Don’t worry folks, this is just in Monica’s self-conscious imagination. I figured the Xs on Kevin’s eyes would be a give away (not my usual style).
Oh gawd, she doesn’t stick the whole thing in there does she? It must reach his stomach!
I’ve heard of erotic asphyxiation but this is too much. I think he’s dead! With a reduced blood supply from excitment it would be real easy for him to sufficate.
Looks like he died happy, at least.
Euryale would be proud!
Hmmm… reminds me of the story from tales of the crypt Bordello of Blood.
I know Monica has macroglossia, but that borders on the medical emergency. XD
medical emergency? i’m expecting aliens to burst out of his stomach after seeing that!
Nah. She’s just been hanging around Tina too much lately.
Now the question is, who has the bigger tongue/mouth-tentacle?
Well, Tina is “RL Wapsiverse”, and this is Monica’s imagination run wild.
So, in RL Wapsiverse, Tina, hands down.
In their imaginations, Monica hands down
I just don’t think the physics… You know what, she’s magic. That’s enough for me.
“A tongue sandwich for two, comming right up!”
How dare you leave us with this image in our heads all weekend?
Whole-heartedly agree. With grossness and gagging and filling of spew buckets… enough of this, goodbye.
That was my reaction too….possibly because my husband has been introducing me to Naruto, and Orochimaru makes my skiin crawl….
This is just in Monica’s self-conscious imagination. I thought the Xs on Kevin’s eyes would be a giveaway (not my usual style).
It’s always interesting trying to mesh things up with what the artist of a piece of work thinks is obvious – such as a change in style, which you would think that such loyal fans who read the strip, collect the books, the figures (any more coming by the way?), etc. would catch, but as most of us are probably non-artists, such subtleties are lost against the backdrop of a THREE FOOT TONGUE!
What he said. No offense Paul, but I’ve only ever picked up on the style changes that reflected a specific person’s thoughts when you added sepia tones (for that contemplative Shelly sequence) and when you’ve done Shelly’s stick-figure memories.
Paul spoiled us too much. In his defense the hearts rising from a seeming dead man is a good tell that this is someones imagination
What they said – it didn’t cross my mind that this was (in effect) a mental image of M’s rather than “reality” as WS knows it. Good to know though, the size of that tongue would be hard to mesh with WS canon, heh.
But please take it as it’s meant Paul – the random observations of your regulars, not criticism of your style. Waiting for the aftermath of my wife’s dental issues and this year’s taxes to settle down, then I will be investing in the books for my library. Keep up the good work!
(and, hopefully, gonna invest in a commission or two – depends on how the finances turn out over the next few months)
Shoot, I’m an artist and loyal reader, and I didn’t make that connection either, even with the Xs on the eyes.
I wonder if one more stylistic element would drive the “imagination” concept home. Like a thought-bubble style border rather than the usual one?
Either way, yay for the clarification!
I got that, even before reading your blurb
‘Tis saddening how many – hmmm, incidents – would be prevented if people simply read all of what a writer and cartoonist produces, not just the words OR the cartoon.
By my book, you’ve done very well yet again, Paul
Heck, this is absolutely tame compared to movies, TV, computer games, etc. in the last 10-15 years.
Between the Xs on Kevin’s eyes, and – even with artistic license taken into account – there’s no way a human (at least) could get that all back inside the mouth –
So I knew right off the bat this was not RL Wapsiverse, but something different; and Paul made that very clear just below the cartoon, confirming what I was thinking. Yes, I laughed when I saw the strip; exaggeration is but one of the many tools of the writer and artist. “Get a room” indeed!
For the record, I’m one who is severely squicked by tongue contact and tongue-to-tongue contact – but GET this: The strip got a good laugh out of me because it IS exaggeration and satire done very well (thanks, Paul!)
Shrugging; mebbe I’m faster on the uptake, or noticing anomalies, whatever; I liked it and knew the instant I saw it that this was either Monica’s mind running away with her or whoever it is off-screen to the left’s mind running away with them.
I read through a few of the comments, and admit to being very puzzled. It seems to me the bulk of our society has no problem with the media (TV, movies, etc.) showing gore, bodies exploding, people burning to death, etc. in graphic detail – yet those same people hit the roof over non-harmful depictions of interactions between people?
Sure – when I’m watching a movie and there is tongue contact, I squick majorly – but I also accept it as “not for me; for those characters in the move, fine; for others in RL, fine; just not for me” – and I go on and enjoy the movie.
I’m beginning to think I’m some kind of changeling or mutant or something
It may be all over the movies/TV/games, but I actually avoid that kind of stuff at all costs. Consider for a moment that not all of us inundate ourselves with these images every day for various personal reasons, and that seeing something so out of the ordinary in a comic we regularly read simply provoked discussion.
The X eyes were certainly a stylistic hint that this was imagination, but usually when we’re in a character’s imagination Paul represents it with stick figures. This strip was rendered in all of Paul’s normal awesomeness.
Faulting the readers for not ‘gettting it’ when the artist breaks his own previously established visual system is a bit annoying.
Agreed re what’s all over TV, etc. It’s a large part of why I haven’t watched TV since late 1998. I do have a large DVD collection, of which only a small part is what I affectionately call “Thud and Blunder” – Rambo, for example
Avatar, Gone with the Wind, Finding Forrester, Cat Balou, etc. are representative to give you an idea
Agreed as well that (as best as I can tell) Paul’s readers are not ones who inundate themselves with the media pablum, and thus the strip did provoke conversation.
Heh, Paul’s good at that
Still, Paul doesn’t always use stick figures to step out of what I’ve called the “RL Wapsiverse” – most of the time, yes, but not all of the time.
As far as “faulting the readers” – well, in this case I have to disagree. I’m on the west coast, and rarely go to bed before midnight. Wapsi is one of the webcomics that I check prior to going to bed, and often, I’ve read Wapsi when there are NO comments yet.
His note about this being Monica’s imagination was right there at the bottom of the cartoon, and there weren’t any comments yet.
Paul gave the heads-up; people didn’t read. That simple.
I usually read the artist’s comments below each strip so I don’t know how I missed this one. You can have that. It wouldn’t have changed my reaction though, one bit. Still gross. Which is what Paul was going for apparently if this is a representation of Mon’s insecurities.
She’s about to lay her eggs in his chest, isn’t she? :p
Prometheus was tied to his rock by Bia.
Just saw Ridley Scott’s Prometheus this week. Today’s strip looks like a scene from it.
My first thought was Men in Black III*…
* A film that’s had mixed reviews, but I liked it.
I can see where she’d be popular with the ladies… but really, is this girl like 55% tongue and tits by weight? While you’re in the neighborhood, make sure the pancriatic duct is patent and that the common bile duct is not loaded with stones, check for ulcers in the duodenum and PLEASE DON’T INDUCE A HIATEL HERNIA!
‘Popular with the ladies’?
She looks like she’d be able to be popular with herself.
Meh, hiatal hernias aren’t so bad. The only issue I’ve ever had is acid reflux, and Prevacid works wonders for that.
On a side note: EWW!?
I’m wondering if the length of her tongue hasn’t something to do w/ her *possibly* being the descendant who would set the powers straight… gnarly chick
You know, I think that with THAT extended, M’s chest has deflated somewhat. Its all worth not thinking about!!!
THAT’S IT! You’re a genius!
Monica is a latent shapeshifter!
Oh yeah, I forgot:
Not necessarily a shapeshifter – the chest could just be where the tongue retracts to.
If that’s true then Monica isn’t human.
She’s actually the male of her species and had us all fooled.
To quote Phillip J Fry, “I’m scare-roused!”
Hot. ‘Nuff said xD
Somewhat reminiscent of Tina’ tentacle during her wardrobe malfunction a couple weeks ago. The sudden image of a ‘who’s is longer’ contest is – well, disturbing comes to mind……
I knew that was reminding me of something tentacular, but i could only think of Japanese porn…
To coin a popular phrase:
“I’ve seen this movie, I know where this is going …”
@Fairportfan – is your new gravatar a map of any particluar virus, or is it something else? A beaded lizard, maybe?
I think… Soccer ball (I’m watching way too much soccer).
You never saw a rattlesnake egg?
Actually, it’s a map of the dimple patterns on a Titlist golf ball.
Yes, I have an envelope of them in my desk (classic grade school gag).
Er, fer reals? Didn’t know they got that fancy….
(re-reply) Okay, golf ball.
Have you ever pulled the rattlesnake egg gag? Moments of pure humor just before they proceed to beat the crap out of you….
OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!
Monica is an mind flayer?
That’s it, I’m officially joining the Pet Shop Boys as the new Neil Tennant.
Not a mind flayer–she’s only got one tentacle.
False Sensory Input, of course.
Well, if something ever happens to the Geico gecko she could pass for one and fill in.
Has anyone gone to a mental picture from the movie, “Killer Tongue?”
Despite the eight pints I’ve consumed in the past few hours, I’m still not drunk enough to want to watch that.
““Tongue-Tongue is all tongue. I am Dr. Mung-Mung.”
Oh my jesus that was amazing
“I can taste your back!”
Then there were various scenes form Ally McBeal? (around 2:50)
Angie Everhart had a tongue like that in “Bordello of Blood”.
Won’t lie, I’m not sure how I feel about this.
This is just in Monica’s self-conscious imagination. I thought the Xs on Kevin’s eyes would be a giveaway (not my usual style).
You should have had his brain leaping out the back of his head.
I really didn’t mean to sound so critical; was just a bit startled, plus the alcohol made me more blunt & tactless than usual.
I know it’s not a proper word – but I find the image to leave me strongly “deroused” after the run of pin-up pictures we have all enjoyed over the preceding week.
I… didn’t mean to actually call it yesterday…
yes, you called it.
Bend over my knee just like in Manage a 3.
You forgot the tied up by NES controllers part.
Actually, after the momentary (and obligatory) “Eeeeewwwww!!”, that was my first thought:
“He called it!”
Between yesterday’s high jumping and this, I’m now convinced she’s half frog.
No – just Irish-Mexican; no French
Hey! I resemble that remark!
It’s Friday. I think Paul’s entitled to an exaggerated strip.
This is just in Monica’s imagination.
Am I the only one who feels very sorry for Monica’s dentist?
Just finish the colonoscopy. And if you DO find a plot in there, Paul, why not share it with us.
um, I think you have summat ass about face….
Monica does need a room for her tongue.
How long is that thing? It’s always been really thick, but I don’t remember it being shown anywhere near that long before.
The coloring is very nice, but I’d worry that Kevin is dead considering the “X” eyes.
She is dimensionally transcendental. It’s the only explanation. *nod*
You didn’t think her chest was filled with breast tissue, did you?
Uh-oh…he’s got the little ‘X’es in his eyes…I think he might be dead, Jim.
Sweet, does that mean she’s sing…
Erm, oh noes? Poor Kevin? Yea, there’s no way I can make that convincing…
Perhaps this is a dream sequence? One hopes….
This is just in Monica’s self-conscious imagination. I thought the Xs on Kevin’s eyes would be a giveaway (not my usual style of work).
EEeeeeeuuuuuggggghhh! Gag me with a sp……
…oh, never mind…
You can’t see the other end coming out through his zipper because she’s sitting on it.
Lady and the tramp eat your….
I think someone cast a spell and fused their tongues together…
I keep picturing someone (Yuki?) from Menage a 3 screaming “Tentacles!” and running.
I’lll be doing the same thing since I’m trying to eat lunch. Poor Monica and her self perception problems.
Yup – that’d be Yuki.
Perhaps it is not her tongue; attributing to some of the surprised look on her face.
Thank God it’s only M’s imagination. It would be the most bizarre (and awkward) way to die ever!
I feel this way sometimes when I’m hugging my husband in public. I always end up wondering if I look like a spider monkey or a clingon to outsiders.
Even though I rib him a little bit above, I feel sorry for Paul, who has now had to repeat several times that this is in Monica’s imagination. I hope the various comments don’t discourage him.
Agreed. We still love you Paul!
Completely agreed, TlalocW; and thus my earlier responses.
I too feel sorry for Paul having to repeat several times that this is in Monica’s imagination simply because people did not read the text that is in plain sight just below the strip.
Paul, don’t let all this discourage you! Me, I wouldn’t have the patience you show here and have shown repeatedly. You are good, sire!
Apples, barrels, and all that
OR… he put that text in AFTER he had to respond FOUR TIMES to various people?… and i think this is the most times I’ve ever seen him post on a single day ever… most of the time if he posts at all, it’s only once, maybe twice… today: 4…
Nope; the heads-up was there from the beginning
Regardless of when the notice was posted, I’m still trying to figure out why my comment got singled out when others were showing considerably more judgement.
Oops, posted before proofread. I meant, other comments were more judgemental.
You weren’t singled out, I posted about in the middle of the fry as well as towards the end so more people could see my comment. Most missed it just below the comic.
Ah. My apologies for the accusation, then. (also, apologies for spamming the comments area)
I’m starting to miss the logic and straight forwardness of the calendar machine plot line.
There’s no problem.
You just need to think in an non-Newtonian, non-Euclidian way along several parallel plot lines that have a disconcerting tendency to cross at unexpected intervals.
Or just go along with the ride, like the rest of us in the terminally confused crowd.
Nobody here plays “Left 4 Dead”?
My first reaction was, “Smoker!”
Let me guess: in a previous life Monica was a Great Horny Anteater.
That explains why Monica has supernatural powers. She’s a Succubus.
The fact that I know what you’re referencing makes me deeply, deeply ashamed of myself.
Today’s (Sunday, June 17, 2012) 9 Chickweed Lane also has some tongue. A bit more tasteful, however?
Saw 9CWL and thought of Monica as well, bmonk Ya beat me to it.
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