Snow Day

Snow Day

Snow Day

by Steve Napierski to Comics

So I live in the Virginia/North Carolina border right near the ocean in an area of Virginia called Hampton Roads a.k.a. Southside a.k.a. Tidewater. And this area of Virginia has a knack for avoiding most major weather storms. Maybe its because of the close proximity to the ocean. Or possibility because of North Carolina’s coastline that makes a hard turn east right before it meets Virginia. Or maybe the fact that Pat Robertson and his 700 Club are located right here in Hampton Roads and that he prays away all the storms. But regardless we do rarely get hit by any heavy storms in this area. Hurricanes will usually turn away right before hitting this area and snow storms go around us. I’m serious. It can snow 20 miles above this area and 20 miles below, but the storms coming from the west usually turn or split right down the center when they reach this area.

So what does any of this have to do with you? Well, when we got hit with a snow storm on Friday night that delivered 7″ of storm to my house (usually we’re lucky if we even get a dusting of snow each season) I was not going to let that opportunity to have some fun with my family go to waste this weekend. Now I’m not saying that creating Dueling Analogs is a waste of time and/or not fun, but spending some nice time with my family during this rare occasion was definitely my priority. Fortunately, I did plan enough ahead and created a snowman in the shape of Mario while I was out there to put up on the site today. Not sure how tall that thing looks in the picture, but the snowman itself stands about 4′ tall.

But don’t worry, I shall return on Thursday with something comically gaming. Or at the very least gamingly comic.

OH… don’t forget tonight at 8pm is the 1000th episode of X-Play. And guess who is going to be a very special guest on said show? That’s right! Not me. See you Thursday.

Discussion (20)¬

  1. awigglywhale
    awigglywhale says:
    February 1, 2010 at 12:51 am #

    That is a damn fine Mario snowman.

  2. Drakon
    Drakon says:
    February 1, 2010 at 1:11 am #

    You seriously live in Hampton Roads? The plot thickens. You ever know a dude with one leg?

  3. Michael_S
    Michael_S says:
    February 1, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Wow. For someone who doesn’t get much snow, that is a mighty fine snowman, let alone a Mario one! Well done!

  4. bidoopoo
    bidoopoo says:
    February 1, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    Sadly, I am no longer allowed to craft anything out of snow, due to a disagreement with the neighbors and local law enforcement.

    Did you know it is illegal to make a 5 foot tall anatomically correct erection out of snow that spouts simulated semen on the quarter hour?

    Cause I certainly didn’t.

  5. bobb
    bobb says:
    February 1, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    Good job! Had enough of snow though :o(

  6. Ashley
    Ashley says:
    February 1, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I too live in the NC/VA border area. I’m west of you in the triad area, though. The snow’s melting but I’m thankful that there’s enough on the ground that I don’t have to go to work today. :)
    Btw- long time reader, love your comic!

  7. Jimmy T
    Jimmy T says:
    February 1, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I live in the Raleigh area, and we god a lot of snow too. Pretty cool.

  8. Niccolo
    Niccolo says:
    February 1, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    @ bidoopoo: I didn’t know that either. Hunh. The things snow can teach you.

  9. KitFisto
    KitFisto says:
    February 1, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Is it me or has the fence been manipulated in some way? Either way cool snowman!

  10. ZaxCG2
    ZaxCG2 says:
    February 1, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    Yeah, it’s not supposed to snow in Williamsburg…
    but…
    WE GOT FREAKIN’ 9 inches! Excuse me while I go act half my age on these golf course hills.

  11. Steve Napierski
    Steve Napierski says:
    February 1, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    @KitFisto It has. My snowman is a little more tilted in real life because of the sun. So I extracted him out, rotated the background and rebuilt the missing parts. Here it is the original: http://www.duelinganalogs.com/uploads/snowman.jpg

  12. Ashley
    Ashley says:
    February 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    When I went to school at NC State I’ve never seen a city shut down like that when it comes to snow…. Here we’re fairly used to it because we’re on the edge of the foothills. I went out to get dinner about an hour ago and i was fishtailing all over the road but hey there were tons of people there.

  13. ncsuduncan
    ncsuduncan says:
    February 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Just came here to post that I, too went to NC State and it shut down last year (and this year) due to snow.

    Also, I was in the Hampton area this weekend playing in the snow at Fort Monroe!

    Small world.

  14. Ashley
    Ashley says:
    February 2, 2010 at 3:22 am #

    VA/NC SNOWBALL FIGHT!!!!

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  15. Ashley
    Ashley says:
    February 2, 2010 at 3:23 am #

    :( needs delete and/or edit button. i messed that up and now im spamming……

  16. Reiga
    Reiga says:
    February 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Dude! I live in Virginia Beach! Right across from TCC! The snow was so crazy, and I hate walking through it. Getting to class today was like playing Minesweepers cause I didn’t know if I’d step on black ice. Unfortunately, I stepped on one and slipped. Luckily, I didn’t fall :3

  17. BothersomeMe
    BothersomeMe says:
    February 2, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    you…you live….in virginia?! …..WOAH! I live in Virginia Beach…JUST LIKE REIGA!!! It was interesting to see snow in a state where you don’t get much of it…yet its not so enjoyable when you go to work on that day and you discover half the people called out….:P

  18. Kit
    Kit says:
    February 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    OMG I had no idea you lived in Hampton Roads! I’m in Norfolk. I never imagined any of my favorite webcomics artists would come within 100 miles of here, but you’ve been here all along.

  19. Steve Napierski
    Steve Napierski says:
    February 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Yup, I’ve been in Hampton Roads for the past 22 years now. There’s a couple other webcomic people in this area, but not many.

  20. Brandon
    Brandon says:
    February 9, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Raleigh NC’s ice from last Monday (2/1) still hasn’t melted yet. We didn’t get another blast like you guys did though.