02/06/17 Mauricio’s Options Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent The elves have been busy. DRAWING COMICS IN EXCHANGE FOR SHOES. Also, you all know I’m drawing and posting a diary strip every Friday, right? Here? Just click on the “previous” link. First Strip Original Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent 02/01/17 Where Bikkie Naps 02/08/17 New Outfits 19 Comments Erik February 6, 2017 at 1:43 am 3 years ago Depressed yes. But suicidal? And that after having found someone he might someday call his brother? Totally did not see that coming. I am contemplating over ficticious characters. ….again! Chapeau, Christopher. Made my day. Again. Christopher Baldwin February 6, 2017 at 9:58 am 3 years ago When you ask yourself, not “if” you’ll kill again, but “if I don’t kill myself HOW MANY more will I kill,” your options might come more into focus. 🙂 EvilMidnightLurker February 6, 2017 at 3:32 am 3 years ago Eeegh. …morbid as it is to consider this, I suppose Jabby couldn’t be tricked into deciding Mauricio was sufficiently wicked to justify self-destruction…? Jonesy February 6, 2017 at 4:30 am 3 years ago I hope Jabby cannot get to control Mauricio’s mind, that would suck. Coyoty February 6, 2017 at 4:31 am 3 years ago Like Douglas Adams and J. Michael Straczynski, Chris knows how to effectively use spoilers as plot devices. We know that Mauricio dies, but the journey is all about how he dies when he shouldn’t be able to. Christopher Baldwin February 6, 2017 at 9:56 am 3 years ago It’s all about Macbeth, baby. Darke February 6, 2017 at 6:38 am 3 years ago Subtle political commentary in panel 7. 😀 Christopher Baldwin February 6, 2017 at 9:56 am 3 years ago Ha! Mayyyyybe. But honestly, there’s never been a time in my life when I’ve felt I couldn’t write that. Herandar February 6, 2017 at 7:42 am 3 years ago Next time jump Superman style, with your arms straight out in front of you. M.A. February 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm 3 years ago Did that deer ever get the hammock off his head? Tobias February 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm 3 years ago It cracks me up that Jabby apparently has a grappling hook installed next to the muzzle of his gun, just in case. Either that or it’s able to grow whatever gadget it needs on the fly… or fall. And I guess the circle on the end is just a pop-off decorative cap? caribouchat February 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm 3 years ago They certainly chose the right spot in the spaceship to discuss this issue, didn’t they. Night-Gaunt49 February 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm 3 years ago I feel for Mercurio the very idea of killing is horrible to me. Even for self defense. It is like a Colombo episode. You see who and how, but you stay to watch how Colombo figures it all about to catch the murder. This is all about seeing how it happens and what happens to the characters throughout. Peter Rogan February 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm 3 years ago Heh. ‘Mercurio.’ Interesting perspective, that choice of name. I may as well state the obvious: Jabby’s given thought to a lot of Mauricio’s ‘options.’ So much so that we can expect most of them to be anticipated. The question is, to whose advantage? That’s not an easy question for a murderous weapon that’s symbiotic to a pacific human. This surface turns meromorphic without warning. It will do you no good to watch where you step. Night-Gaunt49 February 7, 2017 at 2:17 pm 3 years ago Sorry, Mauricio, I’ll use your name properly from now on. I guess now it is too late to cut the weapon off since the nanomachines are all through his body anyway. One day he won’t be able to attempt it or even think about doing it once that part of his brain is altered by it. Muzhik February 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm 3 years ago The most horrifying thought to me? The nanobots are soooo tuned to him and repairing his body and keeping him fit, etc., that if his head gets blown off or he gets hit with an incendiary device, the remaining nanobots will be able to scavenge enough organic material (say, by having the remains dumped into a compost pile) that they will be able to rebuild Mauricio, albeit without that pesky conscience. “We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster. More willing to make full use of us!” (cue evil laugh) Peter Rogan February 7, 2017 at 9:21 pm 3 years ago Which only begs the ultimate question: Under what circumstances can’t Jabby save Mauricio? Chris has left a significant clue here, one you don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar to appreciate. The only question is: How aware do you need to be of the necessity of death to not be able to prevent it? There’s more to the answer to that question than I have here allowed. Slothrop February 7, 2017 at 9:20 pm 3 years ago I hope* the aliens remind Anesu that she is obliged to help Mauricio kill himself, since that seems to be his wish. *I don’t actually hope that Meran August 23, 2017 at 9:35 am 2 years ago “I’ll make sure these meanies make happen.”? Is there a missing word? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.