#480 – so long

August 11th, 2011

#480 – so long

That’s right. Topical. Political. Can you take it? Are you offended? HEH. That’s what I thought.


Discussion (118)¬

  1. Yusaku777 says:

    So, random observation, but that’s a REALLY cute Eve you’ve drawn for us tonight.

  2. Nico says:

    There is too much LULZ in this comic.

  3. waffle says:

    oh man. that got me good. my room exploded with laughter.

  4. Gragas says:

    yo.. im wicked offended.

  5. Jackie says:

    O_O The exact thing happened to a bunch of us when we were out to dinner earlier.

    Except the balloon part. I think they just had a regular car. Probably a hybrid.

  6. Merca says:

    Digging that NPR totebag. He's part of an exclusive club alright.

  7. Michael says:

    The last panel is the funniest panel I've seen this year.

  8. Guilty Carrion says:

    …I have no idea how to truly respond to this. It's just…amazing, and so confusing. And so amazing.

  9. Marvin Choi says:

    The last panel has the best Eve face ever.

  10. Arlicks says:

    looks like Marek can't take it.

  11. claptrap says:


  12. Kenny says:

    Oh shit, looks like I'm in this comic.

  13. shannon says:

    best political comic i've seen in a long time.

  14. Gav says:

    Love the panel layout

  15. Katy says:

    I don't get it. Do you have to be American to get it? Or am I just thick?

    • @doktorjung says:

      Don't get it either, and I thought I was moderately with the times. I'm 34, is this what getting old is like?

    • @AristarcoP says:

      I think you have to. I'm not and don't get it. Love the Darwin fish though. I had one that was ripped off by religious fanatics in my office…

      • Eric says:

        It's a take on the riots over in the UK right now, many selfish, arrogant, looters are destroying their own neighborhoods. In their eyes, these idiots (rioters) think it's a "that'll show 'em" moment to the Parliament (or something along those lines). But in reality, they're only hurting the hard working people who own the very shops they're looting.

        The comic is about someone missing the whole point of a conversation that they weren't even in, then butting in with their own opinion. Then running away before anyone can say anything, resulting in our cast slowly losing hope in humanity.

        • commentor says:

          whats the significance of his balloon with the political & religion stickers?
          or is it just showing he has no problem freely desplaying his opinions for everyone to see?

          • Dart says:

            He has a 'coexist' sticker next to a 'My Karma ran over your Dogma' and 'God-Less is More' sticker , which is a little bit disrespectful to those with Dogmatic beliefs.

            He's basically a smug hypocrite loudmouth.

          • Those are all really trite, overused bumper stickers in the US. Basically, if you see a person's car with all those stickers on it, you know exactly what they'll think about everything.

          • Beohrn says:

            Many of them are pointless snark (karma ran over dogma) or an opinion lost in the noise of "pop" culture (I want my medicare). The juxtaposition of a Coexist sticker and "God-LESS is MORE" suggests a person more interested in appearing witty than being consistent. In short they are the symbols of a particular brand of hipster who believes that snark is a superior method of communication. A flesh and blood troll.

            As for it being a balloon, how would YOU make a quick entrance/exit from a rooftop?

        • Katy says:

          I got the riot stuff- I live in the UK- I just didn't understand the hot air balloon with all the assholish slogans and the group's reaction when he ran off. But thanks to all the helpful comments, I think I get it now! So thanks :)

          • Grey says:

            That guy doesn't even know them, but he buts in, hijacks someone's point in mid-sentence and runs off before anyone can stop him. He's all righteously rude for the sake of what anyway? We've all had way too many political conversations like that. The balloon is just brilliant; come on man. He makes his escape on a hot-air balloon covered with over-the-top slogans? Couldn't be more perfect.

    • Matt says:

      I mean, I guess it helps to be American so you can understand all our financial troubles and why the guy would chime in with that in particular. But really, the joke is just about smug douches.

  16. Alissa says:

    the "so long" face. I can't even

  17. maja says:

    LOVE the last panel. Perfection

  18. Tye says:

    Words cannot describe how awesome this particular comic is.

  19. avoidingthebears says:

    Topicality! This is just brilliant. I live in London and have been feeling like that a LOT lately.

  20. gournal says:

    I disagree with the anger– that moment would make my day silly and great

  21. gournal says:

    Although, I must say, my face would be a mirror image of all the characters in the penultimate panel…

  22. Smokey says:

    Quite frankly, I lol'd.

    You know what's offensive?
    I've been wearing a t-shirt these past days that said: "My brother went to London and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." True story.


  24. Mary says:

    Baby boomer activism at its finest.

  25. @frestdjm says:

    The balloon is full of farts

  26. AnotherFellow says:

    Eve's wearing a ponytail 😀

    • Danielle says:

      Yeah how cute is it! That was the first thing I thought about when I saw this, I thought her hair looks so nice like that 😀

  27. Rezmason says:

    This mystery man needs a name! I hope to see him again.

  28. Sean says:

    I don't think I'm ready for those politics.

  29. Midarc says:

    So, we've got disbelief, misery and rage.
    Who makes up the rest of our rainbow of despair?

    I hope this guy will be returning.
    Travelling in the world dispensing verbal, slightly out of date, carbon neutral justice to all private conversations everywhere.
    He's the hero we deserve.

  30. Heidi says:

    *sighs* more bashing on dems I guess, guess I'm done with the comic (thought Meredith was smarter than that) *deleted favorite link*

  31. Andrew says:

    This is why I carry a goddamn blowgun with me wherever I go. If Eve followed my example here, she could go all "recreating scenes from Kind Hearts and Coronets" on that guy's ass.

  32. Worldlywill says:

    From a British perspective the theism/atheism bit in this comic is very American. (yeah, I get he's the archtype us liberal, I'm just saying how it looks to an outsider as the rest of the comic deals with a non-us topic).

    Illustration wise I absolutely love it!

  33. Rob S. says:

    This is probably the guy who coined the phrase: "I'm so far left, I think I'm right." Anyway, he won't go far. I'm sure he's a locavore.

  34. Jess says:

    Aw, but, I like NPR :-( I don't lug around a tote bag with the logo though.

    • Beohrn says:

      Yeah, it always feels oogy to me to display signs of my charity. Well now that I think about it I quite happily wear a shirt from a local event last year, I wonder why that's different for me… /introspect

  35. Luke says:

    This made me smile! As did joining up with 1000 awesome people in Manchester yesterday to help clean up after the riots!

  36. Must says:

    Perfect, right down to the unbearably douchey bumper stickers. Err, balloon stickers.

  37. Hallie says:

    I'm not sure I understand the point of this one? Is it oppossing those who are oblivious to the gobal situation, or is this a generalized bash against idealists?

    • Louis says:

      I think both…

      Well no extreme is healthy, "all things in moderation" and such.

    • Barry says:

      This isn't making a statement about the UK riots, nor is it making fun of atheists or liberals or even idealists.

      It's merely bashing self-satisfied douchebags who think proclaiming that they are atheist and anti-Republican, and who think that making jokes about Wall Street (in 2011) and inflammatory public statements about religion makes them witty, smart, and "with it."

  38. Tyrone says:

    You know it's easy to mock people who use balloons as a low-carbon-impact method of transportation, but you're just revealing your anti-dirigible reactionary bias. SHAME!

  39. yannick says:

    It seems like S just got R!!!

  40. Sihaya says:

    That's the best illustration of the typical internet conversation that I've ever seen. "Hi, I was only sort of eavesdropping on your conversation, but the keywords have me riled up about a tangent. Soundbite! Bye, now." Eh, I think I've done that this week.

  41. Huge fag says:

    Disagree with the opinions expressed, though i suppose i can't judge the validity of the stereotype since I'm down under. Funny ass shit. Instant like.

  42. intensedebacle says:

    shame comes in sizes that fit all who would wear it!

  43. Mm...Pie... says:

    I found this comic after seeing a link to it on "Boxer Hockey" (also a good comic) and instantly fell in love! I had to go all the way back to the beginning, and I have to say I LOVE the development of these characters! Way to go!

  44. Sean says:

    On an off-topic, you are RIDICULOUS good at drawing cityscapes.

  45. Louis says:

    Gotta say that I like Eve's hair in this page. Looks nice in a pony tail.

    Politics and Religion can certainly be crazy things,bumper stickers can be pretty funny though.

  46. sean says:

    just my commenting shows I have an opinion… my laying on the couch… my purchasing a computer… I'm freaking out

  47. Speck says:

    I'm impressed by his insta-beard. Also, I love the last panel. Also, I'm a little appalled at the anti-lefty rage in some of the comments, as the irony in this comic is clearly cutting both ways. Gotta love the haters, though.

  48. Some Douche says:

    Man, I feel bad for eve, she can't do anything without looking adorable.

  49. Kate says:

    I think I actually met this guy at a house party once.

  50. Goblin Scribe says:

    Now, as a long-time listener of NPR, I must say I am OUTRAGED at this mockery of a fine..

    To those who don't get it, the basic joke is an arrogant far-left wing guy in a hot air balloon trolling a completely unrelated discussion with his own political beliefs. 😀

    • Peter Levy says:

      Thank you, that was the clearest explanation of the humor that went completely only my head. (The balloon is not the only thing full of hot air.) I've been trolled similar to this online (Facebook, et al) by people on both extremes of the political divide. I'm also a lefty and NPR listener, but I wasn't offended by the stereotyped lefty in the comic. Nor have I ever seen any kind of bias one way or the other in the comic's artist. I think I'm more offended some of the commenters and their assumptions.

  51. Sandra says:

    Brilliant!! I love the expressions in the last panel!

  52. @misterjayem says:

    Yeah, sure, it's funny to you.

    But that guy's my uncle and I'm expected to buy him an X-mas present.

    — MrJM

  53. roberto_j says:

    According to the banker, If the equity is positive, the business belongs bank. Otherwise, it's the lendee's liability. So, hot air balloon guy is wrong 100% of the time.

  54. Professional Mole says:

    There's not enough "what" for this comic, really.

  55. Dare says:

    From now on, I'm calling Eve's face in that last panel "Justice Eve." I don't know why, that's just the first thing that I muttered to myself as I chuckled and smiled at this comic.

  56. Sparn says:

    This man is a hero the world needs.

    Mostly the world needs more hot air balloons.

  57. seann says:

    Have you been in this guy's echo chamber? Its DEAFENING.

  58. Bryy says:

    I had this exact goddamn situation happen to me last night. Only the guy didn't leave. And when I brought up some of the effed up shite that members of the Tea Party had DONE? Oh, that's when things got interesting.

  59. Nick says:


  60. mark says:

    that is some Johnny Fiveaces levels of ownage there

  61. mrmyth says:

    This comic is pretty infuriating. In panel one, Professor Baloon clearly is just starting in on his tasty organic sandwich. And yet! Two panels later, it is gone and he is departing, with no indication of it remaining, and him certainly not having the time to consume it. This willful disregard of continuity has left me profoundly disappointed in this comical offering, I say!

  62. ZiggySkyedust says:

    Kerry Edwards 2004! <3

  63. Apparently Meredith Gran has met my future self.

  64. Jimmy says:

    omfg THIS.

  65. Megan says:

    Last panel made me lol.

    Are the new books in? I was just wondering…

  66. suddenlyflash says:

    Penny Arcade is better…

    SHIT! Where's my balloon?

  67. chris says:

    How are you /so great/

  68. Rachael says:

    I think a lot of people get hung up on definitions for their opinions. Along with all the slogans that those opinions come with when really an opinion can not be fully contained or explained in the space of a bumper sticker.

    Also Eve's hair looks really cute!

  69. Posuer says:

    Oh lord. Just getting back from a road trip and I can't tell you how sick I am of seeing bumper stickers like these.

  70. Nathanael says:

    I'm not really bothered by the Coexist bumper sticker as I like the sentiment, but the rest are a bit long in the tooth. That being said, I'm not the sort of person to put bumper stickers on his car, so what do I know…

  71. badmartialarts says:

    Eve needs to get this guy a Gulpo, The Fish Who Eats Concepts magnet.

  72. Jordan says:

    Just makes me think that if we can't laugh at ourselves, we shouldn't laugh at all.

    I love parodies/the ability to make fun of oneself.

  73. nope says:


  74. Naomi says:

    Seriously, Meredith, you fucking slay me.

  75. @MC_Nedelsky says:

    "My karma ran over your dogma" – awesome. (Though I'm guessing not your own creation, first time I've seen it).

  76. Sam says:

    Eve's ponytail!

  77. Vincent says:

    Clearly, his hair grows from trolling,

  78. guy says:

    I will never understand how a Jewish star is suppose to be an x.

  79. Spacious Specious says:

    There I was telling people "if the rioters would simply form an LLC, they could burn the place to the ground and THEN get paid a handsome reward". Feeling all smug and satisfied. Then I saw this cartoon and realized that I don't even have a beautiful balloon. I'm pathetic.

  80. Rowan says:

    Is it wrong that I want to be that man?

    • Licorice says:

      I think, to some extent, we all want to be that man. Witty one liners, hot air balloon, sandwich, beard. What's not to envy?

  81. Aridy says:

    I just wanted to say this comic is awesome and it has inspired to to try webcomic making…even though I kinda suck at it. =)

  82. Ivan says:

    Oh man, that made me chuckle. Adore it, I do.

  83. Joseph says:

    Okay, who can honestly say they WOULDN'T do this if they had enough income and owned a hot-air balloon?

    If you said yes, you are a liar and you should be ashamed.

  84. Chuckles says:

    Every time I look back on this comic the same random thing always pops back into my head. "Man I love Eve's hair in this."