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Dudley's dungeon -- Friday, 27 June, 2008

Dudley's dungeon

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Friday, 27 June, 2008 by argan
High Pun/panel Ratio
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@ "I will now perform the spell. D-r-a-n-e l-i-f-e ... That's not it ... D-r-a-i-n l-i-f-e!"
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@ "... At least they weren't newts."
Gnome kings like thrones to be made of porcelain. Very convenient for long audiences.


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Average rating: Good
Number of ratings: 21

Comments

Wellan June 27, 2008 01:04
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
Strange comic - I don't see the connection between spoiled meatSome hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
        [ Grace Before Meat, by Robert Burns ]

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and learning. Still, it's not bad. F, pending an explanation.
yichizhng June 27, 2008 04:01
First comment: 12 June, 2008 3 comments written
Doesn't seem to be about learning so much as the health sucking. Pending an explanation about that (and what Dogley and the trollThe troll shambled closer. He was perhaps eight feet tall,
perhaps more. His forward stoop, with arms dangling past
thick claw-footed legs to the ground, made it hard to tell.
The hairless green skin moved upon his body. His head was a
gash of a mouth, a yard-long nose, and two eyes which drank
the feeble torchlight and never gave back a gleam.
[...]
Like a huge green spider, the troll's severed hand ran on its
fingers. Across the mounded floor, up onto a log with one
taloned forefinger to hook it over the bark, down again it
scrambled, until it found the cut wrist. And there it grew
fast. The troll's smashed head seethed and knit together.
He clambered back on his feet and grinned at them. The
waning faggot cast red light over his fangs.
        [ Three Hearts and Three Lions, by Poul Anderson ]

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are doing), G.
dogleyasfes June 27, 2008 04:36
First comment: 27 June, 2008 1 comments written
really good comic. I rated it excellent.

You guys don't get it? HAHAHA
Wellan June 27, 2008 04:44
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
An explanation would have been better than "HAHAHA"...
Does anyone remember who I am? June 27, 2008 09:01
First comment: 27 June, 2008 1 comments written
Man this is pure excellentness. Not only is the caption hysteric, the details are brilliant.
TJR June 27, 2008 09:32
First comment: 8 February, 2008 26 comments written
I don't quite get it, but I really like it.
T-Jack June 27, 2008 10:23
First comment: 16 March, 2008 52 comments written
Rated E for the footnote (or whazitcalled)
I certainly get the Spoiled meatSome hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
        [ Grace Before Meat, by Robert Burns ]

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(Spoiled, hint-hint) and after some thinking the crocodiles as well (don't they live in the sewers?). Note what is Dudley standing next to.
I just don't get the second panel. Any suggestions?
Oh, and my question is about opulent thrones.
PS: Something occured to me just before clicking the Add comment button. What happens when you drain the "throneMethought I saw the footsteps of a throne
Which mists and vapours from mine eyes did shroud--
Nor view of who might sit thereon allowed;
But all the steps and ground about were strown
With sights the ruefullest that flesh and bone
Ever put on; a miserable crowd,
Sick, hale, old, young, who cried before that cloud,
"Thou art our king,
O Death! to thee we groan."
Those steps I clomb; the mists before me gave
Smooth way; and I beheld the face of one
Sleeping alone within a mossy cave,
With her face up to heaven; that seemed to have
Pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone;
A lovely Beauty in a summer grave!
        [ Sonnet, by William Wordsworth ]

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"? Especially when you drain "life" from it?
(now that's pretty long post... damn me)
Ren June 27, 2008 10:55
First comment: 2 April, 2008 35 comments written
Rated F for Frickin weird.

The first one was worth a groan (he has been spoiled about health, now), the second one wasn't (Due to 4e I've seen more than enough puns about spells or spelling recently).

I don't get the third one.

...no wait, now I do. He casts drain life, and the drain comes to life. Pouring forth crocodiles. Albino crocodiles, I guess.

Re-rated G for Groan.
Nameless June 27, 2008 12:48
First comment: 29 December, 2004 281 comments written
That was weird, confusing AND amusing all at the same time. Rated 'E' for at least being different and at most for the footnote.
Skyrock June 27, 2008 13:03
First comment: 26 July, 2007 41 comments written
That's good.

I immediately groked panel #1 and #3 and the footnote, but I don't get yet #2. I couldn't find "drane" in a dictionary (I'm not a native speaker), and according to Wikipedia and Google Drane just seems to be a common surname in the anglophone world. Now to which of the many Dranes it refers, and what (s)he has to do with spells, life and/or drain, that's beyond my knowledge.
T-Jack June 27, 2008 13:41
First comment: 16 March, 2008 52 comments written
Oh, wait. Spell? So it has something with spelling?

HA! He can't spell! That's it!
Mordae June 27, 2008 13:41
First comment: 11 May, 2007 116 comments written
It was funny. And it got funnier, although there wereIn 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
penalty." The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
children, "even on Friday." The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
eating infants on a fast day.
        [ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]

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a couple of slightly disjointed thoughts.
SQLGuru June 27, 2008 14:00
First comment: 23 October, 2006 77 comments written
Here's my take on it....

He ate spoiled meatSome hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
        [ Grace Before Meat, by Robert Burns ]

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. His interpretation was that he could then drain life as a new power. When he cast drain life, his spell (ability) was spoiled and made the drain spew forth life instead of taking life away. It's a play on the different uses of the word drain.

And of course, the porcelain throneMethought I saw the footsteps of a throne
Which mists and vapours from mine eyes did shroud--
Nor view of who might sit thereon allowed;
But all the steps and ground about were strown
With sights the ruefullest that flesh and bone
Ever put on; a miserable crowd,
Sick, hale, old, young, who cried before that cloud,
"Thou art our king,
O Death! to thee we groan."
Those steps I clomb; the mists before me gave
Smooth way; and I beheld the face of one
Sleeping alone within a mossy cave,
With her face up to heaven; that seemed to have
Pleasing remembrance of a thought foregone;
A lovely Beauty in a summer grave!
        [ Sonnet, by William Wordsworth ]

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was referenced in my very first submission (which got mixed reviews): http://www.nicolaas.net/dudley/index.php?f=20070301&q=sqlguru
Wellan June 27, 2008 17:35
First comment: 27 November, 2007 247 comments written
I do get it now, but I'm leaving it at fair, because the footnote is necessary to explain part of the comic (which means you have to read it twice.)

Not half bad, though.
zem June 27, 2008 18:09
First comment: 5 December, 2005 64 comments written
to be precise, the crocodiles are "drain life", that is, life in a drain
Gondring June 28, 2008 08:53
First comment: 28 June, 2008 1 comments written
SQLGuru and zem have it...but I fail to see any pun in "Spoiled"...it just seems to indicate a need for a T and indicating a bad effect. Stinking CloudI wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
        [ I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, by William Wordsworth ]

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, perhaps? :-P?
T-Jack June 28, 2008 11:13
First comment: 16 March, 2008 52 comments written
Well, I think the Spoiled meatSome hae meat and canna eat,
And some would eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
        [ Grace Before Meat, by Robert Burns ]

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here is some kind of spoiler (that thing you read to know what to do or expect)
Mantar June 28, 2008 19:40
First comment: 17 June, 2004 197 comments written
Yeah. Panel 1: Spoilers. Panel 2: Spell-ing. Panel 3: Life from a drain.
Pretty sly puns, IMO.
Antheridium June 29, 2008 18:28
First comment: 17 May, 2007 442 comments written
At first I thought this was another hallucinogen-induced comic. However, I can see the humor in it... it's just strange. I'll give it a G.

By the way, it's actually possible to suck mana out of objects in Slash'EM... sort of...
Dr. Sunglasses June 30, 2008 09:29
First comment: 30 June, 2008 3 comments written
I rated E because after I thought about the puns for a moment, I liked them all. (I love puns.)

OTOH, since humans look for patterns in things, they probably should have been split over multiple strips, so we wouldn't try to make sense of a progression between the panels.
TK July 1, 2008 22:00
First comment: 11 August, 2007 69 comments written
I felt the puns in the first two panels wereIn 1573, the Parliament of Dole published a decree, permitting
the inhabitants of the Franche-Comte to pursue and kill a
were-wolf or loup-garou, which infested that province,
"notwithstanding the existing laws concerning the chase."
The people were empowered to "assemble with javelins,
halberds, pikes, arquebuses and clubs, to hunt and pursue the
said were-wolf in all places where they could find it, and to
take, burn, and kill it, without incurring any fine or other
penalty." The hunt seems to have been successful, if we may
judge from the fact that the same tribunal in the following
year condemned to be burned a man named Giles Garnier, who
ran on all fours in the forest and fields and devoured little
children, "even on Friday." The poor lycanthrope, it appears,
had as slight respect for ecclesiastical feasts as the French
pig, which was not restrained by any feeling of piety from
eating infants on a fast day.
        [ The History of Vampires, by Dudley Wright ]

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Copyright (c) 1994 by Boudewijn Wayers
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pretty weak, but I liked the last one.
I give it an F.
MadDawg2552 October 10, 2008 17:30
First comment: 6 October, 2008 69 comments written
With the mention of newts in the last panel, this just turns into another newt(kinds of) small animal, like a lizard, which spends most of
its time in the water.
        [ Oxford's Student's Dictionary of Current English ]

"Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."
        [ Macbeth, by William Shakespeare ]

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comic with bad puns. Since I hate both, there's only one option for me to pick.

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