08/30/21 – Cuddle Puddle Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, August 30, 2021. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2021/08/2021-08-30-audio-ST.m4a.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Sometimes I horrify myself, even (especially) when I can’t stop laughing. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 08/27/21 – Like Wraiths 09/01/21 – Good News 41 Comments TheWreck August 30, 2021 at 12:24 am 3 weeks ago Oh. My. I mean, “Yay! Ruddock,” but, “Gee, sorry to see you like this! Ruddock.” Jon R August 30, 2021 at 12:56 am 3 weeks ago Utilitarian sociopaths, meet coyote with a alien allergy. Also, is it going to end up that the Stribs will remain a mystery because Coyote accidentally kills them all? Coyoty August 30, 2021 at 2:18 am 3 weeks ago The Baltivakk is like the Bermuda Triangle, and is about to have its own Mary Celeste. Efogoto August 30, 2021 at 7:56 am 3 weeks ago Bravo! Carl K August 30, 2021 at 1:02 am 3 weeks ago If he kills all of them, how do they find the humans to rescue? I hope someone can read their ship’s computer. C.B.VINCENT GOUDREAULT August 30, 2021 at 1:44 am 3 weeks ago The symbiont explored the ship and showed Tesfay where the hundreds of stasis chambers were located. TB August 30, 2021 at 2:57 pm 3 weeks ago Fortunately, we have seen that humans don’t make Ruddock sneeze. RUSSELL STYLES August 30, 2021 at 1:07 am 3 weeks ago Looks like he may have figured it out this time. Havlock August 30, 2021 at 3:06 am 3 weeks ago The look on Ruddock’s poor face is a classic Antti August 30, 2021 at 1:24 am 3 weeks ago I love these unexpected shifts and surprising lead characters that you write Chris. ???????? C.B.VINCENT GOUDREAULT August 30, 2021 at 1:29 am 3 weeks ago So, that thing has at least 3 settings: stun, kill and genocide. Ray Radlein August 30, 2021 at 1:33 am 3 weeks ago Yeah, look at that tail position. Ruddock definitely figured it out this time Zero August 30, 2021 at 2:44 am 3 weeks ago Not necessarily. The disappearing was freaking him out, remember. C.B.VINCENT GOUDREAULT August 30, 2021 at 1:55 am 3 weeks ago The count today would be (at least) 45 Stribs that were ‘splubted’. Busy day… Coyoty August 30, 2021 at 2:20 am 3 weeks ago Yep. They’re a puddle. Particle puddle. Puddlecles. Knicholas August 30, 2021 at 6:57 am 3 weeks ago More of a. . . gas. A cuddle gas. Jude August 30, 2021 at 3:16 am 3 weeks ago A nice big warm sleepy Stribs group and I thought “There’s no way Ruddock can wipe them all out with one or two sneezes.” Ah, but I should know you better (as a writer) by now. A zap and splubtbtbtbtbt later and that puddle’s gone. Hooray for Ruddock! I doubt that all are decimated though. No vessel has all its crew asleep at one time. I’d say there’ll still be lots of murderous Stribs that need to be looked after. The Gorram Batguy August 30, 2021 at 4:49 am 3 weeks ago Oh, no. Those where the Strib BABBIES…I think. CrackerJack August 30, 2021 at 9:27 am 3 weeks ago Looking at the comparative size of Ruddock’s head and the Stribs in panel 1, unless they’re BIG babbies, those were adults. Scorpinac August 30, 2021 at 6:23 am 3 weeks ago Okay, those were all adult Stribs, right? Gotta wonder when the three head honchos are finally gonna start realizing what’s actually going on. KQY61 August 30, 2021 at 6:37 am 3 weeks ago Oh, Snap! Wait. Oh, Zap! The puddle has evaporated. minando August 30, 2021 at 10:54 am 3 weeks ago Are you aware that Ruddock’s kill ratio is already bigger than that of ‘Alien’? Bruce Eckel August 30, 2021 at 12:19 pm 3 weeks ago Horrifyingly hilarious. Deus Ex Ruddock solves the Strib problem. karenth August 30, 2021 at 12:27 pm 3 weeks ago Seems to me the Stribs are getting a taste of what wanton house-crushing is like for the inhabitants. Poor Ruddock at least notices that they’re gone, though… Julian August 30, 2021 at 3:42 pm 3 weeks ago I counted fifty visible kids, then zero. tlhonmey August 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm 3 weeks ago Now that does make me wonder just how laser disintegration works… One Strib at a time, sure, you could maybe turn them into finely atomized powder and let them drift away on the breeze with nobody the wiser… But a pile that size? That’s going to clog the air filters and fill the room with a choking hazard amount of dust pretty well instantly… If it’s turning them to gas, that’s even worse. At the very least they’d displace all the air. More likely there’d be an impressive explosion… Doesn’t look like there’s a puddle left over either… I’ll give you bonus points if the Stribs realise something’s going horribly wrong because the life support clogs up with Strib dust I guess. 😛 RUSSELL STYLES August 31, 2021 at 12:07 am 3 weeks ago Sub atomic particles. They’d pass right through the hull without being noticed. Quarks basically. tlhonmey September 3, 2021 at 1:33 pm 3 weeks ago I guess that works as long as it’s somehow efficient enough to not cook everyone with the waste heat… Better hope the power pack in that laser doesn’t have a problem though, it could probably vaporize a small moon… Coyoty August 31, 2021 at 3:46 am 3 weeks ago It’s just going to make him sneeze more. Meerling August 30, 2021 at 4:36 pm 3 weeks ago Ruddock still hasn’t seen what’s happened yet, he’s always sneezing when they disappear. This definitely freaked him out. Still, without even knowing it I’d have to guess he’s probably wiped out around close to half their ships crew by now. Too bad for them that Ruddock is allergic to them, or maybe their shampoo, whatever 😉 Pete Rogan August 30, 2021 at 5:27 pm 3 weeks ago What did I say last week? I’m SO annoyed that Ruddock has eliminated all the Stribs with his collar laser. Even more so because he did it in one fell soup, as they say. Mind, they are the most truculent of species, and their parasitic plan to turn humans into unwitting and mindless nannies of their pups is obnoxious and offensive, but blowing away the crew here makes the task of tracking down their supplies and their facilities that presumably are still waiting for humans to sling into their slavery obstreperous and Augean. Finding the crewless Strib ship is just the first step in unravelling the larger plot against humanity and Galactic law the Stribs are still preparing. And I don’t think finding the Strib homeworld and linking Ruddock’s laser to the GOB fleet’s fire control system is the solution. However amusing that might be, briefly. No, don’t you dare! Muzhik August 30, 2021 at 8:57 pm 3 weeks ago What I can’t get over is how the Stribs are like little match heads. Normally, the laser blast would splupt only one Strib, and maybe the Strib behind that one. But no! Splupt one and the whole bunch is splupt. It could be a combination of the fabric their wearing and the chemicals used to clean them. Bunch them together and like match heads, you light one and the entire pile goes up. Or maybe like Apollo 1 — the adhesive used to affix the Velcro all over the capsule had no safety issues when under Earth-normal pressure and atmosphere. But in the mix of gasses used and the higher pressure in the capsule needed to test the strength of doors, etc., meant that when one piece caught fire the entire capsule was engulfed in flames in seconds. Cheery thought. RUSSELL STYLES August 31, 2021 at 12:11 am 3 weeks ago As I understand it, Apollo 1 used pure Oxygen at 5psi. Allowed for much cheaper and lighter capsule. Perfectly safe in space. Not safe on earth with what – 19 psi over vacuum. Should have used air on that occasion. Just_IDD August 31, 2021 at 8:35 am 3 weeks ago The Apollo fires were so fierce because the capsule environment was pure oxygen. Normal air is only about 21% oxygen and oxygen is the element required for the most efficient oxidation..aka burning. Once they start, fires in oxygen rich (5x more oxygen in this case) environments burn hotter and that additional heat allows other more energetic elements to also start burning which cascade until all the oxygen is gone. There is a thing called the “Fire Triangle” which covers the three things fire needs to happen. Oxygen, heat and combustible material. All of our firefighting technologies attempt to do two things, separate the burning surface from oxygen, and cool them below the burn threshold. Water does that through evaporation. The hotter an environment gets the more likely things that are not normally combustible will become so. Search online for “Lighting a grill with Liquid Oxygen” and really really don’t try this at home. RUSSELL STYLES August 31, 2021 at 4:04 pm 3 weeks ago Note that improperly used, charcoal and liquid oxygen make a potent explosive, at least in theory. Not to mention flames 50 feet high if it IS done right. So really, don’t try it. Still, I wish Mythbusters has tried it. Muzhik September 1, 2021 at 8:59 pm 3 weeks ago Search online for “Lighting a grill with Liquid Oxygen” and really really don’t try this at home. Forget about searching online! Just go to this blast-from-the-past, Little Dee from 12/14/13: http://www.littledee.net/?p=4526 There’s even a splurb in there! Night-Gaunt August 30, 2021 at 11:55 pm 3 weeks ago Ruddock’s sneezing firing the disintegrator weapon is doing an accidental service in annihilating any Stribs he meets. Well if Rick found the ship he’d take whatever tech he finds of interest. And maybe other items as well. 1 in 10 is big bounty! This is both funny and terrifying. Just like the Stribs are who use their puppy dog exterior by their cold murderous interiors to take what they want. They certainly deserve it. So I cry as a crocodile does. Rob C. August 31, 2021 at 6:54 am 3 weeks ago What strange place for the crew to sleep. Well, hopefully, Ruddock can figure out how to operate the ship if he not traumatized. He now picking up he cause of people disappearing and not just squinting when he sneezes. Pete Rogan August 31, 2021 at 6:02 pm 3 weeks ago No! Don’t! Ruddock convinced Spacetrawler he was the best commander the ship ever had. If he does that to the Strib ship…. Okay. That does it. Forget the lemonade. Decanting the Old Grand-Dad now. I’m gonna need it. colin September 1, 2021 at 12:19 am 3 weeks ago I have been asking for weird in this comic for ages. Ruddock. Mass murderer/Genocide of Stribs.. I mean Accidental Mass murderer/cause of Genocide of Stribs.. Ok we have hit creepy weird now. I get how this totally changes the story and I get how Ruddock may end up being prosecuted for crimes against Stribs. I am even up for a retcon too undo all of this. Meran September 4, 2021 at 6:43 am 2 weeks ago Wow. Really had to scroll to get a comment field.. Way to go Christopher! It’s said that to be a good writer, you must first kill all your darlings… big eyed puppy-looking things do qualify! Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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