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Delilah & The Basilisk pt. 2

Delilah & The Basilisk pt. 2

Thu, 12/03/2009 - 22:22 by Ananth in response to delilah and the basilisk 2

Comic's up! Not as early as we wanted, but these take a little longer to do. Man, that basilisk is adorable. 

The new tees shipped to us earlier today ... we should be getting them in soon. For those of you with RSS readers, I activated the Product RSS in the store, so you can know as soon as we put them up. 

This reminds me, we're not sure we'll be doing the ZooLOLogy shirt again, so if you wanted one of those now is definitely the time to snag one! I think we'll consider the PaleontoLOLgy shirt to be the new LOLogy tee. 

Everything is in stock for the holiday season - Mawzantine and Phoenix Down tees, Girl & Cat and Fox & Raven and Forza prints, Beasties and Girl with the Skeleton Hand buttons, and stickers! We're going to be shipping everything out extra quick to ensure everything arrives in time for gift-giving. Oh, and all tees ship with a free sticker! 

I think that's ... everything? Yes. See you Tuesday! 



Comment by Devon (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 18:28

You guys just totally made my day here! But then you always make me smile. :D Delilah and the basilisk are just so adorable... and what a clever pair of characters. I'll definitely be waiting to see what happens next.

This is going to end up like

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 19:18

This is going to end up like that episode of the twilight zone where everyone in the world disappears except for one guy (Time Enough at Last I think it was) isn't it? Only everyone's going to turn to stone and if the gal's glasses break... well, it won't matter, will it? ._.

but but...

Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 20:17

She's blind guys. Don't you get it? XD
It took me a little bit too. I didn't notice the walking stick at first.

I did know she was blind, I

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 20:22

I did know she was blind, I even commented on it in the last comic. Its hence why I said "if here glasses break, it won't even matter" cause in the original Twilight Zone episode, the guy found all the books he could ever read, but his glasses broke, so he couldn't read anymore. IE. Ultimate Irony.

If the girl's glasses break then its like... oh well, doesn't even matter xD


Comment by Rachelle (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 20:28

oh my bad XD
I guess I read too fast.

Its alright, no harm done :P

Comment by Samm Neiland (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 20:34

Its alright, no harm done :P

Basalisk? or Cockatrice?

Comment by Neil (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 23:35

Hrm... Looks a lot like a cockatrice to me.

Not that I'm complaining. I like it.

My girlfriend, however, was a bit skeptical.

That as brought up in the

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 08:28

That as brought up in the last comic's comment section. The general consensus was that the names are fairly interchangeable. To be honest, I think basilisk runs off the tongue a bit better than cockatrice, and it's easier to make a bird look cute, so I'm willing to overcome the quibble.

Absolutely Adorable... and yet...

Comment by Bluecho (not verified) Fri, 12/04/2009 - 23:56

This is my favorite story so far. The little blind girl is so cute, and the subject matter so delightfully light-hearted and yet also sinister.

It reminds me of the story involving Plotinus of Antioch, a man who was blind from birth and befriended a Basilisk, hooding its eyes in order to tame it. But then it died upon being led into the city, where a cock's crow killed it. Cock's crows, as it turns out, are lethal to a basilisk.

Despite my love for this strip, I have one issue. All traditional sources on mythology I've read says that a Basilisk's gaze is instantly deadly, and doesn't turn people to stone. And I know my mythology, thank you very much. I've got like a dozen books on mythology, so I know my stuff.

Nonetheless, a good story. Keep up the good work.


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 12/06/2009 - 18:17


Heh, alright

Comment by Ted (not verified) Tue, 12/08/2009 - 05:24

Just because I never get to quote Pliny, here ya go;

Pliny the Elder, Natural History 8. 78 (trans. Rackham) (Roman encyclopedia C1st A.D.) :
"The Basilisci Serpentis (Basilisk Serpent) also has the same power [to kill like the Catoblepas by sight alone]. It is a native of the province of Cyrenaica, not more than 12 inches long, and adorned with a bright white marking on the head like a sort of diadem. It routs all snakes with its hiss, and does not move its body forward in manifold coils like other snakes but advancing with its middle raised high. It kills bushes not only by its touch but also by its breath, scorches up grass and bursts rocks. Its effect on other animals is disastrous: it is believed that once one was killed with a spear by a man on horseback and the infection rising through the spear killed not only the rider but also the horse. Yet to a creature so marvellous as this--indeed kings have often wished to see a specimen when safely dead--the venom of weasels is fatal: so fixed is the decree of nature that nothing shall be without its match. They throw the Basilisci into weasels’ holes, which are easily known by the foulness of the ground, and the weasels kill them by their stench and die themselves at the same time, and nature’s battle is accomplished."

In any event

Comment by Ted (not verified) Tue, 12/08/2009 - 05:25

I am absolutely keeling over with the cuteness of this story! :D

Are they people killed when

Comment by pesron (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 01:37

Are they people killed when they turn to stone?

(Or do they just need a soft?)

Depends on your gaming background...

Comment by Chris D. (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 08:30

Petrified people aren't dead, they're merely in a suspended animation of sorts. If you're a bit older school, you'd be looking for a Stone to Flesh spell from a cleric or mage. :-)


Comment by Softspoken (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 12:41

According to Harry Potter, mandrake's root is involved, somehow. However, I would try a golden needle first. Not easy to come by, but it could work! It works in Final Fantasy, anyways...

Oh no, this is going to make

Comment by Alyssa (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 04:24

Oh no, this is going to make me very very sad.

:'( I can totally tell.


Comment by hawkthewalk (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 14:01


but i can see so it's not really a convenient relationship i guess

Zoolologoly T-shirts

Comment by Calleigh (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 15:03

I can't order a shirt in my size because they are all sold out! Will you be getting any more in the women's sizes?

Ahh, you're not the only

Comment by Ananth Mon, 12/07/2009 - 12:28

Ahh, you're not the only one. Maybe I spoke in haste - it will be a little while at the very least! 


Comment by Schadenfreude (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 15:49


oh noes

Comment by Cirawyn (not verified) Sat, 12/05/2009 - 16:08

Awwww, I wish you guys weren't discontinuing the ZooLology t-shirts. I just got introduced to your comic not even a week ago, so its not even like I've had all this time to buy one and haven't. : (

A lot of people have spoken

Comment by Ananth Mon, 12/07/2009 - 12:33

A lot of people have spoken up ... we're thinking about reprinting them down the line, I think. Probably not for a little while, we'll see! I'd like to clear out some space for new tees next year. :)


Comment by Cirawyn (not verified) Wed, 12/09/2009 - 18:35


this made my day (: the

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 12/06/2009 - 00:56

this made my day (:
the business man too

"What the-"*stoned*

lucky us

Comment by JaguarJax (not verified) Sun, 12/06/2009 - 02:24

we're the lucky ones - we get to admire the little basilisk without getting petrified... everyone else in the JohnnyWander universe gets to appreciate its cuteness for like 1 second... then they die(?)

think they die? or will there be some sort of saving? (I vote probably no saving, or else JW would lose the darkside rep it's cultivating haha)


Comment by Ananth Mon, 12/07/2009 - 12:34


That basilisk looks familiar

Comment by Opus the Poet (not verified) Mon, 12/07/2009 - 17:40

The basilisk resembles the chupacabra from Alien Dice, not that I think you even read Alien Dice. Delilah is cute, though.

Uh........ sorry but....

Comment by Wilde Harmon (not verified) Tue, 12/08/2009 - 02:36

Hate to be a dick, but thats no Basilisk, it'd be a Cockatrice... Often Cockatrice are labeled Basilisks, but a Basilisk is more lizard than anything else (hence its counterpart in the reptilian family), while a Cockatrice is resemblant of a rooster (with wings unlike the Basilisk)... Once again, I apologize for nitpicking, but hunting such beasts is my profession. Right, delightful to see such a portrayal, the chicks truly aren't confrontational in nature so to see one cast one as companionable is refreshing.

oh my god

Comment by SorenDiz (not verified) Tue, 12/08/2009 - 18:19

i'm a sixteen year old straight male and i still thought that. yuko and ananth are cuteness factories O_O
i think the art style for JW fits so awesomely right here that i must chuckle every time i see puppy the basilisk.
keep it up, guys! of course, you will, but i still feel somehow important after saying that and seeing the next comic. >:D


Comment by Meghan (not verified) Sat, 09/25/2010 - 11:27

Sorry to get technical, but Puppy looks more like a cockatrice than a basilisk. He is still cute as can be though <3


Comment by Page-Mistress (not verified) Wed, 08/24/2011 - 21:12

So cute!

Actually, that reminds me of a House of Mystery comic I read once. This guy actually defeated a basilisk because he was blind.