Comic 237

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Link: Comic 237

Translations: Finnish, French, Polish, Danish, Italian

Title: little red riding Steve - part 2

Date: November 10, 2006

Summary: Steve is forced to eat Timmy the Turnip, who is saved by a woodcutter.

Cast: Beaver, Steve, Woodcutter, Timmy the Turnip

Onomatopoeias used: "WHAMM!", "KICK!", "RGGLL!", "SWALLOW!", "SHRUG", "CHOP!"

"Fin" style: Fin in pink capitals with F chopped in half, top half lying on the floor.

Number of panels: 9


Panel 1

The Woodcutter KICK!s the door in and WHAMM!s the hinges off.
Woodcutter: "Never fear! For I, a kindly woodcutter, have heard your cries for help!"
Woodcutter: "I'll soon save you from..."

Panel 2

The Woodcutter looks on as Steve struggles and RGGLL!s with Timmy the Turnip.
Timmy the Turnip: "Eat me!"
Timmy the Turnip: "Digest my starchy flesh!"

Panel 3

Woodcutter consults his Woodcutters Handbook.
Woodcutter: "Hmm..."
Timmy the Turnip (off, right): "Bring forth the amylase!"

Panel 4

Steve SWALLOW!s Timmy the Turnip, except for an arm sticking out of his mouth.
The Woodcutters book shows two pages:

  • GOOD - images of Little Red Riding Hood, One of the Three Little Pigs, a fairy and a Mallard Duck.
  • BIG / BAD - images of The Big Bad Wolf, a panda, an ogre and a witch.
Panel 5

Having failed to find Steve in his book, the Woodcutter SHRUGs and CHOP!s Steve in half, revealing Timmy the Turnip.
Steve: "Ouch"
Timmy the Turnip: "Hey! Some of us are trying to be dissolved in gastric juices here!"

Panel 6

The Woodcutter holds Timmy the Turnip up in the classic Hamlet / Yorick pose.
Woodcutter: "There, you're safe now, little... uh... girl?"
Timmy the Turnip: "My how big and strong you are..."
Timmy the Turnip: "You must have to eat a carefully balanced diet..."
Woodcutter: "Of course"
Timmy the Turnip: "Swoon!"

Panel 7

The Woodcutter and Timmy the Turnip leave through the smashed door, leaving Steve's dismembered corpse on the threshold.
Timmy the Turnip: "I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship..."
Woodcutter: "Perhaps it is time this old woodsman found someone to share his lonely old cottage with..."
Timmy the Turnip: "How about you invite me round... For dinner..."

Panel 8

Beaver appears, holding a frilly nightcap.
Beaver: "Steve! What's the front door doing off its hinges? And why does my nightcap smell of turnips? Honestly, I get a little cold and the whole place goes to pot."
Steve: "Sorry Beaver"
Beaver: "And please don't leave your severed abdomen lying around. Someone could trip over it."

Panel 9

Steve: "Sigh.."
Steve reaches into his severed abdomen and pulls out a cup cake.
Steve: "Oh, hey! This thing is full of food!"

Fun Facts

  • Pandas appear in Woodcutters Handbooks as Big/Bad.
  • Steve doesn't appear to digest his food at all as he can retrieve uneaten cup cakes from his innards.
  • Steve is able to survive dismemberment as well as all the other things that previously should have killed him.


  • When the turnip refers to the Woodsman having him over for dinner, this is a reference to the famous line from The Silence of the Lambs by Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter
  • The line "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" is a reference to the final line from Casablanca by Rick Blaine
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