Hey, it’s that frog! On your avatar! What’s his name again? You know, that… frog! Who sings!
Michigan J. Frog
He was also used as an album cover by Leon Redbone. On the tracks is a great disc.
Look further down where i explain what’s what.
He was also the mascot of the WB network.
♫ Everybody loves the Michigan Rag! ♫
You’re either talking about Kermit of muppet fame or ‘the crazy frog’.
No. Danzier is talking about THIS frog.
Yes! THAT frog.
Yep, it’s Michigan J. Frog – what’s not clear is that that’s a modified version of the cover from Leon Redbone’s LP “On the Tracks” – Michigan is wearing a conductor’s hat like Redbone sometimes does, he’s dancing on railroad tracks as a train is coming, and there’s a cricket picking his teeth with a carpet tack.
Art by Chuck Jones, for Warner Bros. Records.
For a good view, check it out on Amazon.
Like three of the avatars i’m currently rotating, it’s a modified version of an album cover that i did for an avatar for a music blogging site i used to frequent. The other two are Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” and Steeleye Span’s “Rocket Cottage”. Hardest part of creating them was matching the type. (And i couldn’t on the Steeleye album – not and have it readable, anyway – so i used Fairport Convention’s logo font, instead.)
Recognized it right away, as I own the (vinyl) album.
First saw :eon live at the Birchmere in Arlington back in ’82. Quite a showman.
/Leon. I really should turn on the lights when I’m typing in the morning.
And having had the commute-to-work time to think about it, I saw him open for Bonnie Raitt at Merriwether Post Pavillion in ’77, just about the time that album was released.
Thanks for the walk—or stumble—down Memory Lane.
Just who is this gal?
She is surprised their clothes were burned off; but she is NOT surprised either of them survived being charbroiled?
does she know Justin and his ability?
does he know her?
It may be more of an assumtion on her part that if you have access to a Library Annex that your’re above such things as being turned into a charcoal brickette.
hey no-one thinks water is dangerous, but its like sulphuric acid to tectonese…
Or Wicked Witches™
Salt water and Newcomers don’t mix. I think fresh water is fine for them.
I’m calling her Trip, until Paul corrects me.
“I’m Trip, the demigod that makes MIBs!”
Or, if Atomic et al insist, her full name is Harrisburg J. Trip.
Bwahahahah! That works too!
I keep thinking she looks like Joe Englund’s “Zebra Girl,” but I never really followed that comic . . .
How about… no?
Much too cheerful to be mistaken for Sandra.
I could see her being one of the people crossing Sandra’s path recently, mentally torturing her with cheerful assistance and kindness.
I’m Bond. James Bond. This is my companion. Now then, do be a fellow and park the Bentley for me, we’re expected for cocktails.
Either that or… “Tish! You spoke FRENCH!”
I’m not sure which is more apropos at the moment
Where’s the Tish line from? I can’t help reading it in Sean Connery’s voice, and I know I’ve heard it before…
Seriously? The Addams Family. Gomez, to Morticia. She’d speak French, he’d go mad with lust & kiss her arms.
well, he’d start with her arms.
a couple episodes, she didn’t stop him and… last seen… he had… processed?, digressed?… to somewhere south of her waist.
AH… the problem with studying film is that sometimes you miss the best parts.
Gomez Addams of ‘the Addams family’.
Park the Bentley for me?? I always picture James as the kind of guy who would prefer to stunt-park that baby himself and smirk at the valet…though I suppose he would conform to hoity-toity convention for the hoity-toity-ness of it.
Well, yes, but sometimes you know, its important to be… understated. Let the other fellow make a statement first, play the… cool hand… besides, the bentley doesn’t always have the cool toys in it, sometimes its the aston martin.
Bond drove Aston-Martins. His last one before the reboot was the Vanquish (which, after the mini-cameras were activated, became “The Vanish”).
True, but those are the ‘work’ cars, the run about is the Bentley
The Bentley was Bond’s personal set of wheels in the books.
The Rolls Royce company said the added supercharger voided the warranty on the Bentley.
Bonus points to Sheik for Bond knowledge! Thanks for beating me to it.
Besides, even in the movies Bond didn’t always drive Aston Martins. He’s been seen in all kinds of cars from BMWs to Ford (I nearly choked seeing Daniel Craig driving a Ford when he first got to the Bahamas). I can’t recall off-hand if he ever drove a Bentley in the films, but I know he at least referenced having driven one before in Goldfinger (when he was first introduced to his DB5).
Well, he also drove a Renault LeCar in A View To A Kill. Of course, his driving skills turned it into a convertible…
Which is why I never want to see him in a deusenberg…
I hope I spelled that right.
I keep thinking back to Indiana Jones 3… between what goes on here and people talking about Sean Connery…
Jones Jr. “How did you know she was a Nazi.”
Jones Sr. “She talks in her sleep.”
Justin seems to be squinting. How ’bout an eyeglass spell? And WHO IS THAT GIRL??
Shadow contacts = prescription sunglasses?
I wish I could do that. It would be cold in the winter, as I’m sure they don’t provide any sort of protection from the elements, but I’d look b****in’ all the time. Either that, or I’d look like a shady character.
*clink, clink into the pun jar*
Oh, and am I the only one who has noticed that Shelly was revealing s little nipple two days ago? And you can almost see a little more today… Or is that not a big thing?
No, it’s not a big thing. I shall manfully refrain from saying something like “Size A cups, at the most … “
I noticed too. Paul can draw whatever he wants since it’s his site.
And, I recall his making the point in earlier comments that the display of breasts or nipples or other body parts, per se, does not define whether material is PG, PG-13, Young Adult, or Adult. It’s much more a question of whether it’s being displayed in a context intended to be erotic. “Sexual content” and “nudity” are different issues… and I believe there are a substantial number of U.S. court cases which make this distinction.
Otherwise, every Web site containing a photo of Michaelangelo’s David, or numerous other classical sculptures, would have to be treated as “adult”.
Oh God her shadows D=
No, look at the shadows she’s casting D=
I swear, the one in Panel 3 makes it look like she has a huge, half closed eye.
This might also explain why she seems to have such a prominent shadow of her own … which doesn’t seem to match her form all that closely … .
it also explains why she had a shadow when Justin didn’t.
actually, it seems to match her mouth more.
Val is right that it matches her mouth more closely in panel 4… but her mouth shouldn’t allow light through her skull, should it? It does have the illusion of a huge, softly-lit eye.
And her facial markings vanish in panel 2 while she’s “casting”. That looks deliberate, too. Maybe she’s just a Nudge fangirl and not a demigod herself.
Speaking of matching mouths…compare her profile with her shadow in panel 2.
Quite. Though Paul has restored her panel 2 facepaint.
Actually, she used her face lines to simulate the collar of Justin’s ‘shirt’…..
No worries. That’s just her eye shadow.
[drops credit card into pun jar]
Oi! Shadow puns.
(drops an All Seeing Eye coin pendant into the Pun Jar)
Well that’s a nifty power. The only other character I’ve ever seen making clothes out of shadows was from a completely different mythology.
Which mythology was that?
Celty, from Durarara; she supposed to be an Irish Dullahan and makes various items, including a motorcycle helmet out of her “shadow”.
That was pretty much what came to mind, yes.
I believe that Japanese and Chinese mythologies have shadow controlling demons in them.
And this, my young apprentice, is the difference between a tail manuever and a shadow manuever. Do be certain to do the right one.
*Fzz-prrewww-vvvvvvvvvvv* Drops a lightsaber in the pun jar
Jeez, someone need to take inventory of what is in that pun jar!! It’s got quite the collect inside it!!
Ok, maybe she does have a taste in clothes. Maybe she juat doesn’t have a mirror…
I eagerly await her introduction…
Justin is perhaps not Peter Pan after all.
Wow, I wish I could summon clothes like that!
With a power that can blanket herself in sleek black fashion, is it any wonder why she arrives in a splash of color?
Considering the fashion sense she just exhibited, explain HER outfit!
Shelly, Justin, be careful how you move your hands.
I’m likin’ Shelly in the LBD. Very sophisticated. And Justin looks good in his new shadow threads. They suit him.
*donates a matched pair of Colt M1911s donated by one L. Cranston into the pun jar*
I know what you did there.
Nicely done, that one!
But … will he have a hat?
hmmm… wasn’t there a japanese myth about a critter which could manipulate shadows and use them for transportation?
Jack Vance wrote a story about Jack of Shadows, whose mastery and dominion was shadow. Very good tale.
I hate to be ‘that’ guy, but it was Roger Zelazny.
You’re absolutely correct. It was Zelazny. And I thank you for the correction!
I love Zelazny’s Amber Heroes. Corwin’s inner dialogue makes me smile.
On the subject of Jack O’ the Shadows, though… Wheel of Time. That is all.
Isn’t this the first time we’ve seen Shelly in a dress?
Those outfits aren’t as much ‘shadows’ as ‘night sky’.
Somebody’s showing some unexpected fashion sense.
Not sure if this qualifies as a dress, but it’s at least a skirt. What little of it there is.
Could this be PW’s take on Nut, goddess of the (night) sky?
Hmm.. Given the fact that both (very spiffy, I might add) suits have a sort of starfields as a motif, I think You could be close. She could be some deity of night&shadows.
By the by.. Where did her facial markings go in frame 2 ???
I like that guess! And the way she is dressed fits the current pronunciation of the word.
And I think that her “clothing” for them shows that she does have a sense of fashion. She just prefers her own look. I LIKE this girl!
Akso, in the third panel, Justin still has his glasses melted to his face. In the last panel, they are gone. Nut was a protective Goddess, so it kinda makes sense that she would have cerberi, and do some sort of healing.
yeah, and that’s gonna be a bit of a sticky-wicket if they get stopped by somebody out on the street seeing them exit a supposedly abandoned building… in FORMAL WEAR to boot!
Hmmm… seems more like Hecate to me.
Despite her tomboy inclinations, Shelly likes to dress femininely quite a bit.
Control Shadows … WOW!
And who is she?
“Who’s that pokemon!”
Hm, looks like Nudge, controls shadows.
I’d say she’s “Smudge”.
It’s the Sneak. I’m sorry, don’t hurt me…
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA
Justin can certainly work the business suit-look. Barney Stinson should look that good. He’d better be careful that Shelley doesn’t get turned on by the phrase “Suit up!”
Well now, that’s quite a handy ability to have
You’d want to be VERY careful how you waved your hands in public…
An addendum to the lengthy bit about avatars up above – this one is from the box front from the old Infocom text adventure game “Bureaucracy”, scripted by Douglas Adams and programmed by Steve Meretzky.
(No, i see Meretzky did the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” game from Adams’s plot/script.)
In Panel 4, you can see her mouth in the shadow behind her, like a Jack O’ Lantern.
And Panel 2 the mouth in the shadow is totally different than the one showing in her picture .
Silus, in a thread above, noted that the shadow’s “mouth” in panel 4 also resembles a giant Eye.
yeah Granny Clampette proved it was possible by shining a light through Jethro’s head that way.
“Feels like I’m wearing nothing at all!”
“Stupid sexy Flanders.”
Thank you for understanding.
NOW that’s a handy freakin talent to have!
(I was reaching for a “dark side” joke here, but my pun generator doesn’t seem to want to turn on this morning. Gotta love caffeine dependency when you need to skip the caffeine)
Feeling wit ‘ya man, totally…
“Your feelings for them are strong. Especially for… sister!”
“If only you knew the fashion sense of the Dark Side!”
What fashion sense? (Edna Mode shouting in the distance “No CAPES”)
Something I’ve quoted to my husband ever since his Star Wars character began sporting a cape. *shakes head* It’s so passé.
Is he by any chance from the east coast of the United States, originally? Did he make that cape himself out of an old wall-hanging, and also recycle some of the fabric to make a floppy beret?
If so, it could be Cape Hat Arras syndrome.
Dave, no just no.
Dave, you just gave me a concussion and all I did was read. Your words are dangerous.
(drops a bottle of aspirin, several ginger tea-bags, and two squeeze-and-use chemical cold packs into the Pun Jar)
To Paul: (might my former comment on it disappear in the shadows..)
Frame 2. Face. Markings.
Might not be artist error. In panel 2 she’s invoking shadows and the markings are gone; in panels 1 and 4 she’s not invoking anything and the markings are there. We’d have to see her doing shadows again to see if this motif repeats…
Ninja’d by Paul, I take it? (Since they’re there now…)
Yup. Black Belt author-fu.
Is it me, or does that crazy Santa elf girl’s shadow look like a rabbit?
Man, Shelly and Justin could use a good dandruff cartoon. (*someone whispers something to me*) Oh… Never mind.
Man… I had to go to bed, so I’m late to the party, but YOWZA!!
I wish I have that power!! They look great!! XD
Sorry, wish I HAD that power.
Not to mention black looks good on anyone.
Haha!! No kidding!! That would be quite the wardrobe malfunction.
The real her is the shadow, the bunny goblin girl is an illusion!
Okay, probably not.
That would be cool though!!
Perhaps like Shadow in Gunnerkrigg Court?
Unless Shelly’s hand is more on her back/butt than on her hip.
Maybe she didn’t create a white shirt. Maybe she just created the shadows that provide the illusion of a perfectly white shirt.
All that light energy being absorbed by the shadow-clothing has to go somewhere. The usual behavior would be for it to be emitted from the shadow as black-body radiation (mostly heat) but perhaps her shadow-mojo allows her to redirect some of the incoming light outwards from adjacent areas, to give an appearance of white fabric.
In any case, her trick with the dress and suit do show that she does understand traditional elegance and taste in clothing. Her own outfit is probably “by choice” rather than “by ignorance”.
I do hope somebody colorizes one of the strips of her… plenty of room there for exercising the Garish Side of the Force!
Ooh. Now, that is cool.
It does give Shelly and Justin a motivation to speak seriusly and to the point when they meet Phix. Vague, hand-waving explanations would be… embarrassing.
Just be sure not to wave until you get home!
Well, she could wrap her wings around her body in the event of a shadow wardrobe malfunction, but I don’t think that’d get her less stares…
Shelly can really work the one bare shoulder look in anything. Yes, WORK IT GURL!
Justin looks good as well… VERY umm, Very DAVID TENNANT. Hey, Somebody already said James Bond.
I have NEVER gone nuts for men’s clothing. I’m happy to wear jeans and a T-shirt every day, but D-A-Y-A-M!
I want Justin’s suit!
The wearer doesn’t interest me.
A suit made from a starfield does.
Agreed. A suit of stars? Very cool.
11th Doctor voice: “It’s a galaxy. Chicks dig galaxies.”
He was right.
Manditory insertion about the abililty to unearth the observable followed by manditory MIB quote. My head’s still ringing from Dave’s comment above, so fill in the blanks on this one…
*three baby helicopters in the pun jar to save them from their technocidal parents*
The clothes does look like they are made out of the night sky, stars and all. Great look Paul.
Yeah, talk about “evening wear”.
Her “college” is not necessarily a human university.
Nit to pick.
If the clothes are made from shadows… how did OfficerTB get a white shirt?
Shadows can be any color; it depends on what’s casting them.
Hmm… if that’s the case… I wonder if goblin-girl is secretly streaking right now.
I am starting to get the impression that Monica arrived to the Annex massively overdressed.
The Library is for naked. This is what Carnegie always envisioned.
Using your logic, though, then we’re ALL streaking, because everyone is naked under their clothing …
… I’ll be in my bunk.
Holy crap I want clothes like that!
Hot damn I like those outfits
Mmmmm, shadowmancing <3 God it's nice to see a shadowmancer besides my OC of the same name as my internet handle.
Aw, she looks cute in panel 4.
A bit dressy for anger management, but it do bring some class to the joint.
Hmm… a colorful character that plays with shadows? Sounds rather… shady to me…
Methinks Shellinx is going to have a bone to pick with her, concerning her laissez-faire attitude towards her pups…
Will they get along, or will they end up fighting like cats and dogs?
*klink, klink, klink, goes the pun jar…*
With shelly and Justin both nude
because of this firedog feud
and from shadows devised
a wardrobe quite sleek and subdue’d
but now all of us have to wonder
who’s this hippy with her dogs of thunder
with wardrobe so rare
and fruit in her hair
and what rock did she crawl out from under?
If I were to act as the muse
a theory I’d like to peruse
that Pipi Longstocking
had a fling (oh, that’s shocking!)
with none other than Dr. Seuse!
But for now let me make this all clear
that while I hold these rascals quite dear
I need to take time
to recupe from this ryme
as my brain damage now is severe
… bad … joke… brain …HURT….
Sgt. I appreciate your talent, but I worry about you. Why don’t you have a nice lie=down in a quiet place?
They keep putting me in the quite room… but they don’t understand… I have no respect for locks or retraints. And the meds…? They really don’t work. There are three shrinks had to retire, one of them in intensive therapy for PTSD… and they keep assigning me new ones, they really don’t get it. You see, by medical definition, geniuse is a mental illness. There might be two of them that collectively can equal my IQ… and my training scares them… if they actually had access to my 201 file, they would be terrified. But then there are the mornings when depression sets in, when it’s not worth chewing through the leather to get free. The idiots think they’ve made progress because things don’t go missing they don’t get it… they leave all kinda things around and don’t see it go missing, only the unimportant things they notice. The commitment papers haven’t been in the file for three months now and they haven’t a clue- that’s for the whole ward. There’s fourteen of us here, and only four they know about. Damaged, yes… that happens. Can’t be avoided. But not insane… we filter in and out like air. Sometimes they notice somebody’s missing, there’s a big freak-out, the big hairy male nurse gets threatening, we act like we’re worried… we ever quit this place, he’s mine… then the missing party shows up, gibbers some nonsense- hey, we’re all nuts, right? The boss man gets loud at the underlings, the underlings get testy with us, then things go back to normal. Meanwhile, the money from variouse … jobs… keeps rolling in. My retirement includes a private island in the tropic of Capricorn, a pile of teen-aged native girls and 80′ of boat.
I can put up with this for a while longer…
y’know, I oughta write this down and get it published somewhere- it sounds more interesting than working in sugery like I do…
I do not suffer from insanity- I enjoy it!
Is all that just off the top of your head or have you been werquing on it for a while? Very good. I like the way you thinque.
Please tell the remainder of the 14 that I send my regards!
I am a natural storyteller
MIB. It’s the last suit (dress) you’ll ever wear.
I have to say, I’m really enjoying seeing a male character getting to share the spotlight, even if only as the weaker half of a duo. I know Wapsi Square is mostly about strong women, but it’s nice to have more developed male characters from time to time. Justin is interesting, and I hope we continue to see more of him alongside Shelly. He gives her something to guard, and she needs that right now.
I think that’s where her face lines went – she used them to ‘draw’ justin’s shirt collar…
OK has anybody noticed that HBG has lost about 3 cup sizes since Monday? the bottom panel of Monday’s comic she was a full C-cup, but by the last panel today she’s working to fill out an A-cup. I don’t think it’s because Paul goofed up drawing her, we have seen in the past he’s too good an artist to do that. Yesterday’s comic she lost a cup size between the top panel and the bottom panel…
That was weird. I refreshed the home page, saw a new day’s strip, went to post a comment, the post page did nothing, and when I tried to go back and refresh the new oage it had vanished from the server. The home page has reverted to the Wednesday strip.
Somebody used the magic word “undo!” I guess.
Here’s to the CLOTHING of the age…
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