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Blitzkrieg1701, September 24th, 2019, 9:57 am

WHAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?
Okay, so here's the deal: I've said MANY times that Far Out There was originally conceived around a Doctor Who template. Ichabod would be in the Doctor role, driving the plot by leading the entourage to their next adventure and eventually saving the day, while Trigger and Layla would be the Companions who do all the comic relief and have all the character development moments. Unfortunately, it didn't take long for that framework to stop working as intended. The more Trigger and Layla's characters came into focus, the more is didn't make sense for them to actually tag along on Ichabod's Nitpicking jobs. Trigger became too naive and innocent to care about picking nits, while Layla just disliked Ichabod too much to hang around him for long. The ACTUAL Far Out There framework soon became "Ichabod goes to a Nitpicking job, and The Kids go off and do something else that EVENTUALLY overlaps but not for a while." The longer this went on, the more The Kids' material came to dominate proceedings and Ichabod got pushed into the background. My solution? Introduce another Nitpicker who'd actually want to accompany Ichabod, but was close enough to Trigger and Layla's age to want to hang out with them, and hope that added dynamic would help these two separate plot strands interact more often. So now we have May!

...or, more actually, we've HAD May for years now, because I first started dropping art of this character YEARS ago. Yes, I'd already noticed the cast imbalance and had an idea for a solution that long ago, and it took THIS long to finally enact the change. There are drifting continents that can change course faster than I can make plots unfold.

And as if this bombshell wasn't enough, we've also got more of that new TWC Voting Incentive series AND a new Character Soundtrack on Patreon (this time for Dr. Jarre) ...and even with ALL of that getting done, I STILL GOT THIS PAGE UP BEFORE NOON! I'm gonna go celebrate... with a well earned nap.

9/27 EDIT: Well, we had to slip up at SOME point, right? Today's page is gonna be especially late, thanks to me deciding to mash two formerly separate ideas into a single comic. There IS a new TWC Voting Incentive up, though, so there is SOMETHING new to read this morning.




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Zaealix (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 2:29 pm


And she looks as old-timey as she does because she's a ghost!
...
Okay no but last page I got the impression she was either jumping out of the bags blondie was carrying OR phasing right through him via intangibility, so I'm going to be cracking ghost jokes as much as I can manage with her!


Darius Drake (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 6:37 pm


@ Comic: So we're getting a new full-time character that continues to be a character after everyone else leaves the ship? Good to know.

@ Incentive: I can actually see all of that happening in FOT... except for the last two words. That doesn't happen to FOT Characters after they're introduced.

@ Blitz: Did you enjoy your nap?

Edit Add:
@ May: Wait... are you a redhead? Because if you are... YAY, another of the few characters with red hair that's actually true to the real colour of a redhead's hair!


Ed8, September 24th, 2019, 7:43 pm


I thought the same thing as @Zaealix did on the last strip - "what the heck?-this one's a ghost!"


Ed8, September 24th, 2019, 7:47 pm


Incentive - ...and then she resurrected herself as an Adorable Zombie Kid!
(which she liked doing so much it became a habit)


Ed8, September 24th, 2019, 8:46 pm

Super Obscure Callback
So, was the guy that got evaporated Ichabod's previous apprentice?


Darius Drake (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 9:32 pm

@ Super Obscure Callback
I don't think so. I suspect that Ichabod's previously managed to avoid getting an apprentice, and instead just picked up randoms for what was expected to be "short" periods, which often ended in them dying horribly after a few months to a year.


Ed8, September 24th, 2019, 10:24 pm


I don't think even Ichabod is so irresponsible that he would keep adopting sidekicks if they ALL died soon thereafter. A nitpicker would probably be able to notice the trend.


Ed8, September 24th, 2019, 10:30 pm


@Darius's Edit Add comment above - Hmmmm, could Darius be a redhead? because that seems like something only an actual redhead would be nitpicky about.....
(although, to be fair, it annoys me too, if you google "redhead" and half the people who come up have hair the color of a clown wig)


Darius Drake (Guest), September 24th, 2019, 11:56 pm


@ Ed8: Yes, yes I am. I have also noticed the trend in Movies to remove Redheads, often by making the character black. I could understand if they were replacing one of the millions of blond, brunette, or "black" haired characters, but NO, it's the Redhead minority that's phased out of existence and replaced with the Black minority. It's still racial discrimination if the discrimination is based on hair colour and not skin colour! Just because the racial discrimination against Redheads wasn't as big a deal in US history doesn't mean it didn't happen. Read Howl's Moving Castle, that's what the book's about! The movie completely missed the point!


Seros Senric (Guest), September 25th, 2019, 12:09 am


When I checked for an update this morning, there was only one comment.
Now I have a chance to actually try and write a comment, there are a few more than that...

As with others, last page my first look I thought she was jumping out of the bag, but on a second take realised she was pushing him out of the way. I think part of why it was hard to tell what was happening at first is it being outlines.

Concerning hair colour: Interestingly, this webcomic has examples of both types of redhead since the start. Of course, I've always assumed that Layla (or one of her ancestors) had it genetically engineered (this setting has far bigger modifications than super-red hair)


Concerning May being Ichabod's new apprentice... So far it's reminding me of how Anakin got Ahsoka Tano as a padawan.

(happy that Mariska's foreshadowing so far isn't as bad as I had originally feared ... though only time will tell...)


@Darius Drake
I'm pretty sure "Movies" (or is it Hollywood?) think they can only handle a single minority at a time.
Which is why when they have to try and support a new minority they do it by replacing the previous one.


Blitzkrieg1701, September 25th, 2019, 1:17 am


Woooooooooooow this provoked some conversation. This pleases The Comic Guy :D

May looking like she's appearing as a ghost was obviously unintended, but it actually kind of DOES play into her "old-timey" look. I just might have to start slipping in some in jokes about this in the future!

It's funny that you brought up the "previous companion" gag from way back, because that actually occurred to me just the other day as the kind of joke I probably wouldn't make now, at least not in that way. It was just meant as a one-off "Hahahaha, Layla probably wishes she heard that!" gag, but it does SOUND like it's supposed to be setting up something bigger. Especially now that we're seeing YEARS old foreshadowing paying off.

Regarding Redheads: Yeah, Layla (and by extension Pattie) are meant to have impossible future hair. Aside from the biologically-impossible shade, I've always drawn it as if it has the thickness and glossy texture we normally only see in solid BLACK hair. It doesn't make sense, but then neither does kids with blue or green skin. Still, May is sort of meant to be a "traditional" ginger... which means we can look forward to her getting sunburned a lot (THE STRUGGLE IS REAL)

...and not to further open a can of worms, but I'd suggest that there's a fundamental absurdity in the entertainment industry attempting to show diversity when, by virtue of trying to be "THE" entertainment industry through buying up or crushing all dissenting competition, it's basic mode of operation is to filter everything through a single, homogenized viewpoint.

...man, THAT'S something I didn't expect to write in the comments of my scifi comedy comic.


Ed8, September 25th, 2019, 7:28 pm

Attack of the Text Wall Returns part IV
I $trongly $u$pect that any 'diver$ity' that the Hollywood entertainment indu$try pat$ it$elf on the back for i$ only de$igned with the $ole intent to get them the one $ingle thing that motivate$ every $ingle $olitary thing they $ay and do.

Which is one reason why very rarely go to movies any more and haven't had a TV* for many many years.

*and no, not like all those trendy people who claim they "don't have a TV" and then spend 40 hours a week watching programmed hollwood dreck on netflix/hulu/roku/whatever service on a large rectangular video screen**. Sorry, dude, that's a TV.

**and yes, 25-years-ago-me would have found it very pretentious and snobbish for someone to look down on people with TVs and/or consuming hollywood "entertainment". Tough cookies, 25-years-ago-me, I'm looking down on you, there's nothing you can do about it from the past, deal with it! Ha! *makes impolite gesture towards the past*

Regarding redheads, I read some article a while back about a study that said they would become extinct entirely within the next couple centuries. So there shouldn't be any in FOT! Of course, then I read another article that said that first article was based on a load of false assumptions, specious reasoning, and bad math, and was complete utter nonsense. (I'm far more inclined to believe the 2nd article)

Re: How Anakin got Asohka Tano as a padawan: Some Hollywood executive$ met together, held a focu$ group, and decided they needed a younger teenage character to pump up the young teen viewer demographic, preferably female and cute to please certain other demographic$, and poof! A$ohka appeared!

Re: Hair color. If Anime has taught me one thing, it's that out of all the variety of available natural hair colors, one is clearly the best. Blue. Blue haired girls are almost always Best Girl. The lack of naturally blue-haired girls on this planet/reality/century/etc. is totally the reason I'm still single. That's. The. Only. Reason. *glares at everybody who is rolling their eyes right now*


Darius Drake (Guest), September 25th, 2019, 7:55 pm


@ Ed8 on Blue Haired Girls: Did you know that a common nickname for redheads is "bluey"? It could be argued that blue haired girls, when their hair isn't blue simply due to some magical bullhinky or known sciency thing, could be just a variation on redheads. Alternatively, you could always search for a girl who dyes her hair blue.

@ Ed8 on Redhead Extinction: While is may not happen in a century or two, I can see redheads going "extinct" sometime in the future, excluding occasional bouts of genetic atavism. The simple fact is that, genetically, red hair is one of the most recessive genes humanity has, meaning that a child who could be blond or brunette or a redhead is not going to be a redhead. On the other hand, that suggests that there could be far more people carrying redhead genetics than we know or expect.


Ed8, September 25th, 2019, 8:09 pm


@Darius - I had never heard that nickname for redheads. It seems...counterintuitive.
Also: Blue hair dye is not real blue hair! Accept no substitutes! All natural, no artificial ingredients, colors, or flavorings! 100% Organic! True Blue!

RE: extinction - I can't see it ever happening, simply because, given that people choose their mates based on preference rather than randomly from the population, it would take many many dozens if not hundreds of generations at the earliest, and long, long before then, cheap, easily accessible genetic manipulation of one's offspring will render ANY evolutionary genetic rules entirely moot. The good news is, if I live to be 1000, I'll finally be able to meet my ideal naturally-blue-haired girl!

Also, re: Howl's Moving Castle - really? wow, I may actually have to read the book if it was that different from the movie. i would have liked the movie much better if they had just cut out the heavyhandedly preachy parts. Which, just from reading the Wikipedia entry, it sounds like the preachy parts were something Miyazaki shoehorned into the plot after-the-fact.


Darius Drake (Guest), September 25th, 2019, 11:43 pm

Howls Moving Castle Movie Missteps
@ Ed8: I didn't actually watch the movie all that closely due to having read the book years before I attempted to watch the movie (not that it didn't exist). So I already knew the story and was watching it for the spectacle.

But, in the opening sequence alone, MC's supposed to be a redhead, should be actively bullied due to being a redhead, has her stepmother show up and the people who bullied MC fawn over her Stepmother (this part, somehow, remained). That's also why the hair colour change at the end is supposed to be significant and related to the MC's age rectifying itself. It's a symbol of self-acceptance.

Additionally, Howl's a redhead, and uses magical dyes on his hair to hide it, which is why he gets upset about his dyes being moved around and his bathroom cleaned. Having Red Hair being disliked by the public is given an in-universe explanation, about half way through the book, as well.


Ed8, September 26th, 2019, 12:18 am


hmmm, yeah, I probably do need to read the book now. *adds to list*


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