JEFBOT.521_No Returnon May 3, 2013 at 12:06 am
Well, well. It looks like jefbot finally got motivated enough to join the fight! Or at least join up with Mu to get to the alien ship. Or maybe he just really needs to go to the bathroom. Kidding. Seeing that pile of unread mail at The Last Arcade just sparked something (or more accurately, “someone”) in jefbot enough to get him sprinting into danger, even without his Super Scrawn powers handy! Hopefully, he’ll at least stop by his apartment to pick up that broom.
And if you aren’t familiar with The Last Arcade, it’s the neighborhood arcade owned and operated by cel, jefbot’s kinda-girlfriend. Last time we were at the arcade, cel and jefbot were getting cozy in a Star Wars arcade cabinet during closing time when the aliens started shooting things up and cel ran off to go check things out. Aww, just catch up on that storyline at the following link. It’s got Wil Wheaton in it and everything:
Hey! I put together a summary of all the big plot points from the JEFbot botOLOGY for new readers. Jump in:
• JEFBOT Mythology: The Story So Far
It feels so wierd being up at 3 in the morning for this. And, yes, I know I’ve just narrowed down me secret location to 1/24 of the world.
i’ll just take a wild stab at your secret location and say: somewhere in Georgia, maybe? hmmm…
and check you out, me: you just achieved the Shades of Firsting! you picked them off in under a minute of the strip going up, too. pretty slick. wear them well – these have a vintage arcade built into the lenses:
A-About 5 states off
B-this isn’t letting me post big comments.
C-Kinda cheated: had posted earlier comment to get preset info and had most of new comment typed and copied so I just had to paste
D-I’d like to be polite and return the offer by humbly attemting to offer you the Shades Of Making An Awesome Comic 😎 .
A: dang it.
B: weird. not sure why.
C: all’s fair in love and Shades.
D: thanks! i humbly accept. 🙂
E-I wasn’t even really trying; I just thought “I’m up, it’s 2 ’til 3, I might as well catch the next Jefbot and Maybe get Those cool Shades everybody wants.
Well… I think Mr. ‘Bot’s had a change of heart
methinks youthinks correctly, JGT!
And about time too. If it were MY GF out there, I’d be going NUTS!
while bot was pretty concerned about cel’s disappearance, he justified it in his own head because she’s done that “disappearing act” before. but after seeing all that mail left behind, all that justification just went out the window. NOW he’s going nuts! 🙂
CRAP! I MISSED AGAIN! AND I WAS READY FOR IT! AH well. I got to see Iron Man 3, so that was good. Didn’t get to stick around to see the sneak peek after the credits. I might go see it again, just for the sneak peek.
So, I was only partly right. JB is going on his own, instead of waiting for events to drag him in. At least he’ll have SOME idea of what’s to come instead of going in blind.
You and me both. Figured “Why the hell not?” after seeing the 6x Streak. Oh well. Still, pretty neat that you saw Iron Man 3
yeah, flame_fingers’s 6X streak was pretty crazy. i think it’ll be a while before someone tops that.
My restart was aborted due to freak weather! Argh! Think I might just take a week off and bask in the glory of 6x hahaha
seems the competition for the Shades is heating back up, KB!
and: woo! i’m planning on seeing Iron Man 3 on saturday! now begins the avoidance of spoilers and reviews until then…
and, yep – hopefully bot will be at least somewhat prepared before any trouble occurs. but first he’s gotta find Mu again. 🙂
Maybe but this is kinda just a one time thing for me.
See all of you on Monday about 6 or 7.
Truthfully, I would have prefered Seeing Iron Man 3 to these cool shades, but only because I’m flat broke and only have Netflix.
I need to wait 13 months for it and still 1 to go for the Avengers And the 2008 Hulk was gone before I even got it.
The sneak peek wasn’t as awesome as the ones in the other moviesbut still pretty funny I thought
agreed. i think my favorite was the shawarma one from Avengers. 🙂
Enjoying the comic, just read the complete archives. And now I am sad because I caught up and have to read in real time. The Anticipation might kill me.
Thank you for putting this comic out there.
wooHOO! thank YOU for reading through the archives, marr! and now that you’re all caught up, i’ll try and make the wait for new strips worth it. 😀
Completely worth the wait, if you ask me. This is a pretty good comic series. That said, it’s also pretty awesome that the author responds to his fans’ comments
thanks, man! it’s pretty awesome that i have such great readers to respond to. 🙂
In the meantime, there’s still a ton of AWESOME comics out there: Weregeek, Girls With Slingshots, Girl Genius, Questionable Content, Something Positive, Goblins, and Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, to name a few. Me, I read a LOT of ’em, and try to remember to keep up with them all, though I sometimes get caught up in re-reading them, and forget to keep up on all of them regularly. It’s not ideal, but hey, it’s always a good time, and I’m frequently happy to read over and over again. I’ve just realized I’m rambling, so I’m gonna go now.
you have great taste in webcomics, KB! i’m a big fan of many of the comics – and creators of said comics – you listed there, too. ramble on!
Believe me I read a lot of Webcomics. I actually had to organize them in my Bookmark tabs according to update days. To me the storyline is more important than the artwork. In the case of this one I like the artwork too. There is a great balance of detail and quality.
thanks, marr! i try and give equal weight to the writing and artwork with JEFbot, but i agree that the writing is more important with comic strips. look no further than XKCD and some other popular strips as proof. 🙂
Oh. Quick shout-out; If anyone here is on the Xbox/GfW LIVE network, I go by JGThorncross
cool. i seriously need to get back on XBL. can’t remember the last time i powered it up. 🙁
Especially with some of the new games that’ll be coming out soon. I’d imagine now would be a HELL of a time to catch up on all the games you play
seriously. problem is, JEFbot’s taking up ALL my time now, and with more comic conventions around the corner to prepare for, i’m lucky to get in a few minutes here and there on my 3DS.
I can imagine. I hardly get time to play my PC games ‘tween helping my parents out and dealing with IRL crap out here
*sigh* IRL crap always seems to get in the way, JGT.
I don’t even have an X-Box, BUT I do play WoW. My main server is Eitrigg, and my main character is a Worgen Frost Death Knight named Sydertion. My guild, dragons of the night, is always on the lookout for fresh blood.
Ah. I don’t typically play WoW; No funds to do so. That said, I’m already part of the Chaos Gaming Clan, so I couldn’t join your WoW guild
i USED to play WoW, but i eventually had to make a decision between my job, sanity and friends vs playing WoW. that JEFbot exists means that i chose the former. but every so often, i have an itch to revisit Azeroth again… MUST BANISH THOSE FEELINGS!
Or just scratch the itch. It helps when your friends also play. I’ve got several, in 3 guilds to talk to, so I’m never bored (though one hasn’t been seen in nearly a month, since he’s been spending most of his time with his new girlfriend). Some are even local, so we can do things outside of WoW, like go to the movies. Thing is, WoW doesn’t rule my life, I spend roughly 12 hrs a week, MAYBE, in-game.
i fear WoW would rule my life should i give that itch a scratch, but maybe the next time i get a free 3 month pass…
Bot to the rescue! A heroic act to save the girl of his dreams! (this seems to get more and more interesting with every page!)
Now I have to wait the whole weekend for the next page! Well, see ya
i’m happy this storyline has pulled you in, DAS! hope you have an awesome weekend. see ya!
I think I’ve figured out who voices Mu in my head… Cry, aka ChaoticMonki! Damn he has the sexiest voice in the world 🙂
i had to Google ChaoticMonki to hear his voice, DAS, but i agree: it’s a good one for Mu. so torn on which voice i hear in my own head for him, tho!
Just to clear things up, I dont think Mu is sexy, just the voice that I hear in my head when he speaks…
If you want to hear him read stories, I recommend Symmetry. Warning: may become kinda gross. But its worth it for the voice!
Broom=Doom; Nerf Marauder Longsword=well, at least it would look cool
true. as long as bot doesn’t have to actually do any damage with it.
I dont know it wold would probobly do as much damage as the PROP sword he gave Mu.
Also, I wish I had it, but my brother and I need to save literally every penny between now and fall so we can get the Wii U and Lego Marvel.
I did the math.
Dun dun duuuuuuunnnn!!
Dun indeed, DJ. Dun indeed!
It just figures. Now I gotta wait til Monday. Is he going to Musashi or is he dead set on getting the scarf so he can be useful? Or is he going to max out his credit card at the all night melee weapon stop’n’shop?
I suppose he could just break into the weapons shop at this hour and not get caught unless that only works in Phantasm movies.
there is a gun shop in my neighborhood, Rainey. i’ve never actually been in it, but hmmm… 😉
ha! if there was an “all night melee weapon stop’n’shop” in the neighborhood, i think you could consider bot’s card MAXED at this point, bj42!
Go! Go go go go go!
And here’s hoping Angry Scarf is hauling yarn to the extraction point, too!
“Hauling yarn” totally cracked me up!
jefbot is GO, Sarah W! and i agree with Shanna: “hauling yarn” is hilarious. 🙂
Leave ’em in stitches, that’s me. 😉
And then the heroic music starts to play! I picture something from John Williams.
Nono. Two Steps From Hell!
heheh. that’d work too, bj42!
Wow, never heard of Two Steps from hell so I looked it up. That’s some epic stuff there!
oooh, good choice with John Williams, TPC. he’s always good at that swelling, heroic, inspiring music, and bot could use some inspiration right now.
:j Sic ’em JB. The firstness clan is behind you. 😎
hooray for the Clan of Firstness, Anime fan! i should really get some of those Shades in The BOTshop. heheh.
Just don’t make them cheesy. Less “We’re #1” and more roman numeral I.
Finally XD he took his sweet time ><
it sometimes takes bot a while to process, but in the end, he usually does the right thing, Orz. 🙂
Thumbs up blackjacket42, “2 steps” are awsome for this scene. And this event was a big suprise btw (ducks away from the dripping sarcasm).
maybe if he had “2 Steps” playing on his iPod, he would’ve been inspired to make the leap earlier, Graypatch! 😉
YEAH! Hopefully he gets to make as cool an entrance as Green Arrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GMbeQe0klA
Also…you might want to check your “story so far.” I don’t think part of it should read “a beer BONG tournament,” but then it has been a while since I plowed through the archives, so who knows?
ha! jefbot needs to come up with his own theme music so he can whistle it during his entrances, JOE!
oop. yeah, a beer “bong” tournament would be something else entirely. heheh. i’ll check it out, thanks. 🙂
Go go go!
he’s going, MC! he’s going!!! 😀
Run Bot, run!!!
I remember their first encounter. Abraxas (I hope I got that right) was chilling on Bots shoulders. Cel threw fake blood on Bot in disgust. One thing lead to another, and now, WHERE IS CEL DANG IT?!?!?!
you remember correctly, TCG! and that meeting was right where bot was standing in today’s strip. as for cel’s whereabouts, well, hopefully bot’s on his way to find out!
Awesome Friday strip! I could hear the music in my head go from soft to bada** when he started running.
thanks, whiskeystray! i can hear that music, too – see, this is why i want to animate these comic strips from time to time!
I recognize those memories! I can’t wait to find out what the connection is between cel and the aliens! I hope Jefbot is able to catch up with Mu and find her soon.
Call me cynical, but one of my first thoughts was “Gee, I can’t believe no one has swiped that package just sitting outside their door!” 😛
Check in with your parents in the next few days because they might have something for you (or more accurately, for Mu).
Can you all see my picture? I changed my Gravatar and now I see the generic white meeple shape.
Although my “hovercard” looks right…
weird. yeah, your “hovercard” image appears correctly, but i don’t see it on your gravatar. looks cool, tho! i’ll see if there’s anything i can do on my end to fix it.
fixed it. seems the default setting for gravatars is a “G” rating. bumped it up a notch to “PG” and your image popped up! 🙂
It’s not really terribly PG, but I figured scantily-clad, big-boobed women aren’t really G either. 😉
I was so excited when I realized that there was a Marvel character with my name who looks so much like me. Um, yea. 😉
Well, we can’t read the label so I’m thinking it’s got a factory name (real or decoy) that implies it contains something nobody would want. If you were a thief, would you swipe a package labeled “Stool Samples” “Garbage Treatment” or “Underwear Recycling” for instance?
Oh, yes. I forgot to consider the possibility of visible security cameras as well.
Forget the camearas, the only thing that would work is secuity LASERS. And I mean the shooty-killy kind, not the wipmy-detecty kind.
heheh. good explanations, Rainey, although a “stool sample” package would bring up even more questions about the mysterious cel. 😉
yep, those were some good memories, Shanna! (and most of em seem from SO long ago. wow.) anyway, yes – now bot just needs to find Mu again! (or he’s gonna have a tough time finding that ship by himself.)
heh. i thought that about the package after i drew it, too, (especially in Hollywood) but i justified it by telling myself it was dropped off earlier that night and hasn’t had a chance to be poached yet. that’s my story and i’m stickin’ to it.
OOOoOOOh! something for MU!!!??? *GLEE!* can’t wait!!! *does a little dance and claps rapidly* 😀 😀 😀
Package dropped off recently? That’s much simpler than my solutions for why it’s still there. I may just have overthought this one.
i still like “stool sample,” Rainey.
I’ll be honest, at this point if Cel isn’t on that ship I’m half expecting her to turn up as a brainwashed government agent or something.
with this story, that just might happen, Fijiman! and she’ll have a little flashy thing to wipe other people’s memories too.
That would be neat.
Jefbot’s drivin by the power of love. With it he is unstoppable!
Seriously though, is it just me or do people trying to rescue their loved one suddenly become badass unstoppable people that can take down an entire army on the way to where their loved one waits?
maybe the song playing during this sequence should be Huey Lewis’s “Power of Love,” GB? nahhh. 😉
and yes, love is a powerful motivator for badassery. they need to bottle and sell that stuff.
Now I have the song stuck in my head. Which makes me think of Back to the Future since that’s when I first heard the song. Now I want to watch those movies again.
Now if Jefbot finds Cel and tells her the he’s in love with her he can gain the power of love to smite his enimies with!
It works best in video games.
Well. I’M a bit slow. Well played Sir!
(of course this means if you do a storyline about monkey men, I don’t know WHAT I’ll do..)
yep! “cel Saga” is a little punnery for all you DBZ fans out there, Holaved! now to get to work on that “monkey men” storyline…
Jefbot to the rescue!!!! 🙂
WOOO! up, up and AWAYYY!!! (jefbot really needs his own catchphrase when he does awesome things methinks, GB.)
Really enjoying getting back to a great story line and the three updates a week. I will click every ad link to keep you earning on this!!
thanks for the kudos (and the clicks), rodlane! happy to see you back here. 🙂
Okay, this just occured to me; the angry scarf was last seen in the corner of the last panel after it piloted the Bot home. It was originally found under Jefbot’s bed… so maybe it likes dark places to hide? The kind of places a certain ferret would be able to find? Is Abraxas going to retrieve the scarf for his master?
Or perhaps use it / be controlled by it to save his master? :O
the Angry Scarf does seem to like dark places, bj42, so it might be close! or not. whether Abraxas will find it or not remains to be seen, but your theory’s sound.
The hero runs into danger to find his cel! That’s how it goes, right? Looking forward to the storyline really kicking off!
yep! looks like bot’s off for adventure, GG! …or maybe he’s just running back to his apartment where he’ll barricade his door and not be seen again for the next two years.
That second panel… My jaw dropped.
Just… wonderful flashback storytelling.
As for the rest, forget what I said about you needing an editor. Clearly I should stop complaining and just enjoy.
So here I go…
i’m happy this strip got you invested, Maryz! and i’m even happier that you care enough about the comic to give your honest opinions. keep ’em coming!
I knew bot would not disappoint us! Run you scrawny bastard! Run!!!
run with the all the powers of Scrawn!!!
I love the Jefbotology. The pixelation effect is cool. It gives me a good way to hook other geek girls from Ravelry (the yarny version of Facebook). 🙂
thanks, Shanna, glad to hear it! with 500 strips and counting, i think a recap was long overdue. and now i need to check out Ravelry. 🙂
Can anyone else hear the superman theme in the background in this comic?
i hear it, Shift!
Go Jefbot go!
back to your sister and get some of her weapons. Seriously. You could use it.
Oh yeah, and go save your love… I guess
*retreats back into the shadows*
jefbot is GO, HITD! and yeah, he does need to find some weapons. or forge some himself!
Man…I JUST realized that if I’d kept my mouth shut for a few more days I could’ve done the far-more-dramatic JEFBOT 3: THE SEARCH FOR CEL.
heheh. yes, but i still dig “The Search for Scarf,” JOE. gonna post it soon. 🙂
Run bot, run… in the other direction! Seriously at first I thought he was running away, but I quickly realized he’s running somewhere with a look of determination and not fear. Is he chasing after Mu or heading some place else?
after all the excitement and determination on bot’s face, i would love if he just ran into a diner to get a hamburger or something, Foxmouse. heheh. but no, he’s answering the call for adventure!
I guess you don’t summon the Angry Scarf, it summons you. Hopefully that’s what’s happening. Heheh.
And sorry about my comments on the previous post, I was touching on a topic that I obviously didn’t know how to deal with correctly. No hard feelings?
after the way the “Super Scrawn” storyline ended, your first statement might just be true, ROM!
and, yep: no hard feelings! i anticipated that there might be some pushback on that last strip, and was happy to see we can all have a thoughtful, civilized conversation about it.
Small thing to pick up on… but how the heck is that sign still lit? Cel’s been gone for MONTHS and not getting her mail or opening her business. So who’s paying the power bills? I suppose it could be phosphorescent paint, or solar charging, but that seems unlikely for a storefront sign.
Then again, the author could flash his Artistic License, and I’d be obligated to shut my howling screamer.
A better question is “how would it ever glow?”. It appers to be printed on a cloth conapy. May the logo is made to appear glowing.
Well again, phosphorescent paint. There’s also electro-luminescent wire, but that’s not very common, particularly in signage. Strategic translucent bits and a porch light perhaps?
I’ve seen businesses that have closed yet still have at least one light on or lights on for months after their closure, and sometimes that does include the sign. Why that happens, I have absolutely no idea.
The only thing I can think of is that the landlord pays the electric bill — but you’d think any reasonably competent landlord would say “Hey, this tenant shut its doors a long time ago, so why is the electric bill so high?” Or perhaps the property management company overlooks it because one single sign uses a drop of power compared to a bucketful of arcade games. This makes a lot more sense if Cel has both a) auto-pay for her lease payments and b) enough cash in her bank account to cover said lease payments to this point in the story.
Yep, Oarboar’s right – cel either has auto-pay or has paid her electric bill several months in advance to make sure the power stays on.
Its monday. No new comic. I’m worried. Maybe the REAL aliens came.
Figures. I bet it was batarians that abducted Jeff
There should not be shades of firsting today. With such a massive delay, they would be the Shades of Belated Firsting, and their tainted magic would bring +5 Ruin to the bearer.
All it means is extra competition.
All it means is a pair of mostly imaginary sunglasses.
Never heard of the.
My “money” is on the Cardassians.
Go play Mass Effect you philistene.
So what to do while waiting on the new comic?
Go watch some episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I got nothing.
It’s almost noon on my end, so I’m goint to have lunch.
No need to be harsh.
P.S. You spelled it wrong.
i DID have a weird dream about aliens, me. or ghosts or something. i can’t remember exactly but it was something weird. does that count?
Any thoeries as to why the comic isn’t here yet?
I’m guessing power outage or computer failure. Either way, its 10 AM here and I’ve already been up all night (for reasons more important than imaginary lenses) so I’m calling it quits. Enjoy the shades whoever, cuz I’m out.
Any LESS REALISTIC thoeries?
Any conspiracy theories?
Maybe he was in the bank last night, when it got robbed, and is now a hostage.
Maybe he was kidnapped by terrorist who want to force him to buid them a missile. Just like Iron Man
I got it!
The entire west coast sant ito the ocean!
Aliens found out that he was telling the public about them and decided to stop him.
BAM! Only explanation.
yeah, but which aliens? STAR TREK aliens? STAR WARS aliens? Ben10 aliens? JefBOT aliens? some othe aliens?
All aliens that humans know of have gathered together to stop our further knowledge of the universe. I guess jefBot was the last drop…
Allied Extraterrestrials Against Humans… A.E.A.H
I’m not saying it’s aliens, but, It’s aliens I’m sure!
heheh. well if it was aliens that messed with the pipes above my shower and caused the whole ceiling to collapse, thus causing today’s strip delay, then yes – you’re all correct!
Since you bring him back up, Wil Wheaton didn’t actually cheat you out of a movie part 30 years ago? That’s just for effect in the comic?
he didn’t actually “cheat” me out of the part, Bender_Sastre, but we did audition for the same part in Stand By Me and he got it. seeing as how i was certain i was going to get the role, i wouldn’t be surprised if he cheated to get it somehow. 😉
Look on the bright side. Even though that did lead to him getting in Star Trek TNG, most fans HATED his character. I don’t HATE him, but I don’t lie him that much either.
Which is a big deal because I like almost all aspects and characters in Star Trek, eccept the Kazon from Voyager. I don’t even respect them. For the most part, i can at least respect the concept of Wesley.
I’m betting ‘Bot’s gonna need something like this ( http://imgur.com/Bn5iLsZ ) sometime soon
It’s a space fighter. Single pilot ( I think ) with plasma cannons and two types of missles
And particularly good if you use hit-and-run tatics
oOoh! i think that ship would make bot & Mu’s journey a whole lot easier, JGT!
And Jefbot rushes off into a dence square storm.
Must…keep…refreshing page…. Dx why is there no new page?
I guess I’ll just have to read the MONDAY comic on a TUESDAY. Who does that?!?
comic’s up, y’all! sorry for the delay, but thank you for your vigilance!