Comic 1130 - Opening Pleasantries

29th Jan 2015, 9:00 PM
Opening Pleasantries
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)
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jamie59 29th Jan 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 5:44 AM edit delete reply

That's how you have to be when you're dealing with someone who isn't the sharpest spoon in the drawer.
Haegan2005 29th Jan 2015, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Okay, so a few comments.

1st panel. looks like he is preparing to make a call and Calliope trumped him! Did I call that right?

2nd panel. LMAO! looks like the prince is ALSO getting irritated by LUNA Corp boiler plate. I don't know who masterminded that panel's dialog but it was lovely!

Final panel. Centcomm is doing what cici did awhile ago. That is some serious study going on there and frankly kinda makes me wonder just what Cent will pick up. So glad I am not the target of that concentration. I suspect that Cent already has a VERY good idea as to how this convo will work out as the AI knows one human very well and has started to figure the other one out.

As an aside, the redesign of the princes armor is actually pretty sharp. Have you redone most of the characters so far?
Stormwind13 29th Jan 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

I got more the impression that some diplomatic note got passed, maybe by CentComm, that Calliope would be calling. Probably at such in such a time. So Douchebag climbed into his fancy suit and dragged along his right hand assassin to take the call. I might be wrong though, Haegan.
Tokyo Rose 29th Jan 2015, 10:58 PM edit delete reply

1) No, he wasn't going to make contact himself; note that the Luna-Comm operator told Calli that the palace switchboard had acknowledged the incoming call. The Prince was informed. The "outgoing call" label means his screen making the connection to the central switchboard.

2) That was me, and I so enjoyed writing it. Glad you enjoyed reading it. :D
Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 5:39 AM edit delete reply

I like how the Luna Com technician is throwing subtle insults at the prince, while being perfecty polite. Good stuff. :)
Lukkai 30th Jan 2015, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
At this point I'm getting the feeling that no one really likes Luna-Comm. They all just deal with it.
Tokyo Rose 31st Jan 2015, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

Bit of a running joke. :)
JacobJSebastian 29th Jan 2015, 9:44 PM edit delete reply

... wanna hit decimus in the face with a brick. I'm just sayin....
Hornet 30th Jan 2015, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
I don't think there's a character or reader that doesn't
Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

I wouldn't do something like that to the poor brick ! :(
DLKmusic 30th Jan 2015, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

Only a brick? you're feeling charitable.

I want to put him in a locked room with TeeDee for 40 minutes (and tell her that she should do what she feels is right).

edit: Please review quote number 1 of Nicolo Machiavelli from the previous page!
CptKerion 1st Feb 2015, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
I was just thinking saguaro cactus prostate check for him.
Sheela 1st Feb 2015, 9:54 PM edit delete reply

With a brick ?

The Old Scribe 29th Jan 2015, 9:50 PM edit delete reply


"Listen and listen tight Prince Whatsyerface. I want my daughter delivered to me safe and sound ASAP or I'm coming to get her. You don't want that, because if I do, you and the rest of your kingdom is going to be a green glass lake in the middle of a desert. Now the clock's ticking and you have exactly one minute to think it over. Nice armor by the way."
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2015, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

Well I agree with Haegan2005 the armor should reduce the douchieness the princie poo projects. However Douchie is as Douchie does. And boy does he do douchie.
DLKmusic 31st Jan 2015, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
I think "Summers Eve" wants to have a talk with you about smearing their fine product by associating it with Prince Decimus.
Rashala 29th Jan 2015, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

*what is goifn through Centcomm dols mind*

Must..not...smirk....Must...remain...impassive.whilecalli rips this Idiot a new REctum!
CptKerion 30th Jan 2015, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
several new rectums in fact.
Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 5:43 AM edit delete reply

Adding more assholes to the body of one GIANT asshole, is quite the feat.
I wonder if Calliope will get an achievement for that ?
Dragonrider 30th Jan 2015, 4:12 PM edit delete reply

Actually think that is a case of Wrecked Rectum.
mjkj 30th Jan 2015, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

Oh, I like where that will go... :D

Great job, Rose...

...also great job, CentComm.

Elihias 30th Jan 2015, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
'I would like to know how to secure my daughter's safe release as quickly as possible. Preferably without the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

However, if that's not possible, would you like to tell me the location of your civilian populations, as I'd prefer to limit the number of innocent casualties.
Draginbeard 30th Jan 2015, 1:00 AM edit delete reply

Ok, its off to a stately beginning, lets see how long it take for one of them to lose their cool.
velvetsanity 30th Jan 2015, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

That won't take long, since Mama Bear is likely in an ice cold rage already, and won't conform to drekhead's childish and misogynistic view of reality
Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 5:37 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, besides, the Prince could only barely handle the Luna Com technician.
And she was trying very hard to be polite, while insulting him. :D

I doubt Calliope will be so nice to him.
velvetsanity 30th Jan 2015, 6:49 AM edit delete reply

Are you sure the Luna tech wasn't just using the info given by Calli when she placed the call? :)
Sheela 30th Jan 2015, 8:06 AM edit delete reply

I'm fairly certain that the Luna Com technician knew exactly what rank the prince had, and how they refer to New Rome. Also notice that in panel one he goes "urgh, Luna-Com again", so I doubt it's the first time it has happened.

Besides, when Calliope placed the call, she called him "prince Decimus Livius", so she wouldn't have gotten that from Calliope.

Methinks, it's Luna Com's subtle indication of who they like or not, even though their official policy is a "hands off" policy.
I'm just waiting for the ending of the call, where the technician bills him for the call.
Oh such sweet revenge for Calliope. XD

tl;dr - Luna-Com is trolling Decimus. :)
mjkj 30th Jan 2015, 11:33 AM edit delete reply

Or it might be a subtle hint that Luna does not acknowledge his office... ;)
DLKmusic 30th Jan 2015, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

Either that, or she's taking a page out of Lily Tomlin's Phone Operator routine....

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the phone company."
Lukkai 30th Jan 2015, 11:22 PM edit delete reply
What's more: "We're the ONLY phone company."
Centcomm 31st Jan 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 1st Feb 2015, 8:27 PM edit delete reply

Good call, Sheela. Yeah, I'm not sure if it is Luna Com the company, Loonies in general or just this particular operator doesn't seem to care for Douchebag here. If she had to deal with him before or heard about how he treats his women, I could see her being insulting. Or if the operator knows Athena, that might explain it too.

Or maybe it is company, I imagine Douchebag is probably cheap and slow on paying for anything (besides his weapons).

I'm not sure how he could have annoyed ALL of Luna enough to justify the reaction. Still if anyone could, it would be Douchebag there.
Guest 30th Jan 2015, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
I'm just gonna spread out a blanket, have a drink, and wait for the fireworks
DLKmusic 31st Jan 2015, 12:17 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like a plan! I brought Chips!
CptKerion 1st Feb 2015, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
Hey! I brought the collapsible fallout shelter!
Centcomm 1st Feb 2015, 12:21 AM edit delete reply

makes hot dogs...
Sheela 1st Feb 2015, 8:09 AM edit delete reply

Ohhh, hotdogs !
*spreads military cooking gel on Decimus' chair*
*sets it on fire*

Lets warm 'em up. :D
Hornet 30th Jan 2015, 7:52 AM edit delete reply
I don't know since the prince is a petulant thug, he might surprise Calli. Who thinks she's dealing with a ruler.
mjkj 30th Jan 2015, 11:36 AM edit delete reply

Get deci to stretch out his hands, then apply said ruler to them - with force...
Lukkai 30th Jan 2015, 11:26 PM edit delete reply
Bamboo ruler for this one? It's got that nice combo of flexibility and strength that allows for a real good hit. Even with not so much force.
Tokyo Rose 31st Jan 2015, 3:00 PM edit delete reply


Putting Decimus into a school run by Catholic nuns when he was a kid might have cured of him of the psycho. Alas, we shall never know. :D
Sheela 1st Feb 2015, 8:12 AM edit delete reply

Either that, or it might make him even more psycho!

And yes ... he's looking at YOU !!
He's looking straight into your SOUL !
Lukkai 1st Feb 2015, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
Nothing to see here, move along!
Nothing to see here, move along!
Hornet 4th Feb 2015, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
That was disturbing!
KarToon12 30th Jan 2015, 9:15 AM edit delete reply

Gets right to the point. Nice. >:)
Lukkai 30th Jan 2015, 11:24 PM edit delete reply
Which might make his world crumble.

"How is my manly charm not working? HOW?"
Tokyo Rose 31st Jan 2015, 3:05 PM edit delete reply

The next few pages were fun to write. There's so much subtext that it practically crowded the actual words off :D
Lukkai 31st Jan 2015, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
/me is now picturing the mental image of subtext in a shepherd's cloak with hat and staff shooing away the word sheep.
Sheela 1st Feb 2015, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

*hides cloak*

Who would do such a thing .. *looks back and forth at Centcomm & Rose* .. you wouldn't do THAT ?
Would you ?

*psst, don't worry, I dug a hole in the backyard and hid the evidence!
The readers will NEVER know ! :)
cattservant 30th Jan 2015, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

tense and tenser...
Kitty 31st Jan 2015, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Problem with Decimus is the same as with most arrogant assholes. He believes his own press releases. Almost expected to see him pounding his chest ala Tarzan. "Me Decimus! Me important!" I'm sure he has a comeuppance in his near future.
velvetsanity 31st Jan 2015, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

And every last one of us is looking forward to seeing it :D
CptKerion 1st Feb 2015, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
I hope it involves a cactus.
Dongaria 1st Feb 2015, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

That's one hell of a game of Risk Decimus has going on that board ;)
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