WoB Talk

November 30, 2009

November 30 – December 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 7:10 am

It is 2:10 a.m., and I really, really, really, really, really want to go to bed.



  1. Oh, yes it does. Mary Worth moves glacially. Didn’t Adrian lament over her unstated love for the bullet-riddled Detective Scott for a solid two weeks? I’m pretty sure that conversation was supposed to take 15, 20 minutes tops.

    Comment by Earthgirl — December 1, 2009 @ 2:43 am

  2. –Another open letter to Winter–

    Dear Mr. Winter,

    We thank you for being so considerate this year, and keeping the roads, and the outside in general, a pleasant place to navigate. We sincerely hope that you can keep this up for quite a while still, and would not mind at all if you forgo your shift altogether this year, allowing Mr. Autumn to continue his nearly flawless display!

    You may have heard other signals from our neighbour Toronto down the block, but we assure you that that is but one voice of many. However, we do echo her sentiment that, should you take up your shift after all, you don’t get carried away with it.



    Comment by Stefan — December 1, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

  3. I have never notice it before but do any of the WoB character like to use foul language?

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 2, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  4. SunshineRain: Not really. I believe there have been:

    1) one “Shiiiiiiiiii–” (from Casey)
    2) one “bastard” (from Frankie)
    3) several “Oh, God”s
    4) several “damn”s
    5) at least one “bloody” (from Kenneth)

    I’m not entirely sure why I’ve kept the comic more or less PG. Foul language has its place in certain works, but WoB has never struck me as something that would benefit from frequent cursing. I prefer to keep it sparse and use it once in a blue moon for effect.

    In contrast, the novel I’m writing at the moment is narrated by a character who swears so frequently that I keep having to stop myself from using bad words in front of my students. So no, I’m not a prude.

    Comment by Kari — December 2, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

  5. Oh…and there was also some enthusiastic Irish cussing from Casey at one point, but it was pretty mild.

    Comment by Kari — December 2, 2009 @ 11:47 pm

  6. So they might be rescued before we get an explanation? Nooooooo!!

    How does Marie know that the elevator has been stuck at that floor since she went? It might just accidentally be in that floor again.

    Comment by nobilis — December 3, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  7. Nobilis: That’s true. However, what I figure is that she ended up checking her mail in the lobby on the way out and happened to notice that that elevator stayed on the 14th floor the whole time she was doing so, and now she’s back and has been waiting for a bit, and it’s still on 14. She has jumped to conclusions. It’s Marie. She does that.

    Comment by Kari — December 3, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

  8. Perhaps the number is blinking?

    It is somewhat implausible, though: I never look at the other elevators when leaving a building…

    Comment by Stefan — December 3, 2009 @ 4:38 pm

  9. Also, above these comments I notice the following:

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    Comment by Stefan — December 3, 2009 @ 4:40 pm

  10. I stand by the checking-the-mail explanation. Yes, it’s implausible, but here, have another bit-of-story-that-couldn’t-fit-into-four-panels: Marie glanced at the elevators once before checking her mail and once after because she thought maybe Rahim had made it into the building without buzzing in (which he had anyway, by the way) and was headed up to her place. She was checking the numbers to make sure none of the elevators had stopped on her floor.

    I claim that this works! Sort of!

    Comment by Kari — December 3, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

  11. It make sense as the progression of the storyline, after all they were just thinking(well on the last comic anyway) where Rahim and Casey has gone and then they notice the elevator so it just make sense to connect the two, if they had seen a ambulance go past I would assume that they might think something bad has happen to them. Although there seem to be an increasing number of reason for elevator stopping these days, teens making out, senior NCIS agent wants a private conversation with someone etc..

    Regarding the cursing/cussing, I actually prefer it with less I was merely curious since it came up, “Oh shiiiiiipwreck!”? I don’t swear much at all, so I guess I am a prude then, heh.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 4, 2009 @ 12:05 am

  12. Or the classic from Spy Kids (yes, really): “Oh, shiiiiiiiitake mushrooms!”

    Comment by Kari — December 4, 2009 @ 12:12 am

  13. Spy…… Kids? You mean Spy Kids, Spy Kids 2, Spy Kids 3-D and the coming soon to 2011, Spy Kids 4? It’s hard to take in when you put classic and Spy Kids in the same sentence.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 4, 2009 @ 5:36 am

  14. It’s a classic line, not a classic movie, though to be fair, the first Spy Kids film is quite clever. People laugh at me when I say this, but honestly, though I love The Incredibles to death, Spy Kids sort of went there first.

    Comment by Kari — December 4, 2009 @ 5:39 am

  15. Really? I also like The Incredibles (what’s not to like? Action, comedy) maybe I should give Spy Kids a second chance, I was put off initially by Antonio Banderas playing the dad and by the nose cleaning joke. And by the time I was ready to face it again, they came out with part 2 and not long after the 3-D one came out which just make the whole franchise seem kinda sad.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 4, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

  16. Well, I’m not saying it’s the best movie ever made, but it’s a lot more clever than the stupid title would indicate. The dynamics between the kids are funny and realistic, and the whole thing is very tongue-in-cheek (Antonio Banderas is actually parodying his usual type of role here). The sequels aren’t much good–okay, admittedly, I’ve only seen the first sequel–but the original has some good stuff in it. Just consider the fact that it starts as a spy fairy tale. That first scene alone is worth the price of admission.

    Don’t get me wrong: The Incredibles is the superior film, by a long shot. However, Spy Kids deserves more of a chance than most people are willing to give it.

    Comment by Kari — December 4, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  17. Ah, the checking-the-mail explanation appeared just as I was typing my comment, and I didn’t notice it until now. As the Mythbusters would say, it’s plausible.

    Comment by Stefan — December 4, 2009 @ 3:50 pm

  18. O.k., I accept the checking-the-mail explanation. While waiting for Rahim, Marie might have watched the elevators a bit.
    The moral is, of course, that you shouldn’t enter a building like that without buzzing. Or: Never enter an elevator when nobody’s waiting for you at the end.

    Comment by nobilis — December 5, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

  19. Sooo…. we should get someone to run downstairs and wait for us there while we ride the elevator down and then they can run back up again while we wait for them to use the elevator to get back down? I think this is a promotion to always carry a grappling gun/rope with you at all time.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 6, 2009 @ 12:27 am

  20. So, there’s a Tim Hortons in NYC now. It’s like a little slice of Canada.

    Comment by Earthgirl — December 7, 2009 @ 2:41 am

  21. Aaah! Tim Hortons! Aaaah!

    Drinking this cup of coffee right now (the usual departmental coffee supply has run out) conjured up visions of Dumbledore being fed the poisonous drink in the cave… Only I got to play both Dumbledore and Harry Potter, for some reason. I must like torture 😦

    Comment by Stefan — December 8, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  22. Goodness gracious. I don’t think it’s THAT bad, is it? I don’t drink coffee at all, but I’ve heard from those who do that Timmy’s makes a decent cup of coffee. It’s not supposed to be gourmet; it’s supposed to taste pretty good and wake you up in the morning. Since I think all coffee is unbearably bitter, I can’t comment further.

    Comment by Kari — December 8, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

  23. Agreed, Kari. I really only drink tea and hot chocolate.

    Comment by Earthgirl — December 9, 2009 @ 11:07 am

  24. Say, when did Rahim learn karate? Is that the lesson he was suppose to learn before the elevator would let him move on to the next level? I mean he didn’t know karate on the last few previous comics.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 10, 2009 @ 12:55 am

  25. All those letters to Winter really messed things up, didn’t they? I haven’t been able to bike for two days now! And by the looks of it, I may not get on my bike until next spring 😦

    Comment by Stefan — December 10, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

  26. Oh wow, and now the magical karate belt has become a magical jacket, I know there is a metaphor in there somewhere.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 11, 2009 @ 4:58 am

  27. Ah…now I understand the previous karate comment. That was ALWAYS a poorly drawn jacket, not a karate belt. Rahim started with it on…took it off and threw it on the floor…tied it around his waist…and has now put it on again. It was warm in the elevator, but it’s cooler in the hallway outside Marie’s apartment.

    Comment by Kari — December 11, 2009 @ 5:01 am

  28. Yes I was wondering where it came from, since it has been so loooooooong now, at first I thought it was a shirt (you know the formal type) and then somehow it became a rug, then I really notice it when it became a belt and now it’s finally reach the final stage of its metamorphosing and became a beautiful flowing jacket. So no underlying magical metaphor that you want to tell us here, in regard to the jacket?

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 11, 2009 @ 5:53 am

  29. Alas, no…it is merely a jacket. And yes, I know that this plotline has been going on for six weeks. Mercifully, it has now ended. You can blame Barbara’s defence; I had to start dealing with that before I could get Casey and Rahim out of the elevator, and so the elevator plot became absurdly elongated. Ah well.

    Comment by Kari — December 11, 2009 @ 5:56 am

  30. I guess I notice it mainly because I was used to the tradition of all cartoon’s character almost always wearing the same things. The elevator side story wasn’t too bad, although it would had been cool to have seen some more hallucination side story.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 11, 2009 @ 7:48 am

  31. Earthgirl – slice of Canada or Canadian invasion? I tend to lean towards the latter. Can’t trust those Canadians…

    Comment by Plantita — December 11, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

  32. True. They are crafty.

    Comment by Earthgirl — December 13, 2009 @ 3:48 am

  33. *sits around waiting for the colour comic*
    (Aha, so this is what life is like when you’re unemployed – it’s suspiciously like being a PhD student)

    Comment by Megan — December 13, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

  34. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes…it’s coming. I stayed up until 5:00 this morning working on it, but I just HAD to go to bed before it was done. I think maybe I made it a weeny bit too complex. I’m behind on everything right now. I need to accomplish miracles today. Well, here goes…

    Comment by Kari — December 13, 2009 @ 3:26 pm

  35. I think that’s a lie, Kari. You really stayed up that late plotting the Canadian invasion instead of drawing your comic. ADMIT IT!!! I’m on to you! The plant army shall be watchful…

    Comment by Plantita — December 13, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  36. Ah, drafty single pane windows! During a cold spell, while living in a grad residence in a room located at the end of a long corridor, where the hot water which was supposed to be circulating in the heaters was barely warm when it got to me, I completely covered the window with a very thick blanket and lived without natural light for a week, since it was the only way to keep it warm enough to type.

    hmmm…. a run-on sentence. This would have worked a lot better in my native tongue. And I would have known how to punctuate properly, too!

    Comment by emily — December 13, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

  37. I wonder if the contest starts irl now thanks to your comic 😉

    Comment by Rin — December 13, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  38. I find today’s comic completely plausible, considering the temperature of my *double glass* windows. And who thought it’d be a good idea to make the window panes out of metal?

    Comment by Stefan — December 13, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  39. Good job on the hard work Kari, I would have to say that this might be one of your most complex creation yet. The ghostly figures of Marie and Barbara, the numerous amounts of extra characters in the fore and background, the see through object that must bend with light, the squiggly pattern on the backdrop and the bricks, oh the beautifully drawn and numerous bricks in variant colours but yet still remain constant with its shape, I think it was well worth the wait (although I didn’t even realise we had a Saturday comic for this week). So well done, well done indeed.

    Comment by SunshineRain — December 14, 2009 @ 1:32 am

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