TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare - Get that McGuffin!

TOM THE DANCING BUG: In which the plot is rocketed forward when Billy Dare discovers he simply must obtain a McGuffin! I'm lovin' it!

By Ruben Bolling

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Published 10:20 am Wed, Oct 17, 2012

17 Responses to “TOM THE DANCING BUG: Billy Dare - Get that McGuffin!”

  1. knoxblox says:

    I’m wondering if he used a plot coupon?

  2. Jellodyne says:

    At least it wasn’t Ving Rhames’ soul.

  3. I liked the framing around that ad.

  4. crummett says:

    Man, I could go for a McGuffin right about now. And supersize it!

  5. kiptw says:

    Ho ho, Readers! Looks like Billy’s got Egg McGuffin on his face!

  6. MattAtDoyle says:

    This will be much funnier in IMAX 3D.

  7. jimkirk says:

    Trying to figure out the chapter number.  The “V” with a bar over it is 5,000, but the following “I” seems out of place.  Anyone?

  8. steve heath says:

    I wish TinTin and Snowy were on the case instead of those two phony’s. Great Snakes that would be action.

  9. MadLogician says:

     IL is 49.  Smaller numbers before larger numbers are subtracted from the larger number.

    • jimkirk says:

      Interesting.  I’ve seen this within a decade, like XL (40), IV (4) or IX (9), never saw it spanning more than one decade.
      So V is 5,000 and to that we add ILXVI, parsing 49 + 16 (XVI) for 65?  Why not just LXV?  Still puzzled.

      • chenille says:

        It’s a little hard to make out here, but the bar is supposed to cover both the V and I. You can see this a bit clearer in the last episode here, Into the Uncanny Valley.

        So it’s not out of place and no unusual rules are required. The chapter here is VI x 1000 + LXVI = 6066, and the previous one was 6070. I assume the chapters between are reserved for the inner hive.

  10. It’s out of place. Look, he just added the i back at the end. Of course he’s probably just making a deliberately silly Roman numeral.

  11. Deidzoeb says:

    “an Auntie Anne’s pretzels”? Even in the UK that would be grammatically inconsistent.

  12. curiousrobot says:

    It’s an “Auntie Anne’s Pretzels.” It’s a chain of stores; so the awkward construction would be like saying “in a ‘Heron Foods.'”

  13. Mitch Skinner says:

    Red herring’s not too bad if you add a little twist of plot.