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Blitzkrieg1701, June 20th, 2017, 3:41 pm


Well THIS sure took a while, didn't it? Sorry, I'm helping with Vacation Bible School at church this week, and it's kind of messed up my schedlue... and seeing as how 2017 has basically been the year of "Crap, What's Happened to my Schedule?!?!?" already, you can see how that's a problem. Fortunately, Friday's page is actually penciled already, so HOPEFULLY that one will come out in a more reasonable time frame.

Just to make myself look more productive, though, let me remind you that a special extra Father's Day page went up on Sunday, so there's that at least!

Anyway, PLANS! So, there's some well-known rules about characters explaining their plans in stories: if you hear the plan in advance, something's gonna go wrong, but if you DON'T hear the plan, you know everything will work out. These are The Rules for a reason, since pairing the explanation/results up any other way tends to be bad from a narrative standpoint. If you tell the audience exactly what's going to happen before it happens... well, that's just boring and you wasted everyone's time by feeding them information twice. And if things go wrong but you never clued the audience in on how they were SUPPOSED to go, they won't know what to make of what's actually happening and tune out in confusion... and then there's me: dropping PART of the plan, but leaving enough vague that the audience hopefully won't know what to make of things one way or the other. Because deliberately confounding the reader is ALWAYS a good idea!

Finally, today's Voting Incentive is another rough doodle... but I don't really think I WANT to see a detailed version of this.




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Seros Senric (Guest), June 20th, 2017, 8:56 pm


How'd Ichabod even manage to fit in there? Wait... I don't think I want to know.
I'm hoping we actually get to SEE this plan put into action.

Glad to see Layla is trying to keep Trigger safe from those pervy hands.

(Also, hiding backpacks from pink haired statues is ALWAYS a good idea. You do not want to know how I discovered this.)



Incentive:
Admiral Stoaslo left with a few ships and missed three check-ins. We followed him to his last known location.
The following message is part of the few bytes of data that we managed to recover from the wreckage of his ship, tagged with the ID of a civilian passenger, a little-known food scientist.


It͍ h͔ad ̩s̘t͔aͅrte͉d ͍a̦s̳ a j͇oke̠, rea̫ll̩y̮. N̞o̙bod̦y̰ tho̹ug̩ht̜ i̬t ̪wo̙u̟l̥d̗ t̳ur̹n o̯ut li̙k̦e̺ it̮ d̲id̬.͕
͈O̰f ̝c̣o̝ur̩s̲e ͔ma̰r͍k̼e̹t͍i͉ng tḥougḫt͙ ḭt wa̯s a͙ ̭g̮o̞oḓ i̯dea͇,͖ ͍a̝n̮d̰ t̥h̟us̬ ̬țhͅe̫ g̝e̺ṇet͔iͅc̹ eng̙in̘e̯eri̲ng of̜ ̣Gr̹ight̻ ͈Xal-̝G̤ox was ̮a̬tt͍ẹm̝p̞t̘e̞ḏ,͚ anḓ ̤su̞cc̮ess͈fu̲l̯.̪
Th̵͚e̴y ̩we̮r̶ͅe̴̺ ̙͜g̛o̖i͜n͓g͘ ̛t̜o͞ ͓b͇é s͍͡o̞͟m̀e̝thi̟ng ̩͞l̴̼ik͟e̤ ̛a̗ tr̛ea̡̠t. ̡̫S̼͜ui̷c̢id͞a̴l͓͞ ̙̀t̟en̼d҉̠en̼c̡i͘ḛs̺ ͞in͘ ̜͝t҉̦he̦͝ ͎c̀r̶̮ea̲t̞u̢r̶̮e̬͞s̹͢ ̦͜w̛o̩͟u̢l̛̤d m̫e̠an̴̥ ̩͝t̲̀ḥ́a̠͘t th̴ͅey ̬wo̼ųl̜d ̸h҉̻app͓͟ìly҉̼ ̰͢d͕́į͉e̸̼ ̻͞in̥ ̕o̕ͅrd̡͓eͅr ̺͢t̹͝o̧̼ ͕be͏ ̸c̞o҉n͈s͠ưm͏e͏d. B̮͡u̡ṭ͠ ́ṭ͟h͞e̴y̟ ̷s͏t͢i̻lḽ ̘̕h́a̸̙d͔ ͉͢vẹ̛n͟om,̹ ̮͘a̸n͉͞d͍ s͈t̬̕r̟a̘n̼g̟è ưͅn̜f̲͘o̱r̷ese̯e̙͟n ͙̀i͕ns͝tin̬cṯs̭͠.
T͈͢h̼̳́e͏͇y͎ ͖̹came͖ ̳̦̕a̵͇s҉̪͚ ͓͕so̵o̦n͎ ̖a̱͢s ̬̩t͔h̷̰̖e̖̟͘y̘̪ ̝͢ẃ̹é̼r̵̗e ͜l̮et̞ ̩̘o̗̬u͓̯͢t͞.͏͚ ͞A̴̖t̷̘ ̰f͞i̶̱rs̴̮̱ṭ̘͘ ͔͞i̪t ͏̭̯w̳as ̰a̷͇͙m̡̻u̵͉s͔͘i̙̻n̬g̳͈͠,̻̳ ̙͖s̖̤͘e͏̝̤ei̱n̠g̸ t͓hem̷͔͕ ̱̗c̦ͅrawl͕̘ a͖r̸͓͉o͍̲ư͍͚nd͉ ̬̺͡i̵͕n̺̫͜ th̟a̵͎̹ţ͓̠ ̶n̴i̳̟h̯͠i̩͝ͅli҉̘͇s҉̙t̛̝͎i̗c̼̺ ̡̺m̻ͅann͏e̻͖r̶̹ͅ of ͓̠t҉ḥ̞e̼̞iṛ̪s̷.̛͈
Iṭ ̥w̻asͬͅ ͇c̍o̫m̩̑plͫe͇te͇lyͯ ͭủńe͚x̝p̠è̦ct̞̀edͥ.̤̆ ̔Țͨh̏e ̝ͯf͚̐i̦rs͙t ̱̒biț͒eͥ ha͓pͮpeͦn͂ḛͤd̝͊ ͆wͭiͧt͍h̔ȏ̤u͖t̠ ͖ͭw͂arͫn̂iͭng̖,ͩ ̗ͮan̆ď͓ ̭t͗h̙ē p̯o͑o̰ͤr̙ͯ ̗m̖ͦān̩ ͂in̙s̜ͨt͙a̺ntl̮y̳ ̗ͧs̞ͮt̟ͪa̠b̰̾b̈́ͅe̻͋d̆ ̍him͂sĕ̹l̽f̠ in̬͋ ̬ͥtͭhͦeͬ n̈ecḱ ͇̉w͍̚it̪ͮh̳͐ ̟a ̥sc̦á̳lp̭̄ẹl.
I̳̯̎'m̗ͥ nͤo̿t͋ ̮̺aͧs͙̩h̤͓ä́m̺͇̈́e̙̺̊d̦͔̽ ṭ̎o̒ ̜̋a̫̐d̞ͅm̹̒iͬt͛ ͓̰̈́t̚ha̩̰̅t͔̲͗ ̒I̙̞ ͕̠̃r̼ͅa̹n̖.͇̟̿ ͉I̟ ̫͖ġl̤̯a̹n̽c͌e͓̾ḏ̭ bac̲͍k̬̐ ͉̻to s̼̱̈́e̙eͅ ͚̝̚th͚͓e͛ ̖͇oͩth̪̄e̹ͬr ̤ͮc̪̣ṛeat̺̘u̖rͧe̫s̞ͤ l͉̘̔ea̓p ̎ont͈͕ͩo̻͂ ̹̯̐mͫỷ ̙̖o͚͚͋l̰d̤̫ͦ ̘̭̑c͈ͧo̠m͓ṟ̉a̝ͤd̞̲e͖̯s̠͒,̠̎ ͙̩a̞͔ ͓s̩̜i̎n̮̗g̈l̺e͋ ̻̊b̟ĩ̟͖t̠e̮͑ ̤̫ͣc̣a̟̻͆u͎̪̓s̆ïn̼͊g̹ ̍th̖̊eͅm͔̝̚ ͈̩ͮt̘̻ô̤ ̣́iͭṃͯm̹̩e͍͔ͫdͭi̯ͬa̤͐ͅt̺̺̐ĕ̳̝l̫̭̊y̤̪ ̦̙̽f̖̘̊e̙e͔ͅl ̱t̊ḣ͈̞e ͍̙e̠ͫx̱i͖s̪̙t̯͊ë́n̮ͫt̟̬i̗̯̋a̙͙͂l ̘̗d͗rẻa̻d̺̗̿ ̪͋a͚̜ͪn̥ḏ ̰͉̉c̳̣o̟͇m͙ͤm̳̼i̻̰͑t̞ ̄sͬu̮̺ic̥iͩde. ͕̾Í̤ m̚ana͔͊g̺̞̃e̻d͎̃ ̘t̓ó͉̗ ͆c̺̖lo͖͑s͍e ̻̞̄tͅh̼͇e ̜d́oo̹̓r j̒ů̳s̆t͓͎ i̞̱n̥̟͊ ̉t̝iͅm͓ḙ͎,ͩ ̲͂ṭ̅h͈̍e͙̗ ̮̥͌s͓̺̒igḧ̰́t͇ ̜o̰̻f̱̟͌ ̤̺̆ả͚ ͚̐d̦̚ŏ̟̝z̜ẻň͉͎ ͭo͖͚f̰͈͐ ṭ̙h̻̲̄e̺ͮ ̩͋t͗h͓̥i̠͐n̖̰̊g̻̪s̤̹ͪ l͉͇̐ḙ͈a͙̫p͎̂ing̯͉ aͣt̼ͯ ̚m̫e̯ͅ ͧs̖t̥̒i̒l͎l̺ ̘h̜́aun̍ť͈͓s ̳̿m̭y̺ n̠i̹ğh͇̝t҉maͯrͮe̡̺͈ͦs̺.
Į̭ ̬k̟̣ep̙t̝͢ ̛ru̵̙̝n̲n̙i͉̯͜n͝g̦̹,̖͔͜ ̩͟g̣͚͞o̩t̙͕ o̴͍n̶ ̥͢t̼͇ḥ̝͜e̷̠̯ ̩͡f̡i̷̟r͍̙st͎͝ ͏͙̰sh̢i̴͙͉p̖ ̴o̵̺f͏̻f̳͖ ̤͕t̙h͇e̤̹ ͏p̘̪l̬̼a̺n̷et̷,̹̠ ̫wh͏͕ͅi̖l͜e̱͞ ̸̞s͔͞e̵̬n̷d҉͔i̲͝n̝g͏̳ ͙͠me̯͕͝s̬s̝͔͞a̪g͖e͎͚ af̗ͅt̴e̕r̭ ̛̬m̨e̮s̺̱͡s̨̻̳a̻̬g͞e̙̥ ̴̻w̸̖á̻r̫̕n̬̙i̡n̵̗̩g̝ ̡͙̮o͙͍͝u͓r͎̯ ̶ś͚u͝p̶ͅḙ͜r̺͉i̗o͇̮r͝s̬͝ ̡̝a̫b̵̼͍o͜ut̸̯ ̪͟w͞h̨a͈͟t҉̝̘ ͜h̗áp̸͍̺p̶e̦ne҉d͝ ͉t̸ha̡͉t͖ ̷̭̳th́at҉̭ ̶țh͇̲͠ey̪̦ ̡͙m͓ͅu̦̝͟s̡̹t̙͠ ̥c̵o̷̺̺n͓̲t͔a̯íṉ̪͜ i͇̯ţ̫.͏͈̺ B̭̥u̡͔̩t̲̰ ͇̤͞o͙̗f̬ͅ ̦̘c̵̮ǫ͓u͖̳r̝͓s̟e̞ ͘t͍̬he̵y ̬͖di͏͙d͎̀n̸'̡t̫ ̵̯̰l͉̩ìst̲e̖̣͞n̗.
͔̀I̧͔n̜ ̵̘̜̐l̢̫̜e͟s̶͉̩̣s͒ ̞͝t̩̟͔h́â̯͚͖n̪̮͍̄ ̰̬̞ͥȧ̫͜ ̷͉̰̰w̿e̲̗̙̕e̖k̜̦̖ͯ ̩̱́ṱ̛̹h̨̹̥̉e̸̽y͚̦̞̕ ̜̜͙̽ḧ̨̻̺̯́a̬͊d̡̯̥̹ ҉ͅo̷̭̱̽ṽ̛͖͎̲ě̸̫̖̩r̴r̼͕͞u̯̩͢n͏ ̼̟́t̲̉h͍e̳͌ ̞̫e̖̹n̡tͩi̐r̺̗͚ͦe͘ ̬̘̬p̧͖ͦl̢̫a̱͈̋n̄ͅẹ͙̥̀ṱ̰̺̌͠.̲̠̞̍ ͓̘̥Ǹö̷̭͇̪́ ̡̙͓̜ͯs̜͓ṳ͚̥͢rͬv̞ͅi̓v̪̭̺ͣo̭r̲̮͖ͨ͡s̨̠̯̏.̠̪̚͠ ̚ͅNͪ̕ͅǫ̦ͪẘ̼̯͇͝ ͙̝͡I͍͙̽ ̸̳̩̞s̆h͕͂ư̱̻͗ḓ͈̤̇d͚e̙ͅr̨̦̈ͅ ̠ḁt̩̻̮͡ ͔̹͈̾͟t͔̬̮h͈̹̋e̝̳͖͌͞ ̲̭̗m͚̝͌ér̶͖̜͛e̢̹͙ ͍͕̠m̈eͦn̪͉̰t̞̅i̼o̼̎ͅn͙͕̮͞ ̠o̮̣̞f̪͓͔ ̱̖G̬͕̲r̦̭ͥỉ̢g͇̹h̸̻͉t͉̼ͧ,͓͉͠ ̟̘aṋ̠́d ͎̉I̡̩̖̖̅ ̶ͅc̢̗͚̺͋a̼͖̰̔n̪ͦn̲͍͠ot͠ ̦͇̊e͗҉̹̩v͏̼ë́͏͖̱̦n̘̭̿ ̨̼̾ḽ̴͔õ̰o̯̘̚͡k̶̓ ̀a͞t̨̄ ͈͔ạ͍̺͗n̻y̴̯ͪo̱̤̘n͔ͯe͍͞ ͍̦͠e̞̘a̰̓ti̻̻̿͡n̟̟̕g̫̮ ̙X͈͎al̞̱-̥͑G҉͎̤o͍x̧̬͍̿.̠̍
̼͒Į͎̝̜̊'v̪ͯ͘ͅe̪̅͘ b̸e̅͏͈e̢̖ǹ̴ ͏͖̞s̬p̳ẻ̲͙̖a̵͇̒k̷ͩi҉n͚͚̉́g̰̪̜ ̧̻̤w̴̝͙i̸͙t̛ẖ̼ͬ͝ ͓̗͚͟ạ̹͜n̜͚̘̑ ̡̗ą̝͊d̜̲͔̈͡m̻ͫȉ̗̕ř̯͞a̺ḻ̶ f̲r̢̯̥̬̔o̫͈m̷͚̺͍̋ ͙͡ṫ҉̩̥̣h͉̥͛e͊͏̫̺ ̎͞Z̛͕i̩͎̞̍c̢̤ͫh̰è̻͉li͢d̯̝̬͗a͈͑͠n͇͖̟ ̗̓É̫m͏p͔͈͘e̶̤r͆i̶͍͔̗̐u̧̯͕m̛̔ a̾͝n̗͚̭͘d̀ ̢ͭw͍̕e̻ ̏͡a̡͕̣̲̋r͚̤̬e ̤ṇ̌ơ̠̪̻w͍̜͉͜ ̭͋͠ǫ͔̙n͏ ͩ͘ro̝̟͟ư͚͖̣t̪̖̮̿e͎.ͥ ̙̗̙͜W̼̥ê'͍̖̔ͅř͡e̜̞ͥ͢ ̵̳̥̮gō̜͓͜i̇̕ng̷ ̖̙̭̊t̟̙͈o͕͖ ̞ṱ̱r̪̰̾y͎͕̆ ̭̺̹aͧ͏̣n̦d͖̲̎͜ ̨͓̪ͅg̥̗͙͋la̩͕̮͡ssͩ͡ ̡̯t̹̲͇̿h̹ͬe̵̓ ̥̼̹p͏l̨̩̩͚a̩̩ͤn̙̈́͘e̻̫͡t̶ͯ.͍ ̶ͬR̼̯̭ͦe͢ṃo҉v̻ę̖̚ ̗͚͉͑t͔̲̆ḥ̢̹ͧe͙ ̼͇͉t͍̺ḣ̤̪́r̸̥̂ͅe̮͟aͯt ̤͈͞ͅf҉̥̬̭o̲̔͠r ̸a̛͍̭l̥l̯̯ ̹͖t̢̟͙̳͛i̜͉m̩̣͝e̶,̰͚͍ ̨̰͎ͩat̹̯ ̰̖̠l͕̮͉e͕aͮs̈́t̵̟̬ͯ ͔̬̝́̚u͗nt̯͔î̮ľ̼̻̼ ͝s̸̈ǫͪm̠̠̰ͦe̯̚̕o̬͖ͅn̟̍́ͅeͣ ̏e͖̍͜l͕̭̰̓͝s̊͝e̩̝ ̲̗i̧̓s̶͌ ̶̜̯s̤ͫͅț̖̌u͓͔̮pi͋҉̪̫d͎̬͞ͅ e̢n͏o͉̞̱u̕g̰h̆͘ ͏t̨̥o̵̲̲̫ ̄͢t̷̥̤r͇͊y̛̐ ̮w҉̻h͑҉̻͖̲a̗̮̤ť̡͎ ̨̜̫̔we͚ ̇ḋ͚̳íd̠̹͖͑.̹̹̪ ҉W͈̰eͩ ̘̘̋ȍn̴̲ḽ̢͓̞̊y ̾͘h̀a͈v͜ę̖̘ ͈͙ͫͅā̗͢ ̡̰̩̇f̳e̋w͓̠ ̲̞̗s͔̳̠ḩ̱ị̶̌ps̖̬͋,͕ ̸͎̥̯̌b̭̮͓͐͡u̦̟͌͞t̗̩͍͠ ͌͟i̵t͏͎ ̠ͮs҉h̺ǫ̇u̮l̬d ̵̹͈͐b̢̼̪̮̃e̺̤̳ ̦͒̕e͢n̡̼̯̐o̶̤͇̐u͈̒͞g̅͞h.͊


Blitzkrieg1701, June 21st, 2017, 7:28 am


It's times like these I really wish SmackJeeves allowed people to "like" or thumbs up reader comments.


Darius Drake (Guest), June 21st, 2017, 8:05 pm


@ Blitz: You know, between the horror of the incentive and Seros Senric's backstory to the incentive, you now almost have to make that cannon.

Actually, I have an idea on how this can become cannon without featuring the Incentive Creatures in the comic itself. The overrun planet is now a tourist attraction for sweet-toothed adventure seekers. They risk their lives to go down to the planet and kill the spiders for sport and food, before going back up to a nearby space station for decontamination and bragging rights. The ships sent glassed all but a few islands to be profiteered like this as well.

Also, the spiders could be called either Gright-Gox or Xal-Gright Spiders. This would mean that the hunters would be Gright-Gox or Xal-Gright Hunters.


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