Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling

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  1. afficionado  U L M

    afficionado U L M said, almost 5 years ago

    hands off pal

  2. aircraft-engineer

    aircraft-engineer said, almost 5 years ago

    one book of mythical dogmatic assertions or another…

  3. icky mung-mung

    icky mung-mung said, almost 5 years ago

    In an alternate universe no one can hear your muffled scream.

  4. micromove

    micromove said, almost 5 years ago

    Awesome… This strip is fantastic! Keep it up Ruben!

  5. e_keys

    e_keys said, almost 5 years ago

    God drinks tea I think.
    http://www.thecomicstrips.com/store/add_strip.php?iid=2114

  6. 3hourtour

    3hourtour GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    ….I don’t know about all you God haters..I sortta like God Man…

  7. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    @afficionado U L M

    “hands off pal”


    …as God-Man said to Onan.

  8. joe

    joe said, almost 5 years ago

    That’s right God don’t drink coffee, He drinks Cuevo.

  9. JeepersCreepers

    JeepersCreepers said, almost 5 years ago

    Why didn’t God-Man just bring Bertram back to life (and send her to Hell)? Can it be that God-Man is NOT as powerful as he would have us believe?
    (And to fritzoid: Great one!)

  10. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    @JeepersCreepers

    “Why didn’t God-Man just bring Bertram back to life (and send her to Hell)? Can it be that God-Man is NOT as powerful as he would have us believe?”


    Path of least resistance. Of course, even with an infinite number of alternate universes being formed every instant, an individual can only occupy one at a time, so if Bertram and his companion were transferred to one in which Bertram wasn’t shot, their doppelgagngers already residing in that universe would have to be shifted elsewhere, possibly (probably) one where Bertram DOES die. So from their perspective they were walking along when an illkempt stranger offers them a bouquet of flowers and all of a sudden Bertram is inexplicably bleeding his guts out on the sidewalk.


    I had the same misgivings about “Back to the Future”, in that there must have been an alternate Marty McFly who grows up with happy, successful parents, but who takes a ride in Doc Brown’s DeLorean and returns to find out his family is and always has been a bunch of losers…

  11. mercmarc

    mercmarc said, almost 5 years ago

    Whats god mans phone number?

  12. Ira Nayman

    Ira Nayman said, almost 5 years ago

    @JeepersCreepers

    “Why didn’t God-Man just bring Bertram back to life (and send her to Hell)? Can it be that God-Man is NOT as powerful as he would have us believe?”

    If God-Man did bring Bertram back to life, they would still be in an alternate universe to the one in which he died. Ruben is just showing us the process.

    @fritzoid

    Of course, even with an infinite number of alternate universes being formed every instant, an individual can only occupy one at a time, so if Bertram and his companion were transferred to one in which Bertram wasn’t shot, their doppelgangers already residing in that universe would have to be shifted elsewhere, possibly (probably) one where Bertram DOES die.

    Not necessarily. It’s not just that Bertram does not die, it’s that God-Man intervenes to change the course of history. At the moment God-Man changes things, he may create a new universe in which Bertram hasn’t died. In that case, nobody is displaced, because nobody existed until God-Man took the man and the woman out of their time-stream and into the new universe.

    Sorry. I’ve been writing alternate reality stories for about five years, now, and I may be overthinking the concept a little. :-)

  13. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    @Ira Nayman

    “Not necessarily. It’s not just that Bertram does not die, it’s that God-Man intervenes to change the course of history. At the moment God-Man changes things, he may create a new universe in which Bertram hasn’t died. In that case, nobody is displaced, because nobody existed until God-Man took the man and the woman out of their time-stream and into the new universe.”


    Under different alternate-universe scenarios I’d agree with you, but in this instance it appears to be operating as I suggested. God-Man is (apparently) shunting between universes that already exist, not creating alternates on the fly, as needed. The universe where Bertram dies still apparently exists, as do “all those other universes” where Bertram dies. The layout of the second panel indicates to me that God-Man is chosing from amongst any number of possible universes, with pasts and futures, not merely choosing possible futures diverging from “this” Bertram’s past. (You’ll see that in some universes the woman is wearing glasses, in some the gunman has a beard, etc.). So IF “this” Bertram gets transplanted into “that” universe, then “that” Bertram must have gone to “the other” universe, and so on.

  14. JeepersCreepers

    JeepersCreepers said, almost 5 years ago

    @Ira Nayman

    So, Ira, when God-Man’s son, J.C., brought Lazarus back to life, it created an alternate universe? I am now living in a different universe than I would have been if J.C. had minded his own business? God, I might have been the REAL Clark Gable, or maybe I would have founded Microsoft – that’s not fair!

  15. Whitecamry

    Whitecamry said, almost 5 years ago

    @e_keys

    “God drinks tea I think.”
    Then the Boston Tea Party was the work of Satan!
    (Who knew the Founding Fathers were so cool?!)

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