How to Face the End of Civilization ... Again

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Reader Comments (58)

Clearly, the spaniels used their irresistible puppy dog eyes to render the Mayans helpless to resist their invasion!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConsul

The fall of civilization will be 100% worth it if it means I get to dress like that.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLleu

Zombie Mayan costumes for Halloween, who's up for it?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElyk

I believe it was the chihuahua that contributed to the end of Mayan civilization, not the spaniel. Infected ankle bites.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Pace

What are you holding in the fourth panel?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry Johnston

Nice to see you will get your Doctor's license and now I know what mullet hair boss does with his money. buys Michael Jackson's old clothes.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeimos

ha! spaniels! and you should always trash a place before you get evicted, makes 'em think twice about evicting next time.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkschobert

Mullet Boss is ... um... LIKE A BOSS!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChip Camden

That's a frighteningly probable future in panel four.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNonsensicles

Am I bad person for starting to read the fourth panel, then going "HEY LOOK, A GUN WITH A KNIFE ON IT!" before finishing reading it?

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercz

At least they don't need the anti-radiation codpieces in this future.

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternebraskan

Is there room for the Knifeketeer in a future where Mulleteers wield guns with knives mounted on them?

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudas Peckerwood

I do believe the codpiece region is off-panel. They might not even have pants in the future. One can only hope.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbaardvark

So the Spaniels pooped the Mayan party. Bad dogs.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterM. Möhling

Nobody expects the Spaniel inquisition.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKahomono

Is that a Doctor Manhattan atom on future-you's forehead?

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSara J.

The world will end. We will all perish. Well, except the moonmen. The moonmen never perish...

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDarkestAfrika

For some reason, I'm feeling too sexy for my shirt.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurt

If only the Mayans would have allied with the poodles, they would have had a chance.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

"When society falls, it will most likely be in a way that we did not see coming." Perhaps via spaniel invasion?

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Mason

@Judas Peckerwood:

Knifeketter will have a gun mounted atop his blade.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStephen

We started with year 1. Kinda like the whole C#, VB (programming languages), do you start counting at 0 or 1? Yes, it makes a difference. I love my world.

Wasn't there a time when the calendar was redone a a block of like 2-4 years was skipped?

Oh, and 2012 is really around 2019 since it supposed to represent the number of years since the birth of a dude named Jesus who was called The Christ and based on new info he(He) was born around 7BC (last I cared to check so it may have changed again). So I sure hope the folks who compared how the Mayans kept time took into consideration all the gaps and changes to the current calendar.

Oh, I went to bed early on Dec 31, 1999 after I saw the lights were still on in Japan.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Civilization didn't care enough to start in the year 0, it started at 1. And even then, it took them over 500 years to decide that they were starting at 1.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterploeg

:O Borderlands!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhorne

Mullett Boss is holding the Knifeketeer's gun! If the Knifeketeer used guns....

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Is that a "They Might Be Giants" t-shirt in frame one?

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanMan0715

Year 0? There wasn't one! 1 BC was followed by 1 AD.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFord Prefect

I thought there was no year zero--that the timeline went straight from 1 BC to 1 AD, the tragic result of medieval monks' third grade teachers not putting up numberlines over their slateboards.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

So much chewy comic satisfaction is such a small area:

The They Might Be Giants T-shirt returns
A sporting breed is mercilessly maligned
There's a handgun with a bayonet
Post-apocalyptic mullet boss, with bonus post-apocalyptic Scott


"Every gal in Constantinople
Lives in Istanbul, not Constantinople
So if you've a date in Constantinople
She'll be waiting in Istanbul"

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

A mullet AND epaulets?? No one should have that much bad taste!!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuck Flicks

OMG. The "Spaniels" panel if worth a T-Shirt. Please let me know when you do one and you have a sale:

'Ware the Spaniels. Arrrrrrr!


*I actually had this actual conversation. Yes, "Spaniels"

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Hmm, I can imagine "Spaniards" being misheard as "spaniels", and then spreading through the Facebook and other internet social masses. From the comments I've read at such places as Yahoo! news, I wouldn't be surprised if this comic helped with this new litter of historical truth. We wouldn't be losing much, not in human intellect at least, with the end of civilization as we know it.

I can't believe anybody is trying to correct the characters in this comic about the beginning (middle?) of the (a?) calendar, a comic specifically about being incorrect about the end of the (a?) calendar. At least no one has said anything about the copyright year. Yet. (Oops, did I jinx that? Or is thinking I might have jinxed it being superstitious?)

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThom

AC, The Mayans had their own calendar. It has been 'translated' into our calendar so we can all share the fun. Some people say their end-of-civillization date matches up a bit earlier this year, not winter solstice, because it is a complex system of multiple cycles which sync up every 13000 years (roughly) so there's some debate, but the majority still say their great cycle ends this winter solstice.
They did predict the year the Spaniels would land - they just didn't have any way of dealing with it (Spaniels with guns! oh my!)

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Of course there wasn't a year 0. We count years. There's a difference between counting and measuring.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatBallou

Wait, the spaniels did it? Spoiler alert! But I can't believe they would do that! What b*tches.

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

If the Knifeketeer had a gun, it'd be one of those novelty guns that pops out a flag, only the flag would say "stab".

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I kind of thought that Scott's post-apocalyptic doctor outfit was modeled after Brain in Escape From New York. But now I realize he is more Spider from Johnny Mnemonic.

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterphaser


If you count the number of apples I'm holding as I typed this, the number you would invariably come up with is zero.

Personally, I suspect that the reason for the wierd counting (by modern standards) is because the anno domini calendar was created and in widespread use centuries before the zero was recognized as a proper number in europe.

AD calender sees widespread use: 9th century
Fibonacci spreads the Hindu-Arabic numeral system around europe: 13th century

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Is that a Borderlands-inspired bladed pistol in the fourth panel?

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeXetic

Then there is the Chinese calender, the Roman calender (started in 756 BC I think) etc etc etc.

This is why BC (before Christ) is now BCE (before common era) and AD (anno domine) is now CE (common era).

Historical perspective is both a blessing and a curse.

March 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey
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