Illumination 35: Weird Guy Illumination 35: Weird Guy published on November 16, 2015Read more posts by the author of Illumination 35: Weird Guy, KoryBing58 Comments on Illumination 35: Weird Guy Colin knows what’s up.
Heh. Look at Jim’s neck floof.
And his arms bristling. XD
The floofyness is out of control.
♫This floof is out of control,
I’m gonna burn this Ravi, burn this Ravi!♫
(And yes, Franz Ferdinand had released This Fire a year ago at this time.)
Hell, my name is Jimothy and I’m a birdlike guy.
I’m not old or new but college-dude, and you’re in my space why?
My floof is entire.
My floof is entire.
You don’t need your hand on me, so stop it NOW Ravi.
Stop ****ing touching me.
I’m dying!!! This is perfect and you win.
I love this wild floofing
He’s looking quite ruffled.
He is defcon floof rght now.
The floof is just the best on this page.
If *someone* doesn’t get a more complete explanation from Ravi soon, I get the feeling Ravi is going to get a real tell off by at least one Finn….
If *someone* doesn’t get a more complete explanation from Ravi soon, I get the feeling Ravi is going to get a real tell off by at least one Finn…. Especially with the implication that they made an ass of him.
No, he made an ass of himself.
Jim does indeed look rather adorable with all his feathers all fluffed up like that <3
Like a chickens clucker.
Guess who’s coming to dinner.
And guess who’s not gonna be happy about it at all?
Ravi: Did you know some South Sea islander call human flesh “long pig”?
Colin: May I be excused?
(Apparently, some yaksha eat people, so Ravi might not realize it turns many people’s stomachs.)
I ROUSE IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION.
Does Ravi know anything about personal space?
I honestly don’t think so.
He heard of it once, a few centuries back – thought it was a foolish sentiment, and hasn’t thought of it since.
Nope. As TV Tropes would say, he’s a Personal Space Invader.
I think immortality would wear on anyone’s sense of minute social niceties- I mean, they keep changing what’s expected of you every hundred years! Eventually you just stop giving a damn and just do you. Go Ravi, go!
I approve of the inordinate amount of floof going on with Jim. xD
And it KEEPS GETTING FLOOFIER!
Erin, this is not a GoodThing.
On the contrary.
This is a double-plus-ungood thing.
Jim is getting extremely frustrated with Ravi, and at present no-one is paying it any heed. Keep pushing someone who is already in an obviously foul mood and they will likely snap, and attack.
Colin, being as blunt as any kid ever is.
Also, Jim’s neck floof, as others have mentioned, is making me giggle like crazy.
Out of the mouths of babes!
How is it that not once did anyone else think to say, ‘personal space’ to him since at least the 1970s?!
Panels 3,4,5 could well be titled ‘The Three Faces of Jim’
Now that is a bit surprising. James has been around for just over a century at this point (and that could have been one hell of a birthday party we missed a few months back!), but Ravi never found the time to introduce himself? How many generations has he been out of contact??
Ravi: And how is your puppy, by the way? Martha, I think her name was… I expect she’s all grown up now, eh?
Ravi: Hello, sir. You remember I purchased one of these newfangled “lawn mowers” from you yesterday. Well, I had a look at the lawn that I intended to use it on, and it appears that I have neglected it for longer than I had thought… so could I perhaps exchange this lawn mower – which is unused – for one of these newfangled “chain saws”?
And how does he handle “Best before:” dates…? >:=/>
Ravi: This “personal space” thing that you speak of… I am pretty sure that it is just another passing fad. And I have seen so very many of them come and go, my friends! X-D *shoulder-gloms Jim and James*
We don’t, yet, know where, what, or who, Ravi has been, for the past 600 or so years.
All we can be relatively sure of is he left the UK within a generation of the end of the Great War, and he returned sometime in the mid to late 1980s, after Paul was hatched, and before Jim was conceived.
We don’t know that it was within a generation of the Great War. We know that he was around for Phineas II, and we know that he was apparently gone for several generations before Jim was born. We don’t know if there were others with the “curse” after Phineas II but before he left, though.
oh Jimothy, your neck-floof is hysterical. Do tailed, furred and feathered sentients get taught deportment classes in control so that they’re not constantly betraying their emotions? Tail-twitches, flared neck-ruffs, ear and/or whisker position, mantled or sleeked-down wings….. Politicians among them must have a tough time of it.
…..and extrapolating further on this theme….. oh man. It must be SHEER HELL to be a teenaged boy in this society, especially around cute girls (or cute boys, whichever) and with the partial or full nudity of true shapes. Yeep. LOTS of cold showers and self-control.
Or dramatically different social norms when dealing with such in those sorts of situations.
While I am enjoying Jim’s neck floof as much as anyone…I think it may be time to let him off the hook just a bit.
It is surprising that Ravi has clearly not kept in contact with the Finns doe what must be a generation or more.
He is in serious need of a clue machine to spend a quarter on.
“For what” Not “Doe what”
I have to assume that was some incredibly weird autocorrect thing?
Nope – take a look at the keys! Your left hand was positioned one key too far to the left.
Well, a few more minutes of this stuff and Jim is gonna split down the middle. That explosion may be memorable. Even more so if it forces Ravi to take his ‘natural’ form, just to keep his head attached to the body…
Somebody was venting the idea (in the comments for the last page) that Ravi was showing off anger and enthusiasm as an act. I beg to differ. IMHO he just has the emotional range of a puppy dog – He flops from one extreme to another, but luckily mainly stay on the friendly side.
Combined with his ability to create cunning plans, not understanding how people can’t see his gifts as such, unable to read their feelings… He behaves like he is in the Autistic spectrum, close to Aspergers syndrome! And with a touch of ADHD.
Is this compatible with his ‘job’ as a guardian or caretaker deity?
It’s always dangerous to ascribe neurological defects to gods. And I have ADHD but I don’t act like THAT!
Also considering some yaksha are known to EAT people, best to avoid his bite altogether.
I have a 23-year old son that’s a full-blown Autist, so some of Ravi’s behaviour aspects have a very well-known feel to them…
My son is very quiet (if not timid), and he simply cannot detect other peoples feelings – they have to be explained carefully to him. But when he gets aware, he’ll do anything to respect those feelings.
And one of our friends sons have ADHD – he talks like a waterfall, runs around on the walls etc… you have to more or less sit on him to keep him calm for a couple of minutes!
I will certainly not suggest that you behave like Ravi – after all, everybody in the autist/ADHD spectrum are different, and i don’t know you at all.
But Ravi’s behaviour indicates something…similar. If not similar to you, then similar to others.
And in the light of other peoples distrust in him here on the forum – i believe that he can be trusted. Ravi is simply just not aware that people need stuff explaining: he knows, so everybody _must_ know, right? So don’t distrust him: tell him you don’t know and ask him to explain – and he will be happy as a puppy to do so!
I appreciate that Ravi knows that he’s been an ass over the situation.
Jim, I believe your gorge is rising. Might want to swallow a little before half digested things and bits of rock go everywhere.
Great facial expression though.
Guess who is going to be less than impressed when he gets told Jim is meant to be the next guardian >:)
Ravi: The guardian needs to be someone with my Gifts. You’re relieved, Paulbert.
Paul: Damn straight, I am!
Whilst Paul will be glad he no longer has to worry about being the guardian, he’ll also possibly be somewhat annoyed about all the time he had to waste learning the stuff to do the job.
Love this update, Kory! Jim’s expression next to Ravi’s are priceles!
If I could do my part to clear up what’s up with Ravi. The situation isn’t that Ravi ignores or doesn’t care for social norms, his greeting to Jim’s mom is within social norms if a bit enthusiastic, the real issue can be cleared up by his greeting to Jim’s dad. He feels like the Finn family is literally his children so he acts like a really great uncle which also within social norm. The Finns are of-coarse completely ignorant of there familiarity.
I just finished the archives. I want to see where this story goes, but now I have to wait for updates…. Now I know how Colin felt waiting for that necklace.
Ravi’s hands are so expressive I love it. He moves like he’s used to having some other kind of limbs – which maybe he has, although based on what I could find about Yakshas, his limbs probably weren’t THAT different.
Also, omg stop leading us on
If you were on Patreon, you would know what Ravi’s original form is.
From what little I’ve overheard, it seems yaksha are doing as much praying as those who worship them. :p
I imagine Ravi speaking in a really thick indian accent.
Yeah he’s got an Apu voice for me.
… And you have no tact, young fledgling!
I love Jim’s angry expression, he’s just so floofy!