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lirvilas 22nd Dec 2020, 12:01 PM edit delete
Ok, that's it for this "chapter". I use those loosely, they're not very relevant to this "forever" comic--we'll get into that definition some other time, lol. I'll see y'all after Christmas, just remember that there's a new vote incentive posting up on the 24th. Also, I'm going to be fixing a number of small art annoyances.

Anyway: alone or with friends and family, I wish you all a Merry Christmas!


And yeah, I'll save you the hunt...
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KidCthulhu 22nd Dec 2020, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
So she went from lesbian dominatrix to Herbert West? I approve!

A very merry to you and yours, Lirv.
lirvilas 22nd Dec 2020, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
she was always Herbert West

that other stuff was just kinda a flex on the mean girl, we'll see more of that I think

thanks! I'll save the other holiday greeting for closer to 2021
KidCthulhu 22nd Dec 2020, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
You can never trust those Miskatonic Girls ^_~
lirvilas 22nd Dec 2020, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
Ah yes, my favorite Lovecraft short story: “Miskatonic Sapphic Sorority Mayhem”
Microraptor 22nd Dec 2020, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
"And yeah, I'll save you the hunt..."
Much appreciated! You know I would otherwise have rolled up my sleeves and looked for those myself!" ;-)

Oh, you know what?
Here is a bonus one.
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
I'd forgotten that one! Thank you!

(it's good to be finally addressing that 30 Days character... years later.)
jamie59 22nd Dec 2020, 7:26 PM edit delete reply
Coffee the universal cure.

Merry Christmas!
lirvilas 22nd Dec 2020, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
I previously had Dr. Ashton driving a hideous Volvo station wagon. Obviously she's switched rides here (we'll call it a loaner), but in your professional opinion what's the appropriate car for our resident mad scientist?

also: thanks, and Merry Christmas to you too!
Stilldown 23rd Dec 2020, 2:19 AM edit delete reply
A white 1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonaire.
steveha 23rd Dec 2020, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
She's a mad scientist, so something off-the-shelf isn't enough; something custom. And she is a thanatologist. So I propose that she should drive a replica of this car:

Jaguar converted to hearse
Stilldown 23rd Dec 2020, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
I drove an old hearse myself once; most of them (at least the older ones) are custom built, some almost unicate. Not sure if Dr. Ashton is the hearse type from style of clothing, etc., so I would rather guess a white station wagon instead.
I can't recall if there were any scenes in Harold and Mause showing the rear interior of the original Type E Hearse or any scenes with an open back lid, so I assumed that the roof was kind of fake, just covering the original rear end. As the vehicle is sadly destroyed, we will never know. Still I think it would be quite short for a coffin.
But, speaking of shooting brakes, there was the fantastic Volvo 1800 GTE, and the Scimitar GTE. I love both cars, but can't really imagine Ashton in any of those.
PS: Going for the really rare shooting brakes, there was the remarkable Tornado Typhoon Sportsbrake, that looked a little like a british kitcar version of a mixture between the 1954 corvette based Chevrolet Nomad and the Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing.
steveha 24th Dec 2020, 5:58 AM edit delete reply
I read about the replica, and the text said that the original wasn't made with a functional rear hatch, simply because the movie script never called for the rear hatch to be opened. And they knew they were going to destroy the car at the end of the movie (the script calls for the car going over a cliff, and they simply used the driveable car they had built... I'm guessing that it was a low-budget production and wrecking their one car was cheaper than building a disposable second car) so why do the extra work to make the hatch function?

In the movie the protagonist was shown with a brand-new Jaguar E Type and shown getting out a cutting torch, but the hearse was some older model year Jaguar of a different type, which was about 11 inches longer and thus more suitable for a hearse conversion. The guy who built the replica said he spent thousands of dollars hiring teens to search the Internet, look at photos, etc. to figure out what the heck the movie vehicle actually was, and he figured out what car was attached to what other car, and then made one of his own.
Stilldown 24th Dec 2020, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
Yes, it was a two plus two in the original, one of the very few examples were a later body change of the original model really looks good. I'll never understand why they weren't using a dummy like a wrecked Typ E with some paint and a cardboard roof for the crash, as no one would have noticed at this distance.
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
y'all continue to educate me on things that I never knew existed (e.g. cars that aren't made by Toyota)
Stilldown 27th Dec 2020, 3:34 PM edit delete reply
I drove a Toyota KE30 once (did a wild painjob on it and had a handplastered skull in the grille) and still dream of it.
jamie59 22nd Dec 2020, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
An original VW Beetle. If it ain't air cooled it ain't right.
Guest 22nd Dec 2020, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
You mispronounced “1956 Carerra with the solid-crankcase engine and Hirth needle-bearing crankshaft”.
lirvilas 23rd Dec 2020, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
@myself: mental note--want to drive controversy? ask questions about vehicle preferences!

probably going to have a comic about Maggie shopping for cars sometime, because pitting Maggie Ashton versus Donna's half siblings at the dealership might be explosive
SchipLover 22nd Dec 2020, 10:50 PM edit delete reply
Have a Merry Christmas! In fact, to all the commenters of this comic, have a Merry Christmas, as well.
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Schip! I hope you got lots of the good vittles!
Guest 23rd Dec 2020, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
A white 1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonaire.
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
Stilldown: vote packin'

Don Panks is jovial and harmless at this point... know that he had two children from his first wife, and they are bastards.

One of them is running the Panks Autos operation and I'm worried for Maggie.
Rulerbrain 23rd Dec 2020, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Oh god, they told me coffee was the key to resurrection but I never believed them

Science is weird. Merry Christmas Lirv!
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
science goes both ways

I reckon that some of Maggie's regenerative concoctions might find their way into the Haute Coffee shack
Ariane Eldar 24th Dec 2020, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
About all the car shoggoth-poo, I must have some talkie-talk with Daddy about the latest deal he made. What was on his mind?!
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
such are the wages of dementia!
Ariane Eldar 27th Dec 2020, 3:21 AM edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pfffft, I'd rather think Daddy couldn't sell Peter that real-real Wiener car because he wanted it for himself! "For Ladies Only!"
sigpig 26th Dec 2020, 2:31 PM edit delete reply
Volvo 740 wagon.
Saab 9000
If new, then the upcoming Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.
Dr Ashton, while having a...passing disdain...for the safety of her research subjects, she strikes me as a woman who does NOT take chances with her PERSONAL safety. Im sure that if she had her way, she would be driving a (literal) tank...
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
"a passing disdain"

love it

and you're on point with the other assessments, though I think in her ideal world Maggie wouldn't have to commute at all

think "Antarctic International Research Station for Environmental Science and Horrifying Chimeras"
ProfEtheric 26th Dec 2020, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
Oh. My. Gods.

I was just thinking about old "Sleeping Beauty" there the other day.

Suffice it to say, I am DEEPLY interested in where this is going.
lirvilas 26th Dec 2020, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
I've been yanking y'alls chain for YEARS on this so I wouldn't get your hopes up too quickly.

I'm thinking "out with a whimper"
BlueDragon 23rd Jan 2021, 12:23 PM edit delete reply
Oh shit!