Bill’s primary reason for calling the meeting was to see if someone would notice he’d shaved off his silly little goatee.


Bill: One last thing before I let you all go, and I promise you’ll enjoy this one.

Bill: As a reward for all your hard work, I’m proud to announce the first Food Baron company picnic!
Arne: Also, we never bothered to have a Thanksgiving thing last year, and we’ll lose that corporate money if we don’t spend it on something.

Bill: It doesn’t matter where the money came from. What does matter is that we’ve rented out our own corner of Huntington Beach, and in a couple of weeks we’re going to party down Food Baron style!
Arne: Swimsuits will be mandatory for all female employees!

Bill: Swimsuits will NOT be mandatory.
Arne: Fine. Strongly encouraged then.
Bill: They will not be DIScouraged.

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment or trackback from your own site.

64 Responses

  1. Oxford says:

    Female swimsuits make everything better. Unless men wear them. Fat men… OHGODITCAN’TBEUNTHOUGHT

  2. The Negro Guy says:

    The Negro Guy thinks The Negro Guy knows where this is going, and The Negro Guy likes it!!!

  3. RotSman says:

    Bill looks so excited in panel three… ^_^

    …and my first thought was that if swimsuits weren’t mandatory, it must be a nude beach. Your NSFW mind games are starting to work, Mr. Wright!

    • Nick Wright says:

      I didn’t even consider that. The student has surpassed the master!

    • The Negro Guy says:

      The Negro Guy says the nude beach he went to once was all just a bunch of dudes. Nasty.

      • TheReindeerLady says:

        TheReindeerLady finds your statement highly amusing. TheReindeerLady would almost attend such a beach herself for the sake of the view. Sadly, TheReindeerLady is of such proportions that her femininity might not on its own be enough to mitigate poor TNG’s aversion to the beachside view. TheReindeerLady is rather fair. In a black suit, she could headline at SeaWorld.

      • Eric says:

        Story has it that the local nude beach only has old people and dudes naked on it, the women keep their clothes on.

        European beaches go topless a lot, but you get all kinds, shapes, and sizes there. Which means lots of fat tourists.

  4. Minty-Phresh says:

    I kind of wonder just how this picnic will effect the characters. Here’s hoping some sort of epic showdown/public spectacle between Tracy and um…. the hispanic chic. I wanna say… Miranda? Wait, that’s not it. Is it?

  5. Russkie says:

    I like where this is going as well. Just wanted to pop in and say good job on the comics, I love them and this is one of three webcomics I consistently read (the others being CAD and XKCD). And if I had to choose, it would be this. Thanks for an awesome story and engaging characters.


    • Nick Wright says:

      Thanks, Russkie! In Soviet Russia, TG chooses YOU.

    • Cokehead says:

      The Cokehead–Nah, I won’t even try to imitate TNG. Third Person talking on TG is his turf.

      But those are the exact comics I read (consistently). Since we’re internet clones, you may also be interested in these (hope Captain Wright doesn’t mind):
      Thinkin’ Lincoln (out of production, but I think there’s 1100 comics in the archive.)
      Not From Concentrate (Ditto, but I’d be really disappointed in you, clone, if you hadn’t been through this one yet)
      Nerf Now! (The artist’s rendering of breasts is almost as good as the Captain’s. Almost.)
      And there’s always EQcomics. Although, it’s sort of a long-term thing – there’s not a punchline in every comic like you’re used to – and I know what you’re used to, you dirty bastard.

      Good luck on the internet, clone.

  6. Nick says:

    What, Tracy doesn’t put in a matching demand for the mankini ?????

  7. Kramegame says:

    so when was the last time we saw Bill with his goatee?

  8. meltedplasticarmyguy says:

    http://nooooooooooooooo.com/ …….. Mandatory fun is never a good thing. I always dreaded those days when I was in the service. I foresee nothing but bad things from this.

    By the way, great comic. I added it to one of my favorites….just have to figure out how to get it to update on its own.

  9. Troika says:

    Haha Bill literally looks like Hitler.

  10. Madock345 says:

    I just spent quite a while trying to pick out Food baron employs by thier Silhouette, and I obviously need to brush up on my Treading Ground Knowledge, did you use the sihouettes of charecters or just annonomus crowd drawings? if you used charecters can we have a list Preety Please? I love you comic by the way, its awsome.

  11. Hail to the King says:

    welcome back, Arne. you’re brand of humor has been missed by this one

  12. Passerby says:

    Les is going to spend all his time under a parasol and everyone will laugh at him. He will weep for his damnation away from the sun’s light as those employees who follow Arne’s suggestion all choose to apply their lotion 5 feet out of the shadow of Les’s parasol of faux-depressive solitude. And we will laugh at him. We will all laugh at him.

  13. Tia says:

    Tia cannot wait to see Purvous in a bikini! LOL

  14. Lando says:

    Swimsuits mandatory, nudity encouraged.
    And site looks great on iPad btw.

  15. Kessog says:

    Kessog’s fanservice senses are tingling…

  16. snakesauer says:

    man i love this comice i read many comics one of my favs and i see The Negro Guy on about all of the comics i read and its sweet.

  17. Cresci says:

    Wait…I’m confused. Shouldn’t Arne have said that “swimsuits aren’t mandatory for female workers” instead of Bill?

    Who knew that Bill was such a poon-hound

  18. BriGuy says:

    C’mon, Wardrobe Malfunction, old buddy, don’t let me down!

  19. The Dark One says:

    There are many parts of a woman that are nice to touch
    But one in particular there is never too much
    Should they be large or small
    Fabricated or home grown
    Breast are quite lovely even if fat or full of silicone

    You may think I’m crass or perhaps rather witty
    Just let me be clear here,

    Me likem dem tittehs

  20. Kona says:

    Whatever is not forbidden is compulsory. New company rule.

  21. Hinoron says:

    Man… I read this so wrong.

    “Swimsuits will be mandatory!” “Swimsuits will NOT be mandatory!”

    I was thinking… “so… skinny dipping optional then?”

    …. In my defense, it IS a beach party. Swimsuits would be the default. To jump from that mental picture to “not mandatory” led me only one direction. :P

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