Heh. Bud’s the muscle, Brandi’s the intellect and Jin’s the sneaky.
Jin was supposed to be the brains of the outfit, but she went ca-raaay-zee.
that would make Jin the wild card. Every crew needs a wild card
Sure it isn’t “sweep” floor… ha Dietzel’s wig
That is one IMPRESSIVE Snow storm Looks like what London got these last three days
looks like a heavy dusting…
we got what i believe is the last of the system, 120kph/74mph winds, 20thou had power knocked out, still a thou without… rain, no snow, power poles snapped like twigs.
between here and Sarnia a lot of drivers were stuck on the road overnight because of the weather… that was a couple days ago today everyone was all happy because it was 4 degrees warmer than yesterday… meaning with windchill it is only -17* Celcius…
DAMN IT ALL it’s not even winter yet *headdesk*
Wearing tight white pants, as Bud seems to be, tends to make it look like no pants at all in a sketch like this. Or was Paul in a bit too much of a hurry to post this one?
She does have a history of being underdressed for the cold weather…
True, but as we saw yesterday, she’s definately wearing pants. They’re just really form-fitting. Especially on the butt…
Given the near blizzard taking place around them, though, she maybe should be at least pretending to be cold. But then, she’s probably not even thinking about that. And anyone they meet might be too semi-frozen to take much heed.
Yes, yesterday’s comic definately showed pants, but this looks like leotards. I have to wonder if Brandi poited them away as a goof, knowing Bud was talking about her.
What’s missing isn’t the pants, because Bud was wearing something light-colored.
What lends the notion of nudity is the lack of boots.
heehee…You know, I didn’t even notice that, but you’re right. Light form-fitting pants do look like no pants at all.
That would feel odd though…wearing many layers on top and absolutely nothing on bottom…
That’s how cartoon characters like Porky Pig “dress.” For humans, I would imagine it would help eliminate that “not so fresh” feeling. Not to mention a whole new meaning to “bottoming out.”
Awright, i was gonna say something last night, but now that someone broke the ice, I was totally thinking the same thing…
…not that I’m complaining or anything…
The Bud statue on sale over at PatchedTogether is also wearing white leotards / extremely tight stretch pants. It looks like she’s wearing none until you notice that they’re a slightly different shade than the skin of her face. It’s still modest because her coat comes down below her hips.
I like how Bud just casually walks through the howling snow , as if it was a calm summer breeze .
And with near-infinite strength, how would you test it? Arm-wrestling would probably crack a continent.
Can anyone recognize the landmark they’re walking past ?
Well, it’s on Hennepin Avenue…
It’s CALHOUN SQUARE!!!! I HAVEn’t BEEN THERE BEFORE!!!
Ach, ya beat me to it. I was busy scrolling around in Google Street View when you posted… 🙂
Thanks . 🙂
Hennepin Ave probably means Minneapolis… but then again, maybe:
* Garden City, MI
* Niagara Falls, NY
* Columbus, OH
* Vancouver, BC
Just looking at the maps, I’d lay odds on either Minneapolis — none of the other Hennepin Avenues look right.
Considering the story is set in Minneapolis, I’d say you’re right.
There’s me with egg on my face for losing track! (mmm, omelets…) Many web comics like this one have been going on for so long, I need to set aside part of a weekend to just read them through from page 1 again — particularly Wapsi, and Girl Genius.
One of these days, when I’m not up to my eyeballs in work… 😉
The re-read isn’t too bad. You just have to be willing to give a couple of days worth of free time away. 🙂
Gah…that was meant to be a reply to Eiríkr Útlendi.
Corner of Hennepin Avenue South and Lake Street. (pause) You know, I think I actually placed Tina’s shop further West than this in my little piece of FF I wrote once upon a time…
Mentally I had always put it at 28th and Hennepin as a stand-in for Isle’s Bunn and Coffee, but then Isle’s Bunn got used in a backdrop. Perhaps Tina’s replaces the Dunn Brothers at Lake and Humbolt.
That would be nice. A map showing all the landmarks in the Wapsiverse. Tina’s cafe, the museum, Amanda’s studio, everyone’s house/apt., the pizza place, etc.
I always assumed the museaum was the MIA, since it’s in (or just very near?) Steven’s Square, which I’m pretty sure Wapsi Square is based on.
There ya go. One possible landmark identified. Perhaps we could to use Google Maps to create a basis on which we can “locate” the various sites for the fictional Wapsi businesses and dwelings. Could be fun.
They’re walking either west on Lake or north on Hennepin (the ‘camera’ is pointed southeast at them and Calhoun Square), and 28th is just a few blocks north… You’ve certainly got the neighborhood correct, whereas I’m working via google and have never actually been to Minneapolis. This is a clue as to the location of where-ever they’re going, too.
I love Streetview. It’s so great for things like this. I’ve “visited” many places I’ve seen via webcam that way.
That’s a pretty good view . Thanks !
Awesome! Thanks for finding that and sharing it!
I’ve been through that intersection many times. East on Lake St. was a bookstore called “Dream Haven Books and Comics” they have since moved. North on Hennepin, you can see the sign for the “Uptown Theater”. To the West, you will run into Lake Calhoun. This area is called “Uptown”. To the East is “Lyn-Lake”. The “Famous Daves” in the picture has live Blues on weekends. They are “Famous” for BBQ and a wide selection of beverages.
It almost looks like the comic backgound was a monochome version of the Streetview if we didn’t know that Paul wouldn’t do something like that.
Paul HAS done photo backdrops and photoshopped photos as backdrops before; Tina’s doctors office visit (the waiting room) was one. Probably more.
Irony? Was someone being ironic around here?
No no no….the coffee tastes iron-y. That’s all. 😛
yea but i dont think it is this time, i tried getting the same angle using street view and it just didn’t want to fit.
Paul’s a photographer himself, as i recall…
Pic Pic Pict Picture too realll… Sooooooo C C C Cold…
She looks frozen 🙂
Wonder if Monica, Shelly and Amanda are the ‘human’ style golem girls.
Shelly has strength, Amanda has brains. That would make Monica Jins equivallent. She has been known to be sneaky in the past I suppose 🙂
There were four dolls, though — even assuming Monica is in both the “golem” and “human” groups, we’re still missing one. And if Monica’s *not* in both groups, then we’re missing two (one golem, one human).
But then, where do Phix and Nudge et al fit in? Or are they irrelevant, since the dolls were all about the calendar anyway, and not the library?
Plus Tina’s clock key…
In the four dolls situation, I think Monica was the stand in for Mayahuel (who is golem, but was stuck in the Demon Realm). After all, the first time her facelight came on, Jin said she was channeling her mother…then again, Jin was starting to lose it already at that point…
An alternative explanation is that the “Monica” doll was included because she was the keeper/controller of the other three…or perhaps as someone whose heart stopped (technically died for a little bit) she could be represented with the non-living golems…
I think it was supposed to be Monica all along. Shelly recognized one of the dolls as Monica early on because it represented sunshine, while the others matched the three GGGs animal forms. IRL, Mayahuel was associated with the Agave plant and fertility, not the sun. Also, those dolls could have been created after Mayahuel was gone, for all we know.
Fertility and Salve that fits some earlier discussions… strong nails
…and pulque, which kind of ties in too. 😀
i don’t know i think Agave Is the raw form of Tequila but i could be wrong. I know i use agave syrup on my food and it’s nice and sweet.
Tequila is distilled agave…not that it’s indicitive of anything. Afterall…vodka is made from potatoes.
[Pulque] is made by fermenting the sap of certain types of maguey (agave) plants. In contrast, mescal is made from the cooked heart of certain agave plants, and tequila, a variety of mescal, is made all or mostly from the blue agave.
Weird people down that way – ripe chili peppers (of the hotter varieties, anyway) blister your fingers.
Who the hell decided to eat them.
And that goes double for fermenting cactus juice.
(Also, a lot of “vodka” these days is from grain.)
That’s a bit harsh. Cacti are one of the major sources of water in a desert environment so in that case its more a Why not situation. cacti are only scary BEFORE you disembowel them afterwards you get water and in the case of the Aloe Vera plant helps heal sunburn.
You’re right…she does look pretty frozen. It’s also an interesting contrast to see her looking that way and hunched forward into to the wind like you do when you have to battle your way through it…and Bud’s walking upright with an exposed neck and head just cool as a cucumber.
Are we SURE Shelly’s not a golem girl?
I loved that mini-arc, and Shelly wasn’t even up to full strength yet ( a couple of years later she tossed the fully assembled big-block V8 engine around like a child’s toy)
Well, we are NOW.
Is this where Monica and Kevin had their first date?
I went looking on Google Maps; there are several places called Jimmy’s in our world’s Minneapolis, but no bars called Jimmie’s. Go figure.
so would a bar called Jimmie’s be owned by more than one jimmy or what?
Shelly is *cooooold*, I’m shivering just looking at her. Bud, on the other hand, is impervious. But we knew that, of course. Just nice to see.
Is it me, or does it look like Bud’s not wearing any pants?
no, its tight white pants… shading heeded, or at least a seam!! 🙂
See comments above…as much as I imagine white knit pants, I’m still seeing flesh…I think it’s the emphasized knee and perfectly curvaceous backside and calf, and…and…
…what was I talking about?
you were saying that until the knee it looks like tight pants below that it looks like shes half naked
BTW, in my younger days, I’d definitely brave a blizzard like this for my morning java…
Where is Brandi? I miss her!
Great that others have noticed Bud’s rather perfect butt here. With all of the [perfectly justified] focus on Monica’s “gifts” and Shelly’s “guns”, there needs to be a bit more balance on some of the other characters’ “assets”!
Brandi mentioned that once when Bud was obsessing about her “noodle arms” and “haystack hair” – she told Bud that she had “racehorse legs” and a “pert butt”, as i recall.
I know Monica has mentioned Bud’s ‘racehorse legs’, too.
Actually, Nudge is the one with racehorse legs, literally.
LOL, literally raceHORSE legs
To be fair, it was before Nudge showed her ass…
sink snk, nudge nudge, say no more
“wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more”
I can see why Shelly is all windblown. Comanches don’t usually live so far north. We get snow here in Oklahoma, but not like up where Shelly’s branch of the Wahnees live. Brrr! Makes me want to climb into my morning tea.
They are made of clay, of course, but clay that has been so endued with magic that it no longer behaves like any material on Earth. As such, normal limits and comparisons do not exist…
And regarding the GGG’s sensitivities, I would say they FEEL much the same thing as a normal human, it just doesn’t hurt. If you stick your arm into a bucket of ice water, for instance, your brain gets two messages: It’s cold, and – more powerfully – PAIN! This happens so you know to move away from a tissue damaging and possibly fatal situation. Now, if the GGG don’t feel pain anymore, that explains a lot of their behavior. Bud could walk on a frozen beach in a bikini and feel the cold but, so what? It would have no more effect than wearing makeup or a wristwatch. There, but unimportant. This explains how Jin could feel Alan’s cold toes, and also be enthusiastic about anaerobic sex…
Heh:) you can ‘confuse your brain’.. try this .. 🙂
you will need three ‘hand size’ bowls… one very cold, one bearably hot, and one at room temp..
put one hand into the bowl of very cold water, and the other into the hot water – keep them there as long as you can…
now put them both into the bowl with room temp water… you will confuse your brain!! 😀
From what I’ve gathered from reading Wapsi Squared, the golem girls are nigh indestructible to any physical force. They seems to be impervious to anything on the Earth. I think they probably can only be destroyed by altering the glyphs inscribed on their bodies.
As to their perceptions, they can feel hot and cold just fine. They can even be surprised by frozen tootsies. And this is the reason why.
It seems they can modify the level of physical feeling they experience at will and very quickly, or their threshold of pain/discomfort is very high (maybe nonexistant). Normally, however, they feel heat or cold on the same level humans do. This is evidenced by Jin’s being startled by Alan’s cold toes once. Even if hit by something that would scald a human, like hot coffee, it doesn’t actually hurt (as happened to Bud).
Well, heck, this is why one should always refresh before posting to see if anyone has already said the same thing while you were typing.
Happens to me quite often, but usually because I reply before reading through the thread…
Well in my case, somone replied as I was trying to find the strips when Jin was ambushed by the sockless, frozen toe.
I’ve always found chess to be a highly over rated sport myself.
You just never played Strip Chess with a significant other…
Naked Co-ed All In Chess: It’s ruff, tuff, and in the buff!
A whole game of chess to remove one article of clothing? Man talk about foreplay…
maybe a piece each for the last line, with two piece undies counting for the queen.
OUTSIDE IN THE SNOW?!?!
Are you people Masochist???
Then there was the time we tried Strip Bridge–but we got too focused on the game, which kinda defeated the purpose…
Just very warm blooded…and temps are rising…
Why do we have two bmonk‘s — each with a different avatar?
Appropriate, in this comic!
Used different e-mails when posting, each with its own gravatar?
Kind of like you just did? 🙂
But morven is using the same email address (not just an identical gravatar). So is morven the same as bmonk? The “vote early, vote often” comment below makes me think so. (Just to be clear, it’s impossible to tell what the email address is, but the URL for the gravatar, which is based on the email address, is the same.)
“Your comment is awaiting moderation”
If it passes moderation (and there’s no reason it shouldn’t, it should be right above this one…
It’s odd how we want to know more about Minneapolis, maybe even be there, simply because the story is set there. I’ll be willing to bet, most of us would, otherwise, not ever even think about the place. Now, however it has a mystical quality to the reader, thinking about the story and characters.
Got a look via traffic webcams tonight (they seem to have one every few feet), and I see it actually has snowed quite a bit. In fact, looking at the radar for the area, it appears a large front just passed, yet there is still an area of snow right over the twin cities area. All around it is clear for miles, just right over them. Clearly, winter is out to get those folks.
Dude, ESPN just said that due to a high accumulation of snow on top of the Metrodome (which cannot be removed due to high winds), a leak has sprung in the roof and the Vikings-Giants game has been moved to monday night. And the Giants are stuck in Kansas City. Shelley and Bud better get out of this storm ASAP!
Shelly’s with Bud. Bud makes the Juggernaut look underpowered. She also breathes fire. I think they’re good. 😉
…Now the Metrodome roof has collapsed entirely…
That’s awful. I blame the engineering firm. They didn’t calculate for enough of a snow load. It’d been good for Texas, though. I mean Minnesota gets snow like Buffalo NY gets snow.
It’s not the first time it’s happened. It happened a couple of times in the first few years the place was open. I think they reinforced the roof materials over the years, but apparently the seams have a shelf life (and a tensile limit).
The very first time it happened, the dome hadn’t even opened–in fact, the lack of heating contributed to the problem.
terrible! that happened to our gazebo a couple winters ago (now is in garden growing string beans) but a summer gazebo is expected to have a weight limit The ROOF of a high traffic area should be built better than that…
one question why don’t many houses in places that get regular hurricanes have basements? i just wonder cause basements are standard over here and we live far enough inland that we don’t get hurricanes.
Basements would probably flood in a hurricane. Hurricanes usually involve high tides and ridiculous water levels.
Now tornadoes…people who live in Tornado Alley probably should have basements. That said, I don’t know any houses in north Texas that do. Might have something to do with the soil on which homes are built (my parents home is built on a pretty clay-like dirt that shifts when it goes from wet to dry) or the level of water tables…or even how far down until you hit rock.
In Central Texas we are mainly on limestone and granite, so to put in a basement, you have to basically blast it out…most houses are pier/beam or slab as a result.
In southern Louisiana a basement is called an “indoor swimming pool”. I’m pretty sure the same would apply to a lot of low-lying coastal areas. The water table would be too high for a basement.
Oregon got a tornado on Tuesday morning and everyone is surprised as this is not even remotely tornado country. It’s like a blizzard in Texas; it could happen, but nobody expects it.
Heck, i developed an interest in the Twin Cities after reading Omaha, the Cat Dancer and War for the Oaks…
[F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] … *catches breath* …. [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5] [F5]
I’m sorry. =(
Don’t be. Go dig out your family first.
As the designated shoveler of snow while growing up in Michigan, I empathize with your plight. Back then, my favorite Christmas commercials were those advertising snow blowers…
It happens. We’ll live. (Hey, at least we’re not in the Metrodome!) Out on my coast it’s just wet, with barely any snow this winter; Minnesota’s storms are much more challenging.
It’s all good, you got shoveling to do!
So can you son use any drifts to walk across any fences? I remember thinking that was a cool thing to do.
Hey, I recognize that snowstorm!
…I was out driving in it last night.
Yep. That’s what hit the TC on Sunday morning.
Not just the Twin Cities. Also hit us down south of them. That is the 2nd time I had a police escort coming down south on 169 this year from K-town. I fully expect a snowblower strip in the near future. Jin is just begging to show her Snowblower powers… Oooh, maybe the smurf can turn all the snow into hard lemonade?
Yes, Brandi would be pushing the empty shell of a snowblower (as a disguise) with a tube attatched going down to where the blowing action would, normally take place. She simply blows in to the other end. Or maybe she could just grab Bud by the ankles and push her along (wheelbarrow style) with Buds head swiveling back and forth, blowing the snow away in one pass.
Then there is the poiting method, I suppose, but that’s not as much fun.
How much fun would clearing snow be if you could blow flame? 🙂
Well, they closed the roads down while I was on them. The closest safe place was home.
Southern Minnesota cops are pretty nice once you get out of the cities. If you are in a college town, you are guaranteed to be going to jail for anything.
Here ya go Paul. This is what ya need.
That’s cool. I want one and I don’t ever get that much snow. I wonder if a mower deck could be installed, instead?
Hope you dig yourself out soon. 🙂
On another note, I just noticed one of those “vote” buttons below the adds on the main page, I must of missed it as you only see if if you scroll down through the older posts. And Wapsi is 75 of 100? I’m sorry but that’s not good enough! So c’mon guys, make sure that you vote regularly if you are not already doing so. I’m sure that many of you, like myself didn’t even notice that button before. So lets get voting and get Wapsi Square up in the top 10 where it belongs, and dare I say it, #1! 🙂
Yes–act like you are in Chicago, or Jersey: Vote early, vote often!
Still snowed in I see, Hope all goes well for you this Christmas. Take care of your family and enjoy the holidays. I can wait/survive for a little while longer without my Wapsi-fix.
We’ll be checking in every day. Good luck, Pablo.
While we are waiting, there was a short article in my alumni magazine about Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012. Most of what it says most of us already know, but it did mention something that I hadn’t thought of before. A lot of the predictions that a system like that would make could be self-fulfilling, giving the whole thing credibility.
Ah – just got around to checking the comments to find out what the hold up was about – yikes! My sympathies, and take your time! we had a bad one last year that nearly destroyed a couple of my ancient beloved apple trees, and I wasn’t sure when we would finally get dug out (5 foot drifts made rescuing a friend an all day operation). In the meantime I’ll just check in again tomorrow and etc until things get back to abnormal 😉
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