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A bigger comic would get an explosion of fanart depicting all these ideas... one a lot more than the others
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Blitzkrieg1701, April 1st, 2016, 6:27 am

It's true, though. I pretty much can't do anything in this comic unless the characters let me.

So, yeah, this is a little different from previous April Fo ols comics since I didn't go overboard with some wacky visual experiment. I kinda wanted to, but, alas, I was already going overboard with an April Fool's joke for Conventional Wisdom. So instead, I just took all the potential ideas and had the cast make fun of them!

Oh, and because of all that extra Conventional Wisdom work, I'm afraid there's not a new Voting Incentive today. It might be for the best, though. Like I said last time, I'm about out of Stilez dress-up ideas, and am about ready to start up a new series... except no one should every start ANYTHING new on April 1st unless they want to spend the next day or two enduring constant "wait, was that real?" questions. So we'll just wait until next Tuesday for that little reveal.

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Darius Drake (Guest), April 1st, 2016, 7:47 am


Also, if Trigger's "assassin training kicks in & slaughter's everybody" thing ever becomes an actual joke (out of cannon, preferably), I do have a GREAT way to show it. He sits behind a pile of meat, gnawing on Avatar's spinal column with head attached (which makes it an obvious fake, because HOW?).

Next panel, Trigger and Avatar complements ...I have no idea who. Probably Blip, since he's the most likely to actually do it... on their life size diorama making skill, but complains about the creepy subject matter. They don't understand the problem.

Number 6 (Guest), April 1st, 2016, 12:09 pm

I was totally fooled, you got me.
@Darius Drake: I think you're confusing "Assassin" with "psychotic cannibalistic serial killer". Assassin is just a regular 9 to 5 job for paycheck, just like accountant, plumber, military dictator, or webcomic artist. We hardly ever ...um, I mean they hardly ever eat people.

Layla's expression is clearly "no, not a chance in a hundred hells of that happening", but I'm not quite sure about Tabitha's - it looks suspiciously like she's glancing over to check out what Layla's reaction is first...just in case. ;)

@Incentive - suggested appropriately silly incentive for today: Stilez cosplays as ... A CATGIRL! (I think she can pull it off with no problem)

Blitzkrieg1701, April 1st, 2016, 1:23 pm

I dunno if Blip is capable of actually constructing things. DESTROYING things, or at least cheering when someone else destroys them, that's another story...

Also, if I wanted to be the kind of person who stirs stuff up, I could point out that, technically, Layla only shot down the idea of making out IN PUBLIC, meaning that theoretically, there could be something very different going on in private. You know, if I was the kind of person who'd suggest things like that.

Ed8, April 1st, 2016, 2:06 pm

Tabitha's expression: I see it as "Wait...what? THAT's what the audience has been thinking?! But...but...why would they ever think that? I've never done anything at all that would ever give anyone that idea?!" Because Tabitha. (Which still doesn't refute it being true, she just has no idea why her actions would be interpreted that way by the audience.)

Layla: "Tabitha? I like her, but she's not nearly rich enough." :)

Stirring stuff up: It sure is a good thing that you're not someone who would do something like that. Definitely not.

Secret Agent Ichabod: Given the usual Bond villain's plan filled with huge gaping plot holes, impossible coincidences, completely unreasonable unfounded assumptions, and absurd technical and logistical impossibilities, I think that a Nitpicker would actually make a much better Suave Secret Agent than those "00" guys. Nitpicker shows up, points out to the Villain the 1000 obvious reasons why their plan never even had any remote chance of success, villain thanks them and gives up, Nitpicker gets the girl, movie is over after 10 minutes.

Avatar/Stilez Cake: Not only can Avatar not eat, but with Stilez's metabolism, she probably can't get fat. So, doublefail. :)

Vote Incentive: Stilez cosplays as ...Tax!

Minifanfic: Once upon a time, in the FOT universe, there was a powerful Assasin's guild, feared across all of known space. They never refused a contract, and they never ever failed, because it was their sworn oath that if they failed to successfully kill their target they must commit ritual suicide, and another assassin from the guild would be sent to complete their task. Despite the best efforts of the Space Police, nobody could stop them. Then, one day, a clever Space Cop contacted the Assassin's Guild and placed a contract hit on Avatar. Naturally, eventually every single member of the Guild had to commit ritual suicide.
The moral of the story: No matter how powerful, or feared, or unstoppable you are, always have a Nitpicker go over your contracts before signing.

Author Cameo: "Hey, isn't that the guy from the Christmas party?"

Hovertext: Expect an explosion of Suave Super-Spy Ichabod fanart any day now. :)

Number 6 (Guest), April 1st, 2016, 9:28 pm

@Blitzkrieg1701: If I were going to be the kind of person who tries to confirm theories that you are clearly not the kind of person to suggest, which of course I am not, I would point out that on entirely canonical page 812 Layla says to Tabitha in response to her extended hug "It's nice to see you too, but could you tone it down in front of everybody?" Clearly, it is only the presence of others that Layla is objecting to, not the extremely enthusiastic affection at all!
Shipping: CONFIRMED!

Darius Drake (Guest), April 2nd, 2016, 3:21 am

@ Number 6: That continued "You're going to make it weird if you keep...". Shipping DENIED.

Layla just recognises that Tabitha's a much more affectionate person that she is, and is admitting that she's willing to be less withdrawn when she's with less people. And, yes, the fact that there's half a dozen people she literally has started living with (with the exception of one or two of them) doesn't mean that there isn't far too many people for her to show more of her un-withdrawn personality.

Number 6 (Guest), April 2nd, 2016, 1:40 pm

@Darius Drake: Of course the had to say that, there were other people there, have to keep up appearances! (And by other people I mostly mean Ichabod, as she probably doesn't care much regarding the others, but absolutely does not want the Nitpicker to know stuff about her private life)

Ed8, April 2nd, 2016, 6:53 pm

Do Not Feed The Shippers!
@Blitz: Now look what you have done. Shippers are like stray cats: if you feed them once you can never get rid of them!

Darius Drake (Guest), April 3rd, 2016, 12:43 am

@ Ed8: And they act like leaches, trying to drain the friendships from a story, so that they could be refilled with romances.

Blitzkrieg1701, April 3rd, 2016, 5:03 pm

I am an evil god, sewing strife and discontent amongst my subjects :D

Number 6 (Guest), April 4th, 2016, 1:08 am

@Darius Drake: I believe the word you are looking for is “upgrade”, as in “…so that they could be upgraded to romances”. :p

Meow. Meow! (cat-to-English translation: More food. Now!)
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Darius Drake (Guest), April 4th, 2016, 3:55 am

@ Number 6: They aren't always "upgrades". Especially when they destroy the story that was being told. Thus "refilled" or "replaced" are far better words.

A fan (Guest), April 5th, 2016, 1:17 am

Aw... Please?

Number 6 (Guest), April 5th, 2016, 2:25 am

@Darius Drake: But they don't destroy the story at all, they have no effect on it whatsoever. Blitz, nor any other good author, is not likely to change even a tiny detail of the story because of some idle shipping, even if he could get his characters to go along with it, which is even more highly unlikely. Shipping is just harmless idle amusement which affects the story no more than a non-canonical April fools day strip does.

Darius Drake (Guest), April 5th, 2016, 6:27 am

@ Number 6: While I don't expect Blitz to change his story for shipping, there are insecure authors who would change their story when ships are demanded enough. Additionally, the Author of Attack On Titan originally planned to have that story's ending be "everybody dies", thus making it a tragedy. However, the unexpected POPULARITY of that story made him not only change that projected outcome, but publicly admit that he was doing so.

In other words, readers have a surprising amount of power over an author's story, even when they're not supposed to.

Blitzkrieg1701, April 5th, 2016, 9:27 am

The thing about "shipping" is that it doesn't exist in a vacuum, no one aspect of a fandom does. It can be a fun thing or a really toxic thing depending on how fun or toxic that particular group of people gets about everything else.

Number 6 (Guest), April 15th, 2016, 2:26 am

@Darius: Well, yeah, sure Attack on Titan is a commercial product worth roughly a gazillion dollars - I'd change my story around for that much money too! Lucky for Blitz, he doesn't make any money off this stuff :)
(Though he totally ought to get a gazillion bucks for FOT, but sadly that's not how stuff works.)

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