Comic 230

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Beaver notices something's different

Link: Comic 230

Translations: Finnish, French, Polish, Danish, Italian

Title: coma-geddon - part 1

Date: October 17, 2006

Summary: Beaver awakens from a coma to a futuristic world.

Cast: Beaver, Steve

Onomatopoeias used: "STRETCH!", "WOOP", "WHIRR!", "VMM", "LOWER!", "CLIK!", "SHOOOK!", "ZAP!", "KABOOM!", "RETRACT", "RISE!"

Number of panels: 6


Panel 1

Beaver wakes up in his bed and STRETCH!es out.
Beaver: "YAAAWN! Oh, what a lovely nap!"
Beaver: "Now it's time to get up and embrace the day!"

Panel 2

Beaver climbs out of his bed, to find his room full of futuristic devices. A computer screen states "UNMADE BED DETECTED!" with a WOOP WOOP. A small robot vaccuum cleaner operates an even smaller robot vaccuum cleaner, VMMing across the floor. A robot cat chases a robot mouse, and little cylindrical robots WHIRR! through the air. A Clothe-O-Tron sits against the wall, with a RoboLamp in the corner next to it, and the door is metal and futuristic as well.
Beaver: "Hmm... There seems to be something a little different about my room today.."

Panel 3

A Bed-Making Laser LOWER!s from the ceiling above the bed. A small robotic toaster walks in the corner of the room. The RoboLamp CLIK!s on, and the door SHOOK!s open as Steve walks in, with a long grey beard.
Steve: "Beaver! You're awake!"
Beaver: "What's going on Steve? What's happened to my room??"
Steve: "You mean you don't know...?"
Steve: "You've been in a coma Beaver..."

Panel 4

Closeup on Steve with Beaver in the background, and the robot cat in the corner.
Steve: "...for the last THOUSAND YEARS!"
Beaver: "Coo"
Robot Cat: "Mrew"

Panel 5

The Bed-Making Laser ZAP!s the bed offpanel, which goes KABOOM!, sending little pieces flying onto the panel. Beaver and Steve take no notice of this.
Beaver: "Well, I guess that explains all the robots, and your beard..."
Steve removes the beard.
Steve: "Yes, it is only with our futuristic technologies that we are able to replicate such convincing looking false beards in the future!"

Panel 6

The Bed-Making Laser RETRACTs into the ceiling, as a new bed RISE!s from the floor. The robotic vaccum cleaner VMMs over to clean up the mess.
Beaver: "Wait - Why do you call it the future when from your point of view it's actually the present?"
Steve: "In the future we always call the present the future!"
Beaver: "Ooh - So much has changed!"
[To be contd.]

Fun Facts

  • The beds are numbered, as the one Beaver was sleeping on is 48211, and the new one is 48212. One must wonder when the other 48210 beds were used up, if Beaver was asleep in a coma the entire time.
  • The Robo-lamp has eyes and what seems to be a mouth, when it turns itself on it looks happy much like the Pixie lamp in Comic 168.



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