564 – One Year Later

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  1. Cameron
    Cameron

    Whoa. Despite the big reveal, the biggest bombshell is the reconciliation between Jerry and Spy Gal. Now I want to know how that happened.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Congrats on being the first commenter! There’s no prize for that, but it feels like a big deal for a strip this important.

      As for Jerry and Spy Gal… we’ll get there.

  2. Jesse
    Jesse

    What!? (Head explodes) Jerry? My precious Las Vegas!!!!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Jesse, we’re so insensitive. I should have thought of you before embarking on this direction.

  3. Jon Conkling
    Jon Conkling

    Brock, I don’t post often at all but I read each strip every week and I have to say, Superfogeys is approaching (I think it may have already surpassed) the epic storytelling of LOST. To me, that is saying a whole lot. I am blown away.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Jon, I can’t even process a compliment that high. LOST is one of the greatest examples of longform storytelling and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m hugely influenced by you. And that coming from you? Well, that’s a big deal. I hope we make good on your expectations with the coming strips.

  4. Bryan (@BryanEW710)
    Bryan (@BryanEW710)

    Whoa…just…whoa.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Well said, Keanu.

  5. Jordan
    Jordan

    OK, I’ve got to find out how this happened.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      You will, just don’t kill us when it’s not all at once!

  6. Jake
    Jake

    Wow, this is just mind blowing. Of all the options possible I was not expecting it at all!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      That’s the way we like it!

  7. Si Civa
    Si Civa

    This is why you’re the best. <3

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Marc is at least 60% of that equation. I could not bring it across the way he does.

  8. Tom
    Tom

    Just… wow. After everything, I never expected Jerry and Spy Gal could have a hope of making up… And an occupation to boot? The story has really grown in depth over the past few years/chapters, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Tom! That’s really what we’re hoping for with this shift in the story–that people are just excited to see where we’re going with this. I keep waiting for someone to say “no, I don’t like this direction” (which would be a perfectly reasonable reaction), but that hasn’t happened yet.

  9. Michael Kinyon

    Ha! Exactly as I predicted!

    (I’m not fooling anyone, am I?)

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Sorry, Michael, no.

  10. Bob
    Bob

    Sweet, happy birthday man.

    So that was what the line “we need to hold California” meant. At the time I was confused because that implied that the theoretical next 40 strips and the subsequent big battle would somehow need good old Cali’s excellent video game, movie and tech sector. This time skip perfectly justifies that quote.
    And check it out, they kept California and parts of Nevada out of The United States of Zurida.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Bob!

      Good memory! That line was in a fact a hint towards this direction. But, as a point of clarification, Nevada is very much in the United States of Zurida. That’s why Soviet Sam is worried about the Reactors patrolling in the area–they’re in enemy territory.

  11. JosiahB
    JosiahB

    That is an epic way to end a chapter, but it doesn’t necessarily mean a full and happy reconciliation between Spy Gal and Jerry. Its entirely possible Spy Gal is using Jerry’s fragile sanity to her advantage….

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      That’s one possible take, for sure. Nothing in the strip, on the face of it, rules that out. But neither is the converse–that they’re genuinely reconciled–impossible.

  12. Marcus
    Marcus

    Happy birthday to you and I must say you left a shocking scene changing the game of this comic once more. :(

    Only a miracle can save the day now. :(

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      A miracle, you say? Hmm…

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  13. JE Draft

    Sam has a new hat.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Somebody noticed!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I actually talk about Sam’s new hat in the podcast posting tomorrow.

  14. dmjohnston
    dmjohnston

    Am I the first to notice “Get all the sauces” on the McDonald’s? Love it!

    Crazy twist. I feel like the message is code, though.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      You are indeed the first to notice! Marc actually had to point it out to me–I didn’t see it at first (and it definitely wasn’t in the script)!

  15. Andrew
    Andrew

    Happy birthday, Brock! Now to quote Liz Lemon, “What the what?!” You were right when you said we’d never guess how this chapter would start. Poor Sam got a new hat but lost an eye, and I’m sure there’s a story there. Also, Las Vegas, sure doesn’t have very much luck in this strip. Hopefully Bingo Knight, Duchess of Keno and Plinko made it out before it was decimated. I’m think JosiahB may be right about Spy Gal may be using Jerry. She turned away from Sam to dictate the message and her expression looks rather guilty. I’d guess because she’s using Jerry rather than over actually loving him. It makes sense. In a war with an occupying alien force his ability to open doors would come in quite handy. I”m also curious as to what Zurida’s Reactors are. This was so unexpected I can’t actually come up with my usual crazy speculation. As such, I reserve the right to engage in extra (both in volume and degree) crazy speculation at a later date. :)

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Andrew!

      Definitely a story behind Sam’s eye–it’s not just for decoration. The fact that we were able to render YOU speculation-speechless with this strip… well, we really accomplished something there, didn’t we?

  16. Champy-kun
    Champy-kun

    Happy BDay Brock!. So many questions! USZ stands for United States of Zurida? Why the patch for Sam? just a fashion statement on how rebel they are? I would like to suppose that with this set up Spygirl has not a lot of options in choosing her allies so she decided to keep Jerry due his valuable assets? Which makes me want to see the new Jerry’s costume… don’t know why but I am visualising him using his Third Man’s hat. Great work as always!

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Champy!

      Yes, USZ does stand for United States of Zurida. Sam’s eyepatch is NOT a fashion statement–he really lost an eye and won’t be taking the patch off anytime soon. You’ll see Jerry soon enough–the first half of the next chapter, I think.

      More to come!

  17. Romi
    Romi

    Happy Birthday Brock!

    And I’m with Jon Conkling, this is epic story telling, I am so excited to see what happens next. My vote is with the other commenters that Vanessa is using Jerry. When Soviet Sam relayed the message “He sends his love.” he looked embarrassed and his eyes moved down and away from Vanessa refusing to make eye contact. Vanessa’s body language in her reply too.

    I must say I love Soviet Sam’s new look. On the positive side of this occupation, we see humans are still around so the Guthrie is still offline, right?

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Thanks, Romi!

      I love that you’re able to read that much into Sam and Vanessa’s body language. We intentionally tried to frame it so that you could read it either way. You’ve got your way, but someone else could think (and judging by the comments here, some do) that Spy Gal is being genuine.

      The status of the Guthrie should be fairly obvious soon.

  18. Gabe
    Gabe

    My thoughts:
    Spy Gal is clearly playing Jerry, but now that she’s telling him she loves him, he’s too tuned out of normal human interaction to see it. Zurida negotiated some sort of truce/treaty with humanity so that there is a border between her kingdom and the rest of the world.

    Truly the greatest loss is Soviet Sam’s hat.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      I thought everybody hated his old, ratty hat!

  19. Spike Matthews

    Dear me. And I thought the previous ‘toon was an instant classic. This is Planet of the Apes epic reveal sort of stuff.
    The dialogue is spot-on; revealing, teasing and involving.
    And the Art? Marc, I have no hesitation in using the capital to describe it.

    Seriously, this should bring in the fans by the bucket load.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      High praise, Spike! I hope we live up to it… and, I hope you’re right. I feel like this is a great jumping on point. Best we’ve had since day one.

  20. devilflamejr
    devilflamejr

    I wonder how much world Zurida is controlling? I mean, apparently not California, but why send Jerry to the Netherlands? Is she in Europe too? I really look forward to finding out more about this whole setting :D

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      No, Zurida does not have California. More than that I’ll leave for reveals. You’ll see what Jerry is doing in the Netherlands soon. Much, much more coming! Some answers, probably lots more questions.

  21. Dierna
    Dierna

    uuh…. nice new outfit there Sam…. *blinks*

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Um… does someone have the hots for Sam?

  22. KentDA
    KentDA

    Three letters.

    W T F

    Oh man.

    Zurida conquers Earth (no real surprise there).
    Jerry is back on the side of good(surprise, if his motives are truly what he claims they are).
    Spy Gal has reconciled with him(big surprise).
    Soviet Sam lost an eye (and his traditional colors)(not a big surprise).

    This is … whoah. I look forward to seeing the new designs on everyone and how they survived the past year. Not to mention what’s happened to Earth and the human population as a whole.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Love the reaction.

      Shaking up the designs is one of my favorite parts of all this. We’ll be revealing some of the work we’ve been doing to that effect soon. (Actually, if you follow SuperFogeys on Facebook, you’ve already seen some of it.)

    • billydaking
      billydaking

      Also, Sam is clearly Spy Gal’s lieutenant. The transformation from Sad Sack Sam to Hero is complete….along with bad arse eye patch.

  23. Jesse
    Jesse

    Bear paw? Clovis the bear????

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Eh… not exactly. But that would be wild, wouldn’t it?

  24. Sam
    Sam

    …..head exploded….WHAT!!!
    Okay love the new looks but seriously what the heck?
    I am more hooked than ever, you must explain what happened.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      “more hooked than ever” That’s what we like!

  25. Sam
    Sam

    …okay I just saw your McDonald’s get all the sauces advertisement. LOVE SO MUCH!
    I plan on doing the challenge this week and see what happens.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      That was all Marc. Can’t wait to see how it goes!

  26. Hrodberht
    Hrodberht

    I was quietly hoping Jerry would be redeemed somehow. Money Man didn’t quite seem to see him as an enemy. Maybe a victim. The gap-filling to come should be interesting.

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Especially on that front.

  27. AndyG1128
    AndyG1128

    Did I count five toes on that paw? With everyone else at 4 I was wondering if that means anything

    • Brock Heasley
      Brock Heasley

      Let’s say animals are an exception to whatever rule is at play with the five vs. four digits thing.

      • AndyG1128
        AndyG1128

        Oh well, it was worth a shot :)

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