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Blitzkrieg1701, October 22nd, 2019, 10:08 am

This is another one of those pages that probably would have worked a lot better as animation than as a comic. Clare's whole "crossed arms in the shape of an X" pose looked much more clearly like a "NO" in my head, but I after several attempts I still don't think I managed to draw it in a way that doesn't look like she's trying to do some kind of belly dancing move.

Also, it sort of surprises me how, even after all these years, Teen Girl Squad has still conditioned me into thinking sound effects that aren't actually sound effects are funny. Truly, some things you just don't outgrow.

There's probably a lot of things of greater substance to say, but yet again I've been up a VERY long time working on a wide variety of things, so I'm just gonna put this Voting Incentive link here and go have a lie down.

10/25 EDIT: Okay, lame news, but the new page won't be up until sometime Saturday. Sorry , but Real Life's been really distracting the past few days (don't worry, it's nothing serious, I'm not sick again or anything) and there's just no way I'll be able to get the next update done AND see to the other stuff on my plate in the time allotted. The page is fully inked and scanned at this point, so I MIGHT be able to get something up by late tonight, but I wouldn't count on it. Sorry again!

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Ed8, October 22nd, 2019, 2:16 pm

Ichabod: "OK, if you really want me to come down to Nitpickers Guild HQ to complain about this in person I will, but there's no way I can keep The Cat from tagging along for the trip...."

Darius Drake (Guest), October 22nd, 2019, 8:49 pm

@ Ed8 : Unfortunately, I don't think that he'd be allowed to land on the planet. Which is why they're willing to do this while Ichabod's "entertaining the cat".

@ Incentive: That looks uncomfortable. And painful. The vacuum and unnecessary tweezers especially.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 23rd, 2019, 5:09 am

Ed8: You know, I should totally include a moment somewhere in which Ichabod regrets having too many scruples to do something like that. We know he DOES daydream about being dictator of the universe, after all...

DD: Yeah, the tweezers are pretty much just there to add insult to injury... or the other way around, I guess.

Ed8, October 23rd, 2019, 12:39 pm

Dictator of the Universe sounds fun, until you find out how much work it really is
It's true, scruples are a horrible crippling burden in life. Is there any way I can have mine removed? I mean, other than spending all those years in Law School.

Darius Drake (Guest), October 23rd, 2019, 4:34 pm

@ B;itz: It's entirely possible that his daydreams are actually just about what he'll do once he marries his girlfriend. She may not rule the entire universe, but she may be in a significant position of powers for a Empire in the Universe.

Blitzkrieg1701, October 24th, 2019, 7:34 am

Ed8: Well, there's always pursuing a career in showbusiness. I think most forms of basic human decency naturally wither away after a few years in that environment.

DD: Oh, SO much biting of the tongue to avoid letting things slip right now :P

Ed8, October 24th, 2019, 12:49 pm

@Blitz - this is so true, which is why i've always found it oddly ironic that the entertainment industry is exempted from child labor laws - of all the industries kids should be kept away from that one is close to the top of the list. so, maybe that's why we have Norman “Principal Baby” Leitch - someone in the future finally realized what a bad idea it was to have kids in that environment, and now child roles are only allowed to be played by people over 21 in age. the rare case where the FOT future is less dystopian than the present.

Darius Drake (Guest), October 24th, 2019, 7:27 pm

@ Ed8: Principal Baby's age and utility has nothing to do with child labor laws. It has much more to do with "having a baby act drunk on command" scenes, and his ability to actually follow a list of instructions. If Norman Leitch wasn't available, they'd probably change the baby in an obvious way every episode and see how the different babies adjust to their environment, before building an episode around that baby's reaction.

And by "building an episode" I don't mean writing one. I mean that they have half a dozen scripts ready at any time for that episodes "Principal Baby" to react properly, and then only have the rest of the cast act out their scenes dependant on the scenes "Principal Baby" was in.

Ed8, October 24th, 2019, 8:52 pm

@Darius: I don't think Norman's drinking is part of the plot of the show, none of the show clips I recall have ever shown him drinking, just news reports - I think that's his personal habit outside of work. As I recall, he apparently has some issues about how he's less popular than the 2 girls even on his own show.
Given the availability of the permababyfication procedure and the difficulty of working with actual babies, it seems extremely likely that Norman is not the only permababy in show business, and that all babies are played by adults. There wouldn't be any benefit to using real babies, much less randomly rotating babies and hoping they do something entertaining, it would just be a huge amount of extra trouble and work. People hate doing extra trouble and work. Directors like their actors to follow directions and scripts. Much less the fact that the baby isn't really the star of the show, and there's no way those 2 girls are going to want to have to adjust their acting around the antics of random babies, which might detract attention away from their own central star roles. Their agents would never stand for that.

Darius Drake (Guest), October 25th, 2019, 12:58 am

@ Ed8: In relation to the "drunk baby", that's less of a series thing, and more of an "in this episode" thing. It's like when Bart fed Maggie Coffee Icecream when Lisa was their babysitter. Having someone who looks like a baby makes faking a drunk baby easier for that one episode that they need a drunk baby.

In regards to the rotating babies, that's a cost-to-effort ratio issue. You're suggesting that the effort would be too high to bother, while I'm under the impression (but didn't actually say) that receiving a parent's permission to "babysit" their newborn for a day would be far cheaper than having to pay a person with a dedicated "baby" role. So that's the effort put in by Director's issues out of the way.

Now onto the co-star's issues. The thing is, the rotating person playing Principal Baby actually means that the actual stars (the 2 girls) are guaranteed more screen time without the Title Character. Because of the issues around writing a script for an actual baby, that character only receives one, and very rarely 2, scene/s an episode. It's possible for there to be some (many) episodes without the Titulature Character interacting with the characters, or showing up, at all. I can easily see their agents agreeing to that minor "issue" if it guarantees more airtime for their actors.

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