Nixie Spit 7: Legitimate Research

And that’s the end of Nixie Spit! A shortie but a goodie. I needed to show y’all what Nixies could do, and I did! THE END. Hee hee hee.

Don’t fear, I won’t be taking a month off from comics like I usually do between stories, but I will be taking next week off because I have a lot of things I need to get finished before November starts up, such as the rest of the Borogove cards, some things for Furry Fiesta, and an illustration for the Orange Octopus Gender Zine! Thanks for understanding!

The next comic FINALLY picks up where Orientations left off! Michelle goes to see her mom and Greg comes along for the ride! I hope you’re excited because I sure am!

Also my birthday is this Friday! Just throwing that out there!!! Hooray!

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I’ve never watched it (it’s on my extensive to-do list), but has Merial been watching The Last Airbender?
Also, I’m quite glad that we’re going to see Michelle and Greg again.


If that is what she’s been watching, she should probably watch out or she might accidentally dehydrate him. What did they call it, blood bending or something like that?


You can only do blood bending on the full moon, silly! :D
*Sits infront of calendar for release date of new Avatar*


It doesn’t quite work that way in ATLA, but here it might be just as legit as that research. In a manner of speaking.


…none of the Waterbenders EVER dehydrated anyone. Bloodbending was just taking control of someone’s physical motions by controlling water inside them and it took a LOT of control to do.


Bloodbending, yes, but that wasn’t the effect it had. Most any physiology book will tell you, the human body is made of 70-80% water, which, during a full moon a powerful waterbender can control the water within the blood and muscles of a body, and basically make a living puppet out of their victim, but again, only at and under the full moon, otherwise, theres not enough spiritual energy to harness to control a body. No dehydration involved, just marienettes made of people.


Didn’t the old lady kill a field of flowers by pulling the water out of them?


Yes, and as the avatar wiki states, bloodbending has a lot of potential for serious harm; cooling or boiling the blood, increasing the internal pressure within the body to crush or rupture organs, or even completely stop the beating of the heart. But, it also has a lot of application in medicine; preventing hazardous clots from forming, stymying the loss of blood from wounds, and finally, in reversal to stopping the heart, one could instead control the beat and flow of blood by controlling the heart itself.

The problems with this ability though, is one; the Moon. Only under the full moon are water benders strong enough to perform bloodbending. Second, is the users knowledge of the bodies system, since the art requires knowledge of capillaries and individual muscle groups, since the potential for causing serious damage is obvious.

Now, Merial having such powers is fairly unlikely, mainly cuz while she says she saw the trick on a show, the likelyhood of her abilities being quite as profound or exact as internal waterbending seems a tad farfetched, since a lot of bending from the avatarverse is spiritual as much as its physical.


Yay! Happy Birthday!
I also have an inkling on suspicion that Merial has been watching the Last Airbender. Hopefully she doesn’t start bod-bending or we’re in trouble. 0.o


Awww, I was really really hoping we would see the circus guys now!

I feel in love with wheelchair guy. I love guys in wheelchairs AND circuses. It’s like the best of two worlds. Hope to see them soon, though! Your webcomic has really came a loong way now. I’m honestly impressed with all your talent and improvement. You’re a great artist, Kory! Thank you for giving us all this amazing story so far!


I like how you went out of your way to conceal Merial’s ladybits for the entire chapter, only to show there was nothing worth concealing in the second to last panel.

Real tricky, sister.


A short but fun and entertaining tale–I really enjoyed it! Also love Jim for being so laid back about the whole transformation thing. Can’t wait for Michelle & Greg, and really can’t wait for Borogove cards!


WOOT!! CALLED IT! knew she would do some hydromancy(aka waterbending aka probably what Merials talking about aka avatar the last airbender aka the last aka i’m going to do aka the end…..) ANYWAYS…..Yes, what else can we learn from kissing? That there some real chemistry going on with our local merlass and foreign jabbering gryphon(lucky devil…i wanna kiss the fish!)


Legitimate research subjects: whether Jim can lose the beak while keeping the tongue that reaches to the end of it; taste evaluation of a nixie’s tonsils and adenoids; maximum duration of a kiss if neither party needs to come up for air; whether Merial can clear sinuses as well; whether the dottification of Jim’s eyes is caused solely by water extraction, or can be induced by other means; whether Merial can turn them into exclamation points as well; whether a home run is really going to tempt this pair of mythos when they’re having so much fun at first base. The list goes on and on.


Exclamation points!

… you, sir, owe me a new keyboard. (Mental note to self: don’t drink Coke while reading comments on this site.)


Not a species I would want to be but they make up for it a bit by being waterbenders ^.^ And hey! Gives us an idea of when this story is taking place :P


yay back to the story and my fav match(greg and Michelle) and Happy birthday next week!!! :P and can’t wwait to see more borogrove cards!!!


I wanna argue and say that she was watching some mainstream-comic-superhero cartoon instead of Ang, but I got nothing. Then again, did that ever actually happen in the cartoon?

This comic is making me wish that the 16 pages in a monthly direct-mail magazine was a profitable enough model. Of course, there is always signing up for chapter-break alerts and just ignoring it exists until then- if I really wanted the comfortable pacing.


actually, she might have been watching a spinoff or fanart of One Piece.. There should be enough Waterbending fans out there :P


Taylor said “Dot-eyed Jim just looks so derpy.”

Ha ha!!! OMG!!! Now I must INSIST that Kory create a special page called “Skin Derp”, with all the major characters in several jumbled panels with the derpiest possible expressions she can imagine for them…

That would become my wallpaper for the next entire YEAR!!!

Jadugara ^_^


HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!! HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY DEAR KORY BING!!! HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!

Yay, another October buddy!


I love the lack of comments regarding the last two lines in this page… xD I for one react to it thusly:

Nyo ho ho~! *smarm face*


Sorry I’m late with the well wishes. Happy Birthday Kory!

And man do I love these characters, they’re just so darn awesome. Thanks for the hilarious mini-chapter. :)


Hehe, AtLA came out in 2005 though and this comic takes place in 2004…well February 2005 but still 2005!


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    patmandx:

    So I’ve recently REALLY gotten into Kory Bing’s Skin Deep (check it out), a story about mythical creatures hiding in human society. Here’s a few pictures I’ve drawn of people I know (most of which don’t actually read the comic, so they’re amazingly good sports).

    I’ve got to hand it Ms. Bing, she’s really good at thinking up believable characters and making interesting settings cause I’ve pretty much been absorbed in drawing stuff based on the comic now.

    I’m currently trying very, very hard to not write a full fledged fan-comic about these people I’ve drawn (or as I like to call it, pulling a Loftlocked).

    But yeah, what do you guys think?

    Cool fan characters!!

    10/24/14

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