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!
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.
the amount of nerd in this comment chain is absurd, and i’d like to join in.
Adding in my two cents…
as tim said a few pages back… Intent counts for a lot. Who’s to say Merial couldn’t get enough control to pull a creature’s limb juuust far enough out of whack that they miss Michelle’s arm?
Mind, she seems to need to concentrate to do it, and the only time she’s controlled water offensively she went fullform, and Greg was holding the Momo’s aggro, so to speak. it might not be the kind of thing that she can just whip out.
Legitimate Research indeed.
This is lijit reserch here.
Seriously though. “I read/saw it in something” Is the best way to explain everything. No sarcasm.
‘I saw it in a cartoon’ Has she been watching Avatar? XD
And yay, we’ll finally bet getting back to the storyline. I’ve been waiting forever to find out what was going to happen next. It’s been 3 years since we visited the Orientations storyline- http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-five-page-34/ 2008 man!
Holy hell, have I been reading it that long?!
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
The facial expressions are the best part of the whole story, in my opinion. They really set the tone.
It was a shorty but a goody XD And YAY Michelle and Greg! :D
That was too cute! Loved the last few lines. Thanks for such an awesome comic. :D
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!
Waterbending! And super excited to see the story get back to the Orientation’s plotline, yaaaay!
Yay happy birthday! And also yay Greg and Michelle!
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.
I dunno – mammary glands on a fish are just…. weird.
(Yeah, yeah, I know – “as weird as a beak on a lion?” Well, yes. Moreso, IMHO.)
Well I mean, technically she is not a fish, soooo. ; )
This chapter is silly and awesome, but this page alone takes the cake. Dot-eyed Jim just looks so derpy.
So they got it a year earlier the us…dang…
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!
Great chapter, amusing all around.
I sense an Avatar (The Last Airbender) reference in this comic. =D
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!)
Great strip. Enjoy your week off, you’ve earned it!!! >^.^<
The thought of where this future “research” might lead is /terrifying/.
Little nixie griffons…
Do I spy a reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender?
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.
… you, sir, owe me a new keyboard. (Mental note to self: don’t drink Coke while reading comments on this site.)
The last two panels are just adorable! They’re so cute!
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
And now we know, and knowing is half the battle XD
Yay the return of Michelle I can stop fake-complaining now!
Whys Merial get all the guys *sigh*
I think Michelle and Greg would be super cute together
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
Controlling water? Yes.
Drying a griffon by removing water from his fur? No.
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!!!
Omg I simply love Jim’s face the whole page through… :3
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!
Happy Birthday early!
Do we get more reader questions in between comics again? I love those. ^^
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. :)
I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE MICHELLE AND GREG AGAIN :D
Had to say it. :)
yes, luckily it’s not too graphic.
Just thought of something….
Wet Gryphon smell…
Wet cats and/or birds don’t smell as bad as wet dog…
I just knew there would be ATLA talk on this page.
It makes me happy!
Hehe, AtLA came out in 2005 though and this comic takes place in 2004…well February 2005 but still 2005!
Kissing FOR SCIENCE!
AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER
Research, that’s what Merial calls it? It couldn’t possibly be, say, a crush on Jimmy’s BOFGBH (Big Orange-Furred Gryphon Back Half) could it? Or the paws wiggling in the air with a goofy look on his beak?