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SPX in Bethesda, MD!

SPX in Bethesda, MD!

Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:42 by Ananth in response to uncharted

I played Uncharted 1 & 2 recently and there is an awful lot of jumping! Actually, there are a lot of video games with an awful lot of jumping, but Un2 tested reality just enough that I began to wonder if I couldn't perhaps make a few jumps myself. 

SPX is this weekend! We'll be there with books, prints, catmera charms and whatever else we can bring along! Here's a floor map for your convenience (look for the balloons at D8!):

We're sharing a table with Jamie Noguchi. See you then!


Rook looks bigger

Comment by Heidi (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:04

Rook looks bigger than he's usually drawn...more to scale. Or I may be imagining it.

Those were my exact thoughts

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:19

Those were my exact thoughts playing Uncharted 2!

Wait you guys are coming to

Comment by Daniel (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:26

Wait you guys are coming to Bethesda?! I live in Bethesda :DDD idk if i can go though... im going camping/surfing this weekend, and theres a lot of rain.... T^T

At risk of sounding like a

Comment by psychicVixen (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:31

At risk of sounding like a horrible horrible nerd...

I'm reminded of Azumanga Daioh. Mostly by Yuko grabbing Ananth's hoodie to make sure he doesn't jump off.


Comment by bigwatcher (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 16:39

oh you! A friend of mine actually got started on parkour last year, and she says it's the workout of a lifetime. She's in school as a dancer, and does jazz and aerobics, but she told me that the exercise for it was crazy. And apparently it takes a couple years of training to safely jump like what you're talking about.

Real Life testing

Comment by Opus the Poet (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:35

I suggest using a parking lot and duct tape to mark out the dimensions you would have to jump over/across for your real life testing program.

5 word phrases.

Comment by Lancer2010 (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:37

This makes me think of Marshall from How I Met Your Mother during the season 4 (I think) finale.

"I can jump that far."

Same thoughts, bro.

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:54

Same thoughts, bro.

I can assure you...

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:50

Me and my shattered tibia can assure you that you can not. Can't wait for Uncharted 3 (should be healed up by then).

D: Did you actually fall

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:34

D: Did you actually fall trying to jump? Concerned (and nosy. mostly nosy) internet denizens want to know!

Yeah I tried jumping between two two-story buildings

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 22:56

A strict diet of Mirror's Edge, InFamous, Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, and Ninja Warrior is not good for the bones. Also, releasing your bladder halfway across doesn't make you lighter, just wetter.


Comment by nawafiai (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 17:58

Am I the only one laughing because the table number looks like a face?

no, you're not. and i'm glad

Comment by a.a. (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:47

no, you're not. and i'm glad i'm not the only one either.

I thought it *was* a face at

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 19:04

I thought it *was* a face at first glance.

Dice, too

Comment by Jason (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 19:20

I saw the schedule thing on Yuko's tumblr before looking at the comic here. My first thought when I saw D8 was, 'Awesome, eight-sided dice!'

My second thought was, 'Oh, sad face.' after seeing Yuko's comment about it.

If it had been 8D8, my first thought would have obviously been, 'Sweeeeeeeet! Fluorite Octet!' ^___^

LOL. I was totally just

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 20:20

LOL. I was totally just about to point that out.

Johnny wander will be located at the frowny man wearing glasses. D8

Not at all, man. Especially

Comment by Rowan (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 12:38

Not at all, man. Especially laughing because it looks SO DISTRESSED. I guess it just can't take the sheer power of awesome?

Distressed is right, it

Comment by Crabby (not verified) Sat, 09/10/2011 - 18:12

Distressed is right, it looks like it just walked in on it's parents!

Ohh you're bringing

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:23

Ohh you're bringing balloons! I remember mentioning to you at Connecticon you needed something to make your table more noticeable. Balloons will be awesome. I'd draw on them too hehe.

-Jadesprite! :D

Take the blue pill!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 18:25

Free your mind! You can do it!

Nobody makes the jump the first time.

Comment by Softy (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 22:02

And remember that if you miss, asphalt is malleable and elastic!

Ananth is like Peter Parker

Comment by Kirk0625 (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 19:30

Ananth is like Peter Parker right after he gets his powers....except without the powers D:

I will be there!

Comment by whatahootowl (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 20:47

...SO EXCITED... spx ftw

When I played Uncharted 2,

Comment by Arif K. (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:13

When I played Uncharted 2, I've always wondered how Drake has the ability to climb/jump up ladders the way he does. =|

So that's what you're hiding under that cap

Comment by Alain (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 21:59

All you have to do is sprout your wings, like Chance D'Estaing, and then you can glide over instead of jumping.

(PS thanks for making me discover the three albums of Freaks' Squeele. They were just waiting there at the public library, all in a pristine condition as if no one had taken them out before)

Maybe somewhere a little

Comment by Kunenk (not verified) Thu, 09/08/2011 - 23:39

Maybe somewhere a little closer to the ground first-!

But man, parkour does look kind of like a pretty exciting thing to do.


Comment by FinalFantazC (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 00:48

You could totally jump that! lol Can I haz ur psn name?


Comment by Bambi (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 09:22

Hey, what happened to the Hokusai and CMYcat tees? Will you have them again or they are completely gone? : / Thanks for your answer, sorry to bother you here.


Comment by Mouser (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:03

Do you guys have a list of conventions you intend on attending in the near future? You always go to Cons I'm not going to ;_;


Comment by stephenix (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:45

This might be odd but I can TOTALLY see Ananth being all Ezio Auditore all over town.

Do not want

Comment by Soupnazi (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:46

Replace "Uncharted" with "Mirror's Edge" and I approve.

:P Great comic!

Video Game hops

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 13:13

Squats, lunges, calf raise, reverse crunches, and inverted lower back crunches will give you will give you the hops you so desire.

Work your way up to fifty each, then try and to them in less then ten minutes, and then go for twice in one day.

Once you can do the workout twice in one day; you shall be physically prepared to get mad hops. Now go and pursue hops grasshopper!!

Give it a try

Comment by Robert V Aldrich (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 14:04

Not across a street or even an alley. But parkour and similiar activities are a LOT of fun. Just start small and don't bite off more than you can chew.

I Wanna Gooooo

Comment by Black Ice (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 19:28

But I can't :(

Just wondering, but why

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 09/09/2011 - 23:58

Just wondering, but why isn't "Rook" one of the tags for this comic? :O


Comment by Rayna (not verified) Sat, 09/10/2011 - 06:26



Comment by TheBalloonFish (not verified) Sat, 09/10/2011 - 12:23

How come all the good items are gone from your webshot? :(
Love your comic btw!!!

Corner table! AWWWWWW

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 09/10/2011 - 12:59


Mirror's Edge is closer to

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 09/10/2011 - 20:08

Mirror's Edge is closer to parkour, I'd imagine.

A lot of jumping in that one.

Great meeting you guys =)

Comment by Tony (not verified) Sun, 09/11/2011 - 14:27

It was great seeing you guys in the flesh and talking to Ananth about breaking into the comics world. We're going to enjoy our print =).


Comment by minimus-minor (not verified) Sun, 09/11/2011 - 16:17

Yes. Yes you could. I'd do it.


Comment by hohhoi (not verified) Sun, 09/11/2011 - 16:45

Should I be embarrassed about the fact that I thought of The Matrix when I saw the second panel?

Everybody falls the first time.

Comment by Shoebox (not verified) Sun, 09/11/2011 - 20:30

I remember wondering who the hell set-up and maintained all of those one-time use traps and puzzles for Drake to destroy/explode his way through when I played Uncharted 2.

And who killed all those people with conveniently placed grappling hooks and ropes that can hold a person after 60 years being frozen in ice.

You, too?

Comment by Chaz the Weasel (not verified) Sun, 09/11/2011 - 22:37

My girlfriend and I are the same way thanks to Assassin's Creed. We'll be watching something on television displaying historical buildings and landmarks and both say to ourselves, "I could climb that." In many cases we've even recognized actual landmarks from pictures and TV because we actually DID have to climb them in game!

I am forced to limit my

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 09/13/2011 - 08:20

I am forced to limit my Assassin's Creed aspirations to sitting on benches. I've sat on some of the most famous benches in America like Ezio.

Yeah... That's why I dont' watch spiderman anymore

Comment by Tyler Whitworth (not verified) Mon, 09/12/2011 - 16:56

Actually spiderman 3 just kind of ruined the franchise for me. But I do enjoy the idea of jumping from building to building. I guess the Tick does it too. I bet I could

Oh maaaaaaaaaan!

Comment by 0dalesque (not verified) Mon, 09/12/2011 - 18:42

I am hoping to go to SOME convention where you guys go to and shake your hands.

All of your hands.

All of them.

comic necromancy

Comment by tahrey (not verified) Tue, 09/13/2011 - 08:05

just to say... i finally made my second batch of Ecto Cooler the other day.

As in, I finally have a blender to call my own, and got round to doing the final round of freeze-concentration of the remaining grape juice. Had JUST enough mint left out of some fresh stuff my mum gave me out of her garden. Grabbed some spinach, cheap ginger ale, bag of ice from the supermarket...

Worked well :-) Blended it somewhat harder than we had dared to with my friend's mothers antique liquidiser and made a proper smoothie rather than a slushie. It was a warm sunday afternoon rather than a cool night. Went outside with a book and a tumbler of the stuff (rest went in the fridge to be demolished over the rest of the day) and had an enjoyable chillout on the apartment block's shared lawn. Til it clouded over, brr.

Went inside and experimented adding spirits to it. Vodka was... ok. Whiskey works very nicely. Forgot to dig out the gin and had the last dose straight, after adding a little more spinach and ice. That was maybe a mistake.

Will play about with other variations in future. Maybe fresh ginger? Peppermint? Strawberries / raspberries for a butt-end-of-summer fruit cooler? Chilis and cinnamon for a winter time variation? :-)

Cheers again to Jon for a cool (...ahem) invention.

I've been playing through

Comment by shiny_things (not verified) Tue, 10/18/2011 - 18:00

I've been playing through the Assassin's Creed games of late, and now when I walk by the cathedral near my work on my way to get lunch I always think that Altair/Ezio went about that sort of thing entirely the wrong way, and that it *would* be fun to get up on the roof.