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What would a ship be without a few holes, after all?

Do you like Portal? I like Portal. It’s the best, what with all the lying cakes and science being done. There’s this TOTALLY FREE Portal mod called Portal Stories: Mel. I’m playing through it and it’s about as authentic a Portal experience as you can have outside of an official continuation of the series (which we’ll never get because Valve only sells other people’s games now).

Over the past week or so, Joe and I have been inundated with a smorgasbord of great are from reader Crowlitch (@crowlitch on twitter), and I’m FEELING THE KEN/CHO PASSION! I’m also quite enamored with Yori’s animated L’oreal hair toss. You can find more NN4B art (some of which is rather incomprehensible without context), as well as Crowlitch’s other great art on Tumblr and Twitter. Joe and I are currently working on projects for Matsuricon 2015, which is coming up on August 14th, but Joe has intentions of resurrecting our defunct Fan Art section in the future (sorry, Joe, I announced it pubilcally so now you can’t back out!).

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  • http://www.zapcomic.com/ Pascalle Lepas

    So many great fanarts!

    And great page!!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      I am all too pleased with myself.

      • Kid Chaos

        Cho is looking especially badass, I must say. Don’t stop not dying, Cho!

  • Hfar

    Hey, Rrrrricardo knows it’s all good. After all, sometimes you gotta hole up your finances.

    Also, Yori is now faaaaaabulous!

    • Leo

      Dunno about finances, but I think there are some serious holes in this plot

      • Kid Chaos

        Like the fact that those holes are way too small to sink a ship that big?

        • Peter Sadlon

          Not really depends on their number & placement and the number & efficiency of the bilge pumps. A singe small hole undetected and unbilged can slowly sink any sized ship.

          • Kid Chaos

            Operative words being “slowly” and “undetected”. Anyway, there’s no way Chekhov’s Gunrunner will sink now; not before Genchu can have a tearful reunion with Yori-kun and Ken-chan.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Are you referring to the plot or the ship? I hope the plot!

          • leavescat

            Plot holes are never big enough to sink any ship. Often, you can’t even sink ships with canon.

          • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

            Leavescat, you won the comment of the week! Not that it’s a competition, of course.

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        I’ll hole up YOUR plot!

        • Leo

          I just don’t feel like we are being told the hole thing.

          • leavescat

            As much as I want to make another cannon pun, I don’t want to make the same comment twice.

          • Kid Chaos

            I cannon believe you won’t go there!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      THE PUUUUNS!

      • Hfar

        MWAHAHAHAHA!

  • Flaming Squirrel

    See kids, honesty is ALWAYS the best policy!
    As for the art…
    Maybe it’s natural… Maybe it’s Yor’eal.

    … that was the wrong commercial, wasn’t it?

    • Sam DunKley

      Yep. Here what you were gunning for:
      “Yor’eal. Because you’re worth it…Ina.”

      • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

        Ina’s all over a L’oreal infused Yori.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Close enough.

  • dowdprode

    I have to admit, im not a huge fan of what they are doing. While it may be helpful for the MCs, they are kinda just screwing over a legitimate merchant who is just doing his job, not to mention stranding him,

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Did you ever see Lord of War? I feel like Ricardo reminds me a bit of Cage’s character in that movie. It’s a bit morally ambiguous to muck up alegitimate war merchant’s trade deals, but it could potentially save a lot of lives!

      • leavescat

        It’s also morally ambiguous to kill Ricardo for accidentally being in their way, but that’s already on the table as plan B. I’m pretty sure Genchu isn’t shooting for the LG award.

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          Genchu’s always in the Wrath of Khan mindset of ‘The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few’. It’s one of his favorite movies, he cries when Spock dies EVERY TIME.

          • http://www.fennecfoxpress.com David A. Tatum

            I’m guessing he missed Transformers: Dark of the Moon (or whatever it was called), when Nimoy re-used that line to… different effect. (Only part of that movie I really enjoyed… though it was still better than the second one)

        • Kid Chaos

          He couldn’t just blow up the ship (all that lovely gunpowder is sooooooo tempting…), because that would be too easy wrong!

          • leavescat

            They already said; it’d work, but they’d rather destroy the gunpowder in a way that doesn’t explode them in the process.

          • purplelibraryguy

            Plus it’d be too good a demonstration of the product. No need to encourage the next gunpowder merchant by stimulating interest.

    • Da’Zlein

      He’ll probably wake up when the water reaches the top of the crate he’s lying on, too late to stop the flooding or save the cargo, but plenty of time to get out before the ship sinks…

    • purplelibraryguy

      If you’re a legitimate merchant planning to sell goods which will cause one side to win, and another to lose, a war, you’d better have it in your legitimate mercantile calculations that the other side doesn’t want to lose. If you decide to be a player in war, you’re not just a “legitimate merchant”, you’re also a “legitimate target”–just as much as all the “legitmate targets” you were planning to have mowed down by the weapons you sell.

      (all that leaving aside the whole “destabilizing the country’s entire power structure” thing)

  • Mike

    That second fan art of Ken remind anyone else of Mugen from Samurai Champloo?

    • http://crowlitch.tumblr.com Crowlitch

      I did it with Mugen in mind B) It’s also not a coincidence that I think they’d have a similar voice.

  • Da’Zlein

    Of course, without holes you can’t get water into the ship, and if you don’t have water, how will you put out fires? And you REALLY don’t want a fire to spread when your ship is full of gunpowder… It’s in everyone’s best interest, really…

  • Sunwu

    Looks like I need to step up my Fan Art!!! Good work Crowlitch!

    Crowlitch

  • Sunwu

    Looks like I need to step up my Fan Art!!! Good work Crowlitch!

    • http://crowlitch.tumblr.com Crowlitch

      Thank you..consider us rivals then.

  • Astralfury

    Plot Twist: Rrrrrrrrrrrricado heard it as “hoes”.

    • leavescat

      They’re speaking in Portuguese that doesn’t make any sense!

      • Astralfury

        Most plot twists don’t have to! 😉

  • http://kiwidayn.comicgenesis.com ColdFusion

    Great simpsons ref. Cool gifs. I’m glad I still read this comic
    and yeah I miss when valve made games. I always wanted to voice for them, now I actually live here and they’re done.

  • Mike

    *Hands Genchu a pair of lose lips* I heard these work wonders.

  • Speedy Marsh

    First panel: They’re really raining on Ricardo’s padre.

  • Speedy Marsh

    I do not envy you the headache you will have when you awake. But for now, rest well and dream of large weapons.

  • Neska

    Bloody Ken, Loose-hair Cho . . . definitely some nice fan arts . . .

  • http://insolenz.echoing.org/ SotiCoto

    One day Cho will take off his hat… to reveal… another hat underneath.

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