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I ship these two. Two fanarts today. One from Banenahut. Inb4 I could do this gag in the actual comic... Fatfat walk And one from Aaron J, who does the Cup-Get webcomic. Quinn's obviously missing her some sidekick. Hoodie If you're not familiar with Cup-Get, it's basically Shotgun Shuffle if Ellie was a pink-haired demon chick whose boobs were three times bigger. Don't all flood over at once.

95 thoughts on “Bolognium

  1. Maintenance bills for that suit must be through the roof if it needs to be cleaned as often as I suspect it might…. What?…. Don’t look at me like that…. I just meant that the suit has to deal with thick fog and hardened toothpaste…. Shut-up, I am not just digging myself deeper…

    1. I’d think a well designed suit for phasing through matter would be like an oven and have a self-cleaning setting.

      Also like an oven, it might be inadvisable to have anything you care about inside when it’s turned on (that or it just drops it out the bottom with the rest of the gunk).

      1. Hmm, dropping stuff out the bottom, that definitely might work. Something like the butt-flaps on old school pajamas to make it easier to rinse out whatever, um, physical manifestations of “personal amusement” might occur. :P

      2. I kind of think I wouldn’t want a self cleaning feature I could accidentally activate while wearing the suit. Even if you just phased out of the suit you’d be stuck waiting for the power to run out since you’d just phase through the off switch. Although I suppose you could have it on a timer.

        I think it’s more likely that it’s like a diving suit and once you remove the various bits of tech the fabric itself is machine washable.

        1. You’d have to have some kind of mag-lev or similar containment before turning that kind of feature on anyway. You could always have it incapable of activating unless in the mag-lev field.

        2. I suppose you could do that, though I’m somewhat skeptical about using magnets around what I assume are delicate electronic devices. Also I can’t help but feel that any sort of rig like that would be overly convoluted and narrow in function when conventional cleaning processes are cheaper and more convenient.

        3. This is future tech here, there might be other levitation methods than magnets. I’m mainly saying if you have a feature for a suit that phases through matter to flush all extraneous matter out of it, you’re going to have to levitate it rather than rely on a hanger or it’ll just sink through the crust and be [probably] lost and destroyed.

        4. I suppose my main point is that I don’t see why you would design a suit to have a flush feature rather than just designing the suit to be machine washable.

        5. I was just thinking how you can wash most any electronics and it doesn’t hurt them, provided they’re 100% powered off and you let them completely dry before powering them up again. That’s a bit of a pain, so if you’ve got something that’ll phase through matter, that’s where a flush feature seems potentially nice.

        6. Careful with capacitors. Also, if anything precipitates out of your water, and proves conductive or heat insulating, you may have a problem.
          That said, how about turning it inside out, hanging it on a hanger, (touching the “outside”, now the “inside”,) then turning on the self-clean feature to have any residue fall off the liner?
          The self-clean feature could even include an interlock that required the suit be inside out to work.

        7. Yeah, I meant discharged instead of turned off. Bad phrasing on my part.

          I think part of that’s the unknown question of how this suit is made. How many layers it has, how permeable they are at rest state, if there are other odd parts (possibly irregularly shaped) embedded in odd places. I wasn’t making any assumptions as to how dryable it is. If it’s a uniform material all the way through that doesn’t trap water any more than cotton, then normal wash might be the better option. Though I still say an auto-flush would be cooler.

        8. How about a system that correlates the electrical system in the immediate surroundings, calibrate in relation to the earth’s magnetic field as well as a GPS system that is so far advanced, the military hasn’t thought of it yet. All of this working wielding to the hardware in her bag for a local reference to allow for user manipulations in mooching about in 3D space as well as returning to the elevation of origin.

          The suit would then adjust a field in relation to the wiring to going up or down as needed by the user.

      1. Bombastium was the popsicle like element that Gyro Gearloose invented. When you applied energy to it, it made time travel possible. It’s how they ended up meeting… ugh… Bubba, the primitive and somewhat unfunny Cave Duck.

        Bombastium was a revolutionary discovery for Gyro, even though he had already built a time machine without it a season or so before…

        1. Additionally, it must be stored frozen in order to work as an energy source. In liquid form it’s useless. Oddly, it also tastes good.

          The original reference goes back to the old days of Uncle Scrooge comics, where Scrooge was in a bidding war over bombastium and discovered that just one atom of it added to a 50 gallon barrel of water would generate a 50 gallon barrel of ice cream in random flavors, as I recall.

        2. Neat. I knew of a few references to the older comics in the show, but not that one. Thanks!

  2. It’s NOT for perverted personal amusement.

    Perverted personal amusement is just a convenient side effect.

  3. I didn’t think Ray and Egon had developed PPE capable of protecting from the effects of black slime yet.

      1. The video game released back in 2009. What I’ll always consider the third movie, btw. Loads of fun.

    1. And Durkin standing over the apparent incinerated remains of Damien as Ellie’s phone drove her Jeep past wasn’t?

      1. No, because that was just a random background event. Ellie and Owan didn’t even notice it, just like most people barely notice Tarra’s escapades. It only becomes the Tarra-verse when all the weirdness takes center-stage.

  4. So basically a suit that provides only one facet of the “Flash’s” powers?

    Also I can’t remember if I mentioned this before and I’m too lazy to go back and check but I like Merrick’s character design. Will we ever find out the story behind his scar?

  5. “Hardened Toothpaste” and the eyes in that last panel *had me in tears*. Too funny, man, too funny.

  6. Can’t just start out on adamantium, gotta work your way up to it.

    And I’d take a step back there Gambit Gloves, and give her some space. She looks like a dangerous one.

    1. Not necessarily. As I recall, Adamantium is supposed to be extremely hard/durable but I don’t recall anything about weight/density. Titanium is 22 on the periodic table while Iron is 26, so you can have more durable materials that are less dense at times.

  7. I’ll bet she had a lot of embarrassing moments in her early days, before she memorized how many clicks on that dial to turn to get to the setting she wanted.

    1. As amusing as I find that scenario I prefer to think that this technology was first developed in a laboratory setting before being adapted for use by humans.

      1. So… she had the embarrassing moments in a lab instead of the field? Whether in a lab environment or a field case, if you can’t see your HMI, you can’t see your HMI.
        Or, she has a little Glados style voice in her helmet, audibly saying what mode she’s set to. That, or she’s done this so much, she can just feel the difference by this point.
        My point is when you can’t see your controls, mistakes can be made.

        1. It seems I misunderstood you. I thought you were talking about general mishaps as a result of making the suit. Like in Iron Man 1 when Tony’s building his first power armor.

          If we’re discussing the impracticality of putting the dial on her shoulder… I’ll admit it’s not the most convenient place it could be, but I don’t think it’s too difficult to see that part of your body. We don’t see her head in the panel where she turns the dial so we don’t know if she looked at it or not, but based on the position of her head in the panels before and after it I’m assuming she doesn’t. I’m thinking either she’s experienced enough to know how many notches to turn it for the setting she wants or there’s a HUD inside her helmet that tells her what setting it’s on.

  8. I’m just wondering how she isn’t hurtling towards the center of the earth while her phase tech prevents interaction with physical object, but presumably not gravity. Unless it ignores that to in which case you would helplessly watch the earth spinning away at insane speeds.

    1. Well she isn’t completely intangible since she can only pass through certain densities so she must still have some mass and thus be subject to gravity. So that solves the flying off into space issue.

      As for sinking into the floor I hypothesize that either the phase field doesn’t extend around the bottoms of her feet or her boots aren’t affected by the field and are dense enough that she can’t phase through them.

      I further hypothesize that when she’s passing through an object there’s some amount of soft resistance that lets her sort of ‘swim’ through solid matter. That way she doesn’t risk falling over by leaning too far though a wall.

    2. My first thought was “only certain densities”, but some resistance allowing “swimming” to some extent is possible.

      Additionally, the suit may alter interaction with gravity so she might not be significantly impacted by gravity right now; or the phase field might be capable of setting to be to some extend directional (i.e. active horizontally but not vertically).

      We don’t know enough about the basis for the tech to know. I’m leaning towards the view that the differences in the laws of physics and how some of these sorts of techs work in the Shuffleverse is likely to be left as unknown rather than being spelled out by Rusche, too.

      1. Oh, from a literary standpoint I’m more than willing to suspend disbelief and just accept that this tech works the way it’s shown to be working. I don’t need an explanation for how anymore than I need an explanation for time travel in the Black Friday arc. Still I find it fun and mentally stimulating to go all ‘The Science of Superheros’ on it and theorize how such a device could work.

        I agree that we don’t have enough data to work with. I’m confident once we start seeing her pass through stuff we’ll get a better feel for the mechanics of how it works and we can extrapolate from that.

        I’m a bit confused as to what you mean by differences in the laws of physics. I can’t recall ever seeing anything that implied that physics work any differently in SS than in the real world.

        1. Spitballing explanations for these things is fun, and we do it a lot. My comment about suspecting Rusche won’t clarifying was more that I’m not sure the degree that I think some of these things are intended to be codified or not (like in El Goonish Shive, general way that magic & transformation works is codified, but the only specified definite ground rule for magic is “no time travel” so there’s not really a system to say how X interacts with Y to create Z and skill with Q helps ability with R). You codify the parts that are relevant to the story that will show up again and again as limiting factors, but you generally leave the disconnected one offs as “that’s just how it works, why do you ask.” I suspect a full system for the way some of this works is not part of the story, and the minority of oddities might be explained.

          Differences in laws of physics would be a reference to Dheu & Durkin showing abilities that we can’t explain with current science. Fusion dance too for that matter. X’s flux capacitor is another one. Pumpkin summoning Kimberly and getting McFatFat who ate Kimberly is another.

          These things aren’t necessarily impossible with science and outside the ability for the laws of physics we are used to to explain, but they’re certainly far enough out that we can’t say for certain if they’d potentially be explainable or not. However I do strongly suspect that time travel is either outside the realm of possibility or several millennia in our future, as I think we’d have to mature quite a lot as a species to not have catastrophically destroyed mankind’s entire existence with such tech (just a little change, kill a genocidal maniac as a baby here, give a younger self an earlier idea there,…).

          It’s possible some of that is intended to be due to magic rather than science, but not necessarily. Additionally, the degree a well understood magic just becomes another branch of science also makes that difficult to really say what you mean.

  9. I feel like I’m now in this comic. Can I consider myself to be in this comment? I mean, it’s a female version of me, but I’ll take it. Right? Totally me. I’ll be over here convincing myself of that!

  10. *woosh*

    I was commenting with the assumption that

    1) the settings on the dial (like most dials on appliances) were arranged in a natural, ascending order; and

    2) a user might not find the second-highest setting nearly as, um… *looks at panel 6* uh, effective… without first um… *looks at panel 6* uh, operating… at a lower setting to build up, um… *slowly, while looking at panel 6* uh, motivation..?

    1. This was supposed to be a reply to That one guy (you know the one) who had replied to my other comment above, but it is down here because the comments section has bested me yet again.

      1. The comment section is indeed a harsh mistress sometimes.

        Properly remembering the comic without looking also is. I’d apparently mentally switched the positions of Bombastium and Adamantium when I replied to your comment, as I was thinking it was next to Chinese Drywall on the dial.

        1. Ah yes, I see bombastium all the way down there in the 5th setting. I imagine that’d be more tolerable to start, as opposed to turning it up to 11.

  11. Hardened toothpaste, the most impenetrable substance known to modern science. No joke, my oldest brother, around the age of 12, cut the heck out of himself on a chunk of hardened toothpaste on our bathroom sink. That stuff’s nasty.

  12. OK, it looks like she’s setting the frequency(?) for Chinese drywall. How does this accommodate nails/drywall screws, electrical wiring, 2×4’s and possible fiberglass insulation?

  13. There was a recent talk on Reddit about how Americans have drywall, but people in other countries don’t. I wondered if they used drywall in China. So, I tried to look up if China had drywall. Hard to do. There was a rash of complains about defective drywall that was manufactured in China that dominated the results.

    I don’t often learn about things like that through a web comic.

    1. Hey Joe, Steve.

      Try this. I used bing to do a search on “use of drywall in foreign building practices” Here is something that I got from Wikipedia. I’ll list the source for said information as well.

      Wiki: h tt ps : / / en . wikipedia . org / wiki / Construction #List_of_countries_by_the_largest_output_in_construction
      Wiki’s source: Figures from the United Nations’ UN National Accounts Database. for the countries of the world. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
      Link of the source: ht tp : / / data . un . org / Data . aspx?q=GDP&d=WDI&f=Indicator_Code%3aNY.GDP.MKTP.CDFigures
      But this led me to a page that did not have figures or the show the method of deriving said figures posted on the wiki page.

      Oh, the page links have been chopped up to allow for their posting without spam nets catching my post.

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