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Trivia: the segments of that ship's ring are constantly moving around, because SCREW YOU if you think I'll ever be able to draw them the same way twice
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Blitzkrieg1701, August 8th, 2017, 1:04 am

OH SNAP! It's those two kids! The ones who're always having cameos in holiday comics! They've finally made it into an official, in-continuity, 100% canonical comic! ...they still haven't had their names said out loud yet, BUT STILL!

To tell the truth, this page is sort of a last-minute addition. The PLAN was to skip straight from Mariska's little plot-tease back to the main cast doing main cast stuff. Giving the kids an "official" debut was too fun an idea, though, and I'm trying to be better about running with fun ideas regardless of what The Plan says (after all, most of my comic plans only exist to keep plot points straight, so sticking too close is an easy way to get exposition-heavy, joke-free comics). ALSO, if anybody stumbles across the comic this weekend after finding a flyer at Otakon, this'll be the first page they see. So COOL EYE CANDY SPACESHIP as your first impression!

Speaking of Otakon: if you missed it in the earlier notes, I'm in DC for the con all weekend, so no new Voting Incentive today. I'm hoping there'll be a new one with Tuesday's page, though... which I'm gonna get to work editing as soon as I finish posting this. WHEEE!!!

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Darius Drake (Guest), August 11th, 2017, 4:56 am

@ Spaceship: Honestly, I suspect that it's not only less safe (for the passengers, at least) than the spaceship Tabitha made, but also significantly slower. And if it does break, it'll do more damage to the environment (which we already know is quite impressive).

Blitz (at Otakon) (Guest), August 11th, 2017, 4:12 pm

But... it's so sleek and aerodynamic! I mean, that TOTALLY makes a ship go faster through space, right?

Darius Drake (Guest), August 11th, 2017, 6:32 pm

@ Blitz: Compared to Mad Science, Aerodynamic's isn't much (and I'm not mentioning space being a void, as this ship is outright stated to be going through Subspace, and I have no idea of the environment THERE). Also, this ship is probably at least twice (if not 4 to 10 times) as tall as Tabitha's ship, 10 to 100 times as wide, and a few hundred (if not a thousand or more) times as long. If this is ship is a speedboat, Tabitha's ship is a stone with a rocket engine attached. And by Rocket Engine, I mean one potentially able to actually reach outer space upon launch.

Ed8, August 11th, 2017, 8:57 pm

This one is absolutely less safe than Tabitha's ship, because there's absolutely no frikkin way ever that she would allow her precious kids to fly on a ship that had more than 0% risk involved.

Of course, the shape of any given ship is determined by the properties of hyperspace, or subspace, or quasispace, or Tabithaspace (it's blue!) which it travels through. However, for a ship that travels in real space at sublight speeds, there actually is friction in the vacuum, because it's not a perfect vacuum, and it does become very significant at non-trivial percentages of the speed of light. Enough to completely melt your ship, in fact. I've seen estimates vary from about 3% to 25% of the speed of light where ship-melting will become a problem if we ever try to go that fast (space is lumpy, so I'm sure it varies by location also)

As to which ship is faster, there's really only one way to know: Tabitha will pull up along side Mariska's ship, rev her engine, and challenge her to a drag race across the galaxy. Naturally, the combined effect will destroy most of galactic civilization for a few centuries, but we have to know which is faster. Some sacrifices must be made.

So...Mariska has Nitpicker apprentices? Or Ichabod has been assigned apprentices and she's bringing them. Ooops, forgot to mention that to him.

Always remember to toss your trash (and childhood dreams) or some poor unfortunate bioengineered wasterecepticaloid will go hungry! Nobody needs that kind of guilt on their conscience.

Darius Drake (Guest), August 11th, 2017, 10:23 pm

@ Ed8: Actually, we don't know if those two are Nitpicker Apprentices. We already know from conversations between Mariska and Ichabod that there are children Nitpickers (that they don't like and I'm assuming are fully qualified). And we have seen the one in the brown hat in more than a few Christmas and other Far Out There Specials as a Nitpicker. So it's entirely possible that there was just more than one Nitpicker hired for this task and Mariska is just the team leader.

Ed8, August 12th, 2017, 1:27 am

@DD: I suppose it's possible that they may be full Nitpickers, but calling him Mr. Ichabod seems to imply to me that they aren't on the same level as him (but shouldn't it be Mr. Kendall?) and it feels like if they weren't newbies they wouldn't be surprised by the fact that Ichabod was already headed to their destination, because they would have heard about the fact that that sort of thing tends to happen to Ichabod a lot. Or maybe they're not part of the Nitpicker organization at all, and they're just easily impressed Nitpicker groupies.

Blitz (at Otakon) (Guest), August 12th, 2017, 2:37 am

I usually prefer to sit back & enjoy these kinds of discussions as a spectator, but on this case I have to chime in and say that the concept of Nitpickers having groupies is genuinely terrifying. :)

Darius Drake (Guest), August 12th, 2017, 6:51 am

@ Blitz: Actually, I find the idea of Nitpicker Groupies to be interesting. It could also explain where some of Ichabod's previous followers (who we know many of which have died horribly) came from and why they followed him. After all, who would the groupies find most interesting? The Nitpickers who do their jobs efficiently and without problem, or the Nitpickers who run into serious disasters constantly? Of course, there would be followers of both camps, but the camp that actually develops groupies or camp-followers would be the second one, making Ichabod a major groupie/stalker target, which is where he got most of his previous "followers" from. Well, before they died horribly, as it has been stated that followers of Ichabod do.

Ed8, August 12th, 2017, 6:21 pm

It seems likely there would be at least some Nitpicker groupies - they're highly paid, influential, seem to lead far-more-interesting-than-average lives, even sometimes semi-famous (infamous?), and given the septillions+ of people in the galaxy there's sure to be a few who find that fascinating. Surely there's blogs and magazines and whatnot that follow nitpicker exploits, with people being fans of their favorites, and some of those would be more serious than others. For that matter, Stilez is only there because she's following Ichabod around, she may already qualify as one! (In fact she does appear to have a suspicious tendency to show up everywhere he goes, hmmm?)

If there are Nitpicker groupies, then it seems likely that pretty much everyone, not knowing her backstory, upon meeting them the first time, will assume that is what Layla is. Which will NOT please her at all when she finds out people have been assuming that.

Do we know that many of Ichabod's prior companions have died horribly? I only remember Avatar discussing the one who got vaporized. I don't recall any other deaths mentioned. I don't think Ichabod would be so irresponsible or callous as to continue to adopt companions if their death was a very frequent result. What does Word-Of-Blitz say about this?

Blitz (at Otakon) (Guest), August 12th, 2017, 11:37 pm

That dead companion bit is one of those thinks that's not meant to be too deeply thought about (translation: "I wasn't thinking too deeply when I wrote it"). It's pretty safe to say that the poor shmuck's fate was self-inflicted, leaving Ichabod blameless.

Ed8 (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 2:32 pm

Should there be a Statute of Limitations on Nitpicking?
@Blitz - If we're still picking apart a throwaway line you wrote 10 years and 1000+ strips ago, it's your own fault for breeding an audience of Nitpickers ;)

Ed8 (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 3:41 pm

...which reminds me...only 50 strips left to go before the BIG *1000*. Never to early to begin planning for the Huge Super-Extravagant Wallpaper-sized Milestone Strip!

Blitz (at Otakon) (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 6:06 pm

Oh, I'm not trying to deny the validity of the nitpicking. I'm just being completely up front about what kind of nit it is :D

Also, I notice that number climbing with ever new page, and it TERRIFIES me.

Ed8 (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 6:30 pm

An anticlimactic result
Strip#999 will be immediately followed by Strip#1001, thus preventing any requirement for an anniversary strip. Like they sometimes construct buildings without an unlucky 13th floor.

Blitz (at Otakon) (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 6:36 pm

Or I spend all of page 999 promising to answer all sorts of longstanding questions, but 1000 happens over the answers, obscuring them all.

Ed8 (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 7:41 pm

As readers begin gathering torches and pitchforks.....
The following is a list of all characters' exact ages, extensive information about all those characters we've only seen in Christmas specials, plus complete detailed origin stories for Tax and Stilez:


Ed8 (Guest), August 13th, 2017, 7:46 pm

This would happen
(And then I spent the next entire month trying to decrypt details of the hidden text from the tiny bits of individual letters and word parts peeking around the edges of the "1000" sign, only to eventually deduce that it's just random "lorem ipsum" gibberish.)

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