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lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 7:01 PM edit delete
lirvilas
uh

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time for a new chapter with happier characters
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spacekrispies 18th Jun 2022, 7:28 PM edit delete reply
spacekrispies
AGAIN?!
Oh! Oh wait! She meant with—-
ohshit.
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
that's what she's saying!

even good girls can learn to be deceptive
KidCthulhu 18th Jun 2022, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
KidCthulhu
The trainwreck keeps on wreckin' and I cannot look away.
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 8:14 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
image
sherbettcat 18th Jun 2022, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
sherbettcat
All's well on the island of Sodo-OH GOD!
jawbone 20th Jun 2022, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
jawbone
Paging Buster Keaton! What not very many people know, since not many of us are such nerds, is that the train wreck in his magnum opus, The General, all happened on the Oregon, Pacific and Eastern railroad out of Cottage Grove, OR, including the locomotive plunge from the trestle. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_General_(1926_film)>
ProfEtheric 18th Jun 2022, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
Junior is a bona-fide douchebag. TBH, it is very fortunate that this happened in Anvil Flats and not in Autumn Bay. I hear there is someone in those parts that does not take kindly to tyrants, no matter how petty.

On another note, and this is something that I hear myself say with regularity whilst reading these pages: holy shit!

I can always count on you for quality smut.
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
nobody is coming to save the people here...

so we better figure out how to save ourselves

(sure I'm talking about Anvil Flats)
jamie59 18th Jun 2022, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
jamie59
LOL! Who's the father as if we don't know.

Sense she's unmarried does this Town need another Doyle?
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
copper, benzene, Doyles

Anvil Flats needs its raw materials
NeilKapit 18th Jun 2022, 8:40 PM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
I hope that kid grows up with a single-parent household, and not with the father
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 10:46 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
not shown: Jen's steady boyfriend Billy

there's more than meets the eye here, but rest assured the kids'll be all right
Spelledeg 18th Jun 2022, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Spelledeg
Well that's a spicy meatball. Much drama in recent scenes Holy moly
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
too much spice, not enough meat

you know, I was going to go to the next chapter tomorrow, but I think I'll empty the whole damn spice rack into this hash

then we'll get back to the meat
StLOrca 18th Jun 2022, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
StLOrca
Train kept a wreckin’ all night long…
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 11:38 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
clickety clack bitches
Tsath 18th Jun 2022, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Tsath
Junior needs to die before he kills some poor girl. Not beat up. Not exposed. Dead.
lirvilas 18th Jun 2022, 10:41 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
I would Happily (note the choice of words) pass that recommendation to the man who is in a better position to do something about that.
Microraptor 19th Jun 2022, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
Also, you had kinda bad luck the last time you tried to kill off a Drake...
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
Dude, that failed assassination is taking on mythic proportions in my mind

For the rest of you, know this: at the end of our cooperative work Cryptida: Playground Eric Macdonald was supposed to blow up Joseph Drake’s private aircraft. But due to his unexpected appearance elsewhere, Drake could NOT be killed without a major continuity error. So effectively you have a comic character that dodged a metaphorical bullet… there’s plot armor, and then there’s a level above that, Lucasfilm and Disney take note

Grand Inquisitor anyone
Microraptor 19th Jun 2022, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Microraptor
And here's Drake's unexpected appearance that lirv mentioned.
Since the consequences of Jane Doyle's death were an important plot point of this Cryptida chapter (Lorelei gets hired in her place), within the in-universe timeline it thus could only take place after Playground.

I even avoided showing Drake's and Tiny's dialogue to cover for the possibility that at the end of Playground they might... not be on friendly terms anymore.
(The crassest potential shake up of the status quo I could fathom at that time! I should probably mention that I did not know about lirv's plan outlined above.)
Tsath 19th Jun 2022, 5:26 PM edit delete reply
Tsath
@lirvilas please do! It's the problem with rich bastards. Fines mean nothing. They have no shame. They are spared prison. They are mostly beyond consequences. And if they get their kicks hurting people they will continue until they've crippled or killed, possibly more than once
lirvilas 29th Jun 2022, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
@Tsath

polite criminals like these characters roll with private security details that are a dozen men deep per shift

they know in their bones that accountability can come way faster than anyone in this country cares to admit
Ariane Eldar 19th Jun 2022, 1:43 AM edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pffft, Naomi can take the slap-slap-routine and she knows that's the service where she can charge the most. Better do the worry-worry about your finances now, Wabbits!
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
This is an indignity that even Naomi can’t stomach

Luckily a “friend” is coming to deal with the Drakes and everyone else
Jaycee Storm 19th Jun 2022, 2:44 AM edit delete reply
Jaycee Storm
OH. SHIT.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:21 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
Don’t change your pants yet, we got more trouble incoming
Microraptor 19th Jun 2022, 6:22 AM edit delete reply
Microraptor
It'll be Maggie who will tell Donna everything, isn't it?

Good call from Naomi to let Maggie patch her up, instead of any shady doctors the Drakes may provide (to keep the circle of potential "whistleblowers" small) - although, I'd say the risk of ending up with unnecessary cyborg implants is still very high...
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
So I been thinking about that

Dr. Ashton is into the squishy side of cybernetics, and Drake’s people are more into the hardware. What’s the term where a mad scientist is a polymath and good at everything? Maggie’s all DNA and neurons and is relatively clueless about orbital mechanics and strange quarks.

Also this isn’t the first time Naomi’s gone to Maggie with “it hurts when I pee” sorta issues
SchipLover 19th Jun 2022, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
SchipLover
It's a commune of comic artists. I swear that Lirv, Microraptor, Stilldown and the Professor (for starters) must catalogue, cross reference each others comics to be able to pull these references up. When I try to find a reference, it can take hours if I find it at all. You people are amazing.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
lirvilas
eh, tbh there's significant portions of the others' comics that I'm blind on, it's just particular characters that I'll search out and read up on repeatedly (see: Falchionne, Bishop, Felicia, Bettina, Weishaupt, etc). Also I save references locally.
SchipLover 19th Jun 2022, 9:16 AM edit delete reply
SchipLover
Something is weird at Top Web Comics. For the last two days, I have been able to vote twice 12 hours apart. I discovered this by accident checking to see if I voted the Evening before. Happy Extra votes.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
lirvilas
eh, Top Webcomics List being jacked up is no new news, that place is held together with duct tape and baling wire
sherbettcat 19th Jun 2022, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
sherbettcat
That order of sideways shit just arrived from Amazon!
But the fact he qualified "especially Donna" really shows how much the woman is feared.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
Is it fear or is it *respect*?

It’s fucking fear bro
sherbettcat 19th Jun 2022, 4:46 PM edit delete reply
sherbettcat
According to legend: Angry Donna is what Slenderman checks under his bed for.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
dude

he's not looking because he's afraid

we all know that given the chance Donna would totally bang Slenderman
sigpig 19th Jun 2022, 11:11 AM edit delete reply
sigpig
The only surprising thing is that Naomi is upright and mobile.

I had her booked for a stretcher case, at the very least.
lirvilas 19th Jun 2022, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
lirvilas
Naomi is physically tougher than most people give her credit for. Pole dancing, multiple elective surgeries, autoerotic asphyxiation… she’s surprisingly robust.
Stever 20th Jun 2022, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
Stever
I wonder if getting compensated for being beat up by a billionaire is actually a career path. Not sure about the medical though...
Thracecius 21st Jun 2022, 1:51 PM edit delete reply
Thracecius
It's a career path only a short-sighted fool would take (unless they happen to be a masochist mabe), because the long term effects of repeated injuries can be quite severe, just ask any pro athlete, particularly one retired from contact sports. The human body, generally speaking, has amazing recuperative capabilities, but you can only heal wounds so many times before things begin to break down permanently.