*** Snow Alert ***

We at Tempest in a Teardrop headquarters are on red alert due to an imminent snow storm. It’s supposed to be epic. Starting tomorrow afternoon, we’re supposed to get 5-8″. According to local news broadcasts, it could be over a foot. Considering last weekend’s storm over-delivered 6″ of snow despite 1″ estimates, I’m expecting around 3′ of snow.

Or none at all. It’s TV weather personalities. They aren’t hired for their soothsaying skills.

Meanwhile, the pre-storm panic is in full swing. People are stocking up on necessary items like hair dryers and coffee. The media has to explain that a steaming cup of Starbucks will not melt falling snowflakes fast enough to keep you from being buried alive. Not even if it’s a Venti. Those warnings are vital, by the way. In [current year] people really are that stupid.

The governor of Washington has contacted the governor of California requesting aid. We need to import as much fire as possible, something California has in abundance. Oregon and Nevada are offering their fire trucks to help with shipping. Oregon and Nevada are cool like that. At least Nevada is.

Seattle is likely to lose a floating bridge during the blizzard. It’s been nearly 30 years since they’ve had one sink, they’re ten years overdue. It’s possible that the entire city of Seattle will be pushed into the Puget Sound due to billions of pounds of heavy, wet, snow. That’d be tragic. We burned through all our celebratory fireworks during New Years.

Meanwhile, it is possible that we’ll lose power at TiaT HQ and more importantly internet access, thus delaying Monday’s comic to an unspecified future day. Tomorrow’s comic will not be affected and will be published tomorrow morning as usual.

Don’t worry about us! We’ve got plenty of gas, liquor, and most importantly, coffee.

–> Codex & Q

An Extra Frame

21 ef monsters smallerWe should have had another comic for you today. It’s been scripted for a while. It’s absolutely vital for the story. It’s the linchpin comic that merges our original Tempest in a Teardrop story universe with our Churchian universe.

Somehow, it failed to get drawn. Let’s check with Codex for exactly what happened.

Codex: “Uhhhh, the TSA felt me up, twice, because the government was closed and I forgot my hijab.”

Quizzer: “Yeah, we alluded to that last week. We can’t use it as an excuse a second time…”

Codex: “Oh, right. Well, the experience was so traumatic that I had to get therapy. That involved a trip into Seattle.”

Quizzer: “Certainly harrowing, but hardly a good–”

Codex: “I’m not finished yet! After the session, I was accosted by a mob of antifa. They thought I was the type of mushroom that would make their hallucinogenic dreams a reality. For an hour or so anyway.”

Quizzer: “Do you mean–!”

Codex: “Yes. None of them would believe me until each one had a proper lick.”

Quizzer: “Ew. Double ew. Did you give consent?”

Codex: “Of course not! But as you know, the rules are made for us, not for them.”

Quizzer: “Oh, I’m sooooo sorry. Are you okay?”

Codex: “Yes. But as you can imagine, I’ve required even more therapy, and thus failed to illustrate the crucial comic we should have produced today. Instead, I have an extra frame to go with the comic we published on Monday.”

Quizzer: “Oh, that one. Yes, it made quite a splash.”

Codex: “Yes. Yes it did. Meanwhile, I’m just grateful I wasn’t accosted by one of the roaming gangs of vegetarians Seattle is famous for. If I’d run into them… well…”

Quizzer: “Great Merciful Francis! You are absolutely right! Hopefully, our readership will forgive us once again for slipping our comic schedule. At least we have a good excuse this time!”

Codex: “Yes! Monday is perfect! It will give me enough time to finish binge-watching The Great British Baking Show which my therapist assures me is indispensable to my recovery!”

Meanwhile folks, enjoy this Extra Frame. Regular schedule resumes Monday, for sure!