Comic 351 - Umami's Disco Night
17th Sep 2018, 12:00 AM
Umami's Disco Night
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Microraptor edit delete
This little intermezzo is picking up a plot thread that I have not forgotten, but of which the resolution will come with a bit of a delay, because of reasons.
Thus I am hereby delivering an in-universe justification for this circumstance. (And in the last panel, also a way out. But this is not the only storyline this panel is supposed to set up...)

Umami is accompanied by her best friend: The dancing female assassin in the background, whose modus operandi with her retractable forearm blades is a bit more "high tech" than Umami's with her katanas.
(She doesn't have a name yet, though...)


Oh, and please check out Childhood's End by Chippewa Ghost and me (but mainly by the former!), a combined Cryptida/Autumn Bay/LIRverse spin-off about Timmy's ToyCo!
User comments:
Chippewa Ghost edit delete reply
Chippewa Ghost
Tarik better hope she doesn't figure out how to use Google.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Umami is the type of assassin who insist on using her blades to do the job, even in situations wherein a gun would be the far more practical option.
So, uh... let's say that she isn't exactly the most tech-savvy person.*

(* There is one exception though. Kind of. But it's still too early to talk about that... ;-) )
AmeliaP edit delete reply
I demand Ezzio! Now! XD (Ezzio and Altair are the best characters in that series).
Microraptor edit delete reply
Here I have to confess that I never actually played Assassin’s Creed...
My knowledge of it is entirely based on what TV Tropes calls Pop-Cultural Osmosis...
Taily edit delete reply
Tarik is only a bit older than I am!
Tarik... Tali...
Microraptor edit delete reply
I, on the other hand, got a bit depressed by the fact that I couldn't make Tarik an '80s kid (read: closer to my generation) anymore without leaving the age range I imagine him to be... :-(
(I had more success with Sinistra though, the only other character so far for whom I nailed down a definite date of birth.)
eekee edit delete reply
Oh I love Killing Me Softly! </3

Where I live now, service professionals are all equal opportunity appliers of affectionate labels. Everyone's "Ducky" to most of them. I found it most peculiar when I arrived! XD Then there's the girls in that one cafe who call me "flower", but I think there might be a reason for that.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Ducky!? That's a strange nickname...
eekee edit delete reply
I know, right? I'm glad it's not Bristol though. In southern England they call each other "love" and "darling" a lot, though usually only across genders. In Bristol, they pronounce the silent e in a way which makes it sound like "lover"! XD There was this comic page by an artist who moved to Bristol when she was about 15. There's her tiny self, the counter of a butcher's shop, and a huge obese older-middle-aged butcher. I can't remember how to find it now, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's gone from the web anyway.

Same-gender greetings down south usually use the word "mate". I grew up with this so wasn't bothered by it until I thought about what "mate" means. It does have relatively neutral meanings, but in this case it substitutes for "love". Hmm! XD I decided I'm much more comfortable with "Duckie"... even though I know it's a term of affection too! XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
The term "mate" always reminds me of "You're My Mate" from Right Said Fred!
The lyrics seem to use "mate" in meaning of "friend", "pal", et cetera. But on the other hand, the video seems vaguely homoerotic.
eekee edit delete reply
I was a teenager when Right Said Fred were popular. It was a very confusing era! ;)