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February 3rd, 2015

February 3rd, 2015 published on 47 Comments on February 3rd, 2015

Why tell you now when we can have a whole book about it?

So, that’s it for the fifth story! Hope you enjoyed it. I’ll be taking my traditional short break so I can work out a thing or two for the next story, and we’ll resume on Friday 20th February! Until then, I’ll be doing character Q&A sketches on the usual update days, which should be fun.

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Either way, I’m just happy you read it and hope you liked it as much as I liked making it. I feel like I learned a few things writing-wise during this one, for sure, hopefully it showed.

  • TheMeddler

    The last page of the chapter? I’m sure I can think of something witty and poignant that perfectly sums up this chapter!

    Well !@?%. I’ll guess I’ll just say congratulations on the end of this chapter and I’m looking forward to the next one!
    P.S. I like Nicola’s tonfa :)

  • Sir_Krackalot

    Sounds like it’s time for a…reunion! *Dramatic Sting!*

    And of course all the Barber women will have to bring along their…heh…significant others. Those that…heh…have them, of course.

    *nudge nudge, wink wink*

  • Winger

    An entire book about it? I think I can forgive the delay then.

    Just look at Wolfe’s valiant defenders in panel two. I’m sure Nicola is most intimidated.

    • JWLM

      She ought to be — those two just desummoned Wrath. Whatever they are individually, as a team…

      • DLKmusic

        I like them as a team, but most times they actually remind me of Foghorn Leghorn and Dog from looney toons (which would make Wrath the chicken hawk, I suppose).

  • Me-me

    This is the first time I have seen Wolfe express any emotion other than paternal concern or jovial optimism.

    • Jonathan Trouba

      All men, even the Gentle Giant, fear the wrath of the Barber Women…

  • Love the Captain’s “Uh-huh … yeah … sure … pull the other one – it’s got bells on” expression in Panel One.

    • svartalf

      Nearly as good as the facepalm on the last panel when she hears “family meeting”- clearly she’s not happy about it, but agrees.

  • Jeff Eppenbach

    You just know their grandchildren will hear all about this, over and over.

  • Mark Orapello

    To Voss
    ‘Gotta say, I’m glad I was wrong about ya. I wish you the best. Do you have plans now that you’re free of envy?’

  • SteelSaurus

    Wolfe! I’ll feel your collar for this! See if I don’t!

    • I’m arresting you on a charge of ‘inviting me to a dance and then palming me off on O’Malley while you dance with my married sister.’ You’re nicked, sunshine!

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    Now, now, captain, it’s bad manner to beat (someone) around the bushes.

  • Ooh goodie, we finally get to meet Barbara Barber the Barber, (not to mention their brother, Conan the Barber)

  • Apvogt

    Gettin the band back together.

  • Congrats on another volume done! I’m looking forward to some Barber history and finding out what the big mystery is.

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    I assume the 2 other policefolks ran after him.

  • kuku

    Yay, we get to meet ALL the Barbers! Must have been quite the household when they were all under one roof…

  • This is when we find out that Widdershins intersects with PACT, and that the Barber family is named after Baraboratorum, who created the family progenitors from a single individual.

    • Euodiachloris

      *whacks with rolled up newspaper* Bad Pen! Bad, bad, bad Pen! I know a factory in Toronto where you can take that idea to sink without trace. ;)

  • Sonja

    Oh no, it’s over!

    Oh yes, we will get this book on Kickstarter soon! Please? :-)

    • Most definitely, in a few months!

  • Aeirryn

    I cannot wait!!! (for any of it) Thanks for making such an incredible comic! :)

  • Nicky? How can Captain Barber play the tough cop when her sister keeps calling her Nicky in front of the suspects? Family is always embarrassing isn’t it?

    A great story. I suppose next thing is another Kickstarter?

    • Thank you! Yes, there’ll be another Kickstarter, likely in late summer same as the previous one.

      • JWLM

        Awesome! And I’m really looking forward to the stretch goal rewards for this one: a recipe card from Ben, a recipe card from Nicola, a recipe card from Harry, and, if we exceed the base goal enough, a recipe card from the O’Malley.

        • Euodiachloris

          Uh… I can spot a potential problem, there… ;)

    • DLKmusic

      Playing bad cop when her sister calls her Nicky? That’s easy! break someone’s kneecap, then ask the room if they want to see “Nicky” do it again!

      What she really needs is a hug from the PHOH.

  • carboncat203


    Also the last panel is adorable. Look at sassy Jack’s little shrug. Perfect

  • David Grant

    This was the best chapter yet in many ways. It’s really enjoyable to see your talents waxing. The storytelling is very smooth and your artwork keeps getting better and finer! Enjoy the break and I look forward to reading what you come up with next!

  • Falco

    nooooOOOOooooOOoo cliffhanger!
    Seriously though, this is my new favourite chapter. I love Mal & Co, especially the Mal and Ben antics in this one. Looking forward to seeing all the Barbers together though. Wasn’t there mention of a brother at one point?

  • Fantastic! Wonderful story, and leading into such an exciting turn of events! :D At last, all our beloved characters (and some new ones???) will be hanging out together, getting on each others’ nerves! Also YAAAAAY, Voss redemption! <3 He durn well better go out and do something with his sorry self now. I have hopes for him. (Perhaps we will see him again someday?)

    My favorite part of this page is panel 2. Everyone just has the best expressions, I can't decide if I like Wolfe's nervous one or Mal's offended one better.

  • =Tamar

    What are they almost all looking at?

  • An excellent end to a magnificent chapter! :-)
    Question for Florrie: Are there ANY of your siblings who’s personal affairs you do not mind improving on their behalf? :-)

  • RB

    Mal: *stares directly into the camera, shrugs*

  • Frankie D.

    Ooo, new voting reward!

  • I don’t think i noticed the Captain’s cuffs before … nice.

  • Isn’t there at least one more Barber we haven’t actually met so far?

    • You haven’t met Florrie’s twin brother and his family, Nora’s family, Florrie’s husband, or any parents or grandparents yet so far, I think that’s about it.

  • Dara Chrysanthemum

    Nicola Barber: Have you always enjoyed the rough-and-tumble, gotta-catch-em-all lifestyle, or did you ever go through another phase/consider another occupation?

  • Mariel BF

    Yay! Looking forward to seeing Harry again! It’s been awhile since she’s entered the picture…

  • Rulebook Lawyer

    Very well done. I found this story to be the best and most intriguing.

  • Kate, I thought the alternating fighting & dancing panels were very well-conceived & executed. And darn, here I am about to fall out of the archives and into realtime!

  • Sarah W

    Second panel – the two li’l guys in the background are getting all protectively angered for the big guy. Hee.

  • Where doing this man. Where MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

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