Subterfuge (NSFW-ish)

A turn of events.

94 thoughts on “Subterfuge (NSFW-ish)

  1. First!

    1. Hah! Gotcha! Even though I keep telling myself not to do this anymore… πŸ˜‰

      1. But if I’d have been CABLE instead of DSL …
        OH the POSSIBILITIES! – LOL! – I’ll “take” the 2nd slot.

        1. I’ll take the second slut!

        2. Sir Dude Man Guy

          can I have the third slut then?

  2. FIRST

    1. … or not!

      1. Okay, WHAT is so damned appealing about being first? It implies you don’t give a shit if what you say has meaning or not so long as you pre-empt anybody else. And damn but you look like a fool when you say “First!” as the second, third, or fourth post.

        Now for the part I’d like to say humorously.

        Tch. That boy’d better be getting a subscription to Marine Manwich for running interference and preserving his old man’s friggin livelihood, to say nothing of his hard-on. I mean job-threatening blackmail material doesn’t come along every day and when you’ve got to rope your kid into saving your ass you damn well expect a little bit of extortion.

        1. Plus, he may be the only male present who is not terribly interested in the show.

  3. FIRST!!

    1. DAMNATION!!! I was so excited too πŸ™

      1. Time to cut down some Truffula Trees. XD

        1. My internet has an odd sense of humor. When I attempted to come to this site it sent me to google translate, and when I was typing my name it put in the name of the book I was doing research on. Coulda been more embarrassing I s’pose xP

  4. First time posting here, but is that Miranda’s nipple I see? Wouldn’t that be NSFW :P?

    1. Eh, debatable, but I’ve added a disclaimer.

      “I don’t know what you’re talking about, boss. Areola? I don’t even know what that means!”

      1. Ah, areolas are only NSFW-ish, but pubes are full on NSFW. :-p

        1. It’s an intricate hierarchy.

        2. We’ll obviously need a similarly structured governmental regulatory committee to make sure we know what’s corrupting and what’s good ol’ fashioned fun. Bureaucracy NOOOOO!!!!!

        3. NIPPLE ALERT LEVEL: ORANGE

        4. Is it weird we’ve seen more of Miranda than Nate has even though they’re sorta dating?

          I mean it’s kinda like your best bud bragging to you about feeling up a chick that you’ve already nailed.

        5. You would be surprised how often this has happened to me being bi-sexual. And it’s more ‘I got to see her in bikini or bend over in short skirt’ etc and it’s like ‘Uh…yeah. Pretty sure I’ve had sex with her. Just saying’.
          I think lesbians like to wear suggestive clothing just to tease the opposite sex.

    2. Good eyes, Brian! I missed that the first time around. πŸ˜‰

      1. How could you POSSIBLY miss that, chumash? Seems to me you’re doing it wrong if your main priority when reading this comic is to post first and not notice Nick’s subtle artsy way of showing us that Miranda is not just losing the fight, but her top!

  5. NIP SLIP!

    and I love how they guys got jello on themselves… somehow… πŸ˜‰

    1. Maybe the jello has not harden yet? It does look like a nice day, so not sure if it is in solid form yet due to no fridge.

      1. There was plenty of ice for the gelatin to solidify. otherwise it would just be super sticky green water….
        also, as with mud-wrestling, there tends to be a very large splash radius around the contenders…

    2. Bear in mind Arne made the jello pool. Makes it easier to get the stuff on you.

  6. o.o jesus tits people… you’d think bein first made you king of shit mountain or something…. besides, yer all missing the all important half nipple. *nods*

    1. Although Things are looking grim i’ve got my money on miranda.

      1. Why the HELL would you bet on Miranda. Sure, everyone likes her much more than Tracy, but Tracy’s ‘bitch’ attitude will make her a lock to win this thing.

        -TJD

  7. POWER STANCE!

  8. Hey Bookie, I’d like to up my bet on Tracy to $40.00!

    In the meantime, someone better add more Lime flavored Food Baron brand gelatin to the pool.

    1. well that will be a $40 loss to you. Look at the eyes of miranda (nipple, nipple, nipple, eyes) I know that look, it’s the one that women get just before they get really mad and lose all decorum. Tracy will swallow Jello.

  9. ….MUST. NOT BUST. A. NUUUUUUUT.

  10. FIRST!

    TITS!

    1. marianne knows what’s up lol

    2. Actually, it’s a little nip-slip.

      But… (In a serotypical black man voice) DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN.

  11. i’m a little curious… will rose join them in the “pool”?

    1. Why? She has no beef with them.

      Beside, pool not big enough.

      1. She could fit if they all squeeze up close…

        1. I hope nick takes advice of your coment

  12. First panel is pretty, hot, I have to admit it. And I knew Tracy would eventually get the upper hand…

  13. YES. Tracy is about to slap on the STF! She’s gonna tap!

  14. Epic simply epic, the battle of the grocery store babes. HURRAY for Food Baron brand JELLO.

  15. How did Arne convince his son to distract Bill though. Great comic though Nick. I wonder how this will all turn out.

    1. Something that i didn't think of

      his son is gay…
      He actually says it… well kinda. Dis-interested

      1. Not the worst way for him to behave towards his son.

  16. Finally the more prude Miranda has her 15 minutes of nude fame. Hopefully more to come πŸ™‚

  17. I’m really surprised Nate hasn’t tried to assist/rescue Miranda by now. He wants Tracy to back off, right? He seems to want to make a go with Miranda, right? Wouldn’t both best be served by his coming forward to publicly support Miranda right now?

    Unless he really doesn’t know what he wants. If he doesn’t do something quick, he’s definitely not going to be happy with any results from this.

    1. Honestly, I wouldn’t get in between any of that… and if Nate were to step in, they would probably both go at him and thus the end of treading grounds… They’re both furious right now, so I say let them duke it out, and Nate will just take part in clean up of the whole situation…

      1. or, y’know, he might just be left in awe-struck wonder at the sight of it all, like any good man

  18. Wait a sec…I sell that grill. It is pure charcoal, no propane at all.

    1. Actually I’ve seen the same sort of grill as a propane grill, so yeah it could happen.

      1. and I’ve converted a propane grill into a charcoal grill…

        also, it could be that Bill is just that dumb….

      2. In all fairness, I just found out I sell a charcoal and propane side-by-side that has that same styling, so maybe this is one of those. Meh.

    2. Any resemblance to actual grills, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

      1. Hahaha, I almost fell of my chair πŸ˜€

        1. BrmudaRectangle

          That’s one wobbly chair..

        2. Nah, i just laughted so much πŸ˜€ I found NickΒ΄s comment very funny.

    3. You’re right, that’s a charcoal smoker.

      Gas grills don’t have chimneys.

  19. Is it just me or dose Tracy seem to be getting off on this?

    1. the lesbian-ish part of it? no.
      the dominance she is currently holding over Miranda? more than likely.

  20. Looks like having a gay son has its benefits…. LOL
    Also, Miranda needs to pull up down her bathing suit some more…ya know what? she might just want to take it off, it looks like its restricting her movement…XD

  21. So, is it just me or did your lines get more clean in this comic?

    1. I don’t think it’s any major improvement over the last one, but I do of course hope they’re getting better over time.

  22. Arne demonstrates his superiority once again.

  23. overlord senses… RIGHT ON!! Overlord Laharl will proclaim Harlot, er, I mean Tracy… to be the winner!

    1. don’t make me get rozilyn out here. i bet she’d have something to say about that. ((if you don’t get this i seriously will hunt you down and hurt you))

      1. ROZALIN!!

        If you’re gonna use her to threaten Laharl, get her name right! πŸ˜›

        Though she does seriously kick Laharl’s ass when she goes all Zenon on him.

  24. He’s uninterested (in watching) rather than disinterested (in his father’s shenannigans), isn’t he?

    1. He’s disinterested (as in having no “interest”, stake, or partiality) in the outcome of this event.

      Really, either way works.

      1. Ah, I see what you mean, but I was under the impression that most of the spectators don’t care about the outcome either, and just want to watch for as long as possible.

  25. You could always use a gay son. x’)

    But, where’s Les in all this? o.o

    1. https://og.treadingground.com/?p=1401

      Last pannel should about sum it up.

      1. He better be using sunscreen if that’s the case. Both for its lotion-y goodness, and well, he’s a wannabe Robert Pattinson.

        1. No he isn’t. He went into a big rant about it:

          https://og.treadingground.com/?p=673

  26. Looks like Tracy has some skills after all. She doesn’t have Miranda properly pinned yet, and isn’t properly braced, so Miranda might be able to pull her right arm down and throw Tracy off, or at least free her right arm and then go for a clit attack with her left. Though Tracy might be hardened against this…

    Tracy: Ah! Yeah! Nice try bitch! I don’t lose control during orgasm! How about you?!

    Of course, it is quite possible to win the bout but not the judges’ verdict.

    Arne: And the winnah, by two wardrobe malfunctions and one noisy climax to one submission – Miranda Reyes!

    All: *cheers*

    Arne: And here’s your prize. (shoves Nate forward) Just leave him fit for work, ma’am. And give a big hand to our gallant, but still – rather boringly – clad, loser, Tracy Winters!

    All: *boos and cries of “Get ’em off!”*

    Nate isn’t going to intervene – he’s probably too busy trying to back away – but someone else might…

    Miranda: Thanks for that. (kisses Rose) I thought I was a goner . The bitch must’ve outweighed me… so how did you manage?

    Rose: I’ve been mud wrestling since I was six. Goes with the family.

    Nate: Did you have to lose the top before you went in?

    Rose: Yes.

    Miranda: (to Nate): Well, pardner, I’m gonna have a reputation now, and it’s all thanks to you. So, are you going to come through for me?

    Nate: Uh, yeah, I guess. (they move slowly to embrace)

    Rose: No chance of sharesies, then?

    Miranda: (backs off a little, smiles) Well, think how that would make Tracy feel…

    (Nate grabs Rose and pulls her into the embrace)

    1. And so, they lived in that happy threesome for the rest of their lives

  27. ANd that’s why you always use a charcoal grill.

    In other news: COME ON TRACY!!!! THAT JEWISH DUDE NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES!!!!

    -Khaos

  28. Loving the strip lately (this is some beach party) but it has to be said:

    http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/sudden.html

    It isn’t “all of the sudden”, it’s “all of a sudden”.

    Sorry. That’s a particular pet peeve of mine.

    Keep writing and drawing!

    cheers,
    Phil

    1. I understand the peeve, but people are going to continue to misuse it colloquially, and that includes Bill.

      Otherwise, thanks for the kind words!

      1. I don’t understand why the “error” is so prevalent. I think “all of the sudden” is harder to say. But then again, I’m not a native speaker, and force of habit is a juggernaut O.O

  29. #1: If you’re in a comic, always buy a bikini top WITH shoulder straps unless you’re content to become fanservice fodder at some point.

    #2: It worries me that Tracy is apparently familiar with the application of suppression holds. Unless Miranda pulls out quick, that is going to get very painful. And I’d like to see Miranda win instead of that harlot. =_=

    1. Well, my argument to #1 is: This isn’t Japan, nor is this Manga. Comic makers here use good stories and creative humor to catch an audience, not the, “every cute girl getting naked or topless in some sort of sexy pose or another” cliche, to attract fans.

      And #2:….. I must agree.

  30. Put her in the rear naked choke! And then Miranda can reverse it and put Tracy in the full naked choke…with both of them fully naked, preferably.

  31. Nick, panel one is honestly the hottest thing you’ve ever publicly shown. You got a chubby after drawing this, didn’t you? Tell the truth, this is a safe space.

    1. I drew it at Starbucks, so I hope not.

      1. Makes me pause to think about how many Starbucks customers have casually passed a great webcomic being created as they order their lattes a few feet away. That nerdy looking guy with the scratch pad? A major movie blockbuster next year. That harrassed looking middle aged lady tapping away on her battered laptop? The next JK Rowling. We brush against fame every day, and never know it.

        Oh, and great beach party! Keep up the fanservice; uh, good work!

    2. Uh oh, nipple shot! XD

  32. one of the two needs to realize she’ll acquire an ally if she makes the other bleed.

  33. That is totally not the right way to apply a half nelson…

  34. Yeah!
    Somebody should have cued up the theme music to Benny Hill, Yakety Sax, right about the time the bikini clad butt hit the jello pool.
    I am just saying.

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