Funny side effect of the bygone era where games were basically made by geeks, for geeks is that all those little pop culture easter eggs they work in make the heroes of said games come across as… kinda geeky.
I’m first YEAH
Gotta love the random geeky moments in games nowadays :)
Ahahahaha if by “nowadays” you mean “1996″
Naturally, the only games I ever play are from ancient (and best) period ;)
Oh please. Keep thinking that while I go play HALO REACH.
You mean Gaylo: Reach-a-round?
Hey don’t bust on Reach Halo 3 massacred an amazing saga and I’ve waited an insanely long time for the game that was going to both end and immortalize this future age legend. The story behind Halo has always been and will always be the record of human existance in its entirety. Not only did they fight the covenant but for years they STILL fought themselves holding to the fact that no people can avoid conflict forever. >> But yeah duke was an amazing character for his time but he did go way over board.
DUHR I LEIK TROLL
It’s not trolling when it’s the truth.
It is trolling when you say stupid things that rile others’ ideas of your integrity
I mean you said Duke was an amazing character. That right there is a red flag in trolling.
I think Halo is a pretty cool guy. eh kills aleins and doesnt afraid of anything.
seriously people, stop worrying about trolls. they go away if you ignore them long enough.
just remember trolling is a art, and there are few good artists.
Dude wat. It’s a cool gaem where you control a robot called Halo, stop trying to make it out like it’s a work of fucking art bro.
my friend owns Halo 2 and 3, yet he still refers to Chief as Halo XD and a robot o.o
People like that needs to be punched in the dick, I tell you what.
“Bust” on Halo:Reach…you made it sound MORE gay…fun ga[y]me though
Reach is horrid it is another mindless shoter driected at those who have no idea what a good game is
Look at some of the stuff made in Forge and tell me Halo is “mindless”.
Sorry, but tribes is still the best shooter to me.
I prefer to call it Unreal Tournament.
I was think more Gayhole: Breach.
While I’m a fan of Yahtzee, I like this one better.
There’s a “The cake is a lie” moment in Dragon Age. At the very VERY end, Sten complains that he was told there would be cake.
This talk of easter eggs and puns somehow reminds me of Wirt’s Third Leg…
But not the THERE IS NO COW LEVEL cow level?
Have to say it’s been a while since I saw a “first!” Maybe it’s either the general internet company I’m in, but I thought they’d all been “Karma down”‘d or chastised out of existence. Unfortunately I was wrong…
Hey, seeing them online is infinitely better than being related to someone who starts conversations regularly by shouting “First!”.
Bahahahaha, I have to do that when Im around my nerd friends
OH WOW last two panels, as intended, totally killed me. Laughed so hard my eyes watered, LOVE IT!
And I’m all outta gum
Duke has kind of a gay looking wink in the last panel.
And Jared looks suitably uncomfortable.
Another one of Jared’s golden idols dashed to bits.
Unfortunately it didn’t work for me that way. Too bad, but I am at least pleased coelasquid’s quality comic is up.
The only thing that bothers me, is that duke nukem winks. It’s creepy.
Now, Duke Nukem sounds like Bill & Ted to me.
Odd that you mention that. A highly buffed up Keanu Reeves is playing Duke in,
“Duke Nukem: This Movie Totally will Only take a Could of Weeks to Make. [but will actually be decades]“
Yeah, I have trouble convincing girls to not run away screaming moments after witnessing my amazing collection of geek memorabilia. Even self-described ‘geek girls’ and ‘gamer girls’ do some kind of acrobatic fucking leap off the handle.
Jared’s face in the second panel is just…oh my god. Coelasquid, can I please have a version of it without the text?
I’m gonna assume the email you posted with this is the one you use…
Post that here. That needs to be shared with the world
I smell a photoshop contest to win that coffee mug.
Is quickly approaching the point where you work will be able to fill a mfw thread. Also is the Jared triforce I keep seeing one of yours or a shoop?
probably a shoop, because I’ve never seen anything like that…
Yeah that’s totes my email. I’m fully aware that it’s the email of a 13 year old.
Post a pic, please. I need to see the collection girls cringe from!
Unless it’s a, ya’know, “X-rated” pic. Then, I totally understand and DO NOT WANT.
Love it. Was so ashamed when I saw that movie and realised I’d been mentally mis-attributing the quote since I was 8. Don’t blame me for not seeing They Live earlier, I had to import! MY GOVERNMENT DIDN’T WANT ME TO KNOW!!!
It’s okay, you aren’t any worse than all the people who don’t realize TF2 more or less swiped the “think you can outsmart a bullet” line from Robocop.
Heavy is a homage to GUNS MOVIES. A lot of his lines are garbled movie lines.
Heavy is like how you said Duke is. Just more Russian.
Heavy’s character is interested in western culture, shown by the Hound Dog hat. He probably likes reciting lines from his favorite movies.
Speaking of Heavy, can we get some of the big lug in an upcoming comic Coela?
Heavy is certainly the most muscular & over-the-top, but I feel like the Spy is more of a bad-ass. But yea I could see Heavy fitting in with these guys! That’d be awesome to see him!
Also, whether or not the Heavy’s quotes are changed movie lines, TF2 is still a pretty sweet game
Does it work in reverse? I mean, I’m totally a chick, for serious, and I’ve never turned away guys by explaining that I didn’t like Origins:Wolverine because of what they did to Deadpool, then having to explain what a healing factor is and the (entirely justifiable) way it doesn’t play along with his cancer and makes him insane and…
Also Doctor Who posters, a bajillion comic books, poster of Rorschach directly above the Joker, two separate sonic screwdrivers and approximately 9,001 batman shirts. And I sometimes have sex and everything! Like, with someone else!
The more geeky you are as a female, the more desirable you become to male geeks.There is a limit on it though; some don’t want to feel threatened and out-geeked.
I don’t think there is a limit–or at least, I don’t think I have one. Be as geeky as you like; I’ll be as geeky as I like.
It’s a dominance thing. Generally, girls don’t like to be one-upped. :p
My fiancee is as much a geek as I am.. Just in different areas
Truly, we have found the subject matter for Sir David Attenborough’s next documentary…
Also, Jared has the best facial expressions ever. Especially in panel four.
My wife feeds my geek addiction. She’s always buying me whatever video game I want before I even realize I want it (unless there are zombies involved, then it’s gaurenteed i want it). Same for Doctor Who stuff (my 5yo daughter runs around with my sonic screwdriver), DnD stuff, Legos (I use daughter as excuse to buy them), and other stuff. The only thing I have to pick out really is my library of programming books and novels other than Star Wars.
:D I’m dressing up as the Doctor for Halloween! …Or I would if Halloween fell on a weekday.
You… Are…. AWESOME!
>I didn’t like Origins:Wolverine because of what they did to Deadpool
You’re going to love the upcoming Deadpool movie, then. Not only do they set the record (more or less) straight about his powers and origin, they even do a not-so-subtle “Wolverine: Origins sucked” joke.
Got any old books?
Duke Nukem + Jared cuddles foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ^_^ \m/
I’m pretty sure that’s what Jared is afraid of in the last panel. XD
ALWAYS BET ON DUKE
Good to see that I’m not the only one who occasional throws out seemingly random sounds of mostly vocals during surprise. … No wait, it’s good to see that it’s not just something in my family – my sister has the same syndrome which renders some dialogues between us… rather amusing.
Commander’s face in panel 3. Me like. Much. I assume that is as close to “lol u serious?” we’ll ever see him?
Still not as hilarious (or terrifying) as conversations between me and my bro. Whenever we run out of things to say we pretty much say Herp, Derp, Durr and Hurr or whatever back and forth or we SCREAM POWERTHIRST STYLE
No seriously the neighbors have to deal with hearing this every time he comes home
Sometimes I feel sorry for them a little.
I do this with my girlfriend; her signal for ‘I want to make out with you’ is moving her face near mine and going ‘hurrrrrr’. If I feel like making out, I’ll go ‘hurrrr’ and possibly trigger said moving of her face near to mine.
It’s because she’s self concious about showing affection. That and the downs syndrome.
Hahaha… oh man.
Oh… my. I am still laughing at this. WOW. Just. Lulz.
That is the best last sentence I’ve ever seen on any comment, ever.
It seems Jared is regretting his outburst. He is learning.
An Inconvenient Truth: Gamer Edition.
Very nice touch with having the Commander (or should it be The Commander) drinking out of a radiation danger coffee mug while they’re discussing Duke NUKE’em.
As always, you make us happy, Coelasquid!
I assume it’s Duke’s mug. The Commander probably didn’t even steal it. I can easily see Duke offering it to him in order to start a conversation. One about Tron most likely.
I figure they probably keep all their mugs in the same cupboard and the Commander just grabs whichever one looks cleanest.
It’s fun to poke fun at Duke from time to time, but my inner 12-year-old-fanboy is hurting right now… because you’re right :(
He’s still a (pretty funny) badass, though. One line from “Duke Nukem Manhattan Project” stands out to me, as one of the funniest 4th wall breakings ever:
Duke: “(after being killed and respawning) Hmmm… So there IS life after death.”
I like dukemnukem
Eh, Duke Nukem’s overrated anyways *hides*
duke nuken is a nerd, it all makes sense now
Leave it to Coelasquid to bring us face to face with the uncomfortable truths about manliness. The sad (for some) matter of fact is: fanboyness is a part of manliness.
Oh, Duke. You just don’t know how to relate to people, do you? That explains so, so much.
Meanwhile, Commander Badass tivos rugby and soccer on his television, plus the occasional cooking show. He is clearly a more stable and well-rounded individual.
Duke can’t chew gum, because of the fillings.
Why is it whenever the Commander talks, it’s in Brock Sampson’s voice (in my head)?
Because the media’s brainwashed you into thinking that Patrick Warburton does the voice of every tough guy ever forever.
Weird. I hear him talking like Rocky for some reason.
Strange… for some reason the Commandor always has this hint of a scottish accent going on in his low voice, like a more bass version of Gerard Butler. Though that could have something to do with the Space Marines – Space Wolves link, vastly prefering Space Wolves over the other armies myself. Hm.
Actually I honestly can’t get the voice of the man himself Sean Connery out of my head when the commander talks….. >>
I always imagined him speaking like Jack Cayman from MadWorld, probably because the commander looks so much like him (minus the chainsaw arm)
Commander’s look is just composed out of a pile of action hero stereotypes, the more he looks like any single character, the more generic you know that character’s design is.
(Complete honesty I kind of hated Jack’s voice. It was like hearing Spike Spiegel’s voice coming out of Jet Black.)
Dammit, that wont work. Jet needs that manly, deep voice. But imagine Jet speaking like Ed or Faye… Then you’ve got funny.
Also, didnt know anyone else in the world was a Bebop fan 8D
You kiddin? Bebop was some crazy, beautiful stuff. Plus STINKY GAS.
Hey! don’t be dissin’ ma Patrick Warburton! Brock Sampson is Awesome!
The Commander should have a poster of Patrick Warburton in his office.
And John Goodman.
WARBURTON IS GOD
I’m not dissing him, I’m just disappointed that people can’t picture big bruisey guys like this with any voice but his anymore.
Lately I’ve been imagining him having Ron Perlman’s voice.
Probably due to Fallout 3, but eh, it works.
Actually, I hear him as a Terran Marine o.e
I hear him with the voice of Montross from Star Wars Bounty Hunter. IMDB says that’s Clancy Brown.
It’s good to see Duke’s clearly doing better than the last time we saw him.
Or at the very least, he’s hiding his pain better.
Real men are not afraid of therapy.
Hey, he’s just happy he’s finally employed again.
By the gods do I love me some Duke Nukem. Thanks Coela!
The more I read your comic, the more I idolize The Commander… and the more I realize I am Jared. Really, everytime Jared appears, it’s like I’m reading about myself.
Strange. I thought the biggest nerd was that guy from No More Heroes…
He’s more of a dork…
D8 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?! I CAN’T TELL ANYMORE!
Geeks are industrious with their obsessions, dorks are socially awkward. Duke may spend a lotta time quoting movies, but, yanno… he still gets girls.
For no more than seven hours…
That explains the hiatus.
Kratos gets girls…
I think this comic could use a little Travis Touchdown. Jussayin’.
Travis Touchdown could easily replace Jared, actually. Except he’d be at least A LIIITTLE bit badass. Oh, and no Mr. Fish. :(
Heh, in any case, Travis isn’t exactly manly, nor he was ever supposed to be.
Something about that guy always rubbed me the wrong way though. Like he’s the guy who never got a wedge in high school, but he really really needed one…
Hm. Aside from the awesomeness of this comic and the inevitable fact of one appearing involving Duke due to the game announcement. I am just left wondering why… panel four… is so facinating… I suppose I just hadn’t noticed Coela drawing the Commander’s backside before! :3
Oh, Duke’s wink IS kind of creepy though… and I rather adore Duke so… :O
XD Yeah, I found myself checking out The Commander’s bootay for a few seconds myself…
Coela, you are amazing. Keep being awesome ( though I doubt it’s difficult for you :P).
I’m so hoping that Duke becomes a regualr cast member, or at least as regualr as Kratos.
Duke’s face, along with that line in the last panel, made me belly laugh like I haven’t done in weeks.
To think I have been thinking about going as the Nuke for Halloween…… If Coel’s theory is correct, I am the Nuke…. THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE! (BTW say no to manscaping)
Duke Nukem is forever…
Get it! hahah It’s funny cause Duke Nukem forever will never be released!
I made a funny!
I just noticed.. the Commander has an incredibly awesome nose.
It’s been broken a good number of times…
I only broke mine once and it has looked kinda stupid ever since. Clearly I need to break it some more.
Ya know, don’t. Had to have surgery on mine and the ENT couldn’t even count how many times it’d been broken. I told him I quit keeping track. Any rate, the recovery is pretty bad. That, and I learned to quit soaking punches with my face.
So yeah Duke has now been forever immortalized in my mind as a creepy fanboy manly man …. which is kind of depressing because I used to respect him… I still do to a certain extent but Duke would need some serious resurrection in my eyes from this because sadly… it’s all true…
I am unsubscribing to the rss feed because of this comic. Blow it out your ass.
(ps i’m not kidding)
also the reason that duke doesn’t stick with one girl for more than seven hours is because he has 20 more by then
(THIS ASS RIGHT HERE IS IN EXTREME PAIN!)
also im not going to read your comic shit down your poo doo dukem
Your passion for Duke Nukem is truly inspiring. I hope that someday he notices the fervent love so evident when you come to his defense like this and the two of you can ride blissfully off into the sunset in each other’s embrace.
looks like somebody is jelllouuuuss
(Sorry for feeding the troll, I just couldn’t resist)
I’m out, peace Tim Buckley.
Red means stop.
Wait which one of us is Tim Buckley again?
I’m pretty sure it’s him:
Btw Rabble, to quote a magnet on my aunts’ fridge, “Just put on your big girl underpants and get over it.” If you can’t take a joke, then just relax and that stick should just slide right out.
Oh, I know who B^Uckley is, don’t worry :P
I’m Tim Buckley!
I’m Tim Buckley and so is my wife!
We’re all individuals!
Together, you will crest the final hill, white stallions pouring the last of their passion into the ascent–until you are its apex, and stretched out before you are nothing but fields of wildflowers that glow in the moonlight. A soft, cool breeze will blow across your sweaty brows.
You will turn to the Duke, and say, “Say something, my love. Anything, that I might hear your voice.”
And he will say, “I’ve got balls of steel.”
And then you will lift your lips to his, and he will draw you into a warm embrace as powerful as the tides. The stars will be perfect, and so will he.
That… was soooo beautiful!
You need to write BL C&W songs!
Did I open some fanfiction site by mistake?
What few people know is that Duke Nukem is an accomplished writer. His book “Why I’m so great” was a real bestseller.
Seriously. Go watch the intro to the old Duke Nukem 2.
Also, when it comes to manly movies you could do a lot worse than Aliens or They Live. Hell, Aliens is so manly it has manly WOMEN. Two of them!
Vasquez was more man than you’ll ever be! Hell, probably me too.
Panels 4,5 and 6: I don’t know what to think of Jared’s “normal” face. 8|
I told my friends that duke’s favorite qoute is from They Live, they wouldn’t believe me. Also, got to love Jared’s face in the second panel. Keep up the good work Coelasquid! :D
Yes! Duke Nukem! I used to watch my dad play Nukem all the time. That and Serious Sam.
And Jared’s expressions are so full of win. Especially that last pannel.
Dude… I want that coffee mug.
I love how the Commander’s mug is relevant to who is in the comic. Anyone else notice this in a few comics?
Reading this comic is like being kicked in the groin and not really minding. Which is to say I wish I had found it earlier so I wouldn’t have this archive to make my way through.
It’s okay, I only update once a week so the archive is like 30 strips.
And panel two has a very Kate Beaton look to it.
I’ll be sure to remember that she invented silly faces.
She’s the genesis of all things silly. It’s in the manual.
I see what he means. Kate does that face a lot in her mini-comics. Or at least a similar face.
Jared’s face… it’s like silly putty.
Also… does Jared live with the Commander or something?
I think this is still “at work” though what kind of agency has a living room?
…Then again. Mr. Canada has a forest in the HALLWAY so who knows?
They’re in the break room at the office. It has to be nice because I’m sure half the guys live there when they’re late on rent/in the doghouse/too drunk to remember where they live.
Jared probably lives in a secret base, in true pokemon adventurer fashion.
“too drunk to remember where they live.” I couldn’t stop laughing.
What, you mean that’s never happened to you?
Waking up in the driveway behind the wheel of the car = reasons to quit drinkin’
This may be true, but waking up in somebody else’s driveway, behind the wheel of your car = reason to keep drinking.
He wouldn’t have it any other way!!!
somehow, I know the plot to “they live”. I wonder why, cause that movie was made before I was born.
I know the plot to Casablanca, that doesn’t mean I’m older than 68.
Once it was made, the plot to “They Live” was encoded into the DNA of a significant percentage of all children born since then, in order to protect the world from alien invasion.
This just amkes Duke even more awesome…
I didn’t see Dopefish. Where?
I don’t know what dopefish is.
A weird fish from the Quake games and such. Never quite understood WHAT Dopefish was.
Dopefish is an enemy from the Commander Keen game (I know this because I have played the games). I heard he made cameos in other games, although to be fair, I don’t really understand this dopefish hype or something.
That is one of the ugliest websites I’ve seen since Geocities shut down.
Vorked got it, but when you mentioned easter eggs Dopefish was the first thing that came to mind.
Seriously, he’s even got a spot in Max Payne.
Oh, and he’s in a Duke Nukem game(so it’s a little more applicable), I forgot all about that website!
YAAAAY Duke Nukem is one of the most awesome honchos in the story of videogames, the day they showed the new gameplay trailer of Forever… i think i almost jizzed in my pants…
Also, have you ever considered using Ben Throttle in one of your comics? I’d love to see him drawn by you!
This. Oh this. Oh so much this.
In case you don’t know who we’re talking about:
you know, the real question is now…. would you STILL hang out with duke?
my answer is yes.
I love the last panel, Duke thinks he is so cool. :3
Or he’s hitting on the J-Man.
Mr. Fish does not approve. J-man is his and his alone!!
Congratulations, you just killed any love for duke nukem that I had left
Hey man, the guy just has interests. He’s gotta have something to do on those days when he’s not saving earth women from aliens and the like. Aliens don’t just come buzzing around every day.
How can you be a nerd with a GIANT FUCKING WATER SERPENT DRAGON OF DOOM?!?!?!?!?!?!
The Gyrados does all the work. He is still a nerd.
And here I was thinking I was the only guy who ever said “habawhaaaa?”
Think you could use Eddie Riggs in a comic? He’s pretty manly… or does the fact that he’s voiced by Jack Black tone down the manliness?
Hail to the king, baby.
Apparently The Commander’s also a magician.
WITNESS THE AMAZING DISAPPEARING CIGAR!
It’s a valuable source of fiber.
No. He simply smoked it all away and hasn’t grabbed a fresh one yet.
Seven hours? He’ll only need six.
Good to see that Duke got over his suicidal desires, at least for now. It’s always heartwarming to see friends, or at least colleagues, pulling through tough times for each other. I’ve been through that kind of thing, and I’m really glad to know that the captain’s efforts to help Duke were successful; nobody should go through that sort of thing. It’s tough on all parties.
Good on you, Nukem, you’re stronger for it.
And the Commander carries his newspaper inside his jacket. That’s manly.
Leaves his hands free to strike down commies..
And Jared’s entire perspective on existence is shattered. Again.
IT’S TIME TO WRITE COMMENTS AND CHEW BUBBLEGUM.
AND I’M AAAALL OUTA GUM.
This is something I’ve always loved about Duke. Somehow, he just seems even more badass to me if he can stay calm enough to toss off one-liners from his favorite movies while single-handedly taking on entire alien invasions. The fact that Jon St. John pulls the quotes off better than half the people who said them originally doesn’t hurt.
Coela, you should make a comic with a TF2 spy in it :c or some TF2 characters :x
I can just imagine Jared’s voice whine as he draws out the word “NEEEE~RD” In my head it’s a little grating.
My cat and I agree with this.
I love how the commander always ignores this shit, just because he’s around it EVERY GOD-DAMN DAY. I wish I was like him.
Just watched that movie last night…
and only checked the update today.
Nice timing, lady, nice timing.
When are you going to grow a real beard? Your face kind of looks like a ball-sack now.
^THIS. SO MUCH.
Man, as a game designer, I find a whole lot of the comments these people make about my colleagues pretty uncalled-for.
Oh god Jareds face in the second panel. I laughed too hard.
I like Duke. I’d hang out with him. He’s geeky. And Jared being uncomfortable is like the pot calling the kettle black. Honestly….
I feel it’s worth noting that Nukem’s back-story in the first game included lounging around watching day-time television, especially Oprah.
I comment to let you know I read this.
Jet lag may bring me down, even when I don’t change time zones, but I’ll be damned if sleep and my own comfy bed at home stands between me and this comic!
…but now it’s time for sleep. Awesome as usual.
So I just found this comic and read through the entire archive, and kinda want to do it again. This is my new favorite thing. I can’t wait to read more.
I’ve read through it about 6-7 times at this point… I fear I may have a problem.
Even as a late arrival to all things Nukem i STILL found that incredibly hilarious… he certainly came across as some kind of geek when i saw the trailer for his NEW *cough* been waiting for f***ing years biatch *cough* game. well,. a geek or a douche XD
Nice to see Duke got over his abandonment and self-esteem issues. Of course, maybe he’s in better spirits now that a release date for Duke Nukem Forever has been anounced.
“Hail to the king, baby!”
Yeah, huge wrestling nerd. Among other things.
Isn’t this a good thing, though? Championing geekiness as non-prohibitive towards being awesome?
Is it just me, or does the Commander seem to spawn more chest hair each comic?
His chest hair right now seems pretty consistent with the first comic, maybe he shaved it, and then grew it back insanely fast because he’s just that manly.
Coelasquid, I want your color palette so bad. Especially your skin tones! :s
Well he’s the manliest geek ever, so it all evens out :-D
Something’s wrong with Duke’s upper lip.
It looks like a moustache.
The Duke in the second to last panel is the best ever. I don’t know why it makes me laugh. Maybe it’s his face… or maybe because he is a big NERD hahaha
also..I love this comic so much D:
I bet Duke wears prescription sunglasses.
Sure I’m glad not getting most of the references…
Oh 12 gods. Panel 6. Totally channeling Johnny Bravo. @_@
That’s Duke Nukem? I thought he was Sluggy Freelance.
Now I’m travelling the interwebs to buy that FUCKING AWESOME mug.
The geeks still make the games and they still put references in! I ROFL’D when I heared the “It’s a me, Mario!” in Assassin’s Creed 2! :D
im saying this now. duke quotes them to remind people and respect them. not because hes a fanboy.
Compared to me, ya’all way behind. I seen it’all. I still remember when Pong was the only game in town & the C64 was the state-o-the-art in home computers …
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