Took a lot longer to get back on the horse than I thought!
Add to that I think I may be coming down with a gorram cold, too.
These are what the Chinese call “interesting times.”
Not Chinese. Ernest Bramah, from one of the Kai Lung books.
Did some web searching. According to Wikipedia, no Chinese source for May you live in interesting times” has been found. In the article on Ernest Bramah, though, it is noted that he was credited with this phrase, but also that in fact it doesn’t appear anywhere in the Kai Lung stories… either.
[opens wormhole, sends chicken soup] Glad you’re back! =)
“Alright you Primitive Screwheads, listen up! You see this? This… is my boomstick!!!”
OKay. I think, finally it’s time for …
“I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin’ with the wind
And the feelin’ that I’m under
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space”
Welcome back, JED. Just take it at whatever pace keeps you feelin’ good and in good health. These latest few bumps in the road made me realize I’d been taking these past few months’ worth of steady, near-daily updates a bit for granted.
Thank you for a great story. Re-learnin’ myself how to appreciate and savor every single installment.
What 3X said. We don’t want to take you for granted, JED. *hugs*
…And I know the gorram cold feeling. Just getting over one, myself.
Oy! I got it… Like shooting golems in a barrel…all clumped together like they are she ought to be able to take out three to five per shot.
Boom, Boom, Boom job done.
Oh Cool we get to watch an all over sexy woman firing a big gun……nothing sexier.
To quote another webcomic (Failure to Fire, notworksafe), “Dat recoil!”
They must have gotten these discount clones from the same place that Stormtroopers came from.
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I predict Zona will fall of the bike in the next scene.
@Soyeong, Fall? She and her horse were raised together. Mentl might roll out from under her at worst. If she does it in the middle of the pack, she can zap all of the demons as they try to turn their bikes around, never give a demon an even break.
#JED, glad to have you back. Keep this to a pace you can comfortably handle. If OTOH, doing Zona and putting up with all of us is therapeutic for you, we will not refuse to let you take care of yourself that way either.
It doesn’t matter how good she is with riding a horse, she still needs to grip the reigns and lean in close. It’s a lot harder for the person in back to stay on and all she’s holding on to is the shotgun, so I can see Mentl rolling out from under her.
I’ve ridden a horse, a camel, and a motorcycle (2nd rider). All 3 of them, you grip with the thighs. Not always, but definitely when the horse is rearing, when the bike is peeling out, and when the camel is rising or kneeling. (I even impressed the Beduin whose camel it was; he honestly thought I’d fall, the camel tipped that far over, and when I didn’t and he didn’t have to brace me, he blinked in astonishment, grinned at me, and briefly touched a hand to his forehead in salute. I scared him again by grinning and giving him a salaam in return (hands pressed together) as the camel was still descending.) XD
*snickers* Well, you certainly know how to impress the boys, Jean.
And yes, in my experience as well, you use your tights to hold on for the most part. That is what I did when I (not quite so legal) rode second on my boyfriends scooter. (Yep, it was a long time ago, in my teenage years). There was very little space for my feet or me, so I learned to hold on with my tights and follow the movements of the vehicle. Though I wouldn’t have let go with my hands, I have no doubt someone as skilled as Zona could stay on without using her hands to hold on.
All this warm and fuzzy ‘we love you and please take all the time you need’ is nice and all but personally i’m a selfish bastard that just wants more Zona.
so drink some orange juice and draw already…
Jed good to have you back. You have my sympathy have just got over one hell of cold was laid up for a week no fun. Can see by look on Zonas face in panel two ITS ASS KICKIN TIME. Poor girl has had nothing to do for some time have to take frustrations out somehow on someone or thing.
Thank you for the new page. And don’t worry if it will be a bit of a wait for the next one. I hope things do sort themselves out as soon as possible for you, and you quickly get better from the cold.
“Life: it’s awesome.” – Mentl at this precise moment
I don’t know if I had a cold or a sinus infection from hell but it started the day before Thanksgiving and I am not completely well yet! Even goldenseal, oregano oil, and extra vit c have not knocked it off….but I can almost hear again!
I surely hope it doesn’t get more gorram for you.
Take all the time you need, JED. Your true fans will still be here, so don’t rush if you’re not feeling ready or well. Hell, I still check “Elle and all the others”, and that’s pretty much been a dead comic these past three years.
Oh, and upon seeing panel three, my immediate thought was “Hi-ho Silver! Away!” and the epic beginning to the finale for “The William Tell Overture.”
Kind of got lucky on not getting shot there, didn’t they?
“Dununununun Nunt Nun! Dunununun Nunt! LETS GO!”
Downfall of us Al by Day to Remember *my own interpretation*
wheres the ramp or does that cycle fly?
considering the magic all around that motorcycle it probably can, not to mention beat the rules of motion and physics.
WB Jed, and that is a very fine comic!
Those poor mooks.
Are these demon guys constructs, or were they sentient human beings, Urtts, or maybe demons from the otherwhen?
Maybe I missed what they are.
As far as I can tell, we’re all still guessing as to their exact nature. There’s been a few hints, but the two most solid points so far are 1) they killed Vito and 2) originate from the Otherwhen. Can’t even be quite sure they’re (directly) minions of Shuach yet. Theoretically, they could be an entirely separate faction of evil. Or, even, maybe not even evil at all … they might be on an important mission that only seems “evil” because our main heroes are being targeted.
However, if I was betting, then I’d bet that 3) they are, indeed, evil. Sometimes I’m sure JED’s trolling us with herring of the reddish variety, but the vibe off these guys is Not Good in just about any human language I’m aware of.
They all have the symbol of Shuach (the stylized skull drawing) on their foreheads. Pretty sure they’re his thugs from the Otherwhen.
…I’d have called them “minions”, but a “minion” is 10 Jewish Men (properly bar-mitzvah’d) and there aren’t a full 10 (especially after that excellent shot), and I sincerely doubt they are even lapsed or non-practicing Jews, never mind having gone through a proper bar mitzvah ceremony…
They definitely come from the Otherwhen, and they’re constructs (as one of them went back to its boss with its head LITERALLY in its hands). Aside from that, nobody really knows for sure what they are or what their purpose is, aside from giving Mentl a hard time.
I think we can be fairly confident that they have something to do with Shuach.
JED, if you don’t put together a kick-butt poster of Mentl and Zona armed and dangerous on the Harley, it’s divorce!
Lame attempts at humor aside, glad you’re back. It’s okay if you have to take a break because of life. Your fans will be here. It’s more important to take care of yourself.
I guess this answers the question “did he magic up the gun” since he has more ammunition he probably did not create the shotgun.
Love it. Keep up the awesome. Sorry you had to go through so much crap JED. Your turn I guess but it always sucks.
If you’re ever in KC feel free to let us know
Dunno about everyone else, but I’m beginning to be concerned. JEDraft, never mind the comic, just let us know you’re OK. Supposed to have been a new comic Monday and here it is Friday with nothing, not even a comment. T’ain’t like you.
Don’t be concerned, friends.
My life is undergoing some dramatic personal changes and my schedule has been seriously disrupted.
Plus the Holidays.
Also was running a 101 fever there for awhile.
Nonetheless, still employed, still alive, still very much dedicated to Zona.
I will not promise anything, but I will be working on a new page to be uploaded as soon as it’s completely perfect.
Okay, maybe when I can actually stand to look at it, at least.
Thanks very much
Ah good, you’re alive and awake. Was wondering if you’d hidden yourself under the covers and forgot to come out for more than food and water… *offers plate of cookies & glass of milk*
It’s good to hear from you, I was about to contact the Jewish Mothers Union and send them asking… stay in touch, even if we don’t speak up, we’re always concerned about YOU. Maybe because you let us come into Zona’s universe, but I’m sure it’s more then just that.
“Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.”
Here’s hoping that you’re doing a good bit better than “slightly alive.”
Give yourself a Holiday break or something. Get a clear mind and a refreshed start. So long as you’ve promised that you’re dedicated to Zona, I’ll take that at face value and will most certainly wait. Always push yourself toward quality, so it’ll all happen exactly in the time it takes … don’t rush toward any artificial goals or deadlines.
Cheers for Christmas, the Solstice, the Holidays & the New Year! And, thank you.
Well, I may not be concerned for myself, and instead I will be serenely confident that Zona will be back sometime soon, but it sounds like you’re still encountering difficulties in your personal life. I think it’s reasonable to be concerned about them and hope they resolve as best they can.
I will always be concerned about the well-being of my friends (and, yes, I do count you as one) when I don’t hear from them. Worry about the comic after you’ve taken care of yourself.
Glad to hear you are surviving. I still have the remnants of my own gorram cold, and it is a B*TCH. Hope you come back to strength soon, I hate when the negatives stack up myself.
Ride ‘em Mentl. Biker gangs have long known that a bike IS a weapon. Just line the warhorses of old.
Happy new year to all
Havent been here in a long long time.Great as usual
(Im)patiently waiting for the next update. Hoping you are doing well, JED.
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