Comic 1380 - Off the Bus

21st May 2021, 8:04 AM in Ch. 42 - One Day at a Time
Off the Bus
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Jocelyn 21st May 2021, 8:04 AM edit delete
At long last, Ky finally appears. (In girl mode, for the record. We'll confirm that soon enough, but I wanted to limit the potential misgenderings until then.) Drew, Randy, Devon, and Rob also cameo, but we probably won't see much more of these boys this chapter. It seems that, like Debbie and Holly, Drew also may have been invited. But he's passing on that invitation to hang with his own friend group, while Ky goes on to the pool party.

I know some people are probably surprised to see Ky and Drew go separate ways here, but it's just one party, and they're still (just) friends. They're allowed to hang out with different people, and they're both doing what they want to do. ^_^

Fun fact: In the Little Victories music video, the bus depicted at the very end was based on the one found on this page. It's not identical because I didn't have a full bus reference to provide. But when it came time to draw a bus for this page, I actually referenced the one in the video, because it had the angle I wanted to work with, but it ended up not being exact either. You may be wondering, "Jocelyn, why are all the buses slightly different?" And I'm just going to make up some nonsense excuse like, "Well you see, Centerville has been changing over their buses since 2004, but the budget allotted to the transportation department has been paltry at best, hence why the process is taking so long and why all the buses look different now. All three buses shown so far were received in different years, and the design just wound up being a little different each time, but only slightly."

Not a word of this will ever be important to the story, and I don't know if it even makes sense, logistically speaking. But I figured if I didn't mention the bus, someone would ask and I'd have to think of something anyway. So I just preemptively thought up some bus canon for concerned parties.

Anyway, look forward to some more Ky next week! XD

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riverflowmxrmaid 21st May 2021, 8:42 AM edit delete reply
IVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOME KY ACTION! It’s been too long since we’ve seen her :/
EmeraldKittenTail 21st May 2021, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Anyone else feeling totally reinvigorated for this story now that High School is over? Already the group is shedding habits and growing! So Proud and Happy! And Drew is being decent again! Now the only Questions I have left for the pool party is if Gavins dad knows who Rain is and will Anna spill the beans about herself?
Chrissy 21st May 2021, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
Whether he remembers or not may be another story, but he has been told... Back around xmas, Gavin needed advice, and he knew he could ask his dad, but his mom would have freaked....
DesiB 21st May 2021, 9:05 AM edit delete reply
In terms of the bus stuff making sense, you should be fine because that's exactly what's going on where I live
Beth 21st May 2021, 9:06 AM edit delete reply
Gosh I love some thoughtful, detailed public transportation canon in my webcomics!

On a more serious note, I'm glad to see Ky and Drew again - So far Drew's character most resembles the people in my life so he holds kind of a special spot in my favorites list. And Ky is just plain amazing and I love them. ^_^
ChaosStar0 21st May 2021, 10:16 AM edit delete reply
I hope Ky and Drew do eventually get together again, instead of being just friends. I am invested in their relationship.
Chrissy 21st May 2021, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
I think that ship sailed long ago. Drew is working on being better, but I don't see them dating again...
Julia_ 21st May 2021, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
The bus thing totally makes sense. My city has old busses, like decade old busses, busses from the past 5 years, and natural gas burning busses. All of them have slightly different designs.
Some Ed 21st May 2021, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

I've lived in three different metropolitan areas with mass transit that I paid any attention to. One of those was relatively small, and I only ever saw a tiny fraction of its buses. I don't recall noting any differences in their bus models, but those were the first mass transit buses that I used and it was very long ago.

The other two have both had bus systems with at least three different generations of buses, because they usually don't retire old buses until they actually stop working.

The mass transit system for the city I'm in right now actually has a set of buses that are actually classified as a subway train line, and they have a very distinctive look to those. But even with that, there's still model differences like this, because the same principle applies. It's just that there are appearance requirements that the bus vendors are required to satisfy that makes them less apparent to the casual commuter.

I think the biggest reason that people expect the buses to all look the same is change blindness. I've overheard someone admitting to having been wrong about what the bus looked like on multiple occasions, and when I say that they'd just upgraded the bus, the response has always been one of surprise. At least once, the response was, "They do that?"
Kyle 21st May 2021, 12:04 PM edit delete reply
I still think there's a chance for Ky and Drew.
Draca 21st May 2021, 1:22 PM edit delete reply
Sames, I just kinda feel it in these panels... but I might just be reading too much into things
Kyle 21st May 2021, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
Chrissy 21st May 2021, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
I don't think it's unusual for a city's busses to not all be the same... I kinda expect most run a continual replacement program where the oldest/highest mileage/least reliable is replaced. They typically have a pretty decent service life, and doing continual replacement instead of periodic complete fleet replacement will help maintain the fleet better. Also, if some recall happens on a specific one, only a small subset of the fleet is likely impacted, as opposed to the entire fleet....
Chloe 21st May 2021, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
Ky looks so mature and confident in those panels
Julie 21st May 2021, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
I mean, in my area we have three different styles of buses, all run by the city (& that's not even counting the tourist buses!) so I don't think it's unrealistic at all!
Absentia 21st May 2021, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
glad to see they're still getting along. i still kinda ship them, but i'll be fine if they just end up as friends too.
ever-present guest 21st May 2021, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
my city has several different bus companies, so that's another reason why they might look different
girlygirl 21st May 2021, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
before this story ends i want to see someone beat fighter frogs!
Chrissy 21st May 2021, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
I'm not completely certain that's possible... There's plenty of retro games that are unbeatable - you get to a place where it's impossible to continue, or the game simply glitches out ...
Absentia 23rd May 2021, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
headcanon that if Emily and Ana ever play, they'll beat it first try.
^^vv<><>BA[start] 24th May 2021, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Battletoads for the NES (on which Fighter Frogs is based) is famous for two things:

1. Being super-hard to beat on single-player.

2. A glitch on Level 11 when playing co-op, which makes the game literally impossible to beat on co-op. As in LITERALLY literally; Level 11 CANNOT be beaten with two players.

At least Fighter Frogs isn't based on Cheetahmen 2. That would just be mean.
Guest 21st May 2021, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
echoing a few comments already made, i live in a big (enough) city, and all the buses are different. they come in short, shorter, normal, long, 'fancy', new, electric, hybrid... i wouldn't worry about it too much!
arkathenia 21st May 2021, 8:15 PM edit delete reply
Yay, finally, we get to see her! <3 I'm so excited <3 <3 <3 <3
Lilian 22nd May 2021, 1:50 AM edit delete reply
I grow more interested in Ky with every panel she appears in
Inaya 22nd May 2021, 10:01 AM edit delete reply
We love some bus lore 🚍
Absentia 23rd May 2021, 4:01 AM edit delete reply
I like the new profile pic Jocelynn. Its cute.
Tepro 23rd May 2021, 6:01 PM edit delete reply
Vikki McD 24th May 2021, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
It would be much more surprising if the busses weren't different.
Ron 4th Jul 2022, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
I've lived in big-ish cities and small cities, but I've never lived anywhere the busses were actually the same, so, seems realistic.
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