JEFBOT.131_Bot Be Buggin’on March 27, 2009 at 1:21 am
It’s not uncommon for me to help a starving spider out by throwing a few ants or other insects into its web. As long as it’s not a black widow or a brown recluse or something dangerous, I generally let them kick it in my apartment if I find them there. At worst I’ll put them outside in a bush, since there are only a few bugs I’ll kill on sight – but that’s a topic for another strip.
lol….i usually catch a few so i can use it to fight with my friend’s spider..kinda like pokemon…or in this case…pokeder (pocket spider)
im first too….woohoo
my friend from elementary school and i used to collect roly-polys and try to get them to fight, JF3. was never quite as exciting as pokémon as they had no special powers and would generally just crawl over each other or roll into a ball.
How do you know they’re starving? I find the spiders in our house go forth and multiply with reckless abandon thriving on (as far as I can tell) only other spiders.
i just assume they’re starving when they look skinny or there are no bug carcasses in or around their web, Mandraco, which is usually the case when i find them in my apartment. if i find one, i generally put them outside now, since there isn’t a lot of prey running around my pad (thankfully).
Haha I refuse to kill a spider but I will kill a bug. I think spiders are too damned cool 🙂
spiders are very cool indeed, DaughterJudy! now if i could just get myself bitten by a radioactive one…
Hahaha! This was awesome! I love the 2nd panel, bug POV ! Jefbot, looks so precious and proud in that panel. 🙂 Another great one! Kudos!
glad you liked that pov, Spanky! in my original sketch you could see more of the bug, but i thought it would be creepier if your mind filled in what it looked like instead.
Brilliance. I really love this. It made me laugh out loud. Somehow, knowing you what little I do… this all makes sense.
glad you dug it, Daniel! but: that this is all making sense is the first warning sign. it might be time to get an MRI. 😉
Brilliant! I ‘bot’ it hook, line and sinker!!! Fantastic Jefbot…makes me want to get my own pet fly. 🙂
“bot” it!? ha! and: *groan*. if you get that pet fly just don’t bring it around my pet spider. that could end tragically.
Fantastic!!! “Never look back here… Ever!” I LOVE it!!! OMG I’m still laughing, I love the look in Jefbots eyes in the last frame! Extremely well done!
gracias, funnyshaffer. 🙂
That’s HILARIOUS! I love it!!!
ha! thanks for the love, Shana!
I always give bugs an all expenses paid trip outside because I pretty much refuse to kill anything but ants and yellowjackets due to infestations of both that pushed me over the edge!
Also, that second panel needs to be a wallpaper.
i totally understand, Kevin I – there are certain bugs that have broken the truce that get the death sentence, which will be explored in the next strip(!). also, i’ll see what i can do about creating a wallpaper out of that 2nd panel. thanks!
hmm…nursing bugs…yeah…that’s not for me.
eeEEwww… well when you put it that way, jhorsley3…
this is my favorite jefbot strip…ever.
heheh. thanks, g!
Hilarious and icky at the same time 🙂
my trademark, Mary! 😉
I can’t have that kind of compassion for a spider. I am genuinely incapable. My arachnaphobia is…pretty severe. I’ll deal with other bugs as necisarry, and the only ones I’ll kill are ones that are dangerous or that might completely infest the house. but spiders? The lady of the house has to take on that chore. Logically, I KNOW what a phobia is, that it’s irrational and all in my head (whether or not a spider is poisonous has NO bearing on my fear) but I just can’t seem to handle ’em. Give me a wasp or a scorpion, I’ll charge in and save the day like a knight in shining armor. I’ve actually watched a scorpion crawl across my foot (felt something on me, looked down, there was a scorpion), knowing that if I just let him get where he needs to go without surprising him, no harm will befall me, and in that instant, it actually became a fascinating creature. Had it been a spider, i would have freaked the eff out.
hmm… i’d be interested to see how you’d react to the mounted, tailless whip scorpion i have hanging on the wall of my kitchen, Jed. it kind of looks like a half-scorpion, half-spider. or maybe a vinegaroon?
Nice compound-eye effect. I tend to ignore spiders; it seems that if I kill one their relatives gather and hold a wake on ceiling over my bed that night and I find that disturbing.
ooh. i’d find that disturbing too, estiveo. but also kinda fascinating.
Oh man that second panel is my favorite in the world!
aww, thanks, Vee! i had a great time drawing it and putting it together.
As you know, the truce I’ve struck with the bug world provides that as long as they stay outside of my house, no conflict will arise. Once they enter my domain, they’re fair game. Smartly, I refused to sign the “fair treatment of BPOWs (Bug Prisoners of War)” doctrine, which enables me to use extreme forms of interrogation to gather critical information from them. Occasionally, some of them must be tortured then set free as a message to their friends. In the words of Dr. Jack Wagner, Sean Luke takes no crap…from bugs. OK, the bot may be the only one that gets that reference, and he may not have said the bugs part, but you catch the drift.
dude, i think you may be more Jack Bauer than Jack Wagner when it comes to bugs! the truce with the bug world i always talk about will be the subject of the next strip. 🙂
I love it! It leaves everything up to the imagination. The second panel with the multiple eyes just kicks all kinds of ass.
thanks, dude. and as far as that second panel’s concerned, it makes sense, cuz it was all out of bubblegum.
all I have to say is “KILL IT, SQUISH IT’S LITTLE BRAINS OUT, MAKE SURE IT CAN MAKE NO MORE VILE CREATURES, KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL!” *Ahem* I hope I get my point across 😀
loud and clear, Evil Step Queen! i’ll be sure and keep you away from the underside of my toilet, too. 🙂
I’m guessing that one day Michael will find your husk of a body in a web cocoon somewhere in the house as your reward, Jeff 😉
i fear that is the inevitable outcome of all this Stan, but i am locked into my fate.
I’m pretty much the same way. I tend to get all kinds of “guests” in early Summer — just before it gets too hot to leave the door open and the air conditioning kicks in — and, depending on the species, I’ll either let them stay (non-poisonous spiders, ladybugs) or gently “persuade” them that their proper place is outside. (Flies, bees, wasps, etc.) The major exception is mosquitoes. My one-and-only rule for those: If it flies, it dies! I *HATE* mosquitoes! *starts to itch just thinking about the little b@$+@rd$…*
heheh. i hear ya, reynard61 – mosquitoes love us Schuetzes! we must have sweet blood or something cuz when we go camping we get swarmed!
o.o;; I hate spiders… their… ew D’x And this comic just had like the worst timing too. xD Love how the second panel is Jeff.
thanks Nat, but what about Spinarak!? don’t you like him? 😉
Brilliant. That’s all I can say. Brilliant! Oh and don’t ever do this in real life. But Brilliant.
too late. just don’t look behind the toilet. ever.
I feed the spiders too. : )
Although the only ones that I get in my room are the not nice brown recluses for some reason. Those ones get assassinated, or fed to the cats.
man, those jerusalem crickets are nasty looking, Foxmouse! which is why i love ’em. never seen one in person, but i hope my first experience won’t be a surprise visit in my bedroom. what did you do to get it out?
Very funny strip, I used to feed spiders and catch bees when I was little. My middle name was danger back then.
Now, however, I have something bigger and decidedly more horrifying to deal with: Jerusalem Crickets. They’re “harmless” aside from their size, a stinky smell, a painful bite, and installing terror in the hearts of unsuspecting victims through sheer ugliness! I found one in my bed room, first time ever seeing one, and I swear I was scared to tears. D:
brown recluses? fed to the cats!? i know you’re joking, emikae, right? tell me you’re joking!!!
I actually really did laugh out loud at this one….I hope I didn’t wake the roomie and his girl….that would…wait….I hear them….aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!
LoL just kidding…my roomates didn’t beat me to death 😛
glad you lol’d, Eptha! throwing giant bugs on your roommate and his girl is another great way to wake them up. also good for revenge.
I’m afraid my house has a ZERO tolerance for bugs, but is NOT us (the humans) that made that rule… is the 8 cats that live in my house! XD
Zeus, Killer Instinct, Cleo, Memo, Baby, Puma, Lynx and Chiky attack anything around the house. Ask my dad. Even his shoes have fallen victims of the terrible eight.
“If it moves, is prey” mom says XD
The funny thing is… Zeus and Lynx are the only Siamese, the rest of the gang are Persians, and our vet told us that Persians were mellow cats. Right! The Persians are the terror of the house!!!! *glomps cats* :3
ha! i love that you have a cat named “Killer Instinct,” Sonitan!!! why am i not surprised? oh, and send me your email address so i can send you that BOTton. 🙂
Jefbot, the spiders thank you for the snacks. The ants, however, would be much happier if you didn’t regard them as arachnid nourishment.
If you ever figure out an answer to this quandary, by all means announce it in your strip!
nope, there’s no way around that quandary, Anonymous – i consider spiders>ants.
I really don’t need to comment as the evil step queen has already expressed my feelings. Guess who’s getting a midnight “RAID” on their house….
nOOoooOOooo!!! i fear the bugs won’t be the only creatures in my apartment that will be RAIDed. 🙁
From this series, this is my new favorite strip. Second panel is OBVIOUSLY my favorite, seeing as it looks awesome AND the facial expression is great. I can relate to this too, because I always take bugs of any species or size that I find in my house between a cup and a piece of paper and take them outside. Unless they’re missing legs or wings, then I just “happen” to forget I ever saw them. So sad, they don’t know they’re in somebody else’s home. :X
Ugh, revising the sentence “I always take bugs of any species or size…” to “I always take bugs that I find in my house, of any species or size, between a cup and a piece of paper and let them outside.”
i really dug this strip too, but really wasn’t sure what the response was going to be to it, so i think it’s awesome that it’s your new favorite, Takla. and i do the same thing with most critters i find: i kindly place them outside. i only feed and nourish the special ones. 🙂
Bot’s face in panel two is my new favorite jefbot facial expression ever! It deserves a trophy or something! Also, love the child-like innocence thing goin’ on in the last panel. Simply wonderous!
Well, when I found the Jerusalem Cricket my cat Samson was trying to eat it. He ran off when it bit him in the face. After much screaming and a few tears I introduced it to the sole of my size 8 steel toe boots.
I try not to kill them now that I know what they are, but it’s still one hell of a shock to encounter one. =A=;;
There’s no way that I would be able to pee, knowing that a spider’s ready to pounce on my booty.
lol i do the same thing. i will not let anyone in the same household as i kill spiders. its hard to keep my cats from eating them but i can at lest try. x3
Glad to find another bug-lover. I share my oatmeal with the beetle larvae that live in my carpet. I make a little pile of it under my computer table, where I don’t vacuum, hoping to lure them there so that they won’t get sucked up. And then I hope that my mom doesn’t notice all the half-eaten oatmeal on the floor when she comes to visit.
I am very much the same way with most spiders, crickets, etc that show up in my house. Crickets get escorted out of the house because they like to jump in the shower with me and get accidentally stepped on if I don’t pay close attention. Spiders get to stay as long as they aren’t black widows, luckily I’ve not seen any brown recluse spiders in my state.
JEFbots face in the second panel: Awwws!