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Now I'm expecting Blorkesh cameos in your future comics. Do not disappoint me.

EDIT: Also, how the hell did he fit in the car? If that is his car and he didn't walk all the way.

...Y'know, something just occurred to me.

Erin suffers from schizophrenia. She experiences hallucinations, and has a handful of other symptoms too. Usually, her hallucinations take the form of game characters, who-for the most part-stay, "In character." Kratos recognizes that he's Kratos, Link doesn't speak...they act like the characters she's imagining, by virtue of being her own hallucinations.

This Activision guy is acting like a normal hu--like a normal Activision employee, and Erin is treating him like he's a human. She went on a date with him, and her friends knew about him.

You can probably see what I'm getting at now. What if this guy is human?

octafish:
Those Activision guys really will say anything...

Now I hurt even more.

making a gag strip about Activision, and it's... let's just say not exactly lovable ventures is business as usual.

following it up with this (I literally have no words to summarize the current strip) pretty much instantly makes you some kind of absurdist gods.

well done, good sirs. well done.

What if that crazy mantis monster is actually a man? And we - all of us - are all suckered in by some kind of reverse They Live! scenario where we see Activision representatives, not as humans, but as mantis, unless we put on the special glasses that let us see their true forms?

It would explain why every time I see Bobby Kotick he's preening his mandibles.

Mojo:

thaluikhain:

BTW, when I starting putting "Erin Stout" into google, the first suggested search is "Erin Stout Rule34".

What? You cant be ... OH GOD! I guess the internet really does honor its rules.

Dear god.....it really IS out there.

Actually, I'm not surprised at all.

Is Critical Miss posted anywhere but here on the Escapist? If not, then that means we've some pervs in the audience here.

NameIsRobertPaulson:
This comic is entirely false!

We all know Activision employees have no self-awareness or initiative of their own. Why do think they're with Activision?

Also:

Onlooker: "Don't go back to it, it's evil!"
Mantis: "I know it is, but it's attractive!"

Which is why he's imitating a movie, obviously.

Of course, "In your eyes" was not intended for insect species. Too many of them.

Dragoon:
D'aww that's cute in a evil corporate giant mantis sort of way.

Nobody in the history of forever has ever said that before.

Andy of Comix Inc:
What if that crazy mantis monster is actually a man? And we - all of us - are all suckered in by some kind of reverse They Live! scenario where we see Activision representatives, not as humans, but as mantis, unless we put on the special glasses that let us see their true forms?

It would explain why every time I see Bobby Kotick he's preening his mandibles.

I always wondered why a monster was wearing a sweater vest.

madwarper:

Evil Smurf:
I don't understand the joke.

How old are you?
*checks birthdate*
Ok, you were born in the 92, this is before your time.

It's a reference to Say Anything..., and this scene in particular.

Hey, I was born in 92 and I get the joke. I mean, I've never seen the full movie but I've seen enough references to that scene in other shows and such (and saw that clip once) to get it.

thaluikhain:
Nawww....

BTW, when I starting putting "Erin Stout" into google, the first suggested search is "Erin Stout Rule34".

Yeah...

Google adapts its suggested searches to what you've searched for before.

Got something you should tell us?

Tharwen:

thaluikhain:
Nawww....

BTW, when I starting putting "Erin Stout" into google, the first suggested search is "Erin Stout Rule34".

Yeah...

Google adapts its suggested searches to what you've searched for before.

Got something you should tell us?

It is suggests "Erin Stout Seattle". Someone has been using my computer to look at stuff in Seattle. Oh, and weird porn, but that's the net for you.

madwarper:

Evil Smurf:
I don't understand the joke.

How old are you?
*checks birthdate*
Ok, you were born in the 92, this is before your time.

It's a reference to Say Anything..., and this scene in particular.

Hey now, like that other guy I was born in '92 and I recognized the reference.

And it decidedly got a "Ha!" out of me. Well played.

*slow clap* F##king wonderful! Grey you are a fantastic writer and don't let anyone ever tell you any different

Fantastically draw as always Cory

-M

WaitWHAT:

Mojo:

WaitWHAT:
Considering the Mantis' habit of eating its mate and young, I'd give it a miss.

Maybe even a critical miss? ... I'm sorry...

image

Even by regular Escapist pun standards, that was poor...

It wasn't that bad, I laughed // It's not Matt Wiggins from Feed Dump bad so I'll let it pass

-M

I'm sure it is actually an American model of car, but to my British mind, that gaint Praying Mantis is driving a Rolls.

Well to be fair to the mantis, I can understand his dedication to trying to mate with species outside his own.

Tends not to end well otherwise.

Ok, I understand the joke, but seriously Activision isn't SO bad company.
In comparison with other companies, Activision is ok.

Also CoD series is a good Videogame series. I really enjoyed CoD 2 back in the old days.

Maybe in the next comic she will realised that....and together will create a human/mantis hybrid for the "Corruption of Champions" for the first step of their new relationship ^^

THIS is a really good happy ending I love to see in the comics.

SweetShark:
Ok, I understand the joke, but seriously Activision isn't SO bad company.
In comparison with other companies, Activision is ok.

I dunno, what you hear about the way they treat the devs sounds quite... unpleasant.

I guess that, apart from the Diablo 3 debacle and the extortionate prices of CoD DLCs they don't do too much that hurts us as customers. Or maybe you just don't hear about it as much.

DVS BSTrD:
It's nice but he doesn't have a prayer.

It may be a pun, but it might be the best pun I've heard in the longest time. Bravo good sir.

ScrabbitRabbit:

SweetShark:
Ok, I understand the joke, but seriously Activision isn't SO bad company.
In comparison with other companies, Activision is ok.

I dunno, what you hear about the way they treat the devs sounds quite... unpleasant.

I guess that, apart from the Diablo 3 debacle and the extortionate prices of CoD DLCs they don't do too much that hurts us as customers. Or maybe you just don't hear about it as much.

To be fair, Diablo 3 is a fun game. I enjoy playing the game with different characters multiple times in the whole game.
However I was disappointed from this game for two reasons:

-The Story was REALLY weak, especially at the end. A part of this reason is because I read the book "Diablo III: Book of Cain". Great read in my opinion. I hope the expansion pack answer some really critical questions I have from the weak story of the game....

-Diablo 3 isn't Diablo 2. Even if I said it is a fun game to play, for those they hoped to get a same experience like in the second game, they will not get it......
Ironically the the recent game that is closer like Diablo 2 gameplay, is Path of Exile.

Personally I didn't get angry with the whole "Error something" fiasco.

Also about the recent CoD games, i don't have an opinion, because I never played them. As I said I only played the old series of CoD and I enjoy it a lot.
Plus if a DLC is not cheap, then don't buy it, simple as that.

Erin's house has a gravel driveway with trees planted on either side so you drive up under a canopy of leaves, and a massive lawn? Where does she live, the Antebellum south?

Aw hang in there Giant Evil Activision Mantis, you still have the sudden life changing epiphany and last minute dash to the airport card to play to win Erin back :P

kajinking:
Don't worry he got a new job.

Now he works for EA!

Now that's just silly EA refuses to allow bugs in the building reptiles yes bugs no.

But don't worry mantis I think Bethesda is hiring

I demand Blorkesh be a recurring character.

Well, at least as much as Charles is.

SweetShark:
Snip.

Yeah, I don't think that Diablo 3 is a terrible game, I just don't see the advantage that always-online gives to the player. Also, while it is very easy not buy DLC (I've bought only one DLC ever), I just think that charging 15 for four maps and gun is a bit cheeky. There are FAR worse things a company could do than charge a bit more than I, personally, am willing to pay though. It would be irrational of them to lower the price, because others are clearly willing to pay it.

Man, I bet he's GREAT in boarding operations.

TheDrunkNinja:
I demand Blorkesh be a recurring character.

Well, at least as much as Charles is.

Blorkesh, the hopelessly romantic giant praying mantis, who occasionally and randomly shows up to reenact a romantic scene from some pop culture reference. I approve.

Shameless romantic that I am my sympathies are with the Mantis.

On the other hand let's hope the Mantis doesn't meet and fall for Penny! O.O

Not sure if it's just me, but the artstyle just went up- like the quality is really splendid (or maybe the shadowing and texture of Erin is what made it appear to look really good to me, movie quality stuff). Ether way, I liked this comic. Even giant mantises are ... . um, people too... .. I think?

Copper Zen:
Shameless romantic that I am my sympathies are with the Mantis.

On the other hand let's hope the Mantis doesn't meet and fall for Penny! O.O

Oh God! That sounds like a recipe for some nightmare fuel. Not sure if that'd be nightmare fuel for the Mantis, Penny, the reader or all of them though.

By the way, is anyone else kinda curious as to what game Erin was playing?

SweetShark:
Ok, I understand the joke, but seriously Activision isn't SO bad company.
In comparison with other companies, Activision is ok.

You obviously weren't around here during 2009-2011. Stick around long enough and there's always a publisher who takes the crown for "douche of the year". It just happens that EA made a very good case for itself lately.

I think Erin's been playing some FTL lately, and now she's hallucinating a Mantis...

D'aaaawwww, even an evil corporate mantis from hell-space (better known as Activision... or EA) can feel too.

Captcha: lazy sunday. Well, nope, it's not sunday, but it definitely feels like one lazy day.

I think I missed out on something, because I really don't get the joke.

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