Comic 1219 - Unhappy Returns

9th Aug 2015, 9:00 PM
Unhappy Returns
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

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Centcomm 6th Aug 2015, 9:14 PM edit delete
Today features a special guest star! From Pow Right in the Nostalgia! enjoy!

Pow Right in the Nostalgia! LINK
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:32 PM edit delete
Also remember guys you get 5 days of Data chasers this week !!

thank you for the subscribers ! and for getting us to 12 ! lets keep it there! :D
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jamie59 6th Aug 2015, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

LOL! Talk about bad timing.

How about we just push your power button.
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

heh she might take issue with that ! :D
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:36 AM edit delete reply

DLKmusic 9th Aug 2015, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

So THAT'S what charlotte looks like in CGI!!!!

Don't worry, Doc Silver, she'll just quietly sit in a corner and play Ms. Pac Man
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Yep! that it is! :D oh it gets better trust me :D
DLKmusic 10th Aug 2015, 2:16 PM edit delete reply

I just noticed. she speaks both Lamod and Esperanza with a southern drawl! How do you even DO that????
The Old Scribe 9th Aug 2015, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, a guest character from a strip I've never seen before. She seems like a sweet little thing and that 'Southerin' accent is priceless. She sure seems harmless and what's that Damnatio Memoriae outfit she belongs to? Is that Nova Roma's version of the USO?
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:20 PM edit delete reply

Charlotte is pretty awesome :D the strip shes from is very tongue in cheek but really fun to read :D
The Old Scribe 9th Aug 2015, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

I'll check it out and Damnatio Memoriae is what?
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

Rose can answer that one but they are a rebel group that uses vid characters and old books and such to hide there identity taking on names and persona from the past

the name means " The Unremembered "
Tokyo Rose 9th Aug 2015, 11:56 PM edit delete reply

Cent got this one before I could. :D
Howard 10th Aug 2015, 1:21 AM edit delete reply
OK as a southern man I would just like to point out we don't sound like that lol. That's pure hill billy right there. or mountain girl.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 2:09 AM edit delete reply

She may be hamming it up .. just a bit :D
Tokyo Rose 10th Aug 2015, 3:00 AM edit delete reply

Visiting my in-laws in Missouri has taught me that the accent can range from "perfectly coherent" to "NASCAR" over a ten-mile radius. The dialect varies so wildly across the entirety of the southeastern USA that I feel secure in stating this is at least as much a "Southern accent" as the next drawl. :D
Mark_L_A 10th Aug 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

I'm from Missouri originally and I've been told my accent shifts from Suthin, to New Yohk to Cockney, French and everything in between. I actually had people thinking I was from Australia for a few days.

Put me the family farm in Arkansas though, and after 2 days you can't tell I was from anywhere else BUT there.
Lukkai 10th Aug 2015, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

That shifting thing is not exclusive to US-English at all, I can tell you.

Put me in any part of the German speaking portion of Switzerland and I'll start picking up the local accent within days. And when at home, I actually tend to mix up accents of any of those parts I've visited over the last few months. With some words stuck permanently in my speaking pattern.
HiFranc 10th Aug 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply

My family's moved around a lot so I have a combination accent. People can hear that I'm British but find it hard to place which part of Britain.
HiFranc 10th Aug 2015, 10:34 PM edit delete reply

Here's a walk through some British accents.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 11:01 AM edit delete reply

That is actually really really cool Hifranc!
HiFranc 9th Jan 2020, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

Thank you.
That one guy 10th Aug 2015, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Accent can be location/mood dependent. I'm from Ohio and I don't have any trace of Southern accent normally and none of my family does either, but for some reason when I walk into an auto parts store and have to ask someone something, I start to pick up a bit of a twang. Not conscious, don't have the slightest clue why, but it happens relatively often. I'm not sure how much I notice that happening with other family members or people in the area, but I don't think I'm the only one.
Stormwind13 10th Aug 2015, 5:15 AM edit delete reply

When Charlotte gets excited her accent can get more pronounced, from what I've seen. It also seems to get cranked up if anyone COMMENTS on it. :-D
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply

Hah, NASCAR accent is now a thing. XD
Tokyo Rose 10th Aug 2015, 2:54 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, I literally cannot think of another way to describe the accent demonstrated by one of the family friends. He's clearly a really nice and intelligent guy, but I've met him on three occasions and I don't think I've understood more than ten words he's ever spoken in my hearing. I think it's a combination of the accent and the fact that he talks really, really fast. :D
That one guy 10th Aug 2015, 7:03 PM edit delete reply
Rose - There's some advice I heard a Southern coworker before visiting Georgia that I've always remembered and I think you could get into as well.

He said, "Remember, profanity wants to be at least seven syllables."
Kitty 10th Aug 2015, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
As a Yankee I don't mean any disrespect, sir, but I can say that I've often spoken to southern folks on the phone in the course of my job. Along with being (usually) very polite, sometimes they do indeed speak with that sort of drawl. Only sometimes, though :)

As for the page itself: Tense and funny at the same time. Oh, and "decaf is evil!" I bet Doc Silver would agree ;)
Mark_L_A 9th Aug 2015, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Well at least THIS time the Deathbot moniker is correct. :)
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply

it is so very much a death bot .. so so very much!
That one guy 10th Aug 2015, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Which is a good reason to make them not-sentient. Otherwise every so often odd connections would get made and a death bot would float up to Doc Silver with a sad look in its sensors and state that it doesn't want to be a death bot any more, it wants to be a hug bot, but it doesn't even have arms.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 10:55 AM edit delete reply

Hug bot .. BUHAHHAH!
Lukkai 11th Aug 2015, 2:10 PM edit delete reply

Let's just hope it would mean the nanny/teddybear kind of kid's hug bot.

Not the adult version.

I think Silver would actually have a stroke if it did the latter.
Pirtnac 9th Aug 2015, 9:34 PM edit delete reply
And over the next several hours, Doc Silver encounters another person from the webcomic multiverse every time someone in that room says "secure." (shhhhwshhhh!)

About twenty minutes in to the parade of personae, she realizes that no assault on the data center was required, and she could have simply walked in, sat down at a console, and performed her mission with all the danger of a library visit.


So, we have someone that might be a member of the local underground. Conveniently absent from the room while the fireworks went off, carrying a bag of stuff, and showing up during the mission critical bit. I wonder if "Kath" sent out a message to her people that everyone in an important place should take a fifteen minute break starting at 3:50...
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

there is a GOOD possibility of that.. :D
Tokyo Rose 9th Aug 2015, 11:57 PM edit delete reply

Why do I have a terrible feeling that this is going to turn into some kind of meme/in-joke specific to this comic? Any time anyone says the word "secure", some smartass is gonna immediately reply with "shhhhwshhhh"...
Wolfsbane 10th Aug 2015, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

*Excellent* suggestion, Rose! I second the motion.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 2:09 AM edit delete reply

thirded! :D
Tokyo Rose 10th Aug 2015, 3:00 AM edit delete reply

why did I say this
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 3:02 AM edit delete reply

"shhhhwshhhh" its a thing now .. :D
mjkj 10th Aug 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

Yup, shhhwshhh is now very secure :D
Stormwind13 10th Aug 2015, 5:17 AM edit delete reply

Because of your warped sense of humor, Rose? :-D. And you are a Trek fan, like a lot of the rest of us!
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:41 AM edit delete reply

Next thing you know, even people from the Order of the Stick, will appear when someone says things are .. secure.
DLKmusic 10th Aug 2015, 2:13 PM edit delete reply

Speaking of Order of the Stick, can we expect a cameo of Belkar?
Lukkai 10th Aug 2015, 4:56 PM edit delete reply

Mark_L_A 10th Aug 2015, 2:09 PM edit delete reply

Because you like to torture yourself?
Lukkai 10th Aug 2015, 4:55 PM edit delete reply

I think you can be quite secure of this to happen at least occasionally.

(Dang, that one just doesn't work as smoothly in English as it does in German.)
Grismagistus 11th Aug 2015, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
It came close. Try it this way, instead. "you can be quite secure in /expecting/knowing/etc./ that this will happen...". I appreciated the joke just like it came through, though :)
anonymous coward 9th Aug 2015, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Daaaang, in panel two Silver looks kinda vampiric. Also, this lady sounds kinda drunk if she's wandering around a city that just had a loud explosion like that without sounding too concerned. Is this a comedic bridge in between dramatic acts?
Centcomm 9th Aug 2015, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

yes. its meant to be slightly serious funny .. and a bit of black humor.. also the palace explosion was only a dull boom like thunder to by the time it got to the hub and less so in the sub basement
Dragonrider 9th Aug 2015, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

OK didn't move to the correct date on CF. Have a feeling Doc Silver would rather shoot first and to hell with the questions, I fully approve in her situation no one from NR side should enter with loudly giving positive IFF first.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 2:10 AM edit delete reply

she yelled don't shoot the only reason the drones didnt turn her into swiss cheese is she is unarmed. they dont carry stun armaments :D
HiFranc 9th Aug 2015, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

I have to agree with Charlotte about Silver's coffee choices.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 2:10 AM edit delete reply

Silver is not in a happy place right now.
Stormwind13 10th Aug 2015, 5:24 AM edit delete reply

She REALLY will be unhappy if the channel to Marcus is still open. He would NEVER let her live it down.
I dunaw think that (secure) means what you think it means, Doctor. :-D Secure should mean that unauthorized people aren't walking in on you!
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:42 AM edit delete reply

For all we know, Charlotte just brought Dr Silver some munchies and cofee. XD
Stormwind13 10th Aug 2015, 5:55 PM edit delete reply

Actually those were a peace offering for her fellow employees; however, currently they aren't in any condition to enjoy them right now. :-D So Dr. Silver might partake of them. :-)
Timotheus 10th Aug 2015, 1:12 AM edit delete reply

I'm still expecting the night janitor with a mop and bucket.
(My most extreme Emergency Room experience was coming through the locked back entrance (housekeeping had keys) with the floor cart only to marvel at all the cops and people handcuffed to gurneys staring at me. I left quickly)
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 2:11 AM edit delete reply

OOOPS thats when you look around .. say .. awwwwkard... and leave quickly .. like you did :D
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

That is always an awkward situation, especially if the janitor decides to ignore the cops, and just keeps on cleaning the place.
Evervigilant 10th Aug 2015, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
Just curious, where did the bag she was holding go? As high strung as Sliver and her deathbots are I'd think if she dropped it they would have ventilated her or the bag at least. Definitely would scan the bag, but then I'm just paranoid like that. lol
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 3:01 AM edit delete reply

Artist confession . I forgot to put it on the ground. I think its floating out of view.
Tokyo Rose 10th Aug 2015, 2:56 PM edit delete reply

It's, uh, on the floor and hidden by a speech bubble? Can we go with that? :D
Lukkai 10th Aug 2015, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

Actually if I look at the panels...

If she set it down right at the door where she originally stopped, then moved a step or two as Silver indicated and we see her in the later panel, the bag would now be just about right behind her and not visible to us.
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

to Rose and Lukkai .. I can roll with that!
MST3KFan 10th Aug 2015, 3:05 AM edit delete reply

I got to see this page a bit before it's completion, and still loving it.

This was such an awesome thing to see Charlotte cameo in another comic and in such a unique way. Her Southern accent is bit 'stronger' than it is in my actually comic, but I'm not gonna hate on it. XD

Just awesome work. And the appearance fell right on my birthday, too.

Thank you, Centcomm!
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 3:20 AM edit delete reply

Your very welcome MST3KFan! ( Psst I assume you forgot the "not hate on it" LOL! )

Glad you like it ,. thanks for letting Charlotte show up :D

PS - Happy B day!
MST3KFan 10th Aug 2015, 3:38 AM edit delete reply

Heh. Gotta love typos. >_>;;

Seriously, I love it.

And thanks to you as well! XD
mjkj 10th Aug 2015, 3:22 AM edit delete reply

Happy birthday MST3KFan :D
MST3KFan 10th Aug 2015, 3:38 AM edit delete reply

Thanks, mjkj! XDXD
Stormwind13 10th Aug 2015, 5:30 AM edit delete reply

Yeah Happy Birthday, MST3KFan. Thank you for letting CentComm use Charlotte. She
fits right in. :-)
Sheela 10th Aug 2015, 6:46 AM edit delete reply

Happy birfday and thanks for the loan of your character. :)
Shoddi 10th Aug 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

Crossover Appearances = New Archive Dives!
Lukkai 10th Aug 2015, 5:01 PM edit delete reply

That kick to the head seems to have had unexpected consequences. ;)
HiFranc 10th Aug 2015, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

Happy (Belated) Birthday!
mjkj 10th Aug 2015, 3:26 AM edit delete reply

Yayyy, Charlotte... :D, she really looks good there...
zartala 10th Aug 2015, 6:48 AM edit delete reply

I really like this page! It's a nice pause to all the epic action that's been taking place (which is equally awesome to read) and offers a chance to reflect on the magnitude of everything that is currently happening. :)
Centcomm 11th Aug 2015, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

Yep that it does! Glad you like it! :D
KarToon12 10th Aug 2015, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

This is the last time she goes out to get Dunkin' Doughnuts for everyone. XD
CptKerion 10th Aug 2015, 5:42 PM edit delete reply
out of everything, EVERYTHING it could have been, I had not figured on it being someone coming back with Munchies.

I was thinking stormtroopers, soldiers... panzerhunds I don't friggin' know. But not someone with groceries.
anonymous coward 10th Aug 2015, 6:24 PM edit delete reply
You might want to develop your concept of what is and isn't probable. Consider: How many people are in Nova Roma? How many of them are emergency responders? How many emergency responders are right next to this office ready to counterattack in less than ten minutes notice at damn four in the morning? Most people who are gonna show up at this office around this time are people who have normal reasons to be there, like pizza delivery and the folks who work there.
This is one of the major reasons for rule 19 of Murphy's Laws of Combat. "When you've secured the area, don't forget to tell the enemy."
CptKerion 10th Aug 2015, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
I'd expect by now the good old sirens and alarms to be going off and people to be seeking the lowest floor and interior rooms.

By now, most civilians should be getting themselves out of the open and in to places as far from the fighting as they could get.
That one guy 10th Aug 2015, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
I got the impression that they were doing noisy obvious things at the palace. The network hub is intended as stealth. The people who'll notice the network hub misbehaving are primarily at the palace with attempts at their comms being shut off to request backup to inspect the network hub (not clear if any military comm other than the Cassian-to-Cassian comms are working).

So I think AC's general comment is more likely to cover Silver's situation. On the other hand, there are always outliers or people who forgot things, so it's not impossible for an active hostile to end up taking notice.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 8:09 PM edit delete reply

there aren't any sirens going off at the HUB silver has already killed all that. as well as emergency Klaxons at the palace. shes also making sure emergency services and EMS are working fine.
That one guy 10th Aug 2015, 7:10 PM edit delete reply
Sadly enough, I could actually envision Dunkin' Doughnuts surviving the apocalypse.
CptKerion 10th Aug 2015, 7:13 PM edit delete reply
Sadly enough, so can I.
Tokyo Rose 10th Aug 2015, 11:46 PM edit delete reply

Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks.
Mark_L_A 10th Sep 2015, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

Don't forget Waffle House
Lukkai 11th Aug 2015, 2:17 PM edit delete reply

Survive it? Brought about, more likely! ;)
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 8:08 PM edit delete reply

I know right! - well she forgot her uniform .. and was hoping to not get reprimanded.
highlander55 10th Aug 2015, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

Isn't Charlotte supposed to be a Blond? (or at least Blonder) PS- Top Web Comics and Comic Basement links are broken.
Centcomm 10th Aug 2015, 8:07 PM edit delete reply

Its fixed now :D and its the lights making her look darker blond .. its actually a fairly pale yellow blond.
Haegan2005 10th Aug 2015, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

cattservant 10th Aug 2015, 10:05 PM edit delete reply

A wisp of mist*
from the fog of war...

*(or missed)
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