Riot act: Read…
Now for a shower, and quick change of undies.
Group hug . . . of TERROR! o_O
I love it how they’re both clinging to Nudge.
Perhaps its how Monica Poited them but wouldnt the lineup have been
Tina Shelly Nudge?
No, no… They aren’t clinging to her. They are both pushing her down to make sure she’ll hit first…
Apparently the poit-fest did the job. It got all three from combative to “in the same boat” mentality in seconds. Good work and kudos to Paul for another unexpected (and humorous) result of the latest Monica Manuver.
Uh, interesting. And darn it, we got no falling scenes. DX
I still want to know if she knows that’s Nudge. She seems to know, but the question is, how does she know?
Closed her left eye?
Ohh good point
What does Tina look like now ‘without’ nudge?
I presume some of those attributes would have come from her so without, normal feet perhaps?
She was there long enough to hear. 🙂
Panel 4 Monica rocks!
Oops, caught it from kramegame…should have been it’s own post.
Oh no! i’m contagious! XP
Man! These (all last week till today) are some of the pages I’d really love to see animated. Done faithfully as possible, in Mr Taylor’s style.
@ Jim – Second that motion .
Chuck Jones would have been perfect…
Yes mom, We’re sorry mom….
Shelly: Dammit Monica! Who the hell do you think you are?? There’s no way I could have ended Nudge’s life, but Tina and I are mortal! With all your crappy landings in the past, how DARE you risk our lives like that???
Tune in tomorrow, same Wapsi time, same Wapsi channel!
but there is no way Shelly would think that she couldn’t end nudge’s life, especially if she was under Tina’s influence…
now that would be worth viewing!
Come on CLG, do your dinging 😀
The bell for round 3 will sound when it’s revealed that Nudge did something to screw with Monica’s life at some times and M falls off her pedestal.
Now that I’d like to see… But! She might have included nudge, just in case…
Why are they so afraid? I thought the 3 of them were all indestructible supernatural beings.
Shelly? No, I think Shelly is human…
It’s hard to make out where one girl starts and the other ones end in that first panel.
Shelly is human and from the standpoint that Tina is a biological body, she doesn’t know what will happen to herself. Nudge can’t poit, she wouldn’t die but it would sure hurt like hell.
Ah good, that resolves the question of Nudge’s poit-ability: she can’t. Does have accelerated healing, though. And hopefully she can do clothing repair…
If Nudge can’t poit, how does she get out of/into the Library or negotiate major distances before circa 1900?
Excellent comic, esp. this sequence.
She knows all the accesses, one of which is by the museum.
I scream in terror at the thought of severe pain.
And think at a good Roller coaster you know that you wont die and you still will scream a lot.
Good point, Monica…now I understand how Shelly was able to crush the steamer canister, Tina’s demonic power of suggestion forced Shelly to do it even though it caused much pain. Did she ever get her hands looked at?
Then again, even if Shelly tried to “follow through” with it, if Nudge cannot die, what would have been the outcome? Shelly dies trying to kill Nudge?
Well! I don’t have to sit here and listen to myself…
Yeah, I don’t get that. Umm, “She would’ve followed through with it”? Really? I didn’t know that in the Wapsi universe, demons (even a Collective of ’em) could do that. Did I just miss something in strips past?
What I’ve seen, especially with M and Shelly’s demons (or demon), is that they can *suggest*, but not *compel*. Especially with Monica and Doubt, there seems to be no element of compulsion at all.
Monica’s demons are still owned by her, Tina is free rein.
Ohhhhh … I get it (I think). Since Tina’s demons are not bound to a normal, occupied body, they are able to affect anyone at any time in a manner similar to a person’s own demons. Shelly was already letting her Rage demon take control so Tina the demon (collective) could have exerted enough extra influence to push her over the top into mindless, murderous violence. In fact, it may be that, Tina, being a free agent, has the ability to exert even more control than usual over any human, regardless of their current mental state. This may be a new revelation about Tina and why she is so dangerous. At least dangerous when she, herself, is out of control. Or maybe it’s not all that new since Bud did say her words had far more influence than any human could.
I’m not sure exactly how Monica knows this much detail about demons.
This might be a reason why Tina can’t remember anything prior to the accident. Released from the constriction of affecting only her host, she’s allowed to affect others – namely, Monica and Shelley.
But hasn’t Shelly combined all her demons into creepy girl? Would Tina be acting solely through Shelly’s conscious? I think creepy girl might be more evolved than to simply be compelled to act at the behest of a demon conglomerate.
“I’m not sure exactly how Monica knows this much detail about demons.”
Residual memory after 56 trips through the cycle?
Thanks, Paul! I *did* miss something 🙂
Tina didn’t have to use any sort of supernatural power to cause Shelly to crush that picture. Tina just had to make her angry. Shelly normally consciously (or unconsciously) hold herself back. I assume to prevent her from hurting someone. She Shelly gets angry the restraints come off, and she can crush pictures, or toss engine blocks across the garage.
Doesn’t Bad Things ™ happen if a demon causes death? Isn’t that why Tina walks on eggshells everywhere to be extra nice to everyone?
Granted, there is a line between inciting someone and doing the deed itself. But is that line enough to save Tina? Especially as now she knows she’s been noted by the Sphinxes?
She gets a pass on this because Nudge isn’t a human. Plus I thought Tina was now free to do what she wanted because she already paid the price for harming somebody. Hmm I guess it was never explicitly said that locked in time\memory erased demons still couldn’t face more punishment.
Tina personally is not allowed to cause any harm – it’s part of her “sentence” for being part of harming Monica and Shelly (and Tina 1.0, for that matter).
While Tina may have restrictions against hurting humans and such, she was also mighty pissed off at Nudge. As angry as she appeared in panel 2 on the second, such restrictions were probably not in her thoughts at the moment. And, was in her ‘Wild Animal’ moment.
Addy somehow didn’t make it into the previous post…
nw if you had waited till 1, you would have had a reply…. 🙂
^ for txmystic… :/
Nahhh, at that point I had already nearly posted “hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh….”
and now we know why M did what she did…
HAHA thats great…
(P.S Anyone have any idea why my gravatar doesn’t show up here? it works on every site except this one… and even though my pic is tastefully nude, it still works on sites that have the rating down to G, which is weird)
Only time I’ve had issues with my Gravitar is when I have a typo in my email…
…or in the word “Gravatar”…
Are you using the same email address for this site as for the others?
yep, same everywhere, even the Chrome auto fill information is the same when i type it in…
hmm…i changed the picture…it works now…even though its the same rating….weird.
By the way, Monica, nice landing.
Nice way of getting the point across, and with style.
Does poiting negate conservation of momentum from falling? (Sorry if this has been covered before)
Momentum is not conserved when poit’ing. Say you are on the equator. The earth spins are roughly at 1500 MPH. Which means you are traveling at 1500 MPH in the direction of the earth’s spin.
IF you where on the equator and poit’ed to another spot on the equator 1/4 way around the world, you would fly straight up into the air at 1500 MPH (2415 KPH). Or straight down into the ground is you went the other direction. Either way, the landing would not be pleasant.
Hmmm … 1500 MPH?
Ooops. I somehow confused diameter and circumference. I thought 300MPH was too low…
Turns out we are both wrong. I was (mis)remembering the roational speed. I should have done the math. The Earh roations a bit over 1000 MPH at the equator. At +/- 75% latitude, you speed would be around 300 MPH.
Extensively – check out the comments on the previous strip.
My own contention is that, if it didn’t, poiting almost anywhere more than an inch or two away would be pretty much impossible and likely fatal – due to the fact that every point on the surface of the Earth is in motion … very fast motion (300+ MPH at the Equator) … and in a different direction from every other point.
Imagine poiting to an antipodal point – as i said yesterday – a Monica-shaped hole in Ayers Rock?
Don’t forget that the Earth itself is moving at (IIRC) 44,000 mph around the sun.
…and that sun is rotating at a few hundred thousand miles an hour around the galactic hub.
…which is moving from the center of the universe…
Next up on poit-busters, the problems with heat and the moving of human-sized masses. Not to mention the thunderclap of that much rapidly displaced air…
Yes, as I reacall, when all the velocity vectors are added together, the overall velocity comes out to be about a million miles per hour. Of course that’s average since it varies a bit depending on the current directional vector of the earth around the sun. So, even sitting still, we are hurtling headlong at fantastic speed. Kinda makes you want to grab something to steady yourself.
Not to mention the thunderclap of that much rapidly displaced air…
Nah. Part of the mechanics of poiting is that the air at the other end is swapped with the person or thing poited.
Since air pressure at the twoplaces isn’t going to be perfectly matched, that’s where the “Poit!” sound comes from.
Also, mostly it’s only the Earth’s rotational velocity one would have to worry about; all those other vectors are pretty much constant at any given point on the surface of the planet.
I’m thinking that all energetic and phsical mismatches are contained in the flash of light accompanying the “Poit!” sound.
I believe that because poiting is a magical form of transport, all physical laws can be thrown out the window…
I honestly have no idea on what can be said about there being a (quantum?)physics discussion in a web comic comment space. though it is quite interesting to consider the workings of teleportation. I myself have come to two conclusions on this matter.
1. agreeing with txmystic, its magic so the rules don’t apply.
2. its a web comic for Christs sake! he could make them crap ducks and speak the language of cheese! there is no laws in fictional media.
Great comic by the way. Both this strip in particular and wapsi square as a whole.
So. Monica had been there a while observing the brannigan.
Maybe she should get seriously pissed-off every time she’s about to poit, given the precision with which she landed them this time, compared to some of her past efforts.
Glancing back at the previous strip’s comments, i notice a reference to the popular image of instantaneously freezing things with liquid nitrogen.
LN2 has a low specific heat and vapourises fast.
You can stick your finger into a Dewar flask full of LN2 and hold it there for quite a while without getting more than chilled – not even really cold.
It boils away so quickly that it forms a layer of vapour around your finger that effectively insulates you from the actual LN2.
This is why whenever you see someone freezing something in liquid nitrogen, they are always bundled up. Not because it’s cold, but because they have to do it in a walk-in freezer.
If you put liquid nitrogen in a room temperature room, it EXPLODES, because it boils so fast.
Also, this is true about dry ice. You can pick up dry ice with impunity, and frankly are more at risk from an ice cube. Though ice cubes don’t hover off a table from their own vapor.
I’ve been to demos with LN2 in which the freezing things bit was prominently featured – and they were at room temp.
I worked with LN2 a lot, twenty-some years ago.
If you put the handle of one of those screwdrivers with the clear yellow plastic handles in LN2, it gets cold enough quickly enough to start cracking and craze the surface of the plastic pretty quickly.
If you pour it on a concrete floor, it takes a fair amount of time to boil away. (The movies actually get that more-or-less right…)
Anything that (unlike your finger) doesn’t have an internal heat source gets cold pretty quickly in LN2.
If you take a small ziplock type bag – say the type about two or three inches square that are often used to hold small screws and such – and pour a little LN2 into it and seal it up, after a few seconds it will go off with a bang as the LN2 vapourises inside.
The Germans discovered (the hard way, one suspects) that if a V2 rocket (which used alcohol and liquid oxygen) failed to ignite after the fuel pumps were started, a gelatinous substance would ooze out of the rocket nozzle … and that it was a Highly Unstable explosive that (mass for mass) was many times more explosive than TNT.
I can see it now: “…five! …four! …three! …two! …one! …ignition! ………. um, ignition?”
If I remember my Ancient Rocketry history correctly, the alcohol was lit off at a low flow before the pump for the LOX was turned on.
Which is why, when lighting a grill in 3 seconds (using LOX), George Goble is emphatic that, in the midst of the 60 pounds of charcoal, there must be one lit one–or a cigarette, or something–to avoid an explosion.
However, after the 3 seconds, you do have 20 pounds of nicely lit charcoal. If your grill was not a $2.88 cheapie…
Apparently it happened at least once.
Another Interesting Thing about LOX is that enough of it poured on asphalt makes a pretty good contact-sensitive explosive – until the LOX evaporates.
When i worked at Micromeritics back in the 1980s we had temperature-sensing probes that had to give the *exact* temperature of LN2 in machines that used it. I got to calibrate them.
Part of the procedure was making LOX to use mixed with LN2 for a high-end point; we had a small-inside-diameter coil of aluminum tubing – a couple of yards at least, coiled to fit inside a standard one-liter Dewar flask. I had to fill a flask with LN2, drop the coil in, pour in more LN2 to replace what boiled off as the coil cam to temp …
…and then run O2 from a cylinder through it to condense to LOX.
I think i had to boil off three or four liters of LN2 to get one liter of pretty, dangerous, pale blue LOX…
I used to work in a lab that required the cooling of a chamber with liquid nitrogen. We had a special faucet and insulated buckets to carry the stuff. The liquid is always boiling and the large amounts of steam coming off of it is indeed quite cold…but it is still pourable and it did the job just fine…
When I was a physics grad student 40+ years ago, some of the undergraduate labs I taught involved using liquid nitrogen to cool things down. We would carry the LN2 in open-topped Thermos bottles called Dewar Flasks (or Dewars), mounted on a little cart for stability. The LN2 would slowly boil in the Dewar.
The students were allowed to “play” with the LN2 a bit after they’d completed their experiments. A favorite trick was to blow up a balloon, tie it off, put it on the floor, and pour LN2 on it. The LN2 was actually a bit colder than the liquifaction point of N2, so it would liquefy the nitrogen in the balloon. That would cause the balloon to collapse. When you quit pouring, the balloon blew itself back up as the nitrogen inside re-vaporized.
Also – just as i said that Tina’s expression reminded me of a Chuck Jones character as she was introducing Nudge, so too does Monica’s in the next-to-last panel today.
Animation was mentioned above, and i really think it’s sort of a shame Chuck Jones will never get a shot at Wapsi Square…
I honestly didnt think demons affect other people other than their hosts?
Oh well, learn something new(ish) every day 🙂
And thanks for that link clarifying when Bud and Tina were discussing demonic speech.
I completly missed the point in that particular comic but now i gets it 🙂
Would any of them actually be listening to Monica right now?
Personally I would just be thinking ‘notdeadnotdeadnotdeadnotdead’ swiftly followed ‘killmonicakillmonicakillmonica’ but im not a super-strong babe, trickster demi-god or a demonically driven coffee shop owner 😀
errr i think that was more figurative. Tinas demons are raw emotons so if “anger” takes over and says “Kill her over there” it comes off without the slightest irony, sarcasm etc.
nevermind – didnt see hat link
Somehow this brought to mind Bugs Bunny saying, “You realize, this means war.”
Technically Tina’s not a f**king demon, she’s a f**king lot of f**king demons.
Gross over use of the F-bomb! Penalty <a href="http://www.cartoonstock.com/newscartoons/cartoonists/mbc/lowres/mbcn214l.jpg" title="tsk tsk tsk"<assigned
I think one thing to keep in mind is that 4-letter words in the comic are different from the same words in the comments. In the comic, the words are part of an image and not easily scanable by bots or anything else (for now). So, just because they are used in the comic, does not mean it’s necessarily ok to use them in the comments with abandon.
Just edited in case any ad-bots get their panties in a knot. 🙂
I thought it was just me but doesn’t monica really look like pix without glasses in the last two scenes? Deliberate or just an accident?
So Nudge can’t poit? How did she get to Minneapolis from the library, then?
Tina/Shelly/PHIX-powered Nudgerocket with limited re-entry capabilities.
Nudgerocket has to be Fermented Bannana’s new band name. It’s so perfect! 🙂
The Annex, remember?
*hands Jwhouk a cookie* 🙂
aHAH!! So, Phix is Paul’s alter-ego!! … (have fun looking that reference up..good reason to read the whole shebash again)
Hmm – I was looking for a good excuse to start over from the beginning – you just gave it to me – thanks!
Ah, and Monica has the “hair over an eye” style again… I am happy, and forgive her loss of locks…
Okay, carry on… 🙂
I, on the other hand, hate that look. It annoys me to no end. I constantly want them to brush it away from their eye. The avatar Fairportfan has is an extreme example. That character must not have any depth perception at all.
Any other look would be so conformist
(flips ultra-long bangs over head)
He plays basketball quite well, apparently – the panel i lifted that from is on the court just before a game of one-on-one…
Maybe in cartoon land, but in real life totally blocking off one eye like that would be a definite handicap in baseball.
That reminds me. I meant to say nice el goonish shive avatar fairpointfan. Thats from the strip were theyre discussing how justins secret got out, correct?
Excuse me *Fairportfan.
You must have never had hair long enough to cover one eye, then. You can see through it, you know. Hair covers eyes sometimes. It’s a hair style. I don’t understand what your problem is with it. You may as well be complaining about how she parts her hair.
I know they can somewhat see through it. It’s like someone having a bit of food on their cheek. You want to brush it off for them if they won’t do it themselves. Otherwise you can’t help looking at it all the time. I can’t stand even a single hair drooping across my eye, so it just bugs me to see it on anyone. Fortunately, I haven’t had to look at anyone in that condition for years.
Monica really has that poit thing down now. At least for others… She looks awesome, and she really has all her stuff in one sock at the moment. The woman has power!
Last frame: That’s what I meant yesterday. ‘S dangerous talking about “killing” when dealing with (a combine of..) demons..They will actually do that if asked.
Monica’s “Heads under cold water tap” intervene, did work marvelously.(like it always did withme an’ my sisters when we where in that obstinate toddler state of mind)
On the piktuurrs:
The bunch of three makes for a hilarious visual gag i’d say.
oops. My bad, Tina can only suggest killing, not actually kill ,though in this case, we’re talking about Nudge..a Demon, so Tina could have her killled without ill-effect. Buuuuut…why didn’t she do that herself with those first blows?
Talk about complex characters.
Nudge isn’t a demon – she’s a demiurge.
Still, not human, so…killable when Tina feels like it (indeed, possibly not able to. Shelly could verywell be able to rip Nudge apart..painful, to say the least . I wonder if Nudge can heal from a ripped-off head, or will the head go on yapping and scheming???.
I doubt Nudge is killable by anything less than a sphinx, though.
Even if Nudge was killable via repeated blows, I doubt Tina has the physical strength to do it. She is still constrained by her female human body. She seems to punch like a male, and that gives better than average effect to her blows so she can bloody noses and mouths, but still far short of leathal. Shelly, OTOH, has not only built hers up, but seems to have reserve strength other people do not possess.
DAYAM!!! Monica just proved how fast Fall comes to tha lil’ midwestern town… 8-o
Passing out the pitchforks and burning torches. The mob of angry villigers will be dropping by soon to exact unholy vengence for that pun.
Oh yeah? Well i’m surprised nobody has unleashed the obvious violator, so I’ll do the honors…
Well, looks like Monica sure knows how to get her POIT across, hmm? hmm? hmm?
sorry i did a similar one to that in Friday’s comments….I would look for it but you are just gunna have to trust me…
Now see what you started… Is this the POIT of no return???
I have stooped low tis true… it would be poitless to argue.
thanks for poiting that out…
Guys … there is a poit beyond which the joke just isn’t funny anymore.
‘C mon, even stale humor is humor ,and as such im-poit-ant *ka-ching-bashshshsh*
Well, at least Monica didn’t POIT and laugh!
And Pablo wonders how he got sick. It’s obvious: Poitamie Poisoning.
Fatuncle, that point was reached after the first one.
@Fatuncle who a-poit-ed you to be the judge of the Wapsi’s favorite recurring joke?
I hate to poit out that we have not seen a pun thread in ages.
My addition was a disa-poit-ment.
Like a good neighbor, Monica is there? At skydiving height? Can I get a hot tub?!
ShellyNudgeTina, that’s a funny (and loud)conglomeration right there.
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