Actually he’s just doing this gig because blood bank jobs are hard to get.


Lilith: You’re working in the meat department now?
Les: Lilith? I …was not aware you obtained your provisions here.

Les: It is true that I have reclaimed my place as a severer of flesh. I am in control of my own destiny and engaging in activities that suit me.

Lilith: That’s… pretty sexy actually.
Les: Oh?
Lilith: Really. Do you… want to get together sometime?

Old Lady to Meat Mgr: When did y’all get mimes in here, and why are they talkin’?

Posted on June 6, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

107 Responses

  1. FWATANG says:


  2. pimpim says:


  3. Pink Freud says:


    Please say yes

  4. Minty says:

    Wow, Les’s ex is back. I wonder if she’ll be a reoccurring character. First.

  5. Dude says:

    SECOND! Btw, nice comic so far man =)

      • Pashakitty says:

        So… is it just me or is she wearing an upside down Ankh around her neck?

        • Linus p. Lundh says:

          Yes, indeed she is wearing the upside-down Ankh. If I am not mistaking, it’s the symbol of death. Befitting :P

          • Rukaru says:

            Lilith is also the Goddess of the Underworld.. appropriate much?

            • Ghost says:

              It also seems to be that if you take any religious symbol and turn it upside down, it becomes Satanic: pentagrams, crucifixes, and apparently even Christmas trees (that one surprised me – how the Hell do you get an upside-down Christmas tree?)

              • ObeyPostulio says:

                you obtain upside down christmas tree with the help of gorilla glue an duct tape, then set it on fire because everyone knows burning christmas trees are cooler then normal ones

              • malachron says:

                er…actually an upside crucifix is the symbol for st. peter because he refused to be crucified the same way as christ..not really satanic in the least…though the upside down christmas tree is a new one i haven’t heard about…i’ll have to look that one up.

                • Ghost says:

                  Perhaps I should rephrase: Some people believe that reversing any symbol makes it Satanic. The crucifix can be a symbol for St. Peter, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only meaning the symbol has – a lot of the “Satanic” symbols are just symbols taken from other believes and reversed or “corrupted”. In my experience, Satanists are either incredibly satirical (and quite intelligent about it) or just idiot kids (doesn’t matter how old they are – they can still be kids) trying to go against the “mainstream religions”.

                  At the art college I go to, there is a girl there that claims to be “Satanic” who wears upside-down crucifixes, pentagrams and yes, ankhs too, and if asked why, she says “Becasue it’s Satanic, and so am I.” She’s actually kind of a bitch…

                  • Nick Wright says:

                    That’s a pretty good assessment. I haven’t looked into it in a while, but I seem to recall there being a difference between the Satanists who actually claim to worship Satan and the Anton LaVey Satanists, who are basically humanists who don’t mind being jerks about it.

              • Rev Kicks says:

                Hanging fir trees upside down goes back to the Middle Ages, when Europeans did it to represent the Trinity. But now, Christmas trees are shaped with the tip pointing to heaven, and some think an upside-down Christmas tree is disrespectful or sacrilegious.

                • PantherScott says:

                  I think they make the most festive video game spike trap. Especially when on fire and screaming. You mean they don’t scream? Well they should.

                  *Patents the band name Screaming Christmas Trees.*

              • GENE says:

                Upsidedown Christmas tree is a Polish christmas tree. Very popular around Milwaukee WI.

          • Pashakitty says:

            Actually it’s not the symbol of death. The “Ankh” represents Life, Death, and Rebirth as well as eternal life. Reversing it does not reverse it’s meaning.

  6. Pink Freud says:

    Damn I misses. I stayed up for this?

    Lame (me too)

    • Dedsysop says:

      PF from TSC?

      • Pink Freud says:

        Dunno what TSC is, but I am Pink Freud from N9, RHPS, and I’ve been using Pink Freud on various BBS’s since 1990. I am not the first, but the only one I ever found who used the name before me was out on the west coast.

  7. crazy white manboy says:

    SECOND YES and cool les’ ex is back

  8. Hawkzombie says:

    YES! Bring Back Matlock!!

  9. Dude says:

    BTW, second is best LOL, and I need to re read this comic again, there are too many characters i forgot about =(

  10. Dr. wonderful says:

    Lilith? As in the first wife of adam?

    Classic Nick, just classic.

  11. bigwill076 says:

    I think he was going for more of a succubus vibe.

  12. meeestashane says:

    The return of Les! Also, love the detail on Lilith’s neck.

  13. Dr Angry Ed says:

    Dinner with the ex…a storm is coming this way

  14. John Madden says:

    The plot thickens…?

  15. Rocky says:

    IINTERESTING!! ;-) Great job on this comic. (THANKS!! Now my addiction be worse) lol!!

  16. BumblebeeZ3 says:

    This comic makes me smile on several levels. From Les’s verbiage, being back in meats, and getting together with Lilith to the mime quip and the Matlock sweatshirt.

  17. Squared says:

    The fact Les was able to make a semi normal conversation and actually impress a woman at the same time is impressive in it’s own right.

    But the last panel was kind of confusing though. Was it in reference that for once Les’s speech actually didn’t creep anyone out?

  18. Oxford says:

    Heh. Next she’ll be telling him: “No blood as lubricant!”

    • Greenwood Goat says:

      I think you’ve identified a gap in the market, there. I don’t know whether blood-look lube would sell well enough to make it a viable product, or whether it could be made non-staining or given an authentic taste, but it definitely holds possibilities.

    • Pink Freud says:

      Must….resist…urge…. to make… tacky…menstrual…joke….

      • Oberon says:

        Why bother to resist?

        YEAAAAHHHH! Get yer menstruation lube here, half price during that time of the month!!!

        • Bill M. says:

          Shoot, I was thinking along the lines of “If you want him to think he’s your first, not just another muffstuffer, prep yourself with HY Lube.”

  19. BermudaRectangle says:

    hot goth chick….

    Yess. But not my thing.

  20. The man who knows all says:

    Meanwhile in the meat department.

  21. Varmint says:

    Man, there really is someone for everyone, isn’t there? Especially if that someone has a history of poor decisions.

    Great comic btw.

  22. Crane says:

    That blood bank comment gave me a nostalgia-flashback of that creepy guy who worked in the Santa Monica Med Clinic in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines dealing in the black market blood trade.


    • Ghost says:

      Is that the guy who uses his own severed arm as a weapon? I can’t remember – don’t really have time to play it anymore, what with college and looking for employment. The only parts I can really remember are the werewolf near the observatory, the “Tuna and the Chef” story you get while talking to the TV (the wonders of being a Malkavian), and the guy on zombie-watch at the cemetery who wants you to either bring him hookers or keep watch while he goes looking for one himself. That, and the Lacuna Coil poster stuck to a wall at one random point…

  23. Rock says:

    Wow, even Les is showing some personal growth. I wonder whether Lilith will still feel attracted to him if he actually manages to outgrow the whole vampire-coping mechanism.

    And on a sidenote, I am -still- creeped out by those bite marks on Lilith’s neck. They were there the first time she showed up and they’re still here, so either she applies them every day or they’re actual scars. I just hope Les didn’t put them there.

  24. Mick says:

    Careful Les

    To quote the Admiral – “IT”S A TRAP!!”

  25. Ginger says:

    “Mr. Simpson, your house is hindering construction of our new Matlock Expressway.”

  26. You own me at Matlock

  27. Tssha says:

    I’d totally go Goth for Lilith.

  28. bookninja says:

    am i the only one who’s thinking of the simply awful innuendo here, or is everyone else just politely ignoring it in the hope that it’ll go die under a rock somewhere?

    • Nick Wright says:

      Well now I’m curious. What innuendo?

      • Rock says:

        The only thing I can think of is the mentioning of having dinner together, when at least one of the people involved has a vampire thing going, and vampire feeding is considered an erotic act nowadays.

      • BriGuy says:

        In YOUR end-o!

        Truly though, I’m not sure. Maybe something about “working in the meat department”?

      • Ric says:

        Working on the basic premise that innuendo can be found in just about anything, here is a reading of the comic with innuendo:

        “You’re working in the meat department now?” – Your “meat department” (hur, hur) is now functional again (you managed to get over your erectile disfunction problems?)

        “I was not aware that you obtained your provisions here” – So, this is where you go to fulfil your sexual urges?

        “… I have regained my place as a severer of sinew” – heck, I don’t just “beat the meat”, I have advanced to a further stage than that…

        “I am in control of my own destiny & engage in activities that suit me” – Meat Master Bates…

        “That’s … Pretty sexy actually” – I’m a voyeur & the above turns me on

        “…get together for dinner sometime?” – Vampire –> feed off humans –> dinner suggested by potential victim = “eat me”

        I’m sure there are plenty of other ways of reading different/more innuendo into this particular strip, but that’s one option off the top of my head.

  29. Sara E. says:

    Lilith is hot, and should appear in this comic more often. Yes, I have a thing for goth chicks. Especially goth chicks with short hair.

    • Dr Angry Ed says:

      Let’s go and pretend to shop on Hot Topic together, I’ll be your wing-man!! :3

      • The man who knows all says:

        You could also go to a vampire convention or a coffee shop during open mike night.

      • Sara E. says:

        I do actually occasionally shop there, but I’m not one of those people who buys their entire wardrobe there. None of their clothes fit around my hips or my chest. But, yes, be my wing man, I can shop for Hello Kitty stuff AND cute goth girls.

  30. Fajen says:

    Alright, who the hell is the redhaired model in the Snorg Tees ads? She has the most amazing face…

  31. Riyukadragon says:

    Holy shit Les must have leveled up at the picnic, he has mastered his need for blood and has picked up an old flame, let the people rejoice. also lol mines.

  32. Kyle says:

    A friend introduced me to this strip.. and I just finished a marathon read from first panel to the present.

    I’m definately a Treading Ground addict now. The characters are awesome, I feel like I know each one personally, and seeing them interact with eachother is hilarious. Cool seeing your artwork evolve, too, Nick.

    Love it

    • Nick Wright says:

      Awesome! Glad you’re enjoying it, and thanks for the comment!

    • Mike says:

      Me too! This is definitely one of my favourite strips. I love that the NSFW element isn’t your entire selling point.
      (btw, this marathon read finished at 1:36am my time. Woo staying up late reading comics!)

  33. John Madden says:

    If I may, when are we going to see Purvous again?

  34. Bob says:

    Poor guy… he just doesn’t have the ambition and drive to cause a nuclear apocalypse and hold a small town hostage for blood packs…

  35. OverordLaharl79 says:

    Careful, Les… there’s a reason they are called “ex’s”. Also been doing a bit of a re-read of the comic… it was kind of fun(I got up to page 90 and it was getting kind of late so I had to stop).

  36. Rukaru says:

    Hey, I just noticed – a new banner!! Good job!

  37. 42 says:

    She Still Has His Bitemarks, Too. I Foresee A Romantic Reunion.

    • A Random Dewd says:

      I’m thinking renenge. Never judge a book by it’s cover. Especially when it’s a female with questionable taste in clothing & a jacked-up dating past…

      • 42 says:

        You Are Clearly Relating This To A Past Trauma. It Is Okay To Cry, My Friend. And Not All Women Are Evil.

        …Disregard That Last Sentence.

  38. TG is Still Alive says:

    I always thought she was pretty hot. Sadly she was never a recurrent and we never really knew anything about her. :(

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