Let’s go to the mall!
If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Self, I really love stories about werewolves tearing each other apart, but all I really want is a comic where they all go shopping together,” then I have written this comic for you. And me. Because that’s all I’ve ever wanted. This whole comic is just a very elaborate set up for a werewolf shopping montage. (You probably think I’m joking but I’m not.)
In reference to the title, I admit that I only watched a few seasons of How I Met Your Mother, and while it was enjoyable, the show ended before I watched any more and the ending sounds so disappointing that I can’t be bothered. Also, it’s very heterosexual, and that’s not high up on my interests.
The reference in the first panel of too many ladies and not enough mans is the reverse of the line from “Too Many Dicks on the Dance Floor” by Flight of the Conchords, which is fantastic and you should check it out. I’m realizing now that that song came out like, almost a decade ago and thus is apparently not as relevant as it should be, but I encourage you to like good things, so it’s still relevant to me.
I don’t drink coffee, so I have no idea if that latte is any good, but I do suspect it would wake you the fuck up and probably clear up your sinuses. I stole the general idea from a hipster coffee place near me that refuses to use actual sugar in anything, so everything is flavored with honey or agave or whatever. They’re pretty good if you don’t mind paying $5 for a small drink, but their turmeric tea latte thing might have killed my last cold all by itself, so I can’t hate.
“Mannheim Rocket” is a very obscure orchestral reference! You come here to learn. Basically, back in the 1700s, there was the Mannheim orchestra and their general composing style that led to various stylistic influences in German classical music thereafter. The Mannheim Rocket specifically is where you have these long passages that steadily crescendo in volume, usually as a broken scale or a series of arpeggios from the lowest orchestral notes all the way up to the highest. So basically, it starts soft and gets loud, and it starts low and gets very high. I can’t find like, a REALLY good example, because they’re pretty impressive when they’re a focal point, but Beethoven and Mozart were big fans. The last movement of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik has a couple small rockets in it, especially near the end, but they’re all pretty broken up so it’s not quite the effect I’m thinking of. (Still a great piece.)
There, don’t say I never taught you anything! The key to having a good werewolf comic is to have a variety of interests, friends.