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"If we all keep reiterating that both you and Layla are very attractive, it'll distract the readers from the fact that both your faces are virtually indistinguishable from 95% of the other characters in this comic!"
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Blitzkrieg1701, January 4th, 2017, 5:26 am

Well... That just happened.

...and man, this is a REALLY awkward page for me to be posting a week in advance, woozy from pre-MAGFest sleep deprivation and thus virtually unable to provide any intelligent commentary on what we've just seen. Hopefully, I'll think to come back and add something more meaningful before the page actually goes live.

Speaking of which, I'm really desperately HOPING there'll be a new Voting Incentive ready by the time everybody reads this. Usually, when I actually manage to get an extra page finished before I leave for a con, it frees up enough time for me to get a new Incentive done when I get back. If not... well, I hope I'll have the sense to come back and erase this message to save myself some embarrassment.

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Seros Senric (Guest), January 9th, 2017, 11:26 pm

Okay then.


That is certainly a thing that has happened...
In this comic it's meant to be HUGS! Hugs!

Layla walks in, in three... two...
(Well, maybe not Layla, but if TV has taught me anything, it's that at this point somebody has got to be watching and immediately jump to the worst possible conclusion. Since the only other option is that they both suddenly stop and say "it's not what it looks like" and then the person watching reveals that they had guessed exactly what was actually happening - but that doesn't seem like something these characters would do, so first option it is)

You know, sometimes I suspect that you might be trying to deliberately feed shipping...
Or possibly trying to go for the one couple combination that nobody had thought of.

Also, I may have mentioned this before, since it's a conclusion I came to back in 2011, but I'm glad this isn't an anime. Because if it was, Trigger would likely be the protagonist of a harem series.

Guest (Guest), January 9th, 2017, 11:33 pm

*clears throat*
What just...
Did that really...
I can't....
Guest.exe has stopped working

CptNerd (Guest), January 9th, 2017, 11:57 pm

... Okay then.

Ed8, January 10th, 2017, 1:42 am

Checks calendar to see if it's April 1
I totally knew that was going to happen. What? Why is everybody looking at me like that?

So I guess this was the scene that you were trying to get to as a pre-Christmas-break-cliffhanger but couldn't squeeze in. Yup, that would have definitely been a big one. (This coming Friday's cruel practical-joke strip: An announcement that the strip is temporarily going on hiatus...)

@Tabitha: Self-restraint. Look it up. You really don't have to do every thought that pops into your head. No, wait, first, before that: run to your giant-engined ship and flee to the far side of the galaxy, because LAYLA WILL FIND YOU NOW. Even mad science cannot save you. Remember, Layla used to be a major organized crime boss-in-training. She knows exactly where the best places are to hide bodies.

@Seros Senric: You're right! I can't believe I didn't notice it before, this entire 10 year strip has just been the setup for the Trigger Harem Anime. The trope characters are all there - Trigger has managed to accumulate: the sister figure who technically isn't a sister (layla), the girl who looks underage but really is much much older (Avatar), the nerdy blue haired girl with glasses (Tabitha, but she's supposed to be really shy, so not quite on-trope), the girl he's crushing on but can't have (Skye), and the nice girl who actually likes him who he's "supposed" to end up with (Jenna), and he's the unassuming average guy who innocently doesn't even realize he's the center of the harem despite being the only available male in the group, Are we missing anyone? Let me check TVTropes. I guess he really should have the "childhood friend" girl also, so Layla will have to count twice in that regard. Actually there's at least a dozen or more stock harem girl types to pick from and several of our ladies here could fit in more than one trope.

Blitzkrieg1701, January 10th, 2017, 8:28 am

Yeah, this was what I'd kinda wanted to leave things hanging on at the end of November. But as attention-grabbing as that would have been, I think it's for the best that I wasn't able to time it right for that. We do kinda really need to have the reaction to this following RIGHT on the heels of this page... and no, I'm nowhere near evil enough to pull a fake hiatus now :)

Also, HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT. It would be WAAAAAAY too easy to turn this into a post-Tenchi Muyo harem series. I think we all dodged a bullet on that one. (The only other cliche I can think of off the top of my head is "Innocent Fansrvice Girl who's always doing really sexy things without realizing it" who would probably have wound up being Stilez)

Stefan (Guest), January 10th, 2017, 2:22 pm

Appropriate Sitcom track: https://youtu.be/j1FS4Dw8miI

Darius Drake (Guest), January 11th, 2017, 2:37 am

Given Layla's attitude to Trigger, I feel that if she walked in on this, she'd get upset and angry at Tabitha for corrupting Trigger. And I mean REALLY upset and angry.

Number 6 (Guest), January 12th, 2017, 12:17 pm



Vote incentive Alphonse is only yawning because he doesn't see what is happening in the main comic!

I think Tabitha is being more than a bit irresponsible here. Trigger is not some indestructable cat-warrior that you can poke and prod for fun without worrying about them being hurt! Hes a kind, sensitive, emotional, vulnerable, rather niave kid who until recently spent his entire life in near-isolation with little human contact, who had never even met a girl other than Layla, and who basically fell madly in love with the first girl he had a brief one-on-one conversation with who shared a single common interest with him. The point being that, while for Tabitha this is just another random impulsive experiment to poke at something and see what happens, and I highly doubt she has any intent to start a "relationship" here, Trigger could very easily take being kissed (first kiss!) by a beautiful older girl the wrong way (we know he likes "older" women, right? ie Skye) and be very emotionally hurt when he finds out this didn't mean anything to Tabitha. Now, that's probably not how it will work out since it's a story and what happens will be whatever is best for the narrative, but the point is that it's a possibility, and Tabitha has no way of knowing it wouldn't happen, which is what makes this so irresponsible of her. Even for her.

More importantly, I second the nomination of Stilez for the position of "Innocent Fanservice Girl" in the harem! In fact, we don't even need to wait for the harem plot, I nominate her for that position in the current comic! ;)

Stonefoot, January 12th, 2017, 5:24 pm

Fiona Apple
Tabitha (channeling F.A.>>>)
I've been a bad, bad girl,
I've been careless with a delicate man.
It's a sad, sad world
Where a girl will break a boy just because she can.

Tabitha means well and Trigger is getting some (way, way overdue) 'life experience'. I think this will come out a net positive for him... sort of like the rollercoaster where you go back and forth between screaming in terror and screaming from exhilaration - but the next day you want to do it again.

Ed8, January 12th, 2017, 5:58 pm

@Stonefoot - Lots of people hate roller coasters (me!) Went on one once, never intend to ever do it again, and think that folks that like 'em have got to be nuts. So let's hope that analogy won't hold for Trigger in this instance. Of course, I can't imagine any part of kissing Tabitha could be unenjoyable, but I suppose there could be a bit of terror in there too. Seeing as how she totally pounced on him out of nowhere!! :)

Stonefoot, January 12th, 2017, 6:00 pm

(in reverse order)

2) Tabitha may well be up for additional 'making out' with Trigger whenever they happen to meet in the future. He will learn, sooner or later, that she doesn't take this seriously. Better to learn this sooner (and from someone basically nice, like Tabitha) than later.

1) If you don't recognize the song look for 'Criminal' on youtube. It's good.

0) I have an adopted cat named Tabby. (a gray striped tabby-cat, very vocal, very 'cat', already named Tabby before I got her) My 'story' now is that 'Tabby' is short for 'Tabitha'. ;-}}

Seros Senric (Guest), January 12th, 2017, 6:23 pm

This page seems to have got everyone talking... Once they were over the shock, anyway.

Concerning learning about how things like this work with certain people, although yes learning it from someone like Tabitha isn't the worst way, it's also definitely not the best.

Ed8, January 12th, 2017, 6:32 pm

@Stonefoot: So if your cat has kittens, I assume they will be 'Bridget' and 'Alphonse'?

If I ever get a cat, it will be named Stilez. If I get a puppy it will be named Tax. Hopefully the cat would not live up to its namesake's destructive potential.

Tabitha will not be able to make out with Trigger in the future, because Layla will NEVER EVER AGAIN LEAVE THEM ALONE IN A ROOM. EVER.
(Assuming of course she finds out. Which she will.)

@Seros: This learning method, while not the worst way, still does NOT receive the very important Layla Natalie Quartment Seal of Approval.

Seros Senric (Guest), January 12th, 2017, 7:22 pm

It occurs to me that this event might have been why recently there's been so much ...eh... fanservicey? (I'm sure there's a better word) stuff since Tabitha got on the ship that Layla's been trying to keep Trigger from.
including, for example, the skimpy outfits that appeared on the Children's Educational Channel in page 881.

I was not endorsing it as a good way of learning.
(If Layla finds out, it's even more important that I say this)

Stonefoot, January 12th, 2017, 8:02 pm

Diverse and sundry:
@Ed8: You said
@Stonefoot: So if your cat has kittens, I assume they will be 'Bridget' and 'Alphonse'?

Since Tabby (Tabitha) is fixed, those would be quite appropriate. ;-}}

Also, I'm not really a fan of roller coasters either, but they are iconic for this sort of situation. I've been on an 'old style' (not really high, no near-vertical drops) roller coaster and it was fun, but I'm not anxious to do it again. The new, very high, almost vertical drop types I wouldn't even get close to. Give me the 'Wild Mouse' any day.

Ed8, January 13th, 2017, 12:32 am

Not that I'm interested or anything
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