The Day After Yesterday

CRUISE FUNDRAISER [UPDATE 01/04/13]: 96/100 prints are sold and it would be great to sell that last few  remaining prints before the the cruise. I am also going to leave up the additional prints and print packs for sale until probably February in case you want to get in on that action.

Prints are being ordered now and will hopefully start shipping by mid January.

What Eli doesn’t realize is how thoughtful Josh was actually being with his power saw tossing experiment. Had Eli’s extra fingers been severed and had they grown back, everyone would be satisfied in the knowledge that they could go out and (at least for a couple of hours) pull some pretty sweet “fingers got chopped off” pranks. If they didn’t grow back, then Eli would have no fewer fingers than he had the day before. And trust me, he wasn’t stomping around yesterday all in a huff, lamenting his lack of additional digits.

For guys like Joel and Josh who play guitar or piano, I bet the extra fingers are really filling in some gaps in the ol’ musical skill sets. Before man had five fingers, I’m sure the piano seemed like a cruel test left on Earth by ancient aliens in the late 80’s to frustrate humanity into early extinction. Dumb ancient aliens. Always leaving shit on planets for people to have incredibly stupid ideas about.

I wonder if Juan Q. Zach survived. I mean he WAS at the epicenter of a worldwide BLOODQUAKE, and that’s not really the sort of thing you just shake off. Still, he seemed a resilient beast, and the most likely HE character to eventually be made into a plush doll, so… I bet we see him again.

Well, this comic ends the current storyline, all of the comics for 2012 and what will eventually become HE book 5. I hope you’ve enjoyed this indulgence of continuity as much as I enjoyed creating it. Hell, I hope you enjoyed this entire year of comics, and perhaps even a select few of the years preceding it.

Thanks for letting me do this amazing job for another year. How about we make a deal to keep up our individual ends of this bargain (I make stuff, give it away for free  and sometimes you buy stuff or give me money or send me a nice email or whatever) for at least another year? Cool? Cool.

COMMENTERS: What physical enhancement from fiction (augmented body part, extra body part, etc) do you feel you would most benefit from and why? I remember this old episode of the 90’s Outer Limits series (or it totally could have been John Carpenter’s Body Bags) where this dude gets injected with nanites and they start to interpret his inability to breath under water or see behind himself as biological deficiencies and they start growing him gills, extra eyes, etc. It’s basically The Fly without all the vomiting on donuts and Goldbluming all over the place.

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  1. Right now I'd go with Data's ability to read and write at lightening speeds (but that's mostly because I'm a long-suffering student, haha). "4(ish) years for a Phd? Pfffft, try 20 minutes."

  2. Without a doubt I would benefit most from having the ability to synthesize a variety of narcotic chemicals in my brain like the Culture. Because hell yes.

  3. My life would be improved about a bajillion percent if I were a technomage…

    (Dude, you REALLY need to watch Babylon 5. You would LOVE it.)

  4. Shapeshifting. When I was little the first set of books I got really into reading was Animorphs and it occurs to me that the ability to shapeshift was a technological alteration to the body. Shapeshifting would be so friggin cool.

  5. I'd like to see a comic arc where Comic Joel notices Josh's hands in a few months and he has 4 fingers again. This sets off a whole "I'm Josh from an alternate universe where the blood wave never happened."

    Oh, and in his universe, No one has a beard…/mindblown!

  6. I used to think I'd want a brain to computer interface, like in Neuromancer, or Johnny Mnemonic. But after the first time my computer crashed because an asshole buddy of mine sent me a virus laden email I realized how bad an idea that'd be.

  7. I always wanted that operation from “The X-Files” where you didn’t need to sleep anymore. Without the horrible side effects of course.

  8. Laz'r'us nanites from Schlock Mercenary, but with some kind of external interface. Immunity to most kinds of death, read/write access to my own brain and genetic code, and the ability to consume metal to make armor, all in a massive number of tiny packages.

    • 50% of what you describe there is Wolverine from the X-Men.

      I'd like to have 100% of Wolverine's enhancements, except the height problem…

  9. I'd like the neural interfacing ability like in Ghost in the Shell, although it would be a little odd if USB is still used in the future

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