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28th Nov 2011, 1:00 AM
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey everyone! Hope you guys had a great weekend!

Before I get into things, if you missed it, Everyday Abnormal's Zomburai gave us fanart of Robert brooding that was posted on Saturday. Hit the back button if you haven't seen it!

So... Who really thought that a minor character who doesn't even have a name was going to solve the Chad problem? There are two things I did in this strip that are a sort of a nod to certain facts of this world. One of which is a sort of hint to our saavy readers on events of some strips in the near future ;)

I had a pretty good weekend myself, including being able to pass on some information to a friend that might save him a fair bit of money for the next few months.

Unfortunately, I had to tear into the internet / TV provider who have been consistently screwing up lately and when we made arrangements to fix said mistakes, their service guy decided to be an ass to June while I was sleeping... So as much as I hate dumping on the front line workers (And I did manage to avoid the very front line ones by asking for managers..), this was not something I was willing to tolerate. Poor service is one thing, harrassing June is another thing altogether... I guess we'll see by next weekend if we're still going to be with them...

I'll make arrangements to get the comic uploaded some other way if I have to kick them to the curb.
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)
*SPLORT!*

This one was really fun to draw... I hope to have more action-y type scenes in the future :D
User comments:
FenBisher edit delete reply
FenBisher
Who's picking on our Skrael and why arent they in the same predicament as security guy?!?!
FenBisher edit delete reply
FenBisher
Metaphorically speaking I guess...
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
D:<
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@FenBisher - Privacy laws ;) I told the guy that I wanted a detailed report on what discipline they were doing, but he said he couldn't. So I told them that I wanted a personal apology from him by Wednesday or we're done with them and we'll tell everyone and their cousin what kind of people they have working for them, and how they treat their customers...

@MatthewJA - :D
Xenrin edit delete reply
Xenrin
Oh no! The green stuff! D:
Skrael (I'm the artist)
Wow, just realized how far Chad's come along in his looks.. Sometimes it's nice to look back :D

togm.thecomicseries.com/comics/89/
Onecanofsprite edit delete reply
Onecanofsprite
GREEN BLOOD!
Redifi (Guest) edit delete reply
Drooling while fighting ftw xD
idd (Guest) edit delete reply
I think the best thing you could do is put it all up on the web. I'd also suggest posting your experience to BroadbandReports.com. They have a section for each provider. I'd include names of the managers you talked to. You have a pulpit in your comic. You are not trying for special service but instead to get satisfactory service. Depending on how far you want to take it, see if they have a 'President's/CEO's Line' in the complaints department. Rudeness is something I do not tolerate in customer support. One place ticked me off enough that I tracked down the names of the board of directors and sent them each a long detailed letter. Also check if they are a member of the Better Business Bureau, and depending on the ISP, they may be regulated by a state Public Service Commission all of which have complaint departments to resolve terminal stupidity.
Barrahir (Guest) edit delete reply
You prove it to me again and again that I am wrong, and I CAN get to hate Chad even more.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
...I hope he doesn't try that with John... Just sayin'
Zomburai edit delete reply
Zomburai
Black guy (un)dies first. :P

I hope you get stuff sorted out with your provider... it's amazing how bad their customer service can really be.
Ghost286 edit delete reply
Ghost286
Okay as my comments stated before I love how Chad's evolved as a character and the art, but he's also upgraded himself from screwdriver knee capping to razor wire butt flossing pain level!
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Let me guess... the two things are:
1) Welcome back, Green Goo. Possibly to stay for a while?
2) Chad will be trying that on other zombies/John soon... and maybe crushing craniums too. I hope RZ doesn't lose his carefully looked-after body with its bespoke hands. (And obviously I hope that John doesn't end up in Chad's deathgrip, because that would show he was human and... yeah that would be it for him. Beth presumably doesn't have the equipment to fix human limbs anyway...)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh, and is that a staircase showing through the hole in the wall where Katie stole the TV?
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Now all he needs to do is $hit down his neck.

Or perhaps he will crush his cranium?

That Chad he's really knows how to make friends and influence people.
model S edit delete reply
model S
wow, seriously chad, chill your shit. there was no reason to rip his head off. man i may look scrawny but the real diffrence between me and security guy? i'd bring out the shotgun. see how chad likes a mouthfull of buckshot.

mag: you saw my reply why i didn't do my panel on conventionfury right? i just want to make sure i was able to communicate that to you.

as for the cable/internet provider being rude to june... where's my shotgun? but in all honesty, someone needs to get fired, then re hired then fired again... then lit on fire.

and finally comments about the comic: great work on the action scene june! very tight work. james, great work on the banter and chad's finisher line, i can really feel his assholeitude... asshattedness? jackassery?.... i'm not sure what word to use, but chad is a cockbite and i hate him more now than ever. and i hated him alot before. great work james.
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
I get the distinct feeling that June drawed(or drew? English is my second language) the last panel so perfectly and having so much fun at it, because she probably imagined that service dork being the security guard. ^_^

aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Security Guard is suddenly speaking in Mouthbreather like a Two! Does this indicate cranial damage?
@Muchacho NL: it's "drew". English is an insane language.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@MarshmallowGherkin - Yes... *Dark Helmet Voice* The green stuff.

@Skrael - Yeah, a lot of them have gotten a lot more realistic... You were saying that the comic isn't getting done any faster, but it is being done with a lot more detail...

@Onecanofsprite - I think blood is a questionable term when it looks like that ;)

@Redifi - Yeah, that's just gross :P

@idd - I'm giving them the opportunity to make it right before I go for the Public Justice route. I've complained to a manager, a customer care guy, and now I've elevated it to the Office of the President. Honestly, I'd take it to the President's door, if I thought it would get me somewhere...

I'm not asking for special treatment, I'm asking for common decency. I'm asking for them to fix the mistakes that they've made, that I've been assured would be fixed, and that they keep failing to fix for some reason...

But as angry as I am at the actions of the tech (and possibly his supervisor), I would rather resolve it on the level where the major problem was made. I'm still willing to work on the service problems if they are willing to accept accountability for the behaviour of the tech.

But I guess we'll see what the response is from the Office of the President.

@Barrahir - I'm glad that people are reacting to this one... I needed these scenes to show something in particular, to set up future scenes... So I'm really glad that people care enough about this nameless Security Guard to be bothered by how he's being treated.

@MatthewJA - That... could get uncomfortable.

@Zomburai - You know what's funny? I didn't even think about that... June just happened to draw him with that skin tone because she felt that it was an opportunity to show some more diversity in the character design...

@Ghost286 - He just keeps ramping it up... I think that the security guard represents the readers somehow... The people who want to confront him directly, and hold him accountable for his behaviour... He's a very powerful force, and his behaviour reflects the relatively untouchable nature that he has...

Aside from Robert, he hasn't really been 'taken to task' in any meaningful way for his actions or behaviours...

@aok666 - You've hit the outer rim of the target on one of them, and completely missed the other one.

However, that hit another target that I hadn't thought about :) And no, I think that's part of the wood that's a piece of the wall.

@T.Gatto - That would be the hardest part of the process, I guess... Given the lack of zombie defecation capacity ;)

He certainly knows how to influence some people, but I guess we'll see if this can influence Beth.. ;)

@model S - You might be surprised to know that shotguns are not casually available ;)

I did see your response and have responded to it now :) Thanks for letting me know!

I doubt the guy would get fired, as much as I'd like to ensure that he doesn't get to treat other people like that... Ultimately, I'd really just like him to come back and apologize. The fact that he has to go out of his way to resolve it might temper his attitude later on.

@Muchacho NL - Hahaha, maybe :) I told her that the last two panels were really important for the story, so hopefully that had something to do with it as well :)

@aok666 - That's the other one I meant :) What does it mean? I guess we'll see... sometime... Probably long after everyone's forgotten about this, if history is any indication ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Yay me, pretty much guessed both. Hmmm... I still reckon that Chad's Biggest Bad will be hurting Beth and/or John and/or RZ. Hurting RZ would be most unforgivable, especially if he did it just to upset Beth and/or John. Though hurting John would be most irreversible! :-)
Poor Security Guard has probably forgotten his own name now, so we'll never find it out.
HEY I just noticed: Chad is drooling with anticipation just before he rips the guard's head off! That's what you meant by the last TWO panels being important right?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Nah, I was just referring to the fact that it was meant to be a pretty major moment, and we needed to ensure that it wasn't done as a rush job...

The drooling was just a random thing that June threw in ;)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Model S raises a good point.

No guns so far in TOGM, not even in the bomb shelter, where you would think they would be stockpiled (at least we haven't seen any). Even the Phantom, the PSO's, and the Guards don't seem to have them.

Option 1- The Humans shot off all the available ammo, killing Zombies, and the zombies never got around to making more.

Option 2- So many zombies were killed with bullets, they are TABOO, and no one uses them, because they were almost depopulated once. More of a conscious decision not to make more.

Option 3- Robert alone controls them, and is afraid of letting anyone have them.

Just curious, I'm going with option 1, with elements of 2 and 3 reinforcing it. It is also possible guns were not readily available in the area/world where TOGM takes place, before there was a zombie Holocaust.
Ephemeros edit delete reply
Ephemeros
I should probably catch up with this. I was halfway through the archive when I stopped reading last time, I think.. o u o;
Skrael (I'm the artist)
T. Gatto: Ole Corpsey had a Glock which he shot himself with
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@T.Gatto - That's certainly something to consider ;) Not going to be specific on this one though, sorry :)

@Ephemeros - Ahhhh, don't feel obligated because I subscribed ;)

@Skrael - That's certainly true ;)
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
@Skrael, Damn, how could I forget about that?!?

@Magraven and Skrael; Still, I give you credit for creating such a non-formula Zombie setting/story where guns and people eking out a miserable doomed survival are not the epicenter of everything.

I like the classic take on the Zombie Genre, but TOGM is refreshingly different.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Although the actual food TOGM is not remotely refreshing. And probably gets very monotonous after two mouthfuls.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@T.Gatto - John was too boring to worry about his miserable, doomed survival :)

@aok666 - Unless you're R.Z. :)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
More like John was too busy eyeing up Beth to worry about his miserable doomed existence. And then he was chatted up by Sylene, killed a One, saw some green stuff, broke a microscope, had to strip for Beth's "amusement", was thrown out of a door, found a bunker, had to clean up a mummified corpse... etc etc etc you know the rest. I don't think he's actually had time to consider his miserable doomed existence. Even when he sat up all night in a helmet with a nightlight and a bat, he was too busy panicking.
model S edit delete reply
model S
@mag: in response to your response:
well i was planning to just wing it until it was about 8, then i was kinda just stuck at the ER without my laptop, or internet, otherwise i would have done it early. everything is fine, my head was just a little bruised, y'know how it is with large metal objects hitting flesh. but no real damage. so i'm fine. also ofcourse i'd take the time to listen to the panels. it was a fun listen and i bet being there live was alot of fun too. i'll be sure to be part of the next one.
TheHistoryBuff (Guest) edit delete reply
Been a while since I have commented. Anyway, I am wondering how Beth, Chad, and Security Guard No. 2 did not hear the panel van crash into the front of the building. Then again, the factory does seem rather large.

Also, unless you have a name for him, I'm going to start calling the Security Guard Gerard.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - You know, if John stopped and took the time to think about it... well, he'd probably get distracted thinking about Beth. What a pervert...

@model S - Well I'm glad to hear that you're okay :)

@TheHistoryBuff - Barring the need to bring him in later, I think it's kind of important that he not have a name to me... At this point in the story, he almost needs to be a nameless individual... If you want, mention it again after 225 and I'll explain why I feel that way ;)
model S edit delete reply
model S
thanks james, that means alot to me. weird as that may sound.
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What's happening in 225?
And it's true about John's tendency to drift into thinking about Beth. Even when a One is chasing him through a warehouse.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - Nah, doesn't seem too weird to me... Someone showing consideration for your well being is always nice :)

@aok666 - The end of book 3 ;) John and mental priorities don't get along ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
A clue re: John's tendency not to think about his miserable doomed existence:
#26 "A Quick Learner": "I'm doing my best! I'm joking so that I don't have to curl up in a little ball of fear!"
In other words, maybe he's (almost unconsciously) avoiding thinking about it to save his own sanity...
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
PS Archive-trawl reminded me that SPLORT is also the noise of a tin of peas hitting a One in the head. Maybe that's what the Green Stuff is - tinned peas! :-)
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Magravan, you're not thinking about putting my head on that Security Guard's neck, are you? :D
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Yeah, it started out as fear avoidance, now it's sheer perversion ;)

And I think that Splort is just a word that June enjoys using for gooshy sound effects ;)

@Muchacho NL - Never crossed my mind :) More than likely you'll be a nameless security guy or a nameless rebel ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
Bad luck then Muchacho NL: you're either a Redshirt or a member of the Sack Brigade/Pity Show. Prepare to be shredded by Chad. :-D
@ Magravan: Does a CO2 fire extinguisher feature in John's eventual method of rescuing Beth/escaping the factory/finally, in strip 15386 or whatever, dealing with Jerkface the headcrusher? :-)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Maaaaybe :P
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
I just thought it would be clever - look as though he'll hit door/zombie with extinguisher, then actually use the freezing gas to freeze and shatter them... leaving the head intact if it's Jerkface, because then he can use it for a football!
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
By the way, what is the name of the city/colony/settlement/thing where this comic is mostly set? Since it contains Robert AND the only TOGM factory (sloppy thinking for a Five - always have backups!) it's presumably the capital... so either TOGMville, Utopia (which Robert always thought wouldn't have powercuts) or Toronto...
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Then at least let me go down in dignity as the Masked Muchacho :p