August 26 – September 1, 2013

…So yeah…I’m a bit behind.  Sorry about that.  I’ll try to get Tuesday’s comic up later today, though no promises.  When you’re visiting your parents, there are time considerations.  Right now, I’m by myself mostly because it’s 5:45 a.m. here.

I actually finished the comic last night, but I was too tired to deal with the contests, so I delayed posting anything.  We had a few entries for Summer Contest #9, the objective of which was to guess 1) to which major WoB character the protagonist of the new comic would be connected, 2) what kind of connection it would be, 3) how old the protagonist would be, and 4) where the new protagonist has appeared in the WoB archive.  The guesses:


1) Barbara. 2) Niece (more specifically, Barbara’s oldest niece, whom Erwaro calls “Squirt”). 3) 15 / 24. 4) Initially this and this, then also this (well…he mentioned it, but someone else linked it because Erwaro wanted it to be a surprise or something) once I clarified how many nieces Barbara actually had.


1) Marie. 2) The Hostess in the taxidermist’s shop, who is connected to Marie because the Hostess has used one of Casey’s favourite and most maddening lines and thus may be one of Casey’s kind-of-sort-of-victims.  3)  Mid-to-late-30s. 4)  This and this.


1)  Barbara.  2)  Elder sister.  3)  Currently 44, but the comic will begin two years in the past, making her 42.  4)  This.


1)  Casey.  2)  Mom.  3)  Simultaneously mid-40s and extremely old.  4)  No links, but mention of Casey’s phone conversations.


1)  Rahim.  2)  College friend.  3)  About 25?  4)  ???


1)  Fred.  2)  Girlfriend.  3)  Mid-to-late-20s, but the comic will involve a lot of flashbacks.  4)  This and this.


1) Marie.  2) Evil Baby Evil Baby Marie:  the hallucination of a hallucination of a hallucination. 3) Ageless.


3)  14 billion years.

Nobilis also ventures to suggest that the new character might be Weird Beard’s identical twin brother, who has turned up twice without anybody noticing, and who is 4.5 billion years old.

All these guesses are diverting, but you guys should really pay more attention to Erwaro, who has basically nailed it.  What I can reveal is as follows:

The protagonist of the new comic will be Rose, Barbara’s eldest niece (whom I am now tempted to give the unshakeable childhood nickname “Squirt”).  She is 15, but the issue is more complicated than that, in a way I am not yet prepared to reveal.  Kudos to those of you who noticed my vague hint that the age thing would not be entirely simple.  The Christmas comic to which Erwaro linked contains Rose’s first ever appearance.  He has thus earned five points (two for the link).  Everybody else who guessed gets one point for creativity (yes, I’m being generous with the points, as the contests are winding down), and Nobilis gets two because she got the first question right.  And look at that:  Erwaro has taken the lead away from Nobilis for the first time all summer.


Summer Contest #10

This is the last summer contest, so there will be a fair number of points available, though not, again, in a Quidditch sort of way.  It’s true that Erwaro and Nobilis are way out in front of everybody else, but perhaps I shall award some second- and third-place prizes (theoretically speaking, as the entire prize structure is dependent on me actually creating a WoB collection).

It seems unfair for the final contest to be a subjective one, as many of the former contests have been, so I’ll make it a straight numbers game:

Provide links to every WoB comic you can find that mentions badgers.  DON’T post them in the comments section; send them to me at kmaaren(at)gmail(dot)com.   You will earn one point per comic found.

I actually have no idea how many comics I’ve posted with badgers in them, but I’m suspecting rather a lot (hint:  there are even some quite recent ones).  I…like badgers, I guess.

The deadline is Sunday at midnight.  I’ll also accept mentions of badgers in the alt-text.  I have no idea whether or not any of these exist.

Summer Contest Points Thus Far:

Earthgirl 1
Dances With Fish 4
Nobilis 11
Erwaro 13
Laura 6
Preethi 2
Lumair 5
Fan 3
Mercenary Pen 2
Tuxgeo 5
Errol 3
Tarina 2
Emily 3
Quasihumanist 3
Tobias 1

25 thoughts on “August 26 – September 1, 2013

  1. Thanks for the point. Was it for creativity or for answering the first question of the contest correctly? After all, my guess wasn’t very creative.
    Anyway, I have to go hunting badgers now.

  2. Nobilis: Oh, wait, you DID answer the question correctly. You get two points. Sorry about that. I’m still really tired.

  3. I did in fact think that Ewaro is was right, but it’s no fun repeating someone else’s answer, is it?

    Also, when I was thinking about it, I thought that you had written something to the effect of ‘related to a major character, where it depends on how you define a major character’. So I thought I would give Fred a chance. But later I could not find this cryptic note anywhere, so I must have imagined it.

    Finally, the current contest is evil. It’s the last week before classes start and you are tempting us to re-read the whole archive? Are YOU the devil?

  4. Emily: Yes. Yes, I am the devil. I’m surprised people don’t ask more often.

    Oh…and the bit about you getting to define what constitutes a major character appears in the comments (in reply to Nobilis, I think).

  5. Thankas for the second point! Now I only need to find two badgers more than Erwaro … But whatever happens, I’m looking forward to read about Rose “Squirt” Mickel!

  6. Let the Great Badger Hunt of 2013 commence! May the best brock-hunter win! And…oh yeah…the deadline is Sunday at midnight, as per usual.

    Incidentally, I would also accept mentions of badgers in the alt-text. I have absolutely no idea if any of these exist.

  7. Victory screech!

    Oh, that was awful. Why did I do that?


    Would her last name be Mickel, though? Presumably, Barbara’s sister has/had the same last name as Barbara, but wouldn’t her children have picked up their fathers last name too, at least? Mickel-McBatman… Although I suppose they could do things differently in Canada. Or in this new comic, which will apparently have more obvious deviations from reality.

    Oh, it’s a widdle snake! Hello, snake! Would you like to be friends?

    I like snakes. And badgers.

    Not very big on mushrooms, though.

  8. Mercenary Pen: Not to KILL them. You are hunting badgers so you can deliver party invitations to them. Everybody who’s read The Wind in the Willows knows that badgers like to keep to themselves, though they’re friendly enough when they get to know you.

  9. Yeah, this means I would have to go through the whole archive once again — before Sunday night! Right.
    Let me put it this way:

    Badger-mention number nine, Lurking in the comics line,
    How much badger-crack did she pull off?
    Older archives where they’re buried,
    I’ve seen all those jokes before, it
    Just ain’t fair to pose this test, and
    . . . a few I won’t get. Yes, tell me,

    Badger-mention number nine, Lurking in the comics line,
    I know she’s obsessed with badger lore
    A hundred and ten ain’t inconsistent
    But it sure do take persistence,
    I don’t think she’ll draw those anymore.

    (apologies to the late Roger Miller)

  10. Tuxgeo: Heh. Very nice. And yes, this is terribly unfair of me, but it IS the last contest, so it’s fitting that it involve some effort.

    However, you might note the following line in the instructions:

    “I actually have no idea how many comics I’ve posted with badgers in them, but I’m suspecting rather a lot (hint: there are even some quite recent ones).”

    By “quite recent,” I mean, “Click backwards through the most recent storyline a bit.” There is no reason even the busiest of you shouldn’t bag a couple of badgers.

  11. @Erwaro: Don’t know how they do things in Canada, but over here (Germany) couples have been able to chose the wife’s name as family name for several decades. So while we can’t be sure her name’s Mickel (I wasn’t thinking when I was posting), it’s at least possible. McBatman would be more awesome, of course. Or O’Skywalker. Or De Picard. Or, of course, Badgers. Only Kari knows.

  12. Is that really fair to people, Kari? What if they’d sent them in already? Though I suppose you’re probably accepting follow-up submissions.

    And it’s not like it affects me. I’m still searching. The archives are, in fact, a bit on the large side.

  13. I am, indeed, accepting follow-up submissions. The one person who has submitted so far has done so in two parts, so this person already knows this and will not be alarmed.

  14. Noooo! If Erwaro workes thorugh the entire archive, I won’t stand a chance!

    Anyway – I just sent a badger-related email to you, Kari. It’s up to you whether there will be more.

  15. I believe in thoroughness, though take heart- I’ve got a family gathering this weekend, and won’t be able to spend more than tonight trying to get through the rest of it. Will that be enough for the whole thing? I dunno.

  16. That is absolutely right. I wasn’t thinking terribly well right then. At least I can tell when I can’t tell things very well.

    I wish I could teleport.

  17. I am currently wondering what would ensue if Elisa and Athar returned to Davies during the Murder Game…

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