This week's panel suggested by
with a little help from
Where's Matt Feazell when you need him?
Though tempted to go completely crazy (Bob Dole on a flying
pickle comes immediately to mind) I have capitulated to the
greater good and picked what I thought was the most functional
connection panel. With luck, we won't have another juncture like
this one any time soon. That was hard!
As always, suggestions are listed in the order they were
Thanks for playing and please join us again next Sunday.
Have a great New Year, Everyone!
[Thanks, bryan. (I love it when people call it my "chess
- "Whew! It was all my worst nightmare!" ^_^
- Carl, as the monster wraps a tentacle around his
neck (forming the noose for the next panel) "I'll ring
the BELLS to summon help!"
- The monster gets Carl around the neck with
a leash, and he runs away.
- The monster lassos Carl with a rope, while he
- Monster holds a scarf up to Carl, saying, "...And I've
come bearing gifts from Grandma!"
- Monster grabs Carl in a tentacle, and holds him,
saying, "You'll never escape!", as Carl struggles
against the tentacle.
Douglass Barre (age 28)
You know, I have to join the many voices
calling for you to illustrate one of Winter's
suggestions, if not a comic scripted by Winter
herself. I have no idea in the world what a "Cancel
Adios" would look like, but, man, would I like to!
(You know, dovetailing two stories as disparate as
"Mom is a monster and I'm running from her" and "I
killed Mom and am trying to kill myself from guilt" is
nigh-unto Herculean. Where's Neil Gaiman
- Momster aims a 50's sci-fi raygun at Carl. MOMSTER:
"You'll never escape from our super-advanced science,
- Carl reaches for a hanging "vine". CARL: "I'll swing
away on this convenient vine!"
- Carl points his finger accusingly at the monster.
CARL: "That's not my worst nightmare,
- God looks down from heaven at Carl, running away. He
sighs. GOD: "Meliel, you'd better ready the skyhook
["Momster." I like that. --Scott]
- A bunch of oddly-dressed dwarves scream,
"We're the non-sequitor police!" and throw Carl off a
bridge(naturally, he has a rope tied around his neck
for no apparent reason).
- I just realized: None of this has to make
sense, right? So just put a of some guy
smoking a saying "Ehhh" or a pisture of you
drawing or a caption that reads "Later..." or a balck
panel with a caption that reads "is this thing on?" or
"We're experiencing technical difficulties" or have a
of a spaceship or a bowl of fruit or or or...
- Or I guess you could just have him grab a rope with
the intent of tying up the monster.
- Or have Carl flying. (It could all turn out to be a
David Goldfarb (age 30)
- It's obvious, isn't it? Carl grabs a nearby rope and
leaps out a window
- carl grabs a "rope" (actually bungee cord) and heads
for a window to make his escape.
George Broderick, Jr.
- Carl runs through a Sporting Goods store (called
X-treme Sports?) in an effort to elude "his worst nightmare"
Carl (thought): I'll shake that monster in the Sporting Goods
Jonathan L. Miller
- I'm afraid I can only think of the obvious (want to
get this in early before Christmas hits)...The monster shoots
a tentacle around Carl's neck, just as our unfortunate hero (?)
manages to crash out through a window. It;s nice, it's neat, it
leads directly into the next panel....whaddaya think?
Catt Jan Roxxanne
- We see Carl leaping for a rope dangling from above so
that he can swing off and make his escape (a'la Indiana Jones)
- Carl (Tying the bunji-noose): "Only the Big Sleep can
end this wretched nightmare!"
- carl swings from vine to vine in the jungle "Whew I
finally lost her."
- carl grabs hold of one of "mom's" tentacles "You asked
- carl takes off his virtual reality helmet. "That's not
supposed to happen." or perhaps "What's wrong with this thing?"
and yanks on the cord that connects it to his computer.
- carl chases a scared mom/nightmare with a fire hose
- Carl runs toward a rope hanging underneath a sign that
reads "To Kill Worst Nightare, Pull Rope."
Carl: "I'm saved!"
Fast Freddy Pinciotti
- Carl, who is fleet of foot, is about to escape when
creatures says, "You may be fast Carl, but can you
outrun my bungee cord tongue?!!" and goes into a Gene
- Carl starts to run away from the now monster who can
shoot out lines of bungie cord like a spider than do
silk and traps Carl and hangs him up from the bridge
knowing full well he is completely scared of heights
and that he cant swim!
Matt Ryan (writing again)
It's hard to imagine panels
other than the lamely obvious to connect these
two together. Yet, it feels against the spirit
of the game to permit a panel's content to be
forced by those bracketing it. The forced
panel wouldn't be adding anything to the whole. Also, the other
entrance to the bungee-cord panel
is not a chase scene, so how would we proceed from
there? I'm trying to imagine what kind of panel can break the
action-to-action sequence and still feel like it
- Realistic drawing of a hand turning a dial all the
way to "absurd". (other end of dial reads: "straight").
- Word-only panel: "Moment of unspeakable
- Word-only panel, bordered by thought baloon: "Wait,
my nightmare, thats it! I understand everything now,
the MEANING OF LIFE, it's..."
(The above could merge particularly well with the other
entrance to the bungee panel.)
M. Robert Turnage
- Carl whips out a giant lasso and hoops it around the
monster. "This rope will stop you!" he shouts.
- Carl: No, my worst nightmare is the one where I'm
falling and falling....
I thought about a possible panel for a long time and
could come up with only one way of having it make SOME kind of
sense. Its a bit contrived:
- Carl running along a bridge monster giving chase, spots
(later we find out its a bungee cord), says, "I'll swing to
I don't know if I spelled all that correctly... oh,
Have a lovely Christmas!
- Carl speaks to the monster: "No, wait, my worst
nightmare actually is..."
- Carl's nightmare, from off-panel or in the distance,
wrap around Carl. "Gadzooks!" Carl exclaims (or some similarly
nonoffensive interjection). "It's got ahold of me! Maybe if I
pull hard enough I can snap its grasp and make it to the safety
of the river!" (See how this would nicely merge with the other
- or (since I'm sure everyone else is thinking along the
Carl: "I should have listened at Woodstock and laid off the
acid! Bad trip, man! What do I *really* have wrapped around
me?" ("Darn! Bungee cord! Just my luck!" Except for the
"darn", Carl's expression is neutral enough. Or does this
as "Whew! It was all a dream"?)
Howard Ian Schiller
- He runs into the vines of a bungee tree (there'll be a
sign that says "BUNGEE TREE") away from the monster.
- There's a helicopter up above with cables streaming out
to grab on.
PILOT: "QUICK CARL! GRAB ON!"
- Or, instead of a helicopter and a pilot, there's
Santa. (It's Christmas, I'm drunk on eggnog)
- Or, instead of that, Bob Dole on an flying pickle.
- Bungee cords fly out of the monsters head, trying to
- Carl twirls a lasso over his head like a cowboy, about
- Carl runs to a bridge, ties a rope around himself,
thinking "I can use this to jump to safety"
- One of the mosters' tenticles wraps around Carl as he
to jump to safety.
- As Carl jumps off a bridge to get away, the moster
his/her/its tongue at Carl and it wraps around him.
- Carl is on a bridge with a noose saying "I would rather
let you catch me" (or something to that effect).
- As Carl is running away from the monster, he heads
cliff. A plane or helicopter flies by and drops a rope hanging
from it. Carl jumps off the cliff and catches the rope.
Not much latitude on this one, if we want to preserve
- Monster lassoes Carl's neck as he says, "I'll jump off
bridge to escape!"
- Monster pushes Carl off a bridge. Carl says "Now I can
peace!" Or, Monster says "I'll push you off into heaven!" and
Carl says "Great!"
- Occurence at Carl Creek Bridge. Carl is jerked back
monster fantasy by an unexpected hanging (this probably
the 'no dream' rule, but it _is_ his 'worst nightmare', after
- Carl grabs a rope lowered by an unseen benefactor from
(helicopter or someone on a skyscraper). "Saved!"
- Monster has turned back into Carl's
"Sorry to scare you! Here's a nice necktie!" "Cool!" says
- Carl is on a motorcycle, looking back and shouting "Got
He doesn't see the rubber cord at neck level coming up...
- Carl is pulling at a cord around his neck. "I'll use
inflatable Carl-O-Vest to float away!" The end of the cord is
snagging on something...
- Carl tries to escape from the monster by grabbing a
nearby rope and leaping off of the building they are on Die
style. He won't find out until the next panel that the rope is
actually a bungee snapping right back into harm's way.
sky (age 5)
Winter (age 3)
- The monster dives into the sign. Carl steps into the
Ivy (age witheld)
- Carl at a precipice: I'm trapped! Thank god, it's a
rope! as he lunges for said rope .