Not exactly the expression I would expect, either…

Next we’ll learn that Genie is Professor Camel’s Niece or some such thing…

Hey, Mark… Unless the good professor went out to commune with The Yeti, or take a leak, he’s still n the room with you… Are you meaning to have a sidebar with Genie? Because in all likelihood, Harvey can hear everything you are saying! And your Gob-smacked look in the third panel seems simply out of place… this is not a revelation that would require such a reaction…

Concerning frequency and pacing…

My most devoted reader asked why I don’t post every day anymore. It’s quite simple- I have had to adapt my approach to the much slower pacing and “plot” development under the James Allen Regime… there simply isn’t as much to say regarding these story lines and the “speed” with which they unfold. Of course it could be that after what? 6 or 7 years? this has become more of a chore? Lots of long hikes for very short drinks of water…

Like this week’s revelation:

That the young Dr. Camel to be and his father (sort of like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery?) were terrorized by “The” Yeti (again singular or plural?) whilst hiking in the greater Nepal region…

…only to reveal, in a very Captain Ahab sort of way, why Harvey is so, well, consumed by this quest… It does explain the gimp, though… and what a clueless soul Mark remains, to this day…

Sorry Harvey. This proves nothing. It’s all hearsay. Even Genie looks surprised by the story, this would-be confession… I mean, would Dr. Camel be taking more or less shit if he had made this known a long time ago rather than keeping it buried for decades?

And good lord, why all the blue? And again, how big is this Hiking Shelter? And why is Genie suddenly play House Mother? Traditional roles die hard in the Trailverse.

Gobsmacked and Angry

Wait for it…

Mark, feeling like he is continuing to be led on a string, reacts strongly:

Son, what son? Do I have a son? And why can’t I grow a beard? Why does my hair never change? But hang on, we are about to hear a story…

…and it would seem that young Harvey is destined to grow up looking like his old man… The Yeti was, or were? Why is there only ever just one of them? Ravaging? Killing, Maiming, Terrorizing? Really??

He believes…

And the beat (down) goes on…

Excuses are like assholes, Dr. Camel… Everybody has one…

I honestly have never seen Mark this peeved… or antagonistic! But Dr. Camel, science isn’t about a belief system, it’s about facts and proof.

Now Genie is getting in on it… She’s not about to let the last 10 years of her (relatively) young life be made irrelevant… But Genie, we are still lacking any kind of actual DNA evidence, right? But certainly it is proven through the stories garnered from Farmers, Hikers and Researchers… yup, that pretty much defines the spectrum of humanity!

Mark is feeling our pain!

One might assume who is talking in the following frame, but then that might be considered sexist…

But where are the Sherpa? Or it is Sherpas? Sort of like how the word ‘Data’ is actually plural?

Bicker, bicker, bicker… Such negative energy. Hasn’t Mark ever watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?” Time for one of you to get eaten or something…

How big is this shelter? Look at how small Mark is in the background perspective! Did he turn into a voodoo doll?

Bill Ellis' Mad Plan…

We have been known to go on veeeeery long walks (literally) with these stories, but I think I just stumbled onto something here…

As Dr. Camel (no, not that kind of Doctor…) continues to profess his purity of heart and intent as it pertains to his life’s work, Genie suggests that there could be a pay-day involved… complete with hand gestures:

Mark, who has never really shown any interest in money (I mean why would he? He’s well cared for at Lost Forest…) Asks yet another leading question… to which Harvey replies:

…and take good care of BILL ELLIS and FIELD and FOREST MAGAZINE! AMIRIGHT?? Huh? Huh??