Oyster War by Ben Towle

Oyster War

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  1. Three Steps Over Japan

    Three Steps Over Japan said, over 1 year ago

    Hmm. An old sealskin coat. A bit ratty, but it’ll still keep the rain off in a storm. Might as well keep it. Besides, you can pawn it for 50 cents and buy a couple gobstoppers…

  2. barticle35

    barticle35 said, over 1 year ago

    That silkie isn’t going to like this.

  3. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, over 1 year ago


    Nor is the selkie.

  4. mr_sherman

    mr_sherman GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Or the lady who dresses like one.

  5. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, over 1 year ago

    forget about the shelkie, what about the dark haired chick who turns into a seal?

  6. bopard

    bopard said, over 1 year ago

    Oh, the zoomanity.

  7. bopard

    bopard said, over 1 year ago

    Was TEV a Union soldier? (Has the shiney oval brass buckle on his belt.) Rebs not so likely to have a big shiney target over their belly button.

  8. Pirate Mike

    Pirate Mike GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Such an incredibly beautiful strip. Truly great stuff. Love it.

  9. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Buzza Wuzza

    That is a selkie.
    Creature that turns into a human.
    Keeping that skin would be a good idea.
    According to what I have read that gives you power over the selkie.

  10. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    That is Commander Bulloch an ex Confederate Navy sub commander. His sub was after the H.L. Hunley but was not launched.
    Check out the Hunley online. It was finally found and recovered. The soldiers were buried with military honors. With Honor Guard from all the Service attending. None of them made it out alive. No motors it was human powered.
    It sank twice before finally going into battle. The first sinking killing 5 crew with the captain and two others escaping. (He stepped on the dive plane control while the hatch was still open) The second was on a test run when it sank killing Hunley the constructor and crew. It was retrieved then sent on a mission to sink a ship in Charleston Harbor Feb 17, 1864. She did not return. Speculation ranges from ramming by ships coming to the attack site, the charge detonated too soon knocking the crew out tweaking the hull so they sank, oxygen depletion as the Hunley had no way to bring in air from the surface and it was not known how much air was needed. The sub could dive under water but did not have any way of getting air once the hatch was closed.
    The remains of the crew were all found at their stations so passing out or being knock unconscious would be a good explanation.
    It was recovered Aug 8, 2000
    First Submarine to ever sink another ship in battle.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    So he needs to fold that skin and return it. Don’t know how good a Selkie can smell.

  12. Ben Towle

    Ben Towle GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Subs from that era were indeed pretty primitive… but also impressive that sailors were willing to cast their lots with such unproven technology. A bit later in the strip there’s a sub with semi-historical origins. I take a substantial liberties with the historical stuff (what else is new?!) but I’ll post some links to the real sub story when that occurs.

  13. information

    information said, over 1 year ago

    nothing better than catching up on Oyster war and reading multiple pages at a time.

  14. bopard

    bopard said, over 1 year ago


    Was wondering about the old Polynesian navigator, Tevia. Was he a Union sailor? Whaling pulled these seamen all over the world but presure from kerosine entering the market around Civil War would have stranded them wherever.

  15. Vic

    Vic said, over 1 year ago

    Selkies shed their seal skins and become human to walk on the land, but will only remain on land if someone finds there skin, they then belong to the holder of the skin who has to hide it because if the selkie finds or gets their skin back they can return to the sea, they are no longer tied to the finder. Didn’t you guys ever see “The Secret of Roan Inish”?

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