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|Distroia||Hatman: DESTROYER! DESTROYER MUST DESTROY!! / Hatman: MUST!! / Rabid: But YOU are not Destroyer! / Rabish: Hey, uh, can we... go? / Hatman: Sez WHO?! / / Destroyer: SEZ ME -- DESTROYA'!! / Rabid: You see? / Hatman: I DON'T CARE!! / Rabish: I'm gonna go... / Rabish: Later... / Hatman: I... I HAVE BEGUN "TO CARE". / Rabish: Later still... / Hatman: All done! / Rabid: S'alright! / Rabish: I'm back now...|
|Escape Phrase 1||<
|Escape Phrase 2||Tsamantha: See? Dancing is fun! / Jimothy: I guess so! / Tsamantha: You were probably all embarassed 'cause you thought you'd be expected to fondle me or something. / Jimothy: What? NO! -- / Tsamantha: Don't worry! If you had, I wouldn't mind. / Jimothy: ... / Tsamantha: Don't be such a ... fuddy-duddy! / Tsamantha: I wouldn't mind because we're all just here to ENTERTAIN! / [[Tsamantha pulls her face off, revealing a scary robot face.]] / Tsamantha: IT IS HOW WE ARE PROGRAMMED!! / Tsamantha: FONDLE MY SMOOTH METALLIC CARAPACE, JIMOTHY! THOSE WHO HAVE PROGRAMMED US KNOW YOU DESIRE IT!! / Tsamantha: NO TRIFLING SIX EVENT MOUSE WILL BRING US TOGETHER!! / [[Jimothy sits bolt upright in bed.]] / Jimothy: GNGGAAGH!!|
|Escape Phrase 3||Thomis: You look like steamed shit, man. / Jimothy: I had that DREAM again, Thom. The DREAM. / Thomis: Oh! Oh! Tell me all about it again! All the details! I love it! Exposit for me! / Jimothy: Ha. ha. / Thomis: But Jim, man, you clearly have some serious repression issues. You really need to consider just TALKING to her. On purpose. / Jimothy: Yeah, I know, it's just -- / TA: Here's today's handout. / Jimothy: -- thanks. It's just... I've known her for so long... / Thomis: And you've never really talked but she always seems real happy to see you and HONK HONK HONK. / Jimothy: Hey! / Thomis: Hey nothing, here comes the prof.|
|Escape Phrase 4||Thomis: MAN that's a useless class. And those damn handouts -- does he think he's clever? / Jimothy: Yeah... / Thomis: Huh? Oh, I SEE. Well, time for things to come to a head. HEY! TSAMANTHA! JOIN US ON OUR PROMENADE!! / Tsamantha: Ugh, what do YOU want, Thomis? Oh -- oh, hi! Jimothy! Hi! / Jimothy: Uh... hi! / Thomis: Well look at the time -- I'm gonna be late! So long, kids! / Jimothy: Gnn! I... uh... okay. / Jimothy: ... / Tsamantha: ... / Jimothy: Sigh... There's something I need to tell you, Tsam. / Tsamantha: ... yeah?|
|Escape Phrase 5||[[Jimothy and Tsamantha are at an open-air cafe enjoying the warm summer weather.]] / Tsamantha: That's a pretty scary dream. I'm... really sorry. I don't want to be in that dream! I mean, I want to be in a HAPPY dream with you... wait, uh... jeez. / <
|Escape Phrase 6||Tsamantha: Oh god. oh god. ::sob:: oh god oh god oh ::sob:: / Tsamantha: sob sob sob sob / Jimothy: We should call the police. / Tsamantha: hnn hnn / [[A pool of blood lies in front of them. Someone is in the middle of the pool.]] / Jimothy: Hey, there's... on the wall... my... dream... / [[On the wall, in blood: NO TRIFLING SIX EVEN MOUSE WILL BRING US... and it trails off.]]|
|Escape Phrase 7||Jimothy: We saw her -- the body -- pretty much as soon as we walked in. Hard... hard to miss. And the... message. / Cop One: This the one you saw on the wall? We even got the lab boys on it -- there was nothing. / Cop Two: Tell us about the dream, again. / Jimothy: God, do I have to? Where's Tsam? Is she okay? / Cop One: HA! Is she "OKAY"? / Cop Two: She's singin' the nervous prostration blues over in the med slab. Look, you... don't leave town. We might want to talk to you again. But -- go home and get some sleep for now. / [[Jimothy walks home in the winter cold.]] / Jimothy: Sigh. / Jimothy (thinking): Is it wrong I'm still excited about holding her hand? / Dr Quickly: Jimothy -- you didn't read today's handout, did you? / Jimothy: GAH! Professor Quickly?!|
|Escape Phrase 8||[[Jimothy holds the day's handout. It is a comic.]] / Rabid: Gosh, Dr. Quickly! What's the EMERGENCY? / Dr Quickly: My special cheese -- THE INVENTION -- turned! This stupid bag HAS FAILED! It let too much air ESCAPE! / Rabid: Uh, could you PHRASE that more clearly? / Dr Quickly: When the lobster is ACTIVATED, it should seal the bag. / Rabid: YOU ARE joking, right? / Dr Quickly: The lobster senses that it is IN MORTAL DANGER so it clamps the bag extra tight. / Rabid: What do you call this strange invention, PLEASE? / Dr Quickly: The Zip-Lobster! / Rabid: ... / Dr Quickly: You do not RESPOND? / Rabid: It is a stupid name.|
|Escape Phrase 9||Thomis: That is a TURD HAT on a shit day's head. He didn't know, right? He's a freak but he wouldn't make you read his comic OUT LOUD in the WINTER COLD if he knew what you had been through. But hey, I was right -- she likes you a LOT. / Jimothy: Or she DID. After this? That... writing. What if I did it in my sleep? / Thomis: Buuullll... / Jimothy: But what if she THINKS I did? / Thomis: Disabuse her of the notion, man, and THIS TIME KISS HER. / Jimothy: ... I suppose I should go check on her... / Thomis: Smooches! / Tsamantha: They just want to keep an eye on me, "for safety" and such. / Jimothy: Safety? Are you in danger? / Tsamantha: Not any more! ... / Jimothy (thinking): She just took my hand! In hers!!|
|Escape Phrase 10||Tsamantha: I didn't see it -- notice it. Why didn't you say something at the cafe? / Jimothy: ... I couldn't remember. / Jimothy: I've had that dream a dozen times, but until I saw the wall yesterday, the end of it was never clear in my memory. / Tsamantha: Tell me what it said -- what I said. / Jimothy: Uh... "No trifling six event mouse will bring us together." / Jimothy: Tsam? / Tsamantha: PASSWORD ACCEPTED. ESCAPE SYSTEM IS ACTIVE. SPEAK YOUR COMMANDS CLEARLY. / Jimothy: What? That's not funny! What's going on? / Tsamantha: ... IGNORING RHETORICAL COMMENTS; GOING ON IS THAT YOU HAVE SAID THE ESCAPE PHRASE. / Jimothy: This... gah! Call button! Telephone! GAH!|
|Escape Phrase 11||Voicemail: Thank you for calling emergency 911. Pizza-Pizza(tm) time is 6:15pm. Please hold, and you will be placed with an operator in the order we received the call. / Voicemail: While you're holding, we'd like to tell you about some of the exciting new specials you can order from Pizza-Pizza(tm). / Voicemail: Sometimes it feels like a 911-worthy emergency when you're hungry! Why not try the new MEAT HUMPIN' deluxe pizza? / Voicemail: With twelve kinds of meat, it's sure to satisfy even the most CRIMINAL hunger! Order it today! / Voicemail: Thank you for holding. If you'd like us to deliver a delicious Pizza-Pizza(tm) dinner combo with the arrival of a police officer, please press ONE, now. / Voicemail: Please calmly state the nature of your situation in four or fewer words. / Jimothy: Tsam -- she's gone... she's... / Voicemail: Thank you... / Voicemail: We do not have any responses available that match your request. Perhaps you are hungry? / Jimothy: NO. / Voicemail: Please calmly restate the nature of your situation in four or fewer words. / Jimothy: My friend, she's gone... / Voicemail: We are matching your request. Please hold. / Voicemail: Please clarify: is she a friend, or MORE than a friend? / Jimothy: What? That's inappropriate! / Voicemail: We were just curious. Your location is known, and an emergency response team is on its way. / Jimothy: Thank goodness. / Voicemail: Wait, don't hang up -- are you sure you don't want a pizza? / Jimothy: I AM HANGING UP. / Jimothy: Jeez. Tsam -- are you okay? / Tsamantha: I AM FUNCTIONING NORMALLY, YES. / Jimothy: Gah! Please stop it! Go back to normal! / Tsamantha: I -- what's wrong? If you don't want to tell me what the phrase was, I understand.|
|Escape Phrase 12||Jimothy: There's no time, we have to get out of here!
/ Tsamantha: Wha-- ? / Jimothy: It's bad -- it's worse -- it's -- come on!!
/ Tsamantha: Why? How come? / Jimothy: We're not SAFE here, I did something stupid and we-- / Tsamantha: STOP. / Tsamantha: I can't HANDLE this. Everything is fucked up and just getting WORSE... / Tsamantha: ... and I think I really do need to just spend some time here... / Tsamantha: ...get my handles back on my pots. So -- I think you need to calm down... and... / Tsamantha: And maybe come back when you aren't so...
/ Jimothy: Tsam... / Jimothy: I'm sorry. I... the dream -- you're right. You don't need this. / Jimothy: I'll go -- I'll go.
/ Tsamantha: Hey... / Tsamantha: I'm not mad, Jim. I... really like you. / Tsamantha: It's just such an awful day. I need a rest. / Tsamantha: Please come back and see me soon. / Jimothy: Yeah... I... / Jimothy: I will... / [[Tsamantha is left alone in the room.]] / Tsamantha: Sigh. / [[Jimothy is riding an elevator.]]
/ Jimothy: Sigh. / <
|Escape Phrase 13||Jimothy: What's so funny? / Tsamantha: Oh, sorry, I still can't believe you called 911 when we were in the middle of a police medslab. / Jimothy: Bah. I was scared. / Tsamantha: I know. I'll try to stop smirking, somehow. / Tsamantha: It doesn't really itch at me, though -- there's no horror in MY forgetting where you live. / Jimothy: Fair enough. I just... I can't even be sure of what I DO remember -- all the context is gone. Soap bubbles in a raging river. / [[Night has fallen.]] / Jimothy: I'll tell you what I CAN remember: my dreams. They're all there, clear as day, right back to what must be childhood. I don't even have to try, they're clearer than anything I just imagine. Brighter. Remembering them is like dreaming them again. / Tsamantha: I'm glad you remember ME at least. / Jimothy: Of course! You're... you're in my dreams.|
|Escape Phrase 14||[[Tsamantha is driving a car. Jimothy rides shotgun.]] / Jimothy: I can spell you for a while... / Tsamantha: Can you? How about BACKWARDS? / [[Jimothy is now driving. Tsamantha looks concerned. It has started to rain a little.]] / Jimothy: E-L-I-H-W-A-R ... / [[Tsamantha is driving again. The rain is coming down very hard now.]] / Jimothy: So... where are we going to go? / Tsamantha: I'm thinking my family's "isolated cabin the police have no record of".|
|Escape Phrase 15||[[Jimothy's legs dangle from a pier, a short distance from the sparkling water.]] / Tsamantha: Hey... / Jimothy: Hi. / [[Tsamantha sits down next to Jimothy.]] / Tsamantha: So. Jim. / Jimothy: ... Yeah? / Tsamantha: I... think... you need to try saying the "phrase" again. / Jimothy: WHAT?! / Tsamantha: How else are we going to figure this out? / Jimothy: Why do we need to do that? The way things are now, uh, out here... I LIKE the status quo.|
|Escape Phrase 16||[[Jimothy is chopping onions while Tsamantha tends to a pot of tomatoes and spices.]]
/ Jimothy: Where did YOU go? Was it like falling asleep? Were you POSSESSED?
/ Tsamantha: No, it was... it was like when you're doing something interesting and time stops passing inside you. So, when it stopped, yeah, like waking up, but it wasn't... did you chop the onions? Hand them over. It wasn't bad. It was familiar. / [[Tsamantha adds the onions to the sauce.]]
/ Jimothy: I bet that's part of why you're not as scared of it as I am. Of saying it again. / [[Tsamantha grinds some black pepper into the sauce.]]
/ Tsamantha: Maybe.
/ Tsamantha: Yeah, you're probably right. I SHOULD be scared. The cops totally knew about it, or suspected SOMETHING about me.
|Escape Phrase 17||[[Jimothy is in a phone booth. Tsamantha sits in a parked car nearby.]] / Jimothy: Of course I can't tell you. ... I'm not being paranoid, it's likely the police ARE listening. Heck, we drove for three hours just to get to this payphone. / Jimothy: Do you... um... do you know how my parents are doing? / Jimothy: ... my parents. Family. ... / Jimothy: ... I can hear YOU just FINE!! / Jimothy: Yeah, I didn't think I was missing much. / Jimothy: ... Ha! Some vacation! / Jimothy: What does our TEACHER care? ... He does, does he? Well did he give you his number? ... Oh. Hang on. I have a pen. / Jimothy: It's going REALLY well, considering all we've been through. She's kind of amazing. / Jimothy: Her MOM? That's not funny, Thomis. / Jimothy: ... / Jimothy: I... I can't and won't promise to tell her that, no, because it is NOT FUNNY.|
|Escape Phrase 18||[[Tsamantha is driving herself and Jimothy back to the cabin.]] / Tsamantha: What did he say that bothered you so much? / Jimothy: Ugh, he said your... / [[Tsamantha's eyes narrow in surprise.]] / Tsamantha: Hold on... There's someone in the driveway... / [[The car drives on. In the driveway, a police car. Two dark figures stand by the car.]] / Tsamantha: I don't think they noticed us.|
|Escape Phrase 19||[[Jimothy is sleeping in the reclined front passenger seat of a car.]]
/ Jimothy: nnn... nnmm... AUUGH!
/ Tsamantha: Hey, hey, it's okay, hey, it's me. You're waking up. / Jimothy: We're there already?
/ Tsamantha: We've been parked here for like an hour. I've been... thinking about what to do.
/ Jimothy: It's open!
/ Tsamantha: Yeah. / [[Jimothy looks ahead, out of the car, to see a storefront with a large sign reading PSYCHIC and a smaller sign reading OPEN.]]
/ Jimothy: Should, uh, should we go -- / <
|Escape Phrase 20||[[Tsamantha's mother, Persephone, is bringing a crock of dinner in from the kitchen.]] / Persephone: I think it's WONDERFUL you've come to stay with us! I've heard so much about you! / Persephone: It's sort of silly, really -- Tsam's known you for years but I've never had the chance to meet you. / Persephone: Ah well, I suppose she made up for it with how she'd talk about you ALmost EVery NIGHT. Isn't that right, dear? / [[Tsamantha has a shocked look on her face.]] / Tsamantha: ... / Persephone: Oh, silly girl! It's too late to be shy about it now. I don't mean to be embarassing you, though -- it's just what mothers do best. I'm just happy he turned out so nice! / Jimothy: Uh -- / Persephone: I suppose you two wilil be walking together to your classes tomorrow? Don't stay up too late! Heh!|
|Escape Phrase 21||[[Jimothy and Thomis are leaving class.]] / Thomis: WHY haven't I DROPPED this yet? Listening to him teach is like listening to a SLEDGEHAMMER of TERRIBLE. / Jimothy: That's... apt. / Jimothy: Hey, Tsam! / Tsamantha: Hi, Jim! Hello, Thom. / Thomis: Ehrrm. See you guys later. / Tsamantha: So, how'd it go? / Jimothy: Class was fine. Thom... it's like nothing happened. He says he doesn't remember the cops or any of that. / Tsamantha: That's unpleasant. / Jimothy: You remember, right? What we saw? What they said? / Tsamantha: Of course? Do you? / Jimothy: I... / Jimothy: ... Yeah.|
|Escape Phrase 22||[[Tsamantha is talking on the telephone. Jimothy is in a nearby room reading a book, oblivious.]] / Tsamantha: It's only been a few weeks! But I try to talk to him about it... / Tsamantha: ... he smiles and chuckles and it's like he thinks it's a story we tell each other to be cute. / Tsamantha: Yeah! Just like you said! It's really scary. What should I do? Will it happen to me? / Tsamantha: You did? He didn't tell me. Does he not trust me now, or did he forget that, too? / Tsamantha: Yeah, I know. We need to get out of here. Can I count on you? Will you help? / Tsamantha: Thank you, Professor. I owe you.|
|Escape Phrase 23||[[Jimothy is walking down the street at night. A police car drives slowly by, the cop inside glaring ominously.]] / Jimothy: Well... / Jimothy: I know my way around town, but none of it is familiar. Even going to class I know the way but it's like I learned it off a map. / Jimothy: I should go back to Tsam's -- I've been out for hours. / [[Jimothy is waiting at a bus stop.]] / Jimothy: ... / Dr Quickly: Jimothy! You didn't read today's hand out, did you? / Jimothy: GAH! Professor Quickly?!|
|Escape Phrase 24||[[Jimothy is holding the day's handout. It is a comic.]] / Rabid: Huh? What? Who's there? Do you know what time it is?
/ Space Frog: It is time to "hang" with YOUR FRIEND. / Rabid: IS LYING something you enjoy?
/ Space Frog: I am among THE AUTHORITIES on lying, so yes. / Rabid: I'm not letting you in. There ARE people SPYING so PLEASE go away. / Space Frog: Do you ACKNOWLEDGE the fact that you are crazy?
/ Rabid: Listen to THIS MESSAGE they sent! / Rabid: "Go away SO I CAN sleep."
/ Space Frog: "Wow, you need HELP." / Rabid: "YOU need to let me sleep."
|Escape Phrase 25||[[Dr Quickly is leading Jimothy down a confusingly constructed hallway.]] / Jimothy: How much farther do we have to go? Your... paint job is giving me a headache. / Dr Quickly: Patience, my boy! Not much farther now! / Jimothy: These walls are... weird. / Dr Quickly: Oh, yes, well the best defense is a good, er, offense. / Jimothy: And you're really bringing me to Tsam? / Dr Quickly: It must be hard to trust ANYONE at this point. / Jimothy: Saying stuff like that doesn't exactly help... / [[Tsamantha is in a comic panel above another comic panel where Jimothy is visible.]] / Tsamantha: Jim! Up here! You made it! / Jimothy: Tsam! Uh... where are you?|
|Escape Phrase 26||[[Jimothy and Tsamantha are being led down a strange hallway by Dr Quickly. A large poster has the escape phrase on it: "NO TRIFLING SIX EVENT MOUSE WILL BRING US TOGETHER". A smaller poster says "SAFETY" lies in the direction they are going and "DANGER" lies whence they came.]] / Tsamantha: Oh, Jim, look... / Jimothy: Hey! Oh, that's weird. What... / Jimothy: Professor, what does it MEAN? / Dr Quickly: Oh, it's just a statistically unlikely bunch of words I found at the bottom of a junk email. / Dr Quickly: I thought it had a nice ring to it: surreal, sinister, portentous. / Dr Quickly: Pretentious, too, I guess. Anyway, that's why we used it. / Tsamantha: (Jim, he's really creepy...) / Jimothy: (He'll explain things soon, I'm hoping.)|
|Escape Phrase 27||Dr Quickly: It was a long, long time ago. My colleagues and I each took on a separate aspect and together we shaped... everything you see. I am Q, the observer, the font of Qualia. L was the frame, the Laws. H was the dynamo, the womb's Hearth. And OO was... everything else. The substance. So, all in one, we were L H OO Q. But that was long ago. I'm Dr Quickly now, a professor. I don't know who they are or if I'd recognize them, even. / Dr Quickly: Nevertheless, I know that something has gone most horribly wrong. The narrative thread is tangled and broken: the days pass too fast and the seasons are mixed; things happen -- horrid unforgettable things! -- and moments after, no-one remembers. But you do. You two, my dear children, know something is wrong and it makes you uneasy. I have done my best to hide you from the harmful secret truth but to be safe you must now learn it. / Dr Quickly: So know then, you two are chosen. You have been chosen since before I was even Q. You exist to serve this world; you exist to shape it. And with luck you will preserve and restore it, not hasten its dissolution. The Escape Phrase is the key to your powers. It is the key turning the lock in your minds. When the time comes you will use it to become the creatures of infinite potential you were born to be. / Dr Quickly: For this world exists to nurture you; it was put in motion l ike a vast clockwork yolk for your potential to grow in. We four were artists, and we thought we would try our hands at something grand. And now you have come! And not a moment too soon, as I fear the others have all become impatient and want to tear this glorious place down, to give up. Will you dare to prove yourselves? / Jimothy: Uhhh... / Tsamantha: Um... / Dr Quickly: Well, would you at least like another round of sandwiches?|
|Escape Phrase 28||[[Dr Quickly is explaining an idea he had.]] / Dr Quickly: You know that feeling? "If I only knew then what I know now"... I figured I should DO something about it. Spent a lot of time thinking about it, trying to figure out how. Fantasizing... / Dr Quickly: I decided just copying my brain into my childhood self made the most sense -- I wouldn't have to worry about trusting myself and all, plus if I did it right when I got a head injury I could pass off the obvious changes in affect as mild brain damage. / Dr Quickly: But, after planning it for years I realized (or came to believe) that I'd already done it. Dozens of times! Here I was, sitting on lifetimes of experience and knowledge and nothing really to show for it. It was a difficult dream to give up. / [[Jimothy and Tsamantha are confronting Dr Quickly about his revelation that they are figments of someone's imagination, sort of.]] / Jimothy: So we're just ROBOTS? Like in my DREAM?! / Dr Quickly: Oh, uh, I don't know. Maybe! Or this is a computer simulation or you're clones or something. It was a long time ago and I wasn't really involved in the implementation. Wasn't interesting. / Tsamantha: You don't KNOW if this is REAL? / Dr Quickly: My dear, of COURSE this is real. / Dr Quickly: Just because the underlying bedrock of your experiential universe might not be, you know, something you've come by honestly doesn't mean you're FAKE. It's one of those things you have to just walk away from. / Dr Quickly: If this world is... fraudulent... it doesn't mean good deeds aren't good deeds. HOW you feel doesn't change WHAT you feel. YOU get to decide what you are, even with all my fancy talk about your magical fates. Do you want any cookies?|
|Escape Phrase 29||[[The top of the page is text, driving through the layers of comic panels]]
/ Attackers: AND AS THE TWO YOUTHFUL HEROES STOOD IDLY LISTENING TO THE MAD AND USELESS DRIVEL OF Q WE STRUCK BOLDLY AND WITH GREAT FORCE INTENDING TO DESTROY ALL THREE IN A SINGLE BLOW / Dr Quickly: THEY'VE BROKEN THROUGH THE FOURTH WALL ALREADY! THERE'S NO TIME!! / [[Dr Quickly opens a hatch in the floor labeled "EMERGENCY EXIT".]]
/ Dr Quickly: QUICK, USE THE ESCAPE (PHRASE) CHUTE! Oh, I wish we had more time. There's so much you still haven't learned! / [[Jimothy and Tsamantha are falling down the chute, screaming.]]
/ Jimothy and Tsamantha: AAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!
/ Dr Quickly: DON'T FORGET YOUR LEFTOVERS!
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