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Comics - page 976 - scientific progress goes sploit - November 14th, 2017, 5:35 am

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Blitzkrieg1701, November 14th, 2017, 5:55 am

Well of COURSE Tabitha's part of the plan involves creating an artificial quantum singularity. That sort of thing's in her blood. With that in mind, I couldn't resist having her slip into a bit of melodramatic mad scientist cackling. She IS Daddy's Little Girl, after all.

Otherwise, this was one of those pages that just didn't wanna get drawn. It always seems to be the simple ones. I mean, when you strip away all the fancy lighting, the actual line art on this one SHOULD have been a cakewalk. But nope, the perspective on the ships gave me all kinds of trouble, and getting Tabitha's proportions right in a frame where you don't actually see most of her body was harder than it should have been, and I STILL don't really like how the page layout makes use of the space... but I guess I can't expect to be firing on all cylinders after a solid day of just GRINDING out material for December. Gotta get at least SOME kind of a head start on that stuff, right?

Oh! And don't forget the new Voting Incentive!

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dylgramac, November 14th, 2017, 10:33 am

I love the Calvin and Hobbes reference in the title! It also makes me think there has to be at least one cardboard box as part of Tabitha's creation…

Blitzkrieg1701, November 14th, 2017, 1:03 pm

But of course! Cardboard, along with duct tape, is one of the foundations of all science and technology!

Oddnumber (Guest), November 14th, 2017, 7:24 pm

NOOOO! I catched up in... like 2 days?
now I have to wait like everybody else :(

Such a good read, keep it up :) (yes, I'm bad at compliments)

Blitzkrieg1701, November 15th, 2017, 12:31 am

Thanks a ton!

And fear not, you'll be getting twenty-five days of uninterrupted pages before too long :D

Ed8, November 15th, 2017, 6:03 pm

As a Junior Assistant Vice Subordinate Nitpicker In Training, it is my duty to point out that, apparently, scientific progress goes "spoit", rather than "sploit" ;)

Blitzkrieg1701, November 15th, 2017, 7:23 pm

Ah, well said. "Spoit" is the sound of science perfecting an EXISTING theory. It's only when it advances into somethign NEW that the sound gains an "L"

(That, or I apparently have a really strong muscle memory of the spelling of "splat" that intrudes on other sound effects)

reynard61, November 15th, 2017, 11:24 pm

Incentive: My headcanon has it that the first pressing of this album had raised chrome-leaf lettering and is highly sought after among collectors if it's still in mint condition.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 15th, 2017, 11:32 pm

That very much sounds like the kind of headcanon I can officially endorse :D

Darius Drake (Guest), November 16th, 2017, 12:55 am

My Headcannon is that the Far Out There Universe doesn't have any celebrity who's popularity lasts more than 3 years on a single subject. And 3 years is typically an impressive run, as most of even the "biggest" celebrities don't survive 6 months, be it figuratively, or literally.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 16th, 2017, 1:01 am

While that sounds like a completely consistent thing to assume about 98% of the Far Out There Universe's celebrities, there still has to be that handful of long-runners who spend decades in the public eye... if only because I'm not clever enough to consistently write a pop culture that reinvents itself that often. Gotta have at least a FEW familiar faces to fall back on, right?

Ed8, November 16th, 2017, 3:20 pm

Also that would require us to actually have even some vague idea of how much time in-universe has elapsed since the start of this webcomic, which soooo ain't ever gonna happen!

Blitzkrieg1701, November 16th, 2017, 4:48 pm

Far Out There: The Webcomic Where Things Happen... with little to no indication of their chronological relationship to each other!

Darius Drake (Guest), November 16th, 2017, 7:41 pm

We CAN actually have an indication of how much time has passed... so long as we get a timeskip. And that indication is Trigger ageing. Layla's probably already around 16-19, while Trigger's currently 11-13. So Layla will probably keep looking the same age no matter her future age (might change her hairstyle, though), while Trigger will likely grow closer to an adult.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 16th, 2017, 10:07 pm

To be honest, I actually AM trying to gradually grow Trigger's hair out longer... not most much to indicate the passage of time as because I think it looks better that way but don't wanna have the change be too jarring. Still, that is SOME kind of physical change occurring with the passage of time.

You're right about Layla, though. Aside from some hair changes, that's pretty much what she's gonna look like all her adult life.

Ed8, November 16th, 2017, 10:41 pm

@Darius - the problem with that method is that real-life time seems to pass something like an order of magnitude or so faster than in-comic time, it's been almost 10 years (wow!) of drawing the strip, and as a result, art style ends up changing faster than the characters' actual physical appearance. Even if Trigger appeared to grow a little older, there wouldn't be any way to know for sure if it was ageing or just an evolution of how he's drawn. At least not without Blitz specifically confirming it. (hahahahahah Blitz confirming chronology! hahahahaha )

Darius Drake (Guest), November 16th, 2017, 11:21 pm

@ Ed8: Which is why I said that it requires a timeskip. Without one the character differences Trigger has wouldn't be significant enough for us to say he's aging more than "oh, his hair might be a bit longer in this one". And, given what Trigger's Hair has been like, "longer" from what it has been isn't easily noticeable unless it's hit his backside or the floor. Given it's Trigger, the floor is more likely, too.

So, yeah, a timeskip is required in this story to state that a significant amount of time (anything over 6 months or a year) has passed since it started.

Ed8, November 16th, 2017, 11:58 pm

@Darius - Oh, OK, I missed that part of it - that might work then. I hope he doesn't do that, though, I hate timeskips, makes me feel like I've missed a bunch of important stuff, even if we are assured that nothing much happened. I just can't imagine these guys going long without some emergency.
Fortunately, I doubt our Author would use that device anyway, because then he would have to decide whether or not Bridget & Alphonse would also age, and as either decision has its drawbacks, I suspect that one will be left up in the air for pretty much forever also.

Blitzkrieg1701, November 17th, 2017, 4:08 am

Yeah, time skips in Far Out There are pretty dang unlikely. Doing something like that WELL would probably require even more planning than just having time clearly inch along at an observable rate... which is already too complicated for me. For one thing, I'd have to finally invent some kind of Stardate system to account for how a society can keep track of time across multiple planets with no common day/night standard.

As for Bridget & Alphonse, though, I'm pretty sure I said somewhere that they actually DO age. I'm not sure if it's a natural aging process, or if Tabitha has to artificially cause it with the occasional "check up", but I just can't imagine that she'd be okay with them not being able to mature. (I mean, Layla would DEFINITELY be okay with it, but Tabitha wants to watch her babies grow up)

Ed8, November 17th, 2017, 4:13 pm

I think it's got to be that she artificially ages them, maybe each year on their birthday. Kids that age (whatever age that might be) grow really fast, we probably would have noticed it by now over the amount of time we've seen them (whatever amount of time that might be)

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