This week's panel suggested by Addison Godel (with a similar suggestion from dan wheeler)
and yes, that is one godawful drawing of a helicopter.
Happy New Year -- let's get OUTTA here!
Not a bad turn-out for one of the most distracting weeks of the year. Addison's suggestion came in the nick of time to save us from an increasingly difficult collision. For those who haven't met Daisy, check out the original carl strip.
As always, suggestions are listed in the order they were received.
Thanks for playing and please join us again next Sunday!
Howard Ian Schiller
Lets go for something a little different!
- Cut to a couple of Judges rating Carl's Xtreme sport jump.
9.0, 9.3, and poor rating from Carl's Mom (2.1)
Maybe even have it looking like its on a TV screen with a
little television logo in the bottom corner!
I happy new year to all of you!
- Carl shoots up into the air into the part of an
on coming aircraft.
- Carl bumps into his flying clone on the way up, who grabs
him and both fly off.
- Cord snaps and carl end up in a lake/sea (prepare for the
adventures of Submariner Carl :)
Douglass Barre (Age 28)
[As you've guessed, it was actually spontaneous combustion I was trying to discourage, so yes, your example would be just peachy. --Scott]
- at the apogee of his bounce, carl's neck is
broken by the bungee cord. SNAP!
- a resue helicopter approaches. carl: "just my luck. a
David Goldfarb (age 30)
So now we have Carl dangling from a bungee cord,
simultaneously off a bridge and off
a precipice. This'll be an interesting juggling act.
- One possibility is to simply change the setting entirely.
Perhaps he arrives in a
futuristic cityscape; or maybe we're in an artist's studio
and he pops out of the
paper on the drawing board. If dialogue is needed we can
have Carl say something
original, such as, "How did I get here? Where am I?"
- Or we can simply show Carl dangling from the bungee cord
making strangling noises,
since after all a noose made of bungee should strangle a man
just as effectively as
a rope would. The background can be conveniently vague.
- Or a convenient superhero can swoop down and grab him.
"Don't worry, citizen -- I have
you!" Again with background conveniently vague. It would be
really cool if Kurt Busiek
would let us use Samaritan, but Captain Maximum would
probably do as well.
- One final idea -- it's sort of stalling, but -- We could
have a closeup on Carl as he clings
to the bungee cord (which has come loose from around his
neck). The shock of the fall has
restored his perspective on life, and his face is transfixed
with emotion as he says, "I -- I
want to LIVE!!"
That's all my febrile brain can devise at the moment. A
pleasant Winter Solstice holiday of choice
- Carl hanging from the end of the bungee cord,
ever-so-slightly in the breeze: "Sigh. Now what do I
- The nightmare beast now has Carl on a piece of
elastic, which is a *really neat* toy. Cue Carl the Human
- okay. i don't know if this is allowed. but here
in this panel, carl actually dies. Then, in the next panel he is resurrected (sp?) as a zombie
by the momster.
you don't have to use the second suggestion, but i think it
would be interesting to see what people come up with if
carl were to die before his time (or, more correctly, before
his tombstone panel). remember, there is also
another carl in the storyline, so technically carl is still
alive. i dunno. anyway, that's my suggestion. carl dies.
A few suggestions for Choose Your Own Carl, but
first a request: Is
there any way you can bring back the old suggestion lists?
For Section 1,
clicking on any panel gives all the suggestions for that
panel; for Section
2, I can only access the suggestions for the most recent
panel. I'd love to
be able to see suggestions for older panels in Section 2.
Anyway, for the current panel, how about:
- The bungee cord springs Carl into outer space. He can see
the whole world
from where he is, and a little bungee tether leads back to
whence he came.
- The bungee cord deposits Carl right back on the bridge he
where he sits, dazed, and thinks "Well, that didn't work."
- As Carl hurtles upward, the bungee cord breaks with an
Carl thinks "Uh-oh."
[I'm currently planning to make all the suggestions for this section available as soon as the section is done. Until then, though, I'm concerned about it all becoming too confusing, especially for newcomers. --Scott]
- In the next panel, Carl should (because of the
bungee cord) bounce back onto the bridge, facing oncoming
- Carl is at the bottom of the bungee about to
spring up with sharks below him in the water with open
mouths just below his feet.
- The bungee cord propels him back upward into the
arms of his mother.
- The bungee cord is too long and he is left floating in the
- On his way down he wonders if it is OK to drink and bungee.
Rachael (Sky's 5 year old friend)
- Carl gets wrapped in the bungee cord and falls
in the water
Catherine (Winter's 3 year old friend)
- Carl gets eaten by the elephant.
- carl in the clouds, bungie noose tied to neck. a
nearby "air surfer" and a flying elephant are visible
Matt Ryan (writing again)
- Carl whams into the underside of something.
Could be drawn ambiguously as either a cliff overhang
(He should know better than to refer to his luck, ever.)
- Carl, still hurtling upwards, catches the "noose" arrow
in the stomach.
- Carl is swinging back and forth on the end of the cord.
Thought baloon: "Maybe there's a moral here..."
R David Francis
- Carl is shooting into the sky, upside down,
in the background, pulling loose from the noose. No
- As Carl flies upwards, he crashes into another
bungee jumper who was on her way down.
- He bounces so fast tht he rips a hole in the
fabric of time and falls through it.
- Close-up of Carl: "Wait a second -- this isn't a
- Carl slams into the side of the cliff/bridge.
- Carl is hit by a passing plane. (could say "Darn! Airplane!
Just my luck!" or whatever)
- Carl's body swings and bounces in the air as he thinks
(aloud?). ("Hmmm. What am I going to do now?")
- Carl could get shot and just hang there for
the remaining panels until they bury him.
- The noose turns out to have been prepared by Carl
No. 2 (See section one), because obviously the guilt of
killing Mom was too much for him to handle, as well. He had
left the scene to get a final Zagnut bar from a 7-11. He
doesn't notice Momster, but he's furious that Carl no. 1 has
co-opted his suicide.
- It's a ploy by Carl No. 2 to eliminate the Carl competition,
and Mom is neither a monster, nor dead -- it's all been an
elaborate hoax designed by the evil mastermind Carl 2! Ha
ha ha ha ha!
- Carl is catapaulted into space by the force of
the bungee cord. "Wow, that's a nice view!" or something
along those lines...
- Carl rockets skyward (through clouds, past
birds, etc.) as the Bungee cord snaps. Carl thinks to
himself "Ulp! This can't be good!"
- Suspended above the water, Carl sez to himself
"y'know, mabey I was over reacting a bit." And while he says
that, a guy heading right for him in a speed boat shouts "
hey! look out!"
- the rope snaps sending carl flying somewhere near a u.f.o
- time freezes. period.
- Carls mom's ghost is standing back holding the rope carl
was going to use and saying "yes carl, I switched the ropes,
I don't want you kill yourself." have carl say "MOM?!!"
- A giagantic monster/fisherman comes out of the ocean and
says "hey, live bait. already strung up too!"
- A little girl closely resembling mom walks over to him and
says "Hey Mister! How comes you wanna jump offa the bridge?"
- carl is wrapped up in the bungee cord and says "uh-oh.
Whaddo I do now?"
- Carl:(bungeeing around) hey, I'm pretty hood at
this! (lightbulb appears above his head)
- It's not a bungee cord, it's a snake!
- Carl: Help! Let me off! (puking) RALPH!
- Zoom out to the mother (or Momster) as a giant,
manipulating Carl's bungee cord like a puppet.
Mother/Momster: Heh heh heh...
- Carl flies into the air and lands in a hot air balloon with a robotic man in it.
The Passaic, New Jersey Run.
- Carl lands in the back seat of a WWI biplane, in flight. The pilot, a Smilin' Jack type, says "Welcome! We shall destroy Passaic, NJ together, no?"
- Carl zooms up into space, and grabs for dear life onto an old satellite. Will he drag it out of orbit to fall and hit Passaic, NJ?
- Carl zings off a missile on its launch pad, causing it to aim towards Passaic, NJ.
- Carl gets his nose caught in the rudder of a blimp, which may very well cause it to carom into Passaic, NJ in the next panel. "Owie!" says Carl.
- Carl has been shot into the sea by the bungee cord, giving him just time enough to grab a passing swordfish before he is jerked back. As a result, the fish of all the seas arise to destroy the surface world, starting with Passaic, NJ.
- Carl, boinging back up, meets Carl #2 coming down with a rope around his neck. "Forget it - it's just a bungee cord!" shouts Carl #1. As a result of this treachery, both vow not to rest until Passaic, NJ has been laid waste.
- Carl is simply zinged by the bungee cord into Passaic, NJ, utterly destroying it. He zings away again.
- Carl is rescued by Captain Jack Courage of the United States Army Air Forces First Personal Rocket Division. Captain Courage's rocket backpack is deflected, causing him to arrive too late to save Passaic, NJ from the Nazi Menace From The Moon.
(Note: Passaic is a place in NJ which has a funny name, but not as funny as Whippany, Teaneck or Fort Dix.)
[Does Hoboken no longer qualify for some reason? --Scott]
Douglass Barre (age 13, down from 28)
Sky (age 5)
- Carl reached the bottom and says, "Where am I?"
Winter (age 3)
- Lumpy, I have cookies. Pooka peeka pooka peeka, lee silly. Pooka peeka
Ivy (age suppressed)
- Shot of Carl plumetting through space saying "Oooh, pretty"