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I'm so stubborn with these. Like this comic.. over three days of work on it. It's that thing where you have the idea in your head and it JUST HAS TO look like you need it to. But this is another Danny montage. Seems to be his tendency. That... and telling on himself. :P OCTOBER PATREON WINNERS: Anton: Acton, MA  Set 3 Owen: East Stroudsburg, PA Gary: Round Rock, TX  Set 1 Chris: Aurora, IL I'll be mailing these sketches out on Monday,  options are under this comic:  http://shotgunshuffle.com/comic/making-friends I'm only going to do one drawing for November, but it will be for more than three sketches. I'll post those next week. Also, I'll be getting together an email to the four of you in the $50-$100 donation range so we can figure out your cast page ker-jigger. :)

78 thoughts on “Fauxcon

  1. Clearly the economy has hit Rifle Guy hard. He’s now down to BULLETS.

    Oh, and it’s all the little details. The surviving ratchtantula at the mall, the local branch of Urine Fer Sale….

    is that JUNIPER at an AA meeting? Oh wow. Black Friday did a number on her after all.

    1. So many little details that I would completely miss if the comments didn’t point them out to me. I must be the most oblivious person on the face of the earth.

    2. Thanks for pointing them out! It looks like I’m not the only dork who misses awesome details like that. . . I wonder if Juniper attends AA because she realizes she has a problem, or it the court ordered her to.

      1. There are just so many of these little details. It’s at least 38 percent of why I love this comic so. Every new strip is a credit to Rusche.

        1. Barney has more than one bullet in his pocket now? We had better go high security and put the keys in the desk. If he ever meets the true Alcohol Enthusiast girl here, we’re doomed.

        2. Jeepers, Ange, she looks like a wild one. If Thelma Lou ever found out I was sniffin’ around after that I’d be shootin’ blanks for the rest of m’life, if you take my meanin’.

    3. Clearly the economy has hit Rifle Guy hard. He’s now down to BULLETS.
      Hehe, called it! :)
      Well not the bullets, but his presence.

      But good eye you have there. I didn’t spot most of these until the second attempt after reading your comment. Okay, my cold didn’t help. But still…

      1. Is it the same $300 a clip? Because man, he’s either done pretty well or he’s going to have some really angry Canadians coming down here pretty soon, eh?

        1. Given the way he invests (ie paying her to go on terrible dates, instead of asking her on a date and investing that money to make them good) I’m guessing Canadians.

        2. I’d love to see him picked up by a Canadian version of Jules and Vincent from Pulp Fiction, who I picture as being ultra-polite. Forgive me, but I’ve never heard of any country named “What.” Do they speak the Queen’s English in What?

        3. Now, I must apologize for being abrupt, but I’m getting rather exasperated, eh? Therefore I’m simply going to have to double dare you to say what again, good sir.

  2. “Why am I surprised I’m in a prison right now talking to an inmate I shouldn’t be this surprised the amount of security we had to pass by and the giant sign saying this is a prison should’ve tipped me off why am I here oh god he’s mentally undressing me and stabbing my neck with his mind I want out please let me out”

  3. Since it doesn’t seem like we’re going to get to see the Hobo Chili cookoff, I’ve decided to post my own favorite Chili recipe.

    3 tablespoons Olive Oil
    3 cups finely diced onion
    5 garlic cloves, mined
    2+ pounds of ground beef
    2 tbsp chili powder
    1 tbsp ground cumin
    1 tbsp dried oregano
    2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 tsp salt
    2 tsp celery seed
    1 tsp turmeric
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp dried crushed red pepper
    2 cups tomatoe juice
    2 cups beef broth
    1/4 cup of cornmeal

    Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and the garlic and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally- about 10 minutes. Add beef and cook until brown, crumbling with a fork- about 8 minutes. Mix in the Chili powder and the next 8 ingredients (all the spices and seasonings), and stir for 3 minutes. Add the tomato juice and broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and summer until the liquid is reduced by about 1/3- about 90 minutes. Add cornmeal and stir for 2 minutes.
    Serve over rice or with cheese.

        1. I didn’t mean to post that anonymously- I had just reformatted my hard-drive and all my old cookies got wiped. So I was used to having it autofill in my name and e-mail, but it didn’t.

          On another note- did you realize you could post anonymously? Where is says “Name (Required)” it apparently isn’t.

        2. Better yet, you can change it at any time, for any reason, including “capricious whimsy,” “to make a joke” or “none at all!”.

        3. I think anonymous gravatar fits though. Makes you look depressed that we couldn’t see the Hobo cookoff.

          On the note of chili I need to remember to go up and copy the recipe because it looks good.

    1. P.S. I can also provide links to a vegetarian version if anyone wants.

      When I was younger, I didn’t like beans at all, so I wouldn’t eat my parent’s chili. Then at a tailgate party someone brought this, which didn’t have any beans, so I got the recipe and started cooking it for myself. Eventually I grew up and my tastes matured, and I started putting beans back into this chili. When I lived with vegetarian roommates, I figured out a way to reverse-engineer everything to make it meatless instead. And thus the culinary circle of life was complete.

    1. What do you mean almost?
      Laura wishes she had that figure.

      All Ellie needs to do is borrow a long-brown wig from Pumpkin & a empty gun or 2 from her dad, and she’d be set.

      1. I’m all for improvising costumes and support gun ownership, but costume firearms are best the plastic kinds with orange tips to make it obvious to anyone (especially police if a panicy dipshit calls 911) that they’re not actually viable firearms.

        1. I remember the old school cap guns. They were made of black-painted metal and had a dark plastic crosshair inside the barrel you could only clearly see when it was pointed at you, and the hammer actually moved when you pulled the trigger.

        2. Yeah, my one cousin had some that were actually past that and looked authentic. He also had a cowboy phase around then and walked around in older elementary school/younger middle school with two realistic-looking revolvers. Luckily we lived in a sufficiently small/rural area that everyone knew everyone else so there were no mistakes.

      1. Not really,
        IF that had been the case, she wouldn’t be showing so much cleavage to the powerwalkers, or so much anything to the Amish
        The rest are plausible though.

    1. I especially like the Amish driver’s exception powers of eye control. It makes me think of Kingpin: “It’s like I told you before, we Amish, we do everything half again as hard as you do.”

        1. “It’s like ZZ Top showed up for a Beardy centerfold! ALL THE TIME! I’m NEVER leaving Lancaster again! Wait…what do you mean they don’t get tattoos? Well what am I supposed to do for WORK?”

  4. Hm, some thoughts…

    * Fantastic montage!
    * I hate bad puns but love subtle puns; I’m giving you an extra gold star for the double secret pun you named this comic with.
    * I died laughing at “Bullets I Own.”

      1. By now you have your answer, heh.

        It’s a shame Ellie’s too straight-edge for montage. (For some bizarre reason the first song that came to mind when I typed that was Toni Basil’s “Mickey”… maybe for the comedic contrast value from what’s happening.)

        1. I meant at an actual gun show. I wonder how many would glance and then ignore, how many would look confused for a minute, how many would stop and talk to him and try to figure out what the hell he’s doing, and how many would look around to try to spot the hidden cameras assuming it was some kind of Candid Camera descendant.

        2. HA! That’s great! I kinda wanna see that now too. Sadly, the main thing in my head is Hey Mickey. I can’t stop hearing it every time I look at the montage.

    1. I think you’re looking at it backwards. I think it’s more of a, “I’ve failed FAR more than this in the past. Pathetic? Oh, if you think THIS is pathetic you haven’t seen anything yet.” A person can get acclimated to anything, and once it doesn’t register…

  5. Is the reason why there is only one bullet on the table of the vendor because your current versions of a any small firearm looks horrible to you?

    1. See the 30 May 2014 comic (Product Placement). He went to the comic con with the table labelled “Rifles I own” (plural) and had only one rifle on display as part of a display of people that have obscure motives for wanting to show off random things people probably don’t care much about.

      So I suspect the single bullet was to get the same joke of him talking plural and showing singular, and also making clear that he’s just as ridiculous here (at a gun show a table with one rifle might be a sign of someone who did well and didn’t bring enough to sell and is down to his last inventory item).

  6. LOVE “Alcohol enthusiasts”; talk about putting a positive spin on things!

    Also love Ellie’s pose in that last panel…

    1. The thing that catches my eye most in the last panel, once I read the comment above pointing out the urine salesman, is that his posture and positioning with that container seem very suggestive that he was drinking out of it, and while it might be a different liquid, it is the right color for his previous wares.

  7. Urine for sale guy looks WAY too happy to see Ellie. And I like the question marks over Junipers head, like she can’t quite figure out why Ellie would be there.

    It sounds like Ellie is starting to figure out what Danny is up to, I bet this fail train is about to run out tracks.

  8. Did not know Florida had such a large Amish community or Danny is really booking the miles on that rolling rust bucket.

  9. I like that we get to see more of Ellie’s wardrobe, but… Man, I really miss the days of the blue shirt. It looked good without being sexualized, which actually made it more attractive. It reflected her youth and in a way some degree of innocence, which I think really worked for her character. I feel like Ellie’s wardrobe is growing up, but not in a way that I’m a fan of…

    1. Well, you have to bear in mind that she’ s not changing so much as she’s changing for the job. These are ostensibly convention runs, so she’s getting paid for these…at least theoretically.

      1. That’s a good point, I’d forgotten that Danny was paying her to dress like that. Which is… Hmmmm. Questionable, at best…

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