forty|four

forty|four

after posting early last week, i fumble the ball and have to split up this weeks update into two pieces. my workload and prepping for the holiday season has created a bit of chaos and lack of spare time… anyhow, today’s update is rather late in the evening but it is here. page two of the weekly update will go up tomorrow afternoon! till then… 


^ 43 Comments of Confabulation...

  1. Lindsay says:

    oh you evil evil tease of a man…..DAMN YOU!!!!!!

  2. Odo says:

    Another wonderful piece of art and story, Ramon. Are you going to be updating on Christmas and New Years, or is the schedule going to slip for those?

    My, my, Nadia said a bad word.

    Heh — Mr. Skull *was* cheating, and he cheated to avoid being hit by Nadia’s shot.

    Chance of Mr. Skull’s rant affecting Nadia’s behavior in the future?

    Riiight.

    This is going to get interesting real fast, because he just spilled the board, which means that the connection between it and the rest of the universe has been disrupted. I wonder what this means in terms of the last little bomblet?

    Love how Mr. Skull’s shirt and jacket show through the jaw– and how the mini-Him has a peg in its top.

    Waiting with impatience.

  3. Bill says:

    I still see him getting bonked anyways

  4. Aerv says:

    Admit it, Ramon, you just want us to sit and stew in wonder to what witty remark Nadia is going to throw back at the big mean Skeleton guy who just ruined her game of battleship.

  5. Kristina says:

    SO THERE ARE RULES!?……this just keeps getting more and more interesting!

    DUDE, she pissed him off! He seems scary when he’s irate!

    I think this means like Odo said, that the connection between the game has been disrupted. I think the missile is going to do just cease to exist, fade a way….evaporate.

    Hmmm. Maybe. We’ll see, it’s hard to predict, when this is Ramon’s own little world!

    Like McDonald’s would say “I’m LOVIN it”!

  6. SiggiB says:

    Wow. Just… Wow. Read from start to so-far, couldn’t stop. Now at the top of my daily comic-check. Awesome stuff!

  7. Brenda says:

    Nadia’s reply to the skeleton dude:

    Bite me!

  8. Odo says:

    Brenda –

    While the substance of the remark will equal your suggestion, I really think she’ll have something a little more eloquent to say. It won’t be high-faulutin’, but she has shown herself able to construct a sentence. Perhaps something like – “Fold your rules until they’re all corners and shove them up your @$$!”

    Or perhaps just a speech balloon with nothing but lightning bolts in it — and one escapes to zap him in the forehead. :)

  9. Jai says:

    It doesn’t look like there are many pieces that Mr. Skeleton has to sink to win.

    I am, however, intrigued by the hat piece that requires three hits to sink. One helluva chapeau, no doubt. Perhaps it’s a giant’s hat (Although we’ve certainly seen several huge hats already – maybe Mr. Skeleton has a tophat-shaped evil base!).

  10. Rayjay says:

    Did… Did I miss something?

    One minute he’s laughing, the next he’s all, “I’m Telling my Mom!”

    o_O

  11. Tom says:

    I agree with Rayjay- one minute he’s laughing and the next he’s upset. That doesn’t make any sense and to be honest it’s kind of disappointing based on all the tension from the last page.

  12. M says:

    Mr. Skeleton seems awfully intent on following the rule that she has to follow the rules…

  13. Vlan2k says:

    C’mon, guys…. he’s a deranged evil antagonist. Since when do his actions have to make sense or follow a logical progression? If you insist, try this one: He laughed ’cause she cheated and he’s the one that drove her to that… then he got all pissed ’cause HE’S the one that’s supposed to break the rules and she went and played in his rhubarb.

  14. John Christ says:

    Ha!
    Well, she’s not really THAT good.

  15. Tom says:

    Vlan explanations like yours are an invitation to uneven writing so I think I’ll remain unconvinced thanks all the same. Now that I’ve said that I really like this strip a lot so I’ll definitely keep tuning in- I just don’t like this installment all that much.

  16. Sam says:

    Ouuuuuhhhhh he seems a little bit upset doesn’t he!

  17. Kris says:

    Three-hit Hat… The Chapeau Academy perhaps?

  18. Ware Wulf says:

    I bet ya a nickel to a bucket o’ crap that this some sort of work relationship… each has a job to do for some “greater cosmic reason”

  19. Jane says:

    Somebuddy needs a nap.

  20. Tom says:

    I didn’t mean to sound grumpy- sorry bout that. :( I was just trying to figure out why Mr. Skeleton changed his toon so fast.

  21. Tom says:

    I didn’t mean to sound grumpy- sorry bout that. :( I was just trying to figure out why Mr. Skeleton changed his tune so fast.

  22. Chipjiggins says:

    Tom – you’ve missed a lot of literature, movies, tv shows, etc if you’ve never seen a character geek out laughing and then blow his top.

    “Uneven writing?” Hardly.

  23. Ramón says:

    greetings all!

    first off, thanks for your patience.

    i just wrapped the colouring and dialogue on the newest page. however i am going to refrain posting it for a few hours because i’ve decided to add one more page.

    tom had a valid point. while writing this sequence i had imagined a progression of events that i thought i had captures. but in the craziness of my schedule i failed to convey one panel. a transition panel. i think my mind just filled in the gaps and in essence i thought the sequence was perfect.

    but my clouded brain was wrong. so i am inserting a page, which i think adds the perfect beat between page 42, and the current 43.

    so please gimme a few more hours and all will be done.

    on a related note, odo brought up a good point earlier. it’s christmas. and i’m off to see my family, and as much as i wish i were ahead of the game with kuku. i’m not. the weekly double post caught up with me some time ago. so i am going to take christmas and new years off and will resume posting on january 8th.

    whew. alright, back to colouring…

  24. Jane says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS RAMON!!!!

  25. Rayjay says:

    Yes, the new page 43 definitely helps.

    *Seconds the ‘Merry Christmas Ramon’ sentiments*

  26. Lee Cherolis says:

    Fantastic. Enjoy the holidays Ramon.

  27. Tom Bubb says:

    Ramon thanks very much for your comment! The progression from laughter to anger makes more sense now. Merry Christmas Ramon and fellow Kukuburi readers!

  28. Sam says:

    you cheat I cheat those are my rules…learn to deal!!

  29. Dan says:

    I like the shift of gears Mr. Skull (seems to be the consensus name) goes through.

    Reminds me of The Joker, how everything makes sense to him, and he does play by the rules, but to everyone else, he’s an unpredictable, unhinged, dangerous enemy.

    That just makes his charm all the more manipulative.

    I very much like this character, and this comic.

    I just wish his voice in my head would decide if it’s gonna be Vincent Price, or Maurice Lemarche. This back and forth action is getting old.

  30. country mouse says:

    oh ya. I’m hooked. 10k drawings, fallen angels book store, marry me, Gunnerkrigg Court and now kukuburi. thank ghod for rss otherwise I would have to trade in my day job for that of a refresh monkey.

  31. Vashra says:

    “Hey! They cheated!” – Peter
    “Of course they cheated. Evil cheats. That is it’s nature.” — The Umpire
    “Oh yeah? Well two can play at that game….” – Peter
    “PETER NO!” – Egon
    “Yes. Evil cheats, that is it’s nature. But if Good cheats…Good…becomes…Evil.” The Umpire

  32. Parrot says:

    So where’s the little Nadia?

  33. stopbeingsadandbeawesome says:

    what’s keeping his glasses on…?

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