Hold My Keys, Scrufflebeck! | July 14, 2011

by Joe

We picked up some Perler Beads after seeing a lot of awesome real-life sprite characters online. Google “perler bead nes” and you’ll see what I’m talking about! :D

I wanted to try it out, since I’m somewhat familiar with pixel art :D

My wife made the first three recognizable video game legends. I made the fourth one. Can you tell who it is? :D (Though the title kinda gives it away!)

Enjoy Scene 18 – “I Swear”!

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Coolman920
Coolman920
10 years ago

Great work as usual, I love your comics alot and keep it up :)

Jack
Jack
10 years ago

FIRST!

Oh, and Lemme just say. That’s some scary shiz that’s goin down.

Anonymous_Jr
Anonymous_Jr
10 years ago

the kid dissappers for a litle bit…

Delta Pangaea
Delta Pangaea
10 years ago

Awwww hell. Craps getting REALLY real now.

I totally saw Bernie doing that from a mile away. Totally. :P

Zerotech68
Zerotech68
10 years ago

I’m sorry but bernie you fucking liar and why joe such a dark turn was like a slap in the face. this was just a very dark turn and I’m kinda disappointed in bernie.

MrHappy
MrHappy
10 years ago

HA!!!! Gregory deserved to die and im happy Bernie killed him. One thing i dd not understand was why gregory got so excited over annika being a female because there must have been many other females to come to his “bed and breakfast”

Xanag
Xanag
10 years ago

That was rather dark for Bernie, I’d almost say it was out of character honestly.

Frank
Frank
10 years ago

It was definitely not out of character. Bernie is an idealist. In an ideal world, assholes like that guy don’t get off because of favors and luck.

In an ideal world, they get their brains splattered all over the wall.

Johnny WHoa
Johnny WHoa
10 years ago

It might’ve been a tad dark and almost out of character, but I can see why Bernie did what he did.

And frankly, I fuckin’ applaud it. Rock on, Bernie. Now go find the others and do the same to them.

Sefrin
Sefrin
10 years ago

I don’t think it was out of character, or even a dark turn. What he saw was an atrocity, like the nazi concentration camps. For God’s sake, Gregory was harvesting humans! And he was planning to do the same to Bernie and his friends. He has all the reasons to be mad about. No mercy for the wicked. I would have done the same.

Cristian
Cristian
10 years ago

Excellent chapter!!!

Mr Rawr
Mr Rawr
10 years ago

I love how incredibly human and realistic Bernie really is as a character. Also, your Scrufflebeck is one of the cutest key chains I’ve ever seen ^_^

Zach
Zach
10 years ago

So Bernie’s dad is the ‘Slayer’… but from the Elders’ wording, it seems that they are HOPEFUL that the ‘Slayer’ will be defeated by Bernnie: ” I can think of no one better…” So if the Slayer’s on their side, why would they want him defeated? And if the slayer ISN’T on their side, then why would Bernie try to defeat his own father?

Also, Greg was worknig for the vampires, but using machines. Unless they were decoy machines, this is also puzzling, as vampires fear machines.

I don’t doubt that Joe has reasonable answers to all these quiestions. But I want to know now… lol.

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
10 years ago

whoa! Bernie goes insane… awesome xD
excellent chapter and the key chain!
is the fourth one Scrufflebeck? i love it ^^

Zach
Zach
10 years ago

*Bernie and *working, obviously. Oops.

Yoinkinator
Yoinkinator
10 years ago

That was pretty hardcore Bernie…

ryan
ryan
10 years ago

OMG JOE PLEASE STOP WITH THE AWSOME CLIFF HANGERS!!!the suspense is killing me slowly like the pods that joe and rosa are in. And sorry about the caps lock im very passionate about this webcomic it is to be zombified for

Beadan
Beadan
10 years ago

“My wife made the first three recognizable video game legends. I made the fourth one. Can you tell who it is?”

I can only recognize 1 “legend” on the laptop. GO SCRUFFLEBECK

Btw, I haven’t commented in a long time. But I can tell you this, I check back at least once a day for the comic, let alone the comments etc.

Great job bud… great job!

Professor
Professor
10 years ago

OK, NOW this is getting interesting. There seems to be some huge secret about the vamp elders and Bernie’s father? Whoa..

YoYoDude
YoYoDude
10 years ago

“The slayer will not harm his son” so if Bernie is the son…

efes
efes
10 years ago

WOW! This is the first tima I feel compeled to write a comment on your already great comic. Why this time? Because this was the best chapter so far!!! Amazing! I really enjoyed that tip of iceberg, and the cliffhanger. Your are improving very fast (not that your comic were any boring before!).

I will procede to recomend this to everyone:

GREETINGS FROM ARGENTINA! ^_^

sh4d0wfl4re
sh4d0wfl4re
10 years ago

Theory: Bernie’s dad is the Slayer. To insure that Bernie and Jess would not be hunted down and slain like their mother (whom might have been turned into a vampire as a hostage instead of slain) their dad became ‘the Slayer,’ hunting for the vampires. The vampires think that this threat will only hold the Slayer for so long so they constantly try to find entities that can topple the Slayer via subtle manipulation such as enemies of their’s finding things they shouldn’t things they set the Slayer to guard.
Also a (possible) threat to Bernie’s dad: if you disobey Jess will be turned.

PerfectlySteamedTie
PerfectlySteamedTie
10 years ago

I’m going to be honest here. I wanted that Bastard to die more than the john and vriska pairing in homestuck. That being said, He had all the reasons to do so. Gregory was a sick and evil man, hell bent on farming for the vamps and possibly doing questionable acts to the females. The world is probably a 200% better place with that Insufferable Prick out of the way. What I’m hoping is that the humans that are being farmed can be saved. Possibly new characters?

Tschipi
Tschipi
10 years ago

“Sorry?! You cost me tree bodys and a female! […]”
At this point Scott disappeared for two chatboxes.
You should correct this Joe.

zixi
zixi
10 years ago

LOAD FASTER YOU COMIC I WANNA WATCH :(

zixi
zixi
10 years ago

guys guys erm the elders talked about ‘THE SLAYER’ and ‘THE SLAYER’s kid
so didnt the father of bernie killed a shitload of vampires?
so maybe ‘THE SLAYER’ is bernie’s father. could be right ?

hypnokrit
hypnokrit
10 years ago

with the interrogation i thought asassin creed, ASSASSIN’S CREEEEEED!
also one of the vampire elders says like father like son… 0.o

PerfectlySteamedTie
PerfectlySteamedTie
10 years ago

Now if only I could shoot Avery 5 times to death. Muahahaha.

Dagzter
Dagzter
10 years ago

This makes alot more sense now.For some reason the vampire elders wanted Bernie to find Gregory’s farm.Probably the one that contacted Bernie through mind world was a vampire.Oh also @sh4d0wfl4re ummm in some episode Bernie or Jess told that their mother was taken by zombies.

Leinahtan
Leinahtan
10 years ago

Hmmmmm blood farms AND crop farms. I knew he couldnt be trusted from the BEGINNING. Now i believe we should get back to Joe. Leave the others in SUSPENSE. Read this Joe!

Yinello
Yinello
10 years ago

Whoa Bernie! …I would’ve done the same. xD I mean who lets a creep like that live?

Erik
Erik
10 years ago

Headshot!

Joshua
Joshua
10 years ago

I did not read all of the above comments cause I am too lazy but I read a few, and did anyone else catch the hint that this “Slayer” is Bernies dad and that Bernie is going to be sent to kill him by the vamps. Some interesting stuff right there. Good work Joe and I love the dropped hints, but a quick question, how far ahead do you work? One chapter at a time or is there a bigger ending you already forsee?

Raziel Star
Raziel Star
10 years ago

Ha! I was right about farming blood for vamps.
@Dagzter You’re probably right about it being a set up.

It seems like they keep constant surveillance on the place. That also explains why Zombies don’t come around, their heads probably explode if they get within a certain range or they’re at least commanded to walk the other way.
Gregory must of been surprised as hell to not have the vamps backing him up.

KiDDa
KiDDa
10 years ago

Joe, you added “the Slayer”!!!! You are true to the family blood. How could I not have assumed you would add a Slayer. This comic just increased in it’s awesomeness by 120%. Speaking of which I just grabbed the first two seasons of Buffy from ajp3! Gotta rewatch that!

Theory:
as most of you have stated, Bernie’s father is probably the Slayer. If not, it’s Joe’s dad. Either way, it’s one of their fathers. How I came to the conclusion of it might be Joe’s father. Well, seeing as the “dream world” vampire leaders have the ability to pretty much see any soul, I would assume that they know bernie and joe work together. (It’s kind of like the Emperor in Star Wars, he can predict things through strategic deduction + supernatural powers.) Considering that they are speaking in generalities, the Slayer really could be anyone’s father, but the fact that Bernie is missing his father and Joe has no recollection of his family it really leaves their fathers both at a standstill (of course, this is just a theory).

Predictions:
The Slayer will be “Blade” like. If it’s bernie’s father, the Slayer will have all the latest tech gadgets to hunt all kinds of creatures and machines. He will be ninja stealthy. Maybe even run a team of “Slayers”. Another thing, the Slayer is clearly a bad guy. He works for the Vampires (hence the dialogue at the end). He’s probably an Assassin that the Vampires use to quickly kill off opposing powerful foes. They clearly want the father and son to fight (whichever that combination may be).

Taking that into consideration, the fight between whichever father and son may be (referencing Star Wars again) like the Luke and Vader fight. If you’ve seen it, then I don’t need to explain.

oliver
oliver
10 years ago

http://deadwinter.cc/index.htm now has a link to here.

SatyreIkon
SatyreIkon
10 years ago

Never thought Bernie could be that hard-boiled … Quite disturbing, really. Good episode.

sykes
sykes
10 years ago

Bernine has finally lost it! I know he can be pretty hot headed but to go far as shooting a man in the head…wow.

Dreamdealer
Dreamdealer
10 years ago

@Yoyo:exaaaaaaaaaaactly:)

Pocalypselove0001
Pocalypselove0001
10 years ago

ok..So…gregory is dead shit, like i said, but now…what information is saved on the computer? and who is “the slayer?”….Bernie’s dad!?!…we’ll find out eventually..possibly

Alexander Campbell Heath
Alexander Campbell Heath
10 years ago

those beads are awesome, but i have to say that your wife id a somewhat better job than you…

Alex
Alex
10 years ago

wow that was an amazing episode.. now im so psyched for all the up coming ones.. but why is it i have a feeling that bernies dad is going to be making an appearance….

bobbaganoosh
bobbaganoosh
10 years ago

I’m sure that Bernie will have such a nice reunion with his father.

Pocalypselove0001
Pocalypselove0001
10 years ago

I sorta have a slight feeling that Bernie’s dad won’t remember him. Somthing will happen and Bernie’s dad will either die, or almost die when and if they meet up :O

Pocalypselove0001
Pocalypselove0001
10 years ago

If i am right then i am going to be happy and pissed

theslayer
theslayer
10 years ago

that was so cool!!!! i cant wate or the next chapter!!!!! o and great sruffleback keyring joe XD

theslayer
theslayer
10 years ago

o i for got to say but ive whached the pocalypse since the beging and this was my first coment

MrHappy
MrHappy
10 years ago

Why did Gregory get so excited over losing a female? There must’ve been more female guests at his “bed and breakfast” before that. Also why is a female so important? Maybe if he wants Scott to have a wife or something but like i said before there must have been more females that Scott couldv’e married.

Stone
Stone
10 years ago

lol wow that was cold blooded of bernie. couldnt he have dragged him to the colony and throw him into a dungeon or something? i know gregory was an asshole and didnt have to seem to regret what he did in the slightest. but he also seemed like he was scared and did that whole thing out of desperation.