One hopes that Monica is not stoned.
An iPod?!? My gawd, the things are everywhere!
And by the looks of it, she’s been in the library forever.
Or she’s from a time and/or culture where society hasn’t decided that women should shave. 😉 It’s not hygienic for a woman to shave. It’s for aesthetics only. It’s a view I agree with. Shaven legs are lovelier. But I am well-aware it’s just based on media perception.
Love the placement of the I-pod 🙂 Nice touch.
Best artistic use of an iPod *ever*! 😀
Indeed. Conveniently placed iPod, is conveniently placed.
I believe that is what TVTropes refers to as a scenery censor.
You gotta love how iPods have become the universal doohickey. LOL
IS THAT STARBUCKS (r) COFFEE SHE’S DRINKING? 😉
One meets the most interesting, and dangerous, people at the Bibliothiki. Fortunately, no one can be hurt while there. It’ll be interesting to see if this monster lives up to her reputation. Or did Jason exagerate about her powers and subsequent beheading? Or are there just more of them than that one? Never a dull moment.
are you sure about the “NO ONE can be hurt” part? we know that PHIX can’t be hurt, because she’s said so explicitly, but all the skulls in her ?apartment? there implies that she CAN kill NON-staff members even while in the library… and then again, do those rules apply to the ANNEX?
I wouldn’t worry for Monica remaining stone. I’m sure someone will find a Player’s Handbook lying around there somewhere.
well, I guess because phix works there she has extra disciplinary powers… 🙂
Oh wait, that was Perseus.
There were three Gorgons. Persius only killed Medusa. Stheno and Euryale are still quite alive, though serving out their punishment from the gods…
Good thing she was wearing her iPod. Wouldn’t want to be indecent.
Another note here in that I believe that Medusa was the only one that actually had the gaze that turned people to stone. So with luck Medusa IS in fact dead and this is just one of her sisters.
Lionesses or sphinxes frequently are associated with the Gorgon as well.
This is one of the reasons I love this strip 😀
Stheno and Euryale were completely immortal monsters, Medusa was a woman (a priestess of Aphrodite)so beautiful that the god Poseidon seduced her (he being less of a hound than his little brother Zeus), but since they trysted in Aphrodite’s temple, the goddess cursed Medusa to become a gorgon. Whether Stheno and Euryale looked anything like her is not clear. (Oh yeah, Pegasus is Medusa and Poseidon’s son, but he could not be born until her head was cut off and her blood dripped into the sea, allowing him to emerge from the foam, much like Aphrodite supposedly did as well).
Athena’s priestess, Athena’s temple, Athena’s curse, but yes Aphrodite rising from the foam. She was the (sorta) daughter of Uranus; specifically when Chronos castrated his father (being to much of a wimp to kill him) the blood from his testicles mixed with the sea foam and Aphrodite was born. Technicallythat would make her a titan and older than the other Greek gods . . .
Stheno and Euryale?
Well, this particular Gorgon is reading. Not enough to identify her for certain.
If she’d been writing, we could probably have concluded that she was a sthenographer.
(tosses a Drachma of Aegina into the pun jar)
that “chonk!” sound effect seems to me that maybe she was, or maybe that’s just the stack o’ books hitting the ground… hmm… we’ll see tomorrow won’t we? maybe! 😉
either way, we get to see a new character, yeah!
personally though, i think Monica was a bit rude, i mean if the other patron didn’t see or hear her walk up with that stack of books, then why’d she go and yell at her, just to say “do you mind if i sit here?”… In a Library, of all places… she should have just done what everyone else i know does… ignore everyone else, and shut up when in a library.
I agree. I’m very good at the “ignore all other patrons so you can handle your business and they can handle theirs” attitude in libraries. 🙂 I think I’d be especially inclined to act that way if the patron was apparently nude with gravity defying hair. 😛 I would only sneak a couple of peeks out of the corner of my eye…not scare the snakes off her.
Cute. Wikipedia says Stheno means “forceful” whereas Euryale means “far-roaming”, so unless their immortal personalities have changed, odds are better that the Library would be more accepting of Euryale.
Of course, her name could be Jennifer or something.
Coulda sworn I was replying to Dave’s pun above.
Well, there is the Oglaf approach… (It’s Oglaf, so not fully SFW; you should know this.)
As the song goes. “Every one must get stoned.” LOL
All kidding aside I’m sure the library has safeties in place to ensure those visiting a safe and educational visit.
Medusa? Oh, yes, this comic “rocks.” 0;)
Oh, and GIGGITY!
Haha! That’s the precise order (if not exact wording) of my thoughts on this comic! 🙂 Mine actually went something like this:
“Shit she’s real!!”
(insert George Takei voice)”Oh my!”
Or, in the same George takai voice, “Helllooooooo….”
I love how her ipod receptacle looks like a bikini top from behind…
…and speaking of “behind”,
. . . and, oh yes!
Yes . . .
Wear a hat in public!
It’s a private library, to be pedantic. XP
On an unrelated note…
HA! I lol
D. Walker you are a gentleman and a scholar.
LOL!! Good one. XD
Given the armpit hair we know she’s European or lesbian, or both.
That probably turns into some attached animal, too. So I think we really need think farther afield about this character’s sexuality.
Where the heck does that myth come from ? That europeans don’t shave their armpits I mean. It’s nonsense.
Not myth…just probably not as widespread as Americans think. 🙂 In my few times in Europe, I saw far more hairy legged/armpitted women than in all my years in the US…but I also saw plenty of clean shaven women. I’d say it’s a stereotype based on certain eras or age groups, but my experience with the hairy phenomena crossed age boundaries.
All that said, Medusa (and her sisters) are from Greek mythology…and thousands of years ago. Shaving probably wasn’t big in that part of the Mediterranean back then. 😛
Quite true. The vast majority of women that I’ve seen spotting the hirsute look were those still hanging on to the hippy movement as well as those who really don’t bother keeping up with their personal grooming.
Shaving pits is just a fad that’s still less than a century old.
And the even more recent whining about fastidious pubes is just hilarious.
It may be fairly recent, but it’s a really good idea for both sexes in terms of making certain activities in that region a lot more enjoyable.
I’d like to know where you get your data from that lesbians don’t shave their armpit hair. Lesbians shave or don’t shave just like everyone else.
Personal expeience. For many it tends to be a distinguishing characteristic, like a particular style of hair. The lack of shaving is often a sign of being in a relationship. They just don’t bother with that sort ofthing much anymore.
a raspberry beret perhapse?
What? the snakes like to read in the nude! 😀
Also that “Chonk” is presumably Monica’s induction to golem status…at least for a few minutes…
Well according to Greek myth, Medusa (Gorgons in general) gaze only turned men into stone. It had no effect on women.
Figures. Females always get a pass in these things. No to mention being the monsters as well.
Well to be fair they did get raped by swans, not exactly a free ride.
Well, it’s not all one-sided. Maybe women are safe being turned to stone, but men don’t tend to get jumped by Zeus every five minutes…
I’d like to see the mythology where females get a free ride.
The Bibliothiki’s got nothing.
I’m primairly talking about death here.
I’ll have to refer you to Ganymede.
Zeus was pickier with males, but still…
@SoWhyMe- Oh don’t worry. The women didn’t always get a pass on the death thing in Greek myths. Some of them died (or might as well have) while fleeing the amorous advances of one god or another…others for pissing a goddess off with their hubris.
Well if we’re talking about godly pursuits vs women, once again- Oglaf! http://oglaf.com/danae/
Yeah, well, do a body count by gender in the myths and fables and get back to me. Then we’ll talk.
I recall running across a comic in which a knight meets up with a man in the woods. He has several statues of women and the knight is very impressed. he says he is a stone carver and carved them. Then he “jokes” about having the ability to turn women to stone (which we gather is how they were actually “made”). Remembering the style, I believe it’s one of the Oglaf series as well. I’m not inclined to go through them all to find it though.
Bucc-I: Don’t mean to get rules-lawyerly on you, but if their gaze only affected men, why would a mirror be any threat to them?
Frankly, I could never figure out how they could keep their hair from turning to stone when waking up on any given morning.
Mirrors themselves weren’t the threat. Watching the reflection was the only safe way for a man to look at a gorgon- and “looking at” is usually followed by “swinging sharp objects at”.
Maybe because they aren’t women but are instead female monsters? It’s a stretch, but it’s the best I’ve got to defend a myth I always enjoyed as a kid. 🙂
Whoops! Aleister nailed that one while I was leaving my comment. 🙂 I’d forgotten that the mirror wasn’t what killed her. It was Perseus’s sword. Shame on me for failing the myth test.
Keep in mind that in many versions of the myth, the Gorgons were originally normal women. One common myth has it that Athena cursed Medusa to become a monster for the crime of having been raped by Poseidon while in Athena’s temple. Oh, and one version has her sisters were cursed for begging Athena to make Medusa like them again.
Aleister’s right, of course, but in that case a small legion of angry widows armed with nets and bolos would have gotten the job done faster than waiting for Perseus.
Still, Wapsiworld is a bit more equal-opportunity, and Wapsi Gorgon is probably a decent sort, since she’s allowed in the stacks. I’d guess no one told her humans were recently allowed back in.
Quote: “Well according to Greek myth, Medusa (Gorgons in general) gaze only turned men into stone. It had no effect on women.”
Turned to stone, men only… I just had a flash of the Gorgons’ garden. They’re all actually really attractive and their stone making is voluntary. They also have a large collection of erotic stone sculptures which conveniently conform to different positions they… enjoy.
I blame Paul for making the naked lady with snakes for hair cute.
Hey Julie. That’s ok, it was just a myth-take. (c8
(nonchalantly flipping a kopin in the pun jar)
In his defense, wasn’t Medusa and her sisters cursed for hubris? Thinking themselves PRETTIER than the goddesses?
I’ve long held that the Gorgons were evidentally beauties no one dared look at, not hags no one wanted to look at.
Can I get a citation on that version of the myth? I’ve never seen any source say that women were immune to the effect.
First paragraph says ALL who look upon her gaze.
Citation and go edit wikipeida…
Or “CHONK” = the sound of Monica’ jaw hitting the ground….closely followed by mine (I am a prisoner of my culture).
My first thought was “tying the mp3 player around your waist would be more comfortable”. Then I noticed how short the headphone cord was. Jeez, they don’t make those things like they used to.
One wonders where she resides to have such a thing as an iPod. Perhaps she can shape-shift as well.
UPS will deliver… ANYWHERE!
You need to shift your gaze upward… ^_^
Reminds me of this probably NSFW due to snake tits, language, and sexual innuendo, comic:
I would probably end up doing the same thing as this guy…
Apple. The preventer of nipplegate II.
It would be interesting to know what music she was listening to…
“Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35”, of course.
Love that song. 🙂 Not usually much of a Dylan fan, but that one makes me smile.
Caught Dylam live (for the second time) at Atlanta Music Midtown in ’93. The firsat time i saw him, it was a terrible show. In ’93 he was ON.
That was the song he closed with, and, since the festival was outdoors, i think people in Greenville South Carolina must have heard the audience helping him declare just who it was that must get stoned.
(That was an incredible weekend – Jason & the Scorchers, the Roches, the Bobs, Dylan, Marsha Ball, Cowboy Mouth, Sam Phillips, Dash Rip Rock, Safire the Uppity Blues Women. Jimmie Dale Gilmore…
(Either the two closing acts were scheduled against each other to avoid one of the five stages being overwhelmed by crowds, or with malice aforethought by some smart-arse.
(Fifteen minutes before Dylan’s set began at one side of the grounds, Joan Baez’s had begun at the other…)
My dad has a very different interpretation of the “stoned” line than anyone else I’ve ever spoken to about this song, and frankly, I like his explanation better. 🙂 According to his understanding of the lyrics, “stoned” in this case refers to being attacked/punished by women and not getting high off your ass. I’ve not done any research into it to see if that’s what Dylan says he meant, but it makes the song more interesting.
Rock music, of course!
Stone Temple Pilots 8)
Now I hate ipods even more 😀
Bob Dylan & The rolling Stones?
Der Ring des Nibelungen – Just the thing for hours and hours of study.
P.S. – My first though was a joke about being all ears, but never mind. The Cobras are a nice touch!
ELO ‘Turn to Stone’ ‘natch…
Van Morrison ‘And It Stoned Me’
Jade Warrior’s “Snakebite”
Bluegrass. Yep, that’s it. No rock/stone pun-connection. I just always pegged Medusa for a Bluegrass fan.
~cough~ Tegan and Sara.
Robin Trower, Too Rolling Stoned.
I don’t think that is the headphone cord wrapped around her hooters. I think it is one of those cases that you put the iPod into.
Also, why isn’t she using a iPod Touch or an iPhone? I haven’t seen a iPod like that in years! Talk about ancient technology.
It may not be an iThing at all; my Sansa looks just like that (in black, not expensive white), for example. While a few years old, I’ve got no reason to buy another MP3 player while this one is working perfectly well.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t tie it to my chest like that…
Bucc-i: look closer.. 🙂
you can see from the back, it is some kind of ‘wrap’ that she has clipped it into,
or MP3 holder bought from the Bibliothiki store… 🙂
Probably because not only is she a scholar but someone who has a lot of music/video/photos. iPod Touches and iPhones only have limited space for media max at 64 GB while my ipod 5th gen is an 80 gb and I’m nearing capacity on it.
Plus facetime with a gorgon might not be the best idea….
The Sansa Clip (and possibly other MP3 players) has a slot for a Micro SD card. 8 gig Micro SDs run in the $9 – $20 range. And make it easier to change what you’ve got along on a trip.
Meh… I’m forced to re-encode all my MP3 and FLAC files to 160kbps because the 192kbps I used earlier on don’t fit my 160GB iPod any longer… 🙁
Or perhaps it’s time to off-load some of those tunes to which you never listen any longer.
I am very happy with my Sansa Fuze, and the chip slot is as Fairportfan describes. You could carry ten 8G chips if you wanted to, or some other combination; the only problem is that the micro-SD cards are too small to easily handle casually – you need to pay attention, and have a holder for them. My player has a 4G chip at the moment, and I’m feeling a little cramped on video but not so much I feel any urgency about getting a bigger memory chip.
Because some of us don’t want to pay for iPod Touches or iPhones? When I upgraded my iPod Nano a year or so ago, I went for the iPod classic (waaay more storage for MUCH less money).
Or maybe she hasn’t seen a need to upgrade her player since she hasn’t exceeded the memory available or broken the thing. 😛
Besides, Wyvern has a good point. There are other brands of mp3 players out there and they generally look a lot like the original iPods.
I figured it was because it was recognizable. I recognized the IPod Classic immediately. I’m not sure I would have identified a touch as quickly. Probably would have thought it was any of several similar looking appliances.
So, am I the only person to be reminded of this Evil Inc. strip?
Cool. But the medusa & superhero intersection I remember is Wonderella’s.
*Wipes coffee off monitor.* I wasn’t prepared for that.
Also, the Heroes of Lesser Earth approach.
That poor melusine…..
Her armpit hair is outta control!
Not a melusine – she’s definitely not got snake hips.
Well! Would you look at that.
Oooo I love snakes! And I also love the fact that her hair is made of more than one species! So hope that those either convey her moods or have completely independent ones (as opposed to just hanging around) x)
She probably found a catalog of mp3 players somewhere around the library, and figured how handy they are. With the wapsiverse having so many dimension- and space-hopping, shape shifting entities to choose from, she could have simply called in on some old favor 😉 That is assuming she couldn’t go get one herself.
Retreat! Run away!
I wonder who’s more scared, Monica or the Gorgon…
When you are in a library, manners demand you be as quiet as a statue.
Where did she find a transparent iPod?
Well that raises a whole bunch of questions I want answered. XD
The juxtaposition is a tad unfortunate, isn’t it?
You are assuming that the player is from this world or even dimension.
Maybe the Gorgon , after the “Augh” is going to finish with “I just LOVE your Outfit,where did you get it?” That is to say if Monicas not STONED tomorrow.
Probably not safe for work, but today’s comic reminded me of it.
I was thinking of exactly that image — thanks for linking it.
Aaaaannnndddd. It’s gone. Got another link?
Try http://www.jabarchives.com/joerandel/blog/wp-content/gallery/art-dump/medusa.jpg — note: NSFW
well she is…stunning…:P
Thanks. I always wondered where it came from.
To everyone else, sorry about that, I didn’t think about Imageshack deleting it.
Thank you! I always liked that one. On the theme, you already saw the Oglaf link, didn’t you?
“All who look upon my face perish! Hey, my face! Up here!”
No wonder people turned to stone when they met a gorgon. It’s not the snakes, it’s those eyes
I can appreciate why a Medusa has an iPod; she can ROCK OUT anywhere! (I hope Monica isn’t taking her for GRANITE!) 😀
Just so happenns, “Taken for Granite” is a TVTropes category.
ahem…*jingles pun jar* thats two Centaur71..
Hey, be gneiss to Centaur71 – definitely not a skinflint.
I guess Monica (or Paul, for that matter) found Medusa’s mom first.
What’s next? Chainsaw Unicorn? *shudder*
np: Tim Hecker – Harmony In Blue I (Harmony In Ultraviolet)
Heh. I read some of that sequence, and (before the payoff) i flashed on K9 saying to Mickey “We are sitting in a car.”
(Second best line in that episode. The best was “Forget about the shooty dog thing…”)
I like the cheerful expressions on the right and left cobras, with the other snakes going “what? what? what?”
Yeah, the cobras look so happy.
She’s not nearly as ugly as one might expect…
YEAH NEW CHARACTER!! XD
Man I’m pissed I couldn’t stay up to see this page come out!! This Gorgon character is surprisingly adorable.
And of course, love the iPod. I’m fairly certain a Gorgon has never been drawn with and iPod. Point for originality Paul.
Please, no more near nudity. Some of us are reading this in public/at work and would like it if the girls wore better clothes or really, clothes at all. >_<
Shame on you!Reading comics at work. Shouldn’tyou be working instead of looking at lewd pics???
By the by, remember that this comic is also read in parts of the world where nudity is not considered the end of civilization and/or the devolvement into depravity……
I can understand that and would agree to an extent. Thing is this is a PG rated comic and you know that coming in.
Still, perhaps it would be good if Paul had a warning page come first, at least when nudity or bloody violence is about to be presented. Some cover the situation by putting a warning at the top of the area where the comic is placed, causing the reader to have to scroll down quite a way before coming to the potentially offensive part. At least it’s not in your face right off.
oh DO stop it.. you would see more on any public beach…. I think Americans define nudity as ‘showing nips ‘ ..
The nude shouldn’t be feared it should be appriciated. Nuditity, non-sexual, is an art staple. Michelangelo’s David. Some people want a loincloth put on him. I hope it never happens. :'(
But I thought nuduty with a staple in it was a porn mag?
And depending on where you put the staple, seriously painful as well.
*shakes bare pun-jar menacingly*
Jay-Em- Drops in dime and goes back to the study of the scholars in question.
sorry, but if you think this comic is PG, you need to re-read your link… she is not topless..
and if you follow links without caution, who is to blame???
Glad that Paul remembered that it was Medusa’s beauty is what led to her curse in the first place. While it’s eye contact that activates it, the still beautiful (if snaked up) young lady get them to look in the first place.
i thought she was cursed because she had ‘relations’ with a god in one of the godessess temples?
I swear I recall hearing something to the effect that Medusa was raped in a temple and was cursed for having relations in said temple. I can’t remember where I heard that, but if that is actually part of the myth, then the Greek gods were colossal dicks (pardon my language).
Aye, it was something along the lines that Medusa was a beautiful priestess in the temple of Athena. She was a celibate priestess but men coveted her beauty and lusted after her. One night one of those men gave into lust and raped her in the temple. Athena in turn basically punishes Medusa for the whole thing, turning her into the Gorgon that we all know her as.
Problem is her curse became a curse for many others. Even after her death. I have to wonder if the guy who made up that myth was trying to use it as a metaphore for the gaze of women (attention) being the downfall of men.
Lots of myths do that–“spread the wealth” of curses. Rarely is the guilty party the only one to suffer from the fallout of a god’s punishment.
Yeah, the gods seem to be remarkably blase about causing lots and lots of collateral damage.
Yeah, or take it out on others. But then, all those myths depend on everyone acting stupid as well. Like the Samson and the donkey jawbone thing. You’d think after the first 20 0r 30 guys get struck down by him, the others would say “This is just stupid! Bring forth the archers and spear throwing guys.” At least find a kid with a sling.
Alas Mea Culpa…*swipes CC in credit reader on side of pun jar*
I guess Gorgons don’t have pockets.
Maybe kangaroo gorgons.
Shouldn’t her armpit hair be snakey too? Just a thought . . .
Halloween wallpaper, with Paul’s indulgence…
Nice. I would go see that. =)
Aaand to get rid of the earworm from yesterday’s exchange over songs…
Not by Tom Jones
I saw the fires on the night that the world was ending
The flames of their ire lighting the world that fateful night
All was destroyed by anger so uncomprehending
The only path to my survival was flight
My, my, my Vimana
Why, Why, Why Vimana
But I was lost, no GPS to guide me
I hade to escape the wrath of these three
There’s only one chance of ever outrunning this threat
It’s my plutonium powered turbo-charged flyin’ Corvette
Just me by myself and a fresh power cell
I will escape this, the Lanthian’s final farewell
My, my, my Vimana
Why, Why, Why Vimana
I will escape this, the Lanthian’s final farewell
In my plutonium powered turbo-charged flyin’ Corvette
ROFL. That is a winner.
Having spent a few years in a country where cobra occur naturally, you generally want them to be happy…
Doh! Supposed to be a reply to Dingbat and Casey above…
Blast — I guess the new update time is now 2AM Eastern — Past my bedtime.
..and past my “cycling to work”-time on this side of the pond.. grmbll…
It ruined my morning-ritual of having a coffee and reading WS around 7:00 AM 🙁
and past mine 🙁
Nada Nuevo :p
Be still my heart!
Assuming it doesn’t get turned to stone.
I wonder if the time needs to be reset on the server Paul uses. The header still says posted at 12:00 am each time….
The posting times for peoples’ comments seem to be correct (CST timezone). I think the “12:00 AM” time shown for the strips themselves is a programmed-in display override, which is independent of the actual posting time.
Reality is mutable, and not entirely to be trusted…
HEY! Just realized – Snakey is in the Library ANNEX – so, she must live in the MSP area.
Definitely a wierdness magnet.
I found some attire that might be just a little more appropriate.
If she’s a Gorgon and she’s in a library, she’s obviously doing some HARD studying! (Gets clowned in the head by the flying pun jar)
Great snakes! Medusa! bet she’s ‘earring on Whitesnake
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