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December 31st, 2010

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I love Prozac in panel 6.  As much as he’s a little gossip mongerer today I admire that positive outlook and I’m going to try and adopt some more of that in light of my turbulent holiday this year.  Having walked away from what everyone’s saying was a serious accident (I still don’t remember any of it) with nothing more serious then a migraine, a sprained thumb, and some cuts and bruises makes one thoughtful I suppose (it was a marathon 3 day migraine though).  I was told originally that she hit towards the rear of the driver’s side which made us spin so much but we went to go see our little car and salvage whatever personal effects were left and I was shocked to see the damage:

She hit us right in the centre so I’m guessing the structure of the frame kept it from buckling more considering her speed and perhaps because I was turning some more of the impact was diffused but I look at that and I don’t understand how I didn’t at least break a leg or something (you can’t see from the outside but my seat is quite squashed).  I have a paramedic cousin in BC who said he’d seen people die from T-bone accidents with less damage done to the car which I found interesting and not in the least comforting… thanks Mike!  Some of my friends point out that I should just shut up and be thankful as there was another crash in Kanata that same day where a car got t-boned by a dump truck and a female passenger died.  Another friend mentioned that our accident site took a long time to clean up and inconveniently made him late for work… only my mom still gives me sympathy :)

So now the thinking positive thing:

-looking forward to some insurance covered massage therapy to hopefully work out this stiffness and muscle pain.

-Jim had to give up some Marvel contracts he wasn’t able to do which is lost income for us but at least he got the holidays off for the first time in a long time.

-Mazda is giving away a free ipod if you buy a new car before Jan 3 and hopefully we’ll qualify for the customer loyalty discount since this will be our second new car purchase in less than a year!  It’s funny as I remember awhile back you guys were giving us some great advice on a new car purchase and I was primarily concerned with fuel economy at the time.  I didn’t give a second thought to crash safety and fortunately our choice turned out to be a sturdy little car: it’s apparently the first compact to earn a 5 star rating all the way around.

Today’s vote incentive is a bit of Mary Blair inspired oddness: The Blair Witch (any animators/illustrators out there who don’t know who she is shame! shame!  Google her now!)

^ 63 Comments...

  1. Hedrah

    Well, i would recommend you take a look at the Euro NCAP if you want to see what car scores what at safety. US NCAP 5 star would only equal about a 4 Star on the Euro NCAP so i’d recommend going for 5 stars if you want safety.

  2. DoggyGal

    Woah! Nerd sure has some “Evil” looks in panel 4,eh?:D He started reminding me of Evil cause of his color,but then again,Nerd has tried acting more tougher recently^^;
    Love this strip Alison,it shows both humor in Prozac’s side,and mystery and anxiousness in Nerds and Evil’s to wanna know what is gonna happen next!

    But about the car,my god,How could someone not remember a crash that looks that severe? Well,anyway,good luck with the positive sides,and I hope you get that ipod!*thumbs up*

    P.S. I think you have the wrong voting link up,because when I clicked it,it led me to the one with Evil wrapping Nerd,a squirrel,and Tanked under the tree….just thought you should know^^;

    And I just might look up this “Mary Blair”.

  3. Lody

    wow nerd asking evil for help. that’s an interesting twist.

  4. Kamino Neko

    What did the Polar Bullies do to him…?

  5. Nicole

    Did they douse him in flour? And what did Nerd dump over the wall? Looks like a teddy bear…? Prozac is adorable, especially in panel 6.

    I have no idea if asking for Evil’s help is part of the plan or Nerd trying to circumvent the plan. Lordy…poor Nerd! I honestly don’t really care what happens to Evil. He earns is so much!

    Alison, that accident looks terrible! I’m so glad you and Sambit are okay. Sending prayers your way for a quick recover.

  6. Maark30

    I am just glad that you all are, more or less, alright after the accident. I am sorry about the loss of the Marvel contract but I can hope that the other driver has good insurance or at least something to get from a lawsuit. Anyway take it easy and don’t rush into things. Last time an accident gave me migraines I turned out to have whiplash. So take it easy and get better from this.

  7. Colleen

    With how many car crashes I hear on the news where people have gotten seriously injured or have died…I’m happy to hear you came out of yours alive and with only minor injuries.

    Oh god…Nerd asking EVIL for help!? The world as we know it is coming to an end! Then again Nerd most likely wants revenge and Evil could teach a college level class on it.

  8. Fan of Death

    Nerd must be really pissed to go to Evil for help.

    And after seeing that pic of your car it’s a good thing you were able to walk away, thats a sturdy little thing.

  9. Chris

    “Another friend mentioned that our accident site took a long time to clean up and inconveniently made him late for work…”

    That’s not a friend thing to say.

  10. Inquisitive Raven

    You did get an imaging study of your head done, right? Speaking as a former EMT, not remembering the accident is a bad sign, and you should make damned sure you don’t have an intracranial bleed (of which subdural hematomas are the most notorious, but any bleeding in your skull is serious).

  11. no one

    good to see that an artist i like is doing good after something like that. It always could have been what happened to me, hit head on by a drunk, laying in a coma for 6 months, messing up my brain to the point that i lose alot of short term memory and only sleep about 1-2 hours a day, if lucky, and the drunk only got a slap on the wrist, till his next accident, lost both his legs. But still, glad you made it out with nothing major and are able to draw again, I wouldn’t be surprised, or upset, if you took time off from the strip to rest, heal and get a good massage :P

  12. Sora A.K.

    Eeheehee, Prozac gossiping with birds… I try to talk to birds sometimes, but they don’t seem to like me much. Perhaps they can tell that cats *do* like me? I am pretty much always covered in kitty fur…

  13. Energybunny

    Look at it this way, it was you or the car. Luckily you won! I’m glad you are all ok.
    Poor Nerd, all bleached…

  14. Triscuits

    Sorry to hear about all your troubles this holiday season! I’m glad you and yours are doing alright, though, and that nobody was seriously hurt!

    I started reading the comic just a few months ago, and I have to say that I’m pretty much in love with it. (Oh, and also, I couldn’t resist one of the space girls shirts!)

  15. Sallie

    It is incredibly unnerving to see your car. You were fortunate that you were hit further back. I was hit by an F-150 just a little more towards the front of my little Honda Civic. My car did not survive the collision and I ended up on crutches for nine months. I am very glad that you did not have to suffer through that.
    Good news is you all walked away. It’ll probably be a little uncomfortable driving for a little while but it’ll pass.
    Your comic is awesome, but please forgive me if I don’t come back to the site till next week. My car was worse off than yours is, but it still hits way too close to home for me.
    I hope you and your family have a Happy New Year. You all definitely deserve it. ^_^

  16. coyoteBR

    Wow, wow, that was really a nasty hit, I know peop;e will say for you to be thankfull, to an anoying point - on my accident, I cracked my ribs and spent weeks and weeks with pain frm my left sholder to th right side of my belly, i.e., the safety belt area. When you are in such pain, you don`t like to hear much about “how luck you are”.
    You know, you can try getting something else positive from this nasty crash. Send the tale to Mazda, saying you want to buy a new one. There are brands, like Volvo for instance, that build their repuation on stories like yours, Maybe the company will give you some extra incentive, as a thank you for the “a Mazda saved me and my son”relate.

  17. Kobrag

    Ouch.

    Though I have seen worse. One collision in where I was holiday-ing in greece took both cars off the mountain the resort was based on.
    It was GRUESOME, but cool.

  18. Schrödingers Katze

    Woah, what a relief. They just bleached Nerd… oh wait, thats pretty bad too.

  19. AntiDeborah

    Poor Nerd! Those Polar Bears just bleached him, and now he’s asking Evil for help!

  20. beaufleur

    I’m so glad you and baby are all right. As a survivor of a couple of bad accidents AFTER almost having my neck broken, I can tell you the damage to your neck, back, and head does not show up right away. If you can and are willing to, I would suggest going to a chiropractor or an osteopath as they can assess damage and treatment that x-rays (the normal doctor thing) does not show. Heal fast! And I’m so glad it wasn’t worse! You’re right, that’s looks like a bad accident!

    Love the new comic arch too …. ^^

  21. tsophies

    So glad you’re ok! Was trying to figure out which side you were driving on, when I realised it WAS the crumpled side… ugh! I think when people are in a state of shock about something, other people never quite understand, as far as they’re worried, you’re absolutely fine, and probably makes them very relieved, (but maybe a bit unsympathetic!)
    @Nicole, I think the polar bear is dumping Nerd, he IS the teddy-bear!
    Aw bless him, he looks sooo cute without his glasses and all white! I think Nerd’s like the Jesse Eisenburger of bears, HOMOZYGOUSLY (hahahaha mozilla dictionary) geeky, but just too cute at the same time <3

  22. maleek34k

    Wow that is pretty bad damage to the car. I’m looking for a car now and I think i will revisit my list and check on standard safety equipment now. Also did your car have thigh/leg airbags or just side curtain air bags? Either way happy to know you and your son are fine.

    Love how Prozac is completely oblivious to any wrongdoing(so far).

  23. KiyoPi

    Glad to hear you and the baby are ok! Something was watching out for ya’ll because it could have been a lot worse. But the poor car… and such a pretty blue. *sniffles*

  24. Glowworm

    The first two panels with Prozac “tweeting” with the birds are adorable.

  25. Bosn_C_Otter

    T bones are now the number one killer because most cars lack side impact air bags. I’m so happy you walked away from this one. How is the woman in the other car?

  26. danogil

    you were very lucky last one I worked didn’t make it. EMT’s did evderything they could. Did get a conviction thou, a note try to remove your tag number from the pic. It’s a public record to everything.

  27. Rebekah

    Yowza! I’m just glad you’re ok. Yeah, the concussion does cause quite the head ache, doesn’t it? Mine lasted about a week after I was knocked off my bike by a minivan. And I still don’t remember any of it, so you might not either.

  28. MuchLove

    Oh Prozac’s not gossipping, he’s checking up on his Twitter feed. Clearly.

    Ouch, that damage is pretty bad, but at least you’re alright (relative to possible injuries of course). Yay for Mazdas~ Not only are they cute and fuel friendly, they’re well known for their safety too. They have a similar framework as Volvos which are essentially built like tanks and pretty much the safest cars ever. Not that I’m being biased because I own a Mazda or anything…except I am. Because I do. Own a Mazda, that is.

  29. Tonka

    Hm. Polar-douche dumps Nerd after bleaching him. Nerd needs Evil’s help. I suspect the Polar-douches bleached Nerd so they could have a “baby” and draw the crowds which equals more food/resources for them. Ella can’t be allowed to hog the attention after all.

  30. wulf

    hmm i think gay would have been a great choice for the gossip part but it was interesting to see prozac like that, although i’ve never once thought of a prozac gay pairing… hmm

  31. Nicole

    @tsophies: Oh! You’re right! Thank you. :) I totally misread what I was looking at. Poor Nerd.

    Did…did the brand new shiny box of dork survive? Or is it being held hostage?

  32. Jade Griffin

    Erk! Bad accident indeed:( Glad to hear yer fine, and your family too I hope? The non-BN art you’ve been using as incentive and extra content is really cool! Thanks:)

  33. Ketira

    1) RE: accident - I’ve been in a few myself, but not *that* bad! If you two ever decide to upgrade to a SUV, get the Honda Element. It’s got a nice steel “cage” that keeps the energy generated by such hits (from nearly any direction) going around you instead of into you. As for the insurance: snag a lawyer. They’ll get you not only the massage therapist, but a chiropractor as well; you may need that too.

    2) RE: Incentive - NO WAY am I going to click on it because of that movie. I’m Pagan, but I started with the Wiccan religion, and that movie is an affront to Witches. That’s why it flopped at both box office & in DVD sales. No offense to your drawing skills; it’s just the movie I don’t care for.

  34. pANtherilla

    nooo!! be carefull Evil, is a traap! is just too weir to see nerd asking for evil’sss help o.o
    hahaah i love “prozac approvess” face XD.
    haaa evil is sooo aweome..yep

  35. Blacky Blackerson

    This is either revenge or part of the polar bears insidious plan. Either way, there’s sure to be pain.
    Also, why go to the guy who gave you a concusion with a volleyball. If that was me, I would have kicked him in the happy sack (or in the bear nuts in this case) but thats me; I have very little sympathy for Evil.
    When are you going to update the archive page. It’s hard to keep up with the comic when the archive isn’t updated. Oh well, good work nethertheless, and sometimes it’s better to forget than remember.
    Also a early Happy New Year since by the time it’s 11 down here it will be 12 up there.

  36. Blacky Blackerson

    Also can’t wait to get into college so I can start purchasing your books. I live in a strict household where I can’t even watch Richard Pryor or Family Guy (I’m 17), so the chances of them letting me buy this would be impossible. Dosen’t help that you have characters named Gay and Crack, and soon to be females with even worse names. Oh well, the bright side is I only have about a year left.

  37. Ryan

    Glad to hear your okay. and holy shit. She did some major damage to your car. The fuck happened? Drunk driving? or just in a big hurry?

  38. Baughbe

    Yep, that’s a bad wreck alright. You, like me, are indeed lucky to be alive. If the various pains and soreness do not go away in a few more days, go back to the doctor and have everything checked out again. Better safe than sorry. Really glad you and family are OK.

  39. Serne

    Been reading the comic for a long while, but first time I’ve commented.

    Thank goodness nobody got seriously injured in that crash.

    Also have a Happy New year!

  40. Chris

    Glad you’re ok. :)

  41. Chradi

    At the second panel I was sure it was Evil dropping a babypolar bear in the enclosure XD

  42. radarnocturn

    I’d suggest consulting a lawyer. A good one will find things that you wouldn’t even THINK of as charges for the other insurance company to have to cover. Lost wages (including your husband’s from the lost Marvel contracts) will be one of them. Only reason I know about all this is my dad got a lawyer because the guy who hit him had 3 dui’s and was supposed to have a breathalizer installed in any vehicle he drove (the rental he had didn’t) but the cops couldn’t charge him because the parking lot the accident was in is considered “private property”.
    The guy worked at Sears (lost his job months after the accident because he failed a drug test. And he had gotten his 3rd dui a month before he hit my dad) and had just gotten off work. He was flooring it through the parking lot and was looking at his radio when he hit my dad who was on his motorcycle. Bike was considered totaled (insurance paid him for it and the bike still lives, my dad found it by dumb luck on e-bay in florida! A guy down there repainted it and repaired the damage.) and he’s since gotten a new one, which was also a newer model.
    He was lucky he walked away from the accident with an ankle broken in 4 places (got a plate and nine screws) cracked kneecap and broken shoulder. He’s now a firm believer in helmets as his was all scratched up on one side.

  43. Alix

    The polars said they had a job for Nerd, right? I wonder if maybe this is a “staged” prank, and it’s the first step in a plot to get Evil. And they’re bullying Nerd into helping.

  44. Ben

    Lol, my favorite frames are 2 and 3. I love the simplified polar bears.

    Oh, and go Mazda! Zoom zoom!

  45. Hoheh

    This is going to suck for Nerd. You know you’re in a bad spot when Evil assistance is the better option.
    or
    The polars diabolical plan begins!

  46. linkoflegend

    HOLY SHIT and i thought my brothers car got beat up enough mother <%^#*&
    well remember the monty python song
    always look on the bright side of life

  47. Smurg

    I think my favorite thing about this comic is all the very slight alterations in the bear’s designs. Their ears, noses, tufts of hair, etc, all different. So awesome.

  48. JS

    I have a sneaking suspicion that Evil’s being set up.

    Of course, if Nerd’s on his game, it might be that Hulk, Butch, and… Steven… are ALSO being set up for a come-upp-ance. :)

  49. Jai Foxhat

    DUN DUN DUN!
    Plot twist: I’m just as shocked as Evil is! D: Geek asking HIM for help?! The world must be coming to an end!

  50. Logansryche

    Wow.. poor car. Reminds me of a similar accident I had. Glad you’re ok ^.^

  51. Mira

    I got in an accident like that and my car looked almost exactly the same. The window shattered and I got lots of little cuts all over my back, but I was otherwise ok. Glad to hear you weren’t hurt! It’s scary dealing with this stuff, but if you’ve got good insurance it should turn out alright. Hope you recover soon!

  52. Phil

    I got T-Boned in a car once… I had rented a car, I think it was a Pontiac Grand Prix (this was in 1991). In Queens, someone had stolen a one way street sign, so I turned the wrong way and tried to escape by ducking down a side street. I got hit by a delivery truck which was doing about 50, spun around and hit the corner of a building with the back of the car.

    The building was undamaged (granite), but the car was totally obliterated. I don’t remember any of this, mind you. I got it from a witness a couple of years later by telephone, when I was trying to figure it out. I DO remember a few flashes:

    * A cop told me that I was in the “only livable part of the car” and that it was pure luck I wasn’t killed.

    * The ambulance crew tried to catheterize me, I misunderstood (just got out of the Marine Corps, too), yelled “GET YOUR HANDS OFF THAT and decked the ambulance guy, who almost flew out the back doors. The woman EMT and another guy were very annoyed, tied me down, and “did it the hard way”. Ow, ow, ow…

    * I spent a couple of nights in Belleview Public Hospital (it’s next door to the famous madhouse) getting scanned, and re-scanned, and scanned again because the doctors couldn’t BELIEVE I didn’t have any permanent damage after all that. There was a paranoid schizophrenic old lady in the bed to my right, who kept trying to bite people (so she got tied down), and a drug dealer wrapped up like a mummy in the bed to my left (I asked the cop at the foot of his bed what happened to him, and he laughed and said “He shot at a cop”).

    * I was released, after being told to take it easy because I had a severe concussion. My head had gone THROUGH the driver’s side window, then gotten pulled back into the car.

    The point of this long, weird story is this: I got out of the hospital and felt fine, except I “lost” the hour or two surrounding the accident, just like you.

    I finally saw a neurologist a year or so later, when I was having serious headaches. HE told me that I had a “post concussive syndrome”, that this could last up to 3 years (most fade after one year), and that I could expect problems with short-term memory.

    Better see a neurologist! You didn’t have as hard a knock on the head as I did (you had airbags! Lucky!) but you have the same symptoms… Don’t wait a year like I did.

    I hope this was helpful…

  53. Sherri

    May I suggest seeing if your insurance covers chiropractic? IT will help greatly with neck pain and any misalignments that may have been caused. I used to suffer from migraines almost 3 days a week until I got treatment. :) So glad that nothing more serious happened!!

  54. UGotSarged

    I’m in the same boat as you. Had a car accident myself the day after Christmas. Thankfully you’re alright!

  55. kitsunekage

    If Evil is thinking clearly, he would be very suspicous abbout the fact that Nerd is asking him for help, “wearing” the colours of the Polar Bears.

    After looking at that photo of the car and reading the story, you must have an angel on your shoulder (Keeping in mind that I’m agnostic about these things) But you really should get yourself checked out if the pain and stiffness persists.

  56. Spryghte

    I feel your pain. I was t-boned on the driver side last year and they had to cut me out from the passenger side. After 8 hours in the emergency room, they released me with only bruises. The impact made me black out and to this day, I still don’t know what happened. I look at pics of my car and wonder how I made it out alive.

  57. Alcyione

    Holy…! The fact that you weren’t killed/seriously injured in that accident is a miracle. That’s scary. VERY scary. I’ve always liked the little Mazda 3, but seeing the photo and reading your story really sells the car to me. I’m impressed at how well it protected you.

  58. Daxiongmao

    Make sure you get checked from head to toe after a crash like that. You don’t want to end up with returning pains in your neck and/or back. Also be aware of sudden longer periods of migraine, especially if you haven’t suffered much from that earlier. (I can see others have given roughly the same advice, and it’s a really good advice)

    And grats for chosing that car, seems like it served you very well considering the damage done to it.

    On the lighter side: I love bear nuts. It’s one of the comics I keep on a sort of “check the updates” schedule. :)

  59. Maya

    I’m so glad you’re ok!!! Mazdas are very nice cars, my mum drives one and it’s wonderful, has great gas mileage and as you can tell, is very safe despite its small size. I hope the dealership gives you a discount! It might help to say that the car saved your life. :) I hope you can also get free massage therapy for that, concussions suck (I’ve had 2). Also, if there is a pattern available for Sam’s awesome shark hat, I’d love to see it so I can make one of my own, because that is positively epic.

  60. blackbevil

    he looks cute white.

  61. Rockin' Kat

    Damn. That’s some nasty crash damage. An accident you don’t remember? That’s pretty nuts. I hope you don’t end up with any nasty long-term crap. My sister got hit in the rear side panel and spun around in her old 89 Honda Accord back in 95… Her spine got really f-ed up and it hurt for years. She went to a chiropractor for a while after the accident.

    I’m glad you’re ok now… ditto on what people say about getting checked out… Lets hope for some better luck with your replacement car… no more accidents!

    After my first accident(so far my only one) I try to be more aware of those who don’t have the right of way… they don’t always think… Earlier this week I was at a red light… it went green and someone on the cross street ran the red light… I started to go and then another one from the same direction ran the red light and almost hit me. WTF!?

  62. Sami

    Wow, so glad to see that you are ok! My family was also involved in a serious accident this holiday season (Christmas Eve, even!) but everybody walked away! I suffered some cracked ribs and there are sprains and minor concussions and whiplash among us but, I’m just glad my family is safe. All in all it was the best gift we could have gotten, and truly a Christmas miracle that we all got to be together!
    Again, so glad that you are alright! Thank God for good cars!
    Absolutely loving this comic, by the way!!

  63. EJAK5199

    Yeah, sorry about your car. But I think all of us are glad you’re alright :)

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