#PERRYCELLY, Part 2
At this point in the year, we all know what tension is about. The Caps-Rangers series is mostly a low-scoring affair, a goalie battle if you will. And in a goalie battle there is one matter that eventually comes up.
And there’s one guy who spoils it for everyone.
This is the story of that guy.
Now I don’t think that saying “shutout” causes a goalie to give up a goal. I don’t think anyone actually believes that, and if they do I am saddened if those people have the right to vote. But the “shutout” ban isn’t about superstition, it’s about social cohesion. It’s manners and culture, a tiny little society that has created customs and traditions with which to regard themselves.
Shouting “shutout” doesn’t make you a jinx; it makes you a troll. If you know better, than invoke the s-word is akin to belching out loud or peeing in the swimming pool. This is the society in which you choose to participate, and it would behoove you to learn its customs.
Shinny’s boyfriend isn’t a troll. He’s just clueless. Almost adorably so. But… ugh! Did he have to?!
P.S. Check out the cameos by Walton and Wes and Sam and Joe and Craig and Sam and everyone else.
Rachel really killed it on this one!
With the best of intentions, Shinny takes her boyfriend to the game, where he proceeds to ruin everything and be “That Guy.”
We at RMNB have a very new fan-friendly policy, but there is one thing we cannot abide: leaning. You, sir, in the upper bowl of Verizon Center. Please keep your back pinned to your seat lest the people behind you will be able to see. It’s only polite.
But as long as you’re not hurting anybody, there’s no such thing as a good fan or a bad fan. Shinny’s arm candy isn’t a bad fan; he’s just clueless. It’s our job as Totally Awesome Fans to welcome the noobs into the fold with open arms, because hockey is for everybody.
But seriously, lean the $#&@ back.
P.S. the two halftimes in hockey is my favorite line ever. Thank you, NHL, for actually using the three-period system as a sales pitch last year. Ya doofs.
Our hero chosen to bring her dopey boyfriend to the Caps game instead of her father. Now, we learn how Shinny, an avowed superfan, prepares for a big game — just like tonight’s Capitals bout with the Jets. There are rituals, superstitions, and traditions that must be honored. Everything must be just right or else it will surely spell disaster for the team.
I (Peter) try not to socialize with fans of other teams, so I can’t understand how Shinny could date one. And yet there he is– wearing a crisp, new, powder-blue Penguins jersey to the Caps game and smiling like a goon.
Shinny’s own preparations are something sacred. Whether or not you truly believe your special socks will affect the game’s outcome, we all fall into habits. Maybe it’s a certain beer or a preferred posture– maybe it’s the number of times you clap (four, any more and the cosmic vibrations might disrupt the Caps). You might know it’s meaningless, or you might not even know you’re doing it. But you are. We all do.
Tonight is a big game, and fan anxiety is high. Nothing is certain right now, and in times of uncertainty we retreat to ritual. That’s good– it’s one of the things that bonds us to each other. But there’s always one doof like Shinny’s boyfriend who spoils it.
Huge game tonight. Go CAPS!
Alex Ovechkin for MVP. Signs for tonight’s big game on RMNB— because he needs your help.
The 5th piece for my senior Illustration project (and the final new illustration before my show next weekend).
So for the last 4 years, since I started college, I’d always done an “Unleash the Fury” sign for Caps games, featuring Ovi as “the Russian Machine” since, y’know… “Russian Machine Never Break.” (This year, because of the lockout, I rushed the sign I was going to make, and in turn….. it looked like garbage and not like Ovi at all and will never see the light of Verizon Center.) For my senior project, I decided to take this idea and turn it into a serious, realistically drawn and rendered illustration.
The only major thing (other than the style) that I had to change compared to my signs was the hand/arm. I didn’t have the time to paint a whole mechanical hand, so I gave an impression of it with the metal of the hand partially showing. I also added the machine showing to his neck as well. Finally, the background of the Russian flag is completed by the red in Ovi’s jersey.
I’m so super proud of this illustration, and I can’t wait to hang it with the rest of my work in my senior show that opens next Saturday!
11”x 14”, Acrylic inks on Illustration board
(at some point I’ll have to do a comparison of all my Ovi signs to this. hahahaha)
Last time on Shinny, our hero got a pair of tickets to the Caps game and learned she had to choose between her boyfriend and dad who would come with her. We now join her– deep in thought, as she is visited by… well….
The shoulder angels, folks. Good Sasha and Bad Sasha counsel Shinny on whom she should bring with her. One is all about enthusiasm and togetherness; obviously he prefers Shinny’s plucky boyfriend. The sullen devil Sasha and his pitchfork-stick prefers Shinny’s frumpy and grumpy dad.
I know who I’d pick. What camp are you in? And how adorable is Ovi in that final panel?
Also, a bonus, because Rachel watched that one scene from The Emperor’s New Groove at least a hundred times while making this comic: