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Comics - page 941 - plans looks like eggs - July 11th, 2017, 5:13 am

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Blitzkrieg1701, July 11th, 2017, 7:11 am

Okay, so I think I've got most of the Photobucket stuff that needed fixing taken care of. The links on the Fan Art page SHOULD still be okay, since they take you directly to the Photobucket page itself rather than trying to display the image on a different page (at least, it's working for me). At this point, I think the only things left to fix are the lesser Character Profile pictures... most of which I've been needing to re-do anyway. If there's anything else I've missed, let me know.

Speaking of which, I guess the SmackJeeves As A Host plan worked out pretty well for the Incentives, so I'll keep doing that for the foreseeable future. And if today's Voting Incentive is any indication, I may have latched on to a reader suggestion regarding these things...

Anyway, the thought occurred while finishing this page that there's a LOT of extremely wealthy characters in Far Out There, right? I mean, I'm not the only one who's noticed this, am I? Jenna & her family are rich, Astrid & Disonar are rich, Layla USED to be rich, all the various celebrities who keep poping up, there's just an awful lot of money floating around this comic, it would seem. There's probably a dissertation about our western obsession with celebrity and the assumption, deep down, that we're all SUPPOSED to be rich and famous... though the real answer is probably just me being a lazy writer. I mean, when you establish right off the bat that characters are wealthy enough to do whatever they want, they can do WHATEVER THEY WANT! It's the same reason using kids or teenagers as protagonists is so narrative convenient: if they don't have to worry about jobs and house payments and actual real life grownup stuff, they're free to just do whatever silly story you wanna tell!

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dylgramac, July 11th, 2017, 8:33 am

I'm not usually afraid of clowns, but...
I am rather wary of cosmic space clowns made from (collapsed?) stars!

Jason (Guest), July 11th, 2017, 11:04 am

Your setting fully justifies having a lot of rich people. You have a galaxy-sized economy built with advanced technology. It has cheap interstellar trade and communication. So there's a lot of wealth floating around. The comic focuses on a sort of "space vacation", so we tend to see more of the slice of the population that can afford space tourism.

The abundance of celebrities is also a natural side effect of cheap interstellar communication. They aren't more common in SPACE, but instead of hearing about one planet's superstars you hear about all of them.

Darius Drake (Guest), July 12th, 2017, 7:44 am

@ Blitz: Sure, there's a lot of wealthy people, particularly ones that appear in the comic. However, there's also been a whole spacestation that's essentially a slum, a large one at that. As well as the numerous non-story characters who probably aren't overly wealthy but either appear regularly as background characters or are mentioned once as one of a character's Noodle Incident's.

Additionally, due to Ichabod's Job, the cast can be said to have easier access to the richer side of the universe than most people, so there's that.

Ed8, July 12th, 2017, 8:43 pm

Vote incentive: That's why the smart mad scientists make their information-gathering probes out of indestructible adorable little girls!

(Or maybe Whilehuisite is just incomprehensibly expensive? Is Avatar the Six-quadrillion-dollar-girl?)

Rich people: Rich people are just more interesting, so stories will frequently revolve around them. They can afford to be. We poor/average folks can't afford the consequences of being "interesting".

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