And Paul does it again… the one person I don’t think any of us guessed/
I thought a fair few people guessed. So many were talking about the multiple Shelly’s making the V-Cell that I didn’t bother making a post about it being Shelly today.
You’re quite correct. Like Casey, I thought that was Jin (based mostly on the length of her hair… I had gotten used to seeing Shelly with shorter hair, and had forgotten that she’d sneezed it out again)
It took me a second to recognize Shelly, too. It was the hair and the fact that we couldn’t see her arms.
no, no… can’t be jin, she is still coming term with her mortality???
I thought it was may … but paul says (next ‘block’ :p) its shelly…
It looks like she has mastered changing her form to slim and fashionable!! 😀
Jin and Shelly re very similar except for their eyes. That’s how I always pick the two of ’em apart.
It’s not the hair so much as the personality.
We’re just not used to calm, collected Shelly yet. We’re still used to a Shelly that would have required 3-4 cuss words, an irritated growl, and an insult to get that same point across.
Odd how 80k years in an enchanted forest has a similar effect as a bowling ball to the head. Least it seems more long-term a change though. (>^_^)>
yeah, well, 80k years is getting on towards a long-term treatment. So I’d expect the results to last a little while too.
Well, I’m glad to see she’s doing better. Last time we saw her, she couldn’t walk or eat solid food.
Also, I’m glad that it’s not just us that don’t know about the deal that Brandi made.
That’s Shelly, look at her nose in the profile pic. 🙂
Wow, I feel like an idiot. I barely even looked at her. I just though she was saying Jin-like things.
/pat. There, there.
Now, the optometrist will be right in, so you just sit tight… 😀
Hey, Danzier – are you currently seeing this page with all of the comments centered, or are they better now? I’m curious if the tag fix worked, or if there’s some other oddness yet to investigate.
Nope. I posted about it on the Thursday comic, which is where the link goes. Many thanks!
Shelly is 80k years older now. 🙂
When 80k years old I reach, look as good I hope I do. Hehe. 😉
The real question is, do you look that good now? No, I don’t expect an answer. I’m just a brat.
I am not ashamed to admit it: heck no I dont’ look that good! For starters, I’ll never manage to duplicate that tan. 😀 But if you want to compare, my gravatar is a charcoal drawing of me in 19th-century garb done by Mark Siegel of Sailor Twain.
I love a woman with “experience”. I bet you should teach a man a thing or two.
should she could
Stupid voice dictation…
At first I almost mistaken Shelly for her little friend till I saw her profile. Shelly’s new tempered demeanor takes a little getting used to.
Her taste in clothes has matured considerably as well. That’s always been a way to tell Jin and Shelly apart, their style choices. With Jin now reliving human youth and Shelly walking around as perhaps the oldest sphinx on Earth, the body language is changing too.
Time to go full color! ;D
Don’t feel too bad – I made exactly the same mistake.
I tried to figure out why we made that mistake. After all, their character designs are different enough that we shouldn’t have confused them. I came up with something. Her hair and body language project a certain elegance that is fairly new for her, (At least from our perspective, and the perspective of her friends for that matter) but is the kind of thing we are used to seeing in Jin (at least when she maintains her cool). Also, Shelly’s dialogue is reminiscent of the second panel here.
Wow, I sound like such a psych major.
I was still back at “…is it Shelly or Jin?” when I started reading the comments.”
I think the body language was a good part of it for me, Casey. I’m used to seeing Shelly as somewhat gawky and awkward in her body… not just because she’s been a muscular tomboy, but as if she wasn’t really comfortable in her own form. That seems to have changed, in this panel… an effect of 80k years of growing up, I suppose, and learning much more about who she really is. Learning why certain things happened to her… and that she’d actually set them up herself… may have brought her some internal piece and allowed her to let go of some defensiveness. Anyhow, she’s looking more comfortable than I can recall seeing her before.
Also, her reference to “this solution” fooled me… I thought it was Jin talking about her transformation to a mortal golem form.
I did miss the nose, though, and shouldn’t have. Shelly’s proud Amerindian “Roman” prow is very different in profile from Jin’s cute little upturned nose.
The hipshot/thumbs in pockets look definitely says “Shelly” for me.
As to elegance and a softer, more mature look – we also saw it when she had her rendezvous with Heather shortly after returning from the Wood Between The Worlds.
I detect a hint of “no puppies were kicked in the making of this comic…except Monica.”
I feel certain Monica would not like her puppies being kicked.
I’m fairly certain that anyone who attempts to kick her puppies (Deitzel included) will wind up pulling back a mangled bloody stump.
But I think Monica’s puppy 😉 would not let you kick, and you would find it difficult to pull your foot out if its mouth!!! 🙂 🙂
Miss Gruntled is disgruntled, for sure.
Yeah, ok, I’ll pay for your pun since I’m late in paying for mine.
*Drops various shinies and a $20 in the pun jar
Watch out Nawat doesn’t swipe those shinies for Allie, since she won’t eat the bugs he brings her.
“Who’s untied? What’s untied? Who’s untied on Whitsuntide?”
Don’t ask1 don’t tell!
A wise and survival minded decision to say the least.
(Edits fanboy squeal)
Favoritist Shelly ever!
I think Euryale is a bad influence on me…
i love your avatar <3
Jabberwonky- And how is this bad? Go in peace my son we all have our fangirl/boy moments.
So, does this mean that Brandi’s deal with the demon’s was for the knowlege to build the interdimensional travel lockout?
Looks to me like a possibility, but not an absolute certainty.
Shelly talked to someone, probably Brandi, about the cells and was told don’t ask. But when did Shelly speak to her because the only time I can think of is during her 80,000 year sabbatical.
Most likely it was Phix who told her in an early visit to the TTF.
Shelly is..like…WOW! Lass’s purdy… 😯
Never thought about Shel’as “pretty. She was a charming, geeky Tom-Boy, but now.. The miracle of 80000 years of wisdom…
Your current pic completely sells your statement. 🙂
Yeah, I bet Brandi will be delighted by Shel’s sudden entry into the spiffy- and well Taylored ( *plink..* 20€cents in pun-jar) outfits.
Did you ever post pics of your completed Nudge sculpture?
If so, could you post another link. I must have missed it.
and a overlook (sadly over-bright. I got a new cam ,have to make a new set I guess)
Let’s hope the links behave..
What the… “moderation???????” Wat’s up with that?
Aaaand.. my posted pic-links evaporated.. great..nice..
second try with a direct link:http://i945.photobucket.com/albums/ad291/diakrite/Nudge%20Progression/11f55f02.jpg
and a close-up:
Wow! Now that’s a statue!
Jay-Em: take off the http:// part, it wont be a link, there fore won’t be moderated for ‘too many links’ …:P
Well now. If my last try to link failed, You can look up Nudge via Photobucket. look for “diakrite” or go to deviantart dot com and look for the same name. Both sites have my albums public.
You made some great sculptures.
aye first panel shelly is totally rocking the babe look 🙂
I’m surprised Euryale hasn’t tackle glomped Shelly trying to introduce herself. LOL
probably because she knows that if Shelly were to be surprised like that, one of her possible reactions to it were to snap her in half… so it’s basically just self-preservation.
I can understand (kinda) how people are mistaking Shelly for Jin. Considering Shelly isn’t NEARLY as ripped now as her old self was….
Now You mention it.. Buut.., she still fills-out the shoulders of that spiffy jacket quite nicely.
I disagree, from a tailor’s daughters standpoint. A well-tailored outfit can soften a bodybuilders, well, body.
My mother quite frequently tailors suits to allow for martial artists movements, as well as make military uniforms have freedom of movement in combat situations, yet still be regulation neat and trim.
If Shelly has access to a good tailor; which knowing the Divine Miss M I’m certain she does, she can easily have outfits tailored to soften her look. With the new tresses to add to it, it’s easy to go soft and ethereal.
Oh..and öh dear! Again we stumble upon one of Monica’s pet-peeves : “being kept in the dark, and out of control.
Yes, I have the impression Bud gets a kick out of watching Monica when she gets her “Damnit all” expression on.
It’s a sort of food chain – Phix niggles at Nudge, who makes Tina twitch, who in turn bugs Bud. who manipulates Monica.
I think we may need an Urn of Rhyming, to go with the Pun Jar. Possibly an Aperture of Alliteration?
I asked down at the local antique store how much is a Grecian Urn?
They charged me for the pun.
You would think, in 80K years Shelly would get a tad curious as to the why of things, despite being told not to ask. Perhaps it was a matter of “Don’t ask, Don’t die.”
I’d still like to know what Shelly’s accomodations were? A cave with pine needles for bedding? A luxury suite built for a sphinx? Just sleep outside under the … umm … stars? Dark nothingness? Bright nothingness? Clouds mixed with fire and brimstone? From the first looks of her back then, she appeared pretty dirty so I’m guessing outdoors or dirt cave.
On the other hand, there could have been a Ritz-Carlton just out of frame.
I kinda imagined a moist, cold British oak-forest. (Do not say “moist!”.. hehehe…. bought both seasons of Dead Like Me) and, indeed, a cave or something.
Imagine the utter boredom for someone that is as quickly bored as Shelly. More hellish existence than fire&brimstone imho.
Could have been worse. Imagine 80k years with nothing but U.S. daytime talk shows for “entertainment”. Utter boredom and/or complete raving madness might seem preferable after a few decades.
😯 😯 *throws arms in the air, and starts running, screaming like a sissy*
Don’t you mean “squeeeeing like a sissy”?
Jay-Em- Sounds like a rational response to me. I speak very little Spanish, and due to unemployment I watched a lot of TV in the eve. I started watching the local cable Spanish channel so I’d have to think about it instead of veg on the couch and rot. After a while my Spanish improved and I got a job and then forgot most of it. But daytime soaps? get thee behind me, or over to some enemy of mines house!
Dead Like Me and not Von Lipwig? I’m shocked. Shocked I say.
I love Moist Von Lipwig! He and Susan are my favorite Discworld characters.
I am probably the only self-confessed Geek that has not read disc-world.. So..references like that mean nothing to me.. 🙂
Sorry to tell you this Jay, but you are not the only one. 🙁
I’m up to The Amazing Maurice in the collection so I’ve still yet to meet Moist.
– adds Disk World to list of things to read –
You’re not alone, Jay-Em.
I remember playing a PC game called Discworld… but that’s about it. :\
I recommend starting the Discworld book with Mort, the fourth in publishing order; PTerry didn’t really hit his stride till about then. It’s hard to believe that the first two are even part of the same series.
Don’t worry too much about reading them in order. I personally think that Guards Guards is a good place to start just because it introduces some important characters, but you don’t lose a lot if you haven’t read preceding books (unless you’re dealing with one of the few direct sequels, like Making Money to Going Postal).
So, Brandi’s deal is still a big wild card in the situation… and those who know about it, aren’t sharing the knowledge.
Based on Monica’s frustration, I’m guessing that she tried to get Brandi to talk about it, and Brandi refused.
Now, Shelly has been told not to ask. What Shelly says about the deal being “still sound” implies it has something to do with the V-cell interdimensional barrier network, but even that’s not certain.
So… why isn’t Brandi willing to talk? Who else (if anyone) knows, and is also refusing?
– Honor-bound not to talk (a serious promise)?
– Commanded/programmed not to talk?
– Too ashamed / embarrassed to talk?
– Literally and physically unable to discuss it?
– Too dangerous a secret for anyone else to know?
Maybe it’s like the mystery of Swedish meatballs and Breen – either we’ll never understand, or the knowledge will drive us mad instantly…
That^^! What You just said.
I found out just ONE of the ingredients.. We are better now.. 😛
I vote for ‘too dangerous a secret’. This is after all a (secret) barrier keeping extra-dimensional travelers out (and probably, us in as a side effect).
“Interdimensional Explorer is unable to display the destination worldsite. Click HERE and sacrifice a goat to diagnose connection problem.
This may take a few Eons…..”
Wonder if the grid has anything to do with the poiting phenomenon? If so, it would preclude poiting to Mars. Unless there is one there too perhaps? Always the library portals anyway.
I’ve been wondering since the conversation with Brandi after Jin’s transformation why the Earth hasn’t been overrun by folks from other dimensions or worlds in the galaxy at large.
I’ve speclated before that the Chimera was a response to a larger threat and that the Lanthian priesthood felt creating it was nessesary. Not that I’m excusing them for what they did. Since learning of the Chimera’s creation and the methods used to bring it into being, *shudder* I’ve had the nagging feeling that maybe there was a reason for it beyond “For The Evulz”.
Or the Lanthain priests may just be the unmitigated bastards they appear to be. I don’t know.
Considering none of the supernaturals we know have been like they were portrayed in the myths, you may be right. Still, what we know about the priests is first hand information and not legend, so it’s less likely. OTOH we don’t really know what prompted them to be so reckless. Was it simply a desire for greater power and control, or was there a pressing threat to the whole population of which we have no knowledge? Something which required sacrifice and the creation of a vast power to combat? Brandi and Bud thought Jin was a bastard too. It was many thousands of years before they found out the truth. The way this story twists you never know.
Heck, we may find the priests were being forced by someone else who knew the Lanthians had to go and that the golems would be needed in our present time to meet a new threat. These beings think really, really long term after all.
Or, possibly, potential interdimensional visitors to Earth get stuck on the tarmac for 12 hours, waiting for poit-off clearance in a transport vehicle with defective air circulation, full of screaming babies and clogged toilets, and then the pilot announces that the destination is indefinitely closed due to poor magnetic conditions and that the poit is being redirected to an alternate destination near the Slime Pits of Lesser Stenchworth… thank you very much for poiting with us, we hope you’ve had a pleasant journey.
Can you tell I’m really looking forwards to flying cross-country on the day before Thanksgiving? I’ve been dodging family-get-together obligations for years but this one has caught up with me 🙁
Poor thing. This is why not having family can be so blissful. No one to nag you into doing things you would rather not.
Families are great.
Family get-togethers, scheduled during the worst possible time of the year for traveling, are less than great.
So thats why eury was doing her squeel. its because she had just seen shelly ^^
maybe she just thinks of the golem girls as ‘normal’ and monica and shelly as the ‘famous’ ones 😛
nice way of looking at them if she does ^^
rereading yesterdays panel shelly actually spoke in that comic.
i had assumed at the time bud was still speaking and eury was squeeing over the stuff she was being told 😀
Eventually she’ll be in for the big letdown. Idols are never as great in person. Right now she may be thinking; “Oh dear, she cusses. I wonder if she smokes and gets drunk too?” Euryale strikes me as the type who never says anything worse than “Dernit” Perhaps the ocassional “Shucks.” And when she’s really mad, “Dadburnit!” If she adds “tohell!” she probably gets all embarassed.
I see nothing wrong with that scenario – in fact it’s rather refreshing.
Sorry to tell you, but if she is a true ‘Southern Belle’ in every way then nothing will change how she feels about a Monica & Co. A ‘True Southern Belle’ (and I know several) will seem like the sweetest, most comforting and discrete people, until you get into their comfort zone, then all bets are off on what they will let you know about their vices.
Well, yeah. The Golem Girls have been around practically forever, and will be around for the foreseeable future (except maybe Jin, but does Euryale know about her changes yet?),
but Monica and Shelly are human. 100years or so and they’re gone for good. Of course an Immortal with Knowledge from Outside of Time would gush about getting to see them in the few moments that the humans are available.
As Shellinx said about Shelly-1, “So fragile.”
Well, the GGs were created to do what they do and be who they are.
Monica and Shelly more-or-less chose their roles.
More less than more. Monica was groomed for her role by May via the glyph training and Shelly was always a sphinx. I would say they were created for their roles as well.
They still had the theoretical ability to decline. the GGs didn’t have even that.
Sorry Monica. It’s not going to be that easy.
Careful what questions you ask. You may like the answers you find.
There is a certain safety in ignorance.
Considering that Brandi seems to be the focal point of the current mystery facing our heroes? It may seem the prudent choice.
Monica’s curiosity is strong. She’s like a Chihuahua with a bone. She’s not not going to let it go easily.
… and the pleasures of boredom are vastly underrated.
Just like EVIL… it’s ultimately as satisfying as burning ants with a magnifying glass… um… i can’t find the strip where Tina says that about her liking/wanting to be nice because being evil is boring.
Copy editor mode on: “I wasn’t told what the deal was and was told not to ask.”
Sorry. Doesn’t scan otherwise.
Marvelous background in frame one … and here’s a fin for the pun jar.
This was bugging me too.
‘S street talk ‘s jus how them peepul tolk on them streets ya know
*watches with glee how FatUncle cringes, stedies himself and bravely tries to prevent vomiting* :Pa
Common talk is often not very nice to the grammatical sensitive amongst us…
No need to increase the stress… 😀
Why refrain from nausea? They’re your shoes I’m puking on!
And as for it being the way them peeples talk on them streets – ever hear of drive-by shootings? Now you know why they happen … .
Because of bad grammar?
Hey! Don’t you dis my grammar! My grammar was no bad lady–she never shot any of them peeps with the bad language.
Well, not very often. Not more than once or twice a week.
OK, there was that one week. But she was provoked!
[throws grammaw’s 357 magnum and 20 extra bullets in the pun jar]
“This is a 357 Magnum – the most powerful fan pun in the world.”
(drops a silver-plated Deranger in the Jar)
Please tell me that was a Derringer you threw in the pun jar and not, say, a hand grenade. 😛
The Deranger is a new hand weapon, of my own subtle deisgn. It fires a beam which disrupts the functioning of the cerebral cortex, driving the target into a state of frothing insanity for an hour or so. Think of it as a Taser for the brain.
Our advertising theme song is, of course, “Foam on, deranged.”
(deposits more silver in the Jar)
TlalocW, her grammer was very good to her! Taught her Glyph and everything!
Oops… out of change for the tip jar
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You could always ride a motorcycle without a faceguard. . . .
Q: How do you identify the happy motorcycle cops?
Or happy Harley riders. . .
Shelly’s outfit is very attractive. She is one foxy lady. I hope Officer Nightstick knows how fortunate he is to be hooked up with this young lady/old sphinx.
I wonder if they have even seen each other since the TTF incident? It may be over between them. For that matter, it may be a long time before Shelly gets that close to anyone.
If Shelly broke up with Officer Buns it would be because he’s not mature enough anymore to match her.
I have a feeling tha this will be the time to either drop ‘Officer Tight Buns’ or let him in on the secret.
Now that would be a fun one.
S: Honey, I have something to tell you… I am a Sphinx.
OTB: I know you are a minx babe.
S: Not minx, sphinx… let me just show you (poof).
OTB: (Wide eyed, jaw on ground) Duhhhhh!!!!
S: Shit, I think I broke him.
Oh Yeah, thats Shelly in all her Hotness. Shes been trying to be so tough and ‘butch’ w/ short hair that you almost forget shes cute and sexy like so:http://wapsisquare.com/comic/03272002/
No V-Cells were harmed in the making of this strip. All V-Cell action was monitored by the Association For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Reeeeaaally Alternate Power Sources.
You forgot to mention who paid for this announcement.
An unnamed secret society paid for that ad.
That still doesn’t illuminate me.
[drops two Mason medallions in the pun jar]
i know i am being a brat here but i still like shelly with short hairdo more than with long hair. ^^
Nah.. Don’ worry.
I actually like both looks. The only thing Iwasn’ttoo taken with was the shaved-up back of the head in some pages. Too butchbitch for me.
For FairportFan, there’s always one gotta be different…
I want my V-cells. I hate electric bills!!!
You think your electric bills are bad, wait til you get the bill for a V-Cell. You will never have that much money.
Yeah–you might have to raid the pun jarwormhole.
LET’S DO IT ! Anything not to pay the greedy corporate MAN !!! Anybody but him!!!
I was a b it confused.. I though Monica left the barista with Shelly. Turns out that it was Bud.
and I gotta learn to edit BEFORE I hit SEND
any chance you can add me as a minor character in the strips? No?
This strip is not age appropriate for minors anyway.
I wouldn’t mind my granddaughters seeing it – when they’re old enough it wouldn’t bore them – say, eight and ten.
Let’s face it, there hasn’t actually been anything in here that wouldn’t pass a PG rating that any kid can buy their own ticket to.
Nice pun, SoWhyMe! LOL
Hit the jar.
the girl at the left bears no resemblance to the insensitive wench that posted this message.
but I sure wish that I had some ice cream!
Wow! Shellys even prettier in Color.
…….Actually All the ladies are Hotties.
Apparently, it’s not just the military that has a ‘don’t ask-don’t tell’ policy… 😛
Where do you think they got the idea from?
Congress, or in this case, the Immortal Politicans?
Now’s the time for Euryale to jump up and down yelling “Do the sphinx thing! Do the sphins thing!” To which Shelly can respond, “Sure, but you’ll have to do the snakes thing.” (I’m assuming Shelly went by Tina’s first and was filled in). Then Monica can say, “ooo … I wanna see an ice-sphinx!” Finally Bud will say, “Ok, and I wanna see Euryale plant one on Shelly in sphinx form!” Something for everyone. They all go over to Monica’s and freak out Dietzel. Again.
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