You’ll find many comic strips out there where the main character receives a call to action, steps up, then goes on a grand adventure kicking butt and taking names. This is not that comic strip.
What am I doing awake? but I’m with Bot… let’s hide!
being awake has earned you the Shades of Firsting once again, Shay!
did you know they keep you hidden from trigger-happy aliens?
Yay! It’s been a while since I had the Shades… *happy dance* And protection from aliens is awesome.
But will they protect me form my Kitties who chew on me while I’m sleeping? o_O
no guarantees on protection from kitties. 😉
I guess I need pretty lights to distract them so I can sleep… 😀
*chuckles* Oh, ‘bot… Your man points, hand them over…
Love it. ^_^ Now go to sleep.
heheh. yes, jefbot is not brave. at least as far as evil aliens are concerned AdM. 😀
okay, goin’ to bed! (soonish.)
Awww, poor ‘bot…so out of his element. Except for the ‘jumping to the next building’ part, I’m with cel. I always like to know what the heck’s going on. Maybe I’ll grow up to be a journalist. Of course, that assumes I’ll ever actually grow up… 😉
you’re right, T: bot’s totally out of his element on this one. this whole action thing is much more up cel’s alley than his.
and don’t grow up! us Toys R Us kids gotta be a united front! 😀
Kewl, good to know I’m not alone in the Peter Pan mode. 😉 Especially since a good deal of my spare cash these days is going to Babylon 5 action figures and pieces for my costume…if that isn’t childishness in an adult body, I don’t know what is!
Yeah, cel’s already proven she can kick more ass than ‘bot. Reminds me of a comment Alistair makes in ‘Dragon Age: Awakenings’ if the player character is a female noble romantically involved with him…”See? This is why I married you. You kick arse better than I do.” 😀
if i ever decide to sell off some of my B5 action figs, i’ll let you know and give you a good price, T! also have a bunch of micromachine B5 ships that are pretty cool. 🙂
Oooh, good to know, thanks, Jeff! I only have the Babylon station of the micro machines, but my collection of B5 action figures grows rapidly. Yay for Ebay!
No need to guess who’s ready to kick butt and who’s not… cel is so awesome. 😉
yeah, jefbot can handle the virtual enemies in the arcade, Insectoid. better he leave the “real” threats to cel. 🙂
Hmm, you posted early tonight; good for you… but you’re still up! It’s a hard habit to break, huh?
Panel 1: nice action shot! Panel 2: “going down in Runyon Canyon.” Love the local color, but otherwise, no comment, hehe. Panel 3: cel must think she’s in a movie. Panel 4: oh bot, where is your geek-courage? what would Wil say?
I think his geek-courage got blasted when his head was nearly shot off.
“hard habit to break” indeed, Kim. we’ll see how it goes tonight (although i have a feeling i’m not going to be done with the strip “early” this time.
and yeah, like Fijiman mentioned: bot’s geek-courage went away as soon aliens started making with the blasting. 🙂
Wait, are they fighting amongst themselves? That’s gotta mean some of them are on our side.
Nicely done on the ‘shallow depth of field’ look in panels 1 and 4.
you got it, JJ – if you look closely in the previous strip, you can see the green ship is taking a shot at the purple one and actually grazes it a bit with its beam. the roof jefbot and cel were standing on was just collateral damage. whether or not one of the aliens is on “our side” remains to be seen!
and thanks for the kudos – glad you liked that effect. 🙂
You have me so excited! 😀 I love the the comment: “This is not that comic strip.: 🙂
woo! glad you’re excited, ZAD-Man! also glad you like the commentary to go along with today’s episode. i think many BOTreaders would be disappointed if i turned JEFbot into a typical sci-fi action strip, with jefbot suddenly portraying a typical hero out-of-the-blue, so i’m happy you approve!
alright …thats it. give me your balls now JB.
heheh. at least he still has them to give, jf#300! that alien death ray came pretty close in the last strip. 🙂
The green alien must play alot of Time Crisis to pull off a shot like that 😛
could be, KazeSGFX! either that or it’s an ace at first person shooters. 😉
I think I’d be somewhere between the two reactions. I’ve gotta know what’s going on but I also want to play it safe.
Awesome strip! cel is such a badass and bot is so cute in his freaking out. 😀
yep, cel’s a total badass, shanna! (and i’m happy you found bot’s freaking adorable.) heheh.
I mean sure, we’d all like to think we’d be cel in this situation but I mean really. REALLY.
i’m happy you agree with jefbot, Jed. i mean, those aliens have death rays. DEATH RAYS!
OMG they’re fighting each other! I’m with Cel we need to know what alien tech we can salvage from them things. Remember Bot power rings!!!!
yep – even on the beach (way back when) those UFOs were chasing each other, Jiro!
and as far as finding power rings or other alien tech – you’ll have to wait and see! 😉
There’s a difference between being “manly” and being “smart”…Bot is “smart” and that shall keep him alive!!
Cel totally seems like the Parkour type hahaha…She’s all badass and limber and stuff. While, I do believe I’d be curious…I’d want to get my shoesies on first!
true dat, ESQ – while we know cel has some fighting skillz and maybe even some training (as evidenced when she rescued corn and bot when they were trapped under the geek-avalanche), jefbot’s only fighting skills come from video games (as far as we know.) plus – like you mentioned – he’s got no shoes on, the repercussions of which we’ll find out in the next strip!
I do believe the rescue from the geek avalanche is one of my favorite’s!! The way she kicked in the door…oh yeah!!! I’d totally want to be her sidekick…the Chub to her Scrawn hahahaha
It pains me that this went up moments after I feel to sleep while lurking for some shades of lurky firsting but if I’d been up the strip would have been well worth the wait!
Cels expressions have been excellently drawn this entire storyline, great work Bot! And great work on the bad lights too!
aww, thanks AngelSquidditch! but yeah, those Shades of Firsting are elusive, and the competition for them’s quite intense!
also, thanks for mentioning cel’s expressions. i’ve been spending a lot of time on the characters’ faces, so their intentions are feelings are just right!
Oh cel, Oh bot. I am also of two minds of what to do. I definately want to see what’s going on but yeah I’m pretty and i don’t wanna die either!
And I am still a kid at heart. I have collections of toys (Barbie dressed as Wonder Woman before it came out in America FTW!) and I have coloring books (cause sometimes, the inner child is peaceful), board games (cause sometimes she’s rowdy) and of course Video Games!!!!
I don’t wanna grow up
I’m a Toys R Us Kid
They Got the best for so much less (They LIE)
You’ll really flip your lid.
From bikes to planes (or is it trains? Whatever…) to video games,
It’s the biggest toy store there is
I don’t wanna grow up
cause baby if I did,
I couldn’t be a Toys R Us Kid
More Games More Toys OH BOY!
I wanna be a Toys R Us kid!
Awww Now I need a toy….something squishy and snugglie! I need a STUFFED Christmas Tree Bat! STAT
I want a Christmas bat, too . . .
….Has anyone MADE a Christmas Bat plushie? …..*goes to deviantArt to poke at some friends*
if you find one, let me know. 🙂
Ah, Toys R Us. I haven’t been there in years.Not that I have money that much anymore.
Christmas Bat plushie FTW! Maybe Jeff could sell them at his next con.*wink wink, nudge jab* Whoops, that was supposed to be another nudge.
I’m working on something… It’ll be a bit though :/
That’s okay. I know how most great art takes time to create.
This week’s project involves getting off my hot patootie (Anyone?) and getting my Craft room into a some what workable state. I bought myself a cricut on black friday and have YET to use it.
Perhapy by the end of April I can have a mock up of the Christmas Bat with a single red eye!
that would be AWEsome, Pixie!
It sounds like there are several of us who could supply Jeff with some Christmas Bat plushies in various media. Yay! I’ve been thinking about making one since LAST Christmas, but I haven’t actually *done* it yet. And I need to go buy some red eyes. I only have black, brown, and blue. I’ll try to bump it up the crafting priority list. Kypress, you and I can maybe work together to come up with a yarny version, while Pixie makes the sewn fabric version and ESQ makes the glued-felt-like-nobody’s-business version. 😉
you all are the coOolest! and Shanna, you already know i’m a fan of your work from the crocheted Mu and Teddiursa you sent over, so let me know if you make any progress on The Bat! 😀
can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
looks like my next convention will be toward the end of May, Fijiman, so i doubt i’d be able to get anything done before then. this Christmas might be a reachable target, though…
still – no promises!
By then you might even be able to find someone who can make these in large quantities so that you could sell them.
heheh. yes, jefbot would agree with you Pixie: living is better than dying. especially at the hands of some aliens you have no beef with!
i think i mentioned this to Shanna a while back, but i’d love to get back into board games! the closest i get to that these days is with some D&D games with friends every other friday and saturday. and while i love me some video games, i haven’t even plugged my 360, PS3 or Wii in since the move to my new apartment! of course, i have been playing some Pokemon on my DS every now and then. and yay for us Toys R Us kids (and that song!)!!! 😀
as for a squishy, snuggly Christmas Bat, there’s nothing i’d like more than to offer that in the BOTshop, but there are no plans, as of yet. if something happens along those lines, though, i’ll be sure and let you know.
I think I’d step up to fight evil aliens, just like Cel . . . except maybe more in that “crucial support crew safe in the underground, concrete-reinforced bunker” kind of way.
heheh. i hear ya, Sarah W. now if jefbot only had a walkie-talkie and a real-time satellite map, he’d be all over this thing!
oh ‘bot… I think you just lost all your man points lol
I’m torn… I don’t think I’d go hide, but I’m not sure I’d go FOLLOWING them either
yeah, bot didn’t gain any man-points with this one, Ky. but that kind of machismo probably doesn’t interest cel, anyway, which is the important thing! 😉
Bot is a real manly man isn’t he?
yep! he’s got testosterone just oozing from his pores, DJ! ;D
Hilarious! I’m with Jefbot! I DO NOT NEED TO SEE ANYMORE ALIENS! One abduction in my lifetime was enough… Excellent strip as always Jefbot! Love the reference to local landmarks!
“one abduction in my lifetime was enough”!? details, Funnyshaffer. details!
I think I’m with JB on this one. For 2 reasons: A) Hiding from the aliens is probably the best bet and B) Hiding in the closet with Cel could only be good.
PS: I think its funny how all the girls posting are saying Bot loses Man Points but all the guys are saying they are with you… Man points or not…We will be the ones alive at the end of this 😛
“We will be the ones alive at the end of this ” …with only each other…
This proves boys don’t pay attention. Yes we may get shot at, yes we may get abducted, yes we may even have to fight our way out….But think of how grateful we ladies will be when you do something brave and save us. It’s all about that whole hero thing. It’s sexy…it’s hot…and EVERY little girl dreams of being rescued by prince charming.
You’re welcome Mancubs!!!!
Dreams are dreams 😉 I will rescue you from a bug or a barking dog…shoot even a dood that is being a complete jackass. But there gets to be a point where I must draw the line and I think being abducted by aliens is the line.
We may be alone for the time being, but we will find the other ladies that thought “I have no chance against psycho aliens” just like we did and the human race will survive.
i think you’re both right, Pixie and Slave1: everybody needs each other and everybody could use a little rescuing now and then!
as for whether jefbot can step up to “prince charming” status remains to be seen. 🙂
i like your reasoning, Slave1. points A and B are: win, win! 😀
Sometimes, discretion is the better part of valor. This is definitely one of those times. When dealing with a possible galactic war, it’s best to figure out what the fighting is about before stepping into the middle of it.
true THAT, reynard61. especially when you’re barefoot and have no weapons of any kind!
its like skully and shaggy…. classic!
heh. yes, i forgot to tell you and the rest of the readers that i’m changing JEFbot into a FBI procedural comic strip with science fiction/fantasy overtones starring bot and cel, steve. 😉
I’m on pins and needles. Loving this story line, bot. And to top it all off, I love the color and animation….GORGEOUS!
thanks, MC! hope those pins and needles don’t do any lasting harm. 😉
Bot, your girl has bigger cahones than you do. lol, btw. It’s walky is a prelood to Shortpacked.
I’d like to think that just about anyone who just realized how close their head was to vaporization would want to stay as far away from what could have done so as possible as well.
agreed, Fijiman: jefbot just cheated death – he doesn’t want to press his luck a second time! (at least not in the same night.)
i’ll have to check out “It’s walky,” Anime fan – i used to love Shortpacked!
and yeah, cel’s WAY more brave than bot. but he knows it, and is cool with it. 🙂
Ha ha! Your commentary is the best part about this strip 🙂 I have to hand it to cel – the girl is no coward in the face of danger. jefbot however has a healthy dose of self-preservation. That’s not a bad thing. cel will protect him.
PS – Christmas bat plushies. Not a bad idea. It will be Yuletide before you know it.
most of the webcomics i read (including GWS, PvP, Starslip) don’t include commentary with their strips, but i always like to add a little something so i’m glad to hear you like it, Angela. 🙂
and yes, if anyone’s going to do provide some protection and kickassery, we all know it’s gonna be cel and not bot. heheh.
yay for TCB plushies! gotta get the new BOTshop up with the new books and merch, but once that’s done i might start looking into some plushes of our favorite bat for Christmastime.
Cel knows she has to exchange insurance information if she’s going to get any insurance money for the damage. She never thought to purchase no fault UFO coverage.
ha! no one ever thinks they’ll need that “UFO coverage” until it’s too late, Stan!
It seems most comments suggest ‘bot is being cowardly.
I think it’s more of a “I was having such a good time snuggling you and would like to continue that, plus here’s an excuse to get you in a little room with the lights out” sort of deal.
At least, if I were ‘bot, that would be my reasoning…
Of course, I’m not sure if I’d rather snuggle or chase potential extra-terrestrial life. I /did/ skip snuggling to calculate the ratio in a hydrate of water to copper (II) sulfate…
Of course, we kept losing some of it while heating, and ended up with the wrong ratio. D:
i think bot would do well to adopt your excuse if cel ever presses him on it, Spaarfor. heheh. of course, right now, i’m sure he’d rather be anywhere except out in the open with hostile aliens flying about.
and yes, snuggling vs. search-for-ETs (much like cuddling vs calculating ratios) is a hard decision to make, unless said ETs are armed and violent, in which case snuggling should always be preferable.
My friend and I made a priorities list, actually.
Snuggling > food > sleep.
So, to modify that:
Searching for friendly(?) extra terrestrials > calculating ratios > snuggling > searching for armed/violent extra terrestrials > food > sleep.
These priorities are obviously in the correct order.
… That’s not us. We’re not cleared to attack civilians…
good to know, rinthia. wouldn’t want to accuse innocent aliens!
few comics ago, I blamed her for cockblocking due to power outage.
I was wrong, psycho aliens at war were doing the cockblock.
also, how in the FUCK does she know about these things?
seriously, they’re no surprise to her. she KNEW, SHE KNEW!!!
*censors John as he can’t seem to do it himself*
PG 13, FAMILY FRIENDLY please.
thanks for putting out the reminder, Pixie! i need to give you admin status.
yep: she knew, John. she knew.
Cel’s obsession is gonna get Jef Killed!
either that or herself killed, Sk1nn4h! either way, it’s bad.
Come on, Jeff, just because it’s a humorous comic is no reason to paint your counterpart as a wienie. No, I don’t think he should step up and being out his inner Indiana Jones. That would be just as ludicrous as the wiss hiding in a closet joke. Can’t he be at least half smart? Our girl cel clearly knows more about the aliens than she’s shared so far. I’d rather see ‘bot show a little native curiosity. Demand an explanation. How does she know so much about the aliens? What does Musashi gave to do with all this? Spill.
remember, jefbot almost got vaporized in the previous strip, Chaucer (like, a few minutes previously) so you have to forgive him if he’s a little freaked at the moment. also, this whole scenario hasn’t played out just yet, so give him a chance before you judge him. this isn’t over quite yet! 🙂
Oh, Jefbot, not cool. On the other hand, Id wager this is not Cels first rodeo.
Is a Runyon Canyon a real landmark?
that’d be a fair wager to make, Maryz – cel’s definitely more calm and coolheaded (in marked contrast to jefbot’s reaction) in this situation for a reason.
and yes! Runyon Canyon’s a real place in hollywood. lots of cool trails, crags and valleys (and you can actually see the Hollywood sign from the summit), and would make a great, creepy place to have an alien crash-landing. 🙂
I think not, but I agree with you when it comes to not being the first rodeo.
I think Cels deepcover…
yep, cel’s been to this rodeo before, nr2. now we’ll have to see if she takes jefbot along for the ride.
Yeah, I’m down with running and hiding myself. Unless they’ll take scraps of metal for bribes. Maybe I’ll toss them an extension cord while I’m at it.
I thought Batteries Not Included was streamable on Netflix, but that may have been awhile ago. They like to switch out what you can and can’t stream. It’s silly.
Jefbot’s so funny! Love that Cel and Bot are polar opposites.
Aw! Bot is so cute when he’s scared. Why’d the pink one have to lose? ):
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