19 September 2017 @ 10:11 am
Episode 1550: Mech (sic) and Chicken; or Los Pollos Caminos

Episode 1550: Mech (sic) and Chicken; or Los Pollos Caminos

It's good to have miniatures to help the players visualise enemy forces and battles.

And although improvised figures will do, it's definitely better to have appropriate miniatures.

(Yes, we know the Spanish is terrible and doesn't mean the same thing.)

aurilee writes:

It was the first walker-type! And he apparently had no miniatures.

The poor players, having to use their imaginations while playing a tabletop RPG. Oh the humanity!

And unfortunately, the GM never saw my very, very clever suggestion of gluing some guns onto Timon. So everyone had to suffer through chickens.

With guns.

— aurilee

Keybounce writes:

Something that I never realized before: Chicken miniatures.

There is no movie; this GM actually had chicken walkers, and chicken miniatures.

Chicken. Miniatures.

Never mind the deformed seal-walrus-whatever it was, where do you get chicken miniatures? Are there other farm animals yet to show up?

I find myself wondering, what would a cow standing on two legs like a meerkat look like? (Lorenda? Kria?). Oddly, I have no problem imagining that cow holding a gun.

Looking over the last two comics, I'm realizing the clear advantage of the chicken walkers: they bring in close air support. Easy to tell apart from enemy fire. Easy to tell apart from the kitchen mess.

But the whole design still seems wrong. It still seems too easy to take out one leg, and turn the main body into skeet. (Have we ever seen one of these guys self-destruct? There's always a self-destructing something in movies, right? Toss a grenade in, tie up their legs... do they self destruct? What kind of hum do they make before they go boom? There was a self-destructing speeder in the TV series, but that's not the same.)

So let's look at the soldiers. Last comic, we see a huge number of soldiers appearing with the walker. They spread out in front of the walker. This comic starts with two in the first panel, then has a lot more in the second panel.

So who is killing the soldiers, and why do we not see them shooting? It sure looks like there's a lot of bodies in the center of the last panel, but we don't see them being killed. Presumably, this is just the choice of screen captures. It sure looks like we see a soldier being shot in the last panel. But we don't see who is shooting them at all. Are they really running into a killbox?

Meanwhile, all of the other civilians have gotten out of the way. "Our heroes" are the only ones left to get into trouble.

— Keybounce


19 September 2017 @ 08:46 am
Syndicate shout-out

Posted by Uncle Lumpy

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Gasoline Alley, 9/19/17

Love-sick Rufus done got lost in the funnies! But his contract done restricted his wanderings to the premium content offerings from the Tribune Content Agency, LLC! Alas, it’s too late for him to woo Brenda Starr on the rebound, or hit the road with Annie. But maybe he’ll turn up as the twelfth Mudlark on field in Gil Thorp? As a lovable man-goat in Pluggers? Stark naked in Love Is?

Funky Winkerbean, 9/19/17

Hey it’s Funky Winkerbean, beloved product of Batom, Inc., with syndication in North America thoughtfully provided by North America Syndicate, Inc. It’s been a while, because last week was one long, tiresome block of exposition from Buck Bedlow, high-school rival of Bull Bushka here. Bull, of course, is suffering progressive mental deterioration from injuries sustained at the hands, shoulder pads, and helmet of this very guy, and now we learn how it happened: Bull was actually a pretty lousy football player. His memories of high-school glory are therefore false and terrible, and losing them will be no big deal.

“Wow, that takes a load off my mind, heh heh — thanks for stopping by, buddy!”

Andy Capp, 9/19/17

None of your fancy-schmancy chronic traumatic encephalopathy for treasured Creators Syndicate legacy character Andy Capp. He earns his memory loss.

Rex Morgan, M.D., 9/19/17

The Morgans — including newly-minted Morgan John Carter — at home. Rex consumes premium content from King Features Syndicate, a unit of media conglomerate Hearst Corporation, on some kind of antique flat foldy-paper thing; June does so in the normal, sensible way. The narration box reminds us that “time passes,” but I’m pretty sure Hearst has already got that figured out.

19 September 2017 @ 12:00 am
Unshelved on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Posted by Bill Barnes

Unshelved comic strip for 9/19/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on June 22, 2006.

19 September 2017 @ 01:46 am
Puck 408

Posted by ElectricGecko

The Puck cast appears on their own individualized magazine covers! How? I don’t know how! Why? That’s a mystery too! And remember, this voting incentive was chosen by special fans who donate $5 or more a month! If you want to join their controlling ranks, HEAD ON OVER TO PATREON and join the select club!


As for this comic…

I realized only at the coloring stage that I really should have made Colin’s anthropomorphic balls look like pink versions of the California Raisins. But now it’s too late. Oh well. I doubt I would have been able to even convey A California Raisin-esque look at the shrunk-down scale of those images.

Eagle eyes might note that the crowd behind fantasy hockey Colin is comprised of faces that look a lot like the crowd from NES Punch-Out! That makes two 80’s video game references in one tiny pic!

19 September 2017 @ 01:50 am
Did a Pieology Pizzeria Employee Write ‘F*ck the Cops’ on a Police Officer’s Receipt?

Posted by Bethania Palma

The Orange County, California-based pizza chain fired a worker for reportedly printing the phrase on a Torrance police officer's receipt.
19 September 2017 @ 01:35 am
Is California Governor Jerry Brown Allowing HIV-Positive People to Donate Blood?

Posted by Arturo Garcia

Web sites misstate what would happen under a bill that Brown has not signed into law.
16 September 2017 @ 04:00 am
RIP Jazz: 2004-2017

Posted by Marci

Click to view slideshow.

My little jack russell/rat terrier mix, Jazz, had to be put to sleep. Her cancer had progressed to the point where she wasn’t okay anymore. She was a great dog, and I’m going to miss the hell out of her.

Read this: Jazz Sez: A Doggieblog (As Translated By That Guy).

18 September 2017 @ 03:00 pm
5TtRT: Juggalos, Ty Cobb, Hayley Anthony, Trump’s military parade fetish, & the 2016 elections

Posted by Marci

5TtRT: Juggalos, Ty Cobb, Hayley Anthony, Trump's military parade fetish, & the 2016 elections

Today’s shaping up to be a busy day. Here’s some reading material.

Politico: The Juggalos Come to Washington
“In 2011, the FBI classified the Juggalos as a gang, right along with more infamous gangs like the Bloods and Crips and MS-13. That classification has had a real impact on the lives of ICP fans, as they’ve reportedly lost custody battles, had their attempts to enlist in the military rebuffed and even been fired from their jobs by virtue of their association with an official, FBI-recognized gang.”

The New York Times: Trump Lawyers Clash Over How Much to Cooperate With Russia Inquiry
“The friction escalated in recent days after Mr. Cobb was overheard by a reporter for The New York Times discussing the dispute during a lunchtime conversation at a popular Washington steakhouse. Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed ‘a McGahn spy’ and saying Mr. McGahn had ‘a couple documents locked in a safe’ that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to.”

Wired: A Patient Gets the New Transgender Surgery She Helped Invent
“Like many other surgery patients, Hayley Anthony has a daily physical therapy regimen. But unlike other post-ops, the 30-year-old marketing consultant is recovering from a procedure she helped invent. Five months ago, she became one of the first people in the world to have a piece of tissue incised from the cavity of her abdomen and turned into a vagina. A surgeon in New York City may have pioneered and performed Anthony’s procedure – but the idea to try it in the first place was all hers.”

Politico: Trump wants his own military parade after being wowed by France’s
“President Donald Trump said Monday that he is considering commemorating the Fourth of July next year with a military parade on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.”

Vox: What really happened in 2016, in 7 charts
“There really are some things we know for certain did happen. At the heart of a lot of it is a dynamic that really was strange — both parties chose unpopular nominees — and a fair amount of the rest followed from that. But many of the particular facts defy easy interpretation.”

18 September 2017 @ 10:38 pm
Was Alec Baldwin Arrested at the 2017 Emmys for Threatening President Donald Trump?

Posted by Dan MacGuill

A satirical web site publishes yet another entirely false story.
18 September 2017 @ 08:46 pm
The Comics Curmudgeon Fall 2017 Fundraiser

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18 September 2017 @ 08:30 pm
Kroger Grocery Stores Offer Free Fruit to Kids?

Posted by Bethania Palma

Some Kroger grocery stores are offering children under 12 years of age a free piece of fruit to eat while their parents shop.
18 September 2017 @ 08:07 pm
‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ Director Victor Salva Was Convicted of Child Molestation?

Posted by Dan Evon

"Jeepers Creepers 3" director Victor Salva was convicted in 1988 of sexually molesting a 12-year-old.
18 September 2017 @ 07:33 pm
The Lake Page 7

Posted by Myth

The Lake Page 7

The trapper has a lot of opinions for a dead guy. He looms over snow like a great, dark metaphor. Snow does the sensible thing when you vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics!

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