Lost Side of Suburbia by Kory Merritt

Lost Side of Suburbia

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, almost 3 years ago

    Nice timing on this panel, Kory! Christmas gifts for the Wattersons and Jerry. Not going to need to keep the receipts on these ones.

  2. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, almost 3 years ago

    Sounds reasonable and good. Looks good—specifically for Mister Bill and Jerry. Therefore, should be good.
    So, why is my spidey-sense still tingling?

  3. crookedwolf

    crookedwolf GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Absolutely lovely. And they saved tons on therapy!

  4. T_Lexi

    T_Lexi said, almost 3 years ago

    Oh! Awww… the Wattersons with Marvin and Sphinx! [sigh]

    @Sisyphos – My spidey-senses are tingling too; I’m not forgetting that Kory promised us a bit of a ride yet.

  5. Green Darkness

    Green Darkness GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    You had written at the end of so many of your posts: “Free the Taken. Destroy Flimm.” But from the moment that Flimm fled deep into the cave, I knew that it wasn’t going to be that simple. If Flimm was to be destroyed, it wasn’t going to happen then and there, and certainly not easily; and if Dr. Periwether is right, he can’t be destroyed. Yet the fact that he is still down there somewhere, even if in a severely wounded state, is more than enough to make one uneasy.

  6. Green Darkness

    Green Darkness GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    I think we’re about due for the several pages of gloominess that he had mentioned. There’s still a lot of sorting out to be done, and of the kind that’s beyond even the powers of an Allseer. Rufus and Margo have to come to terms with the loss of Biff. And we have yet to see what will emerge from the rubble in the wake of Occupy Slynderfell’s…

  7. Kzin

    Kzin GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I still think that Goatsucker lives. Rufus was told that she died, so that is the memory that the Mushpits read.

    Thank you again, Korey, for the early present of starting the final chapter, and for the weekend panels!

  8. Rhadamanthus

    Rhadamanthus said, almost 3 years ago

    I, too, expect “more of a ride” from Kory. I do hope that since this is a ‘comic strip’ rather than a graphic novel, that the ending will be a happy one; Biff returned and Goatsucker brought back – maybe even (like in velveteen Rabbit) made over into a real pet that Rufus could keep…

  9. Rick Smith

    Rick Smith GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    I don’t necessarily see Goatsucker or Biff coming back to life. Each had their sacrifice to make and to bring them back cheapens the sacrifice.
    I think Kory sets it up perfectly with his last line in todays panel: “and though the endings may not be perfect, perhaps they will be enough.” That will probably apply to G&B, too.

  10. sukiec

    sukiec said, almost 3 years ago

    While I want Goatsucker to be alive I suspect she is not BUT there is still the tale of her time w Heckbender to be told so I suspect we will see Heckbender, perhaps as part of a rescue operation for Biff — there goes my hopeful side again — maybe involving location memories of Dr. Periwether’s brother and a certain snake I like a lot.

    Meanwhile, I think a winter variation on the top image — definitely with the cat in the same place — would be SUCH a great holiday card (insert your own winter holiday in this spot), and I love the bottom image for a thank you card set. Actually, there are quite a few KM images which would make marvelous cards! Hallmark should buy variations.

  11. sukiec

    sukiec said, almost 3 years ago

    Night-Gaunt, do not sell hope short. Not only does life often have some unexpected surprises, but often something very good comes about because of something very bad. That has happened so many times in my life. Lest I sound too naively like early Polyanna let me reassure you that I was fortunate to survive my teens, in my early twenties nursed my mother through a terminal illness and helped my family evade the bankruptcy it almost caused, then worked and sometimes starved my own way through college (which was when I had some adventures involving things like wild animals, jungles, and fossil prospecting), and met other challenges. Hope has its place. Usually it is earned but there is random luck at times, too. I think Rufus earned hope for Biff with his bravery just as Biff earned hope for Rufus, and indeed his life, with his willingness to give.

  12. LittleCatFeet

    LittleCatFeet said, almost 3 years ago

    @Cor Blymie: ah, Muito obrigada! I’m using that today.

    I love today’s images, but the Mushpits seem to think they can do what they like with human beings. I understand that the rest of the world needs to be prepared for the arrival of these children back on the scene, but what a repellant idea.

  13. Green Darkness

    Green Darkness GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    While some still clearly believe that the Mushpits motives are suspect, my take on them is rather different. If anyone is at fault for thinking “they can do what they like with human beings,” it’s the Takers, who are responsible for wreaking havoc in the first place. As Dr. Periwether had earlier explained to our gang, the majority of Allseers “are peaceful in that they prefer to observe from afar and avoid meddling at all costs.” But because the Takers — rogue Allseers, don’t forget — refused to abide by that, the Mushpits were forced to intervene. And it has been a truly Herculean mess that they have had to sort out. I believe that they did only as much as was necessary to set matters right, at least to the extent that they could be righted. And it would appear that at least some of the damage done is beyond the ability of even an Allseer to repair.

  14. sukiec

    sukiec said, almost 3 years ago

    Night-gaunt, semantic differences. Hope fuels a long hard fight. Anger is cheap and goes just so far before it erodes the very people it incites. It becomes a flame which burns too hot. On the other hand, Hope provides the goals and dreams. What you cite, the long fight by the Netherlands for self-sovereignty, is exactly an example of earned hope. I am sure that there were not only many then who died, but also those who were willing to die for the sake of others who lived. Surviving did not cheapen what they were willing to give, and their hopes bore fruit not only with freedom but with the prosperity for their descendants which followed. Hope is not cheap and most is earned.

  15. sukiec

    sukiec said, almost 3 years ago

    In Critical Analysis the beginning lesson often begins with the question: “A tree falls in the woods and no one is there; does it make a sound?” The answer is not yes or no. The answer is, “How do you define sound?” If you define it as the hearing then there is not, but if you define it as the vibrations then there is.

    So, too, hope. If one defines it as the easy glitzed-up thing that just happens as in poorly written stories then it is a very different thing from earned hope. Earned hope in a well written story can warm a person’s heart not only on the original reading but in recollections over time. Done right, it is hard won and rings true because most of the best hopes in our own lives are those which we have won in difficult ways.

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