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March 21st, 2011

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I had a cat do this once.  I think she was hit by a car and managed to crawl under our hedge before she died.  Our dog found her a few days later.  It makes me a little sick to think she was under there alone and in pain and I hope she didn’t suffer.  Now I inflict suffering on my cats by being one of those weirdos who takes them out on a leash.  If I don’t go in the direction Toaster wants she just flops over and won’t move.  She’s either really embarrassed or really upset she can’t climb that tree.

Bad news for you guys:  BN is dropping back to just Mondays for now, well likely until the twins are home and settled.  I need to build up a buffer for my wonderful upcoming hospital stay so twice a week is just not doable right now.  I also haven’t forgotten about poor Sir Lechalot but I likely won’t get to that for a bit.  I’m hoping I can work on stuff in the hospital, I don’t need a lot of room to write and thumbnail stuff and I think I’m going to need to keep myself busy.  On the upside we’ve finally agreed on boy’s names so no more infighting about that (Jim decided it was his turn to pick and he was leaning toward Loki and Colorstick… there’s been lots of arguments).

Good news for Nerd: this is NOT canon or anything, this is an original character from a BN fanfic but the commission turned out so sweet and poor Nerd doesn’t usually come out ahead so I had to share this: nerdy love :)

^ 89 Comments...

  1. Soundwave the Unchresomatic

    One word: D’OH!

  2. david

    so is tanked dead

  3. This one guy

    A beautiful scene.

  4. tedflip

    That looks like a long fall.

    Sad news about your cat, I pray for it :[!

  5. TiZiU

    LOL at 5 panel… is the best!

  6. changeling

    that was… sudden.

  7. cheezedog

    I guess you should be happy you are not having girls, otherwise it be Cintiq and Scarlet Red…

  8. SlopDoggy

    Kinda impressive he managed to smell beer through solid steel. And I bet that “Screech” is just him charging straight for it. I wish you the best of luck with the twins. You’ll be in my prayers. ^^

  9. MKarrow

    Ohhhh no…. no no NO. Tanked can’t die! I won’t allow it! I mean, where would we be without his constant flow of happiness (well, not lately) and amazing tea party etiquette? Nowhere, that’s where.

    You managed to come up with better names than Loki and Colorstick?? ….y…you’re a wizard! (though truthfully, Loki would be a cool name imo)

  10. Meirnon

    Why can’t Nerd’s romance be canon? D:

  11. Chris

    What!? They just “let” him crawl away to do this? What kind of friends are they? I had higher expectations for those bears.

  12. Fazzey

    Ummmmm…Oh dear? Poor Tanked. I do hope he is made of sterner stuff than those fiberglass bumpers cars are made of now.

    Boys names….Aden, Kiele, Hall, Nigel, Lawrence, Robin, Zachery, Xander, Joel, Exavior, Beniajh, Jens (pronounced Yens), Qwillerian, Walter, Isaiah, and Dominic…..Some of those names I’ve listed are ones of friends, and other people I know.

  13. Katsudoo

    Tanked! Noooo….wait this is going to turn out hilarious somehow.

    My husband still, well over twenty years later (thirty? How old is this man?!), feels sick to his stomach about throwing a ball that went into the street and his dog was thus hit by a car. His dog survived, but he got dragged a bit and was in pain during recovery.

    Speaking of Husband!man, it’s good you got the names out of the way. :) I choose my Chubkin’s middle name and said he could come up with the first. ‘What about James?’ ‘Okay you’ve got four more months to think of any alternatives’ **day of baby** ‘What are you thinking for names?’ ‘……..I….I kinda stopped thinking about it back then.’ >_>

  14. kikiklas

    @ nerd vote incentive

    D’awwwwwwwwwwww!!!! Live Long and Prosper :D

  15. Bosn_C_Otter

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! If you kill off Tanked I swear Im going back to reading lame Wizard of id comics.

  16. cheezedog

    No No NO Fazzey. These are artists.. pick out things that artists would use when naming the babies! Like Wacom and ColorErase!

  17. Zoe

    It’s never the end with Bear Nuts.

  18. Blacky Blackerson

    NOOOO!!! I can hardly wait ’till Monday for updates, and now I got to wait a whole week? I understand why but I was hoping it wouldn’t be so soon. But, again, she had the courtesy to remind us.

    Tanked: Goodbye cruel world. As the sweet fragrance of death kiss my lips, I regret everything during my sobriety. I musn’t allow myself to move on if it means causing pain and suffering to…HEY LOOK, BEEERR!!!! *trips* And we will see his fate next comic (and finally start his origin arc (YES). I’ve been waiting forever for it.

    Don’t worry about Nerd’s uncanon relationship. In the near future, two female will arrive and while Lech is busy with one, Nerd will have his shot. And maybe, just maybe, he will have a canon relationship (as long as Star Trek dosen’t leak out of his mouth 24/7).

  19. Zero

    thats …. sad

  20. bakaneko

    dun dun dunnnnn….the end….?

  21. Jon B

    Great update and bonus art. Hope your stay is okay. Feel better. I command it. :D

  22. Sterling Rodd

    Hey, Tanked is fine; there was no big wet “SPLAT” SFX after the screech. :) He might even wrangle some suds in all the confusion. I think the poses in panels 3 and especially 5 are wonderful. I also notice the manga-style butt Xes are back. :) As for his buddies letting him crawl away, I suppose, being “at a loss”, they bowed to the inevitable. The bears seem fairly fatalistic in some of the strips, and even occasionally homicidal, so maybe que sera, sera with a brushed-away tear isn’t out of character for them.

    Oy, I’m going to be going through Tanked-style withdrawal from Tuesday to Sunday from now on! Good luck with everything you have to do in the meantime, Alison. :)

    @Blacky — What makes you think Lech is going to confine himself to just ONE of the female bears? :twisted:

  23. Sterling Rodd

    @Jon B — I this case, don’t you mean, “Make it so!”? ;)

  24. Cloudy

    hooh crap. . . XD;

  25. Lydia

    Tanked! Nooooo!

  26. Bucket

    My cat just died last night after being with me for almost 15 years, so I’m really depressed right now :( Thanks for making this comic, and sharing that story about the dead cat (poor thing!) and how you’re handling your own cats now. One day I hope to get a new cat, but not for a long time.

  27. Александр

    неужели пьянь умер ?

  28. Sterling Rodd

    @Александр — Ну, Александр , погоди! ;)

  29. Sterling Rodd

    @Bucket — Wow, Bucket, you must be heartbroken today. I have a cat turning 13 this summer and I don’t know what I’m going to do when the time comes… you really have my sympathy. I hope your memories of him/her are good ones and that you have no regrets in making him/her happy. :(

  30. cartoonman

    TANKED NOOOOOOOOOOO! *falls on knee’s*

  31. Titleist

    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not Tanked!!!!!!

  32. Nicole

    Oh, Tanked. :( I hope you’re okay!

    Alison, I also take one of my cats out on a harness. I pretty much just go where he wants to go! It sure ain’t like walking a dog. But I can’t bear the thought of them tangling with traffic. I have had to call animal control two separate times for cats that I’ve seen hit by cars and had to take care of until help came. Both died, one instantly and one in about a minute while I waited for animal control. It is heart-rending. I honestly wish people wouldn’t let their cats roam.

    @Bucket: I’m so sorry for your loss. I have two cats and love them dearly. Don’t know what I’ll do when I lose them. My heart and prayers are with you.

  33. coyoteBR

    I will not lie, for a while, I though you would name the twins Hulk and Butch… :D now, serious, try and watch some sportive events, there’s tons of suggestions of names. In Formula 1 alone, you can go from normal “Lewis” and “Robert” to more dramatic “Vitantonio” and “Heikki”.

    And I agree, panel 5 is very dramatic. Congrats.
    And take your time, we promisse not to get to Tanked level of withdraw with the bears once a week.

  34. wertyuio

    Panel 10: Tanked is thinking “DOH!”

  35. GBeans

    I love the vote incentive, especially that nerd has found another unashamed Trek fan. :) Aaaw.

    I take my cat out on a leash though it is because he is mentally retarded due to being malnourished as a wee kitten. He walks around like a little puppy, walks to heel and brings me things like twigs. I would let him out because I live in the English countryside on a quiet road, but I am worried he would get lost or end up in someone else’s house causing a riot (he steals).

  36. Nicole

    GBeans, your cat sounds like a sweetheart.

  37. DoggyGal

    Never thought Tanked could get so emotional and desperate as to suicide. That is sad,and the update times are too:( And would you mind linking the fanfic,If not asking much?

  38. Blacky Blackerson

    @Sterling Rodd: Because knowing the other female, she will beat or annoy the everlasting crap out of him. Can’t say anymore because it would contain spoilers, but one things for sure, if Lech does get multiple bears (and wants to risk getting crabs again XD) it won’t be her.

    @Nicole: Don’t worry about Tanked; if he can drink laundry detergent and still be O.K., nothing can kill this sober-drunk. BTW, you chose an awesomely poetic avatar and it fit your comment. Not to mention the 5th panel in general almost looks dramatic (until you read forward).

    @Bucket: Sorry for the loss. I never got a chance to own a pet since mine ran off before I could even see it so I wouldn’t know how that felt, but any loss is tragic no matter what species. Cheer up though and “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Your cat is in a better place with endless fish and scratching post.

  39. Kath

    aww, poor Tanked. I truly hope he survives this and the car was able to stop in time.

    Babies come first!
    as for the name game, don’t count on the names that you picked to be the ones that they stay with. My niece was going to be somehthing else entierly, and when she arrived, they said, “ohh, that name won’t do…” and it took 3 days of going through the names all again before she was properly named.

    Our last ferret lived to be nine, and her death was a slow process. She started with just going very still with her eyes open, and her blood sugar plummeted. It was only with careful dietary monetoring that she survived another 6 months, taking a full 10 days of seizures and spells where everything was right with the world before she finally died in my husbands arms 7 miniutes after I left for work. (most small animals pass fairly quickly) As sweet as she was- as sweet as any of them were- we just can’t bring ourselves to adopt another one. It just hurts too deeply. We thought about a cat (almost had one 2 years ago, but my brother ended up with the wee kitten we found under my mothers tiger lilys) My husband would love a dog but he wants big and I would want a small one (in a tiny house big dog not a good idea)

    Kath

  40. aquacoon

    Fff. Don’t alcoholics know you can just make sangria in the terlet?

  41. JayJay

    Good news for Nerd: canon it!
    Or at lest add a girl…

  42. Zukibat

    he looks so peaceful in frame 5

  43. Angela

    What are you talking about? Loki is an excellent name for a child.
    Hope that the hospital stay treats you well and the munchkins are incubating safely. Don’t worry about the new update schedule - we’ll all still be here!

  44. Aki

    Depressed comment: Growing up in a poor neighborhood where lots of people had cats and couldn’t afford to fix them or care for them properly, I saw the consequences of uncontrolled animal populations in the street more often than I can stand to think about.

    Happy comment: That fanart totally reminds me of “Bongo” from the Disney film Fun & Fancy Free! The chorus of one of the songs, “Too Good to Be True,” seems appropriate for Nerd:

    “But if you’re only passing through
    Then take me to heaven with you
    Or is this a dream
    Too good to be true?”

  45. Kato

    Please let Tanked die…

    He is the most useless of them all and causes nothing but trouble!

  46. Pecan

    I’m with DoggyGal. Do you happen to have a link to this fanfic? :3

  47. Sterling Rodd

    @Kato — Oh, Kato, I’ll bet you that a few pages into Tanked’s origin story, you’ll be singing a different tune. I’ll be there’s quite a lot about him that’s deep and interesting, and that will cause us all to go back and read over earlier stories with an eye to understanding little things about Tanked we missed before. Or certainly, we will moving forward.

    There isn’t a single one of these guys who isn’t fascinating and compelling in his own way. What we see in most of the strips is the smoothed-over scar tissue that lets these guys move through their lives together. What we’re being shown, every so often, are glimpses of the cuts that made those scars — the things that made these characters who they are, and closed them off forever from whatever else they might have become, good or bad. It’s a thrill to be able to come along as this unknown territory is mapped out for us, slowly and so colourfully. For instance, there’s a dept and maturity in Tanked in panel 5 that I would never have expected to see in him. In and of itself, it’s a revelation. Don’t you think? Doesn’t it make you want to know more about who he really is? :)

  48. Sterling Rodd

    “Dept” (department???) should be “depth”, above. There’s never an EDIT button when you need it. CTRL+Z, CTRL+Z!! :mrgreen:

  49. Nicole

    Heh! Sterling…you crack me up. :)

    Kato, Tanked gets into way less trouble than Evil, so I’m not quite sure what you’re talking about! I like him. I like his curly locks and his warm cinnamon coloring. I like his big loopy eyes (when not sober). Nah, life without Tanked would be a sorry life, indeed!

  50. centkin

    Isn’t it kind of dumb to do a ton of evil acts before committing suicide? That just kind of seems to me just asking for a bad afterlife.

  51. Ashcrexl

    Yes! Beer brand beer! My favorite!

  52. Jen

    Awww. I love Tanked! I can’t help but feel a little sympathy for the little bear. :(

    Not that I’m a lush… but I can understand! Also, I just want Gay to makeover Tanked again because he was SO CUTE.

  53. Blacky Blackerson

    @centkin: Suicide, no matter what took place before, usually leads to a bad afterlife (if you believe animals have souls or anything)

    Anyone who is concerned, Tanked won’t die. Why would Alison kill off a highly loved character; if she did, a mob would be outside her house ready to maul her. Not to mention this is only the 3rd book out of 12. Killing off a important (and well liked) character would be playing a FMA (refering to Maes Hughes death) and I for one don’t want to see that. Let’s just call this a dramatic character development. (sorry Kato; your dream will not come true anytime soon).

    Alison could make a similar character like the one in the incentitive and make it canon (or a origin character). She could be an old flame or something. Nerd in a relationship is just too good of an idea to stay un-canon.

  54. raeByppilF

    Nerd… has… a Girlfriend *-*

  55. Zoe

    @Blacky Blackerson
    “Suicide, no matter what took place before, usually leads to a bad afterlife”

    God complex much? O_o

  56. poco

    A’www! Nerd looks so cute with his girlfriend!

    I’m sorry to hear you’re scaling back for a while, but it’s totally understandable. Your family comes first, of course.

  57. Sterling Rodd

    @Blacky — Well, humans are animals, after all. We’re just the ones who run the zoos. Somebody’s gotta make sure Steak Day happens! :)

  58. starfur

    omg! i love this arc! was this evils doing? did he get rid of all tank’s beer? he looked strangely unevil in this arc

  59. Nicole

    @starfur: Hi! Evil and Lech put vodka into the snowcone machines and made all the kids at the zoo sick. So the zoo banned alcohol, thereby depriving the bears of snitching any. So Tanked’s gone dry, but that wasn’t Evil’s intention.

  60. Shadow

    about the voting art, otter is boy or girl (looks like a boy) ^^’

  61. K

    Probably female. Bad selfinsert ocs usually are.

  62. Blacky Blackerson

    @Zoe: Naw! To imperfect to have a God Complex. People with God complexes are basically selfish people who think they can accomplish more than they can achieve. I just made a general opinion. I find it a little offensive when the first thought that comes to your mind when you saw that statement was God complex. Now Vanity, he’s the one with a God complex.

    @Sterling Rodd: Touche! Can’t argue with logic. It’s sad though that some of the people who make Steak Day happen are sometimes dumber than the animals we’re feeding.

  63. sax87ton

    What? End? Where was the solution? surely there is another chapter in this ark.

  64. Anthony

    @Everyone: Well, think of it this way. If Alice is gonna update on mondays, the least we could do iz see all of her previous comic pages. Think of it as a little uhh… Marathon, Ya’know?

  65. Hoheh

    Epic fail meets cliffhanger. I like.

  66. Zoe

    @Blacky Blackerson
    Well, since I take offense when people express their religious sentiments as factual statements, outside of their appropriate religious setting, let’s just call it even.

  67. Sterling Rodd

    Well, I guess we won’t get Elizabeth Taylor to do Tanked cameos like I wanted after all. RIP, Liz. Hope you and Dick are whoopin’ it up Cleopatra style today.

  68. Nicole

    I know. It’s sad about Liz.

    @Zoe: Heh! Well I get offended when people express that my religious views are myth-based. But I don’t worry about it. Their opinion doesn’t have to change my beliefs and that works both ways. By the way, what is your avatar a picture of? A hedgehog?

  69. Zoe

    @Nicole
    It’s fine; I don’t begrudge anyone their religious views, and I even share the sentiment that suicide is probably not going to get you extra points in the afterlife. But it’s generally socially appropriate to make an acknowledgment that your religious opinion is an opinion, instead of stating it as though it were an immutable fact. It shows that you’re considerate of others, and their beliefs. Doing the opposite seems… exceedingly rude, to me.

    Hehe, and yes, it’s the happiest hedgehog ever. http://www.inquisitr.com/wp-content/happyhedgehog.jpg

  70. Moxie Man

    I can see it come Monday: Tank survives the fall…cars screeching to stop and avoid him and collide with each other. Beer Truck winds-up on its side and the doors break open as Tank reaches it only to find…an empty truck or if the bears’ zoo is in a province/state with a recycling program a truck full of empty containers.

  71. Sterling Rodd

    @Moxie Man — I don’t think we’ll see the outcome of the spill on the hill on Monday. My feeling is Alison’s going to make us sweat a while on that while she tells us instead a little about who Tanked is and where he came from — makes us care about him all the more, in other words — before showing us what happens next. I could be wrong, but I’ll take odds on it. ;)

    And unless gas has recently been 91¢ a gallon in the US in the past year or two, it’s a province. Specifically, Ontario, where Sandbanks Provincial Park (with its campground) is found on Lake Ontario (reference for both). :cool:

  72. centkin

    Tanked is my least favored and most redundant in a bad sort of way bear — It wouldnt really bother me if he bit it here after what he has done. The whole scene shows he can never manage to improve himself from complete stupor while eating stuff off the carpet. He is utterly 2 dimensional.

    Death >> Evil > Prozac > Lech > Gimp > Gay > Nerd > Crack > Vanity > Tanked

  73. centkin

    Actually lets delve into whys a bit. Death is simply a deep character with lots of internal turmoil. He means well and is distanced from everyone due to his power. Lots of meat here. Evil beyond all of his antics is actually growing. He is seeing that there are limits that he would not have seen before and there is the hope of eventual redemption. Prozac is the erstwhile leader of the group and the group wouldnt survive well without him. Lech is actually going down the evil road. I think he needs to start growing horns. This is a road of discovery for him. Gimp is another always means well, empathic character. Gay we havent seen enough of to make much of a decision as to where to place him. Nerd has such tied up anger that if Evil REALLY wanted a cohort for truly evil deeds, nerd would be the best choice. I have lost a lot of sympathy for Nerd over time. Crack is merely reactive at the moment but could someday grow. Vanity doesnt really seem to have a place in the group.

    Actually From thinking about this I would shift lech and prozac on the > thing.

  74. Tanked's Biggest Fan

    Hmm, yes Tanked is two dimensional, however I think that is going to change. The next story is probably his origin. Also judging from the last few panels on this page he is capable of more then his usual role as comedy relief.

  75. Sterling Rodd

    As the old saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste. What we get out of Bear Nuts, as in anything else, is subjective. If you say you don’t get much out of Tanked, nobody can tell you you’re wrong. They can only tell you what they see.

    Tanked doesn’t provide much in the way of protagonist direct action, that’s true. His role in most of what we’ve seen is to react to events and provide them with an emotional shape; defuse tension with his antics; provide notes of pathos, and so on. He can be a catalyst for action, if not actually its instigator, as in the rescue of Evil from the wilderness: Prozac, and thus the other bears, was prompted to action by Tanked’s silent plea on his behalf. It should be noted that Tanked does play a crucial role in the action in one of the “hidden” stories available only to those who’ve purchased the Bear Nuts books. But it’s clear to me that Tanked’s principal role in the saga, at least so far, is to provide a sort of anchor to the domesticity of the other bears: he’s a vulnerable innocent who needs protection, and thus generates fellow-feeling and affection in the other bears (Nerd in particular) that’s probably beneficial to them all (although he’s had occasion to surprise us, as when he came out on top of the fight for control of the TV by biding his time and moving decisively). That role has been in abeyance for the past few weeks, and may, or may not, be due to change at the outcome of the current arc. We’ll see.

    I don’t think it’s the case that Death is distanced from the other by his power. It’s clear they respect him for it, but I don’t get the impression he’s shunned by them. It seems to me it’s the contrary: he’s not very interested in spending time with the others, and tends to find them annoying. For myself, I’ve found it hard to relate to the popularity Death enjoys among the fans. He’s absent from most story lines, his personal interaction (and thus, character development) with the other bears has been Spartan, and aside from a few flashes of humour and friendliness, there isn’t yet much of a sense of who he is – and thus, how we should relate to him – that would, to me, justify his popularity. He’s mature, competent, capable of rising to the occasion when he must, and is clearly an able, if reluctant, lieutenant to Prozac (sorry, Lech). Admirable, but not really intriguing in and of itself. I tend to put the interest in him down to the “woooo” factor: he’s mysterious, he’s dark (literally) and brooding, and he has an inexplicable and sparingly-used power that makes him seem larger than life. I don’t really mean to be condescending, but that’s the kind of thing that makes a character interesting mainly while you’re fairly young. If you’re a little older, it tends to be off-putting. Now I’m not saying that Death’s an empty vessel and dispensable. What I’m saying is that the focus on his development as a person, rather than a phenomenon, is still largely something we have to look forward to.

    I’ve felt similarly about other characters, notably Crack. But I find Crack increasingly intriguing as time goes by; he’s a bit like a new planet you think you’ve figured the orbit out for, but it keeps straying from it. Even after each adjustment, you realize you still haven’t gotten it right. Crack keeps not quite being Crack. He’s a coward, but he pulled Nerd off Evil. He’s ineffectual, but he shanghaied Evil. He’s tortured by the vicissitudes of existence, and yet underneath it all he must trust in the ordered creation implied by his belief in Hell. I used to think Crack was just a sort of firecracker with little other purpose but to wind up the other characters or foil their patience and good moods, but there keep being these subtle, interesting little glimpses that there’s more to him underneath, and I really look forward to them now. That said, Gimpy’s another character who really doesn’t get to deviate from expectations much, but it’s obvious he must have a fascinating story to tell and so he can get away with being fairly static… we know big things lie ahead for him!

    So I think what we’re in for right now is something impressive and compelling about Tanked that’s going to change the way all of us look at him and how we think about him from now on. I have a feeling in a couple of months, you won’t believe you used to think he was forgettable and better off dead. Wait and see. :)

  76. Nicole

    Holy cow! You guys are amazing with your character analysis. I love it! :)

    I will say that I like Death best because I identify with him. I’m one of those people who only rejuvinates with “alone time.” Living with these bears would literally drive me nuts. Heh. Nuts. And, Sterling, you’re right. It’s really his scarcity and the fact that we don’t know much about him that makes him intriguing. Gimp is intriguing in the same way.

    @Zoe: Thanks for the additional reply! That makes total sense. And I love the happy hedgehog!

  77. VAMPE1LADY

    Lol you did that to a cat it got hit by a car then she crawled under a hedge to die omg ,… YES !
    ( i love cats really i do and i know how bad you felt but that is funny as hell ! )

  78. Ben

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    ^ I see that once a week updates give the a**holes more time to post about dead animals.

  79. admin

    @cheezedog: he does call the Cintiq his other baby…
    @Fazzey: I love Xander, it was on my short list but ultimately didn’t make it
    @Katsudoo: ugh, I think that would haunt me too!
    @Bosn: lol, I would never kill off T-bear, he’s my “special” child
    @Blacky Blackerson: sorry! beats me going on a complete hiatus though right?
    @Sterling: I’m a sucker for a cute butt x And I hope you’re not building up this Tanked arc so much that I ultimately fail to impress you ie. Lost’s last season :)
    @Bucket: I’m so sorry! I’ve lost 3 cats now and that one in the story was only 2 when she died. :(
    @Nicole: so it’s not just me! I also saw a woman walking a bunny on a harness once. That thing seemed to heel properly and everything.
    @DoggyGal & Pecan: I can’t I’m sorry. It was sent to me in a very nice package so I don’t have a text file to link.
    @Kath: I’m sorry about your ferret. They are so cute. I find dogs are too much work myself. We can go away for the weekend and the cats are fine with food left out… not so with a dog.
    @Kato: Sorry, never going to happen. He’s my favorite to draw, and I think Evil causes waaaay more trouble.
    @Ashcrexl: It’s low in calories too!
    @Shadow: It’s a girl.
    @K: Not sure what you mean by that?? The fanfic was written by a guy too.
    @sax87ton: there certainly is!
    @Anthony: I don’t know man, the ‘Alice’ thing isn’t growing on me (I’m not a big Wonderland fan)
    @VAMPE1LADY: ooook, I’m not sure how you can love cats and find that hilarious but to each his/her own

  80. Sterling Rodd

    @Alison — I blush to confess I never really cottoned to Lost. I hope I’m not dating myself too much when I say that as long as Gay doesn’t wander into the bathroom a la Pam Ewing to find Tanked in the shower (or under a fountaining can of beer?), I think we’re okay. :)

  81. Nicole

    @Sterling - BOBBY???

  82. Ed

    Woo archive binge! I don’t even remember how I got linked here now…

  83. Sterling Rodd

    @Nicole — “Good morning! :)”

    “Oh, Tanked — I dreamed Evil and Lech spiked the snow cones and you couldn’t get any booze and you became all mean and nasty to everyone and finally when you couldn’t take it anymore, you fell off a cliff into traffic and were killed!”

    “Hey, take it easy, I’m alright. And look, there’s plenty of beer. Here, have a cold one.”

    “But it all seemed so real! Prozac was there, and Gimpy, and Vanity, and Nerd’s credit card…”

    “Well, dreams are like that. Notice I’m talking?”

    “…Crap! This is a dream!”

    POOF!!

  84. Blacky Blackerson

    @Alison: You know, waiting until Monday hasn’t been as hard as I thought. Mainly because I’ve been keeping myself busy with Cowboy Bebop, Lonely Island, and Richard Pryor. Speaking of Lonely Island, why is it that I can see those 3 polar bears doing The Creep XD?

    @Sterling Rodd: Although not my favorite, I like Death as a character. I think his popularity came from his mysterious nature and loner type attitude. Sure he seems to overdue the loner thing and not show up around the others all the time, but that makes you want to learn why (and sadly makes it harder to wait until probably the end to find out why). The biggest thing I want to learn about Death is what was he doing with that scythe in Crack’s 1st arc? Little things like that keeps people invested and that’s why I think his popularity is off the charts. Oh and don’t worry about the whole Lost thing. I never got into the series because when I tried to watch it I was quite literally lost (didn’t help that I started at season 2). Lost and Heroes seemed to be those shows you had to watch from the beginning.

    @Nicole: Gimp has no choice but to be intriguing. When you dress in garbs and leather and carry around a paddle and a horse crop standing out from the other bears, you better had be an interesting character.

  85. Kato

    @Sterling Rodd

    Although you may be right that Tanked has some depth I really can’t see it, As for his back story…

    To be honest I would love to see why he ended up as the wreck he is, but as he is now he does nothing for me, I get that he drinks alot and its more or less such an addiciton he dies without it or loses his will to live, But its just that annoyance factor that has gone too far, As it is now I can only see a few jokes that work with tanked and even if he makes it through this, I would not feel any more for him

    But I guess the important thing is that everyone likes some character, I prefer Death and Prozac alot more

    I can’t say that if Tanked dissapears from the comic I will be more happy, but I certainly will be less annoyed
    I can understand why none of the characters would die, I respect it alot and to be honest, I like Tanked slightly, but thats mostly cause he is kinda of a meat shield, It is VERY true how royally Evil can mess things up but he has his usefull sides aswell, His backstory is compelling and if I saw something that really made me think different of Tanked in the future, I probably will be thinking different, but from what I’ve seen now, its just not gonna happen

    @Nicole Well, I don’t like Evil that much either, But then again, There wouldn’t be much of a comic if we removed two characters XD I just think that Tanked should at least get hurt and maaaybe learn something from this, If he even can learn, I’m kinda unclear of how abiltiy to think, mostly cause of panel 5!

  86. centkin

    I actually identify most with the death bear — and if I ended up being one of the bears from the strip — that would be the one.

    The thing with tanked is he never even tried. I do not know if it was intended for him to be so very maniacal with no redeeming features at all — but if he even had the slightest moment of fight in him during the DT period it would have been far better. As it was he simply turned it all outward and in very concerted ways. I mean he was in gays clothes — not prozacs. He destroyed nerds stuff. He defiled gays. He did horrible things to crack. I am sorry but that is not someone with any redemptive potential. Even evil wouldnt do what tanked did. All this when all the other bears ever did was help him. I mean there were many times where nerd protected tanked and that was what he got for it. Since tanked went dry the only panel where he showed anything was the one where he paused before committing suicide.

  87. the_other_guy

    hey. got into this a few weeks back. just noticed the last publish date. hope everythings ok and look forward to seeing more BN

  88. kat

    I bet Tanked is in beer heaven right now

  89. sneakers

    Heehee.. Poor Tanked.

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