Sometimes shock therapy is the only way to get the attention of the engaged participants. I think this *POIT!* is just the shock necessary to bring things back to a level where the pounding becomes unnecessary, and actually counter-productive. Call it a clue-by-four to the side(s) of the head(s).
I can hardly wait for Monday. Pablo, you rock!!!
Watch out for the blue ice.
For it is said that even in the remotest of regions, you can be hit by an icy B.M.
Ooooh….a Spider Robinson fan perhaps?
Wow! Like. Overly much?
Such a pity there are so few therapists qualified to help people get used to having godlike powers while not acting like asses, alienating friends, and blowing shit up.
What in the heck is Monica wearing?? Seriously, wallpaper leggings and a short skirt? Mon, hun, I thought you knew better!
And Oh how many times I have dearly wished to do precisely what Mon just did. 😀
If Mr. Blackwell wasn’t dead, *this* would have done him in. :p
Me too. However ,being a dude AND not a Scotsman, the skirt would, most certainly, raise some eyebrows.. 😆 😆
Oh..ehh..:red face: You meant the “poiting” oopsie…heheheheh..ahem…
eeeeh.. ay eehh ooh, lookit’ tha weather
Monica has had it up to HERE *insert hand held very very high for emphasis* with standing by and watching her friends beat the shit out of each other… all week she has witnessed it. Phix scratched Tina to unnerve Nudge, then kdinapped them to the library and slammed Tina HARD right in front of Monica…. Monica said ‘fuck this noise’ and grabbed Tina, took her home, and tried to forget the whole mess….
She has had ENOUGH, her buttons have been pushed one too many times regarding this issue, and she will not stand for her friends beating the shit out of each other anymore. They may not be wholly human, but dammit, they can still ACT it and not be wild animals when angered. Hitting them would be counterproductive to that message, so she did something major to get their attention. Next comic they’ll be on the ground and in a stunned silence of ‘WTF got into M?!?!?!’
“Alright! Now that we’re back and you are all quiet, I want you to sit down on the floor and raise your hand, one at a time, to speak. We’re going to do this calmly and rationally. Yes, Shelly.”
“Um, I need to go to the restroom to rinse out my undies.”
“Oh, oh … me too!”
*sigh* … “Ok, Tina. fine … What about you, Nudge?”
“Nope, I’m good. Phix already scared it out of me before I came here.”
*looking desperately for a smiley that’s ACTUALLY rolling on the floor laughing*
Gold! purest GOLD!!
Two thumbs up!
Just a quick agreement for point #2, and adding that this is nothing new for Monica. Being a bully is pretty much what she does best, and yeah, it speaks badly for her character.
There’s a MAJOR difference between strong-arming someone and bullying someone.
A bully, by definition, is cruel – they take pleasure in making others suffer.
Monica is not picking on those weaker than her for kicks, she is breaking up a fight by isolating, and “slapping” some sense into, a group of her friends who had come to vicious blows.
As someone who spent years being bullied, I will kindly ask you to not bandy the term around carelessly or without a proper understanding. It cheapens the suffering of people who are and were actually bullied.
Don’t assume, Walker. I, too, have been stuck in that purgatory of being the semi-official school target for random persecution.
Need I remind you of Monica’s previous behaviors involving a certain god of alcohol? She continues her pattern of violent excess here. To stop a fight, all she had to do was point the involved to opposite corners of the room, and re-poit them if they tried to close the gap.
but what if she doesn’t feel she had enough control to monitor all three? and plus this wasn’t to stop the fight. the fight ended when she walked in. this is to give them all a chance to think rationally for a second.
Oh, what an amazing conversation here! Love reading these 🙂
My Doubt says Nudge walked from the library annex, so she had a merry time freezing up on the way – meaning not able to (fully?) poit. So no miracle saves, unless she draws a library door up from her sleeve…. Which would be awesome in itself.
Monica can so far poit only to places she knows: so if she never went mountain climbing, freefall is the only place shock-cold enough, long enough, to ‘sort one’s shit out’ without drowning them. After all, these girls have thicker hides than Amanda when it comes to sudden… impacts.
We do not know if M brought Nudge along aswell, but she must’ve recognised her since she lets her witness poiting.
Probably M is preoccupied with misbehaving friends prior to entering the shop, so she could be on the edge herself, leading to the over-dramatic result which will give her grief later, but also lets HER sort her shit out for a few seconds.
My Doubt says your Doubt is full of it. However, this leads me to believe you are correct since my Doubt is a notorious liar.
I’m late to the party, but honestly I’m with Monica. Sitting there watching while two women beat on a third is NOT a trait I would ever respect in a person. I don’t care if she deserves it or if she can take the beating.
It reflects badly on them and if anyone else had witnessed that happening there would be hell to pay. Bully or not, shocking them into dispelling their rage seems like a reasonable strategy for the situation.
One thing that hasn’t been much mentioned is the “It all started when Timmy hit me back first” kind of responses from all three to Monica’s demand to know what was going on…
excellent point. that’s probably what caused M’s over the top reaction.
I do believe we have broken the all time record for most number of posts. As best as I recall the previous record was here:
And there is one more day yet to go.
Paul, when you can get this much of a reaction from your audience you know 3 things..
1. You have successfully characterized enough that people can relate to and empathize with your characters.
2. You have an awesome audience.
3. You have hit a nerve, and thus the audience will not stop thinking about it until the next comic, or until the issue is resolved.
So keep em coming. XD
geez i need to start paying attention, thats like the fifth time i meant to make a new comment and it ended up as a reply….
SoWhyMe: By the way, you once remarked that it was hard to find the newer posts in the accumulation, and you wished the newer posts would sort of bubble to the top.
There’s a way to make something like that happen, at least in FireFox.
Select Edit from the toolbar at the top of the page, and from the submenu select Find, and in the search box enter today’s date. If you select Highlight All then every one of the most recent posts is highlighted.
Or you can select for yesterday’s date, and of course, get to see any you missed, as well as later posts depending from them ….
Nice tip, thank you. You can do the same from Windows Explorer. Unfortunately that doesn’t allow for checking back for new posts during the same day, but it does, at the least, weed out the other days posts which allows you to skim over them. If there was just a way to enter a “greater than a certain time” too it would be perfect.
Yeah, sadly, Find isn’t any great shakes as a general search engine; no greater than or less than function for instance. Seems to be based on a text editor.
But it’s better than nothing.
You guys, their is a comments feed…
Well I’ll be darned. So that’s what feeds do.Very good, thanks. Does anyone know if there is any way to set the number of displayed postings to something greater than 10?
Ah … I see how it works now. Nevermind.
Hear hear! Doing my part for 300 posts!
Seriously. What are the chances an immortal trickster god got into this situation on accident?
well, she was trying to “mend fences”, can’t imagine that if she expected this to happen, she would have even left the library..
This just highlights how much I wish I could poit.
I guess that’s one way of doing it…
One other thing I wonder about poiting. Lets say you poit to someone’s house where you have been before. Where in the house do you end up? Some place you can visualize? What if someone placed a floor lamp on that very spot since you were there last? Do you knock it over when you “land?” Or worse yet, does it end up inside your body, impaling you as you try to occupy the same space as it?
I have thought about the etiquiette of teleporting to someone’s home. I, and this is just me, would have an area near the front door that would the ‘Poit Zone’. I would keep it clear and ask everyone to appear there. Then a polite hello or two to let me know that they have arrived.
Lawrence Watt-Evans treated this in his book With a Single Spell–a teleportation tapestry couldn’t work because the scene it showed now had an intrusion–until the main character came along and figured out it needed to be moved so he could get back.
And we now have a New Wapsi Comment Record of 301 (now 302) posts!
Well done everybody!
Wowzers. Y’all been busy this weekend . . .
lol yea Jim where were you?
Welcome to EXTREME COUNSELING! A lifetime of pain sorted out in seconds of free fall. Your counselor is Monica the Maniac. Fix your problems or fix to become a crater.
Well, nothing is as inspiring as a deadline…sometimes in the most literal sense!
I think Monica needs to have her poiting curbed for a bit. I know she means well but this is starting to get out of hand.
On a totally different note, I wonder what happened to Tepoz.
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