WoB Talk

July 22, 2013

July 22 – 28, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 4:43 am

All right…we’re back on schedule again.  And since I’m clearly insane, I’m going to stick with the daily comics for a while yet.

Summer Contest #4 has now officially ended.  Fifteen limericks were submitted; you can see them all here.  A lot of creativity went into these things.  Points will be awarded as follows:

Nobilis:  3 points.  Nobilis’s limericks are in a special category of their own.  Basically, Nobilis won the contest with the very first post, which contained limericks in  English, Swedish, and German.  Later, Nobilis added one in Latin, one in French, and another one in English.  All of them make perfect sense, and most of them scan and rhyme well.  Here’s the first English one (with Nobilis’s later corrections), just so you can see what was on offer:

Marie often lives in illusion–
Can there be a logic conclusion?
Will Casey unveil
What happened for real?
No, we shall all drown in confusion.

This has the advantage of being a sly poke at my propensity never to reveal anything while also providing a real possibility for the end of the comic.  Will I eventually take pity on you all?  Only time will tell.

Basically, I’m taking Nobilis out of the contest so the rest of you have a chance…but not without some lovely, lovely points.

The categories I originally proposed were creativity, logic, and technical beauty.  I’ve sort of replaced them with “the limericks I like the most,” but to be fair, I am impressed by creativity, logic, and technical beauty (as well as humour, which I forgot to mention) in my limericks.  So I have four more points to hand out, one to each poem.  The four poems I have chosen are:


Now Casey’s a misunderstood
Field agent and with time he should
Find out Evil Marie
Is as real as could be,
But sometimes she dreams that she’s good.

I like the oddly wistful last line on this one.  It also has the advantage, like Nobilis’s first English limerick, of providing a real possibility.


Right now, Marie wants to scream
Until Santa brings her some ice cream
The tuba goes swish
Also, Casey’s a fish
In the end, it was all just a dream.

This poem basically hits on the one type of ending that I shall never ever use.  The whole “It was all just a dream” trope maddens me unless it’s used very, very well, which it almost never is.  And no, I don’t count Marie’s hallucinations here, as she knows she’s hallucinating, and the very fact that she is hallucinating brings with it real-world consequences.  At any rate, I enjoy the cheerful randomness of this poem.  Perhaps Casey is a fish.


A Canadian lass named Dumont
Felt denial of guilt an affront
Though she’d pushed blame behind:
But she had to unwind
So she wandered, the Fates to confront.

The way Canadians pronounce “Dumont” actually means that it doesn’t really rhyme with “affront” and “confront” (actually, the American pronunciation doesn’t entirely rhyme either), but it looks like a rhyme, so yay.  This is a rather sober limerick that describes the current plot quite well and gets into Marie’s motives.  It doesn’t quite provide a potential ending, but it provides the beginning of one.  I approve of it.


Casey liked Marie, so he kissed her
They fought, but he found out he missed her
And then fires began
The undead mouse ran
And guess what! Marie was his sister!

I’m marking a lot of Star Wars essays at the moment, so I enjoyed theLuke-and-Leia vibe here, as well as just the fun twist at the end of the poem.  This one wins for “zingiest final line.”

I loved all the limericks, and I especially thank those of you who had never written limericks before and were trying them for the first time.  Kudos goes to Nobilis, Laura, Erwaro, Tuxgeo, Lumair, Mercenary Pen, Dances With Fish, Nuttycat, Emily, and Preethi for participating.  I apologise if I’ve inadvertently left anyone out.

Summer Contest #5 Rules:

It’s time for a new contest.  Hurrah!

This week’s contest involves art.  Before you panic, keep in mind that stick figures can be art, as can ASCII.  You may also use my stuff or various comic-creation sites online.  Go wild and crazy.  Be imaginative.

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a one-panel scene between at least two WoB characters of your choice and post it somewhere online, then link to it in the comments section (or mail it to me if you can’t, but be aware that I will share it; if you take this option, let me know what name or alias you want displayed).  Again, stick figures are an option here.  The panel should involve at least two of the following elements:  Casey’s mom, a shiny object, bricks, Master Ramsay, the Elvis, maple doughnuts, Christmas, the number seven, and a ukulele.

Seeing as this is WoB‘s anniversary week (which is part of why that seven is in there, though the number is otherwise important to the comic), I’ll have multiple points up for grabs.  I’ll award first, second, and third prizes; the winners will gain, respectively, three points, two points, and one point.  There is no limit on the number of panels a single person can enter.  The deadline is this coming Sunday at midnight EDT.

Summer Contest Points Thus Far:

Earthgirl 1
Dances With Fish 1
Nobilis 6
Erwaro 3
Laura 3
Preethi 2
Lumair 4
Fan 1
Mercenary Pen 1
Tuxgeo 1


  1. I’m glad you liked my limericks.

    Comment by nobilis — July 22, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  2. Hmmmmm….I think I have a plan. A very devious plan indeed.

    Incidentally, I finally made the connection that the incident Marie is now reliving occurred in the same year as Casey making his deal with Ursula. The events are probably separated by less than a month. Coincidence? Who knows? I kinda assume that this is reasonably obvious to most people, but I never realized it before. Unless I did, and then forgot.

    Comment by Erwaro — July 22, 2013 @ 10:13 pm

  3. Erwaro: no, you’re correct. Marie’s fire happened on July 18th, 2003, and Casey first made contact with Ursula on August 26th, 2003. Let us just say that I shall be withholding my comments on this little factoid for now.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 22, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  4. Okay… mine is here: http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq14/Ann_photo_bucket_2008/001_withcolour.jpg
    I discovered while making this comic that “I am the Doctor” is written in 7/8 time, so that is the piece Barbara is playing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKrt5IVXQ7k)

    By the way, I’m super excited about having been awarded some points!

    Comment by Laura — July 23, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  5. Thanks, Laura. That’s fantastic. Is it okay if I collect this in a special category on the “Fan Stuff” page? I want to stick all the entries (well, yours is the first, but perhaps there will be more) in one spot so everyone can see them.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 23, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  6. Yes, that’s just fine with me.

    Comment by Laura — July 23, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  7. Ooh, neat! I’ve been following this contest; art is something I can actually do, so I’ll try to make something if I get time… My family’s been/is super busy setting up a business and website and stuff.
    I’m enjoying the Extravaganza and excited to see how WoB will resolve 🙂

    Comment by Tarina — July 24, 2013 @ 6:37 am

  8. The anniversary panel made me sad 😥 But we don’t say goodbye with Marie’s end, right? What about weird beard? What about the rest? Is there a possibility that you might continue a spin-off series?

    Comment by Valette M. — July 24, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

  9. Valette: We’ll see. My current idea for a next comic doesn’t involve any of these characters, but there’s a possibility some of them could turn up in the story. I’m not sure even his own author could ever successfully keep Weird Beard down forever.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 24, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  10. Sorry – when I follow the link to the Fan Stuff page and scroll down, all I see is a superhero Casey, but neither Laura’s great drawing nor my own bricky attempt.
    Perhaps Casey is playing some game with me now?

    Comment by nobilis — July 25, 2013 @ 7:25 am

  11. Okay…sorry about that. I apparently forgot to upload the new Fan Stuff page two days in a row. I do the uploading more or less on autopilot, which is probably why. Let me know if you can’t see either of the panels.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 25, 2013 @ 7:28 am

  12. Ah, now I can see them. Thank you, Kari!

    Comment by nobilis — July 25, 2013 @ 7:38 am

  13. My comic is about an epic battle to stop an evil maple doughnut. The person in pink is Casey’s mother. I think I managed to get everything from the list smashed into the picture.

    Comment by Dances With Fish — July 26, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  14. There’s my entry. I enjoy colouring these things so :3
    Shiny object is only mentioned… I hope that still counts.

    Comment by Tarina — July 27, 2013 @ 7:19 pm

  15. Heh…thanks, Tarina. I’ll post it when I post tomorrow’s comic (which may even be more or less on time). I appreciate your shading, especially since I rarely shade anything I colour (with the exception of the last couple of colour comics, plus tomorrow’s as well). You guys are really coming up with some great stuff.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 27, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

  16. I like to colour and shade pictures… it takes a lot of time, but I don’t notice because it’s fun 🙂
    Also… did I hear you can enter more than once? http://radioactiveyeball.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/death-by-ukelele4.png?w=597

    Comment by Tarina — July 27, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  17. Yes, sure. Nicely done.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 27, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

  18. What’s your website about, Tarina? I was looking through dissolving windows too! 🙂

    Comment by Errol — July 28, 2013 @ 8:57 am

  19. Huzzah! I haz an entry! ^_^

    I am quite pleased with it:


    Comment by Errol — July 28, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  20. Very nice. I’ll accept the two-panel format because I am the all-powerful administrator of this contest.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 28, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

  21. Emailed my submission!

    Comment by lumair — July 28, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

  22. Lumair: Got it…thanks! I’ll post it after dinner.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 28, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

  23. Say… Does that paramedic look an awful lot like Rahim?

    Comment by Earthgirl — July 28, 2013 @ 10:32 pm

  24. Earthgirl: Others have noted the same thing. Alas, it was unconscious on my part. I didn’t realise until people started pointing it out that there was a resemblance.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — July 28, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

  25. BEHOLD! I have entered the contest! I have included each and every single thing in my entry, which seemed a lot more original when I first thought of it. Also, you will notice that everything is copied and pasted. With the exception of some of the brick work. I now know the full terror of the bricks. It has gripped me…

    Begone, foul beings! No more brick-ishness!

    The Elvis was fricking hard to find, by the way. It probably would have been easy to find if I’d actually read the titles on the archive, but bah.

    Comment by Erwaro — July 28, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

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