother-like-daughter etc.
Tim Eisele (tceisele) says:
As far as the laser's efficiency on humans, keep in mind that the gerbils are evidently using either the "Firey Death" or "Extra Crispy" settings (depending on whether they were able to get it switched a couple of weeks ago), whereas I believe that the only thing that humans are ever going to get hit with is the "Clean Death" setting.
Speaking of which, that's three settings. We later find out that there are four, all deadly. So what's the fourth one?
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:
The fourth deadly setting is, "Economics Lecture". Slow and agonizing, with a synthesized Ben Stein voice. After 15 minutes, if the subject hasn't died from cerebral hemorhage, they commit suicide.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says:
When Dave was rebuilding the control panel, he probably added in the feature that Trek energy weapons have, where they can utterly disintegrate their target, and his clothing and any worn or carried gear, in a flash of FX, without so much as scorching the floor he stands on or anything else nearby.
The current setting would probably incinerate a human target just as completely and with as little collateral damage. Or a mastodon. Or a ninety-foot-tall fire-breathing terror-gerbil.
Leon Arnott (l) says: Saturday's Comic: The day that Shaenon finally gives up trying to conform to syndication standards?
(Don't worry, fellow newspaper editors - you can simply decant panels 2, 4, 5 and 7 into one strip and panels 1, 3 6 and 9 into another, and thus produce two sufficiently paced humour strips. You won't get this fortunate with future length infractions!)
I know it's a given by now, but today's instance of flood-filled grey (and canonically inaccurate flood-filled grey, at that) will not go without remiss! And what, young lady, am I to make of the improbable angle from which that bullet's being fired? I was under the assumption that the gerbils and their pilfered video-controlling device were still on the floor.
And thus, Helen did meet again with the only person in the world that she is afraid of. This must surely be a cataclysmic experience for her, having been convinced up until panel 9 that Mom and her reign of terror had gone from her life, and the world at large, forever.
Ian McAlias (idonotlikepeas) says: Not only is it a cool song about being a physicist, it's a cool song that extolls the virtue of GETTING GOOD GRADES. There's something you don't see every day.
Peter Thorne (freemage) says: Now, not that I'm disagreeing with their choice, but why, precisely, do you think the gerbils were aiming for Mel's bra strap?
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: It's the source of all her power!
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says: A friend of mine used to use that song as inspiration/motivation during her college years. It helped her get an M.S. and Doctorate in Nuclear Medicine. Log In or Register to post a comment! It's free!
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