Who, Pray Tell, Wouldst One Call Upon?

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I’ve reshuffled my Patreon rewards so that the Potter and Daughter Podcast is unlocked at $1750 instead of $2000. We’ve already recorded 4 or 5 episodes and I’m anxious to get it out in the world.

potter and daughter podcast logo hijink ensue

When my Patreon reaches $2000/month  $1750/month I’m going to release a new podcast where upon I interview my 7 years old daughter as she reads through the Harry Potter series. It’s called Potter And Daughter! More details HERE.

Of course we all know the proper title of the theme song to the popular film The Ghostbusting Gentlemen is “Who, Pray Tell, Wouldst One Call Upon? (Were One So Inclined).” Apologies for the use of brevity, despite it’s status as the soul of wit.

This comic closely reflects an actual conversation I had with a turtle-clad neighborhood ninja-child while trick and/or treating (heavy emphasis on the treat part). I explained what they do with the ghosts, to which he replied, “That doesn’t make any sense.” Of course it does. A spectral containment system utilizing a grid of intersecting, high power lasers makes perfect sense. So does a pan-dimensional gateway through which specters, apparitions, vapors and various phantasms are deposited and incarcerated. Ectoplasm doesn’t have mass, therefore the size of the rip in spacetime required to access the adjacent dimension could be infinitesimally small, thus requiring far less power than generating a gateway large enough to pass, say, a hot dog, a human or even a bunch of hot dogs!  It makes all the god damn sense in the world, you booger eater.

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  1. And that's what's wrong with the educational system of our country, ladies and gentleman. The poor sap probably doesn't even understand how one can make the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs….

  2. Shoot. I was throwing a fit because the 20-something intern who sits next to me didn't know who Jim Henson was, but yet responded with "OF COURSE I've heard of the Muppets!"
    Then your ignorance is your own fault.

    • Given the number of times I've heard them referred to as "The Muppets" rather than "Jim Henson's Muppets," I can believe it. Then again, I've been known to confuse the titles of Firefly and Babylon 5, where they just manage to get cross referenced somehow (Look, I can find anything you like in the file folder, once I figure out which ones these labels fell off of).

  3. Ghostbusters doesn't make sense, but 4 teenaged reptiles with a penchant for ninjutsu and renaissance artists does?

    Kids today.

  4. Today in my art class the guy who teaches the comic course came and showed us some of his work. I bring this up because some of it was from The Real Ghostbusters comics. It was pretty awesome.

  5. Sir, that Leonardo represents an alternate universe Leonardo in which Splinter realized that Heinlein was right, specialization really IS for insects, and thus cross-trained all four pupils using all four weapons.

  6. I recall an episode of the recent TMNT series on Nickelodeon where Splinter made the turtles switch weapons for a time to teach them to adapt to the unfamiliar, or something like that. Point is, it was a disaster. What should have been an epic martial arts battle with the Foot clan (or was it the Kraang?) turned into a Vaudeville act. I've seen better hand-eye coordination in a 3 Stooges flick!

    • Michelangelo had the 'chucks, and the orange mask. To be in canon, the kid needed either an orange mask or change over to a katana for the weapon.

      I know this, and I haven't seen anything related to TMNT since the first live-action film came out.

      • Could be he's referring to the earlier representations in which they were only differentiated by their weapons, either when they first got colorized and everyone wore red, or in the first generation of comics that were black and white. Thus suggesting Joel's canon snobbery *should* be to have every turtle in red or black and white.

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