I’d call that a cliffhanger par excellence.
Gives one furiously to think, does it not?
Way below, Tessa suggested that the demon speaking outside consensus is Tina’s Pride. I think that’s a good guess.
Perhaps more interesting is the resistance that Becky seems to have had against the demon rainbows blown at her. Both of them seem to have noticed it.
Who is speaking in the middle panel, giving the pep talk to Becky?
In the last panel? Must be Nudge–
The grey text usually indicates that one individual demon is talking rather than the collective as a whole. In the past grey text usually represented Nudge because she was the most likely one act independently, but obviously she is gone now.
Gray text=demon speaking without going through the committee.
First we’ve seen it since Nudge left. Definitely caught my attention.
Indeed. I thought it significant enough to ask. In this context it’s different because usually demons crave negative emotions, yet this one is trying to cheer Becky up.
@txmystic: Perhaps that is the point. If someone beats themselves up too often, it becomes boring for the demons. Look at Monica. She’s a pessimist by nature. Because of this, her demons, especially guilt, build her up and snap her out of her funk, only to kick out the ladder from under her once she’s reached the top.
With a pessimist, it is like stealing candy from a baby. After the 4th or 5th lollipop, it’s just not fun anymore. (>^_^)>
Correction: Why I called ‘Doubt’ guilt, I have no idea. *shrug*
Let’s just pretend that didn’t happen.
And her swirly eyes are bigger and swirlier as the individual speaks.
Notice that her eyes don’t counter-rotate? I’ve got no clue what that means in the context of the comic, if anything. (I think it means that Pablo is right handed and draws spirals clockwise from the center.)
Maybe it’s because she’s above the equator. Let’s fly her down to Rio and see if they go the other way.
I volunteer to do next Carnival…
Just in case…
Despite being a comic, artist like to imitate life. Most people can’t rotate they’re eyes in opposite directions.
Sure you can. Take ’em out and set them on the table, then spin one right, and then spin the other left — here, watch, I’ll show you.
Oh, hell … um, where’s the table?
Fatuncle, is that like, err, more well-endowed gals who can get their tassled pasties twirling in simultaneous counter-rotations?
Somebody has low self-esteem…
Which, of course, requires some complicated and devious plot to address!
Or, we must find her a true love! Oh wait – that’s the same thing….
even with a true love she would have self esteem issues…
True that…true loves just mean an opportunity to work on healing self-esteem issues. Not an immediate fix by any stretch of the imagination…
She (possibly) has ginger hair, glasses and freckles.
Poor girl has possibly been picked on her whole childhood for one of the three atributes above.
Maybe she hasn’t realised that those three enhance what makes her into a total babe!
Just for all of those attributes, I would have stuck my head in a pig if she told me to. It’s some sort of weakness, I’ll admit.
“……Probably started the Trojan War”? That sings along my circuits in a familiar tone. That, and the idea of The Pastries That Launched A Thousand Ships. I need a crueller, and a dozen glazed for the grasshoppers outside.
A dozen glazed grasshoppers? Hmmm… out of stock right now, but I know that high-end sushi restaurants sometimes serve teriyaki-candied crickets as an appetizer. Would a dozen of those do?
Oh… (reading again)… never mind.
If her eyes are green as well she has hit the jackpot of babedom.
Two thumbs up to that!
So she bakes pastries delicious enough to launch a thousand ships?
Full of hungry hungry Achaeans, yes.
I guess Paris chose Hera in Wapsi World. Or maybe Demeter.
Wasn’t Athena the third choice?
As we know the story, yes. I just tried to imagine which goddess would be offering a lifetime supply of irresistible treats.
Oh, I see what Tina did there.
Wouldn’t that be Hestia the Goddess of the hearth, and therefore baking?
I was thinking of who had the clout, but you’re right.
Maybe that is why Sparta went to war. All that austerity made Trojan pastries simply irresistible.
(That’s what she said.) /rimshot
Must have been one heck of a baklava. And of course, Paris must always have the finest foods and pastries.
In their dreams.
Weird, right now I’m envisioning someone dropping off a wooden donkey in front of Tina’s place and the current batch of nuts from HK waiting to snatch Bestsy as the next “challenge”
um… er… why would lunatics from Hong Kong be kidnapping anybody?
grrr… not the way i wanted it to show up, sorry
hey you need to spend some cash and try some *real* high class pastries.. I’m not talking shops, but top class menu!!!
your taste buds will be in heaven, and you will see why its worth paying that much!!… <3 <3 🙂
And you are cuter than a newborn kitten riding a floppy-eared bunny.
Agreed! Freckles FTW!
Now one wonders whether the Trojan War comment was more than just a bit of color 🙂
Was that Nudge?
I’m betting it’s Tina’s Pride.
Tina has a pride? I haven’t noticed her with anyone…
A singular demon, yes – but if it’s Nudge, she’s in for another pounding. She got evicted, remember?
She got evicted by Phix not the other demons however.
Perhaps they will have calmed down by now and let her back in.
Doubt it though. Nudge was in hiding when she was in Tina. Now she isn’t. Why would she be in Tina again?
Evicted by Phix. But the beat down, that was all Tina. A little bit of Shelly came in at the end, but even then it was Tina directing things. I’m pretty sure at this point, Nudge isn’t getting her deposit check back.
Check out the second thread. Paul says it was a singular demon speaking without going through the committee.
wow, never met anybody who had a problem taking compliments before… well except for me that is…
You have trouble taking compliments? Funny, you always struck me as being way more confident than that.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
I think most people on the planet have an issue with taking compliments.
you tend to get a couple of reactions.
To the compliment ‘you look nice today’
a: I didn’t yesterday??
b: I haven’t done anything different! whats so nice??
c: I put on weight…telling me that doesn’t help
d: (and the ultra-rare!!) thanks. you too!
then I do work in an office of women. i wonder if its most women instead of most people.
Are you guys as compliment-avoidence??
I can be somewhat passive-agressive about compliment reception. I halfheartedly acknowledge that the person said something, and let the compliment kinda bounce off.
It all depends on several things. Some of them are:
1) How confident the person receiving the compliment is in themselves,
2) How confident the person receiving the compliment is socially,
3) How confident the person receiving the compliment is that the person giving the compliment doesn’t have a hidden agenda, and
4) The cultures of the two people involved.
Those are just the ones that I can think off the top of my head.
In Britain it’s more common that people find it hard to take compliments because we are brought up to be wary of arrogance. I can’t comment for other cultures.
Yeah…for me it depends on the compliment.
If someone compliments my appearance, I’ll look at them like they’ve lost their mind and say “thanks” like it’s a question.
If someone compliments my intelligence, I’ll blush and either thank them, or take it in stride.
If I’m complimented for the effort I’ve put into a venture (work or anything else), I’ll blush and be unable to speak.
If I’m complimented in front of others (all of those other situations are one-on-one) then I’ll be highly uncomfortable and try to deflect the comment by either drawing attention to someone or something else, or by throwing out some self-deprecating humor.
🙂 Paula’s right. Loads of people (especially women) have trouble accepting compliments with grace and gratitude.
Love your Comment! And I’ll bet you look great today…
First Panel Becky looks exactly like my three-year-old granddaughter trying to make me feel bad after i scold her…
LOVING the Pony avatar Fairport. XD
Uh huh. And now Becky’s going to turn out to be a paranormal creature as well? Past life aquaintence of the demons? Someone took some of her pastries back through time? Whatever. Yet another guilt trip for doing something that caused the deaths of thousands.
I think possibly Tina was just being silly about the war.
Weird thing to be silly about.
Not really. Hyperbole picks whatever is closest to the front of the mind when going crazy. 🙂
Yeah, but recall the power a demon’s words have over mortals. “Kill her over there”?
She’s predicting the past.
Hey, it’s harder than you think!
Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
— Niels Bohr Danish physicist (1885-1962)
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
— Sidney J. Harris
You can only predict things after they have happened.
— Eugene Ionesco
I wonder if Tina goes overboard sometimes as some people really get obsessive about compliments and can actually take them as insults. (eg you look really nice today! ~ what? i looked awful yesterday .. etc)
Technically if she complimented someone who is like that she could do some serious damage and demons cannot cause harm.
In this case I believe bakers need to spend a fair amount of time on their craft. If all she has been complimented for was for her baked goods – it could get a girl down!
We need some compliments for the girl herself not what she can do.
I keep being distracted as I just noticed today how awsome Beckys dress is..
Lovely pattern 🙂
Looks sort of like the formica countertops a friend’s family had in the 60s.
I’ve been working on coloring, ‘scuze me, colouring that dress. I think I’m going to have to make an abstract of it and layer it over the picture.
+100000. I absolutely hate it when people compliment me. Part of me wants to smack them for spreading manure. Most of me is really embarrassed and uncomfortable. Overall, if someone goes beyond ‘nice job’, it’s far more traumatic then if I was just ignored.
Mi padre once said something thought provoking to me. He said that the modern world no longer values excellence, or doing more and better than one did before.
Instead, he said people have come to value simply “doing okay”, managing to be mediocre, or finding ways to “slip through” unnoticed. I tend to agree – for most people (in the West, at least), it seems like if you’re not born into privilege, you spend most of your time trying to simply NOT have bad things happen to you, to simply be left alone, and only in one’s “spare” spare-time (when one isn’t using time off for trying to forget about one’s troubles or to defuse stress) might one actively contemplate doing great things.
Not entirely sure where I was going with this, but the inability to accept compliments brough it to mind…
The second paragraph IS MY LIFE. That’s frightening.
Heehee… I kinda love compliments. X3
But I guess that’s why I don’t understand people that don’t. I actually would like some help understanding.
I get that it usually has to do with low self esteem, but what exactly does a compliment do to a person that doesn’t like them? Is it guilt? Shame? Embarrassment? A combination? Is it because they are so used thinking so lowly of themselves that if a person thinks differently, they get uncomfortable?
All of the above and see my post timed 2:02. Bear in mind that some of it is cultural (quite a lot of it this side of the puddle).
I saw that. Quite interesting actually. Perfectly acceptable to avoid becoming arrogant. But a good compliment can bring a smile for years to come in my experience.
For example, when I was in… second grade I think it was, we were rehearsing for our little performance of Rapunzel. I was going to be Rapunzel’s mom, and when I went to say my line, I said it really loud and clear. Our teacher then said that I did very good and that everyone should try to project their voices like I did.
I’m 20 now, and as you can see, the compliment stuck fast. XD
There are a few compliments I’ve received over the years that have stuck with me and made me feel good, but usually they were not over-the-top and were measurable. The one that comes to mind was from one of my college years when a choir director told me (after a series of Christmas performances) that I was the first soloist in her tenure who never was off pitch on an entrance that was both a key-change and unaccompanied by piano or other voices. I only accepted the compliment with pride because she didn’t try to tell me I was a great singer (which I’m well aware I’m not), and being on pitch is a measurable thing.
I think it is a cultural/social thing. For me, it has a lot to do with personal experiences and how I was raised. Believing every compliment leads to disappointment when you realize some people lied to you to get some sort of perk from their connection to you, and being shoved forcibly into the limelight is highly uncomfortable and embarassing for an introvert. (did I mention I hated being a soloist?)
From my own experience, a “compliment” can often be a lead-in to an insult or mockery. I haven’t trusted flattery for years.
There is a huge difference between a compliment and flattery.
Well, do tell; don’t leave us hanging.
MerchManDan- As I see it the main difference is belief. If the comment is simply the situation as you see it it is a complement, if you don’t believe it than it is flattery. My opinion is that she would not hear the belief in Tina.
My brother once had a car he called “Flattery”
…’cause it would get you nowhere.
@bmonk – Ok – did he work for those two mechanics that are on PBS – he sounds like one of their kind . Just saying..
No, but I do come by my wacky sense of humor honestly.
We all inherited it.
One brother-in-law suggested we need to start a support/therapy group for the X_____ In-Laws.
Not phishing for compliments, I’m a bit like Becky in that regard, but someone did predict a pastry based cliff hanger yesterday…
Well, then, the first comment is all about you! Feel good about this, or someone may yell at you.
*looks down and digs toe in the dirt*
Oh, and I just realized, all of Tina’s demons have a memory wipe. If that’s not an off the cuff remark about how good her pastries are, do we have some one new in Tina?
The….Trojan War. THE Trojan War?
I get the feeling that one too many spiders have crawled into a sleeping Tina’s eye sockets.
Damn, Tina looks good today!
I love how Paul turned a seemingly innocuous bit of banter into an ominous cliff-hanger Friday! Is Becky a reincarnated Helen? Is she something other than human?! Tune in next Monday. Same Sphinx time, same Sphinx channel.
Meh…How many people here agree with me that the Trojan War comment was a hyperbole used to try and beat the compliment past Becky’s defenses?
I really seriously doubt that Becky is going to be made into a supernatural person…or even a reincarnated normal person.
I was just about to pose the same question…on the surface it rings like hyperbole used to cheer Becky up, yet it is coming from one of Tina’s single entities, so that forces us to wonder.
Good thing we have all weekend to speculate, no?
I agree that this was the intent.
It may or may not be the full extent of the effect. After all, we’re dealing with the unchecked words of a demon affecting a mortal. Even if Becky isn’t immortal and ageless, she may start wondering if she is.
tina is just going overboard with how awsome she thinks the pastries are.
i wonder if its the dough in the pizza the demons like in which case pastries would be next in line 🙂
I don’t know. The weird, strange, and other tend to be attracted to one another. I mean Stinky showed up out of nowhere to greet Bud. In any preternatural story I am wary of coincidences. I don’t think Tina ever says anything that isn’t important— even when she’s joking around.
Well – don’t some philosophies/religions believe EVERYONE rides the Great Wheel, reincarnating in a form based on their past-life’s karma, over and over again?
But, I don’t think it an Olmec thing….
Sounds like a Robert Jordan thing.
“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the First Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose around the alabaster spire known as the Topless Tower of Illium. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning. . . .”
I have some loved ones I’d like to send to Tina on a daily basis – they’ve got Becky’s kind of resistence.
Poor guys…I’ll send a mixed tape to cheer them up. It’s got songs by the Smiths, Jawbreaker, Sunny Day Real Estate, Death Cab for Cutie, and My Chemical Romance.
That should do it…
BTW: Do you know where the name “Death Cab for Cutie” came from?
And did you know that there’s a pre-MTV “music video” for the song it came from (performed by the original band) in the Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour?
Yes, and yes. During the striptese scene. I thought you knew I was a total Beatlenick…
Oh yes, I always find that Black Parade cheers me right up. 😛
Interesting to see demons trying to get a girl to…shake of her demons. Is this like a metaphysical double-negative?
I’m thinking that Tina is still trying to “blow positive sunshine, etc…” and her normal method of speech-by-committee isn’t quite strong enough to break thru the resistance to compliments that Becky is putting up, so she(they) decide to let Vanity speak alone, knowing that her viewpoint would be said in the most effective way, and break thru the in best way. i think it’ll bring Becky’s mood around similar to what Monica’s Vanity does here: http://wapsisquare.com/comic/likeyourqueen/ (at least for the first few panels of her speaking that is! 🙂 )
So, it was the phyllo that launched a thousand ships?
We are, to use FairportFan‘s delightful phrase, ignoring you with a fine and polished ignore.
You know, reading this segment over again I think maybe Becky was seriously overweight at one time and was able to beat it. That would explain her comments about the pastries and her self esteem issues. Kind of a love/hate relationship over being a phenomenal baker but hating what it represents.
You could be right. I’ll bet it’s very difficult to be around such wonderous treats and maintain a great figure. Brings up the question, IRL, can a thin cook really be a great cook? There’s a reason most great cooks are fat.
PAUL! Stop making me have crushes on sexy ‘toon characters! With their cute little dresses and killer figures and awesome hair and powerful and unique personalities!
STOP IT, I SAY! I can’t afford to move to this mythical place.
Please if you find the gateway, send me the coordinates.
The Old Wolf- Me to but make sure it’s a two way route. With my mouth and luck I might just find being gone a life enhancing move.
True, My three dimensional furniture won’t fit in their apartments.
Whoa, Becky’s hot.
Jacqui wallpaer, 1024×768
Ack! What’s that stench?!?
Actually, it’s a nice image. 🙂
Why are Tina’s eyes all swirly? Either she’s hypnotized, or NUDGE is back in town…
They’re always swirly, just that they don’t usually fill her entire eyespace.
See my comment on spirals above. And remember that this is not nearly the strangest appearance Tina has shown us.
This one is Dafydd’s fault.
It’s about 75 – 80% of what it could be. I don’t know if the joke is worth the full treatment.
Ouch. Just…ouch. Thank you for sharing that.
To return to the”receiving compliments” problem, I suggest saying, “thank you, how nice of you to say that”, thereby accepting the compliment, but leaving some implication that you think the speaker is just being nice.
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