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5th Jan 2011, 6:00 PM
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Battle of the Bulge!
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Author Notes:
Magravan edit delete
Hope you guys enjoyed today's TOGM!

The title is something that causes me some difficulty sometimes, and I'm sure that you can probably go through the list and pick out some that were just 'well, I guess inspiration didn't strike this time.." In this particular comic though, June said "I really liked the joke in this one, I can't wait to see the title!" ... So no pressure, right? I mean, she doesn't often comment that she really enjoyed the joke, and then adding on that she's looking forward to the awesome title that I'm surely to come up with? Ouch.

Well, it's about 9:30 on update day, and I still haven't got a title, so she looked around on the net for some Viagra slogans, but the trick with the title is that it hopefully makes sense AFTER you've read the comic, and it's sort of an extra added bonus... when it works. But it can't ruin the joke before the end of the comic, otherwise it detracts rather than improves...

So anyway, I'm sitting there, looking at the comic and thinking, probably for far longer than I would have normally (Title was going to be Important Scientific Research or something like that), when finally, I came up with Battle of the Bulge, and I look up at her like a grinning fool and my Eureka moment, and tell her the great title I just came up with and... nothing.

So, of course, I assume that she didn't get it, and start to explain, where she cuts me off.. "Yeah, I got it. He's fighting a war, and bulge for crotch..." .... Good thing I spent like half an hour trying to figure it out!

Hopefully you guys enjoyed the title joke a little more than her underwhelming response to it :)

In other news, Canada lost to Russia in the Juniors after a 3-0 lead in the first two periods... I'm inclined to believe hubris played a part in their downfall. Oh well, lesson learned, hopefully they'll do better in Alberta :D

Have a great weekend everyone! I'm pretty sure I meant to mention something else, but pretty sure I'm tl;dr-ing again.
Skrael (I'm the artist) edit delete
Skrael (I'm the artist)

Our little R.Z. did some fan art for us today. It's about Beth taking R.Z. to the per store to get a pet, but all R.Z. wants ins a pet brain. Enjoy!


User comments:
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
That would explain the memory loss...well, maybe. In theory. Possibly. Almost certainly. Nah, most likely no--ah, heck, I have no clue. :P
For reference, I tend to do this:
Read comic,
Read long author's note,
Edit Comment. ;)

Sometimes, comments come before I do the reading, but not often. I do read it all, though! :D
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
Like the image, Skrael. ;)
Magravan edit delete reply
The way I look at it is that the Author's note is optional. The comic is there, it stands on it's own. The Author's note is if you feel like listening to the authors blathering on about stuff that interests us.

If people just read the comic, are satisfied and head off to their next comicing adventure, cool. I hope to have entertained them briefly, and I wish them well :D

If they choose to trudge through the Author's note, it's just something else that they can choose to partake of if it entertains them. If not, well, hopefully they still enjoyed the comic.

If they enjoy neither comic nor author's note, then there's a good chance they wont be back, so their opinion is kind of moot anyways :D
Skrael (I'm the artist)
I think that when I write an author's note, reading it should be mandatory. I mean, it's not like I write a whole lot or anything! >:(

PS thank you Ranger :)
-3- edit delete reply
You know, i could see that being a workable theory to him.

I was worried about having that kind of problem with getting stuck for titles. I went for easy and decided to just number each record entry. If i have good title ideas, it can go into the Alt text on the image.
(That may have been a pure laziness decision, too)

I especially like "R.Z."'s second pic.
MatthewJA edit delete reply
Vlasec (Guest) edit delete reply
Well, Skrael, I usually read them ... but when I read more pages at once, often I skip some of those.
Kevin edit delete reply
Zombie Viagra. I love it. Erectile disfunction is a serious problem for the undead, I guess.
Jrade edit delete reply
I always read all of the author's comments after reading the comic. Unfortunately, even that was unable to give me something useful to say here...

This was awesome, though.
greengirl77 (Guest) edit delete reply
yay we find that Thomas was in the possession of Robert woo! Hmm wonder what old Bobby was doing with Thomas? I liked the title, nice and...no not nice...that was pervy but funny.
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
.... zombie... viagra... i... i can't think of anything to make that funnier. wait... what if a zombie took regular viagra... or what if a chick zombie took zombie viagra. what if a human took zombie viagra?!
Onyx Tanuki (Guest) edit delete reply
@Kevin: Considering that they lack flowing blood, I'd imagine so...

Actually, that leads me to a question or two:

- Considering sexual activity isn't likely given the circumstances and zombies likely aren't going to be producing urine, would a zombie typically get a penis replaced like he would any other body parts? Because it seems as if Sylene isn't used to seeing them, unless she just means that John is particularly well-endowed.

- On a similar note, since most of the body's organs are rendered useless, would they be getting replacements? I'm pretty sure that some rudimentary digestive system is required as a minimum to be able to process TOGM, but it'd seem an awful waste to take time replacing, say, a heart or a lung.
Thrudd (Guest) edit delete reply
But just because they are not having any blood to have spurting and splooshing all over the place doesn't mean they don't heave a full set of working internal organs.

I seem to recall John being able to see green goo splooshing and leaking all over the place when zombies got damaged even though the zombified didn't.
Magravan edit delete reply
@-3- - Zombie Viagra is actually the more credible theory than a human ;)

@MatthewJA - Which one? Down there, or R.Z's comic?

@Vlasec - Understandable.. At least in my case :D

@Kevin - Uhm... Not so much ;) Certainly seems like something that we could really expand on though :D (Sorry)

@Jrade - I'm glad you enjoyed it :D Sorry I didn't give you more to go on :D

@greengirl77 - Certainly an interesting question to know what Robert's been doing with Thomas ;)

@model S - If a Zombie took regular viagra, I wouls say not much. If a female zombie took zombie viagra ... uhm... Turned into a turnip, probably. If a human took zombie viagra, I'm assuming zombification or death to follow ;D

@Onyx Tanuki - Lack of flowing blood, yes. But not lack of any flowing liquids :D I might have to throw in another Green Stuff reference before 150 ;D

I would assume, that much like Beth has breasts despite not needing them for nursing or any other application, that most zombies would still get it replaced.

As for other organs, no, not really. There's not really any way that they'd cosmetically realize that X or Y body part was missing and it can't really malfunction because it has no function. So basically it would just be a case of stitching up the wound to remove the cosmetic defect, or replacing the entire core of the body.

See, this is why I hope that people eventually start using the forum, I'm sure that question is going to come back and bite me someday, but it's going to be a pain in the butt to remember that it was on Comic 119 by Onyx Tanuki that I mentioned it ;D

@Thrudd - A working set of organs is probably not the case, but you're right in that the Green Stuff is an important part of their existence, and has a part in their personal well-being ;D
Albear (Guest) edit delete reply
"Hey Resistance, tired of all the fighting, tired of only remembering what getting laid felt like, well Robert's ZV (Zombie Viagra) will deffinetly raise your love life from the grave. Free to all that join Robert"

its brilliant, Robs got this war won
Magravan edit delete reply
I can just imagine the TOGM Male Enhancer informericals ;)

"We hadn't done anything since the Enlightenment, but we saw the ads for TOGM Male Enhancers and thought 'Why not? I mean, it's better than knitting all night, right?', and boy were we right!"
Skrael (I'm the artist)
"I used to have knitting problem, I'd knit every night from sun down to sun up. Sometimes I'd knit whole carpets in one evening. Then he started taking Zomagra. I don't have a knitting problem any more."
MatthewJA edit delete reply
Down there XD
Skrael (I'm the artist)
While I was drawing this, I was deciding where to point her eyes, so I had them on two different layers, flipping between the two.. it was not long until I was LMAO and showing James. Then I made this .gif :P
hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
him being a lab rat explains a lot, they probably took away the logic part of his brain, and possibly a lot of other parts as well :p
Magravan edit delete reply
Common Sense comes from experience ;)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
*I* use the forums... ;)
taltamir (Guest) edit delete reply
I honestly can't think of a better use for a top secret lab then developing zombie viagra!
Magravan edit delete reply
@ranger_brian_new - Yep :D .. Don't let that scare anyone else off though :P

@taltamir - I can! But if I become a zombie and need an erection later in life, I reserve the right to change my opinion ;)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
I try not to. I don't look that scary, after all. :P
(Only when you know me. :P)
Jamming edit delete reply
@ Kevin and Magravan

I always thougth Zombies were a bit "stiff", like rigor mortis.
Magravan edit delete reply
@ranger_brian_new - That avatar is actually a little scary :D

@Jamming - Ha! Well, they got over rigor mortis, thankfully ;)
hagelander (Guest) edit delete reply
Just to boost your ego, I liked the battle of the Bulge pun ;)
Magravan edit delete reply
Thank you! After June's lack of response, I needed that ;)
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
I did to, for the record. ;)
3.1 (Guest) edit delete reply
This guy is a commander. You'd think he'd have some respect for the only soldier who could stand at attention.
flamewolf393 (Guest) edit delete reply
I just discovered this comic today, and it is now 6 in the morning. I have been reading this from the beginning for the last 4 HOURS!! It is that freaking great. And now I am sad for I am caught up and cannot enjoy any more brainy goodness, and beth-y-ness. Bleh, I need to get to bed, lol.
Skrael (I'm the artist)
So glad that you enjoyed the comic, and took the time to post saying so ;) Sorry for the lost sleep, and a new TOGM will be up by Monday morning :) (Sunday night depending on your time zone)
Magravan edit delete reply
@ranger_brian_new - The record will show that Hagelander and Ranger are fine connoisseurs of Title Jokes.

@3.1 - I want to reference Jack Nicholson's speech from A Few Good Men, but I can't remember enough to properly do it... So basically he appreciates the result, just not the methods in which we achieved this state ;)

@flamewolf393 - Tell your friends? haha :D Thanks for taking the time to let us know you enjoyed it, it really helps with the motivation when people take their time to let us know that they are liking the story :)
Ferix edit delete reply
I have nothing to say that justifies this

Magravan edit delete reply
I think that speaks for itself, Ferix! That was great :D
model S (Guest) edit delete reply
From my itouch I just wanted to make the note that I've shown a few people zombie Viagra and I've had a few comments of "that needs to be on a shirt or something" And I dropped a few links around. Just wanted to let you know I'm still advertising and helping you out as best I can!!
Magravan edit delete reply
Zomagra - When even Rigor Mortis can't keep you stiff. :)

Thank you model S, you've been very supportive of us for a long time, it's much appreciated :)
PixieFurious edit delete reply
Let's start a club called, "Guys with Eyepatches."

We'll have jackets and everything!
Magravan edit delete reply
If you throw in Alliance, it might turn it into a CF meme :D Guys with Eyepatches that The Human Ant needs to punch out ... Alliance ;)