#27 The Thick and the Dead

#27 The Thick and the Dead

Original Text: (From Marcus)

If you can’t die with style, at least make sure you die for a good cause. (Loot is a good cause.)

Shawn Says:

I was a bit nervous about this one back in the oldentimes of 2007.  We’d known from the start that Jade was going to die off, and Marcus would (spoiler!) replace her with another busty blonde elf.   After the whole ZOMGRAPEDRAMASPLOSION, I was more than a bit hesitant once we got here.  We had a few readers who thought the earlier strips picking on Marcus were signs that we’re homophobic, because Marcus is clearly gay (huh?) and I was worried that people would see this as more cruelty to an already put upon fictional character.

But then, when the strip came out generally everyone found it hilarious and they laughed and laughed.  Not sure if this is because the people who would have been annoyed that we were “picking on” Marcus had stopped reading by then, or if it’s generally accepted that D&D characters may die horribly at any given moment, thus it doesn’t have the same reaction molestation does.

That and who doesn’t love Dire Weasels?

Shamus Says:

My original idea was for a single tall frame, which would have been a cutaway view of the trap. It was going to be a trap door that dropped the victim down a long shaft and hit them with every possible type of damage on the way down. (Fire, spinning blades, acid, etc.)

That didn’t really fit on the page in any sort of useful way, and so we got this. Which turned out to be a lot more effective. We could hint at it with dialog and let the reader fill in the blanks rather than trying to depict the entire trap.

(Edit to Add) Shawn Says:

One thing I really like about the final version here is that Sapphire’s doom and the trap all happens in between comics.  We see the lead up and the aftermath, but the actual grisly death is left up to each reader.  You get to imagine the buzz saws and dire weasels and poison darts and whatever disintegrated her.  It’s like a longer version of the Ax Murder victim in Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics.

Discussion (18)¬

  1. neothoron says:

    Isn’t that pants on Ramgar? Below the belt?
    And where does this big “Treasure” sign come from anyway?

  2. Shawn says:

    He’s wearing something, wouldn’t make much sense just to have a belt on.

    Obviously, the goblins put up the sign.

  3. I also thought that Marcus was gay, and was applauding you for being inclusive.

    Can I just stick with that assumption?

  4. Shawn says:

    I’m a little sad Ramgar never went on to be an icon of the gay community.

  5. Mari says:

    Honestly, it was funny because you managed to use the word “weasels.” I believe W.C. Fields was the first funny man to discover that anything could be made more humourous by adding the word “weasel” to it. Most enduring humourists since then have managed to have at least one weasel quote under their belts. This strip is the one that secured your places in comic history, all thanks to a chest full of dire weasels.

  6. Shamus says:

    “weasel” is a humor word.

    “Pants” is too.

    Let me try:


    Drat. They don’t stack.

  7. Rob says:

    You had to add a couple more words to get the pay off. Let me try:

    Is that a weasel in your pants?

  8. SatansBestBuddy says:

    I do believe weasels have eaten my pants!

    Did you know weasels love to sleep in old pants?

    The rare pants-weasel is the rarest weasel of all, having enough intelligence to maufacture hundreds of weasel sized pants but also being stupid enough to not know how to actually wear any of them…

  9. Shawn says:

    That weasel is wearing pants!

  10. Girl Gamer says:

    I dunno…weaselpants is kinda funny. I’m picturing you just shouting it in the middle of a conversational lull, apropos of absolutely nothing. :D

  11. AA says:

    They look more like britches to me .. weaselbritches!! (:

  12. Ictoagn says:

    A weasel with max ranks in bluff trying to convince you that it’s your pants?

    That would be a strange encounter…

  13. Vader says:

    Vader signing back in.

    I am thrilled to see Chainmail Bikini up again.

    I’ve missed it!

  14. Simply Simon says:

    A while before this strip got re-released, I used a trap containing zombie ferrets to try and kill the adventurers in the game I was DMing. The players were baffled, though unfortunately no-one was hurt.

  15. Sire Seinfeld says:

    If Marcus were gay, why would he have hit on Ivy’s character with his?

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  17. sbonner says:

    You just got the order wrong.


    If that doesn’t bring up some funny images, you are a zombie already.

  18. Jenny Creed says:

    Ducks are the funniest animal you know. Therefore, I present you with duckpants.

    I also present this alternate strip title: The Half Naked and the Dead.