Chapter 5: Lit, page 1.

I sure draw a lot of toilets in this comic.

In case you haven’t heard, the print edition of book 4 of TAZ, Trouble Every Day, is now taking pre-orders. Some of the incentives offered for grabbing the book early include sketches, reduced prices, and best of all, an exclusive t-shirt featuring the Arecibo message Morgan was sporting in the last Intermission. You can order the stuff here! Please do so, if you are so inclined.

45 thoughts on “Chapter 5: Lit, page 1.”

    1. My first thought. Oh man.

      But then why is he talking to Biggs?

      And why is the headline on that newspaper just a flap?

    2. I think Spike is playing to our dirty EJ mindset. Odds are good it will turn out to be something innocuous… Who am I kidding, it probably is what we’re thinking.

  1. So I’m guessing that the profile on that pay toilet is supposed to be the goddess Cloacina? Or am I way off base?

  2. ‘Self cleaning’. I picture firehose nozzles popping out of the walls every 30 minutes and and just dousing the place with bleach. Or lye.

  3. I hate those toilets. It just feels so public. HEY EVERYBODY I’M TAKING A SHIT IN THIS LITTLE SHITTING ROOM DETACHED FROM ANYTHING RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING I’M TAKING A SHIT HEY HAVE YOU HEARD BIG NEWS EVERYONE TAKING A SHIT. That is exactly what it feels like.

    1. I was thinking that perhaps the window on the front went opaque if you took too long in there. Then you’re REALLY broadcasting the fact that you’re taking a thirty minute shit.

      1. Oh gods, I didn’t even think of that… I thought maybe it was a TV screen to show commercials at, to make more revenue. But your thought sounds horrifyingly possible… :-x

    2. They have ones made of one-sided glass, so you can see out, but no one can see in. I don’t think that makes it any better, but, hey, it exists.

    1. They’re probably both in there, taking turns bathing at the sink because, really, pay toilets are stupid and I doubt Biggs or EJ would mind sharing if it saves money.

  4. So toilets like these exist in the world? That’s interesting. Does anyone know where at?

    Also. Ok. This might be really dumb but…I don’t know that I get the Arecibo shirt. Could someone break it down for me. Like I’m a five year old -_- ?

    Mostly it’s that I don’t know what I’m looking at on the computer paper (do I atleast have that right? It’s supposed to be like a printout, yeah?). Looks like computerized hieroglyphics but I dunno…

    1. Saw pay toilets similar to this in Ireland. Like more permanent port-a-potties but self-cleaning. They put them in touristy areas so visitors don’t wander into all the fine restaurants/hotels just to take a dump.

    2. The one shown here looks like ones from England, but I don’t know if they charge for them there; only time I had to pay to use one was in Italy, and that was a train station bathroom.

      The Arecibo shirt refers to this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arecibo_message The computer graphics back in 1974 weren’t that great, so you’re kind of right about them being hieroglyphics.

      1. And the design’s awesomeness makes itself known to me.

        Thanks so much FS :) ! Oh god, lol. I was staring at the shirt before going “K. So I see the little guy and the butterfly standing on top of the giant M but why are we meant to ‘holla’ at them? Is this a Nile thing? Wut?”

      2. Thanks so much for posting that–I knew I was missing something pithy. It’s always nice to become slightly less clueless.

      1. Huh. What a shame. It could be such a good idea, but I’m not surprised that’s what it’s being used for either. Although I don’t understand why the number of cases of found human excrement has gone up AFTER the fact. That’s weird.

    3. They have them in San Francisco. It seems like a west coast idea. They set them up in SF, so the homeless would have bathrooms to use, but not be able to stay in overnight. Thoughtful and cynical at the same time. Expensive, government-sponsored, half-measures for the win. Pragmatism uber alles, I guess.
      Hey, that sounds like a Templar movement, or political party!

    4. They have these in downtown San Francisco, too. In the touristy areas, yes, to keep them out of hotels and restaurant facilities, not entirely. It was to keep the crazy-high number of homeless people & junkies out…although I heard a rumor that one of ’em got hijacked and a guy moved in.

      But seriously, you don’t want to use the SF Main Library’s bathrooms…bad things happen there.

  5. It looks like a public toilet.. but then again, with the mention of the 20 min cycle, does it also have a shower? If not, then I think the kid just gave himself a bath from the water from the sink.

    And public toilets similar to this do exist. I remember seeing some on TV. Some even have one-way mirrors, so you sit there and see everyone walking by. :D

    1. I’m inclined to agree with you about it likely being a poster rather than a window. I’d guess it’s probably another of those “social hygiene – we’re trying to have a civilization here” ones. But more specific to toilet habits.

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