Comic 489 - The Walk to Canossa
6th Jan 2020, 12:00 AM in Family Secrets
The Walk to Canossa
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Welcome to a new chapter!

As foreshadowed last year, we'll now go visit Babette's family.

Tarik is of Turkish descent and (like the majority of Turks) of Muslim background, though personally he is living a rather secular life.

Also, Tarik makes the point here that the modern day common usage of "Luddite" for people who are simply stubborn technophobes is a bit of a shift from the term's original meaning.
User comments:
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Tarik knows his history. (Although he really should have come on horseback.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Tarik is one of those characters who occasionally has to serve as the mouthpiece for the nerdiness of this comic's author... ;-)

He, Babette and Cleo breaking out the Diomedian horses again for traveling to their destination is a funny thought, though...
Taily edit delete reply
Microraptor edit delete reply
They say "write what you know", so I chickened out of making Tarik actually a practicing Muslim, and gave him my own secular outlook on the world instead...

(BTW, one can tell that he doesn't e.g. take Islamic dietary rules very seriously by that fact that we have already seen him drinking alcohol several times...)
lirvilas edit delete reply
Everybody’s got to come from somewhere.

(However that doesn’t mean everyone’s going places. Good luck to this “meet the parents” stunt.)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Meet the parent (singular) though, because I was to lazy to come up with a good character design for Babette's mother Babette's mother is already deceased.
We'll see Babette's sister and her sister's spouse instead.