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Flyinglemur
Jul 2, 2004

Oh Lucy, I do apologize, I've been so terribly busy. Honestly, I barely have the time to drink deep and descend.





From the comic strip that has brought you such classics as "Dead Dog", "Date Rape" and "Old Man Stroke", we now get this little gem of a nod to Little House on the Prarie:







So how about some predictions on what is going to happen next. I say that Michael goes back into the house and dies of smoke inhalation. The fire was started by a cigar that had been smoked by the curmudgeon that lives downstairs. Michael's mother goes batshit crazy and kills the neighbor, while the poor widow is forced to turn to a life of prostituting herself across other comic strips, eventually ending up in a rehab center in Doonesbury. What's your take?

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Og Oggilby
Feb 12, 2005


Kathy Bates is hiding in the attic, threatening to burn the manuscript. :haw:

PvtJoker
Jan 3, 2005


They have to move back in with their parents allowing plots from the past 20 years to be recycled.

ToasterThief
Jun 1, 2001
Let's all just get along.

He jumps out the window, saving his manuscript but becoming a cripple.

Setzer Gabbiani
Oct 13, 2004



He goes in, grabs the manuscript, and the house explodes in a FABLAAM fashion

Plastik
Oct 14, 2005

ARE YOU TELLING ME SITTING HERE DOING NOTHING ISN'T HELPING? DAMN, WELL YOU JUST CONVINCED ME NOT TO TRY AT ALL!


Lipstick Apathy

Well, he certainly can't save the manuscript, unless it's poo poo. Maybe he'll save the manuscript at the price of most of the skin on his face and then it sucks and nobody likes it and he has to live as a poor cripple. Also the ghost dog comes back and makes fun of him.

Shmorky
Nov 6, 2002

IT'S TIM


Flyinglemur posted:

From the comic strip that has brought you such classics as "Dead Dog", "Date Rape" and "Old Man Stroke", we now get this little gem of a nod to Little House on the Prarie:







So how about some predictions on what is going to happen next. I say that Michael goes back into the house and dies of smoke inhalation. The fire was started by a cigar that had been smoked by the curmudgeon that lives downstairs. Michael's mother goes batshit crazy and kills the neighbor, while the poor widow is forced to turn to a life of prostituting herself across other comic strips, eventually ending up in a rehab center in Doonesbury. What's your take?

I would do the same thing as Mike because I'm also nuts about my life's work.

Plastik
Oct 14, 2005

ARE YOU TELLING ME SITTING HERE DOING NOTHING ISN'T HELPING? DAMN, WELL YOU JUST CONVINCED ME NOT TO TRY AT ALL!


Lipstick Apathy

Shmorky posted:

I would do the same thing as Mike because I'm also nuts about my life's work.

But your life's work isn't a lovely novel, it's a lot more.

Let this be a lesson to everyone: Back up offsite or you'll lose most of the skin on your face.

STOP LITTERING
Sep 11, 2005



He goes unconscious from smoke inhalation. Cue lame "It's a Wonderful Life" ripoff plot.

PvtJoker
Jan 3, 2005


Shmorky posted:

I would do the same thing as Mike because I'm also nuts about my life's work.

Shmorky if you have a fire in your attic i will send back all your cool drawings so you don't have to die trying to save some.

Shmorky
Nov 6, 2002

IT'S TIM


PvtJoker posted:

Shmorky if you have a fire in your attic i will send back all your cool drawings so you don't have to die trying to save some.

hey it's no skin off my face

arachnobot
Apr 3, 2006


He fails to get the manuscript back, but learns a valuable lesson, namely that his family is more important than all of his hopes and dreams.

Either that or he becomes embittered by the manuscript's loss and leaves his wife and kids in order to pursue his writing, earning censure and envy.

Mr Viper
Jun 21, 2005

Derezzed...


THE CAT HATES MONDAYS, FOLKS

oh wait, wrong comic v:shobon:v

Prod
Apr 22, 2006
My life for Aiur

He runs really fast, grabs it, and goes outside. A short while later the fire department arrives, and puts out a fire in the kitchen. Luckily the family had insurance, so the house can be repaired.

Edit:
His manuscript is a huge success and he goes on to be a famous writer.

Leospeare
Jun 27, 2003
I lack the ability to think of a creative title.

He's going to die horribly. At his funeral, Liz will only be able to think about how much she secretly longs to be with Anthony and his horrible moustache.

The Comics Curmudgeon lays down the all odds for anyone of a betting persuasion.

Flyinglemur
Jul 2, 2004

Oh Lucy, I do apologize, I've been so terribly busy. Honestly, I barely have the time to drink deep and descend.





Shmorky posted:

I would do the same thing as Mike because I'm also nuts about my life's work.

I fully support your efforts and I'm not faulting Mike either. I'm just curious what wonderfully depressing issue the strip will be pursuing during this Holiday Season.

Makes me think of that episode of Reno 911 where the guy was trying to convince the cops to go save his manuscript, which was just a ripoff of Frequency.


Fake edit: Now I can't remember which movie it was, but I'm sure the next three posts will be the right one and " :argh: e,f,b"s galore.

Flyinglemur
Jul 2, 2004

Oh Lucy, I do apologize, I've been so terribly busy. Honestly, I barely have the time to drink deep and descend.





Leospeare posted:

He's going to die horribly. At his funeral, Liz will only be able to think about how much she secretly longs to be with Anthony and his horrible moustache.

The Comics Curmudgeon lays down the all odds for anyone of a betting persuasion.

Whoa...never heard of that site. Thanks. As a positive, we have a double spotting of the word Curmedgeon on the same page (not counting this one). That may be some kind of record.

Pitch
Jun 16, 2005

しらんけど


Why, that's not comic at all. <:mad:>

LaserMoose
Jun 28, 2006

by Livestock


He will find his manuscript in the attic, on fire. He will be so grief-stricken that he will throw himself upon it--thereby lighting himself on fire. He will crash through the smoke-damaged walls of the attic, and land at his childrens' feet on the cold ground below.

The experience will cause his children to go insane. Robin will turn into a bisexual serial killer, but not before engaging a sexual relationship with his sister. He becomes a murderer when his mother finds out about him and his sister, and kicks him out of the house. He will end up having killed 23 prostitutes and the 2008 governor elect of Maine. Robin will ]] die at the hands Texas, when they bring Ol' Sparky out of retirement in 2010.

Deanna will off herself with a 12 gague four years down the line on Christmas eve. The terror of that night will haunt her until she is forced to manually remove the thoughts from her head.

The wife will get remarried to Michael's brother 4 months after the event. She becomes agorophobic, and completely dependant; thus, she marries Michael's brother for comfort and a source of income. Michael ends up sexually abusing Merrie, who then goes on to testify in favour of him in court. Michael's brother gets off scott-free; he and Merrie begin a relationship which leads to them eloping, and Michael's wife enters into prostitution and falls victim to her son's vicious murdering spree.

The only to to come out of this experience unscathed will be the baby; their infant mind will not have been powerful enough to remember such a disaster. However; through an inexplicable (to them) calling, they will be driven to become a firefighter. The feelings will, of course, be influenced by their subconscious memory of their fallen father.

altie
Nov 12, 2000

SUSPICIOUS!

He'll brave the towering 2-story inferno only to get knocked out by a falling beam on the way out. The brave firefighter that rescues him wins his wife's heart. They split up, she remains happily involved with half the fire department while our hero, the husband, realizes his family's been holding him back all along. He finishes the novel in an offshoot strip.

After all, what would you do if you had to earn a living wage writing comics?

Your Proud Pal
Sep 4, 2006



Flyinglemur posted:

I fully support your efforts and I'm not faulting Mike either. I'm just curious what wonderfully depressing issue the strip will be pursuing during this Holiday Season.

Makes me think of that episode of Reno 911 where the guy was trying to convince the cops to go save his manuscript, which was just a ripoff of Frequency.


Fake edit: Now I can't remember which movie it was, but I'm sure the next three posts will be the right one and " :argh: e,f,b"s galore.

Contact :eng101: (I think)

On another note, I always thought that character was a girl...

Mr Viper
Jun 21, 2005

Derezzed...


Audhumla posted:

Contact :eng101: (I think)

On another note, I always thought that character was a girl...

No, it was Frequency. He was describing it as a guy talking to his dad in the past and the cops/firefighters kept going "yeah, but is it anything NOT like "Frequency"?", because they wanted SOME reason to jump in the fire and get it.

pwn
May 27, 2004

This Christmas get "Shoes"









:pwn: :pwn: :pwn: :pwn: :pwn:


The most disturbing FBOFW ever.









:gonk:

Stitch
Aug 2, 2000

If it wasn't for bad judgement, I'd have none at all

Fun Shoe

Michael smelled the smoke, but he had already fallen asleep. As he rushed up to the attic to save his manuscript, it never occurred to him that he was the one in the attic, asleep and in need of saving. By the time Ellie and the kids awakened, the fire had already blocked off the stairs to the attic, rendering Michael out of the reach of any savior. As Michael ascended the stairs to the attic in his dream, they got lighter and lighter, and who was at his typewriter but Jesus himself?

"Your life's work is finished, my son and now so must your life be," said Jesus with questionable phraseology. Michael felt at peace just as the roof collapsed, severing his spinal column and opening a hole in the roof through which an updraft carried his manuscript to a grieving Ellie, as a final reminder that he would rather die than spend one more night in bed with her.

JediTalentAgent
Jun 5, 2005
Hey, look. Look, if- if you screw me on this, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine, you rat bastard!

Michael saying, "Holy poo poo, what the hell am I doing? I e-mailed my hotmail account a near-final draft my this manuscript last week in case I had a crash! I think I'll just recreate it from that point. But, I did have a lot rare MP3s and fetish porn on that laptop that would take forever to download again over dial-up. It'll only take a minute to get it."

Miyamoto Musashi
Jul 22, 2006



I'll guess that Michael falls unconscious in the attic due to the smoke, but just when it looks like all is lost, Apri's dog shows up to pull him from the burning building. In a heart-wrenching series of strips, the dog will die due to over-exertion. But it's OK, because he was cloned or maybe he just screwed around in the neighborhood. Either way, they'll get a little tiny little puppy who looks exactly like the dog who died...who looks exactly like the last dog who died saving a family member in a heroic fashion.

Deep Hurting
Jan 19, 2006


Isn't Lynn Johnston planning to retire the strip soon? I seem to remember reading something with her where she said she had a set date where she was going to quit, I just can't remember if the year she gave was 2007 or 2009.

I'm guessing he'll lose his manuscript, and learn a lesson about how people are more important than things, just in time for the holidays.

arachnobot
Apr 3, 2006


Maybe she'll kill off the entire cast, enraging fans but securing her place in comic history.

MasterSlowPoke
Oct 9, 2005

Our courage will pull us through

Deep Hurting posted:

I'm guessing he'll lose his manuscript, and learn a lesson about how people are more important than things, just in time for the holidays.

Yeah, but his family is already safe outside, unless they do something like go inside looking for him and the author finds some way to contrive a situation where it's either the family member or the manuscript.

Akumu
Apr 24, 2003



MasterSlowPoke posted:

Yeah, but his family is already safe outside, unless they do something like go inside looking for him and the author finds some way to contrive a situation where it's either the family member or the manuscript.

I have to say, I think you've called it.

arachnobot
Apr 3, 2006


MasterSlowPoke posted:

Yeah, but his family is already safe outside, unless they do something like go inside looking for him and the author finds some way to contrive a situation where it's either the family member or the manuscript.

No, see, he'd be unable to save the manuscript but then he'd come outside after nearly dying and he'd see his wife and kids and be like, "This is the greatest gift of all." :unsmith:

Ardonis
Feb 18, 2004

Yeah, it′s kinda like that.

I desperately want this to end in a way that I don't expect. I don't really care what it is, but I just want something original, not something I could predict from the moment it started.

Stitch
Aug 2, 2000

If it wasn't for bad judgement, I'd have none at all

Fun Shoe

The paper has arrived here, and it is continuing in predictable fashion, with the firefighter arriving to dispense sage wisdom.

Edit: Is that fireman blinking? That's not how it was in my newspaper.

Edit2: holy poo poo, he's blinking on the official page even! Comics 2.0!

Stitch fucked around with this message at 13:12 on Dec 22, 2006

Bob Morales
Aug 18, 2006


Just wear the fucking mask, Bob

I don't care how many people I probably infected with COVID-19 while refusing to wear a mask, my comfort is far more important than the health and safety of everyone around me!





Mike's roasting right now

Daddy Fantastic
Jun 22, 2002

For the glory of FYAD

wait a second these comics aren't funny at all

Jamesface
Mar 21, 2001

Sister Shagger

Bob Morales posted:


That firefighter has the blandest look on his face. It's like instead of fighting the fire all he can think about is that he needs to pick up toilet paper on the way home.

Stitch
Aug 2, 2000

If it wasn't for bad judgement, I'd have none at all

Fun Shoe

Jamesface posted:

That firefighter has the blandest look on his face. It's like instead of fighting the fire all he can think about is that he needs to pick up toilet paper on the way home.

And how dry his eyes are getting... so dry. There he goes! Wait, she's blinking too! This is revolutionary!

professor of whales
Aug 27, 2003


Fun Shoe

Daddy Fantastic posted:

wait a second these comics aren't funny at all

Welcome to For Better Or For Worse

iS!
May 23, 2003
Almost An Ambigram

The situation is going to get worse and worse, until it seems hopeless for all involved, when it suddenly cuts to Michael reading the manuscript to Deanna, and it is revealed that everything we've read is actually a visualization of what Michael wrote.

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pr0k
Jan 16, 2001

"Well if it's gonna be
that kind of party..."

I think the firefighter is a lesbian and a romance is about to be kindled.