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Eric: You'd think this would happen more often in webcomics

(From General Protection Fault. and Casey and Andy, respectively. Click on the thumbnails for Full Sized Distrust.)

Every so often, a strip on the "Why Am I Reading This Again?" list gives me a decent answer. There's something wonderful about those strips that make you ask "why in Hell's name aren't normal people keeping twenty feet away from these people at all times?"

Casey and Andy has trod this ground before. At least once, their neighbor Jenn got a restraining order on the then-primary cast. When it became clear Jenn had joined said primary cast, she discovered (as you see to the right) that she was stuck with the curse herself.

Part of why I like this device so much is the little touch of surrealism it adds. That's right, surrealism. See, as stated in other entries, GPF can have sentient slime molds, and omnipotent jesters, and gratuitous nudity all it likes. That becomes the norm. Having someone appear who has a brain in his head and doesn't particularly want someone who was acquitted for mass-murder because it was demonstrated that a time traveling android duplicate actually did the killing turns the moment 45 degrees to the wonky, and makes weirdness that has become mundane actually weird again.

This is a good thing. Mr. Darlington gets a biscuit today. Tasty, tasty biscuit.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at August 23, 2004 1:42 PM


Comment from: CaseyG posted at August 29, 2004 11:42 AM

That C&A strip ends with the game "Bat Tag", which is actually a simplified version of a game we actually played. We didn't use baseball bats, that would be stupid. Instead, we used 5/8" wooden dowels. And frisbees, and basketballs, and trash can lids. And anything we could realistically hit each other with, really. We called it "Roman Tag", as a fusion between childish games and gladiatorial combat.

We call that sort of thing "Casey and Andy: The Home Game."

Comment from: Eric Burns posted at August 29, 2004 2:26 PM

You realize, of course, I'm now wondering about the truth behind "Sawblade Tron."

Comment from: CaseyG posted at August 30, 2004 11:30 AM

We used to throw all manner of potentially lethal objects at each other, not counting "B-B Gun Wars", but the basis of Sawblade Tron was the discovery that certain well-made fan blades could be used as sporting goods. During our research into this phenomenon, I bought a beard trimmer so that I could more easily clear away patches of leg hair before bandaging myself.

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