People like that NEVER show up when they say they will.


107 – Sparsity

[Wide panel, Rose & Aya talking, Nate & Steve in BG, Derek playing video games,]

Steve: Man, where is everyone? If Aya hadn’t shown, this would be just like a normal Friday.

Nate: What about that one “really hot chick” from your work who “totally wanted to bone” you?
Steve: Not going to make it. She came down with a bad case of never having existed.

Posted on July 21, 2010 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.

25 Responses

  1. RotSman says:

    The color on this is TIGHT. I think this is the best color-work I’ve seen from you, in fact.

    • Nick says:

      Thanks, Matt! Not sure i did that much differently than I normally do, but I have been working on leaning less on the gradients lately and trying to get more accurate shading.

  2. Dan says:

    That ain’t a party. That’s a social gathering.

  3. John says:

    I so want that poster in the background.

  4. cailement says:

    It’s the guy playing video games. You can’t play video games at a party. Total party killer. Unless it’s the rock bands. Because those encourage both music and participation…

  5. Dragonson says:

    Not another one! When will they find a cure?!

  6. Danielle says:

    Derek looks like he’s totally in the zone XD

    And that black haired chick looks really cute ^_^

  7. Erin says:

    Ah, the calm before the storm. You just KNOW it’s always boring before something wild tears through… hrm… there is a pic of a drunken Rose’s mom in the characters guide…….. >:)

    • Nick says:


    • Esquire says:

      I’ve been wondering when the heck that drunken mother picture would be used. I had guessed that it might have been just a practice doodle, but this set-up is too perfect… Tons of booze? An alcoholic mother? A perfect chance to embarrass her in front of her friends???!

      • Erin says:

        That and if you look real carefully, you can tell the wall in teh background behind Beth is the living room wall in the guys’ apartment. ^_^

        • Erin says:

          OMGOSH! I also just noticed the headshot of Aya in the character guide is from THIS page. Though I have to wonder what the creator think sof us readers discovering this…..Nick, your thoughts?

          • Nick says:

            I’m flattered you’re paying close enough attention to notice. :-)

            When I updated the pics for the Cast page, I wanted to use the best looks I had available at the time, and since I work about 15 strips ahead of what goes up on the site, I already had these comics done by then.

            I certainly don’t mind leaving a few little clues around for readers to use to try to predict things. :-)

        • Cryptic Raevn says:

          Hmm, in that pic is that the neckline to her shirt, or is she topless and wearing a necklace…

          • Erin says:

            It’s a necklace. Back when Nate was being introduced to Beth, she had a cross shaped necklace on her neck, and if you look REEEEAAAAALLLLL close, you can see where the strings meet and the pendant hangs in the “Cast” section of the site. I think I may have too much time on my hands if I’m able to anser this…….. :P

          • Erin says:

            Oops, I was wrong, no pendant in archives, but she is wearing a pendant in the Cast pic.

  8. Erin says:

    Hey, who wouldn’t pay attention to a great story that really is for EVERY person. This is life and the weird twists and turns and stuff like that. ^_^

  9. Lessa says:

    A little off topic (I am sorry) but evry time I see a posting from Erin, I think of a wonderful woman who used to have her own web comic. It unfortunatly has not been updated in ages.

  10. Oxford says:

    Heh heh heh… Rasputin’s Penis.

  11. nooneinparticular says:

    i hate it when that really hot chick comes down with a terrible case of never having existed

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