And we change focus right before the reveal. I can’t say I didn’t see this coming.
Hmmm… Paul, as the new Dinsdale Piranha? Cruel but fair? 🙂
Nailed me wifes’ head to a coffee table once.
Nah. This is the reveal.
Brandi made a deal so Jin could feel the cold and static electricity.
Just step #3,129 in a 6,839 step plan. (>^_^)>
Maybe. But the deal she was describing yesterday had more to do with regaining her ability to feel compassion again, right? So how does that fit?
Jin still doesn’t like the cold.
I don’t mind it too much. I can always put on more clothing if I need to, but there is a definite limit on how much I can remove in the heat.
yep, seen the last torchwood?? jack becomes mortal, and can now feel things..
hey this is what being drunk feels like! 🙂 🙂
agh, why is it so cold??? 🙁
oof, that cooker is too hot!! ooooooh!
ouch I cut my finger! … 🙁 😛
yeah, sheesh. Spoilers! You’re not a very good River Song….
Um, no, ‘spoilers’ is dr who, NOT torchwood…
Since Torchwood is a direct spinoff of Doctor Who it shares pretty much everything with it. For all we know River and her folks will meet Captain Jack some time.
….but I am staying *within* the confines of that story..
– sure, you could include the daleks, cybermen, etc, etc, but it would make a really messy storyline, and lose fans by the million..
Come now, Jack could always feel, he just healed so fast he didn’t notice the little pains, as far as drunk, well as Wolverine about that one. ;-p
He doesn’t stay mortal, tho.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand…queue up a week of guest art!!
Oh you Paul Why I outta…then…and for good measure….
Is it Monday yet?
Yep! Paul is getting better at Psyching us out… now we’re getting a THURSDAY Cliff-Hanger… he couldn’t settle for letting us rattle around here with only three days to speculate, he is now allowing us a whole FOUR days!
Thanks Paul! 🙂
Yes, thanks, Paul!
[starts using the extra day to plot a suitably fiendish fate for formerly favorite authors.]
My my Mr. Monk – was the use of 4 F’s a subliminal call to an earlier childhood fantasy ? Check with Jim – I think he’s by the potted plant to the right of the Comfy Couch .
Nope–just partial to alliteration, I guess.
… and thus contributing to the growing problem of alliteracy in America?
Dave, I hope you paid for that last one. A pretty penny, or perhaps a pound might pay the penalty for perpetrating such a poetic pun.
Prompt pun-payment is a particular pecuniary priority, I promise!
I prefer to pack my pence away, with my spare supply of alliterative consonants, in the Private Alphabet Bank of Twin Peaks… where the vowels are not as they seem!
Alan is going to have to be patient while Jin discovers the joy of daily aches and pains.
Wait’ll you’re 42, honey!
What one has to wonder: Jin clearly felt the cold before, as cold feet could shock her from her sleep.
Maybe’s she’s just feeling it in her bones now too, the X-thousands years worth of living catching up finally.
But she could magically ignore the cold, too. Now she probably can’t.
This comic shows how being human affects Jin on a daily basis, but I can’t help thinking how becoming mortal again affects her. After thousands of years being essentially the same age, can she now feel herself aging as swiftly as a hummingbird’s heartbeat?
And how long does it take for that sensation to go from giddy novelty to existential dread?
She just has a lifespan. She may not acually age since she is still a clay golem. She can be killed and one day she will keel over dead (again), but she may still look the same.
Not to mention monthly pains…
After you turn 25 the warranty runs out on the body and then things slowly begin to start breaking down.
If only; I know a lot of people (myself included) that did not come with a warranty. We came out of the starting gate damaged goods and no warranty in site. What a ripoff we got.
Not only did they forget my warranty application, they even left out the user’s manual on my body.
Sheesh! Who’s running this show?
The rest of this corner of the tread reminds me of the fellow who won a multi-million dollar lottery. When asked what he’d do with his winnings, he’d thought for a (brief) moment, and suggested he’d spend most of it on wine, women, and song–and the rest he’d probably just waste.
.. and there are plenty of vintage cars still running nicely, due to hours of loving care spent on them…
If you take good care of your body, you will look younger and live longer… 🙂
Get off that sofa! stay away from junk food!
Exercise is the key to staying healthy, and I mean mental exercise too..:)
Get hit by a bus and lay there dying wishing you had indulged in more junk food and bad things for you.
Tamora Pierce’s Alanna the Lioness remarks to her daughter that nobody warns you, when you’re a page or a squire, that, even with magical healing, your body saves up from all those injuries and bruises and bumps and presents the bill when you hit forty or so…
Heh.. Jin is re-learning being human.. Wait till she discovers Toe corns… Hehehe..
And, to be honest, i needed a bit of a break from all the angst poured out over us, the poor readers. 😛
Yeah, as Benny Hill observed, great aches from little toe corns grow.
When does Jin “catch up” enough to start asking Alan why he’s apparently living in the Brady house?
60’s retro is the new ‘black.’ 😉
Explains the gravity defying hair and knee high socks…
*Is child of 90s* *Wears knee high socks anyways*
Not to mention his Sgt. Pepper jacket:
I’ve always loved Jin’s expression in the final panel of that one.
It certainly looks like he does most of his shopping at a second hand vintage clothing shop. LOL
And here I thought hair gel explained the gravity-defying ‘doo.
I love the decor. But…why?
Because it fits so perfectly with his VHS collection of Doris Day movies!
Pajama Game anyone? I’ll make the popcorn…
He’s a bachelor. It was cheap. He doesn’t know any better. it contrasts with what Jin would do in an opposites attract sort of way.
She was kinda the chilly type even as a gull fledged golem:
Only now she can’t sit in a fire to get warm.
“Gull fledged”? You’re referring to her as a young chick just ready to leave the nest? 😉
hmm, I think she has too many ‘ouchys’ to try that yet..
though I think she just has to pick up a hot pan, to find it not just hot, but very painful! been there, done that..
“never mind the dinner honey, let me take care of that burn…” 🙂 🙂
Although switching to Jin is worth my while 🙂
NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to go over in the corner and cry all weekend now. >.<
Does the lining on Allan seem uncharacteristically thick in this update? The shorts’ lines are one thing (VERY thick) but it just seems the rest of the lining is thicker than usual.
Or maybe that’s an optical illusion caused by the pants, and it’s what the artist wanted us to think!!!
I think his hair looks like goat horns if that’s what you mean.
Comparing the lining on his head with (e.g.) Jin’s head, face, and coat… it looks a little bit darker but not all that much. Maybe, same pen, but moving a bit more slowly and/or with more pressure so it made a slightly denser line?
I think your eyes (and mine too) may be reacting to the darkness of the edges of his shorts, and the very dense parts of his shirt. They really “pop” out in contrast from the page, and may be leading our eyes to “see” all of Alan as being more than usually separated from the background.
The rough, scratchy, over-inked shorts are pretty weird, but … Well, was Alan always a foot shorter than Jin? He’s got really little dwarfy legs here.
*sigh* shoulda known Paul would do this.
So, I guess we won’t know until Monday (or later) whether Monica found it necessary to speak a Word of Command to calm Brandi down and keep her from melting Terre Haute, Indiana down into a puddle of cheese-mold.
Paul really does like to hit us with glyph-hangers, doesn’t he?
Rattles pun jar menacingly.:rattle:
Over at Chris Hazelton’s Misfile, they/we refer to them as “Chrishangers”.
You can’t kill me, I’m wearing plaid!
(Okay, that was kinda lame, sorry)
And they just got a new public library….
If you’re wearing plaid, we can kilt you.
(drops a Scottish silver penny of K. David I into the jar.)
So you’re saying you like your dates tartan sassy?
Tosses a handful of British coins into the jar… in for a penny, in for a punned.
Irish I had thought to say that 🙁
I got whiplash from that sudden turn!
Also that is a goofy haircut 🙂 It is funny seeing Jin adapting to non-invulnerabliity
Kinda reminds me of the New Swing movement, with Alan being a nerdy sort of Brian Setzer.
I wonder if he shops at Daddy-o’s, and if so, will we see Jin in a “Stop Staring” dress, cause that’d just fit.
And that conversation reminds me of many conversations I have with the other people that live in my house. I keep the thermostat set at 78F in the summer and 64F in the winter. If you dress appropriately for the season (or run around in a pair of soccer shorts and barefoot like I do) then there is no problem with those settings. If you dress like it’s summer in the winter and winter in the summer then you will be uncomfortable in my house. I am comfortable in a wide range of temperatures in mainly my skin, like Bud (not as extreme as Bud though, I have to wear gloves when the wind chill gets down to freezing). I do have to add layers when riding my bike in the winter, mainly because if I don’t people can tell I’m not a Ken doll when my tights start riding up…
Hmm. I tend to like 78 in the winter and 64 in the summer, myself…
As a rule, man’s a fool
When it’s hot he wants it cool
When it’s cool he wants it hot
Always wanting what is not.
It’s dark I want it bright
thus we have electric light
Damn, I’m sweating, it’s hot in here
now we have central air
Oh it’s so cold I can’t feel my feet
that’s why we have a furnace to heat
It’s really good that man’s a fool
’cause it inspires inventions cool
I’m with Opus. Getting acclimated to mid-high 78s in the summer makes it feel cooler when you do have to be outdoors, and similarly getting used to mid-60s in the winter makes it feel warmer–well, a teensy bit warmer–when you have to go out into the -20s.
I think It’s so cute watching her learn about mortality all over again. 😀
And, if the rest of us are any indication, she’ll have to learn about being mortal several times before it really “sticks”–and even then there will be refresher and supplementary classes every so often throughout her life.
Heh so the price for Jins mortality is that she is now a complete wuss 🙂
I love how her and allan are so cute together 😀
I get the impression that, when it comes to the cold, Jin has always been a wuss.
I recall her complaining about Alan’s feet, almost setting his curtains on fire because it was winter, poiting to Egypt to get away from the cold, etc.
The only difference now is that she has to cope with it the same way the rest of us do.
…heating her hand red-hot in the fire to warm her butt…
I hope she doesn’t try to do that now! O_O
I wonder if she can still poit 🙂
probably.. though she may wait a while before trying it…
Yeah. What Allen said.
Ah the human condition; It looks like Jin is in for one HELL of a learning curve. Lucky she has such a great support mechanism looking out for her.
Welcome to the real world, Jin!
I predict that Alan’s heating bill is going to be higher this (and subsequent) winters.
He’ll probably just spend most time at her place. She can afford the heating bills. OTOH, it will probably be the most uncomfortable for him there. Tradeoffs, they are a bitch.
Gonna be honest, not loving this new comic here. Jin is a renewed human, not a moron. She knows what all this stuff is; she simply hasn’t experienced it in eons. I feel like her blurting out “it bites my fingers” is a bit too dumb for her….
Something more intelligent like: I can’t even remember a time when I could feel the difference between summer and winter”. Would have been better for me. But, this is just my feeling.
The first documented invention of the door handle appears in U.S. Patent entries for the year 1878
Jin was last human 28,000-10,500 BC.
No way would she know how static on a doorknob feels.
Yeah, but that would be assuming they had no metallic doorknobs or handles in Lanthis. Not to mention wool socks or insulated slippers. Pretty sure they would have had carpet even.
Thanks for the dates but my meaning is that static electricity itself existed before the doorknob, so she knows what it feels like. It seems unrealistic to me that someone can’t understand that “all” metals do the same thing regardless of form.
Lanthis seemed pretty big on wood and ceramics; metals might have been reserved for mad science. Glass
and ceramic knobs are pretty popular even today.
So certainly static electricity existed, but how often would it manifest, even to the human staning mext to the clay golem? Rubber is a relatively recent innovation, outside of Olmec sports equipment. But of course, even the Olmecs are much younger than Jin.
Ah, but what about the common house cat? They’ve always been noted for “carrying fire” in their fur.
Not domesticated until 8000 BC.
I think Paul may have us on this one.
“standing next” not “staning mext”
And where’s Stan been tonight?
It is found that many things have been invented/ discovered in the past, to be forgotten when that civilization collapsed…
and do note that things you did 80,000 years ago maybe a bit difficult to remember!! especially simple things like ‘how to open a door’ !!
I’m sure your right, but this appears to be played just for laughs and cuteness. Gotta relax the rules of intelligent behavior sometimes to get in a bit of silliness.
Especially since he wants to cheer her up as well as warm her up.
Natural static electricity at ground level tends to be apparent only when the air is quite dry… otherwise the charge bleeds away by itself before it can develop a high enough voltage to create a spark.
If Jin had spent her mortal years only in a subtropical climate, she might never have noticed enough any static strong enough to feel. Minneapolis winter cold, plus artificial heat and the resulting low indoor relative humidity, would produce much greater shock-potential.
*snicker* just notice Jin is even wearing fingerless gloves… Such a drama-queen..gotta luv’r
I know these two always reminded me of somebody…
Alan: Look. You got a letter from your sister, Brandi.
Jin: Oh! Brandi!
Alan: What did she say? Did she say anything?
Jin: Well, she’s just wonderful herself. But her Glyph reader, Monica…
Alan: Monica. Monica? That’s the one with the high blood pressure. The one who sleeps on the floor to keep her blood pressure down?
Jin: Yes, that’s the one.
Alan: Smart kid.
Alan: Yes. What about Monica?
Jin: Well, she broke her back.
Alan: I’m glad to hear that.
Alan: Broke her back? How did she do that?
Jin: Well, on account that she’s left-handed.
Alan: She broke her back because she’s left-handed.
Jin: Yes. Well, you see, what happened was she had a doughnut in her right-hand pocket and when she went to take it out with her left hand…
Alan: She broke her back?
Alan: Well you tell Brandi, the next time to tell Monica that if she’s got a doughnut in her right-hand pocket to try to take it out with her right-hand.
Jin: Yah. But that’s hard to do when you have your pants on backwards.
Alan: She had her pants on backwards?
Jin: Yes. Well, you see, what happened was she had a suit of clothes with two pairs of pants and she put one pair on frontwards and she put one pair on backwards.
Alan: Are you sure that she could GO either way?
Jin: That’s when the bus hit her.
Alan: The bus. What bus?
Jin: The bus that didn’t have its lights lit.
Alan: Why didn’t the bus have its lights lit?
Jin: Because… they had…
Alan: Hold it. Hold It! HOLD IT! Did the guy driving the bus have his pants on backwards or did Monica have her pants on backwards?
Jin: Oh, Alan, you’re trying to confuse me.
Alan: I’M confusing YOU!?
Jin: Monica had her pants on backwards.
Alan: Oh. But the fellow in the bus; why didn’t he have his lights lit?
Jin: He didn’t have to. It was daytime.
Jin: Are you getting this now?
Alan: Oh, no, oh, no. Well, how’s the fella… but if he didn’t have his lights lit didn’t he see Monica coming?
Jin: He didn’t know it was Monica. He saw two pairs of pants coming toward him and he drove between them.
Alan: Say good night, Jin.
Jin: Good night, Jin!
Ah. I always loved their comedy routines… 🙂
Burns said in his autobiography that working vaudeville with Gracie was wonderful – they’d come on stage, he’d puff on his crgar,
…and I’d ask “By the way, Gracie – how’s your uncle?”
And she’d tell me.
And then I’d puff on my cigar, say “Say Good night, Gracie,” and she’d say good night amd they’d play us off.
I never really had to do anything.
…and I’d ask “By the way, Gracie – how’s your uncle?”
And she’d tell me.
And then I’d puff on my cigar, say “Say Good night, Gracie,” and she’d say good night amd they’d play us off.
I never really had to do anything.
(Not the precise words, but definitely close enough for jazz.)
The world has been a lot less funny since George passed on.
Why is Alan dressed like Charlie Harper (Sheen – 2 1/2 Men)
…..I can think of ONE WAY to warm Jin up. Dickens’ Apple Cider w/ a touch of Cinnamon, and served Hot. Yes folks, theres nothing better than a Hot D- Oh,I’m sorry I can’t go through with this. Have a nice weekend everybody sse ya Monday.
The 60s retro look of Alan’s place is very cool – I definitely remember seeing that clock when I was a kid.
I’m pretty sure Paul and Mary Bland had one.
On the subject on the extended cliffhanger…
Paul may be setting things up so that the Big Reveal isn’t just to Monica, but to Jin and/or Bud and/or others at the same time?
Brandi made a deal somehow… but have we seen any evidence that any of the other golems knew about it at all? Even Bud, who is clearly Brandi’s closest bud?
Of course she’d Brandi’s closest Bud – she lives with her.
The next-closest Bud would be next door at the least.
That would depend on where Brandi keeps her stash…
It’s hard sometimes to remember that a page-a-day comic and its comments on the intertubes are not like an episodic tv show you can just yell at in the privacy of your living room. In a final compilation, the comic story reads much more quickly and smoothly, and any cutaways would merely build tension in the reader for a few page-turning minutes.
But here in realtime, our last views of Bud and Brandi’s faces were of their experiencing trust-shattering friendship-breaking agony. And that can make for a pretty long hard ride.
Personally, I like it in the 60s all year. I don’t use the heater at all in winter except in extreme cases. The thermostat is usually set on its lowest setting (50, i think) so it rarely kicks on. Summer is another story all together, anything above 75 starts getting uncomfortable for me.
He actually has the thermostat set warmer that Jin’s or did he mean “slightly cooler”?
BTW, I’ve been waiting for Jin to regret being turned back humanish. I expect her lack of magic to stay warm will cause problems.
And will she remain compatible with Alan?
*passes decaf to eschmenk*
Jin has been waiting for a millenia for this to occur. no way would anything happen in this lifetime to make her regret the choice 🙂
And Alan and Jin = mfeo :p
Besides, from what I understand, this sort of tug-o-war on the thermostat setting is normal for completely human couples/family members/roommates as well.
And will Maya and Alan have an affair and face a heartbroken Jin on daytime TV? 😉
I believe he meant what he said. If her summer thermostat setting (on the AC) was okay for her in the summer, i.e. not too cold for her liking, then setting his heat a bit above that should also be satisfactory to her now. Problem is people aren’t machines and their perception of what is too hot or cold often changes from one time to the next. In a bit it may seem okay to her. Especially after some hot tea.
Perception can do amazing things:
My first wife was a demon typist – 100w.p.m.
Our first computer had a daisy wheel printer – 100w.p.m
Her typing sounded like staccato machine gun fire – rat-a-tat-tat! The printer sounded much slower.
(Of course, she used to watch me knocking off twenty-five or thirty w.p.m and say “Nobody can actually type that fast with two fingers and a thumb!”)
Naturally, you perceived your wife’s typing as being faster than a printer, even at exactly the same measured speed. The same would have been true if it had been one of your cousins.
It’s all relative, you see.
This is like British drama right here.
Are you, by chance, referring to the settings on the thermostat?
nah the tea
oh and i think i’ve worked out why us brits seem to say ‘i shall make a tea’ in crisis.
most drinks you don’t have to think when you making them but for a tea you have to consider how long you are keeping the bag in the cup for the correct strength. It certainly calms the person who is making it down as their whole thought process get dominated by the bag 🙂
I have considered other drinks (coffee/hot chocolate etc) but they have a one shot plonk of ingrediants…over too quick.
For the upset person, if it has sugar in it then that might work. Tried on myself once (by accident!). I don’t usually have sugar in my coffee but someone added sugar to it when i was stressed and it seemed to calm me down a lot…
Well, there’s sitting Zen meditation, and walking Zen meditation.
I think you’ve just defined steeping Zen (“cha-zen”) meditation.
Unless, of course, Basho or Eisai got there first.
Kind of like most hiccough remedies? The primary purpose is to get the breathing controlled long enough and with enough focus to break the cycle of hiccoughs.
That’s probably true. Also, I think it’s the act of doing something “civilized” and normal when things seem to be falling apart that helps. It’s soothing to fall back into a familiar routine. If one can take time to make tea, how bad could it really be? Reminds me of the cartoon wherein this Brirish couple are slowly dying of radiation poisoning. Long as they can have their tea and biscuits, there were fine. Right up to the end. Of course, in their particular case, being borderline retarded helped.
Ah, I always thought it was because Chocolate and Coffee were only discovered when the Americas were found.
Sorry just felt like a smart ass for a moment. (Hides in the corner)
they were all introduced in the 16th century
tea slightly earlier.
Thinking on it however it would have been leaves and not PG Tips *coughs*
Ritual will do that: focus you, reassure you that you are not helpless, get the mind (subconscious) working on possible plans of action, and begin to act.
Can I join Maark30 in the corner–if he has a good beverage?
I have hot cocoa so sit a spell.
Is that hot tea?
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