Comic 606 - A thief, a Nazi and a time traveler walk Into a bar...
5th Feb 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
A thief, a Nazi and a time traveler walk Into a bar...
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Microraptor edit delete
You didn't really think that Cleo and Ruby-Ann will be the only familiar faces in this story, did you!? ;-)

The first time we heard about Antoine Duval was here.
He just happens to be the ancestor of Dexter, Sinistra, and Pierre-Renard.

And while Etzel Eisenthal is likewise the ancestor of a present day character within the Cryptida-verse, his most prominent appearance was him being the antagonist to Captain Camilla in an adventure she had during WWII.
(It seems he switched from the SA to the SS at some point between 1926 and 1944, which Wikipedia tell me is indeed something that occurred in real life.)

And last but not least, there is the mysterious man in green!
Him we have never seen before, but he does have certain connections to other characters we've already met... He may give us some cryptic hints very soon...
(Furthermore, his outfit is somewhat similar to that of this other enigmatic fellow. They're quite probably not the same person though, but rather business associates or something.)
User comments:
Stilldown edit delete reply
The title reminds me of the guy trying to tell the international joke at Loriot.
"Ein Deutscher, ein Holländer und ein Däne gehen in Finnland in ein italienischer Restaurant..."
Microraptor edit delete reply
Yes, that's indeed the allusion I was going for!
(Not to Loriot specifically, but the notion that it sounds like the typical start of a joke.)
Stilldown edit delete reply
For a Loriot reference and a metaplot....
Peter to Tarik:
"The whole audience will cry after my sad song, so you get onto stage, Tarik, tell a joke and cheer everybody up. I know a good one.
Ein Dieb, ein Nazi und ein Zeitreisender gehen in eine amerikanische Bar in Deutschland in den 1920ern. Da sagt der Zeitreisende zu zwei jungen Damen aus der Zukunft:"Na, ihr denkt wohl ich bin von Gestern?"..."
Microraptor edit delete reply
Hahaha! :-)

But that makes me wonder how good Tarik would actually be at telling jokes. Maybe he'd get al nervous and totally botch the punchline...
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Success, boys! Everybody was laughing after Peter's song and now the whole audience is crying after Tarik's jokes.
Microraptor edit delete reply
It's the result that matters, after all...
lirvilas edit delete reply
that dude's either a leprechaun basket ball player or a ToyCo rep...
Microraptor edit delete reply
He neither has anything to do with Ireland, nor is he in the NBA.

And he wishes he could be a ToyCo rep... ;-)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Aside from uh, brown, neon green is about as tacky a fancy jacket color as you could wear to the club. But I forgive much for being a time traveler.

Also, I had no idea the “an x, a y, and a z walk into a bar” joke form was as international as it is!
Microraptor edit delete reply
To quote this old Dresden Codak page:
"Yep. I think they're time travelers."
"You think so?"
"If the future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress."

Or, speaking of "correct historical era, but wrong context", consider how Sherlock Holmes is often portrayed wearing the famous deerstalker (as the name implies, a hunting hat for a rural environment) in the middle of London...

That being said though, the color scheme of our mystery guy here is in fact is not chosen completely random... ;-)

Also, the international ubiquitousness of the "people walking into a bar" joke opener is right next to "Goes a man to the doctor..." :-D
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
Haha, yes. I do like the little touch of Cleo apparently not wanting to cut her hair for the trip.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Incidentally, a few days ago (thus way after I came up for Cleo's and Ruby-Ann's outfits for this chapter), I came across this video - and it turns out I inadvertently put them in the most stereotypical faux-1920s clothes possible. (We're talking "Vikings with horned helmets"-grade inaccuracies here!)
Well, they are time travelers too, so I guess they didn't watch that video either! ;-D

And yes, women's hair length is also an issue talked about in this video: It had either to be short or put up in a bun.
I imagine that Cleo agonized a lot over her curly and voluminous hair when she was (or rather will be) a teenager, but has come to terms with it as an adult. Now she's proud of her luxurious locks!