#584 – Cavanaugh

Today is my dear friend Ali’s birthday and today’s comic is my gift to her. She is one of Biff’s earliest fans. Since we went to art school together she is one of only a few people that received a complete set of the original Biff mini-comics I made back then. Wish Ali a happy birthday and then go to her website to see her amazing and inspirational paintings (and you may even get a little extra enjoyment out of today’s comic.)


33 thoughts on “#584 – Cavanaugh”

  1. Colin says:

    i hypnotiesed myself once, screamed every time i went to the toilet.

  2. Mophtran says:

    That website is pretty neat! Happy birthday Ali!

    The comic is a good reference: I didn’t really understand it until I went to the site, though.

  3. SEA says:

    Happy birthday Ali from a random stranger =p

    No, hypnotism on oneself is not good. >=(

  4. RG says:

    How’s he gonna get himself out of that? Happy birthday to your friend! 🙂

  5. Jack Hollow says:

    Merry Birth-mas ali!

  6. Chuck says:

    Your friend’s art is pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. Tarrant says:


    (Oh god I couldn’t resist)

  8. Chris says:

    Looks like Biff is being attacked by two Coral Snake hand puppets.

  9. Ella says:

    oh hai!
    it’s my birthday today too! 😀

    What fun it is to share a birthday. Happy Birthday Ali!

  10. Gawaine of Orkney says:

    Oh no, biff watch out!! I bet he’s gonna try and escape by having both his arms kill eachother or something

  11. starseedjenny says:

    For some reason this comic terrifies me

  12. carrie says:

    Heheheheee… I like this one 😀

  13. Kaikuro says:


    Coral snakes are red yellow and black.

    Just thought I might point that out. 😛

  14. Jackson says:

    I couldn’t help but be reminded of Penny Arcade by this comic.


  15. i.half4 says:

    A tribute to a woman of magical… ? (loss for a word)

    It looks like a fine birthday gift to me.

    @ Kaikuro: Maybe they cross-bred with peppermint snakes.

  16. @Kaikuro,

    Now, can you tell the difference between a Coral Snake and a Milk Snake?

    Coral Snakes have the pattern Red, Yellow, Black, Yellow, Red.
    While Milk snakes have the pattern Red, Black, Yellow, Black, Red.

  17. Oh, and milk snakes are harmless.

  18. hogan says:

    @ Andore Mordre
    red next to black: a friend of jack
    red next to yellow: killed the poor fellow

    Does hypnotism wear off or will Biff still be a ‘graceful melody’ next week?

  19. i.half4 says:

    Dear Chris,

    Thank you for reminding me of a time and a place and a girl who one day, inspired by words carved in stone on the side of the Auditorium Building, added her own to a well scribbled-up fire exit door.

    Like your variation on a theme, her list ended with a word that topped them all: “Lincoln, Shakespeare, Mozart… LIFE!”

    And thank you for hosting my message in a bottle.

    I think Jim Croce will be my soundtrack for today.

  20. Kaikuro says:


    I knew someone would say that XD

    milk snakes= cute

  21. no name says:

    happy birthday, Ali.

  22. @Kaikuro and Hogan:

    Heh, I work at a pet store, and we sell the occasional milk snake, so we have to explain that to almost everyone who looks into that corner of the snake room. (Rhyme included) Not only are they harmless, but they’re friendly, too! 😀

  23. Reynard says:

    Kaikuro: “milk snakes= cute”

    Peaceful, enlightened, genetically-enhanced baby cobras = even cuter

  24. BlueDragon says:

    I’m surprised he didn’t have them on his eyebrows

  25. Dzelda says:

    Im surprised hes not getting strangled by them yet. 😀

  26. Torquil says:

    … wut?

  27. Spike says:

    happy belated, Ali ^-^

  28. Chaos Kiwi says:

    Holy crud, Cavanaugh is my last name! :O

  29. Robert says:

    I just want to say I have enjoed the magician week.

  30. ender says:

    I found out about The Book of Biff a few weeks ago, and I’ve been making my way through the comic. I follow the link in the blurb under this comic and I’m greeted by http://www.alicavanaugh.com/?p=1878

  31. Yanto says:

    I’m actually reading a book about how to hypnotize yourself. o.o It doesn’t work very well for me, though. Right now I’m trying to ask questions to my sub-conscious and have it answer by moving my fingers, but since my nerves got damaged when I was a child my fingers sometimes twitches by themselves. At first I will believe that’s an answer, then I remember that the finger will rise to a pointing position and not just twitch around. And my sub-conscious doesn’t like to answer my questions. Ever.

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