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Comics - page 816 - Going Straight On The Fridge - April 5th, 2016, 9:03 am

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Does this count as an actual line of dialog for Alphonse?
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Blitzkrieg1701, April 5th, 2016, 9:20 am

Okay, I'm doing the whole "half-finished page" thing again. Sorry about that, but this update's being particularly troublesome. I've already had to move the panels around a LOT, and the whole attempt at a more "hand drawn" look for the third panel isn't working out like I wanted to at all. Since I've already been fiddling with this stuff for way too long (yet can't start coloring the page 'till they're done) I figured I'd go ahead and slap some text on this draft so that SOMETHING would go up this morning. Tune in later for the finished version.

Anyway, where did I go on a rant about school in the Far Out There universe? Was it in the FAQ topic on the forum? I forget, but this is probably the first time it's actually applied to the comic proper. Basically, education in the future is so quick and easy that classroom settings are kind of pointless, so everybody essentially is home schooled. And even if that weren't the case, you just know Tabitha wouldn't trust her babies to anyone other than herself, right?

And speaking of Tabitha, the new Voting Incentive series is kicking off! Sorry for the wait!

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Ed8, April 5th, 2016, 6:48 pm

It looks like Bridget's drawing of a person important to her was probably of Batman :)

It's good to see Layla has gotten over her brief feeling-sorry-for-herself-because-nobody-loves-her phase. Lovable zombie kids are usually a good cure for that sort of thing.

Wow, Alphonse is a really good artist - he should draw a webcomic or something! (Technically we've seen his talent before, but I think only in vote incentives)

I think this is the first time we've seen one of the kids communicate with actual words. Even though it's technically not actual "talking" it just seems strange somehow. (So to answer the hovertext's question: yes, it counts.)

Watch out, Tabitha - if Layla wasn't already going to steal Alphonse before, now she definitely will ;)

Blitzkrieg1701, April 6th, 2016, 2:21 am

There was a Christmas comic where Alphonse's "christmas card" to Tabitha was a giant mural, and during the Mad Scientist convention he drew a picture of the chief bad guy robot... but I don't have the exact link to either handy at the moment :(

Seros Senric (Guest), April 6th, 2016, 4:44 am

Wow... this whole "getting a job in another country" thing does make it a little hard to maintain an internet presence...
Hopefully I'll be able to start regularly commenting here again.

I've enjoyed the Layla interactions of these pages.

And yeah, Alphonse has been shown to be good artistically with, well, everything. (Although mainly in things like the Christmas pages and incentives...)

And speaking of incentives, this series should be fun :)

Darius Drake (Guest), April 6th, 2016, 8:12 am

@ Ed8: Personally, I suspect that Bridget's picture was of Tabitha then, after being told that she didn't count, either Alphonse or Avatar.

Also, on Alphonse's drawing skills: Alphonse is incredible at all things primarily mental (art counts, in this case), while Bridget is incredible at all things primarily physical. As in, "I wouldn't be overly surprised if Bridget can give Stilez some challenge in an arm wrestle" level of incredible physical ability.

Number 6 (Guest), April 6th, 2016, 12:07 pm

*steps forward to claim prize for vote incentive suggestion*
(from comments on the New Years Eve strip)

Really, just getting to see the Revenge Tabitha Dressy Dress cosplay should be reward enough for anyone! :)

As adorably hilarious as it is to see Layla get embarassed (which seems to happen a lot to her) I don't think we've ever seen Tabitha be embarassed by anything, so that would be even more adorable just from its rarity. I'm not sure it's even possible, but this might do the trick.

It seems that even Stilez was in on the plan - they knew Tabitha would not be able to resist the Stilez cosplay challenge so she was used as a delaying tactic until they were ready to spring the trap! :)

Blitzkrieg1701, April 6th, 2016, 12:33 pm

I think the only way anyone could ever embarrass Tabitha would be finding evidence of her acting like a conventional Evil Mad Scientist. Like, video of her playing with her Dad before she knew better. Otherwise, I'm not sure that girl is physically capable of experiencing shame. She seems to be up for ANYTHING.

Also, gee. I wonder who WOULD win in a clash between Stilez and Bridget? Something to ponder, for sure...

Ed8, April 6th, 2016, 3:08 pm

Stilez vs. Bridget
We already know - Bridget wins! :)


Ed8, April 6th, 2016, 4:03 pm

@Incentive - I would guess that, despite Layla having specifically called it "Revenge", Tabitha will misinterpret the whole thing as "See I *knew* they all really loved this dress-up stuff and thought it was fun! I'll need to do this with them even more often!"

Ed8, April 6th, 2016, 4:09 pm

@Darius Drake: Most likely both kids would have drawn their mom as their first choice, and probably each other as 2nd choice, so likely Tabitha made a rule up front that any immediate family members were ineligible. Bridget seems to be a Batman fan, since Tabitha probably had offered a personal teleporter, levitation boots, a jetpack, and a half dozen other sciencey ways available for her to get around but Bridget picked the least practical but most badass method: Batman-style grappling hook! (I don't really mean to imply she actually drew Batman, though she might have, it was just as a figurative way of pointing out her Batman-esque mode of travel)

Ed8, April 6th, 2016, 5:18 pm

Tabitha doing "Mad" Sciencey stuff with Dad -
does this count?


That thing definitely doesn't look like normal science to me.

Blitzkrieg1701, April 6th, 2016, 6:59 pm

Only if she then threatened to unleash the thing on an unsuspecting populace while laughing diabolically. THAT'S really the "mad" part.

Now, THIS on the other hand...

http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1068898/page-176-are-critical-failures-reall y-all-that-hilarious/

Ed8, April 6th, 2016, 10:12 pm

That's just a heartwarming father-daughter bonding moment, with emphasis on the "warming" part. :)

Number 6 (Guest), April 15th, 2016, 2:35 am

@Blitz: Hmmm...so you say "Otherwise, I'm not sure that girl is physically capable of experiencing shame. She seems to be up for ANYTHING."
*Furiously scribbles notes in shipping notebook*

Dave (Guest), October 9th, 2017, 3:31 pm

Fridge Logic
Hold up, Tabitha. Your kids can use language other than posture and facial cues? And you HAVEN'T rigged up a text-to-speech device that would let them fully express themselves? What kind of mother are you?!

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