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OOTS0685
Comic no. 685
Date published 10 October 2009
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Lou learns who is most important in Belkar's life.

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Panel 1

Belkar is carried in a net.
Belkar: I swear I am going to rip off your stupid bug head and piss down your neck hole!
Bug: We got another one, Hive Leader.
Buggy Lou: Tie him to the riding-beetle and let's—

Panel 2

Buggy Lou: Wait a minute—Belkar? Belkar Bitterleaf is that you?
Belkar: Who the hells knows my na—wait is that Buggy Lou??
Buggy Lou: Yeah!

Panel 3

Buggy Lou: Guy, remember I told you about that stint I did buying slaves over on the Northern Continent?
Buggy Lou: This guy was pals with one of my best suppliers. We used to get drunk together.

Panel 4

Buggy Lou: Heh, those were the days. What are you doing all the way out here?
Belkar: It's a long story...but I'd take it as a personal favor if we could all sort of wave our weapons around while we talked.

Panel 5

Buggy Lou: No problem. So, you still talk to your pal!
Belkar: No, he got tagged by the City Guard a few years back.
Buggy Lou: Man. So he's doing hard time?
Belkar: The hardest. He's dead.

Panel 6

Belkar: How about you, though? Hive Leader, eh?
Buggy Lou: Ha, yeah. It's a small hive, but I've got sixteen mates and all the fermented nectar I can swill.
Belkar: Nice!

Panel 7

Buggy Lou: So, listen, you're not going to need to stop us from refreshing our inventory here, are you?
Belkar: Nah, what do I care? Help yourself.
Belkar: Just take what you need and vamoose, though. The adventurers I'm with will mess you up if they catch you.

Panel 8

Buggy Lou: Yeah, I'm thinking we'll cut our losses and get out of here with what we've got. Good to see you, Bitterleaf.
Belkar: You too, Lou. Say hello to the missuses for me.

Panel 9

A bug slaver holds Mr. Scruffy by the scruff.
Buggy Lou: At least we caught ourselves a nice little snack for later, didn't we?
Mr. Scruffy: Meow?

Panel 10

Buggy Lou (off-panel): We still have any of that honey marinade sauce back at the nest?
Bug (off-panel): I think so, Hive Leader.

Panel 11

Elan: You know, maybe Belkar HAS turned over a new leaf.
Haley: He does seem very...entusiastic[sic] about helping these people.
Belkar: Non need to go back to the nest, Lou.
Belkar stands near Buggy Lou's neck, "psssssssssss!"
Belkar: I got your marinade RIGHT HERE!
Buggy Lou: *gurkle*
Camel Drover Elder looks shocked, three more dead bugs lie around.

Trivia Edit

  • Buggy Lou could be the "friend of a friend" that Belkar, during #171, The Prisoner Dilemma, suggested as a buyer for an enslaved Samantha. This is the only appearance of Buggy Lou.
  • Buggy Lou is a play on the word "Bugalú" a genre of Latin music and dance.
  • This is the first appearance of the Camel Drover Elder.

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