The plot, she thickens!
If the plot started as a broth it would be a chowder by now.
Well, of course – they already got the seafood – er, or the seafood’s got *them*…
Chowder? I’d say we’re nearing brick territory.
Are you saying the plot’s opaque?
I thought about it, and I guess it would be more like a super dense clear polymer than a brick. Nice and viscous, while still being able to see through all the little bubbles and connections.
They were obviously after the same artefact the girls are after. It just proved to be too much for them to handle.
They’re just focused on an Irish tombstone that says ‘Yggdrasil’ at this point.
Yes, that’s all the further they have gone, but there is clearly an Item they are looking for. My guess the sub was looking for the same Item, even if they didn’t know what the Item was. It would seem to me they did indeed find something they couldn’t handle.
Is Indiana Jones gonna appear out of nowhere in this arc?
We have Monica. It’d be a bonus if she *dressed* as Indy though.
Love the ‘Grapes’ logo on the laptop…Me want the same!
And what a nice pet-dog look on stinky’s, ahum, face! All good and quiet while mummy’s working!
I want to be able to say, “I need my laptop”… and there it is; I’m sooo jealous! ME WANNA POIT TOO!!! (snif)
GrapePC – When you need WiFi connections in the middle of NOWHERE!
I just hope it doesn’t go sour on her…
Well, Bud put all those diamonds she made to good use in spending it on a Sattelite link I guess…
instead of an ‘apple’ mac apparently the wapsi-universe has ‘grape’ macs
*sigh*… I remember when APPLE Computer made Macintoshes.. But I guess I’m just old. So Macintosh computers makes ‘apple-style’ computers…
i remember the Acorn Electron so i don’t think you be THAT old ^^
Yeah, I was a gamer on the Commodore 64 in my youth. You’re not old if I’m not old, so there you go.
The GG certainly have come a long way that she has her own laptop. Just a few short years ago, Bud and Brandi didn’t even know about e-mail.
guys. Just take it as it is. Stop Whining about the grapes. You are just raisin a moot pinot.
And no I am not sorry for this one.
You give some people grapes, and they can’t help but come up with whine. Just bring them some cheese next time.
And dolmades, please.
The whole reason Stinky is so darn loveable is that he’s been portrayed like a more conventional pet (i.e. a dog). I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…I want one.
Laying down Stinky is sooooo cute…. Stinky has that adoring look that dogs can have too when you’re busy with something and you still aknowledge they are there by scratching their head, or something.
Bud understanding Stinky saying “Just a few miles from here” made me think of a Perry Bible Fellowship strip where Timmy’s dad doesn’t realize Timmy’s in trouble, just thinks Lassie’s hungry. Anthropomorphizing can be imprecise
Scouting for Allied merchant ships or dropping off German spies. Or they got super lost and thought the were in France.
Well, that’s the boring answer, anyways.
It takes real talent to make a giant squid so adorable
Maybe she should go inside the sub. Can she read German?
She can speak giant squid; why not? …If not, she could use the laptop to translate…
The GG’s have worked a number of temple guardian/spirit of vengeance/etc. over the millennia. The Kraken was probably a coworker at some point.
So there you are in the off-hours, nobody around and nothing to see, you learn how to communicate with your foreign colleagues, even if it is only to supply a 4th hand for cards.
My God, now I have a mental picture of Stinky dealing cards — !
Playing cards or bongos not a problem.
…and a fifth and a sixth and a seventh…
People, People, doesn’t any one want to go see what’s inside???
am i the only one wondering.
How does she have internet way out there?
InMarSat, Iridium, GlobalSat, with an Aircard.
Paul – thanks for that quick info -much appreciated .
Or, even more succinctly and amusingly:
Bud just plugged her laptop into a network poit.
if thats a pun, prepare to be hissed at….
“she’s poiting internet connection!”
*sigh* if only Motorola had not stepped on their own collective feet with the original deployment of Iridium, we’d all have been enjoying worldwide coverage by now…
Wasn’t their feet they stepped on.
With golf shoes on.
Thanks. I wondered that.
And I’m really relating to Bud’s net research, as I and others were looking up exactly that stuff for Friday’s strip.
The giggling golem girls are 3G to begin with.
Im sorry but that actually made me lol. GGGreat job.
But what are they going to do for the 4G system?
Giggling, Groaning Golem Girls?
So … if the object they are after is in the sub, does that mean no trip to Ireland?
That would be a shame. I would have to go the rest of my life without seeing a Wapsi leprechaun.
Not countig Monica of course.
See ‘Name on the Cross’, Nov. 18th last, and the next one. Not likely to be on a submarine
Ahh, but what if the tree of life is a bonsai?
It would be just like God to screw with us like that.
Now that’s an interesting thought .
I’m have a very strange sense of deja vu. heh. Seeing what went on in the comment of last strip in the current strip.
So Stinky isn’t that fast, and is just just that smart. And Bud tossed the anchor a couple of miles. Obviously the sub wasn’t sunk off the coast of Ireland like it was reported. So what was it doing in Ireland and what sunk it in the Triangle? Taking some cargo towards…Brazil? Central America?
…or it was sunk off the coast of Ireland, and hit the sea floor of the Bermuda triangle…?
gives interesting idea about what this ‘thing’ is that might be able to help Jin.
Something that moves whatever it is inside her elsewhere?
I never really got how the Calender machine was sposed to help her in the first place.
The Calendar Machine was supposed to synch her up with time (apparently that’s what was thought to be wrong with her).
One of the more notable items of celtic myth was Móralltach, the greatsword of the god Aengus. What would be wild would be the Singing Sword of Conaire Mór. What would it sound like through Monica’s set up.
Then the two biggies. Excalibur and the Holy Grail. Both have connections to that area. Joseph or Aremia supposed brought it with him to Brittainia.
I wonder what the germans found. Excalbur would have chased them away as being unfit to wield it. Also the Lady of the Lake could have moved the sub to keep it safe.
Or our favorite Octomocephelapoot could have picked it up, played with it and then dropped it near his home. He see’s his buddy, Bud, and then it’s ‘Ooh, ooh, look what I gots!’
OMG PANEL THREE!!
I officially ADORE Stinky!! <3
Yknow til that was mentioned i just thought that was random background.
didnt notice the two giant eyeballs looking at her
But where has he gone in panels four and five? Off to retrieve the ship that sunk the sub?
gee, I hope not….. :p
How did you miss them?
And I love how he’s putting his two tentacles together like a person might put their pointer fingers together.
Is that what he’s doing? I can sorta make that out, but those scution cups in that area don’t seem to quite fit that.
I concur.. Our dog can have that adoring look too, although it mostly involves us eating cookies or cake…
I noticed there are no forward torpedo tube doors. The U 296 could have been one of their cargo subs or oilers. That would explain no record of engagements – they would spend all their time avoiding combat vessels. Doesn’t seem tobe big enough, though – some of those cargo subs were HUGE.
This also means it may have been scuttled, and there is NO INTERNAL DAMAGE……
That is, no internal damage other than that from being dropped by a giant squid onto a sandbar…..
The 296 had 14 torpedoes on board.
I thought that black thing right above the “oo” in “thoom” was a tube door…
No the hole on the side of the boat isn’t a torpedo door. U296 was a type VIIC/II Uboat. The type VCII boats had 4 outer doors covering each of the forward torpedo tubes. And the torpedo tubes are much further forward and located below the (surfaced) waterline. (The waterline is a bit below the tops of the side bulges on the). The torpedo doors would be in the crosshatched lines on the bow of the boat in panel two of yesterdays comic.
And it’s not the bow plane either. It above the right position lengthwise, but much too high. The bow plane was near the bottom of the boat.. I don’t know that that figure is.
Ah. And I found a decent image that shows the details. This is what a Type VII C submarine looks like intact.
I took it to be an anchor, that was pulled in halfway as to cut down drag.
the moment Ireland was mentioned I knew this sub had a part in the current storyline!
Bravo stinkey, Bravo! ^_^
Apparently Bud can speak ‘squid’
She would get along with Dr Doolittle
…If we could talk to the fish, just imagine it
Chatting to a squid in Old Calamari
And should they need it, give a cuddlefish a cuddle,
What a neat achievement that would be.
If I could talk to the fish,
walk with the fish,
Grunt ans squeak and squak with the fish…
And they could talk with me!
*Looks around silent room. Sits down embarrassed*
So sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
From the files of World War II
Came the U-296
A spy and transport
The icy deep was its way
But what was the secret cargo it held
When it disappeared one day
– – –
The sub sees light once again
on this uncharted isle
Fetched from the deeps by a giant squid
For a girl with the sweetest smile
Check in tomorrow to see, my friends
Will we be laughing or scared
The mysteries of the deep continues on
For the girls of Wapsi Square
* OK. Just supporting a fellow filker *
Hmm..only thing missing here is a guy with a feathered hat and a lute.
I’ve got the feathered hat and a guitar. Add a large cup of saki or hommade rice wine and I can go for hours on three chords.
I’ve a whale of a tale
to tell ye, lads–
A whale of a tale, O’Toole–
‘Bout the giant squid
And the girl he loved
On nights like this with the moon above
It’s a whale of a tale
And it’s all true!
I’d swear by my tattoo!!
2000 leagues under the sea, original / 1950s version.
He plays with old shipwrecks under the sea!
Enormous and odorous and squishy is he!
Fetching an anchor for a Golem Girl!
He just might helped her save the whole world!
….I’m sorry. Oh God, I’m so sorry.
Follow along with Bud:
I think it’s cute that a gozillion-year-old golem also has to use the net to search for random factoids.
It’ll be either the net, or the Bibliotheka. Given Phix’s bed-side manners, the net is preferable .
How do we know that the Library isn’t on-line? Maybe, the GGs’ laptops have been specially modified to access it.
It wouldn’t be too much of a mystery why it’d have sunk in the North Channel, or for that matter along Ireland’s east, southern or Atlantic coasts: the area was rife with u-boat activity in WW2. Moreover, the North Channel separates Northern Ireland, which is in the UK, from Scotland, which is also in the UK, so there’s even less of a mystery there. Now, what it’s doing the triangle is another matter entirely.
Something else: Apparently it is normal that the ranking app goes wonky every new month?
No Way do I believe a sudden plunge to 80th.
On the comic: I think we are moving from south-american myth and history to celtic mythg and history. This could get interesting. I wonder what the celtic variation of Tepoz will be.. A small Irish parliamentarian???
Just another kind of a poet – with booze, of course ;D
Well, the booze-bit is a given.
Strangely, over here, Brit-chavz are more notorious for their boozing than the Irish.(Ask any cafe-owner in Spain….)
Irish get drunk and follow their national tradition of fighting amongst themselves over minor doctrinal matters.
Brit chavs get drunk and continue the British tradition of attacking other nations…
Heh.. That explains..
Soooo…mayhap the Germans found the artifact and the Bermuda Triangle portal opened up, transporting them to the location of the crash site, hence the disappearance?
Or is the sub the only casualty of the event and the people are still trapped in a time warp?…wait, that sounds way too much like Close Encounters…
Fun story arc, Paul, and completely credible with WWII U-boat history. It wasn’t unusual for the German fleet to be far from where they were thought to have been.
For a real-life story of this type, check out the book, “Shadow Divers” by Robert Kurson. Incredible true story of some deep-wreck divers who find a previously unknown U-boat wreck off the coast of New Jersey, and the long process of identifying which boat it was. Great book, and it reads like part Indiana Jones, part Pirate story, and part mystery suspense.
Look at the know details of U296 is getting interesting. Wartime assessment was that it’s was sunk on Mark 22, 1945 due to an ariel torpedo. But it wasn’t the target of the attack. Latest assessment (1985) shows it was missing on March 12, 1945 possibly sunk by a minefield.
It was a Schnorchel-fitted U-boat. And the type VII C had a 8,000+ nm range. So it quite easily could have made the trip from Germany -> Ireland -> the Triangle and not have been seen crossing the Atlantic. Curiouser and curiouser.
Oh lord, I hope the story doesn’t go the Indianna Jones route. I hate those stupid movies.
I doubt it. Paul habitually does a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” -routine with Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones. Hard to ignore Monica’s profession in the context, but only to make a bit of fun of the public’s idea of archaeologists and anthropologists.
not to mention Mon’s outfit when they took care of the calender machine.
Thank you, Hoomi. I’ve just ordered that book.
Hey all, I think I found out how this sub ended up in the triangle;
if the sub that went to long island ran a ground, who’s to say that the one that went to florida didn’t sink?
That reads like a dark Monty Python sketch. My favorite part was the “don’t poison the cigarette, but poison the asprin for the headache the cigarette gives you.” I suppose it could have gone further by giving the victim a pill to make them sleep, then wake up groggy so that, after getting up they, wouldn’t see the trip wire stretched across the stairs.
HA! I thought the same thing! I feel like the spies in long island were channeling a bit of Three Stooges too. I just posted it cause it seemed relevant, and i was cracking up by the end of it.
Please PLEASE Tell us whether that crapstorm of internet searchng had anything to do with this!! LOL Comments Influence ftw
Of course… he put the number there for a reason… Is is possible… He out-geeked us!!!
One of my favorite things is doing research. I AM a geek.
It was really cool to have Bud repeating things we said ourselves over the weekend. Not that panel three wasn’t really cute without the words, but they were our factoids too.
Yep, it’s official. Paul OutGeeked us….
well, he did have the information well before we did, since it’s his story. so really its like we’re on a game show and he’s the host, we don’t know what to look for until the question is revealed.
Oh and of course… Enter the Nazis!!! (shivers)
Un-Dead -zombie- nazi’s…… O_O *starts biting nails*
Or worse: The demons left-over when the nazi’s died…. EEEEEEEEEK!!
Relax, the Call of Duty video game series has been preparing us for that day for a long time.
Ya’ know, I love Bud to death, but….if I saw her laying a laptop on the, probably damp, sand of an atoll, or cay, for that matter…I am geek enough to read her the riot act over it.
As long as Stinky was gone, that is…
Oh well, I would be more afraid of Bud than of Stinky…and she can probably poit the sand, moisture or anything out of the darn thing…
Anyway, if the computer knows what he’s doing, he wouldn’t refuse to work when a part of the Chimaera asks him to
I’ll just leave this here. So you might not have to wince about putting it in the sand. The grapes could just be a sticker and not a replacement for a certain fruit.
A friend of mines 8 year old dropped one of those into about a 500 gal. salt water fish tank. No I didn’t see how.
Fired right up after we cleaned it up and recharged the battery.
Pfff..You wouldn’t believe the state of company laptops we get back when someone quits, or transfers. Beach sand would be the lesser of the mis-treatment traces…..
Bud could be using a clear-case. There are several great ones available.
Awww…he’s watching her work! XD
BTW, does anyone else hear plunger squishing sounds when Stinky decides to ‘speak’?
I *really* like the pose of Bud cross-ankled working on her laptop on the beach in a swimsuit.
Make a girl hotter by adding a computer. God, I’m such a geek.
I’m just thinking, there’s a submarine full of water right there with several obvious holes. It might be interesting to walk around it and see what the inevitable waterfalls are washing out of the interior.
In reality or live-action, yes. But that sounds hard to draw.
Um … yeah. If there are no breaches in the hull, the crew’s bones should still be onboard. If not, we’ll know they didn’t go down with the boat. So would that mean the other “entity” looking for the same stuff as the girls are some Nazis? Could it be they are still alive and actively trying to complete their mission? Yes, they’d be pretty old now, but it could also be whatever they had on board gave them limited immortality.
Of course, not everyone in the German armed forces was evil. Many, probably most, were just poor slobs impressed into service doing their part for their country. So it’s a mistake to consider everyone as “Nazis.” They may simply be trying to keep anyone else from finding the artifacts for the good of the world.
As has been pointed out, there might be breaches in the pressure hull, which we can’t see.
They scuttled the boat before abandoning it.
Unless I’m seeing it sideways, there appears to be quite a gash on port side aft…
Art-school-nerd geeking-out for a bit: Paul, I really , truly love LOVE LOOOVE the way You drew Bud’s crossed feet.
Crappy drawn feet in comics are a pet peeve of mine. Feet, like hands , are shitty-hard to draw well, but feet always seem to get the “mwah, it’ll do” treatment.
Wait… What ISP does she use that she can get a connection there? Or does she have a massive encyclopedia installed?
*raises eyebrow ,and points to beginning of comment-thread*
Sattelite dude. Bloody expensive, but works like a charm, especially from flat land like beaches and such.
Bud either speaks Giant Squid or Stinky & Bud both speak Bill The Cat, either works for me… and yeah I’m liking Stinky too, Paul
Stinky’s dialogue did make me nostalgic for Berke Breathed.
Aaawwww! I had a german shepherd who’d get that look in his eyes(mostly when I had something yummy in my hands he wanted a share of!)!! Then I’d get the “drooly snoot” in my lap. He won by default.
What if the something in the Irish graveyard didn’t like the submariners poking around and poited them elsewhere? After poking a few holes in THEM?
I am falling in love with Bud these past few pages.
Great job Paul.
Stink’s a big squid, but he earns a well-deserved, “Good Dog! Who’s a good boy? Good boy!” for helping in his own way.
aaaarrrrgghh! sand and electronics DO NOT go well together.
incidentally, ireland…i wonder if there’s a celtic cross on board somewhere…
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