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SPX: A Retrospective

SPX: A Retrospective

Wed, 10/22/2008 - 22:38 by Conrad in response to conrad's fourteen new friends

This year was my first year attending SPX, and if this is any indication of how things normally go down here, it will most certainly not be my last.

Apparently, the SPX crowd has a bit of a long-standing tradition involving a karaoke bar in Rockville, MD, wherein all of the important comics people go for a night of drunken karaoke and general debauchery. I knew a couple people at this point, so I figured hey, why not tag along? Shortly after we showed up, however, everyone I arrived with left. This left me slightly confused, but mostly in need of some fast friends. Fortunately, the bartender (Diane, AKA: my booze angel) was more than happy to oblige.

I don't really remember how things got started, but by the end of the night, Diane and I had shared three firewaters, a "patriot" (I had to name it; it was red, white and blue), and some bad-tasting Korean sake. She also poured me 15 stoplights "for my friends", and made us two huge ones in martini glasses. All of this, I might add, was on the house. Worse yet? These were only the free drinks. Her rationale? "I just wanted to see you drunk."

Mission Accomplished, Diane. Mission Accomplished.


I'd just like to mention ...

Comment by Ananth Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:19

 ... that there was a lengthy debate before this comic went up, with Conrad trying to decide if the bartender's name was Diane or Grace. 

We're pretty sure it's Diane ... 

Definitely Diane.

Comment by George Rohac (not verified) Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:40

I wasn't drunk then. It WAS Diane.

Also the 14 shots and your HUGE martini glass sized drink were "Stoplights"

Also you were completely blasted Conrad. Pretty funny.

And technically James Kochalka is totally your friend. Thanks in part to my asking him if he wanted to be.

Dude, I hope in the near

Comment by Marky Mark (not verified) Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:45

Dude, I hope in the near future I can tag along on some of these adventures. But I'm not sure if the public is quite ready for Mark and Conrad being drunk together...

dammit, i replied that one

Comment by Marky Mark (not verified) Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:45

dammit, i replied that one wrong.


Comment by Aido Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:47



Comment by Kim (not verified) Wed, 10/22/2008 - 23:55

And I got the heart-warming text the next morning, "I'm kinda hangover-chan today I'll tell you later ..."

Also my eyes

Comment by George Rohac (not verified) Thu, 10/23/2008 - 00:03

I love how I have no eyes, there is merely an abyss that stares back when one looks into my eyes.

I draw half of everyone with no eyes, myself included!

Comment by Aido Thu, 10/23/2008 - 00:15

 Really, I think that Ananth has you beat in the way of Soulless Abyss-Eyes.  XD

Ah but wait!

Comment by George Rohac (not verified) Thu, 10/23/2008 - 09:56

Ananth's Eyes you merely cannot see.

Unless there is constantly the stalker/killer sheen from SOMEWHERE BEYOND on my glasses then I have NO EYES.

Whereas with Ananth, the jury is out on whether or not he has eyes.

On the house! Maybe she

Comment by Uncle Si (not verified) Thu, 10/23/2008 - 03:22

On the house! Maybe she wanted to see what you'd do with the dog on the stool next to you :P

Drunk Conrad = Laugh Riot?

Comment by Emico (not verified) Thu, 10/23/2008 - 12:09

She is a wise woman, for it seems every time I've seen you full of booze, you are a pretty amusing drunk.

The hangover gene......

Comment by Conrad's very proud Mom (not verified) Sun, 11/16/2008 - 10:11 all my fault.

Deja Vu

Comment by Carl L. (not verified) Mon, 12/15/2008 - 22:22

I was wondering why this story sounded so familiar. I think it's because I heard it before. Now if I could just remember who I heard it from...

I was definitely one of those 14 new friends...

Comment by CC (not verified) Wed, 06/17/2009 - 21:36

...and definitely had two stoplights!

WTF is a stoplight, or in a

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Thu, 06/18/2009 - 08:41

WTF is a stoplight, or in a stoplight?


Comment by Gee (not verified) Fri, 06/19/2009 - 16:19

Oh my god, I finally get who that is in the last panel, its James Kochalka! Damn. Tricky.

Did you really get to drink with James Kochalka?

So what happened to Diane?

Comment by Henry (not verified) Mon, 01/04/2010 - 14:39

Whatever happened to Diane? She is drawn pretty. :)


Comment by Oldskoolguitar (not verified) Sun, 07/08/2012 - 12:09

I was reading this and was thinking that was supposed to be James Kolchalka, came back and saw the alt text. I'm just stoked that I know something you referenced.