Tim’s Take: Taken Too Far


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March 18th, 2010

Tim’s Take: Taken Too Far

TimWell, Ray’s birthday yesterday threw a wrench in the comic schedule, so a planned Tim’s Take was in order. On the one hand, this might be great timing, since there was no way to top our hit ‘Heart Man‘ comic last week (so why try, right?). On the other hand, we may have a host of new readers who will see this comic and never return 🙁 On the other, other hand, maybe some of you will even like this comic! Either way, I promise we’ll make it up to you guys as there will kinda-sorta be 2 comics next week for you!

Interesting Fact #1: There have only been 4 Tim’s Take comics in 162 weeks.
Interesting Fact #2: The time between Tim’s Take comics is shrinking; from a 2 1/2 year gap, to a 3 1/2 month gap, to a 2 1/2 month gap. At this rate, Tim’s Take comics will become daily long before the polar ice caps melt.


  1. Dr. Device says:

    Love it.

  2. lordbrom says:

    hahah very nice, though, sorry Tim, but i think i like the drawings of ray better. but this is still great, don’t get me wrong.
    happy birthday Ray.

  3. Kyzin says:

    Nice, but only if you observe that this is what some places consider a “good” comic.

  4. Highwater Trousers says:

    Oh goodness, this was priceless! Honestly, I got a great laugh out of this. Nice job Tim! Everytime I bump into something, I’m going to shout out “Oh, no! I’m-a dead!” and people are going to stare at me as I hysterically crack up.

    Now I’m going to take a shot in the dark here, but I’m guessing Mario can’t jump because his left leg is neither broken or messed up. It’s because his right pants leg is super-starched and he can’t seem to bend is leg. Therefore, he can’t possibly jump properly due to a lackage of leg bendage.

    And in case Ray stops by to read comments, late Happy Birthday! Sorry for no on-day Happy Birthday wishes. So to make it up, here’s a fantastic song! “There was a guy who’s name was Ray! E-I-E-I- *thwack* *thud*

  5. Daecious says:

    did pac-man and the tetris block switch roles? it seems like the the dialogue in the last panel between pac and block should be reversed.

  6. Talduras says:

    Believe it or not, it actually put a smile on my face. The zoom-in was delightfully over-the-top, and I see you included several references to previous comics in the second-to-last panel.

    Now I go to bed, because I have aching of head (unrelated to reading the comic =P ).

  7. Talduras says:

    Oh, and here’s hoping that “kinda-sorta be 2 comics next week for you!” means Ray’s finally doing a guest comic for BitF. 😉

    • FluffyPanda says:

      Nah, just 2 more Tim’s takes.

      • Talduras says:

        I don’t know, I may be onto something with my theory. Here’s a quote in the text of a recent BitF comic:

        “There will still be two comics next week! But not by me, oh no. That’s right, prepare yourself for the first guest strip of Brawl in the Family!”

        The timing is uncanny.

      • Myuu says:

        I agree with Talduras that it is rather likely.

  8. Kvb says:

    Taken too far indeed. But that’s okay. Heart Man was funny enough to last me two weeks.

    (Heck, even Burgers liked Heart Man. You know you’ve got a classic on your hands when even he has nothing bad to say about it.)

  9. TheLupineOne says:


    WORST TIM’S TAKE EVER! Bring back the talking stickfigures!

  10. blaster says:

    No… he even fails at drawing pac-man and tetris block.
    But the comic was funny, though. NCG.

    • FluffyPanda says:

      Hah, I just got the hidden detail.

      Great stuff. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else, you’ll really kick yourselves when you see it. Let me just give you this clue: RGB & Contrast.

      [spoiler]Of course there isn’t any hidden detail. I hope at least one person spends an hour playing with the comic in photoshop looking for it though ;-)[/spoiler]

  11. randomperson says:

    well the goomba touched mario at like a speck so it was probaly a mistake

  12. Supersonic24 says:

    Sorry Tim, I chuckled a bit at the second to last panel, but that’s it. The second Tim’s Take was way better, and not because of the art; the joke was actually really funny. This is Tim’s Take taken too far.

  13. randomperson says:

    you notice that pac man was tempting tim and the tetris block is saying no but at the end pac man says look what youve done and tetris says i had nno iiiidea

  14. TheLupineOne says:

    Undisputed Champion is much better than this.

    To paraprase Ray…
    Seriously, for the love of all that is good in this world, do not vote for this comic.

  15. roadjcat says:

    Love the “Made by Tim, not Ray” thing at the end. XD

  16. Nebula427 says:

    Best Tim’s Take yet. Why is Toad not wearing a shirt?

  17. BadnikHunter says:

    Wow, a 12 panel comic. This one made me laugh, and it actually was in the Tim’s Take style, which is look at how horrible this is. NCG. Or I guess BCG, but that was the point.

  18. Sebby19 says:


  19. Teengamer says:

    Hopefully this won’t scare away new readers like it almost did for me. 😛

    Only four Tim’s takes? I only remember three including this one! Better go check the archives…..


  20. Curaga says:

    lol, way to go Tim, just… way to go. I had a great read.

  21. DrOswald says:

    Wait, there have been 4 Tim’s take comics? I can only think of 3 (including this one.) What comic numbers are the 4?

  22. Zacko says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. This was absolutely priceless! It reminds me a the Homestar Runner shorts when the Cheat would take over and do a comic. So funny!

  23. TheNinjaMouse says:

    Gotta admit, I was highly amused by this one. I love that Tim just embraces the awfulness of his drawing skills and makes that work for him. Also, very funny to see references to three past NSMBW jokes (2P Start: still Nintendo-fan friendly!) plus an “Oh brother….” NCT!

  24. Jarkes says:

    Lolness. I’ve a question, Tim. Is the style of “Tim’s Take” intentionally bad, or are you just that bad of an artist? Just curious…

    • zeldadude says:

      yes. he is that bad an artist.
      but anyways it got me to chuckle and it took me a bit to understand the hidden jokes. ocd (okay comic dude) wait um. ocm

  25. NintendoNaut says:

    Lol, gotta love it.

  26. Cobbler says:

    *Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy*

  27. Bobipine says:

    Nice references to previous Mario comics, Cold cold mountain, Sorry to burst your bubble and a big help (the ones I noticed at first). Tim’s take comics have an expectation of their own when they do get around. So how dare you make that fuzzy effect in the magnify panel? (And I think you forgot one note to the death song.. might just be me though)

    On a side note, that sun was driving me mad when I was playing Super Mario Bros. 3 some 15 years ago I believe, and playing that stage again last week… that stage is fairly easy actually

  28. Rokai says:

    Even though every joke in this comic is just recycled, I actually laughed more at this one than last week’s comic. But that was awesome too since it was original.

  29. Sir Bladington XIII says:

    I hate this comic. In panel 5, there seems to be a small flaw on the right side of the pipe. That ruins everything. D:<

    Honestly though, this comic seems to be so bad, it's funny. Having Mario announce that he's dead? Hilarious.

    Now if only he were on steroids…

    • Sir Bladington XIII says:

      Oh, I almost forgot. Happy birthday Ray. Even though I’m probably late to saying it and I probably should find somewhere else to say this aside from the comments section.

  30. D3vin says:

    That’s it, I need to have the Tetris Block cameo in my next guest work.

  31. JohnW says:

    You should have spent two weeks on making a good comic, instead of this one. This comic used to be good, about 152 issues or so ago.

    Seriously though, the joke was amazing, while the artwork was amazing, above average, on par with usual, below average, unique.

    NCT (Nice comic, Tim)

  32. JohnW says:

    Also, knowing there was a Tim’s Take coming, I got pretty excited. I wasn’t disappointed.

  33. TheKickAwesome says:

    Ray, I really think your style is a little… lacking this time.
    Oh. Wait. Tim’s Take.

    Best Tim’s Take ever. NCG(uy)

  34. GX Echidna says:

    So, according the nature of the comic, the relationship between Tim and Ray is as such: Ray writes and draws the comic, and Tim does the . . . um . . .

    Well he . . . uh . . .

    Hmmm . . .

  35. Dr. Disaster says:

    I love the new direction the comic is going! Keep up the good work Tim!

  36. MrDeku says:

    The comic itself was a corker with the writing and art embracing the terribleness that is Tim’s Take we immediately get a funny strip but as always with 2pStart comics it is the subtle jokes and references to previous comics that make this comic what it is.

  37. KnucklesE says:

    Lol! This was hilarious! Even though it was simple.

  38. Flasa says:

    Dude, don’t you suck at drawing… (who am I to talk? sticky figures are the paragon of my ability as a drawer)
    Happy Birthday, Ray, by the way.

    Keep up the good job.

  39. Laelaps says:

    Title says it all…

  40. mkava says:

    Nice job, Tim. Even if you totally suck at drawing on the computer, it was still a nice comic. Nice reference to the NewSMBWii comic awhile ago. 🙂
    It seems even without Ray’s awesome artistic talent.. the comic is still funny and worth a read. This was horrible… yet.. so good. Nice work. =D

    I do have to chuckle at how Mario’s moustache is soooo wrong. xD It’s like a little broom.. not two separate tuffs of hair. Mario has a broom, all pointing down.. Luigi has a classic two-tuff combined ‘stache that points up at the tips. And Wario and Waluigi just have screwed up facial hair in general. >.<

  41. MiMGodfather says:

    This is fairly long, so I’m going to hide it under the spoiler.

    [spoiler]Given the increasing rate of Tim’s Take occurrences, one could guestimate that this will be a continuing trend, and the number of Tim’s Take comics will begin to grow exponentially.

    In 2 months, another Tim’s Take will be posted. Then another 1 month later. Another in 2 weeks, then 1 week, and so on until Tim is literally posting hourly Tim’s Take comics! But would it even stop there?

    In order to maintain his constant stream of comics and stream-of-consciousness scripts, Tim would have to eliminate Ray…likely by texting him during his drive home from work. The distraction would cause Ray to crash, damaging his hands beyond repair. The loss of his hands would inevitably result in him getting fired after having to resort to Photoshopping NES sprites using his feet and/or nose.

    Tim would also have to quit his full-time job, instead relying on income from website ads and t-shirt sales to feed his family and pay his bills. Because of the hourly comics and constant fan-service, the popularity of 2P START! skyrockets, is eventually renamed to 2T START!, and brings in enough cash flow for him to afford 30 more pools full of money over the next two decades.

    Over the course of 20 years, Tim would accomplish many things: Have the movie UP banned from every country in the world; Set the world record for simultaneous loudest burp and most cans of Dr Pepper consumed in one sitting; Save us all from the zombie apocalypse because of his great hatred for grave risers; Update the slim PS3 so that it looks just as shiny as its “phat” predecessor; Make it illegal to use the word “phat”; Become an actual character in the new Super Smash Bros. World At War; and so much more.

    However, despite his great success, all would not be good in his personal life. His wife, having long ago become disgruntled with his new lifestyle consumed with Tim’s Take comics and money, would become a better gamer than he and later leave him to pursue a more fulfilling life as a professional Wii Fit & Halo gamer, hitchhiking from tournament to tournament. She would leave him a single note, written on a Cheetos-stained napkin that reads simply: “PWN’d”.

    And his daughter Lily, who will have suffered from complete lack of interaction from her parents due to their new obsessions, will be a jobless high school dropout that sits in her bedroom day and night watching the “Zip Chord / invincibility” on various hallucinogens. Then one day when the power goes out, she will stumble into a homicidal rage and destroy everything within a 10 mile radius before being taken into custody after the police distract her with candy and “Zip Chord” playing on an iPad 8G.

    Following the loss of his family, Tim will come under attack by bloggers and disgruntled fans claiming that his comic has become too bland and boring, following in the footsteps of Nickel Arcade years before (formerly Penny Arcade, renamed due to inflation). Page hits and sales would plummet and those that still visit the site would flood the comments with “This comic used to be good”s, “Epic Fail”s, and worse still: “Meh”s. The pools of money would dry up (so to speak); His SSBWAW character would be exposed as a clone of Ness; UP 2 would be released as the highest grossing movie of all time; The aftershocks of his record-setting burp would cause massive earthquakes throughout California; The word “phat” would become what the word “smurf” was to the Smurfs; and worse yet the grave risers would join forces with the musical misfits into a remix of unheard of proportions!

    What would be left of Tim after the rise and fall of his comical empire? Just a man and his beanie, doomed to make feature appearances on shows like The Apprentice, LOST (season 13, because there is no end to the confusion or the awesomeness), and VH1’s latest special “Behind the Pixel”.

    Behind the Pixel would chronicle the careers of Tim and Ray from the beginning of 2P START! to their emotional reunion on the show. Here’s a clip of that beautiful moment:

    Ray: Hey uh, hey, Tim. It’s been a while.
    Tim: Too long, man. I’m so sorry about everything, man. I’m so…
    Ray: You ready for a bombshell? You saved my life that night.
    Tim: But-but I was texting you.
    Ray: I was on a road to destruction, man. The accident may have crippled me, but I’m alive, aren’t I?
    Tim: *begins to cry* Can we turn off the cameras, dude?

    What would happen from there? It’s hard to say. Perhaps a 2P START! reunion, with a special 3-hour long podcast edited down from 72 hours worth of audio, and an official “End Comic” comic that the fans had been wanting for so long.

    True, though both are haunted by the knowledge of loss, it would be a bright bang in which they could see themselves for a split second before disappearing completely.

  42. BooCwis says:

    Well, Wising fwom my gwave today. I only didn’t comment because I couldn’t find the right things to post, but it’s Tim’s Take…so nothing can be too bad (how dare I). And unlike some grave risers, I think a few unseen comics are lurking in the shadows, so I’ll have to do as the first panel says and check through the archives and comb ’em out. As for the podcast…you can only hear enough of Ray’s voice until you get a headache.
    Anyways, time for “Comic Talk”! I had to laugh at the excellent MS Paint skills (though I think your daughter could do better) and past comic references in the 11th panel. I can’t really say it’s a failure simply because it’s better than no comic…right? Anyways, thanks for over 150 comics of greatness! Hopefully I’ll drop a comment on every future comic from now on. (Also, is it me or is the artwork in the first panel…off?)

    Oh yeah, and hope you had a great green birthday yesterday, Ray! “Tingle, Tingle, Kooloo-Limpah!”

    • BooCwis says:

      And I forgot to say I joined the 2P Start Express at the comic with Birdo and Q-Bert kissing. How could I forget that? Then I recently created an account thinking I’d post a comment, but never did…until now. Speaking of Q-Bert…did you guys ever make a Dig Dug comic before? Can’t remember one.

      Okay, now I think I’m done. NCG…er, NCT.

  43. wazkatango says:

    Funniest comic so far. I lol’d so hard at this one. Reminds me of how I draw pretty much all the time.

  44. Tadawan says:

    Funnier than anything Ray has done lately… NCG Tim, Oh and happy day to Ray.

  45. Agent4286 says:


    nice comic Tim, who needs Ray and his photoshoping and his illustrator, all you really need is microsoft Paint!

    p.s. happy (somewhat belated) birthday to Ray


  46. Apkinesis says:

    Best Tim’s Take ever; made me smile throughout 🙂 Here’s hoping for an eventual weekly Tim’s Take alongside the weekly Ray-drawn comics. NCT and HBR (Nice Comic Tim, and Happy Birthday Ray)!

  47. JohnW says:

    Brawl in the family said they’ll be having a guest comic next week, while Tim said Ray’s doing 2 comics. BitF has done a guest strip once before, now Rays returning the favour.

    Read the post – http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/

  48. mrpineapplehead says:

    hah hah i stilled loled

  49. tustin2121 says:

    The magnify panel is pretty funny. 😀

    However, and I apologize for this Tim, what I find the MOST funny was this: I read this comic in Google Reader, and the RSS feed has Google Ads at the bottom. The last words in Tim’s blurb are “long before the polar ice caps melt” and then I look down and see an ad reading “Ice Cap Fan! Pond supplies from MarineDepot.com!”

    I’m sorry, but that put me on the floor: just the sheer terribleness of Google Ads sometimes (a problem I face myself). 😀

  50. boxless says:

    This simple metaphor for Tims and Rays relation ship; everything falls to crap when the other isn’t around. Love rears it’s horribly drawn face.

  51. Shimahamaru says:

    I find that this is absolute crap. I have been reading this comic from the start, and only now have I felt the need to make an account to participate in a discussion. I am a terrible artist, and am not afraid to admit it, and yet even I feel that I could have drawn better than this atrocity. If Tim can’t draw, why didn’t you just get a guest artist? I am truly disappointed in you.

    Okay, now that that’s over with…

    This comic, despite it’s… assault on the human optical sensors, was certainly worth reading. I have managed to keep up with 2p start for this long, and would like to say that this shows a different kind of humor than the other strips that have been presented. I am a fan of the random, and this comic certainly presents that. But still… Ray, we need you. Don’t leave us alone. My eyes only have so much protection, and after looking at that monstrosity, I felt like I had been staring at the sun for a few minutes…hours…days… WE NEED YOU RAY!!! If you come back, I’ll give you… words! PLEEAAASE


    • Shimahamaru says:

      Oh yeah, I forgot.

      Happy really late birthday Ray!

    • FluffyPanda says:

      The art is deliberately terrible. That’s the entire point of the joke.

      Tim’s no artist, but he’s more than proficient enough at image editing to make a tetris piece that actually looks like a tetris piece. And he has more than enough Mario artwork on file that he could have cobbled a comic together out of reused artwork.

      But then the comic wouldn’t have been funny.

      • Shimahamaru says:

        I’m not saying that I do not understand that concept. What I am saying is that although this may be humorous the first time, if this continued for more than a day, I would surely be driven insane.

  52. josman says:

    The tetris piece at the end is a different tetris piece than the one used in the first few panel. Why did you change the Tetris piece?

  53. Kirb says:

    This is certainly a strange (but funny) comic… And one to grave-rise to. I’ve been following 2P START since around July, but I never bothered to comment or post. So, here I am, guys.

    …Gee, I was really hoping to have more to say.

  54. freeplay says:

    i loled soooooo hard at this one. It’s amazing, best tim’s take ever. i love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love it.

  55. Darkspines22 says:

    Hey guys! I think its time for me to rise from my grave!
    I discovered your comic from Brawl In The Family, and since then I have listened to the podcast and read some of the archives (I plan to read them all, though).
    Also, Ray, do you know of the Sonic character Ray the Squirrel? Because that would make a great nickname.

  56. tidu says:

    Ha! I thought that this would be a bad comic because it’s a Tim’s take (hey, no offence! *wink*). But instead I ended up laughing for the smallest things in it (..oh brother) and decided to finally rise from my grave.

    It’s funny that I have started to look more for the new episodes of 2P Live! instead of a new comic.
    I mean: I’ve been following the comic since the original rejected wii channels comic (hmm.. did I really find you because of a silly wii comic, meh) and started listening to the podcasts when they began, and now I’m completely hooked. Or have been for quite some time now, actually, I feel like something is missing when I don’t get to listen your voices (while relaxing after coming home from a long day studying at university on Tuesdays). I didn’t even listen to podcasts before you dragged me in, I was just looking for a comic to brighten my mornings and ended up searching the interwebs for other podcasts and in turn finding all new sites and people.

    It’s not like I don’t like your comics any more, on the contrary I like them more than ever (the art and the jokes have gotten better and better).. well these Tim’s takes are a bit too.. krm.. rough for me to enjoy but other than that you are probably the only webcomic I follow that keeps me waiting for more every week (but still not as much as I wait for the new podcast to arrive).

    Keep up the superb work and keep those podcasts coming (even if you decide to stop making the comic at some point).

    -Joni from Finland.

  57. toiletmunger says:

    *raps*Rise from your grave! Rise from your grave! Lookin’ like a fool, when you rise from your grave with those teeth in your mouth and your head turned frontways…*end* But, seriously though, I’m rising from my grave.

  58. JSG says:

    You draw like me on Paint. Now I’m not alone!!! *Parties*

  59. Dinosaur Rex says:

    Greatest comic ever.

    No, really, haha,

  60. shyguy22 says:

    Best comic ever!

  61. GuyWithThePie says:

    This is my favorite 2P Start comic.

    • Tim says:

      Haha! Eat it Ray! Eat your shiny artwork and your knubby elbows! ‘Tis the written word that bringeth forth joy and laughter!

      • GuyWithThePie says:

        Wow, I had no idea you would reply. Nice to know you guys are still around (Although the most recent Postmortem taking place this year pretty much confirms that.)

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