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Comics - page 966 - Coordinated Operations - October 10th, 2017, 10:27 am

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Translation: "Okay, I finished sciencing the science so it'll do a thing when the next plot point demands it"
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Blitzkrieg1701, October 10th, 2017, 10:40 am

You know, it's strangely comforting that today's page is "only" running behind due to my own incompetence. Yeah, it's late. Yeah, I'm having to post the rough draft for now. Yeah, it's because of really awkward perspective and action poses and other stuff I have trouble working around. Yeah, all that stuff is frustrating... but at least my computer still turns on. That really puts everything in perspective, ya know? But still, the page IS running behind schedule, and I already nodded off in the middle of working once, so I figured I'd better go ahead and get something up before another unscheduled nap snuck up on me. Assuming that DOESN'T happen, the final version of the page shouldn't take too terribly long to get done.

Anyway, about the comic itself... Trigger and Tabitha clearly aren't used to coordinating their efforts with other people who aren't RIGHT THERE to talk to, are they? And speaking of whom: Tabitha was careful to put on a full array of lab coat and gloves and goggles to make sure she didn't get any dangerous substances on her hands or eyes... then went to work with her midriff completely exposed. This is in no way silly.

Finally, NEW VOTING INCENTIVES! Hey, did you hear me say that Incentives for the next few months would be stand-alone doodles in stead of a series, since I have so many other projects to wrap up before the end of the year? Well, today we start a new ongoing Incentive series... and it's actually BECAUSE of all the other projects. With so much stuff I HAVE TO WORK ON WHETHER I FEEL LIKE IT OR NOT, I kind of owed it to myself to have at least one thing going on purely because it sounded fun at the moment.

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dylgramac, October 10th, 2017, 11:23 am

In that first panel, Tabitha looks surprisingly like Ichabod, what with the long coat, big goggles, and the way her hair is poofed kinda like his hat.

@alt text: Where are you, my friend?

@incentive: This new series looks interesting. The random background pop culture has always been well done in this comic.

P.S. Note for the future! This comment was written before the final version of the comic.

Seros Senric (Guest), October 10th, 2017, 4:27 pm

Apparently comments have emoticons now.
And for some reason, image-based ones from a different server failing a cross-domain header check (which apparently I have on a more strict setting than the default, something I had forgotten about)
These days I kind of expect everyone to do Unicode based character emoticons instead of images, unless it's something like a webcomic artist having made their own set based on their comic's characters.

Also, when seeing the unfinished page - I also thought Tabitha in the first panel was Ichabod at first, and that somehow he'd convinced Stilez to let him mess with a test tube while she watched.
Trigger falling through the floor as a distraction so he could get away seems like something he'd plan to cause if he could.

The more-finished page it's a bit less of an issue, as it's more obvious that Ichabod is entering the scene in the second panel.

Title text: Yay for joining us when the image was updated!

Incentive: This is going to be fun.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 10th, 2017, 5:37 pm

Huh, I've never seen those emoticons before... LET'S EXPERIMENT! :) :( :D :P

EDIT: ...well poop.

Ed8, October 10th, 2017, 7:49 pm

@Seros & Blitz: Far Out There Character Emoticons would be so cool. Make it happen!! Happy Trigger! Sardonic Avatar! Angry Layla! Worried/Scared Ichabod! Scowling Cap'n! ;)

@comic: The hard part is all the time you have to spend insulting and trash-talking the Neutrinos enough to make them cry. It's a lot of work. Most of the insults just seem to pass right through them as if they weren't there at all.

Regarding Tabitha's clothing choice - eyes are a lot more sensitive to harm, and hands are a lot more likely to be harmed in doing experiments, so it makes perfect sense that she would protect those first. Also, it's been shown many, many times in cartoon physics that as long as you are wearing goggles, no part of your body will be harmed in an explosion.

@Incentive - more backgound world info for The FOT Game! :D

Blitzkrieg1701, October 11th, 2017, 12:08 am

WOW I wish I knew how to make emoticons

Ed8, October 11th, 2017, 12:49 pm

According to the smackjeeves forum, it is completely impossible to have emoticons in a smackjeeves comment. @dylgramac: Stop violating the fundamental laws of the universe! What are you, some sort of Mad Emoticon Scientist?!

Seros Senric (Guest), October 11th, 2017, 3:59 pm

Maybe he is :P

Actual unicode emojis would require a custom font, which can come with lots of problems.
Usually on webcomics for custom emoticons they switch out ":)" ":(" etc. with little inline images they drew themselves, maybe 16x16 or 24x24 pixels big.
Smackjeeves doesn't seem to support custom stuff like that though... although if you can upload your own fonts it's probably possible.

Ed8, October 11th, 2017, 4:17 pm

We can't be letting Mad Emoticon Scientists run amok here, those guys never know when to quit: they will just create greater and greater emoticons until they create one so emotive that IT WILL DESTROY US ALL!!!!
(except Avatar, of course)

Seros Senric (Guest), October 11th, 2017, 4:32 pm

I hope you aren't lumping me into the same group as those Mad Emoticon Scientists!

Just because I understand some of the intricacies of implementing custom emoticons in several different ways, and have witnessed the mysteries of unicode block U+1F600..U+1F64F of the Supplementary Multilingual Plane, does not mean I'm a Mad Emoticon Scientist!

...Just that I've had to do tech support for forums before.

dylgramac, October 12th, 2017, 12:08 pm

I'm no Mad Emoticon Scientist!
My phone is just possessed by one, that's all.

By that, I mean the emoticons on my phone just work, somehow.

Ed8, October 12th, 2017, 1:47 pm

So...it shouldn't work,but somehow it just does anyway? Sounds like a student of Dr. Caligari's Mad Emoticon Alchemy!

Seros Senric (Guest), October 12th, 2017, 3:28 pm

It's using Unicode emoticons, and sending the charcode off to Twitter in order to receive a 72x72 pixel image, then resizes it down to 18x18 pixels, which it then embeds in the text instead of the actual unicode character.

Most phone keyboards let you choose unicode characters from several additional blocks than a standard keyboard, which includes a few blocks containing "emoji" type of characters.

Meanwhile, I have to look up the charcode since I just have a normal physical keyboard...

Ed8, October 12th, 2017, 9:15 pm

It apparently does not work in the title text
Darn, I was hoping you had figured out some way to embed specific images of your choosing in the comments, but it seems smackjeeves does all the converting on its own, so we only get whatever it arbitrarily decides to convert, which seems to be a rather limited selection.

Caution!! Dangerous Emoticons Below!!

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