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The Young Protectors: Engaging The Enemy Chapter 4—Page 74

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So! Holding onto all those souls is killing Spooky! But at least it looks like he was able to stop Laampros from arriving. Will the team be able to break into that box and put Spooky in contact with the bodies inside? And more importantly, will they be able to do so in time?

Tune in this Wednesday to find out! Hope to see you there! 😀

 

 

  • syllibub

    Oof — brilliant idea, but all of this strain on top of the internal injuries he’s just (mostly) healed from must be terrible.

  • O.O

  • stickfigurefairytales

    SPOOOOKYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • davefragments

    I wonder about how they are going to open the box…
    I wonder if Duncan has any clue about it.
    I wonder if Sircea is lurking.
    I also wonder what Laampros is thinking on the other side.

    • Jeldenil

      ‘Damn superhumans, they never run on time. Worse then trains.’

    • syllibub

      As much as I’d like Sircea to show up again, it’s probably better that she doesn’t — she’d pop Spooky like a Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

  • Mitch, the optimist <3 I like the optimist here. No killing Spooky!

    I'm also really hoping that Fluke is just keeping an eye on the bone door in that last panel. Not that he's seeing something coming.

  • camelotcrusade

    Can he just… put them back now? The timer already went off, right?

    • stickfigurefairytales

      I think so, but he’s got to be able to get into the box and physically touch the people to put the souls back.

      • Ant-Man

        He didn’t have to touch them to take souls_ fart them out & put them back in the way they came out – without touching

  • Mitch is just being too adorable…

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    It’s too bad spooky’s magic aura is green… i could have made Willy Wonka jokes!

  • Chris Dangerfield

    I sacrificed a lot of good chocolate cake for this beautifully rendered page and I’m still worried about my Spooky. I think I’m going to have to write a rather sternly worded letter to the goddess of new pages. Humph!

    Clearly it was just too early for a nice HEA complete with some sexy snogging and a good meal. 🙂

    How soon is the next page? Then, I’m sure everything will be just fine. I do believe. I DO! LOL.

    Thanks Alex, Adam and Vero. As always the work is awesome.

    • Sapfo

      Your Spooky? Oh no, I sacrificed some good sleep over this page, worried for what is to come…. did you save som cake for me?

      Mitch is so sweet ^^

    • Juliette Leroux

      I’m in for cake too. We need it in these dark places…

  • Terry

    I wonder if Cory could tear the box open? hmmmm

    • David Welbourn

      Although I’m quite sure that Cory will make another appearance, perhaps even eventually joining the team, I think he also needs a bit of training in using his powers first.

  • Zephyr10101

    spooky… :c

  • Mir

    I feel like it’s going to be Kyle who gets the box open. Flame has got to come in handy somehow with this situation.

  • Fluke looks a little extra spooked (herrr no pun intended)

    • Exactly. I wonder if he’s spotted something over at the gate way, or if it’s the whole situation and being worried something could come through the door.

  • Out of nowhere I start thinking about the souls, or rather the people behind the souls, since Spooky ‘ate’ them.

    Were they just random people, or were they chosen for either being ‘good’ souls – or being considered ‘bad’ souls (any kind of sinners), so they could help open a gate to hell? Some believe sinners go there anyway, right?
    How much of a sinner to go to hell? Random people , or carefully picked?
    Strange considerations, and probably of no matter what so ever, but they’re currently in Spooky and ripping him apart. Can he feel their pain and fear? Can he share their thoughts and memories?

    Why did my mind even go there? I’m way too tired for this xD

    • Klaus

      I do not think this is he Christian Hell. Note that if the Walls of Blood and Pain break down, Earth will go back to being just another circle of Hell. This is very different from the Christian conception of Hell.

      • On the other hand…

        Faus. How comes it then that thou art out of hell?

        Meph. Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.

    • bronakopdin

      those are awesome thoughts! I just saw the page and still need to think about it but I wonder whether I would have come up with this, it’s a really interesting question 😀

  • Jeldenil

    I think Paul is scared this is his fault for being supercharged with bad luck… :/

  • fujoshifanatic

    Oh Mitch, you are always the cheerleader! Since he’s the only (other) TYP member who is airborne, maybe he should be rifling through Spooky’s pockets right about now to see what other flasks or vials can be found? Maybe a giant Demon Bunny with diamond-cutting front teeth? It can’t be as fantastical as Teddy Faustpin with his laser eyes a few pages back. Another thing; does that box have a true bottom? if not, couldn’t Mitch just lift it off, now that the detonator has been spent? And what about Fluke? I know that an unlucky gemologist can hit even a diamond the right way to render it a pile of shards. How about he smacks that box with some of his best bad luck? At least one of those should do the trick, unless Alex knocks our socks off with another twist. Stop making me wish my weekends would go by faster Alex! I already have too little down time as it is!

    • bronakopdin

      I love the theories except for Fluke x’D sadly the essence of his “bad luck” is having “bad luck” so even if he’d make it scatter, the shards might hurt lots of the hostages >///////< I doubt we should make Fluke handle this x'D

  • I wonder if Spooky can transfer the souls to someone else? Not much fun for the souls or the recipient, but it would free Spooky up to tackle the bone circle.

    Duncan would probably volunteer if he thought it would help in securing the walls, but he’s a) out cold, b) not currently superpowered. I doubt anyone would want to find out what would happen if lost souls were transferred to him.

  • D. G.

    Spooky just may have saved the day. However its critical he lives to restore the walls. So team typ has to figure this out quick.

  • Wildroses

    So what happens if it goes on long enough that Spooky is torn apart and dies? Is the ritual back on if that happens, or is it still stopped?

    • Klaus

      I expect that that will depend on how long it takes. The ritual only works during a specific planetary alignment. How exact this alignment must be we don’t know. A day is most likely enough to void the ritual entirely, a few minutes is anyone’s guess.

    • bronakopdin

      I wonder if Spooky’s death would also automatically mean the death of all the victims? I mean sure the souls would be set free in a way but would they immediately die, too?

      • Klaus

        They are dead. The question is whether Spooky can restore them.

  • Juliette Leroux

    Oh, wow, they are all staying so calm watching their friend dying. I would be frantic, trying to open the box by bashing it with a stone or some stupid thing like that. If Spooky dies, not only will I be VERY sad and hurt and all, and all TYP fandom will howl to the moon, but the characters will have a serious problem when the walls between their world and hell will finally tear apart, as Duncan predicted. They need him, not only alive but able to acttually do stuff. Aaaarg.

    • timemonkey

      They already were panicking. They’ve got more time now.

      • Juliette Leroux

        Well “It’s killing him” sounds like an emergency to me, but in fact you are right: we don’t know how fast it is killing him.

    • Ant-Man

      He could probably hang around like a ghost. There was Caspar the friendly ghost, now there’s Spooky the horny ghost

      • Juliette Leroux

        This HAS to become a spin off!

  • bronakopdin

    mg I want to hug spooky really bad… hard enough to squeeze out those hurting souls, even if he wouldn’t approve of me doing that T___T

    • Klaus

      Spooky the spiritual pimple.

      • T Dibbler

        I did not need that mental image.

      • bronakopdin

        x’D I laughed so hard but at the same time my face fell apart… what are you doing to me?

  • I am not as optimistic as Flyboy D:

  • Nate

    Dammit, Kyle… you do NOT tempt Murphy like that. Especially with Fluke nearby (and probably carrying a negative luck balance).

    Mitch, you aren’t helping, but I know you mean well, and you are too cute to scold. 🙂

  • Toli Bera

    Wouldn’t you like to fly in my beautiful balloon?

    • Will Parkinson

      Can you imagine where the string would go….

      • Toli Bera

        A…around his waist? or a foot?

        • Will Parkinson

          Okay, we’ll go with that. 🙂

          • Toli Bera

            The other options aren’t really as viable. XD

          • Klaus

            Right. You don’t want to strangle him.

          • Toli Bera

            Commander might now and then. but that’s something private between the two of them 😉

  • Pikinanou

    Spooky can’t die! Who’s chubby cheeks will I pinch, if he dies?! XD

    • Keneu

      There’s Mitch left.

  • Keneu

    The tear/crack/whatever it was disappeared and Spooky’s eyes are grey instead of black. Wonder if it means something or it’s just the colouring.

    Tsunami is looking at the gate in the last pannel, but Fluke seems to be wary of something behind him. Maybe the beanstalk has eaten Duncan or another vial on the ground has broken? 😀 Or Duncan is suffering the consequences for not upholding his part of the contract since Laampros couldn’t come through the gate.

    • Juliette Leroux

      Oh, indeed, let’s not forget that Duncan will have to endure Lamproos’ vengeance if the portal doesn’t open.

  • and if they don’t…the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is coming… 😉

  • Nirgal

    A truly scary question: What would happen if the bodies get destroyed in the battle?

    • timemonkey

      Then Spooky couldn’t save them and he’d have to let them move on.

      • T Dibbler

        But CAN he let them move on? What if he can’t release them without physical contact with the bodies?

        • Ruben

          I think the release would be happening no matter what and he only has so much time to get them back in their bodies.

          • T Dibbler

            That makes sense.

        • Abyssdoor

          then he would release them into the broken bodies, which would immediatly die

          • T Dibbler

            But what if the bodies are completely destroyed? Like there’s nothing left to touch/release into? Would the souls stay in his body or just release into the air?

  • Aitsuki

    Mitch, sweetie, no talking to Spooky right now!! HE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON NOT EXPLODING LIKE VIOLET BEAUREGARD.

    • The one time you need Oompa Loompas and they aren’t around…

  • Jeff Baker

    Quiet? The calm before the storm?

  • Madock345

    Previously I had speculated that Spooky had disrupted the ritual by taking the souls and it couldn’t happen anymore. After this page I give that a 0% chance of being true and anticipate to see Laampros himself within the next 1-2 pages.

    • Ant-Man

      The souls weren’t sacrificed- so how does lampoons come thru?

      • EyeDontNo

        The sacrifice wasn’t the souls, it was the sacrifice of Spooky’s morals. He killed the hostages (even if he thinks he can restore them later). Any motives and actions outside of this is immaterial to the ritual.

        • Stephen Hutchison

          Once again, that’s way too much Xanatos Gambit.
          Remember, Sircea may have planned for them in the event that they showed, but she also (1) intended to kill them, (2) intended them to remain trapped if she didn’t kill them, (3) was prepared for them to not show up at all.

          • EyeDontNo

            Well SUUUURE, if you’re prepared to believe everything PP says out loud. I prefer to believe she lies about EVERYTHING in order to manipulate people to do as she wants. I mean, who would willingly let 20 people die? So say they need to die for the ritual, when you really need the “Heroes” to act against their morals. The heroes make a choice that goes against everything they believe in (Spooky’s choice to kill them). Or some other possibilities that a evil witch can imagine better than I can.

            And I’ve always heard the commandment as “Thou Shalt Not KIll”, not “Thou Shalt Not Kill Unless You Think You Can Bring Them Back To Life”.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Once again: Even after planning this for a few years, how would she guarantee that (1) they show up, (2) she can ‘capture’ them and then ‘get beaten’ by them in a believable way so that (3) the captives can only be saved by the Devouring Dragon Trick?

            Now, having a few fairly strong, fairly reliable traps that will work to prevent this from falling apart is NOT a Xanatos Gambit, but relying too much on coincidence and perfect adherence to the plot points either requires time travel, an insider, or a lot of redundant control agencies that we just don’t see here.

          • EyeDontNo

            But again, we can agree to disagree. If something I choose to believe happens (or is discussed in Canon) I have an unspoken “I told you so.” If it doesn’t happen, Then you have the “I told you so.” Either way, the conversation has been fun.

          • Stephen Hutchison

            Y’know, the latest comic with floaty black-eyed Spooky ominously stating “HE IS COMING” leads me to think that perhaps there is a way to reconcile our positions…

            So, if the spell was already cast, back before our heroes engaged them, and the bone-gate is just a convenience to make the portal look pretty … and the box full of captives was there for a slightly different reason, to wit, a thing that PP would use to power herself up by devouring souls so she’d have more power to do things to constrain Laampy a bit more. So SOMEONE would have to devour the souls and it was going to be PP but now it was Spooky, not because of her trickery, but because it’s the only way to get them out of the box. She was gonna eat them, he’s just preparing for magical spirit-bulemia.

        • Madock345

          That doesn’t sound like something that would damage his morals

  • Jason Moon

    Just don’t stick a pin in him…

  • Kate G

    *sniffles* Of all the days to be sick, it has to be on upload day, right? Bloody cold.

    Anyway, it’s interesting to note they are focused on opening the box, when Duncan has clearly said the box doesn’t open. Well, before weird voodoo spell. Well, they’ve tried magical means of opening it anyway. Has any of them thought of Mitch opening the top by sliding it open? Or maybe one of the sides opens like trap that only Mitch could only considering the whole touch-and-it-will-be-lifted?

    • Juliette Leroux

      Yes, I think it is time for old fashioned violence with this box. SMASH IT!

      • Kate G

        Smashing it might cause undue harm to the people inside it. No need to further injure the people inside the box.

        • Juliette Leroux

          Indeed, but if Spooky dies before the box is opened, them being harmed or not won’t be a problem anymore,… I mean, they are already dead.

        • EyeDontNo

          As far as we know, the people in the box aren’t injured. They’re just dead/in-souled. Violence to the box would result in (at most) cuts in the bodies from flying shrapnel, which can be healed after Spooky re-souls the bodies. A few cuts is not an undue harm to deal with if the result is not-death as opposed to no cuts in a bunch of cadavers.

  • Ant-Man

    Souls r intangible- so why make spooky balloon up.

    why don’t fire & water guy temperature shock- crack open cage

    • Stephen Hutchison

      Because he’s making “space” for them rather than digesting them.

      The cage is made of solid diamond. Diamond has some unusual physical properties. It transmits heat extremely well. All that heating would do is turn it into an oven and cook the bodies.

      Nobody give Spooky an after-dinner mint.

      • Klaus

        Not even if it is only a wafer thin?

        • Chris Dangerfield

          Oh lord NO! This is not the moment for a wafer thin mint, Klaus. I can’t even bear the thought.

          (Bring. Me. A. Bucket.)

  • I’m guessing that figuring it out got all the team under the Veritas Curse and the reason of the Truth and Dare game?

  • KuroRiya

    I hope this isn’t too concerning, with his healing abilities? But who knows, when souls are involved! Oof, Wednesday seems so far away, so long to be worried about Spooks!

  • Sunseahl Silverfall

    Oompa Loompa Doopity Doo
    The Young Protectors have a puzzle or two
    Oompa Loompa Doopity Dee
    Better to hope two doesn’t turn into three….

    THERE! I FINALLY figured out how to make a Wonka joke WITHOUT Spooky being Blue! XD

    • John

      Well I’d be sad if I was storing the souls of the recently departed in an effort to forstall a demonic invasion of Earth. 😛

  • Dekira

    Please PLEase don’t blow up the baby

    • Chris Dangerfield

      STILL this ^^^^^^^

  • 00lizard

    I’m worried about Spooky, I truly am, but Tsunami’s butt is really distracting me right now… <3

    • D. G.

      Thanks again doki.

  • Adam Black

    this is anticlimactic.
    i want some demon action

    Asa much as I want Duncans comeuppance , I want him to get his youth— with an unhappy twist.

    • Klaus

      It ain’t over till it’s over. I am in no doubt that we will get demon action.

      • Keneu

        Hope so!

      • Adam Black

        Who is this we you speak of? I’m not even on Grindr

  • davefragments

    “Bloom County Episode XI A New Hope” appeared in my mail box.
    All I can say about it is “I thought your little Mariachi was a dying woodpecker!”

    In bookstores near you…

  • Saxon_Brenton

    Hellsnake fanfic ep.5 – For your camping entertainment
    (This took longer than I expected, mainly because of multiple re-writes. My stuff tends to be info-dumpy, and that makes for lousy pacing.)

    Shane And The Hellsnakes – 5th Bite
    (A Young Protectors occult sitcom fanfic. Inspired by the stories of AMW comics.)

    1st Bite: In which coffee is made http://disq.us/p/19v8eu2
    2nd Bite: In which hellsnakes are not pokemon http://disq.us/p/1a2o442
    3rd Bite: Now with extra tummy rubs http://disq.us/p/1alqq0b
    4th Bite: Now with extra clowns http://disq.us/p/1bj02c1

    PAGE 1 – De-Escalating
    1.1) Narrow panel. Following from ep.4. Shot of Shane (from waist up) and Huey the hellsnake sharing a Significant Look as they non-verbally ask each other whether they think this is a trap. Huey only reaches waist height, so their lines of sight are at a diagonal across the panel.
    1.2) Wide shot, re-establishing the location as being in Shane’s living room from eps 3 & 4. Shane and Huey on one side of panel, the female neighbour (named Alice) on the other. Alice still has the sword in her hand, but it’s lowered into a less-offensive looking position.
    Shane: (holding up an open hand) “Okay. You’re right. Let’s just keep chill. Just because there’s weird shit happening, doesn’t mean we should be stampeded into thinking the worst and over-reacting.”
    1.3) Closeup of Alice’s face. She has an expression that combines surprised, thoughtful, wary and calculating. Basically: meeting someone else involved in Weird Stuff who isn’t a psycho and isn’t immediately trying to kill her is a pleasant surprise, but she isn’t going to let her guard down.
    Alice: “Uhm, sure. So… now what?”
    1.4) Another wide shot of Shane’s living room. Huey has turned to face the left side of panel (and will move off-panel into the kitchen during the next page) but is looking over his ‘shoulder’ at Shane to make a suggestion. Shane looks at Huey and agrees. Alice has a bemused expression (although she is involved in Weird Stuff too, she has a better grip on what counts as normal than Shane does).
    Huey: “Hisss.”
    Shane: “Sure. Swapping secret origins over coffee sounds good.”

    PAGE 2 – Call In Louie
    2.1) Wide shot of living room. Huey is absent. Shane knocks on his own chest, and Louie emerges, causing Shane to wince. Alice stares wide-eyed at
    this.
    Shane: “I guess if we’re going to have a talk-fest, Louie will want to hear this.”
    2.2) Wide shot of living room. Alice asks a pointed question, Shane answers. Louie is giving Alice an appraising look.
    Alice: “Uh, how many of those snakes do you have?”
    Shane: “…”
    Shane: (self-depreciatingly): “Three. You know, enough to keep life complicated.”
    Alice: “Well, I think that even one of these would be enough to attract attention from the Pirates and the Ballet and the Clowns.”
    2.3) Wide shot of living room. Louie makes a comment, which is marked with as being spoken in hellsnake but is comprehensible in English. No xxplanation for now as to why that happens (I haven’t figured out the details, and in any case it would be more info dump that we have time for at the moment).
    Louie: ” ”
    Alice: “Uh, yes…”
    Louie: ” ”

    PAGE 3 – Secret Origins Over Munchies (part 1)
    3.1) Wide shot of Shane’s living room, as established in previous episodes. Shane, Alice, and the hellsnakes Huey and Louie are present. Alice holds her sword a bit defensively. Huey has just returned from the kitchen and is using his head to push a tray across the table (same one that was used to hit a pirate in ep.3, so it’s a bit worse for wear). The tray has cups, a coffee jug, milk and sugar containers, and pastries.
    [Note: it will be a running joke that although the hellsnakes are capable of complicated tasks, the readers never get to see how they carry them out without hands or opposable thumbs. These things just keep happening, and it is a thematic parallel with the way Shane’s life has gone completely weird.]
    Alice: “It’s my grandmother’s sword.”
    Alice: (noticing the arrival of Huey with the tray of munchies) “Uhm…”
    Shane: “Huey likes to cook. Try some. They’re quite good.”
    3.2) Wide shot of Shane’s living room. All four characters are seated around the coffee table. Alice is holding a cup with a curlicue of steam rising from it. Huey and Louie have similarly steaming cups sitting in front of them. Shane has a half eaten pastry in one hand.
    Alice: “Well, it’s like this. I inherited the sword a few years ago, after Grandma died.”
    3.3) Flashback panel with rounded corners and sepia colouring. Alice in a room at home, with an opened box on the table beside her, and holding up a sword that she has just gotten out of the box.
    Alice (voiceover): “Then I got a call from a solicitor saying that she’d bequeathed me her sword, and a diary. Surprised the heck out of me, since the joint executors of her estate had been family. Nobody could figure out why she’d gone and employed a lawyer for this one thing rather than leaving it to Uncle Leon and Aunty Patty, like everything else.”
    3.4) Another flashback panel with rounded corners and sepia colouring. Alice is using the sword to fight the Lovecraftian Clowns.
    Alice (voiceover): “The diary said there were weird and sinister supernatural forces at work, which the sword could be used to fight against. But it also warned that some of the powers the sword had were dangerous, and could drive people insane.”

    PAGE 4 – Not A Trap?
    4.1) Wide shot of Shane’s living room. All four characters still seated around coffee table. Shane is now sipping from a cup. Alice concludes her story. Louie looks thoughtful.
    Alice: “After that my life got a bit out of control. There’s all this weird… stuff going on that most people don’t even seem to realise is happening. Even when it’s right in front of them.”
    Louie: ” ”
    Huey: “Hisss?”
    3.6) Wide shot of Shane’s living room. All four characters still seated around coffee table. Louie answers Huey.
    Louie: ” ”
    3.4) Wide shot of Shane’s living room. Huey makes a comment, Shane replies with exasperation.
    Huey: “Hisss.”
    Shane: “Oh, will you put a sock in it. No, it is *not* all Spooky Jones’ fault.”

    • Keneu

      Ninja ballerinas? No flying robot ninja pigs? 🙁

      • Saxon_Brenton

        Probably not. I’m going for factions combining two (mainly) sensible elements to create a weird result.
        (Although it does bring to mind an Abbott & Costello style skit where outsides can’t spot the subtle difference between the Flying robot ninja pigs, the Flying ninja pig robots, the Flying pig robot ninjas, and the Ninja pig robot flyings (among others))

        • Pietro7

          The important thing is, there’s pastry. 🙂

    • Nicely done!

  • Keneu

    Sooo… I created an account on the new pottermore, because the old one doesn’t work anymore. I got slytherin back then and I felt so *offended* because I was sorted into the “bad” house – but over time I started to like it because it was the house of the ambitious and individualistic. I got gryffindor now and I’m feeling bummed again. They are complete opposites!

    I also got Pukwudgie house at Ilvermony but eh. *shrugs*

    Since it’s harvesting season, I’ll be leaving quince jam and cheese by the bonfire for anyone camping tonight.

  • davefragments

    I have no clue what is going to happen next. I only have guesses and none of them thrill me…
    So

    Hi Campers.
    How’s it going?

    • Hiya Dave!

      • davefragments

        I survived the big debate — Did you?

        • I took the option of not watching to keep my sanity. But I’ve been checking out a lot of the articles.

          I’ve been working on some other story with some other couple (11k words in) instead of the 3rd volume of the one I should be working on. I guess I needed a break. The only issue is that it’s set five years ahead of where I’m at. -___-

          • davefragments

            I never expected what I saw.
            Many people have suggested that a “debate” be putting the two candidates in a room and letting them talk to each other on specific topics. Minimal time limits and minimal moderation. That was almost what I saw last night. Very close to it. Regardless of who anyone thinks won and why, that debate was a stunner.

          • Other than a certain someone who thought everyone was being mean to him. 😛

          • Adam Black

            Only the Microphone Guy, not everyone.
            Nobody could tell he was was coked up beyond all recognition for the first hour– if not for that Microphone guy. Its a conspiracy.

          • davefragments

            Snorty McSniffles

            (I’ll stop there)

          • Adam Black
          • davefragments

            People ask me why I have never talked down the High School I went to because some of the Nuns were real bad and nasty — every lousy stereotype you can think of…
            Well, among other things, they taught me not to whine and complain if I failed or made a mistake. That lesson served me well. It keeps my mouth shut.

        • Saxon_Brenton

          I did not watch it. Even for politics here in Aus, I almost never watch debates or even political speeches. They annoy me too much.
          This is a possible failing of mine, since it means that I have to find commentators that I trust enough to properly summarise, and even if they get things factually correct and unbiased there’s still a chance that they will focus on something other than what I would find relevant/important/interesting. But there you go.

          • davefragments

            Do Aussies still get those little government booklets with all the candidates positions printed in them?

          • Saxon_Brenton

            The ballot sheets used to vote with? Which in the case of the senate can have over a hundred candidates names and be over a metre long? Yes.
            (Recent changes to the electoral act will probably reduce the number of micro party candidates, but the setup remains the same.)

          • davefragments

            There were three scientists from CSIRO in Australia who came to where I worked and they received a pamphlet with their absentee ballots describing the candidates and descriptions of several referendum. All our polling stations post one-sheets of the ballot. Most newspapers print them too. This was definitely government produced.

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Ah, right. I was not understanding what you were talking about. Sorry.

            Technically that pamphlet was not government produced, but rather produced by the Australian Electoral Commission, which is the independent body set up by the government to oversee elections for federal, state and local government, as well as for things like officially registered union ballots, etc. But since its a fully funded professional body set up under the aegis of the government, it’s close enough for practical purposes.

            To answer the original question, I assume they still produce things like that since it would probably be mandatory under the electoral act for them to have for anyone who asks for it, such as for mail out or at polling stations. But I’m guessing that it’s in smaller print runs these days since most people would check the AEC website.

          • davefragments

            I only saw it once at work.
            Apparently, you are required to vote under pain of fine? IS that memory of mine right?

            And more important, that was the day they took me to a special bar on Route 40 that had cans of Swanns and Tooheys …We didn’t discuss much politics or science when we got there. St Pauligirl, sure… Bass Ale, sure… Coal analysis, nah!

          • Saxon_Brenton

            Yes, voting is compulsory in Australia. You need a ‘good and sufficient’ reason not to, or it’s a $20 fine (which to be fair is pretty much token sized compared to many other fines, such as for littering)

    • Saxon_Brenton

      Having a good work day.

      • davefragments

        Great. Work is always better when it is going well.

    • Hi Dave!

      • davefragments

        How are you tonight. Feeling better I hope.

        • Eh, had to take a nap earlier because I wasn’t feeling so good. My grandmother has been messing up my sleep, calling for me at all hours in the morning.

          • davefragments

            There were a few months before my Mom got really bad and fell that I would stay there and hear her moving around at night. Not much can be done about it.

  • Adam Black

    My Predictions:

    https://soundcloud.com/johnthebrony/microw-jupiter-youre-tearing

    Everyone stands around till Xmas ( our time ) loosly quoting lines from The Room.

    ( Which means of course , the walls have already been breached )

  • Adam Black

    @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus Predictions:

    https://soundcloud.com/johnthebrony/microw-jupiter-youre-tearing

    Everyone stands around till Xmas ( our time ), loosely quoting lines from ‘The Room’

    ( Which means of course , the walls have already been breached )

  • Adam Black

    @disqus_FidZAwLkzS:disqus Predictions:

    Big Twist: All the YP are already inside Spooky.

    • Saxon_Brenton

      What? Spooky was concentrating so hard on saving the souls of the sacrifices that he carelessly also sucked in every soul in all directions within a hundred yards or so?

      • Adam Black

        He was hungry

  • davefragments

    it’s coming! it’s coming! It’s coming…

  • Justin White

    they better hurry but i,m not sure what they can do because i think spook is tooo preoccupied to help