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Blitzkrieg1701, August 1st, 2019, 3:25 pm


...aaaaand we're back! ...aaaaand we're late! Yup, even taking nearly a week off couldn't get this page done before noon, though I don't think it's hard to tell where the time went. Actually, it's a funny thing. The original plan was to do another animated page, with the lightning crackling all around the ship and everything, but half-way through I decided it'd look a lot cooler to really go for broke with a high-detail static image than one that motion but less detail. You'd THINK that'd have sped up the process, since I only had to finish a single image instead of three or four. But the thing about a more detailed image is, well, there needs to be more detail. I wound up having to re-color a LOT of stuff that I'd intentionally left a bit sloppy on the assumption that all the flickering motion would obscure the details. I still don't think that top panel turned out quite right, but I eventually had to just call it and move on. But DANG I like that big entrance. Always nice to come back from a break with a bang.

...and if you're not sure what you're supposed to be looking at behind all that lighting, I'll just leave this here.

Anyway, new TWC Voting Incentive as always, which I actually felt obligated to hold back for a bit rather than put it up along with the last page. Make of THAT what you will.

Finally, a bit of housekeeping: It's been ages and ages since Project Wonderful went down, but I FINALLY got around to sticking a new ad box on my pages, courtesy of Comicad Network. So if you could just take a moment to check if your adblockers are leaving SmackJeeves alone, it'd really help trick advertisers into believing these spaces are actually worth something. Thanks!




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Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 6:16 pm

hypothetical thought bubbles
Avatar: "why's everyone look so scared? it's just a few trillion petavolts of space-time rending matter-disintigrating quasi-plasma-discharge. why would that be scary?"

Tabitha: "meh, I could make a better/bigger/more awesome one."

Bridget: "meh, Mom's made stuff way scarier than that."

Everyone else: "Aieeeeeeee! We're all going to dieeeeeeeee!!!!!"


Darius Drake (Guest), August 1st, 2019, 6:18 pm


@ Incentive: That doesn't actually look like a situation Trigger and Layla would be permitted to get into. It looks more like a "this is something that happened in Ichabod's and Mariska's past" flashback panel with little to no real context to how it occurred beyond "You remember, during the Jellybean Egg Hunt Incident on Ravdosin 82. What an Prize Hunt Day that was".

@ Comic: I assume that the ship isn't actually there yet, but has caused a temporal anomaly to showcase where it will be due to time dilation placing it there a couple of minutes before it actually exits the subspace dimensional transfer.

@ Ed8: I disagree on three things. Avatar, Alphonse and Layla.

Avatar: Wow, I have never seen temporal storms appearing to form an object out of subspace matter before.

Alphonse: This is just like some of the stuff Mummy makes! I must remember this so to make records for Mummy!

Layla: Okay, pay attention to the temporal storm so to be able to tell the cute kiddies when it ends. Any moment now, hopefully.


Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 6:28 pm


@Darius: I totally forgot about Alphonse. Sorry, Alphonse. :(

Layla is probably thinking "This is all Ichabod's fault. Somehow."


Blitzkrieg1701, August 1st, 2019, 7:05 pm


Ed8: That's probably Layla's default response to everything ever (at least, it is NOW)

DD: Oh, it's definitely something they wouldn't be allowed to do, but that's a totally separate matter from them actually doing it.


Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 7:51 pm

Not the most obedient children ever
I would expect that not being allowed to do something would significantly increase both their chances of doing it. Layla out of stubbornness because nobody's going to tell her what to do, and Trigger out of mischeviousness, because Sabotage is pretty much defined by messing with things you're not supposed to be messing with.


Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 7:58 pm

Premptive-Nitpicking
I notice that you established as canon in the alt text on the old linked strip that the ship's ring segments are constantly moving around at random, so don't forget to animate them that way if you decide to animate it. :D


Darius Drake (Guest), August 1st, 2019, 8:06 pm


@ Ed8: But I thought that Layla knows EXACTLY how Ichabod's responsible for this? This is his Nitpicker friend coming to pick up the boys.

@ Blitz: I mean it's something you wouldn't allow to happen to them. My interpretation of the way you're writing this comic, Trigger and Layla will not get into a situation where they need to flee alone on a vehicle. If they ever do get into a situation where they need to flee, it will either be on foot, be on the ship with everyone else, or at least with someone who can be considered responsible for them, even if it's just Ichabod or Avatar.


Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 8:56 pm


@Darius - That's more like how he's related to it rather than responsible for it or at fault. Any reasonable non-Layla person would see the boys as 100% responsible for it and at fault, since they stole a gazillion-dollar spaceship and Mariska is just retrieving it and them, and Ichabod as only peripherally related, but I'm sure Layla's devious mind is working overtime to connive a way that it is somehow obviously definitely totally Ichabod's fault that those poor innocent impressionable young lads were forced to flee in a borrowed ship form the mean old nitpicker lady who was harassing them. Or something like that. If I had another picture of the world as seen through Laylavision™ it would be of the 4 kids with halos and angel wings and looming over them menacingly is Ichabod and Mariska with horns and a pitchfork.

Also, Ichabod and Mariska would be about 80 years old, because that's what anyone over 25 looks like in Laylavision™.


Darius Drake (Guest), August 1st, 2019, 9:27 pm


@ Ed8: ...working... overtime? I just told you how Ichabod's responsible, this is one of Ichabod's FRIEND'S coming to pick up the boys. It was that FRIEND'S JOB to keep the boys out of real mischief, a job she failed at. Also, a friend of Ichabod's is likely to be as bad as he is.


Ed8, August 1st, 2019, 10:06 pm


@Darius - To any non-Layla person, that would clearly be how Ichabod's friend is responsible, not Ichabod. Regardless of how unreasonable Layla might want to be, Ichabod is a Professional Nitpicker, so she knows that she can't use some lame argument like "your're responsible because she's your friend" as Ichabod would easily poke that obviously flawed argument all the heck through with giant Nitpicker-sized holes without even breaking a rhetorical sweat. She has to come up with some at least somewhat reasonable-sounding argument as to why it's his fault so that she can blame him directly, or at least come up with something so hopelessly convoluted that it will take him a while to unravel it. One of the many reasons why she hates him is probably exactly because he's one of the few people who might actually be a match for her in twisting convoluted logical fallacies to her rhetorical advantage. Even worse, now there's TWO Nitpickers, so that means she will soon be outnumbered in any argument. She has to come up with some ironclad blaming here for it to even have a chance of being effective.


Darius Drake (Guest), August 2nd, 2019, 5:03 am


@ Ed8: Ichabod's responsible for the kids being on the ship with Layla. Like, had to organise with Layla to get Trigger to help stop the kid's ship due to having Captain Crosby purposefully stop their ship in the path of the Kid's oncoming ship, responsible. Thus he is just as responsible for the danger that the kids are in NOW as she is for failing her job, due to attempting to help fix his friend's mistakes for her, at her request.

This is not that difficult. You have yet to properly poke a proper hole in the simple arguments about why Ichabod's responsible.


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