Chapter 5: Lit, page 119.

Chapter 5: Lit, page 119.

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Discussion (58)¬

  1. EatBooks says:

    That last panel is.

    I don’t. It’s. It.

    It just is and it’s a good thing.

  2. Tiurabo says:

    You know, it’s funny. I would have expected that line from Reagan, Curio, even Moze (though not delivered to Bill).

    Did not see it coming from Patti. Well played, Spike, well played.

  3. Jailor says:

    I so would not have taken Patti as the ‘kickin’ flaming oxygen tanks off the roof’ type at the beginning of this chapter. Goodness, I might be developing a crush. :P

  4. Dotcom says:

    Yipes, did not expect the last line! Wondering if they are together or if he’s cheating on his wife/partner/girlfriend. Quite an age difference!

  5. George Spelvin says:

    Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick

  6. Bellar says:

    Quick Spike! Churn out some new catchy quotable line before “Oh, hey! Wanna fuck me real quick?” becomes a ‘thing’ among your Con going readership.

  7. Fugue says:

    I humbly request the creation of some type of Cook family t-shirt . . . because it is just something that should exist.

    • Malex says:

      The Cook Family might not yet be fully developed as a character, but I’m fairly certain that a marketed t-shirt is the exact opposite of something that should exist.

      • Malex says:

        … From the Family’s perspective, just to clarify.

        I mean, maybe some entrepreneurs would make one, but anyone in the group would take it as code for “Hit me in the back with a flaming tank of propane”

        • tEd:P says:

          Entirely possible for an aggressively-territorial network of True Believers (like any corporation in possession of a profitable trademark), but that also depends upon just how homogenous and cohesive they actually are as a subculture: If Reagan’s and Scipio’s theories are _both_ correct, there is a legit/oldskool/hardcore Family orbited by but unconnected to a variety of copycat groups. The Family might just as likely appreciate the decoys and choose Not to discourage wannabes from standing in as designated lightning rods…

          • Filthy Pazuzu says:

            That is an excellent hypothesis. It feels right.

            A subversive group that engages in illegal & illicit actions and whose members – going by what we’ve seen so far – tend to dress rather uniformly while active would probably love for others to be dressed similarly.

            I don’t think it would involve a logo, though. Logos are too memorable. I would think the key elements would be color, cut, & accessories.

  8. Bryy says:

    Well, okay. It’s that type of relationship.

  9. Jerry says:

    Arthritis everywhere + Hug = OW

  10. myles says:

    Man, at first I thaught Patti was crazy in the adorable way, but now I see she is simply fucked up. My esteem for has pretty much plummetted. Then again, I don’t read Templar for it’s admirable characters, just it’s interesting ones.

    • Dotcom says:

      It’s like we were given her craziness in doses so we didn’t pass out in shock when we discovered its full capacity. Her face in the last panel is …well… wow. Don’t know what to say? She is teh nutters! Wonder if she has a severe case of BPD or something?

      • Bremma says:

        Naw. EJ’d be the one with BPD (what with the very large mood swings between “I love you soooo much!” and “if you leave me I will kill you and everything you hold dear.”) I’d say she’s more fanatical with the cooks and admires Bill a lot. There doesn’t seem to be anything specifically ‘wrong’ with her.

        • Carl-E says:

          I really took the last panel to be an “Ooh, I know just what will make you feel better!” kind of thing.

          • becca says:

            yeah though. for real! i don’t think patti is fucked up. she’s just trying to cheer the guy up. and she’s not shy about sex. and she’s got an interesting type of person she’s attracted to. definitely not even close to one of the most fucked up characters in TAZ ^_^

          • Filthy Pazuzu says:

            BPD is Borderline Personality Disorder. @Dotcom seems to be describing Bipolar Disorder, which, though it has a few components similar to BPD, is nevertheless an entirely different sack of fish.

            Either way, I don’t think Patti suffers from either. Having a casual attitude toward sex certainly doesn’t signify psychological disorder.That’s quite a Victorian mentality.

            Unlike @Dotcom & @myles, I don’t see Patti as being that crazy at all. I don’t think we’ve seen enough of the Cooks to judge their motives. In fact, I suspect I’d agree with quite a bit of their philosophy. And I certainly don’t think a casual attitude to sex is at all crazy, it’s how I’ve lived a large portion of my life. As for her being emotionally attracted toward, shall I say, ‘damaged goods’, that’s another I can easily relate with. I’m just as guilty as she is.

            Wow, running through this list, I’m realizing I have a lot in common with her!

    • AMC says:

      Also, someone up there a poster mentioned that that we only got Patti’s craziness in small doses. Just like a real person–we see bits of her unfold, and get caught up and charmed by her personality before we see who she’s aligned with. YOU ARE SO GOOD WITH PACING AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

  11. PlutoniumBoss says:

    Oh Patti, you and your troubled men fetish.

  12. tEd:P says:

    Aww.HELL.Yeah. Cooks and Jakes, Patti and Reagan, diets of stealthy vs. shameless provocations, that last panel just brings it full circle, although Reagan’s last-panel outburst is still better:

    Also: HOW DO I PREORDER A COOKS T-SHIRT NOW NOW NOW (any color but black plz)
    “…spoiling your broth since…”

  13. Ganurath says:

    On one hand, it’s good to see the world is internally consistent with its more casual attitude toward sex.

    On the other hand, her asking in such a manner suggests they’ve done the revolution of the biological system before.

    • MM says:

      I think it’s more the casualness of his response. This clearly isn’t a big deal for either of them. (Nor is it all that surprising, given Patti’s thing for “troubled men” as noted above.)

  14. Al says:

    So, she’s Harley Quinn?

  15. tricksterson says:

    hmmm, I’m wondering if the Cook family might be just Bill and Patti?

    • Al says:

      There were a few more of them at that Rec rally. I counted nine, I think.

      Is Hypatia supposed to be Nile? I assume she is, but the famous historical Hypatia was from the Roman era – died c. 415 AD around when the Library of Alexandria was destroyed, way after Pharonic Egypt and 400 years after Cleopatra. Spike specifically said no Nile person was named for Ptolemaic figures. Was she Nile in this timeline? Does the alternate history stretch back that far?

      • Tiurabo says:

        I’m reasonably sure it’s already been decided that she’s First Nations/American Indian. Not that I can remember anything official on that score, but it does seem to make sense.

  16. AMC says:

    Good job Spike, making me like and laugh with a character I would ideologically hate in real life. Your characters are so well-written.

  17. An appreciator of Rt 66 memorabilias says:

    Sub-cultures that never drop out but go right raw into the heart are fascinating before they are pulled apart by the yawning maw of the beast which they seek to tame.

    Also, Patti’s a keeper. Damned a keeper if I had ever seen a keeper.

  18. Kylogram says:

    So, does being Cook Family officially make Patti a bad guy?

  19. Pearle says:

    That last panel seems more like it’s from that story you outlined on Google+ a while back, the one about the self-destructive dancer and the alcoholic older guy.

  20. Rabbit says:

    Last panel. Fucking love it. Love it. The world should be like this

    • C. Mage says:

      You mean batshit insane women trying to breed and men saying no?

      • Filthy Pazuzu says:

        Who said breeding had anything to do with it? And while Patti may have quirks, she is FAR from “batshit insane”. I’ve been committed, I’ve seen batshit insane. You may disagree with her politics, her casual attitude toward sex, and what kind of person attracts her, but that doesn’t make her “insane”.

  21. Night-Gaunt says:

    Her last question threw me. Didn’t expect that from her to him. I don’t think the sex would have been for breeding anyway. Just to ease tension.