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  1. about 11 hours ago on Bad Machinery

    Her knee, actually. (There’s a page in the print edition between the previous strip and this one, where Shauna calls her “Miss”.)

  2. 2 days ago on Bad Machinery

    We don’t really see when The Boy starts working for Neil; when he was re-introduced in New Bobbins, he was already there (and had already met Mildred), with no indication as to how long it had been. So… maybe?

  3. 3 days ago on Bad Machinery

    Lottie, you just have to explain in terms that Mildred can understand. Just tell her that M. Broussard was part of foreign exchange student program, where she came to Tackleford when she was young and met a certain boy. THE Boy. And when The Boy went to France years later as part of the same program, they probably would have gotten together had The Boy not been already dating Esther at the time. But now that he’s single, M. Broussard could probably have a good chance at rekindling that spark, provided a certain ginger reporter/queen of Hell doesn’t get there first, which could be bad news for any of his boss’ daughters who might take a fancy to him, but who are waiting to be old enough for him. So maybe setting up M. Broussard with a troll could help that hypothetical girl have a chance with her crush.

    Y’know, the classic story. I’m sure Mildred would completely understand where you’re coming from and fully support your plan if you explained it in those terms.

  4. 5 days ago on Bad Machinery

    Well, I know that, and you know that, but apparently no one told the minotaur that. :)

  5. 6 days ago on Bad Machinery

    Amusingly, most of the “mysteries of Tackleford” appear to be things that weren’t shown, despite there being plenty of things that could have been mentioned. But Tackleford DID have a minotaur! In the Scary Go Round story “Your Taxes at Work”, Esther and Erin were visiting an old abbey that had a maze, and in the maze they found a minotaur, which they decided to release (for reasons that probably made sense to them at the time but not once they actually had time to think about it). They hid the minotaur in the Winters’ barn for the night, but Mike happened to see it when his car got a flat after dropping off Shelley (Shelley was covering a city council meeting for the Cormorant, and Mike decided to help her out in the hopes of getting some “Shelley action” (his words)), after which the minotaur became something of a local celebrity. But Mayor Tim Jones was worried that the minotaur would eventually do something violent, so Amy devised a plan to introduce the minotaur to the visiting Robotanian ambassador from Tackleford’s sister city of Mechacropolis-X, Red Robot. As expected, the minotaur was enraged by the color red (because it’s part bull, of course), and Red Robot used his laser eyes to burn the minotaur to death in self-defense. (Tim wasn’t really thrilled to have a visitor from a former communist nation of killer robots, so Amy was solving two problems at once.)

    And thus ended the tale of the Tackleford Minotaur. (Total story length: 20 pages. Really.)

  6. 7 days ago on Bad Machinery

    In the original verthion, before the remathter, thith wath Claire’th actual firtht appearanthe. (Which is pothibly why she doethn’t have any dialogue in any of the earlier thtriptth.)

  7. 7 days ago on Bad Machinery

    That’s in a later story.

  8. 8 days ago on Bad Machinery

    Yeth, that’th Claire; thith thtrip is new for the remathter, but tomorrow’th thtrip ith her firtht “true” appearanthe.

    As for the lack of Mystery Girls, I don’t believe they’re in this particular class with the Mystery Boys. (I doubt it’s really a spoiler to say that they’re waiting for French class (it’ll be apparent two strips from now); we’ve seen the Boys in French together, but not the Girls, so either they don’t take French or have it at a different time than the Boys.)

  9. 8 days ago on Bad Machinery

    Nice to see that Steven still has his robot friend. (I tend to think of him as “Mechazawa”, but I might be influenced by Cromartie High School.) (Alas, Freddie Mercury has yet to show up in Tackleford, but… who knows what the future has in store…)

  10. 8 days ago on Bad Machinery

    No problem; any questions, feel free to ask away.