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1st Mar 2012, 1:00 AM
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Tour of Duty
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Magravan
Hey everyone, hope you're having a great week!

Sorry for the delay, I posted it for the wrong time :)

Have a great weekend!

User comments:
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
:P


needs more :D-phantom
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
ALSO BRING BACK THE RATINGS SO I CAN VOTE FIVE ON EVERYTHING
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I don't really know how to bring it back ;)
model S edit delete reply
model S
haha. he does always ruin her tours. you could see her happiness die. all she wanted was to give one good tour, and he ruined it EVERY time. now, she wants REVENGE!! THE TOUR GUIDE!! in theatres march 1st
MatthewJA edit delete reply
MatthewJA
cyborg's layout guide ;D
asheswillfall (Guest) edit delete reply
Interesting code name the Phantom has there, cycloptic eunuch. Wouldn't all zombie men be eunuch technically?
Jonas (Guest) edit delete reply
Hahaha Cycloptic Eunuch...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - Still probably better than half the stuff that they put out these days :D

@MatthewJA - Oh right, I forgot about that... I'll look that up sometime... :) Ratings are not a huge priority to me though, if I'm being honest.

@asheswillfall - Not really... Most other zombies had the parts, even if they weren't useful ;)

@Jonas - For some reason, I don't think he picked his own code name ;)
Lunaroki edit delete reply
Lunaroki
I see the ratings are back now. :)

I'm assuming "paraytic" is meant to be "paralytic"?
model S edit delete reply
model S
what's sad is that you're right, most movies these days suck.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
Poor Katie, maybe she can give new insurrectionist recruits the tour of the rebel compound or something like that?

As for The Phantom's radio code, I'm thinking the zombies did not completely lost their sense of humor with their sex drive.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@Lunaroki - The ratings are what they've always been with comments. Matt wants them back without having to leave a comment :)

@model S - But man... The ones that look good, look REALLY good... Even if the Avengers movie is just the stuff from the trailer with them doing show tunes for the rest of the movie, I'll consider it money well spent :D

@T.Gatto - Something has to keep them going... besides the incessant hunger for brains :D
L (Guest) edit delete reply
"Cycloptic Eunuch" is kinda long and descriptive for a callsign 'innit?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I don't think he had much choice in it... And I'm guessing that it's intentionally descriptive ;)
asheswillfall (Guest) edit delete reply
With that callsign, its made me think that the phantom was getting "serviced" when his gf or w/e bit him there and that's how he turned...
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I think I explained how he got mangled down there in the strip, but if not, he was lured into a spike pit by a zombie who tricked him into thinking he was saving her from being attacked by zombies...

So for a while, we had a "Phantom-cicle".

Now I'm also wondering if his real name ever came up...
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
You explained. When Sylene cries, Phantom (whose real name has never been mentioned) says that the last girl he felt sorry for was bait for a spiked bit - she turned out to be a dolled-up Two, the spike went straight through his groin, so he ended up "turned into a zombie AND penetrated!" This is just before Sylene runs out of tears.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Right, I thought so... I know that I have told certain parts to some people before, but I'm not always 100% sure if it was in the comic, in the comments or just to people that I sometimes discuss TOGM's future with ;)

Phantom's name real name is Theo :)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
We need to know his FULL name :-)
asheswillfall (Guest) edit delete reply
I must have over looked that because I don't remember any of that story of a spike pit. Mortal kombat fatality
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@aok666 - Now that's crazy talk ;)

@asheswillfall - I think that Mortal Kombat had the decency to allow them to fall relatively flat... Though, if I recall correctly, I think one still went through the crotch area...

But Phantom had the unfortunate distinction of becoming Zombie Bait... On a stick.
Snoog (Guest) edit delete reply
Are Sylene and the phantom actually a couple. I don't think they are but she went from being his prisoner to grudging companion. The way they bicker makes me think of them as a couple for some reason.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
They aren't an official couple, no.
model S edit delete reply
model S
Theo? interesting choice of name. -wonders the connection to Thomas and Robert-

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so calling the links page that.... haha...
asheswillfall (Guest) edit delete reply
I tried to find him explaining that story in the comic but I couldn't find it... then again I was still trying to wake up so I may have overlooked it
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@model S - Yeah, I think he started out as Dorothy Ann when June and I were discussing it but hadn't named him yet. But Theo is his real name :) Technically Theodore, but ... Theo ;)

@asheswillfall - This strip here
Gabe (Guest) edit delete reply
Hey! New reader here! I just blazed through the archive, and I have to say that I LOVE the premise of this story! It is always a pleasant surprise to find a quality webcomic that has escaped my notice. I do have one question though, as it wasn't clear on my first read-through. What was the deal with Thomas being dead and not dead? There were two parallel storylines for awhile. Who is the One the phantom has tied up back at home? Are we not supposed to know the answers to these questions yet?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
It's a little convoluted, and wasn't executed as ideally as it could have been. We're amateurs, and sometimes it shows ;)

Basically John is the character that started the comic being dumped in the start, he was the living character present in every present day comic until "An Unfortunate Introduction." This comic was the introduction of the real Thomas.

At that point, every scene until John saves RZ in the car is Thomas. Then, every scene with the zombie version is Thomas, every scene with the human version is John.

How I did it was that I allowed the audience to believe that John had driven Beth's car into the waste, and it had broken down, giving him a poor disposition. There are certain things that he says that with the previous information given, readers are meant to place it in context of previous events, so "The Two" becomes "RZ" and things like that.

Honestly, a huge portion of the story was setting up the concept that Thomas and John were one and the same, with the DNA thing, the information on the scanner saying Thomas and all that stuff... Giving the idea that John was, in fact, Thomas with his memory lost...

When someone called it "Lazy Writing", I almost choked. If you go back through it nearing the end of the first chapter, and the majority of the second chapter, you can see the seeds of deception being planted and tended...

I hope that this explains a little better, and answers your questions ;) Thanks for reading, and thank you very much for letting us know what you thought about it.

If you've read this far, I might as well tell you that we're going to be holding a contest soon to allow one or two people to be drawn into a strip about 3-5 strips from now. I'm not sure if that's something you're interested in, but hey, nothing to lose by letting people know ;)
aok666 (Guest) edit delete reply
What sort of competition? I'm no good at archive-trawl searches :-(
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Bwahahaha, sure you're not :P You're one of the top people on my list if I need to ask a question about my own story :D

The contest is you send an email to TOGMshirt (at) gmail (dot) com and I let the Random Number Generator do it's thing ;)

I probably should have made it TOGMContest, but ... eh. What are you going to do? Not worth making a new email over.

People are being really supportive in the voting on TopWebcomics (We were in 13th tonight!), and we can't afford to buy and ship shirts (I'm actually waiting on a sale so I can honour the commitments we already have...), so this is one way that we can say Thank You to you guys, who have been so awesome.

I mean, I see comics that are as good or better than this one, and they don't have as many fantastic readers as we do... Being able to include readers in this way, bit parts for the most part, is something that we can give back.

I'll give more specific details so that people can know whether or not they want to be included for these particular parts on Monday's update.
T.Gatto edit delete reply
T.Gatto
If the contest, in any way, involves having the Stinkiest feet, just start drawing me now!
Sigh, they never pick one I can win hands down. ;)
Muchacho NL edit delete reply
Muchacho NL
Seeing this new contest makes me wonder: Will Muchacho-guard ever return?
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
@T.Gatto - Mainly because I'd never want to judge that one ;)

@Muchacho NL - I wont say never, but I wouldn't hold my breath ;) The major reason why I am willing to do these contests is because the characters aren't a major role in the story. Obviously Karl is the exception, though he's getting punted into backburner-ville himself (along with Chuck) because I found that there was too much going on.

My current plans are something like 3 Beth, 3 John, 1 Other. Though Beth's scenes encompass the group she's with, John's encompass the group he's with, and the other scene is something else that's going on... In the most recent example, it was Alexander and Chekhov.

But who knows? If he could reasonably be involved in something later on, he might come back, especially because I think June did a really good job on drawing him, and he's visually interesting ;)
BeeSharp (Guest) edit delete reply
Epic pout in the last panel.
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
I love how it is so understated... You almost breeze past it initally, but when you go back and look at it more in depth, I thought it was really well done :)
model S edit delete reply
model S
OH! i wanna be in the comic! do we get to choose what we wear? cause i know exactly what i'll wear!
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Nope... This contest is for one or two very specific characters. Their clothing is going to be defined by their role in the story ;)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
"Got the phone call from tne United States...they received the 7000.00 money draft.....the vest officially belongs to [my cousin].....woooohooooo!!! Love the world and the awesome hearts in it :)"

Just wanted to share what my aunt posted about it, and offer my thanks again to the people who stepped up to help support the effort. You guys frequently remind me how awesomely supportive you are, and this is one of those times where the world is a bit better place for your generousity.

Thank you again.
asheswillfall (Guest) edit delete reply
@mag thanks for the link, I went back too far in the story it seems, but I was enjoying the read anyway ;)
Magravan edit delete reply
Magravan
Sometimes I find myself back in the earlier strips, and get drawn into the backstory again :) It's fun reading the comments, because in some of them, they are a sort of time capsule for what we were dealing with at the time...