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Blitzkrieg1701, September 27th, 2019, 5:32 pm

Well, we got several pages actually pretty close to being on time, and now comes the part where we pay for it. Actually, the reason this took so long is because I had to drastically rewrite TWO pages in order to mash them into one. Originally, the first four panels were supposed to be one page, with Ichabod storming off being a separate page all its own, but the pacing of it just didn't work. So I threw stuff out and lumped stuff together and rewrote things and at some point actually had to do pesky distracting things like sleep and bathe and the next thing you know I'm posting a half finished draft in the evening. Check back this weekend for the cleaned up, colored in version!

...and just in case you missed the edit I made to the notes on the previous page, be aware that the TWC Voting Incentive actually DID update this morning. It was still later than I would have liked, but at least it was SOMETHING.

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Seros Senric (Guest), September 27th, 2019, 9:16 pm

Well, Ichabod is handling this well.

(Seriously. He even waited for her to figure it out first.)

Everyone knows what it's like to try and get out of something when in trouble.

The question still remains ... will we actually be able to find out that thing everyone is wondering?

Everyone, place your bets on probabilities!

Ed8, September 27th, 2019, 10:04 pm

At least Avatar knows all this stuff. Probably.
My money's on a long series of teaser scenes where we allllllmost find out the Secret of Tabitha's Mom. But then not.

And, speaking of things we have absolutely no chance of ever finding out, exactly how old, in years, are these 2 new nitpicker trainees?

Ichabod is so angry he even scared away the hovertext.

Darius Drake (Guest), September 28th, 2019, 2:00 am

@ Comic: Ichabod, could you please explain how this is any different from how you drag around two children as you travel simply because you have the ability to and they guilt tripped you? Hell, the only reason they don't join you on your jobs is because neither would be interested, and would show that lack of interest in undesirable ways.

@ Incentive: First reaction: Holy c**p, we're going to see Tabitha's Mother. Now reaction (a minute or so later): This is going to be a double fake-out, isn't it? We don't get to see her until the last page of the series because she's just a LITTLE off panel.

Ed8, September 28th, 2019, 12:13 pm

@Darius-I can't really speak for Ichabod's reasoning, but for me there's a huge difference between doing something I don't like that I chose to do (even if I'm guilt tripped into it) and doing something I don't like that I'm forced to do by someone else.

(Plus, in Ichabod's case, there's probably the exacerbating factor that he was given no warning, and probably he told his boss already many times that he does NOT want a trainee.)

Blitzkrieg1701, September 28th, 2019, 4:50 pm

Oh man, so much stuff I can't comment on yet because of other stuff coming up soon!

One thing I CAN say right now is that May is of comparable age to Trigger, while Marshal is somewhere between Trigger and Layla. Whatever that actually means.

Darius Drake (Guest), September 28th, 2019, 8:46 pm

...if May is of comparable age to Trigger, is it possible that there'll be crushing from her to him at some point? I doubt it'll go the other way round any time soon, due to Trigger's massive crush on an older girl, but May crushing on Trigger is still possible.

Zaealix (Guest), September 28th, 2019, 10:05 pm

Icabod seems to be agreeing with my assessment- May's smile is a harbinger of doom and must be destroyed with all availible resources, at any cost. Any. Cost.
I don't know why precisely I'm reacting this badly to her.

Ed8, September 28th, 2019, 10:41 pm

Rather than Trigger or someone else, it seems more like May crushing on Ichabod is the likely outcome. Not a romantic crush per se, but rather more like a hero-worship type crush, like he's her Nitpicking Idol or something like that. Although we haven't seen enough of her yet to know if her enthusiasm level for meeting Ichabod is abnormally high, or if she's just one of those annoying people who ARE SUPER SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS JUST THE GREATEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!

If so, I expect that to be particularly annoying to Layla, and/or possibly Avatar. Layla may be used to it though, since she gets that from Tabitha a lot.

Blitzkrieg1701, September 29th, 2019, 4:05 am

Oh, I can state as an absolute fact right now that "SUPER SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING" is May's default state of interaction with other people and things.

Also, ONE of those last three comments said something that made me laugh IRL due to my knowledge of future events. Have fun guessing which one and why!

Ed8, September 29th, 2019, 4:52 pm

So, my current chart of character age order looks like this:

Principal Baby (apparent age)
Bridget & Alphonse (apparent age)
Avatar (apparent age)
Trigger, May, 4 rich kids aka SSJHC
Eric, Patti
Mariska, Ichabod
Principal Baby (actual age)
Cap'n Crosby
Avatar (actual age)

Completely indeterminate(actual age): Stilez, Tax, Bridget & Alphonse

I'm not going to ask Vengeance his age! YOU ask him!

*Edited to make Kevin older than Layla. Per Blitz actually saying so on 3/2/18. Can't believe he actually let some info about ages slip out. Well, at least it wasn't an actual NUMBER....

**Edited to swap Jenna and Marshall, per Blitz's comment below. I probably need to have footnote links for each of these names linking to the rare occasions where Blitz actually provided age hints, as documentation.

Ed8, September 29th, 2019, 5:20 pm

small victories
Also, while researching the above list which I thought I posted before and couldn't find, I did notice a comment I made on a strip on August 11,2017: "Or Ichabod has been assigned apprentices and she's bringing them. Ooops, forgot to mention that to him."
*Pats self on back smugly for predicting plot 2 years in advance* ...since I'm the only one who cares...
(or...apparently it turns out that if you make 10,000 predictions, a couple will end up being correct, but let's not mention that part)


Darius Drake (Guest), September 29th, 2019, 9:57 pm

One of Three "Prior" Posts Question
Well, the focus of future events that I can see in the three prior posts are my "May Crushes on Trigger", Zaealix's "May's Smile brings doom", and Ed8's "May crushes on Ichabod/upsets Layla and/or Avatar" posts.

Mine might have made Blitz laugh due to it being inverse or May and Trigger actually developing a relationship. But my supposition isn't something that I feel was unusual for this comic, and thus I will discard it as the option of what made Blitz laugh.

...unless the boys currently crushing on Layla shift their crush to May the instant she shows up. That might make him laugh in anticipatory glee.

Zaealix's Smile Worries actually fits with something that I feel like it could set off Blitz's amusement, based on potential story-lines. That being, May's joy at everything creates some disasters, while diffusing others that are about to detonate effortlessly, depending on the situation. In other word's May's Smile is her greatest troublemaker, and greatest solution to her problems.

Ed8's supposition also seems reasonable, and I can see Blitz having a laugh at the correct assumption that she'll annoy half the people on the ship with her absolute joy at everything in the world, while becoming great friends with the other half (including Vengeance. Yes, I do see May being a person who actually befriends Vengeance, there needs to be ONE kid who is willing to try to talk to him).

All in all, I can see options for all three comments, and can actually see all three happening with only one being laughed at.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 1st, 2019, 4:27 am

Re: the age diagram.

That's pretty spot on, actually. The one detail I'd change (and a good example of why I try to keep the actual specifics vague, so that I CAN make these changes) is swapping Jenna and Marshall. The current placement WOULD have been accurate back in the day, since Jenna was originally conceived as being much closer in age to Trigger, but over time I've realized she makes a lot more sense if she's a few years older than that. For one thing, adding that little bit of extra maturity help explain how she's more of a Grown Up than most of the actual adults in this comic. More importantly, though, it establishes that Jenna is just a really tiny person in general, and I think perpetually looking much younger than she is adds greatly to Jenna's woobiness.

Ed8, October 1st, 2019, 1:14 pm

Apparently, Marshall was originally older than Jenna, but got stuck on a ship whose Scifi-whatever-hocus-pocus hyperDrive broke, and they had to travel through regular space at near lightspeed, so that relativistic time dilation caused him to age slower and become younger than Jenna. (Somehow, that part of that which is actual RL physics still disappointingly sounds like it's made up technobabble. Darn you, Einstein, and your crazy theories!)

Though I feel like when Jenna was 5, she was still already more grown up than most of the adults.

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