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July 9th, 2008

A Different Directive

TimRay shines again. I don’t think the visuals could be any better on this comic. On my end though, it was a little tough to nail down the idea for the comic. Every time we talked about it I thought we had settled on an idea, but really we just walked away with more ideas. The next day Ray would ask, so what’s the comic? This seriously happened like three days straight. We had MANY ways of doing the comic, but settled on the mythical E.T. landfill over WALL•E meeting R.O.B. and our other ideas. Even with the E.T. idea, there were many variations. Click the spoiler tag if you’ve seen the movie and would like to know some of our other ideas.
[spoiler /Spoiler Alert!/ /Hide Spoilers/]
First of all, I came up with the E.T. Atari game idea before seeing the movie and knowing that there is actually an Atari scene in the movie! Kinda cool, huh? This did bring about other variations of the idea though.

1. My favorite idea was probably having WALL•E find the game and then go back in his house to play it instead of Pong (which he plays in the movie and had probably been playing for 700 years). The game would have been so bad that after one panel of him playing it, it would have another panel saying “5 minutes later” and he’d be playing Pong again.

2. One variation had M-O (the cleaning bot that cleans up after WALL•E) scrub WALL•E’s hands after touching the game because it was a “Foreign Contaminant”.

3. A love triangle idea was floated around with R.O.B. competing for EVE’s affection. I could just see them each showing off, WALL•E do his compacting trash thing, and then R.O.B. do his moving the colored rings thing, and…I’m not sure where it would go which is probably why we scrapped it.

4. Ray actually wanted to have EVE put the cartridge inside of her (like she does with the other object she scans in the movie), but the cartridge would blow her up. While funny, I couldn’t bear the thought of actually killing EVE.

The last panel still leaves some question as to the extent of EVE’s destructive blast, but if you’ve seen the movie, you know that WALL•E is resilient, and he’s got plenty of spare parts, so rest assured, he’ll be fine. Hope you enjoy it!
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RayAfter being so unsatisfied and nearly embarrassed of my work last week, I knew I needed to redeem myself. Thankfully, this comic was a real pleasure to make. Hope everyone enjoys it…and if you haven’t seen WALL•E yet, then I highly recommend you do.

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59 Comments

  1. Tim says:

    First!

    Just thought I’d get that out of the way.

  2. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Nice comic guys. The art is great in this one! And I still need to see the movie. :(

  3. Nick says:

    My favorite comic yet, by far. Absolutely brilliant!

    It makes me wanna go see the movie again…

  4. roadjcat says:

    I saw the first panel and my mind immediately shot to E.T.

    You could’ve just stopped at 3 panels and it still would’ve been funny, but adding EVE made it much better.

  5. brh says:

    I’ve yet to see the film, but thanks to the unavoidable spoilers of the internet, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what goes on… Regardless, 2600 is my all-time winner of a video game console, and seeing the legend of the E.T. cart dump in comic-strip form pretty much made my day. Awesomtacular.

  6. Cramill says:

    Awesome! I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but the idea of WALL*E finding the E.T. landfill is gold.

  7. dj75728 says:

    That is Super Special Awesome guys. I loved the movie, and this was genius. Great art too, good job on getting off your butt for once Ray!

    [spoiler]I liked Tim’s fourth idea a lot too though. Eve blowing up would’ve been good.[/spoiler]

  8. Kobun04 says:

    It would be out of context, but that last frame is definitely t-shirt worthy!

  9. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Why does the ad price keep going up?! It was 30 cents just a few weeks ago!

  10. Ray says:

    I liked Tim’s fourth idea a lot too though

    Hey! That was my idea!

  11. That was great! i totally heard the voices in my head. Man, i can’t stop chuckling. Great comic guys!

  12. CKcheeseboy says:

    Haha, good one! I haven’t seen the movie, though…the previews never really grabbed me, plus there are a bunch of other movies that I want to see and haven’t gotten to yet. Great job drawing Wall-E, though, Ray.

    And it’s probably better that you didn’t go with an R.O.B. joke, just because that is more obvious and other people are more likely to have the same idea. The ET landfill, though, was a great unique idea.

    @Metal_Link: I vote no C3PO…he’s annoying. I like beating his limbs off in Lego Star Wars, though.

  13. dj75728 says:

    Man Tim, so how’d you come up with that fourth one? Genius! Pure genius :D !

  14. sheppy says:

    *claps*

    All I can really say. Good job connecting Bushnells true legacy with a Pixar flick…

  15. D3vin says:

    Funny Comic guys, you should follow this one up with one of the other ideas once the movie comes out onto dvd later this year… My brother (who is a major Wall-e geek) Freaked out about this comic.
    you got most of the formula down this time around:

    Popular game character + recent pop culture reference + sex/drugs = winner!

  16. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    I half expected Wall-E to find a blunt, based on the podcast.

  17. Narnian says:

    Me too, MetaRidleyR27. LOVED this movie and this comic! Excellent job recreating WALL-E.

  18. Jake'm says:

    every time i look at Wall.E, i think of R.O.B.

  19. GeorgeR says:

    That is the only logical response to locating those games.

  20. lwelyk says:

    Very good comic guys, definately makes up for the lack luster last week. I like the WALLE and ROB competing idea as well.

    And WALLE was a great movie, I came in expecting it to suck, but it was brilliant.

  21. dj75728 says:

    @Narnian: Oh! It’s Chi! He’s cool.

  22. Anon says:

    Wow, NGC (’cause no-one’s said it yet)

    An improvement from last week, and like D3vin said, you got the formula down-pat. (never got that saying).

  23. MetaRidleyR27 says:

    Wow, NGC (’cause no-one’s said it yet)
    An improvement from last week, and like D3vin said, you got the formula down-pat. (never got that saying).

    NGC= Nice Guys Comic? And I said Nice comic guys earlier.

  24. Anon says:

    Darm yu spelng. Dern u two hek!

  25. Num says:

    Amazing artwork! That in itself is already a great tribute to this excellent movie.

  26. tustin says:

    Brilliant! I haven’t seen the movie, but it sounds fun. Great Comic Guys! :)

    What’s a Directive?

  27. Metal_Link says:

    Brilliant! I haven’t seen the movie, but it sounds fun. Great Comic Guys!
    What’s a Directive?

    You should watch the movie. Like, now. Srsly.

  28. dr. mario says:

    I don’t think the ET game ever had an ending the deveapers never put one in it’s unfinishable!!!

  29. Narnian says:

    @Narnian: Oh! It’s Chi! He’s cool.

    Yes. Yes he is. XD

  30. Noodlez says:

    hahaha…great spoof of a great movie. your comics can’t get any better =o

  31. D3vin says:
    Wow, NGC (’cause no-one’s said it yet)
    An improvement from last week, and like D3vin said, you got the formula down-pat. (never got that saying).

    NGC= Nice Guys Comic? And I said Nice comic guys earlier.

    Well, the comic is nice for guys because most video gamers are guys and most of the readers here are guys. it makes sense if you think hard enough about it.

  32. LoliconKato says:

    I must admit, I don’t quite get the joke. Is Eve destroying Wall-E for finding the landfill? I haven’t seen the movie yet, if that would help…

  33. CKcheeseboy says:
    Wow, NGC (’cause no-one’s said it yet)
    An improvement from last week, and like D3vin said, you got the formula down-pat. (never got that saying).

    NGC= Nice Guys Comic? And I said Nice comic guys earlier.

    No, Nice GREAT Comic. It’s a double compliment.

  34. lwelyk says:

    I must admit, I don’t quite get the joke. Is Eve destroying Wall-E for finding the landfill? I haven’t seen the movie yet, if that would help…

    The joke is that ET is the worst game ever.

  35. Noodle says:

    I bet it’d make sense if I’d seen the movie, but it doesn’t come out until September 18 here ;_;.

  36. LoliconKato says:
    I must admit, I don’t quite get the joke. Is Eve destroying Wall-E for finding the landfill? I haven’t seen the movie yet, if that would help…

    The joke is that ET is the worst game ever.

    Well that much is obvious. I do know my video game history…

  37. tustin says:
    Wow, NGC (’cause no-one’s said it yet)
    An improvement from last week, and like D3vin said, you got the formula down-pat. (never got that saying).

    NGC= Nice Guys Comic? And I said Nice comic guys earlier.

    Well, the comic is nice for guys because most video gamers are guys and most of the readers here are guys. it makes sense if you think hard enough about it.

    Um… I think he was saying he never got what the saying “down-pat” was supposed to mean/where it came from/etc. Everyone here, unless they’re brand new, knows what NGC means. Wiki Link And if all else fails, you could ask her to find out what it means.

  38. dj75728 says:

    @LoliconKato: Your name highly disturbs me.

  39. Narnian says:
    I must admit, I don’t quite get the joke. Is Eve destroying Wall-E for finding the landfill? I haven’t seen the movie yet, if that would help…

    The joke is that ET is the worst game ever.

    Well that much is obvious. I do know my video game history…

    Eve’s destroying the game, not Wall-E.

    I bet it’d make sense if I’d seen the movie, but it doesn’t come out until September 18 here ;_;.

    You need to move from where you live. Now.
    I’m just kidding, but then again, I’m not.

  40. A says:

    every time i look at Wall.E, i think of R.O.B.

    so do I

  41. A says:

    Wall-e is an awesome movie. My sister has already seen it like 5 times

  42. Aroinak says:

    This was actually one of the few comics that made me burst out laughing, I most of your comics are good, but this was just awesome! And the art couldn’t have been better. Way to go guys!

  43. Tristan says:

    Tim gets the first post? Thats…. unique.

    Im sorry to say that I dont really understand the comic, nor did I really find the last one funny. So that’s kind of sad for me, but Ill hang in there, cause about 99.9% of your comics are funny (and the last two are the 00.1% however, but dont worry) so thats good enough for me =D even if i dont get a comic, i read it anyway and i know you guys work really hard on these comics, so even if one person doesnt get a certain comic, theres going to be other people who do. and those who do will probably find it hilarous.

    the reason i didnt get this comic is i havent seen wall-e yet, and as for the last one, i dont recoginze the game, and i dont really see why its funny, but i guess thats my problem

  44. tustin says:

    Actually, Tristan, the statistic would be 97.2972972972%
    The last two comics would be 2.7%

    Just thought I’d say. :)

  45. tustin says:

    Wait a minute. I just looked at the comic again and realized that Eve didn’t blow up the cartridge in Wall-E’s hand! She blew up the rest of them, and Wall-E is still holding the one he was examining!

  46. shadowkid92 says:

    wow! That is soo true! according to wikipedia, they actually said that people sent there game cartriges back to the developers demanding a refund! hahaha

  47. Swimming_Bird says:

    The comic pushed me over the edge of wanting to see the film, and I’m glad I finally did…awesome.

  48. Tristan says:

    Actually, Tristan, the statistic would be 97.2972972972%
    The last two comics would be 2.7%
    Just thought I’d say.

    …..you seroiusly calculated that?
    that scares me. more than you know.

    also, on a completely unrelated topic, i beat sonic rush adventure! two days after i started! EPIC WIN!

  49. LoliconKato says:

    AHA! Found it!
    Wall-E actually reminded me of the robot from the 1986 movie, “Short Circuit”.

    Number 5 is alive!

  50. jonahfalcon says:

    WALL*E sort of looks like E.T. Naaaaaaaah, that’s just a coincidence, right?

  51. bulgeotron says:

    since no one mentioned it, ROB can be seen peeking at the screen in this comic.

  52. chriskatching says:

    Hehehe :P

    OH noes!

  53. Gadoink says:

    After finally having gone and seen the movie, I came back to this comic and re-read it.

    And laughed.

    And laughed.

    And laughed.

    Oh boy.

    Portal references aside, this is simply an excellent comic. I love how you replaced the green light with a skull. Also, Eve’s gun looks pretty accurate to me. And finally, I love how you captured the atmosphere of the abandoned Earth.

  54. Gadoink says:

    Also, my old comment SUCKED.

    Like anyone cares that I beat Sonic Rush Adventure in 2 days… man I was an idiot back then >_>

  55. Mirby says:

    DON’T TOUCH THAT GARBAGE, WALL-E!

    Also, you don’t need Wall-E to meet R.O.B. After all, Wall-E looks like R.O.B. A little, at least…

  56. The Sentient Cloud says:

    D’oh, I missed!

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