JEFBOT.575_The Christmas Bat VII_part 3on January 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Our tale continues! …and the Christmas Bat hasn’t even made an appearance yet. Funny, this story was conceived as something short and sweet, a little tale meant to help dip my toe back into writing and drawing JEFbot while I continued working on getting a “real job.” Since that time, it has grown exponentially, and what started as a 1-2 pager has now become a thing that will have to be told in no less than 8 installments. I was thinking I could get this out before the end of 2014, then pushed it ’til the end of January, and now (due to getting more freelance work this month than I had assumed, which is a good thing) I’ll be lucky to have this saga complete before March. Ah, well – The Bat doesn’t abide tradition as you know, and it seems he wants to keep Christmas going for a couple more months, so who am I to disagree? Enjoy!
Previous tales of the Christmas Bat:
The Christmas Bat I • The Christmas Bat II • The Christmas Bat III • The Christmas Bat IV • The Christmas Bat V • The Christmas Bat VI
Poor little elf 🙁
indeed, F_f – we’ll find out the reason for the Peppermint Elf’s frowny face in the next strip!
and, whoa. you did it. unless i’m having some sort of brain lapse i do believe you’ve broken the record for consecutive Shades of Firsting achievements with the first ever, 7X Shades!!! crazy, crazy. you said you were going to make it happen way back in JEFbot.520 and you did it. BIG CONGRATS! wear them well – these make you king for at least a day, maybe two:
😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎 😎
I can’t believe you actually know when that was, did you bookmark it? haha
Very happy to have broken my record 😀
heh. i did have to do a little digging, but i remembered it was around the time bot and Mu set about on their adventure. congrats again! 😀
That also goes for you but, gotta keep your elfin hands busy, happy to hear work is picking up!
thanks! yeah, it’s not work i wanna be doing as a career, but it’s paying (some of) the bills right now, so i’m happy for it!
I know the feel buddy, I had to grind that same stone a couple of years ago being a freelancer and running around to get my bills paid. Hopefully you’ll find something steady soon and all shall be well 🙂
thanks, man! looking forward to something that does more than pays the bills! *fingers crossed*
Is there a shades of seconding?
Do I want to know why he’s frowning? Yeah, guess I do. Bring on part IV!
yep, you’ll find out about that frown next time, GB!
and why yes there are Shades for second place! you get the famed Inviso-Shades of Seconding! wear them lovingly:
Poor Little Elf indeed! Glad you are picking up rent money! Continue to do freelance it all adds up.
yes! making rent is good! hopefully i’ll pick up some more jobs (or one awesome job) soon, Kris.
so far, that’s the plan, DJ! i have a booth reserved but it’ll all depend on the job sitch. i’ll keep ya updated.
Please do! I was going to ask the same thing as DJ. Can’t wait to see you if you do go 🙂
woo! hope to see you there, Fenmere! as soon as i have more info, i’ll post it. 🙂
His full name is Christmas to Chinese New Year or Maybe St. Patrick’s Day Bat, but he goes by Christmas Bat for the sake of brevity.
it could very well be, E. A.! heheheh. maybe someday we’ll found out his complete, formal name (if he has one.) 😀
I’m really liking the rhymes.
It really gives off the mystical/magical feeling of it all.
Still waiting for the regular ‘bot update.
The flame_fingers cameo ain’t done yet!
As great as seeing the Christmas Bat (or at least tales in the Christmas Bat universe) has been, I too am eagerly awaiting a return to the mainline ‘botverse.
Heck, I’ve been patiently waiting almost two years for the H.A.M.S.T.E.R. spinoff comic (“Homosexual Alien-Manipulated Strike Team for Extraterrestrial Response” for long).
Man, H.A.M.S.T.E.R. already sounds amazing.
Where did this originate? Haha
Buried de-e-e-ep in the comments for Jefbot 520: http://jefbot.com/2013/05/01/jefbot-520_one-more-thing/#comments
Marvin started it, Jefbot encouraged it, and I came up with the acronym. ‘bot promised the spinoff would come the following week.
I proceeded to occasionally pester ‘bot about it in the comments (stuff like “hey, remember H.A.M.S.T.E.R? I’m still waiting!”) and holy crap I cannot believe I remember this much about this…
Oh my… I saw my insensitive comment again.
It’s two years old and I still feel guilty.
Gay people are just other people to me now.
Oh dear…would you believe I’m so self-involved I didn’t even realize there was commentrovercy all up in those old threads?
i think it’s awesome you allow yourself to evolve on issues, ROM! feel good about that.
ha! no updates on the progress of H.A.M.S.T.E.R., JOE – until i get back to the regular BOTiverse comics, i can’t even entertain the thought of a theoretical spinoff! 😉
I’m just hoping my luck doesn’t run out before I make it to 10x 😛
i’m happy you like the rhymes, ROM! it takes me forever to write The Christmas Bat storylines ‘cuz that kind of writing doesn’t come easily to me. i feel like i need to train my brain to rhyme each time The Christmas Bat storyline comes up. actually, i wish i had more of a use for it, as now my brain’s all primed for rhyming. maybe i’ll start a part-time rap career. 😉
Frowny elf. Heh
heh. methinks he’s cute when he’s frowny. 🙂 🙁
No wonder he’s frowning… the pleasure in cooking lies not only in the end product, but in the preparation. Tasting the mix to make sure it’s good, smelling it while it cooks, hearing the sounds of the kitchen made alive (not monsterly so, no no)… It’s even nicer when there are more people working together, as long as they don’t “sabotage” each other…
you got it, dralou! spoken like a true chef. seems the elf’s spells backfired a bit. we’ll soon see what he does about it.
Oh, what a nice surprise! I know I missed the first couple of updates, but coming back randomly and seeing an update really is super cool.
Thanks for the gift, and keep on truckin’! We’ll be here when things even out!
glad you’re back, Rebecca, and i’m happy you were surprised! i’ll definitely be truckin’ on (even if the updates are a bit sporadic) from here on out.
Jell I am so happy the comic is back. I am a long time reader and I was afraid the comic was gone for good. I wish you luck on the job search and welcome back!
i’m so happy you’re back, Erebus! feels good to be doing the comic again. thanks for the support and the luck for job searching – i totally need it!!! 😀
Ahhhhhhh.. Freelance. Welcome to Schedule C, ‘Bot. But it does have it’s perks, doing graphic and web design form home, commute is only 45 seconds! Bedroom to desk!
Carry on. Good to see the toons back!
heheh. yep, that’s the nice thing about freelance, SamuraiArtGuy, except for the jobs where i have to drive out to santa clarita at 5:30am, which takes about an hour, but i’m grateful for the work! and happy to see you back here, man!