Comic 122 - Things that go Bump in the Night Shade
17th Jul 2014, 9:20 AM
Things that go Bump in the Night Shade
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Author Notes:
Guybrush20X6 edit delete
Of all the gags that Gardevoir's new resistances torpedoed in X & Y I'm glad we got to keep this one. It's the weird wishy-washy ghost dilemma. Are they really dead Pokemon or just a creepy sub-set of Pokemon that got saddled with the term in superstitious times. Their own fault for hanging out in graveyards if that's the case.

Some of you might remember this as one of the beta tested scripts. Like how it turned out?
TheMightyBox edit delete
She has a picture of her and Roll and Chansey by her bed, that's adorable.
TheMightyBox edit delete
So like, this comic came out very late, I'm not trynna bash 404 or anything, it just did, and I'm not going to be able to color a comic next week, at least not until Sunday or something (not this coming Sunday, but the next one).

So in return, I leave you with a game.
There are 3 video game ghosts hidden in this comic, try and figure out what and where they all are.
FourOfFour edit delete
Yeah, sorry it was so late, guys. I misunderstood and thought it was DryKirby's turn. Totally my fault.

Otherwise, my first (and probably last) time drawing Glasses Gardevoir. This comic was also fun because I got to draw Gardevoir with a lot more expression than usual (no need to be professional in your own bed), and I found the results to be strangely adorable. I dunno.
TheMightyBox edit delete
Well, it's been a week, and I'm back.
So I guess I'll go ahead and tell you guys the answers to my game.

The first ghost in Panel 1 was…
Possessing a flower.

The second ghost in Panel 4 was…
Popping up out of Gardevoir's ghost book, trying to sneak away.

And the third ghost in Panel 6 was…
About to jumpscare the bejeezus out of Glasses Gardevoir.
User comments:
ranger_brianna_new edit delete reply
Yes, I do.
Rvan edit delete reply
How can Glasses Gardevoir be afraid if Gardevoir is asleep?

In fact, how can Glasses even be there without attempting to demoralize Gardevoir? How did Gardevoir manage to demoralize her own mental breakdown?!

Is this what the mean when they say things like "the plot thickens"?

PS: Also; holy crap, there are a lot of ghost Pokémon!
ZephyrCrobat edit delete reply
No, I think it's Gardevoir's way of keeping Glasses Gardevoir in check.

Or maybe I'm reading too far into this.
Iamabrawler edit delete reply
So, wait. Gardevoir scared her own split personality?

BTW, Gardevoir has read Pokédex descriptions of exactly 25 Ghost Pokémon. Next time, she should try to count Mareep.
GardeBlaze (Guest) edit delete reply
Hello Glasses Wearing Gardevoir. Long time no see.

As for the ghost type, while they are cool they do have a LOT of creepy pokedex entries. I don't blame Gardevoir for being afraid of them. I do wonder if she's read her own entry about being able to create a black hole though.
TheMario360 edit delete reply
How ironic.
Iamabrawler edit delete reply
Also, if you removed the large speech bubble on the fourth panel, Glasses Gardevoir's expression could make a fun avatar.
ZephyrCrobat edit delete reply
Or the fifth panel. Glasses Gardevoir's face in that panel would make a good avatar as well.
ZephyrCrobat edit delete reply
So 404 drew this one. Not to be nit-picky, but didn't Gardevoir wear a nightshirt to bed? Or was that just a one night deal?
GigaNerd17 edit delete reply
Sometimes she likes to be risqué. ;)
FourOfFour edit delete reply
I hate it when I screw up like that!!!
ZephyrCrobat edit delete reply
Eh, Giga's response was better.
DryKirby64 (Guest) edit delete reply
Hey, this is DryKirby64 on my phone... I'm on vacation right now, but I should be back by Wednesday the 23rd.

I'm pretty sure the ghosts are in panels 1, 3, and 4... The ghost in the 4th panel is the Sneaky Spirit from Rhythm Heaven.

Also, whenever I hear "Night Shade", I can't help but think of JonTron. Nightshade: The Claws of HEUGH.
TheMightyBox edit delete reply
OH we got one!
But there is no ghost in panel 3, sorry.
Darius Drake (Guest) edit delete reply
Okay Mighty, I'll try to start the "game" off.

I have no chance to guess what the game ghosts actually are, so I'll just try to point out where I think they are.

1. Panel 1 - Shadow above the flower.
2. Panel 4 - Shadow over Gardevoir's hand.
3. ...can't find. Thought for a moment that it might be on the flower in panel 3, but that's just a minor lighting colouring error that I would normally ignore.
Mystyrio (Guest) edit delete reply
I think the third one is in panel 6 above Glasses Gardevoir's head. Though I have no idea what any of these ghosts are either.
Darius Drake (Guest) edit delete reply
...I can see that one, BEARLY. I suspect that it might actually start in the previous panel, however, with the Doctor's head shadow. Still have no idea game it's from, though.

PS: It's "face" looks a little like:
TheMightyBox edit delete reply
I'm gonna be upset if no one recognizes the one in panel 6, I loved that game.
Though I suppose it's a bit generic looking.

Anyways, ya'll are close.
Mystyrio (Guest) edit delete reply
Ok, I'm actually kind of creeped out. When I had seen the one in panel 6 at the time I saw a much bigger ghost with a different face. Maybe it's because I was on my kindle last night but still.
TheMightyBox edit delete reply
Well Darius didn't get the face exactly right, so maybe you saw the real thing.
Or maybe there's an actual ghost in your kindle.
Who can tell.
Darius Drake (Guest) edit delete reply
I RECOGNISE it, but I have no idea what from or what it's called, or what game it's from.

That said, I tried to put the "." in the middle of the "|" and the "_" underneath the "|", but it didn't work. D:

Anyway, the panel 6 Ghost has it's back on panel 5 Gardeviour's back, and it's VERY HARD TO SEE face above Glasses Gardeviour's head in panel 6. It's easily the biggest of the three Ghosts.
Darius Drake (Guest) edit delete reply
Sorry, it's back is on panel 5 Gardeviour's head. That's why the shadow's shaped differently in panel 5 than in panel 4, despite her head being in almost the same position.
Meowstic_45 edit delete reply
Wow, ghost types have the scariest Pokedex entries!
[SUBJECT NAME HERE] (Guest) edit delete reply
Yes they do. Three for you to look at:
Ekimmak (Guest) edit delete reply
Keep in mind, a lot of the stuff in the Pokedex is a bit unbelievable.

I don't think Wailord are made out of Styrofoam, and yet that's what it would have to be to also be that size.
FourOfFour edit delete reply
I saw a theory once that said the more outlandish pokedex entries are actually exaggerated or completely made up...because the professors idea of research is to grab the nearest 10 year old and say "Here's a pokedex, finish it for me."
Mystyrio (Guest) edit delete reply
Since I posted a reply I might as well post a normal comment while I'm at it. First-time commenter, medium-time reader, big-time fan. I love you guys' webcomic and I try to keep up with updates as much as I can. I've just been lurking this whole time and never bothered commenting (though strangely I read the comments a lot). Just thought I'd throw out my 2 cents.
ZephyrCrobat edit delete reply
I did that for a long time as well. I just thought a CF account would help me be a little more involved.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
When you read the descriptions like that, you have to wonder why people complain about pokemon being captured and tamed.
GoogleIt edit delete reply
Hi guys, back from camp. That's why I didn't comment on the last one.

I honestly think that Yamask's (If I spelled that right) entry is the most creepy.
cook (Guest) edit delete reply
all i see is a kind of sgily above the flower in pane 1 and another sgily between the book and gav in pane 4. also the candle/lantern/chandler pokemon ghost(last one was menchend in comic) creep me out the most.
Zanreo edit delete reply
Ghost Pokémon sure are creepy...
Arial edit delete reply
Wow. Psychiatrists must get paid big bucks if she can afford 18 easy payments of $151.99 for the print edition of Bulbapedia. That is, assuming she has the whole thing and not just the Ghost-Type volume.