@Chicken – I definitely didn’t have you in mind when I talked about spoilers. I don’t remember who has the occasional slip-up, just that they happen here and there. We’ve had 1 or 2 legit jerks who spoiled with malice, but their names aren’t taking up any space in my head either.
Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome! A few tips for newcomers:
This strip existed as a web-only comic for several years before making its way to newspapers last year. The strips now are retelling the stories from the web days, because they were just too good to let newspaper readers miss out. There is also new material mixed in.
People in the comments may talk about characters or stories that haven’t been introduced yet, which may be confusing, but just go with it.
Everyone here is well trained to not give spoilers in the comments without first giving a spoiler alert. A rogue commenter who wasn’t paying attention in class will occasionally spoil, and they are gently chided by everyone.
Most aspects of the characters are easy to pick up from reading, but these aren’t: Lupin, the white cat, is Deaf due to kittenhood illness. He signs and reads whiskers. Puck, the black cat, is a hind-leg amputee due to kittenhood animal attack followed by severe neglect. Both were rescues.
“The Orb” is all us readers, plus creator Georgia Dunn (we’re not worthy), plus the strip itself and all the characters. Orbsters are always welcome to share stories about ourselves, our four-legged companions, and our two-legged companions. And the weather. We love talking about the weather.
No politics. We come here to get away from that &$#.
I swear, none of this is as intimidating as the list above would lead you to believe. :)
I always liked Kelso. Especially when matching “wits” with Hyde.
Someone should make some videos of that kind of stuff and put them on the internet. I bet people would really like them. ;-)
In this case Gent, they hate their paid subscribers too. I get the useless “Overview” page. WTFrak?
I think Alice has played Herod on stage before. I want to say he mentioned it on Maron’s WTF podcast a few months back. Yep, he’s perfect. Fun fact: an Australian production in the ‘90s had a Herod played by a bald, tattooed, biker-type guy named Angry Anderson. And yeah, he sure sounded like one pissed-off guy. I have that soundrack, but it’s in storage somewhere.
Oh my Cat! Jesus Christ Superstar is going to be live in concert tonight on TV! How did I not know this before?! Wooooooooo!
Dang, it better be good. Now I’m all worried. I have VERY high standards.
Tue — Think of Tabitha as a certain type of elementary school principal. No-nonsense on the outside, sweet and caring on the inside. I have a feeling that when they’re alone again, she and Fig are going to laugh their furry butts off.
But did she follow up with that specialist in Houston?
Here’s the story I always imagined: Tabs and Figs were adopted from a border town where Spanish is spoken as much as English, and people go back and forth over the border every day for jobs, family, shopping, recreation, etc. San Diego, Laredo, Brownsville, someplace like that. (And of course cats wouldn’t stoop to acknowledge human political boundaries.)
Sir Fig happened to grow up among only Spanish speakers, where Tabitha grew up bilingual. They adopted a human who was English-speaking or bilingual, and then at some point the family moved north. Since Tabitha spoke Spanish fluently, Fig never needed to learn English beyond the important words a human would use, like “treats,” “good boy,” and “chin rubs.” Tabitha learned Russian and Chipmunk for the same reason she caught the Red Dot: because it’s there.
Incidentally, as far as I’m concerned, being perfectly bilingual is a superpower. If I had it, I would use it to read Scandinavian mysteries in the original languages.