#259 – Cup

Anyone else living in cicada land? I’m living in the 17 year brood XIII territory. It took me longer than normal to mow the lawn today. I kept having to dodge cicadas buzzing by me. 4 landed in my hair. I would also stop every couple of rows to move an occasional cicada out of the way of the mower. It’s actually kind of fun to get them to crawl onto your finger and then throw them towards a tree. They tend to fall for a bit before their wings pop out and take them in a slow arc up into the branches.


48 thoughts on “#259 – Cup”

  1. FinalDragoon says:

    Must be hard to brake into his car through his window.

  2. Zeus says:

    This is cool and makes me think of that scene in resident evil.

  3. Ela says:

    Your cicada story is odd, Chris. I like it. The comic, too.

  4. Wolfie says:

    Cicadas give me the creeps, I don’t like them. Plague bugs.

  5. Elli says:

    I hate bugs. T^T

    Except for butterflies and ladybugs.

  6. CojoinedCows says:

    Maybe Biff should just open the door at the drive-thru?
    Too easy.
    I also hate bugs, but not as much as I hate spiders (but I think the spider discussion was a few comics back).
    have fun, everyone

  7. Andy says:

    There’s cicadas around here, but they don’t make their presence known except by way of that annoying buzzing. And by leaving exoskeletons around.

  8. I like to get some really think clothes on when cicadas come and let them crawl all over me. “I AM TEH LORD OF INSECTS!!” ….not related to the lord of insex

  9. dragonbrad says:

    a cicada was flying and it went strait for my head, and it got smashed into my head, it looked like it was dead so i poked it, it started buzzing and attacked me

  10. Wintermute says:

    I reccently moved to the northern Chicago Suburbs, and everyone here is talking about the 17-Year Cicada Uprising… but I haven’t seen one yet. I feel cheated.

  11. Marcus Dranz says:

    You want a REAL horror story about bugs? Be in Kalamazoo in Indian Summer. ’nuff said.

  12. geeklord says:

    What happened to his car?
    Didn’t it used to be green…
    … and invisible?

  13. Chris says:

    Wolfie – You’re thinking of Locusts… those are a grasshopper kinda bug. Cicadas are completely different.

    Wintermute – Try driving south west a bit and go to a forest preserve. You’ll see hundreds of thousands of them.

  14. dragonbrad says:

    chris have you read my comic, click my name please

  15. Squall says:

    I personally love cicadas. We have like three different broods around here, and I actually think one is due pretty soon. The cicadas attacked you while you were mowing because most commercial lawnmowers make vibrations similar to the mating call of the cicadas. Oh yeah, you were pretty much making yourself a hooker for cicadas, Chris. I like the red-eyed freaks because they are delicious, no joke. Just take off the wings and enjoy, no preparation required. I made a little money doing that back in sophomore year actually, people just don’t realize where you can get a good source of protein. Not spiders, cicadas.

  16. Squall says:

    by the way, Dragonbrad, I think your comic has potential, but I don’t like the black circles in the background. Looks like microsoft paint’s work. Just let your art create a background, not fancy shmancy ellipses in different sizes

  17. Chris says:

    Squall – actually I use a reel mower.

  18. DomanickX says:

    lol He should take out a mirror and reflect the lasers away

  19. Seraphine says:

    Biff defending himself from cicadas with a deadly laser security system makes complete sense. It keeps the spiders out too. Too bad it’s going to cost him an arm…

  20. Takkster says:

    My old man was biking across the country when he got blindsided by a wave of them. Being from Newfoundland, he hadn’t even heard of them before.

    Ended up in a ditch. Poor guy.

  21. Pup says:

    From all these stories, I don’t know if I want to actually see a cicada. There’s NONE where I live.. I think… Anyone else from Saskatchewan seen any? But yes, good comic. =)

  22. Jamie says:

    We don’t have any ciadas here. Only midges. Thousands of swarming, biting little bugs that are impossible to kill.

    Good comic

  23. Chris says:

    Fortunately the adult cicadas no longer have a mouth so they can’t really do any harm unless they flew directly into your eye. 🙂

  24. Demonprophet says:

    I don’t ever recall seeing a cicada, but that may be because I don’t know what one looks like. I do like spiders though. What’s wrong with spiders? There’s a bunch of spiders living somewhere in my house and I usually find one hanging out on my guitar. It runs away when I start playing though.

  25. Elli says:

    I’ve never seen a cicada. I have no intention of doing so either. When I get enough money, I’m moving to Anchorage. >.

  26. Sax says:

    Now we just need Ethan Hunt…

  27. Takanero Tisuchero says:

    i once put thick clothes on and caught a lot of cicadas. i then let them come flying off of my arms so i looked like shino from naruto. it was awesome.

  28. Nakita Kitagawa says:

    All I’ve seen of cicadas are the brown, crunchy shells they leave in my friend’s backyard. When we were kids, we were turn over a wheel barrel and shred the shells to bits with the wheel of the wheel barrel. ‘Twas fun.

    I’ve also seen headless cicadas from when my dog spots them and just.. Wants to eat them.

  29. Brett says:

    Hey, Chris, great comic again.

    Question, are you ever going to implement an archive of some sort?

    So I can go back to all my favorites without having to memorize the number?

  30. Chris says:

    Yeah I thought I was going to use the OhNoRobot dealy for the archive but I didn’t get many transcriptions donated and I don’t have time to do it myself at the moment. So I guess I’ll have to figure out a different solution. 🙂

  31. Bunnyman says:

    Great comic, d00d.

    I’ve personally never seen a cicada in real life, only on TV. (Then again, I live in California…) However, locusts are enough for me… Creepy things, they are. Their legs kinda hurt, actually… Spiney, creepy things, locusts.

    Also, adult cicadas don’t have mouths? Curious… How do they survive then?

  32. Jenna says:

    They’re not supposed to, methinks – they’re supposed to mate – then die…. like Salmon! Though Salmon still have mouths…

    I hate spiders – get the chills whenever I think of them, let alone see them – I have to kill it if I happen to see one in my house. *shudder*

    Alas, I haven’t seen a cicada yet in my life – though I’ve heard about this 17 year thing – might be cool to see!

  33. roadkiller says:

    Cicadas live for anywhere from a day to a week, depending of the type. We’ve got the cicadas which pop up pretty much the entire summer, every summer and make lots and lots of noise all night, every night. Both some cicadas and locust have multi-year cycles. Cicadas are just annoying. Locust are outright devistating.

    A fun thing to do with the big cicada years is to get on of the bug rackets, essentially an electified tennis racket and go zapping cicadas. The cicadas are generally tough enough to survive it, but they get really confused and fly off even more clumsily than normal.

  34. FinalDragoon says:

    Break.* BreAK*. I R GEwD SPELLUR

  35. Just found a giant tick in my living room, I would much rather have cicadas than a 2 inch tick in my house.. Bleech *shivers*

  36. antiproanti says:

    i have a pretty intense phobia of bugs in general…it tends to worsen with the size of the insect, ie little ants and whatnot dont bother me that much (i still cant stand making contact with any of them, but they arent too horrible)
    when i learned the big cicada outbreak was coming i was practically losing sleep over it, i honestly thought i would be pretty much houselocked for a week or two (i have very vivid memories of the last breakout when i was around 7-8 years old…its some of the clearest memories i have of my early childhood…yay)
    so i’m all paranoid and freaking out, buying extra preserves and whatnot in case i get stuck in the house…..when i hear on the news that so many places nearby are getting massive outbreaks, but by us (we live right across from a marshy forest preserve…yay) weve got nothing…i mean zip.
    its two weeks in and i havent seen a single one…you have no idea how ecstatic i am that my life is able to continue unhindered

    anyone else out there have a bad phobia of bugs?

  37. Bunnyman says:

    To the letter, dude. I can stand ants, fleas, basically any small bug (The more dangerous/disgusting it is, the more likely I am to smash it, though…), but anything about the size of a grasshopper/locust and I’ll stop dead. A millipede, oddly, I can stand… But if I saw like, say, a house centipede, heart attack.

    Also, if anyone’s looked at a ladybug’s face close up (don’t ask me WHY I did this…), they’ll notice that THEY HAVE FANGS. Creepy.

  38. dragonbrad says:


  39. dragonbrad says:

    ^ that was Dragonese

  40. Frost says:

    While was out mowing today, had quite a few run at me. Two on the leg, one in the mouth. Sucked.

  41. NoDice says:

    i live in canada, and we dont get many cicadas here, mostly just the distant buzz and the empty shells stuck to trees and what not.
    new jersey gets them pretty bad though. spent a few summers down there,
    and around the mid july time, cicadas and wasps start having turf wars, and things get pretty heated. the first few weeks of summer are usually pwn3d by the cicadas, but by the end as things get a little chillier, the wasps have them all but wiped out.
    i’ve never thought to eat them…but now i have,
    and i want to DO IT.
    great comic dude.
    never fails to brighten my day.

  42. Sergeant Major says:

    You would think the security system would recongnize Biff, but once again, BIff has been ripped off.

    I’d sue.

  43. Darkpheonix XIII says:

    There were a lot of cicada in the rockies. I hit one that was flying with a tree.

  44. Elkian says:

    He actually learned from the bad music alarm, did he?

  45. the walrus says:

    I think cicadas are great. I also think that Biff forgot to read his laser manual.

  46. extremist343 says:

    I hate bugs. Except for ants. Ants are awesome.

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