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Comics - page 485 - FOLLOW THAT CHEESE - October 5th, 2012, 5:09 am

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Otakon puts a sign up in front of some office or someplace where congoers shouldn't be that says "Area Of No".  And now you know.
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Blitzkrieg1701, October 5th, 2012, 5:26 am

Science came to my rescue on this one. When I first started thinking of drawing a comic involving a black hole, I automatically started thinking of the big, swirly whirlpools you see in the movies, and kinda dreaded having to actually draw one. But then it dawned on me: that's not how space actually works! If we assume this particular black hole doesn't have, like, a star getting gobbled up at the moment, I don't really have to draw ANYTHING, do I? (Admittedly, it's hard to imagine how this black hole could be considered "nearby" under those circumstances, but that's the wonder of Casual Interstellar Travel for you)

Better yet, I got to draw random signs again! Pointlessly hostile signs will ALWAYS be funny to me, I don't know why.

Well, I asked you guys last time for ideas regarding this year's Christmas comic, and you've already helped me make some significant progress. Still, any additional feedback would be greatly appreciated, so please drop by The Forum and give your two cents!

And, as always, more Killer Station of Deadly Doom is just a vote away!

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Seros Senric (Guest), October 5th, 2012, 6:17 am

Nice thing about black holes: They aren't magic sucky-everything-up-thingies. If the sun was suddenly replaced by a black hole of the same mass, then our planet would continue to happily orbit it without any changes. Of course not having a massive heat source out there would make life rather uncomfortable here pretty quickly, but the planet itself would be fine.

Scary thing about black holes: The event horizon can be outside the mass at the centre, which means that when travelling in space you can pass it without even noticing until you realise that you can no longer escape without doing something like ripping apart the fabric of reality or something.

Incentive: The reaction Ichabod has in the second last panel reminds me of ones I've had when a child gripped a hold of me suddenly. Except less fear.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 5th, 2012, 2:12 pm

Yeah, Ichabod just does NOT do hugs.

CarrotSticks, October 5th, 2012, 9:28 pm

I love the signs. It reminds me of Tumblr language.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 5th, 2012, 11:33 pm

I really, seriously have missed doing random signs.

Stick (Guest), October 6th, 2012, 4:00 am

The situation is developing into something Ichabod can spend the whole week nitpicking on about but very much rather not...there are more things to nitpick on rather than a conveniently pieced together past, no?

Still waiting for the part where they talk about the father and his sugary end. :D

MrTTAO, October 7th, 2012, 7:08 pm

Those buffalo are wearing REALLY stylish glasses!

Dave (Guest), October 8th, 2017, 7:54 pm

Err... hate to break it to you, Blitz, but black holes generally ARE glowing whirlpool thingies. Unless the hole is just drifting through empty space, it's probably going to have an accretion disk - a ring of debris being heated by friction (kind of) until it starts glowing as the black hole rips it apart. This disk generally extends well beyond the event horizon. I don't see any reason why a black hole used for waste disposal purposes would be any different. In fact, the glowing ring of doomed trash would let them save money on sign maintainence. Nothing like a radioactive disk slowly being sucked beyond the veil while simultaneously being ripped apart in a most horrifying manner to say "KEEP OUT! DANGER!"

That being said, your comic doesn't pretend to be hard Sci Fi, and those ridiculous signs are funnier anyways.

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