These girls all seem to have trouble with clothes.
That is a bathing suit. They WERE going to head to a beach in the Bermuda Triangle but uh.. Bud had a hand in blowing it up.
I am sorry, I am unable to advocate any of the Wapsi girls wearing pants. I mean, I am generally pretty anti-pants, but these girls especially deserve freedom.
Totally unrelated to anything Wapsi but …
Jamie, is that stuffed Ryo-Oki yours or just a pic you borrowed? If it is yours, where did you get it?
I remember an old (and uber sexist) joke “down with hot pants, up with mini-skirts!”
Dangit, someone gave Tina a shirt! This is a crime against humanity!!!
Shelly, too. The beach is out, they’re probably cold; it is inevitable.
That’s a BIG tree…
if you missed all the last tshirt refs, they were dressed for a tropical beach, and it is quite cold (10C) in Minneapolis… unlike in UK, where its about 18C, except for the occasional hot spell we have had.. 🙂
Yeah, Shelly’s showing a lot of that muscle-butt.
Too bad about Tina finding a shirt, though.
Without color, it look like Shelly went to meet the gods in her underwear.
Better than meeting them in their underwear.
(could have done the Groucho line, but this was the first thing in my head)
Strange she would put on a shirt yet take off her shorts.
It was Monica wearing cut-off shorts.
Yes, but Shelly was also wearing some kind of shorts:
sshhhhh….SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHsssssshHHHHsHSHSHHH… lets just this one go, m’kay?
lets just *let* this one go X-X
Big ol’ oak tree?
i seem to recall something about a tree in one of the ancient myths and legends but that is norse?
then again i seem to recall yddrasil being mentioned before.
Yeah. Ygdrassil is an Ash, IIRC.
Can’t tell the type of tree. Since Irish connection could be oak or holly or linden. All have places in IRish folklore. Could be druidic as well.
I think its the start of an initiation processes into one of the mysteries. The spirit of the tree would appear and offer wisdom, or guidance, on the path for the seeker. In tomorrow’s strip we should meet the spirit, or guardian of the tree.
Not Holly – bark and branch structure is wrong for holly.
Bark and branches could be oak.
Not familiar with linden.
I can recognise – or make a good guess at – oak, holly, cherry [or other fruitwood], poplar, birch, beech pine, cedar and maybe dogwood, just from the bark; let me see the branches and i can make that definite for most of them.
But linden … no. (Or rowan, come to think)
If you consider Norse mythology then Oak is the best choice. There was a oak by the entrance to Valhalla.
Besides, the linden world-tree is online these days. I’d recognize it in a Second Life.
you rang?? (/Lurch mode)
touché my friend touché…
thats what i remembered! 😀
Thank you. This has been A Piece of Wood, BBC3
Yeah, looks like it. Weirdly beautiful crooked and contorted, and very old oak tree, like I saw in Devon, close to Watersmeet. So .I say “Oak” too.
Lovely perspective. :3
so to everyone else who touches it – it will scare them so badly it will send them nuts
to shelly it gives her a map?
or is it the opposite
does it give them a map which leads to the type of treasure people will kill others over (like the ‘one ring’)
and the people who wouldn’t care about such stuff would be given a vision which would scare them.
I think it’s interesting how out of all the girls, the one who is the most “normal” is the one it works for.
when was the last time you crushed a Stainless steel coffee pot with your bare hands? Shelly is just as strange as the rest of them….
You know, that almost makes me wonder if the captain saw the tree and his shipmates saw the horror…
The plot thickens as my soup gets colder. I am going crazy with anticipation!
Adventure time! XD
Also, if this goes up on ebay, i’ll bid for it. that last panel is awesome, and could definitely be a stand alone image if it wanted to.
hmm, I’m guessing that Shelly is the chosen one since she technically doesn’t have any demons. I bet it wouldn’t show the GGG’s anything since they’re constructs, and i’m also gambling that if Tina were to make contact, she would get short circuited. thats just my crazy speculation though.
and Shelly has a cute butt. looks very… pert. 😛
An earlier version of Shelly:
Just for comparison, mind you.
Shelly seems to let her hair grow out for a bit. Would be fun to see her with those tails(?) dreads(?) again.
It would make sense, since she has a boy-friend again, found a friend in Bud, and -if memory serves me right- after the stress and anguish about her Mom’s death made her cut her hair, it was only after becoming friends with Owen(however weirdly she showed her affection) that she let her hair grow again.
I really like her current mop too though.
Yay muscle-butt!! 🙂
Somehow, my reply got lost in “Moderation”:
Another look at Shelly’s butt!
I am impressed….
by how much Paul’s drawing skill has improved.
And by Shelly’s hair.
It has been nearly ten years. It does seem that Paul has improved a lot as far as the character design and plot.
Better buy up some of his original art before he becomes too famous!
“Reassemble, Stephanie! Reassemble!”
Shelly seems to be the one with the end-goal imprinted. A guide and protector of sorts.
I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore…
I don’t think we were in Kansas to start with. 😉
After I got lectured about the difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota ,I’ll never again forget it’s Michigan …ehhh…wait…eh.. Maine …No…ehh…. Massachusetts ..no..no..ehh..darn! You Americanz wis all dose leetle statez of yurz.. 😆 😆 .
Not all of them are so little–we had some German visitors here in West Dakota a while back–one day they decided to go see Yellowstone Park that afternoon, and figured they would be back by evening. After all, it was only one state over…
The travel distance one way is 500-600 miles, an 8 hour trip. And the same back.
Maybe they were just used to the Autobahn and speeds in excess of 80 mph.
Even so, to do it in 4 hrs travel plus one or two hours of sightseeing, they’d be moving about 240mph plus. Which seems rather high, even for the Autobahn.
Rather I think they were thinking in terms of European countries and their distances.
Just to keep it in perspective.
I remember reading recently that 80% of the population of Europe lives within 500 miles of everyone else in Europe…
An article about why trains work so much better there than here, if I recall correctly – density of population.
hehe no wonder everyone can do road trips in Europe so easily… And why explorers thought the continent expanded into oblivion.
Fatuncle! Get going!
Holy smokes, Jay-Em! Can you name a state I didn’t live in? 😉
Last panel – WOW!! Shelly’s pose is perfect – grace combined with strength – a worthy woman warrior. The tree looks likes it’s seen a lotta seasons go by. Beee–uu–ti-ful!
Totally agree…it’s quite lovely.
A lot of seasons indeed. It’s stood since the beginning of time, and holds nine worlds in it’s branches.
“…now I feel weird with you you dorks watching me.” could use some you-sectomy… 😉
And yeah, I totally agree about the perspective… 🙂
So, what is Shelly looking at? Yggdrasil?
Looking at the first panel I thnk; “M, don’t lookdown too fast you’ll break your jaw.” I mean croosing her arms enhances her…’atributes’ is it necessary? Oh, and great Tushie shot of Shelly too.
How could she break her jaw on all of that….ah….buffering? She might bruise “the girls” or get two black eyes tho’.
Speaking as one who is fairly well-endowed, crossing your arms like that does enhance what old Mom Nature gives us. We can’t help it. It, like shit, just happens. And yes, it IS necessary. Where did the phrase, “If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” originate?? I think it’s from the 60’s or 70’s. Rowan and Martin??? Anyone remember???
Personally, that is my favorite Monica pose: kinda huffy (indicating self-confidence and that you’ve got her full attention for good or ill), enhancing her already titanic silhouette (which is titillating – yes, a pun) and , frankly, just pure, unadulterated sex appeal.
“If you’ve got it, flaunt it” – The ad slogan used by Braniff Airways, starting in late 1968 or early 1969. It was apparently inspired by the famous line said by Zero Mostel in Mel Brooks’ great 1968 comedy movie, The Producers: “That’s it baby, when you got it, flaunt it! Flaunt It!”
holy crud that was hard to find…
Most likely even the writter of The Producers got if from someone who had it and flaunted it.
Shelly, you need a better travel agent…
instant travel to your unexpected destination is pretty good.
least she wasnt stuck in an airport for a couple of hours.
Monica looks like she has a sore back. Poor Monica. 🙁
And I didn’t see the Shelly-vision as a tree until I read the comments. I thought it was an underground river and was quite impressed with the cave structure. 😯
And yeah, Mon seems rather unhappy about all this. Can’t say I blame her: First her island gets blasted out of the water, then she gets the snot scared out of her by what appeared to be a banshee. Now her best friend is about to get her mind put through the mill by this Lanthian thingmathingy; what a day!!
Did anybody besides me notice that the artifact doesn’t have its flanges in the final panel?
You can’t tell whether or not it has base protrusions (if that’s what you mean by flanges), since the base is hidden by Shelly’s right thigh.
If you mean the “arms” on either side of the vertical unit, I think the view is side-on.
With that chain on it, it STILL looks like a piece of rapper or Mr T. bling to me. My bad.
Not really. To me it looks like something made from a mystical variation of faucet-part.. “steam-punkish” so to speak.
It’s the prongs on the bottom that concern me. Is it just a bunch of Jack-plugs, to be clicked in place on an apparatus, or is it again something that has to be plunged into some hapless victim.
Those Lanthians do seem to have had a warped desire to lather anything they cobbled-up, in bloody sacrifice…
Oh … friggin … wow!
Odd though. It looks like the trunk is laying on it’s side with the branches coming from the center of it. Or is Shelly just sort of floating and looking at it from an odd perspective? Previously a character said it was growing through some rock. Is the entire tree growing in rock? I mean is the background sky or rock? As if the whole thing is growing into rock. tiny branches and all.
At least she’s kind of used to this sort of thing after being with Creepy Girl in her world off and on.
It is a vision. Shelly is standing in Monica’s kitchen, the ‘camera angle’ could be from any angle.
Got to play merry hob with your sense of balance, though…
Indeed, Owen missed out. big time. I also like how he got the swirly eyes going in the last frame there.
To me Shelly looks like she’s up in the tree. Does anybody else?
well now that you mention it…. I believe Shelly is in the middle of the tree height wise, and on the side of it. it would probably look like this:
Monica just a holdin’ up the boobs. 🙂
Well, somebody has to do it. They’re pretty heavy!
I’d volunteer, I’d be more than happy to help. (and no, I’m not a fan of big boobs, I actually like them small.)
While Shelly’s tush is something to behold, giggity, I’m still taken with all the girls expressions in the first panel.
Paul has the amazing ability to nail expressions exactly how he wants them to appear, and how they would look in real life. I believe including body language as well as facial expression really just makes everything better. 😛
And I wonder what’s delaying Paul this time? I’m going to bed.
Here you now,
but lo, you’re gone,
doth left thy name to carry on;
High in branch thy soul yon dwell,
Welcome dear dreamer; thou art in HELL!
AHA! This is where the story of the first Shelly starts as this one is wearing a shirt and the one right before her… the day before… was only wearing a bahing suit.
Now I see the difference. Shellinx was wearing hot pants/Tap pants. the Shelly in the last panel is wearing a brief bottom.
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