August 5 – 11, 2013

Okay…I actually finished the comic in the wee hours, but I was too tired to deal with the contest stuff, so I left it for the morning.  It is now the morning.  Let’s see what we’ve got:

Summer Contest #6 involved contestants writing little explanations of what Marie might do next if she subscribed to the philosophy “What would Batman do?”.  The explanations could have been submitted at any point in the last seven days, but they needed to take into account everything that had happened up to the point of submission.

There were entries from Erwaro, Dances With Fish, Lore Hera, Laura, Nobilis,  Paige,  Fan,  Tuxgeo, and Preethi.  Points (one each) go to the following entries:


The first thing she would do is keep trying to ignore Casey, just because there’s too much going on. When he persists, something shifts in her mind. She, in her mind, BECOMES Batman. Batwoman. Batgirl. Whatever. She immediately reaches out and grabs Casey by his shirt, demanding to know who he is and what he wants. Or tries to. Her physical state means she mostly reaches over and flops her hand towards him. Casey proposes his bargain- his infernal, sinister, bargain. Bat-Marie would ordinarily never consider agreeing with such a deal, but she is also consumed with a desire to avenger her parents deaths. So she agrees. The deal is done, and the fragment of Marie that considers herself to be Batman is quieted down after a nice nap. This fragment of Marie’s mind later changes to become Evil Marie, who suspects that Marie set the fire long before there was any real reason to suspect it. That’s why she antagonizes Marie like she does. It’s also part of why Casey can see and talk with Evil Marie- he’s conversed with her before, so why would it be strange now?

I was amused by the number of people who built theories about Evil Marie into their answers.  People also tended to notice that Marie had dead parents, just like Batman.  Erwaro’s explanation makes use of both these elements.  Erwaro usually wins because of his creativity, but this time actual logic plays a part too.  I do like the idea of Marie having a little Dark Knight/World’s Greatest Detective living inside her brain.

This theory has been disproven by subsequent events, but it was submitted early in the week, so that’s okay.

Dances With Fish:

Evil Marie will suddenly break through and start to talk to Casey, since Marie is actually Satan and Casey is some hapless soul she tricked into replacing her years before, while Marie made herself human and found a family to raise her. She locked away that part of herself while she lived out a normal life, (well, normal until the whole fire starting thing,) and thus Evil Marie was born. Casey’s visiting her in the hospital because he’s trying to trick her into going back to being Satan, but Evil Marie’s too smart and will show up to tell him to buzz off. So, this would be more “What Would Batman Do If He Happened To Be Two-Face.” I guess that would make her Bat-Face.

Yes, this is another early entry, but I swear I’m not just going down the list in order; the two first entries were two of my favourites.  Okay, so DWF has made Marie into more of a Two-Face than a Batman, but as Harvey Dent has always been one of my favourite Batman-related characters, I can’t help but approve.  As well, this theory provides yet another explanation for Evil Marie.

This theory has also more or less been disproven, though possibly not entirely.


Casey blinks, and the hospital bed is empty. He looks around shiftily, left, right, left again, and sees a huge fist moving in on his face at a high speed, knocking him completely out. BatMarie searches his pockets for clues, to no avail. Frustrated, she wakes up and spends the next seven years brooding and exercising in a cave that is accessed by a secret button hidden in the collar of the Elvis.

This one is short and sweet, but I approve of its sarcastic references to Batman’s violence and the whole brooding thing, the latter of which certainly fits Marie, even if the actual story doesn’t.

All the entries were fun to read.  Thanks for playing, guys.

Summer Contest #7:

Let’s make this one a contest that doesn’t require knowledge of Batman.  In fact, let’s make it a pure guessing game.

Since I started posting comics every day (and yes, that will continue this week), I’ve been putting the comic up whenever I happen to finish it, which is sometimes the evening before it’s “due” and sometimes the next morning.  I aim for evening postings, but that’s not always possible.  Today’s comic is, of course, already late.

Your job is to guess how many times this week the comic will be on time, with “on time” constituting “posted before I go to bed.”  This will be for comics posted for dates between Tuesday, August 6th and Monday, August 12th.  You may guess any number between 0 and 7, with 7 meaning “every comic will be posted on time” and 0 meaning “no comic will be posted on time.”  You are free to put as much or a little thought into this as you like.  Simply choosing a number at random is likely a perfectly sound strategy.

But here, of course, is the rub:

For the contest to be fair, entries would have to be posted (in the comments section) by tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT (which is the earliest time at which I might post Tuesday’s comic).  However, that may be asking a bit too much of people.  The contest will therefore be open until Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EDT, with the following scheme of points awarded:

1)  If you post your guess on Monday before 9:00 p.m. EDT, and you happen to be correct, you will earn three points.

2)  If you post your guess on Tuesday before 9:00 p.m. EDT, and you happen to be correct, you will earn two points.

3)  If you post your guess on Wednesday before 9:00 p.m. EDT, and you happen to be correct, you will earn one point.

Each person gets only one guess.  People posting later in the contest will have more information, but there will be fewer points up for grabs.

Incidentally, I think we can say that the contest involving people guessing which old characters would turn up is officially over now.  Congratulations to everybody who earned points.

Summer Contest Points Thus Far:

Earthgirl 1
Dances With Fish 3
Nobilis 7
Erwaro 5
Laura 5
Preethi 2
Lumair 5
Fan 2
Mercenary Pen 1
Tuxgeo 1
Errol 3
Tarina 2

32 thoughts on “August 5 – 11, 2013

  1. Day 1: band practice
    Day 2: teaching stuff
    Day 3: getting groceries
    Day 4: flat tire
    Day 5: computer problems
    Day 6: exhausted from previous days
    Day 7: on time!

    So my guess is 1 on-time post (I’m not predicting the order of the events above, so it could be any other day).

  2. I guess pi! It’s a well-rounded number. Plus if you chop off all those silly little decimals, it becomes good old 3.

    And thanks for the point,

  3. 7 times — because the number seven is one of the recurring themes of the comic

    I was going to try to “believe six impossible things before breakfast,” but I have already eaten breakfast, so I guess I have to post this impossible guess now, instead..

    (I tried to look back through “WoB talk” to find when you were most complaining that marking was killing you, and when you were taking breaks, in order to figure out whether you were busy at this time of year. Answer: always busy, but not always because of work. That doesn’t help my guessing, so drat it!)

  4. Man, all the good numbers are taken already. On the one hand, I can think strategy- I can guess the same thing as Nobilis, and therefore not run the risk of being down by 5. On the other hand, if it’s not 4, then there’s a good chance that I’ll be down by 3. Decisions, decisions…

    Ah, fudge it. 4 seems like a good number. Plus, I like the reference to 42- seems appropriate, somehow. Plus, 5 is right out.

  5. 5. It’s my son’s favourite number. He even insists on it being his surname in place of his actual surname. So first number into my head nowadays… And I’ll be hopeful

  6. Thursdays comic has something of an identity crisis in that it is still labelled as Wednesday’s comic.

  7. Well, Basil isn’t actually Weird Beard, though they do have similar beards. I’m pretty sure everyone just assumes that Weird Beard is a pirate captain.

  8. Another case of characters looking so similar that the readers (or at least I) end up conflating them into gestalts of their individual parts.

  9. Sorry about that. The main distinction is that Weird Beard is bald and wears glasses. I should have drawn Basil’s beard in a different shape.

  10. Eh, that’s about what wild and scraggly beards look like. I mean, Basil isn’t shaving, and Weird Beard probably doesn’t shave, either, so their beards should look similar.

    It’s not looking terribly hopeful for me and the other people who guessed 4, at this point. There’s no chance you might be coming down with a cold?

    Not that I want you to, but if the timing of one happens to work in my favor, that’d be nice.

  11. Well, it’s impossible to know for sure, but the 4s are likely out of luck. I’m well into tomorrow’s comic. The 5s, 6s, and 7s all have a chance, especially considering that the colour comic is coming up next, and it’s quite difficult to finish on time, especially when I’m on a comic-a-day schedule.

  12. Yup, out of luck. And I didn’t guess 4 out of lack of faith- I guessed it because of STRATEGY- though I may have lost, my guess managed to guarantee that I won’t be down by more than 3 once this is over. And I’m now guaranteed not to be down by more than 2, unless I read something wrong.

    Also, how dare you accuse us of posting massive paragraphs? I’ll have you know that I never, ever, ever post a massive paragraph unless I have some sort of reason to, or I want to. I mean, it’s just basic courtesy. I always, always, always work to say what I say in as few words as humanly possible, and I endeavor to reduce my loquaciousness whenever I think it will be effortless to do so. I think you’ll find that my paragraphs, far from being massive, are petite little things filled with the bare minimum number of words necessary to get my point(s) across. Unless they aren’t. I mean, it’s not like I’m perfect. Anyway, the point is that my paragraphs are never, ever, ever, ever, EVER longer than they need to be- I’m concise, to the point, and never ramble on without purpose. Unless I feel like it, or something.

    Anyway, I suppose I’m out. That’s the real point here.

  13. Oh, Erwaro. Always heading straight for the irony.

    And yes, your strategy both failed and succeeded. You did not fall behind Nobilis, but you also have no chance (in this round, at least) to pull AHEAD OF Nobilis. You’re still a mere two points from the lead spot.

  14. I guessed five, because I figured you were working hard and this would motivate you to do awesome, and so far you have, but that the color one can be a pain…and because sometimes life eats a day and no one knows where it went. 🙂

  15. Since you like theories posted here, my hotel room agrees, it would be all kins of (take your pick: epic, awesome, funny, totally fits, greatest troll of the web comic world) if Barbra was Satan all along….

  16. Three beardy men at school are we,
    Met at a couch to watch TV,
    Filled with conviviality,
    Three beardy men at school!

    (Alas, I couldn’t work “a Davies seminary” into that.)

  17. I got curious and looked up the song. It’s fantastic:

    Al die willen te kaap’ren varen
    Moeten mannen met baarden zijn;
    Jan, Piet, Joris en Korneel,
    Die hebben baarden,
    Die hebben baarden.
    Jan, Piet, Joris en Korneel,
    Die hebben baarden, zij varen mee!

    All who want to sail
    Have to be men with beards.
    John, Pete, Joris and Cornell,
    They have beards,
    They have beards.
    John, Pete, Joris and Cornell,
    They have beards, so they are on board!

    (It’s not my translation; I pulled it off a site. I don’t know how accurate it is. The bits I do recognise seem fine.)

  18. Yes, this is Basil’s colour debut, not to mention a rare appearance of That Jacket in colour.

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