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October 24, 2018 by Tim

All gone! Getting these books on their way to Europe!

Only seven spots left for our “move the last of the books to Europe” pre-order. $120 each, includes the 3-volume box set, as well as shipping (moving the books from Australia to Germany as a group, and then sending them individually to your door from there). Use the button below to snag one, because after this, I have no more of these sets to sell, ever. This set is too massive to ever reprint.


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Commentary Ver.2.72
Commentary Ver.2.72
2 years ago

Is there truly a winner?

Lord Forrest
Lord Forrest
2 years ago

Oh boy I feel like Ethan just unintentionally set Elijah on the shooter. This isn’t going to end well.

ChaosSepher
ChaosSepher
2 years ago
Reply to  Lord Forrest

That’s assuming the shooter is still alive. Certainly possible but usually these shooters end up dead one way or another.

Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy
2 years ago
Reply to  ChaosSepher

They usually commit suicide or suicide-by-cop because mass shooters are cowards, but more importantly, because it is the one sure way to escape any kind of punishment for their acts. After all, you can’t punish the dead, and I know of nobody and nothing capable of reaching a soul in its personal “afterlife”…

Mousio
Mousio
2 years ago

Well damn. This ethan *is* more sensible, and I actually like him.
What nex,t, ted as a giant mecha-penguin?
…don’t answer that.

Brent
Brent
2 years ago
Reply to  Mousio

Oh, please, yes. I think you just filled my Christmas wish list.

Mistborn
Mistborn
2 years ago
Reply to  Brent

please o please o please…

Aston W
Aston W
2 years ago

Yeah, nobody wins when family members die.

foducool
foducool
2 years ago
Reply to  Aston W

nobody ever thinks of the funeral homes

Blobsy
2 years ago

This is the moment that someone is going to die.

Swordust
Swordust
2 years ago
Reply to  Blobsy

I just hope it’s not Elijah

Maxime Pearson
Maxime Pearson
2 years ago
Reply to  Blobsy

Yup

Timothy
Timothy
2 years ago

War doesn’t who’s right, only who’s left

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
2 years ago
Reply to  Timothy

Yeah I think the Allies were in the right during both World Wars.

James Rye
James Rye
2 years ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

Pretty sure the Axis thought the same about their side. And if they had won, who knows then you and I might have been taught and learned to agree with that as well.

David Hummel
David Hummel
2 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

I am sorry, but this is just plain wrong. Of Course everybody thinks his or her opinion is the right one. Nothing bad about that. BUT saying, that the axis were as right as the allies is wrong. Sure they thought it, but that doesn`t mean it is correct! As a german I can say with 100% certainty, that the Axis were wrong, plain and simple. Otherwise the world would be a terrible place. MUCH, MUCH worse than it is now! As a guideline everyone should always leave the possibility in his or her mind open, that his or her… Read more »

Gurkengelee
Gurkengelee
2 years ago
Reply to  David Hummel

So you are saying that people should always leave their mind open to the possibility that they might be wrong but you yourself are 100% sure in your assessement. There might be a slight contradiction here?

MightyThor34
MightyThor34
2 years ago
Reply to  David Hummel

He isn’t disagreeing with that point, he is saying that history is written by the victors, if they had one most people would believe the Axis was “right” and fighting a just war and that Jewish camps were no different than the Japanese camps we put people in in the US. That doesn’t make it the truth, only what would likely be the case if they had won.

Also the general analogy that everyone thinks they are the hero in the story.

wkz
wkz
2 years ago
Reply to  MightyThor34

To enforce the point: as part of the allies, USSR certainly thought they were in the right.. right up until they’re suddenly in the wrong (during the Cold War).

So… yeah.

metalmike
metalmike
2 years ago
Reply to  MightyThor34

History isn’t always written by the victors. Look at the Civil War.

Mick
Mick
2 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

Things were significantly muddier (trench warfare anybody? Eh? I should stop? Okay) in WWI. IN WWII though… well, the side trying to exterminate undesirables is pretty firmly considered to be the bad guys in that scenario, including by the nations that used to be *on* that side.

Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago
Reply to  Mick

True, but the individual who pushed for that process only rose to power because the victorious countries from WWI decided to be petty and dick over Germany in the decades that followed.

Léonard
Léonard
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

It’s not being “petty” or “a dick” to try to weaken a country military but also economically so that one generation later it doesn’t attack you “again” (though for WWI, there really is no clear attacker, as a chain of alliances provoked it). The UK did it time and again during history, with some success, to achieve a balance of power in continental Europe (and a lot of failure in the XXth century of course). The real problem of the winners of WWI were that they were divided as soon as the war ended. France wanted a tough deal, so… Read more »

Matt
Matt
2 years ago
Reply to  FITCamaro

As Mick points out, things were a lot murkier in World War I. Austria-Hungary had a casus belli, as thin as it may have been, against Serbia, and the network of alliances is what brought all the other powers into play, not an unjustified conquest. The Central Powers definitely became “bad guys” more because of propaganda during and after the war. World War II was less ambiguous. This isn’t to say the Allies were shiny and clean and that everything they did was good and just, but both Japan and Germany were waging blatant wars of aggression and committing atrocities… Read more »

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

“Well, when i was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. you know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. we had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together – until he died, when i was just 6. i couldnt touch that console for 10 years. but once i did, i noticed something. we used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. actually pretty awesome for the time it came. and once i started meddling around… i found a GHOST. literaly. you know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so… Read more »

Dan
Dan
2 years ago
Reply to  Tim

This is the one for anyone interested. http://i.imgur.com/1PA8D.jpg

goldmark25
goldmark25
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

oh wow that hit me in the feels real hard

Lrbearclaw
2 years ago
Reply to  goldmark25

Yeah, that hit me hard too. My parents got me into gaming, but I got them into EverQuest. I remember logging in after my mom died (both are gone now) and having stuff in the Guild Bank my mom found that I mentioned I wanted for my alts but never got around to farming. Just odds and ends like lowbie gear or spells that you could only get from drops. Or logging in after Dad passed from a heartattack two years ago and seeing a crap ton of plat in my bank from him. I log in from time to… Read more »

Destino
Destino
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

That’s the history I’ve talking about. There’s a YouTube video about this boy. https://youtu.be/gCtSgb-b7zg
Beautifully done in my opinion.

Nuitari
Nuitari
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

That one definitely hit the feels for me. My daughter passed away from Leukemia almost a year ago and her favorite game ever was Rayman Legends.I still play it once in a while whenever I miss her too much ;(

Tim van der Meij
Tim van der Meij
2 years ago
Reply to  Nuitari

She had great taste, Rayman Legends is a fantastic game.

Matt
Matt
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Well shit, I just stopped up short and nearly started crying reading that. I miss my dad. May 16, 1993, 3:05 AM-worst day of my life.

Destino
Destino
2 years ago

This thing about his sister ghost record. It’s based in a history about a kid who fired his Xbox and payed a race game he used to play with his dad, I saw the vide and cried a diluvium, first of all I was a fresh father and recently had lost my own dad.
Great omage man! Nicely done.

Ven
Ven
2 years ago

Holy crap….

Tim, I’m….beyond words. That was amazingly well written. Can I send Ethan a hug please?

Eldrin86
Eldrin86
2 years ago
Reply to  Ven

I agree your comics have been one of my favorite for who knows how many years but these last few strips have brought me to tears they are so touching,. Thanks for the feels 🙂

CaptainDawg
CaptainDawg
2 years ago

Outstanding comic…seriously, very well written. Looking forward to seeing the outcome of it!

Caleb
Caleb
2 years ago

I actually teared up a bit at this. It was short, but powerful, bravo

James Rye
James Rye
2 years ago

I would say, yeah, you won. Reminds me of that 9gag story where somebody said that years after his father’s death he was playing an old racing game where his father’s ghost was still in. So he raced it, over and over again, and the one time he was about to win, he stopped before the finish line and let his father’s record go past him, else it would have been deleted and replaced by his car.

Patrick Pinkney
Patrick Pinkney
2 years ago

So did that tagging Elijah was doing beside him just up and disappear all of a sudden?

Erik B
Erik B
2 years ago

Eh. Minor continuity error. I wouldn’t worry over too much, myself.

BillyHobbes
BillyHobbes
2 years ago
Reply to  Erik B

He’s fast enough – he may have scrubbed the wall before he left.

Brent
Brent
2 years ago

Well, that ended quick. Eh? Eh??

…Fine.

Seriously, though, Tim, the writing on this strip — nay, this whole issue — is some of the best I’ve seen you out, and I’ve been reading you for over ten years. Some real thought-provoking and emotional stuff. Well done, sir.

Brent
Brent
2 years ago
Reply to  Brent

*PUT out…..sorry, missed a word there

Croi
Croi
2 years ago

…I didn’t think I was going to get kicked in the heart strings today…wow…

Nealithi
Nealithi
2 years ago

I don’t know who needs a hug more. Ethan or Elijah. . .

Halosty
Halosty
2 years ago
Reply to  Nealithi

Think how many hugs Elijah could give though! He could be a world class speed hugger.

Jess
Jess
2 years ago

Damn. I did not expect that many feels coming from Ethan. Well done, Tim

Jortalus
Jortalus
2 years ago

I guess it’s time to kill the man who invented Fortnite.

Scott
Scott
2 years ago

Was this a discussion on video games or the gun control movement? It seems to cover both.

Tim van der Meij
Tim van der Meij
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Honestly it could be anything. Video games, guns, recreational drugs (to a point), kitchen knives, cars, etc.

Del Cox
Del Cox
2 years ago

Looking back, it’s pretty amazing that the SNES Mario Kart could save time trial ghost positional data when only a few megabytes contained the entire game.

Vedrit
Vedrit
2 years ago

…Anyone else still weirded out by Ethan being so deep? Like…I know he would have his moments of clarity, but this is….this is deep, man.

Scortch
Scortch
2 years ago

This is like reverse Star Lord. “Did we just win?”

Freelance
Freelance
2 years ago

“Because games matter” — Extra Credits

Patrick Mnoholitny
Patrick Mnoholitny
2 years ago

This comic is Proof that you truly care about the story and history your creating when you create your comic. Far too many would have made the tragic backstory reference you did with Ethan’s dead sister, and then never commented on it again, but you put actual emotion into your people, as thay are far more real then the term Character now.

TBone
TBone
2 years ago

Nice story. Well written.

But FYI there is no “next” button to page 17.