The Inhabitants

The Inhabitants

Today, we get to meet a new character. Three, in fact, if you believe Harbor. If you don’t consider eggnog to be sentient, make that two. Either way, there’s a new face.  Harbor is a loon (a diver if you’re in the UK).


Discussion (37)¬

  1. Anonymous (Not really) says:

    Oh, he’s a LOON alright. Heh heh heh…

  2. Ian says:

    Heh, I see you follow me entirely!

  3. Blackdragon465 says:

    My guess was right; he is a loon. Good job with the character design :)

  4. L.B. says:

    A grumpy loon at that! Or is that just the belly talking?

  5. Ian says:

    Thanks! :D

    And RE: the loon being grumpy or not – his speech has an embellishment, indicated by the “HMPHH!” and certain words being emphasized in purple. I’ll let everyone invent the actual sound in their heads.

  6. Curus says:

    I was going to say something along the lines of, “I don’t care if I call him something different – he sure sounds like a loon!”
    Then I noticed everyone had beaten me to it.

    So instead – is the ‘Kingsom’ in the first panel deliberate, or have I pointed out a typo?

  7. Ian says:

    Damn. That’s just a typo. And I’m usually so good about that, too!

  8. Earlz says:

    Egg Nog. how random lol

  9. Mum says:

    Ha-AR-bor. I do know that voice. :)

  10. Stuffgamer1 says:

    Darn, beaten to the point-out-the-typo punch. ;)

    I wouldn’t have guessed loon, but then the only other “loon” with which I’m familiar is Shirley. :P

  11. TIE GUY says:

    Darn, beaten to the point-out-the-typo punch… You too stuffgamer?
    Well… loon would do but I prefer “loony”.

  12. TIE GUY says:

    Oh wait that’s a type of bird sorry

  13. Ian says:

    Yep – a great big bird. And a noisy one, too. While hiking last spring, I heard/saw about seven of them on a lake. Impossible to miss them. And very pretty, too.

    Of course, Harbor isn’t wearing his winter plumage, because it’s not nearly as striking.

  14. TIE GUY says:

    My, that IS rather striking! Looks like silver or some kind of precious metal.

  15. Ian says:

    *nods* The main reason I kept him in his black-and-white style plumage (mating season) is that it’s more iconic of loons in general – you never see a plush or photo of a loon in winter plumage unless it’s highlighting the difference.

  16. ChibiChump says:

    haha hey ian, do you know why he is/ seems grumpy? i know I sure don’t….maybe trouble with his wife..

  17. Ian says:

    He’s very snooty. Maybe he thinks very highly of himself. Or maybe he’s an egomaniac. And insane. The belly / eggnog bit seems to point that way.

  18. MadHatter says:

    Is Loon a Canadian?
    Cause the ‘Loonies’ that we have up here and everything seem to have him on one of the sides.

  19. Ian says:

    Well, I’m in Maine, and Maine is very close to Canada. But this particular loon isn’t Canadian. :D

  20. Leah_The_Hippie says:

    Wow, that was brilliantly random! You should do a FMAF where Flying Man and Mr.Stinky become paranormal investigators…

  21. Ian says:

    Glad you liked it, Leah! :D

    I’m not sure what kind of paranormal activity they would uncover, given how strange their world already is.

  22. G says:

    Para-normality in FMAF would probably be…

    Oh, crunch. You got me there.

  23. Ian says:

    I just can’t think of anything that would even strike our friends as out of the ordinary. At this rate, the strangest thing would be a normal day.

  24. Pinballwiz says:

    Colored words are new to this comic, right?

  25. shadowsquid86 says:

    I’m heavily reminded of Animal Crossing. Due to the talking animals, catchphrases (Hmph!) and the occasional word emphasized. Coincidence?

  26. Ian says:

    Yep, colored words are a new thing. I’m using them here to indicate that Harbor places a certain kind of emphasis on different words – and he does it in a fancy way. I’ll let you imagine what that sounds like. :D

    And any similarities to Animal Crossing are accidental – I haven’t played it very much.

  27. Wubbzy says:

    He is a weird bird to have a verrrrrrrrrrrry large protruding posterior. Or is his belly some kind of unborn twin that loves eggnog?

  28. Ian says:

    Type fixed. And Harbor is just fat.

  29. Audrey Marquis says:


  30. Ian says:

    I was wondering if you’d seen it yet. :D

  31. Earlz says:

    I sometimes wish you update the comic at a fixed time, like at 12am CST or something.. then I may be the first to see the comic everytime :) but I realize, that’d take a bit of programming work to do.. maybe (does Wordpress have something built in?)

  32. Ian says:

    Wordpress does, but I’m honestly too suspicious to trust it. Technically, if I upload a comic for a future date, it should hold it and post it when I tell it to. I’ll look into it some more.

  33. Air says:

    Hey Ian, you’ve never explained how flying man and mr stinky rescue Mr Robinsen. Did he die?

  34. Ian says:

    See, that’s because he hasn’t been rescued yet. You’ll see what he’s currently up to in tomorrow’s strip.

  35. [...] first met Harbor and his eggnog back in strip 71. He and Robinson have been a team ever since the latter’s daring [...]

  36. [...] If you’re wondering what the deal is with Harbor, look no further than his first appearance. [...]

  37. LazybonesX says:

    I imagine that Harbour sounds like Jeremy Clarkson…