Ummm… Shouldn’t someone be digging?

As riveting as this conversation is, have we simply given up on the chance that Harvey might still be alive?

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By the look on Mark’s face, he’d rather be digging than listening to more of the Harvey Camel back-story…  yet it goes on…

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Huckster!  Charlatan!  Confidence Man!  And what exactly is happening in the second panel?  A sideways snow typhoon?

Ah HA!

You know, it’s sad when a person is enabled to the point that his delusions are able to fund boondoggles and put lives in danger, or even bring about death… Or I guess it’s in support of the old adage, “if you are going to lie, lie big!”

But doesn’t Juvenile Diabetes turn into Adult Diabetes?  It’s not like a person “grows out of it” like a proclivity towards croup… no matter.  I predict that their blue suits have an auto-inflate feature that by now has formed a bubble around Harvey.  We just need to dig him out…

Well, I guess I should say something…

Strip one, panel three… what… is Mark climbing out of the cellar?  The proportions are all wrong…

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Strip two, panel 2… Genie’s face has morphed again, this time into a mask of horror.  She looks like she’s aged 20 years… panel 3, Big-eyes Mark is back.

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Strip three, panel one… enter the Sherpa.  Panel 3 giant Crocodile tears…

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As Mark seeks to comfort Genie, he offers up an improbable outcome… Unless the “other side” refers to the “go toward the light” kind.  Maybe that’s where Harvey is now, romping with Yeti and Bat-Boy and Chupacabra and all manner of fantastical beasts…

Of course… Nature, as always, will get the upper hand…

Seriously.  Anything to get us out of this goofy story.  Harvey Camel meets with an ignominious end, claims unproven, but at least dies in the name of the cause, not slipping, hitting his head on the bathtub and drowning…

But we can’t be far from the tents either, right?  It’s not like avalanches are selective, not like they have eyes… Maybe everyone gets buried alive!

And off he goes!!

Could we be reaching a plot climax?  As Genie shines the lantern on Harvey, we get a special glimpse into his madness… and what appears to be a PVC superstructure holding up the wall tent!  

But wait, kids, Harvey is about to fall for what turned out to be a pile of rocks for Mark

And so with the faith of a child knowing that Santa Claus will come down the chimney and bring toys, Harvey Camel, PhD pads off in the freshly fallen snow…

Is this the last of him? Does he have is camera/phone?  What Hell it must be to spend a lifetime trying to vindicate oneself in the face of ridicule, doubt and scorn.  At least Capt. Ahab had multiple witnesses and proof of the great white whale…  No one doubted that his obsession existed, and had only his compulsion to contend with…