JEFBOT.242_Rage Against the Machineon May 25, 2010 at 12:38 am
While I haven’t “raged” as much as jefbot did in today’s strip in a long time – I’m actually a pretty zen guy in most cases – I’ve definitely wanted to throw objects at my television on occasion. Objects like videogame controllers while playing frustrating games such as Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Street Fighter IV or Ikaruga. Do they make Nerf controllers for the 360, PS3 or Wii? If not, someone really should.
Also, it bugs me when news stations give you a sensational story (like a kidnapping) and then rarely fill you in on what happened later (was the victim found?), so: those that watched LOST Sunday night know that in the “real world” the rogue satellite’s transmissions from the previous strip (JEFBOT.241_LOST Signal) fortunately did not interfere with any cable programming. Though I must admit, I was curious to see what would happen if it actually did. Click here for the article.
Oh my…..looks like anger management classes for Jefbot.
BTW, love the comic, it’s funny as hell.
heheh. yeah, jefbot could have definitely handled this more delicately, Outlander.
and thanks for the compliment! glad you enjoy the strip. 😀
I KNOW that rage! I have an iPhone… This was awesome! Love the 2nd panel! …well I don’t “love” it, I just understand! Excellent job as always!!!
thanks! i’ve almost thrown my iPhone a few times too, Funnyshaffer. almost.
Wow, bot! This strip is full of action. I mean, that second panel is so 3-D. It makes me think the remote is heading towards me. You’re like all “Avatar” on us. And the way you drew that gorgeous tv with the remote jutting out of the broken screen-it just made me cringe. It is so well drawn. You’re a true artist who needs some major anger management classes. I’m not judging here, bot. But come on, have you ever seen ME throw anything in a fit of rage? Great work, bot! Really great strip!
with so many films going 3D now, maybe i should start doing the strip in 3D, huh? not sure how i’d distribute all those glasses, though…
thanks for the kudos, MC. and no, i don’t believe i’ve seen you throw anything in a fit of rage… except maybe your fist… through a plate glass door… twice… but other than that, your rage issues are totally under control. 😉
Hey, bot! You forgot about the time I threw the fan across the room!
This strip hits close to home in a lot of ways. I can totally say that with playing a game, there have been many a time that I’ve wanted to throw some sort of object at the tv.
The boyfriend just told me he had a guy he works with just smash his tv by throwing his phone into it. (the guy at work smashed his own tv, not the boyfriends.) All because he got upset with his girlfriend, about something so trivial.
And yes, I can’t stand it when they have a breaking news report to tell you about a missing person. You hear a brief statement (And I mean brief) later on about how they were found and fine. Where’s the in between with the story? What happened? I feel like I’ve been gypped, ya know?
This was great, and I love that 2nd panel. (I could see JB throwing a pokeball, instead of a tv remote. But that’s just me. 😛 )
glad you can relate to the strip, Spanky – also glad you didn’t actually throw anything at your TV. heheh.
news broadcasts do that all the time! i understand that the headline gets people to tune in, but i hate being left hanging, and is it too hard to get a little follow-up on occasion?
just started SoulSilver, so maybe some pokeballs might make their way into the strip, soon! 🙂
well thats a bit “Hulk smash” look for you but those tv are getting easer and easier to destroy as well as easier to annoy you with all the features that have no real purpose
jefbot does tend to go a little “hulk smash” from time to time, Drakeye, usually due to technology, his family or the Cornfather.
yep, sometimes those tv features are completely useless and get in the way when you’re trying to get to features you actually need. just thinking about it makes me want to smash! 😉
BROOKLYN RAGE!!!!!! And yes, no video capture soft ware, accursed reformatting..
EGYPTIAN RAGE!!! glad your computer’s back up and running (well, except for the capture software).
When I was drawing my final panel in MY strip today I was wishing Schuetze would draw it for me. Instead I merely channeled you.
Great job as usual.
i’m flattered, Tim, and thought you did an awesome job on that “A-HA!” panel! 😀
I would kill ya if that was my TV.
Since it’s not, well… you made your bed, now lie on it.
*evil laugh of doom*
And truth be told, the LOST episode wasn’t messed up last Sunday. But my big brother had to work… and forgot to set the DVR.
That’s just as good as if the episode got messed up like in jefbot’s reality. So happy right now
8D <— crazy maniacal smiling face on puertorrican victorian goth
i’ve no doubt that the *evil laugh of doom* would be the last thing i’d hear if i destroyed your tv, Sonitan. 🙂
so did your brother freak when he remembered? did you laugh in his face? did he get to see the episode before everybody on the internet spoiled it for him?
ha! i love it when you’re a happy puerto rican goth! 8D
I love that middle panel. It is very old-Bat Man. I almost expect there to be sound effects like BAM! CRACK! OOOF! etc. 😀
I think that big hole and all the cracks are going to be even more distracting than the two bad pixels. 😉
thanks, shanna! maybe once we start seeing Chubman & Scrawn’s adventures, there’ll be some old-school Botma- uh – BATman hijinks!
i think you’re right about the damage to the TV. at least the cracks seem to cover up the dead pixels. 😉
i dont feel enough rage from the mid panel jb. compared to the time u went rage on cornfather. u need to put more into it. sad about the tv though. i would probably kill u if it was my tv. mmmmmm
i have a feeling jefbot will be raging plenty more times in the future, jf#300. i’ll try to sufficiently elevate his rage quotient then. 🙂
wahahahahaha…..thanks JB..hope to see more rage from u
count on it!
Oh wow it was just like being at home with Hubby when the computer is running slow. Cause slamming stuff around really makes it work faster!
Love the comic though it “hit” pretty close to home for me LOL.
slamming stuff around totally makes things work, Pixie! like when Han Solo hits the Millennium Falcon’s console and it lights up. that’s just the way of things. 😉
Oh and of course, let’s hope Popbot doesn;t suddenly ask for the TV back.
glad you remembered the tv’s not even jefbot’s, Pixie. looks like he’s gonna have to get it fixed…
Intergalactic Fix it Rule # 1…If it doesn’t work, smack it.
Intergalactic Fix it Rule #2…If it doesn;t work, Smack it and swear.
and how far down the rule list do you have to go to finally just give up and call the repairman, Pixie? 😉
You dont call the repairman, you clean up the smashed dust.
Exactly Maryz…Or buy a new one. At the rate technology is going, everything is getting easier and cheaper to replace.
Don’t know how many times I’ve ruined a TV that way. I’d be playing some game, usually multiplayer, though Vex caused me not only to break my Gamecube and the TV but everything in my room, and I’d yell at my TV as someone kills me screaming BS BS, and then launch my controller/remote/anything heavy in my reach, at my TV or Xbox. Love good times, aye?
wow! sounds like you have more RAGE than even jefbot, Lokean! i’d be afraid to play Halo or SFIV against you. 😉
I am SO with you on that news story thing. They always used to get me by having some little tidbit on a science story, and so I watch the whole bloody news hour, and then bam! They devote five seconds to it at the end, and it turns out to be something I already knew about (in more detail, of course) or something that actually doesn’t mean anything (like a new study with largely inconclusive results).
That’s the sort of thing that makes ME want to throw a remote, partially so that I will never be drawn in by their clever misdirection again.
ugh. i’ve gotten that five second science story so many times too, Sharra. what’s worse is when they tease you at the end of the broadcast like that and then they’re like, “check out our website for more info.” RAGE!
Oh, yeah, I used to hate that too. Then I was like, “You know what, f*** your website. I’m going to go look it up on the BBC. Take that, stupid American news media!” Usually the BBC has a more in-depth report than anything from the AP anyway (including quotes from actual scientists!).
I’m shocked I’ve never had to replace a controller. I’ve never thrown anything, but I’ve come close to snapping them in half on more than a couple occasions. Certain games would just frustrate the hell out of me, or if I was having a bad day or something, all that pent up rage would push me to trying to hulksmash my controller. Luckily I got it under control before any damage was done, either to the controller or my wallet.
By the way, you shouldn’t sit so close to the TV. It will fry your brain.
i’ve never had to replace a controller (or a tv set for that matter) due to rage either, Alexander. i’ve gone through a bunch of atari and commodore 64 joysticks because i’ve gotten too into a game or just plain worn them out, but i’ve managed to stay my hand before actually chucking a controller across the room.
good tip. 🙂
I’ve had a few Super Nintendo controllers go into the wall, along with lego and constucts (that you no longer see on shelves) sets flying across the room to explode in colorful piles of anger. Now I just bash in the panels on my cars when I break something. ><
i’ve bitten my SNES controllers more than once, TCG, and slammed them onto my bed or into a pillow, but never even yanked one out of the console (at least not on purpose.) i’m actually really delicate with my stuff, even if i’m sometimes raging on the inside. 🙂
you’re joking about bashing in your car panels, right? right!?
Nope, not kidding. Ask Slave1 about the mini-van. Or I can show you the already bashed front quarter panel that I punched after breaking the bolt on my front left caliper. I’ve also put my fist into the tailgate of my truck. I’m surprised I didn’t break my hand on that one. :O
My question is why is he SO close to that HUGE T.V.?
as my granpappy would say ‘ya sit that close yer eyes are gonna turn into squares!’ (in a cranky old man voice.
hey, jh3! haven’t seen you in awhile. 🙂
i had an idea for a strip recently, that explained jefbot’s proximity to the tv, but i didn’t produced it ‘cuz i felt it was too similar to another idea that i’ll be drawing soon. maybe when enough time passes or when i have writer’s block, i’ll do it.
ha! never heard that “squares” expression before.
Seeing that TV in that state I have only one thing to say: You have too much money on your hands.
I know you didnt actualy do it. Its just… Its not cool, man, not even in comics.
should i have attached this disclaimer to the comic, Maryz:
No televisions (illustrated or otherwise) were harmed during the making of this comic.
and it didn’t cost me a cent.
No worries, I think that *All disfunctions normal* pretty much covers it. Though that TV unhurt disclaimer is undeniably funny.
I’m guessing your TV is happy that you have drawing this strip as an outlet for your anger, Jeff.
now that you mention it, i’m way more chill since i started doing this strip, Stan. maybe i’m totally getting some aggressions out. 😀
It really makes me angry too when electronics don’t work…I mean I know that anything can have flaws, but my heart really goes out to Jefbot ’cause I love gadgets too and know how he feels!!! Great strip 😀
thanks, JP! glad you can relate to the rage bot’s feelin’. 🙂
Rage against the Machine: After all it stole my quarter. I didn’t watch any of Lost. I cant stand ABC dramas. LAME
i was a total fan of LOST, but i did think this season was weak.
hope you got your quarter back. 🙂
There is a NERF controller for the Wii, they are awesome!
good to know! i’ma have to pick one up, JJ.
I think they have nerf controllers for like all of the systems…all of them….they have like psp/dsi cases made of nerf…its super creepy
i remember there being a PS2 nerf controller, DD, but haven’t seen any out in the wild for the 360 or PS3. i’ll have to do some google-ing i guess.
I’m telling Dad….
Best. Comment. EVER!
don’t encourage her, Pixie!
you do and i’ll tell mom what you put in the punch on mother’s day.
Oh Em Gee! Is this what people see from the outside when my sister and I get started? Wow. That’s awesome!
Me? Encorage? No, never! As the Baby in the family I just can’t help myself.
It’s loss will forever be mourned…if not for the fact that it has those two dead pixels.
ha! yeah, i don’t think jefbot has to worry about those dead pixels anymore, Shion. 🙂
Dang, Jeff! Ya shoulda thrown this at it!
ooh, me likey, reynard61! too late for jefbot but i might just buy one for myself. 🙂
Wow ‘bot, I definitely would not want to be around when things start flyin’! Though I totally know how you feel, a recent(but extremely rare) rage broke my 360 controller’s mic port xD
And yes, they DO make Nerf controllers. Look up a company named Pelican, they’re the ones that produce them. 😀
heheh. what game were you playin’ when you broke the mic port, TheEighthSage? i have one of those xbox keyboards attached to my controller, and it’s pretty heavy. if i tossed that thing it would do some serious damage. 🙂
and thanks for the Pelican info!
They make NERF GUN attachments to the Wii controller, if that helps any. You could also cut and glue some camp mat material to the controller. We use the stuff for boffer swords and there has never been an injury thus far.
huh. good idea about padding out the controllers i already have, NeoDarklight. and it makes sense they make all that nerf stuff for the Wii, since controllers for that system are much more likely to go flying than the controllers for other systems. i don’t play the Wii much anymore, but might dust it off now that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is almost here. 🙂
waah wahh waAaAaAaAaAaAaAhhhhh 😉
waah wAAAAaaaAAaa. 😀
I think i just cracked a rid laughing at this, it is for reasons like this that i stomped my Atari 2600 to death. Not for any malfunction on its part you understand but because i’d just blown a stereo amp and it would not have served as a suitable target for the rage,being already deaded. Kinda miss Yar’s Revenge though.
“I’m a rage’a’holic, I just can’t get enough rage’a’hol” Homer Simpson.
sorry ’bout the rib but glad you dug this one so much, Deaconvorbis!
dude, Yar’s Revenge was AWEsome! one of my fav titles for the 2600. i believe it’s available for the XBOX 360 Game Room and once i get my tv back from the repair shop, downloading that game is going to be one of the first things i do. 🙂
That one cracked me up BIG TIME 😀 great strip man, totally awsome 😀
big thanks, Eddie! i’m happy you found it awesome. 😀
Well those dead pixels are gone….
there is that, yes. not sure if that’ll be any consolation for jefbot, but you’re absolutely right, Steve. 🙂
JB needs to buy a rubber remote control; that way he can throw the remote to the TV anytime he wants! And it will bounce back!!!
i think you need to invent that, nicobot. 😉
I love how all the ‘bots get red pupils when they get angry. Why does that happen, anyways?
it’s the raging hellfire within’ his soul comin’ out, ND.
his face looks acually a bit calm for that much rage…u shouldve added more rage detales like spitting and wider eyes and a wider mouth lol 😛
as i mentioned to jeffbotfan#300 above, i’ll try and kick it up a notch the next time jefbot rages, john. 😉
Lol, Jeff why would you ruin such a perfect tv??? Anywhoo I’m wearing my Jeffbot shirt in New York!!! Showing some pride! (; Great comic, love bot’s face in the second panel.
that’s awesome, Natalie! thanks for giving me some promotion over there on the east coast! if you take a picture of yourself with the shirt on i’ll post it on the site. 🙂
Lol really?? That’s awesome, now I gotta go get the shirt outta my bag. (:
I think a wallpaper of the 2nd panel would be great. Also, am I the only one who started singing Rage Against the Machine after that panel?
hmmm… i can totally see the wallpaper, 11TN – jefbot at the bottom left corner, the remote and a spiderweb-crack spreading in the upper right corner. if i have some free time this weekend, i might just do it. thanks, dude!
they rally round the family… with a pocket full of shells.
they rally round the family… with a pocket full of shells.
Rage is not the problem. There is no anger management needed. The only problem is not rage proofed devices.
There are Tv’s with extra robust glass or lexan panes in front of them. Yay! Anger management that ;).
sry: Anger manage that.
agreed, rager: forget all the 3D, HD nonsense – companies really need to invent some sort of force field to protect their delicate screens. 😉
Wow bro… 3 words for you: Anger, Manage, Ment!
Im just glad to see it happened with a regular controller and not the infamous Wii controller in TV set dilemma. Or even worse…a controller from a good system (*cough* 360 *cough*)
well, jefbot and Xinda are related, ya know, so what’d you expect, Slave1? 😉
Taran’s comment after reading this strip was: The Cornfather got an iPhone?
HA! that’s awesome, Shanna. the Cornfather actually stayed with a Blackberry, but i love that that was Taran’s reaction to all the raging and destruction. 😀
I’ve been reading your comic for a while now.. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to say something, but I just wanted to say, I like your style man.. keep it up. :]
thanks for reading and commenting, Joenis – it’s much appreciated! and for some mutual-webcomic-creator love, i totally dig your strip, too. 🙂
check it out, readers: L.A.W.L.S.
a little late…just like me to this strip.
heheh. your comment is thematically perfect, t_d!
*WARNING – The contents of this post contain British spellings*
I’m a new reader, just started today and am already up to date… Don’t judge me! It’s your fault for producing such a cool comic!
It probably helps that I relate a lot to Jefbot – I was an actor until I got sick (but I still miss the theatre and I’d kill for some VA work), I’m a total sci-fi/fantasy geek as well as a gamer girl (not that I’m saying JB’s a girl), I would have been a comic geek if I’d had the opportunity as a kid but I can’t think of a good enough excuse to BEGIN a collection at age 21 ‘though I’m very into a variety of webcomics and always adding new ones to the list…
But enough about me.
I love your artwork, you’ve got a wicked sense of humour and you’re just generally ticking all the right boxes! Keep up the good work! ^_^
JB’s definitely made my selection of regular webcomics. Thank you muchly! *hugs*
Have to say I am totes diggin the name! Angela of the Dead. You go girl!
I was a newb not too long ago and had also caught up the same day I discovered JB. It’s just so engrossing! He hooks you and makes you read! It’s like crack for your eyes!
Not to steal Jeff’s thunder but I wanted to say Nice to meet a fellow Geek Girl and welcome to the ranks.
Thanks Pixie ^_^
Eye-crack – love it!
We Geek Girls are a rare and special breed; better than ordinary people ’cause geekiness is alternatively cool, better than Geek Guys ’cause we can turn them into gibbering wrecks within about 5 minutes. *chuckles*
If there isn’t already a Goddess of Geeks, there should be. Oooh! Inspiriation just hit! Many, many thanks, Pixie! I’m off to write another short story!
Geek Girls with Cleavage and a working knowledge of Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who or DUne makes Geek Boys get all nervous and stuff.
*ticks all boxes but Dune*
I have generally used my powers for good (bringing Geek Boys out of their shells and making them more confident, etc) but sometimes a girl just need to take advantage of a cute guy’s… shiny new game/console or unlimited downloads.
thanks for the awesome comment and welcome to JEFbot, Angela della Muerta (great name)!!! always happy to welcome a fellow geek to the fold, especially one with so many similar interests.
never too late to get into traditional comics! i’d suggest picking up a few graphic novels/trade paperbacks to give it a taste. some of my favorites include: Bone, Scott Pilgrim, Ghost World, Pluto, Cages, Sandman…
thanks for reading through the archive and hope to see you in future comment threads (with all those british spellings intact!).
YOU rock! 😀
Thanks, Jeff. Glad you liked the post and my name. ^_^
I’ve been thinking about viable excuses for starting a comic collection. How’s this one: “I have to start collecting comics because I want to provide a happy and geektastic childhood my possible future offspring”? Of course, I’d have to read them first to ensure they’re suitable for youngsters. *chuckles*
Thanks for the recommendations; I’ll have to pick up a few, next time I’m out & about.
Reading through the archive was entirely my pleasure.
I look forward to seeing more of your work and bugging you with more posts. ^_^
You rock harder. :p
Well… At least there aren’t anymore dead pixels. Just a dead TV…
that’s one way of looking at it, Rinthia. 🙂
Hehe, I remember the first time I had a TV that had a messed up screen, this is what’s left of it.
Also, long time reader, first time commenter.
nice pic, Crazy Pyro! what’s surrounding the smashed tv? looks kinda like plastic but also like crystal. weird.
and thanks for leaving a comment – it’s always nice to hear from you readers! 😀
It’s a plastic dollar store drop cloth. We had to buy a 5 foot length of chain and a 10 pound sledgehammer for the event, thus the only thing I could afford was said 2 of said drop cloths.
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