“Come with”? Rose must have been watching Fargo again.


201 – Options

(At the Shark Cave @ LPHS)

Rose: Hey, are you doing anything this weekend?
Aya: Surprisingly, yes. Alex’s dad invited us to some thing at Huntington Beach, so I figured I may as well.

Rose: Really? That’s not the Food Baron party, is it?
Aya: Yeah, how did you know?
Rose: My sister’s boyfriend invited us. I was gonna ask if you wanted to come with.

Aya: Well that’s good, at least I’ll know someone. I didn’t want to turn down the invite, but his dad kind of weirds me out.

Arne: Are you ever gonna hook up with that Aya chick?
Alex: Dad, I’m gay. And you know this.
Arne: So bring home a dude then!

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

119 Responses

  1. Gojira says:

    Who new Arne had a kid?

  2. Mike says:

    This is gonna end well, I can tell :/

  3. Minty-Phresh says:

    For some reason when she said Alex, I thought Trevor, making the last panel all the funnier.

  4. David says:

    At least he’s understanding.

  5. Rob Lopez says:

    Yeah, what’s the point of being gay if you don’t bring home a dude?

    • Black Mandango says:

      You don’t have to bring home a boy honey. Just screw ’em at they house.

      • Tssha says:

        But then your folks nag you about how you never bring your dates home to meet them. Are you ashamed of them or something? And you really should settle down and adopt some kids, we wanna hear the pitter patter of little feet again. We’re not gonna live forever, we want grandkids damnit! Besides, settling down is a sign of maturity and you want our respect and admiration, right?

  6. Anti says:

    What a twist.

    btw where is the negro guy?

    • NotTheNegroGuy says:

      Mwahaha! That arrogant fool dares not show his face! The day is won! And I, NotTheNegroGuy, will reign over the comment section FOR ALL TIME!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Sara E. says:

    Arne has a kid? Someone actually mingled their DNA with his? Well this just makes Arne all the creepier. Knowing that sick fuck like him is responsible for raising a kid…but I have a feeling Alex is nothing like his father.
    I can’t wait to see what happens next…

  8. fezz says:

    I hereby challenge anyone to out twist my twist… possibly within the next 3 comics, Miranda will be AWOL. Aya gets a hold of Arne’s phone, from Alex, to make some innocent call… sees the pic with Tracy and Nate, goes to tell Rose, but finds that Miranda has found Rose, who she remembered from earlier and wanted to talk to someone about Nate, who she has feelings for, then they all decide to yell at Nate together… only to find Nate getting chatted up by some (insert some new character) who they all end up taking their anger out on.. instead of Nate. BOOM Tracy shows up and laughs at the whole situation. Fists of fury from everyone, cat fight of the year award!! Nick could get an Emmy!!!

    • Jim says:

      Or NOT! … Nick has a way of twisting the dagger at a strange angle, JUST when you think you have it “pegged”!

      I’m going for the soda and popcorn –
      me believes THIS will soon get ‘interesting’!

    • Pink Freud says:

      Close, but no flaming phallic symbol. Same beginning, Aya sees the clip on Arne’s phone, and shows / tells Rose. Rose tracks down Miranda and warns her, and the two commiserate and drown each otehrs sorrows in beer. Result, experimental HLA scene between Miranda and Rose, and Purvous catches them in the act.

      • FWATANG says:

        aren’t we forgetting that arne’s son has been introduced here now? he definitely needs a role somewhere in the picnic scene.

  9. Wow says:

    Wow, never expected that plot twist. Never ever expected Arne to have a kid though. I am guessing Arne is a single father then.

    I can always count on Nick to produce exceptional work though.

  10. Paul says:

    I didn’t think anything of the use of “come with” til you pointed it out. Then again, I live in Minnesota. We actually do talk like that, if you ever wondered.

    • Nick Wright says:

      I didn’t realize it was specific to the Midwest until recently. I just said it because I found it amusing.

      • One Manic Ninja says:

        TOTALLY an “upper midwest” thing. my husband and I both grew up saying that (Chicago suburbs) and give each other knowing looks whenever we hear someone saying that.

        • Frrabian says:

          What? I am in the northwest and I say “come with”. I hear others say that also.

          • TheReindeerLady says:

            Just my two copperish disks’ worth here, I actually picked up ‘come with’ back in Alaska in the early 90s.

            • FWATANG says:

              i’ve heard “come with” in the northeast area. said it myself quite often too.

              • Sara E. says:

                I”m in the north east, and I’ve said it several times myself. Not sure where I picked it up from though. I think it might be more common than most people think.

            • Darrell says:

              I live in Alaska (born and raised) and I hear it all the time, so I don’t know where this ‘specific to the Midwest’ comes from. However, there are a lot of people that were raised in the Midwest that moved up here, so they may have just brought it with them.

  11. Uranium Bullet says:

    Now that’s an understand father.

  12. Noggy says:

    “Son I just want you to be successful sexually. That’s all I ask.”

    • Oberon says:

      “Son, I managed to get some at the office today just by walking into the right room. Surely you can get some if you’d only try a little bit!”

  13. Los says:

    Didn’t even think Arne was that old to begin with, so the seemingly teenage son is definitely a double twist for me.

    • Nick Wright says:

      He’s 35. Not incredibly old, but old enough to have a 17-year-old son.

      • bookninja says:

        considering it’s Arne, not really surprising his son would be that old. i get the feeling he’s one of those dude’s who’s just going to get more and more lecherous as he gets older, up until we get the “walking stick with a mirror on the bottom” stage

  14. Plasmo says:

    Oh boy I Foresee an interesting future, I don’t know if I am right yet so I’ll just sit back and watch to find out.

  15. Passerby says:

    And that is exactly how that talk should go.

  16. Jim says:

    Odd, isn’t it? – Weren’t we asking Nick about “installing” a gay character, or someone (like Rose) TRYING a same sex relationship about ten days ago?

    Guess this means Nick LISTENS to ‘valid’ suggestions? (Thanks Nick!)

  17. Chaos says:

    Arne? A kid?

    Wow. I’m not sure if I should be terrified or jealous of the kid…

  18. Greenwood Goat says:

    Makes me wonder what sort of vibe Arne is projecting at her, and what Aya is picking up. It will be interesting when they all get together.

    Arne (thinks): 0.5yr ±3mn until legal BUT son needs some SO .waiting.

    Aya (thinks): A watched pot never boils?! Strange thought.

    Nate (thinks): Not if I can help it, Arne-hole!

    Rose (thinks): Ditto. Especially if he’ll do for me! <3

    Trevor (thinks): Why are they all looking at my sis? And why's that black-haired guy looking at me?!

    Alex (thinks): If I get the sun behind him and kinda squint, he looks a bit like Justin Bieber. (sigh)

    Purvous (thinks):………………..Nobody's talkin' to me……………..All the women have boobies…………………….Ooooh, a pebble shaped like a booby… sorta…

  19. SwordKing says:

    All those in favor of Rose and Tracy getting in a bikini cat fight at the beach party?

  20. Ozzie says:

    Watching Fargo? Do people from places besides Minnesota NOT say “come with”? I didn’t realize that was one of our verbal quirks at all.

  21. Ginger says:

    …I never thought of it before, but that makes sense and I’m going to go with it.

  22. Kuthalas says:

    To honest that phrase sounds something you would hear in the Southwest as well. Though not very often.

  23. chumash99 says:

    “So bring home a dude then!” Accepting Arne is accepting. ;)

  24. Kramegame says:

    wait they have school uniforms, and have to wear their name tags around their necks? how are you supposed to do anything fun in that highschool?

  25. Zack says:

    I’m glad i could pull myself away from Pokemon White long enough to check this today, what a satisfactory development.

  26. PsychoKat says:

    Like father, like son?

  27. Garion says:

    First time commenter, long time reader.

    (I’ve always wanted to say something like that.)
    Anyways, just wanted to congratulate you on another great comic. I think not only do your great characters and involved story bring me back here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but also the fact that you talk with your audience. (The commenters, which the comment box is almost like a seperate thing in itself.) It’s nice to know that the author of a comic actually looks at his website and the people who post on it instead of just slapping up a comic.

    • Nick Wright says:


      The comments section has become an integral part of the site, and I’m glad to be able to interact with everyone. I used to want to have a Forum back in the day, but I think this accomplishes things more succinctly.

  28. Ray says:

    Bring home a dude then. Well at least he sound supportive.. How come even in comic books the cute ones are gay?.. I really need to stop being attracted to cartoon characters. lol xp

  29. ereusa says:

    I’d love to see arnes wife (assuming he’s married)

  30. MJSox says:

    I suspect Alex is going to creating many a shipping fleet.

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