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Blitzkrieg1701, March 3rd, 2017, 10:52 am

Why does it seem like every time I write a comic involving a character being sleepy, I end up falling asleep before the comic is finished and the whole update ends up being late? I need to start having this comic take place exclusively at lunchtime so this stops happening. So, yeah, the same drill as Tuesday: rough draft now just so SOMETHING and go up by noon, the finished draft will be up sometime tonight or tomorrow morning, but a new Voting Incentive is up now. Actually, I managed to get that done as early as WEDNESDAY NIGHT, but fell asleep before I could swap the Incentives at midnight. CURSE YOU, BIOLOGICAL NEED TO SLEEP!!!

...speaking of which, I forget: have I already coyly pointed out that pretty much the only time we've ever seen Layla asleep is in Incentives or Holiday comics, while the few times ever even seen her in bed in-canon, she was still wide awake? I mean, it's relevant here either way, but I genuinely can't remember if I said that bit already.

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Zaealix (Guest), March 3rd, 2017, 12:55 pm

I've heard it said that with the right diet a human can stay concious for indefinite periods of time (digestation can drain one's enery- ever get sleepy after a big meal?) So maaaybe...With some bio-modding...On the flipside, I'm still rolling with my thoery of Layla needing sleep but maybe being clever about where/when she gets it, like she takes a quick cat-nap when no one's looking.

Ed8, March 3rd, 2017, 5:35 pm

Maybe the ear things are telepathic transmitters?
It's obvious what Bridget is saying, I hear her just fine.

Technically, Mommikinesis would require the ability to *move* the kids with her mind (the "kinesis" part). Not to nitpick or anything. Because I would never do that.

Layla not sleeping: On one hand, it makes sense that a highly ranked executive in a criminal organization would be bioengineered so that they were never caught napping by their enemies, and it would explain Layla's permanent irritableness, but I'm inclined to trust Avatar's skepticism on this point, since if it were possible she ought to know about it, seeing as how she knows (almost) EVERYTHING.

@Incentive: It's Li'l Stilez!!!! :D Sooooooo adorable!
Between Trigger's Nannybots being constantly sabotaged and disassembled and now this, it seems like being a robot is a really really tough life in the FOTverse. Come to think of it, Mooney's presence wasn't particularly positive on robots either. And we don't even what to think about what happens to any robots in the Hector household when Megabrat gets hold of them. FOT Robot Law#1: Stay away from human kids at all costs. Either that, or Blitz was traumatized by a horrific robot attack early in life and is now exacting his revenge.

Ed8, March 5th, 2017, 8:33 pm

It occurs to me that Avatar's statement somewhat implies that she doesn't sleep on any regular schedule, and probably doesn't actually need to sleep at all, but does so on occasion because she wants to. That would fit with the fact that her body can't decay or deteriorate and her brain is essentially a supercomputer (select "sleep" from the Windows start menu, but be careful not to accidentally click on "shutdown"!)

Also, it occurs to me that we haven't seen baby Tax in an incentive yet, which would be ultra-adorable, of course. Or does that conflict with the need to not reveal anything about Tax's past?

Blitzkrieg1701, March 6th, 2017, 9:35 am

Avatar's given a vague explanation elsewhere, but basically she only "needs" sleep in a psychological sense. She never gets physically tired, but ever her superpowered brain needs to take a break and dream every so often. She probably only "needs" to sleep every three or four days, but tends to do it every night just to stay on the same schedule as her shipmates.

Ed8, March 6th, 2017, 3:15 pm

Not to Nitpick or Anything, but...
@Blitzkrieg1701: You replied in the "Author Comments" section rather than the regular comments section. :)

Seros Senric (Guest), March 6th, 2017, 3:31 pm

Technically it was a flashback in an incentive, but we have in canon seen Layla asleep during the time she's been travelling with Ichabod.

Concerning Tax's past: I'm pretty sure EVERYTHING about that is a spoiler at this point in time :)

Little Stilez thought they wanted to play, and she's a little sad that they broke so easily.

(Concerning Blitz being traumatised by robots and wanting his revenge, my theory is that he was insulted by a robot toy.)

Ed8, March 6th, 2017, 5:12 pm

Everything is canonical, unless it isn't.
@Seros: I think Word-Of-Blitz is that not all incentives are canonical. So far we know that TKSoDD and the dress-up incentives are canonical, I'm not sure if any others have been declared to be.

Even today, Stilez is still disappointed that Milspec Battle Robots break so easily.

Blitzkrieg1701, March 6th, 2017, 5:44 pm

...hey cool! When I de-Author Comment a comment, it automatically sticks it into the slot in the normal where it should have gone!

Anyway, Incentive Canonicity: As long as an incentive isn't blatantly doing something outside the bounds of the comic universe (referencing modern-day pop culture, crossing over with another comic, and so on) or blatantly doing something that directly contradicts the comics, it can be assumed to be really happening, just "off screen" ...to an extent. Nothing is "REALLY real" until it's actually referenced in a comic, and only in the way that reference says it is. Like, with the Dress-Up comics, the Incentives have Tabitha dressing up Avatar first, then Layla, and Stilez much later. While those events have been directly references in-comic, now it's Stilez who goes first (and presumably Avatar at some point that same day) and Layla comes later, so the bits that establish the original order are now de-canonized.

Since I generally won't have any of the cast doing anything out of character even in Incentives, it's not TOO dangerous to assume that (non-out of universe) Incentives are canon until told otherwise. But if there's ever a contradiction with the main comic, main comic wins.

Seros Senric (Guest), March 6th, 2017, 5:51 pm

The specific case I was referring to was one of the "deleted scenes" ones, which started with an explanation that they were all expected-canon.

Trigger gave Layla some creepy wire-doll.

Of course, this was shortly after they arrived on the ship when Layla was going through a very hard time, which may have tired her out more than usual.

Ed8, March 6th, 2017, 6:48 pm

Some critical plot elements are more critical than others
@Blitz: So, basically, my original policy statement is correct: "Everything is canonical, unless it isn't" Or maybe that should be "until it isn't" :)

I do prefer the incentives being canonical, because unlike with some comics a lot of it really does add background to the comic itself - TKSoDD obviously adds huge background, or the thing with Trigger's creepy wire-doll adds background. And, of course, it goes without saying, the series with female characters being dressed in random increasingly revealing outfits is absolutely plot-critical information. ;)

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