Sabotage by Phix?
Training sabotage. If it’s for a good cause, no foul. (c8
She has to learn to avoid the “surprised” reaction if she wants to maintain control after all.
Not so much to avoid surprises but to maintain control under pressure. Something Shelly needs/been wanting to achive.
…so no arm, no fowl?
I was gonna say the Phix is in.
Gotta love Shelly’s concentration face.
“We will not stop until you can clear your mind of all.. ooh shiny!”
So does this mean she needs extra-strength Ritalin?
Nah — the time release Placebo!
She needs a stronger placebo in any case.
Someone just discovered the meaning of ‘wingboner’.
That deserves a brohoof. /)
Win. Just Win.
Had to look that one up cause all I could see was a slew of my original characters and Buzz Lightyear.
If you’ve never had a cat if the cat really likes you they will often lick parts of you. Like fingers, arms, toes, etc. The rough tounge takes some getting used to but it’s just their way. I had one once that loved toes and would sneak into the bedroom looking for the ones peaking out from the covers. Lost a few girlfriends that way.
If you sit on a chair/couch with a back in our house, there is a good chance one of the two cats will decide your hair needs grooming.
Nice Ryo-Ohokii as your avatar. Must be a Tenchi Muyo fan.
Thanks! Not many know who she is these days, alas. That’s even me behind it! She’s since moved on to my daughter’s cuddling, spirited away in the night when I wasn’t looking. Never turn your back on children!
They do it to clean you of your scent, so they can cover it with their own. that way if any other cats come to the house, they know that you belong to your cat.
That’s part of it. It’s also grooming behavior (just as your petting them is, actually). Some find it comforting to “nurse” on the humans they have adopted, since they’ve accepted the humans as a kind of long-term step-parent. Some just like the taste of salt in your sweat. Some like the attention it gets them.
But, yes, some are removing scents that they don’t think belong on you. And for many, more than one of these applies.
Eek! (giggle) That wouldn’t faze me, but I can certainly see how some gals might not take it so well. Purrsonally I would prefer a midnight lick to the toes to the midnight chomp/claw snag of the toes one long lost cat of mine specialized in! 😉
Funny. I’d a’ thought they covered this in the Time Forest – well – sometime.
I think she had to stay sphinxed all the time.
Tounge twister time.
Stinks to be a sphinx, Phix. 3 times quickly.
Oh, hell, I can’t even say it once this morning.
Sleep?? What is that strange term…
I’m not sure that’s been established, being a sphinx the whole time. She may have had sleep periods where she awoke in human form, for instance. Why not? She knew where sphinxes came from, and had no trouble returning to human form after destroying her bed. It’s he being unable to avoid destroying her bed that’s the problem.
The classes are for fine motor control in social situations– that’s what she was denied for 80,000+ years. The Sage needed the mind of a scholar, but the feral instincts of a smilodon. Shelly Wahnee needs subtlety.
I suspect she stayed sphinxed all the time so that she wouldn’t die, like all the other versions of herself did.
I get the need to keep the apos wary: what better way than actually being a wild genius hermit-prophet of one’s kind? My point was she wasn’t stuck as a sphinx the whole time. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have thought she was missing a crucial skill until its absence was made clear by unwelcome metamorphosis.
“Why couldn’t we have worked on that in the Time Forest!?” implies that Shelly knew she wasn’t trapped in sphinxform. In that entire scene, Shelly is afraid she doesn’t have the ability to override her involuntary actions, which later proved prescient with Justin.
Phix likes sleeping with mortals. She must be very very good at this. But she couldn’t train Shellix in civilized behavior, because its only outlet would be all her dangerous visitors, and it could only have been counterproductive.
I believe Phix said she couldn’t teach her in the Time Forrest because it would make Shelly look week infront of the other Sphinxes. Someone whos better at searching the archive can get the link. I believe Shelly was talking to Tina and Phix came in. Should be sometime right before she almost sliced Justin in half.
Shelly did look a little rough when her last “self” visited her in the forest.
Yeah. She was left feral in the Time Forest to ensure the others would leave her alone. For her to go through the training and the resulting geeking spazzes that result in anytime Shelly performs under pressure would have made her seem weak and she would have been attacked.
Not because she was/is weak, but because she was/is inexperienced and that is always exploitable.
Young Padawan has much to when it comes to control.
I hate to say it, but there’s something wrong about the positioning of Shelly’s hand in the next-to-last panel.
Disagree. I held up my left paw with the pads facing towards me and it matched the positioning in the panel.
It is just the optical illusion caused by her position, It is making the hand look like it is in the wrong place but it is the left hand.
It looks to me as if the forearm doesn’t really line up with the upper arm.
Her left arm is bent at the elbow, I drew her whole arm and then cropped it in the frame.
Yeah, i figured something like that – it just looks odd somehow.
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.”
Juan Ramón Jiménez
actually .. that was the last panel… tub yeh who’s countin’.
Lol, this is the 3rd time we’ve seen sphinxshelly’s nipples/breasts
Are you trying to hint that this strip is tripply nipply?
Shelly must be having a hissy fit over such northern exposure.
Euryale was doing her research nude. The Library seems to be a Come-As-You-Are place.
But I’m sure that Shelly lost her cover when she grew out of it. She is one big cat, you know.
Now now, let’s not pussyfoot around the subject. She’s flashing her twin peaks, and I think that’s just inappropriate regardless of Phix’s catty behavior. What’s next, will she give challenge her to a wing eating contest?
If it were a trivia contest, she’d be lucky to come in on a wing and a prayer with a major tailwind.
No wonder the pun jar achieved critical mass and became self-aware.
On the other hand, it’s always been pretty critical of us.
June is tongue month on Wapsi Square!
ok… ok.. i got it now… it’s shelley wots the descendent to set dem powers down the straight and skinny… i knew it all along… 😀
LOVE that last panel!
Something about that last frame reminds me of “The Oblongs”. 😀
Same here! “Why does Milo have boobs? And wings? And… oh, it’s just Shelly.” :p
So since the last frame is in “Shelly Scribble” does that mean that she is imagining sphinxing out instead of actually sphinxing out? 🙂 I’m trying to learn the distinction between what’s in our girls’ heads and what’s really happening (since I missed it with Mon).
We has to waits till teh page turnz.
Something about the last panel brings out the lolcats.
It’s not just Shelly who gets these things – remember the giant sea urchin?
Phix-sensei knows how to throw a challenge.
If she can do ‘human form with sphinx breasts’, they’d be fairly large…. Might need a shave… But still…..
She’d better be careful, or her southpaw will be left behind when the claws are suddenly unsheathed. . . .
Aaahh – the ancient art of “Toung Foo” – more deadly than “Kung Foo” – and repressed by certain religions that think they are the majority – but they’re not.
I just this morning attended a seminar regarding the brain chemistry of hormone-enraged middle-schoolers, which is probably the developmental equivalent of Shellinx at this point…the next move for Phix is to query Shelley about her feelings right now…
“Now zell me about yoer mother.”
I love the college-ruled background in the last panel. Now is this Shelly’s view of what happened, or her imagination of what might happen?
Her view of what happened. =)
80,000+ years old and still acting like she’s in high school…. some people just grow up and others just grow really old… 😛 🙂 I will say this much tho, Phix needs to be careful or Shelly might turn the tables with help from Nudge…
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