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May 29th, 2015

May 29th, 2015 published on 34 Comments on May 29th, 2015

This can only go well.

If you missed the wallpaper I put up earlier, here’s the link on Tumblr! Let me know if there’s a different size you want.

Also, I’ll be at Wonderlands Expo at Sunderland Uni tomorrow, drop by and say hello! I’ll be taking part in a workshop about self-publishing at 3:15, should be fun times.

  • Natalie

    Ah yes, this is how all good adventures begin: out of pure spite.

    • Euodiachloris

      Spite: the real engine of both innovation and idiocy. Sometimes at the same time. ;)

      • No, the real engine behind those is people who suddenly think of something and think it would be really cool and then doing it without ever stopping to consider the actual implications, be they good or bad.

        Submitted as evidence: Everything DARPA has done ever, be it useful stuff like the internet (would be really great for coordinating military communications, probably much good for much else) or daft things like sticking wings on a Humvee (hey check out what I scribbled on the back of my notebook back in junior high, we should totally build that on the taxpayer’s dime).

      • rlb

        Nah. As Karel Čapek explains, the real engine behind innovation and progress is laziness.

        • Euodiachloris

          I never underestimate the wish to upstage or just plain prove wrong. :)

          • Mark van Esch

            Imagine someone trying to upstage and prove someone wrong, about there being an easier way to do something.

    • Beans=>Ear

      Can confirm, have played D&D.

    • Anani Mouse

      Gee, almost all my stupid ideas start out of spite. Yeah….they never end so well…

  • Anani Mouse

    revenge is a dish best served with red pins and laughter.

  • Del

    It is surprising how many fatal accidents happen after one says, “Watch this…. I’m feeling lucky!”

    • Meg

      The stuff Darwin Awards are made of…

    • … here, hold my beer…

  • Darkoneko Hellsing

    That’s the kind of lass that don’t live old.

  • Anani Mouse

    does anyone else want to see another comic with Ethan booth in it? I know he’s a jerk, but he was one of my favorite characters in piece of cake.

  • McRocky71

    For those having trouble reading that ad the visible text I can make out goes “For immediate action – time limited…reward, item location and retrieval, safety not guaranteed, travel expenses paid, no time…. Discretion required, Contact – Mr Luxuria, Gula Hotel 100 pounds reward”. So that red pin certainly isn’t an understatement.

    So, What’re the chances Mr Luxuria’s going to bear a striking resemblance to a certain headless chap from earlier this chapter. And also, I hope Nora isn’t too traumatised by Grandpa Barber mentioning the Hotel Gula just now.

    • Sapphire altera

      “Mr Luxuria, Gula Hotel”

      I heard you like deadly sins in your deadly sins… :P

  • ShadeTail

    [“This can only go well.”]

    Well, evidently it did. :P

    • Sapphire altera

      Well, Henry survived, but the fact that the deadly’s seem to be after his family suggests imperfect success :P

      • ShadeTail

        True, but nothing’s perfect. He became very famous in his own lifetime; he got the girl; and he started a dynasty that’s so well-known, it has dedicated fan sites 200 years later. I’d say that qualifies as pretty successful. :D

      • awhorl

        Speculation: if the charm associated with the necklace is the problem here, and it brought Henry and Izzy together, then even though their lovely offspring were engendered lawfully and are a blessing to the nation, there might be some dues to pay somewhere along the line. So to speak. Ahem. Strangled cough.

  • JWLM

    Hang on here. Hotel Gula…I mean, Gula Hotel…I feel like I’ve heard that name somewhere else…

    Is this before or after _Piece of Cake_?

    • Alétheia

      Before, for a certain value of “before?” Since the hotel in “Piece of Cake” was kind of… outside of time, wasn’t it? Or at least had a bunch of people from different points of time.. but from the view of the Barbers (and their own personal timelines, which is kind of what matters in this case?), this takes place before. :)

      • Thinking of all the assorted ne’er-do-wells that got caught by gluttony in the hotel Gula, none of them came from a time before Mr Cartwright summoned the deadly in 1830 something, so it could probably look forward into the future but couldn’t change the past. Mr Barber Snr should be safe enough. Anyway, he doesn’t look like much of cook.

    • JWLM

      D’oh That’s a stupid question: Nora has already been returned and has the story about Gluttony. This happens after _Piece of Cake_, at least from the Barber’s point of view.

  • Alexander Welch

    Luxuria… I guess it’s Lust then.

    • Sapphire altera

      Lust is the last one we’ve yet to meet, so it makes sense. I’m guessing we’ll see a few others in the course of the chapter, though… my bet’s on Ira.

  • Nomad94

    So this is what makes Barber a good bounty hunter. He spends his time on assignment, gives total disregard for his own personal wellbeing. And gets the job done, even if the reward is… Fishy lol.

  • rlb

    Presumably Henry already has a plan… else, why the snigger?

    • Euodiachloris

      Nope. This is entirely Indy territory: no plan, no backup, no backing down. About the only things he’s got at the moment are sheer, bloody-minded contrariness and schadenfreude. :P

  • Zachery B

    Heh, why does it bother me that it seems like somthing I would do?

  • We’re off to see the wizard, powered by the looks on those snobs’ faces.

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