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Far Out There: Incentive & Patreon Gallery

Far Out There: Incentive & Patreon Gallery

by Blitzkrieg1701
Far Out There is a SciFi/Comedy webcomic that's been running for years now, and not just on SmackJeeves. Along with all that main comic, there have also been many, MANY side comics published as Voting Incentives on Top WebComics, and more recently on Patreon. Until recently, the only way to go back and view these older comics was to root through an awkward list of Photobucket links, but NO MORE! At long last, this page will host all the stray comics in one convenient place, making your Far Out There experience complete!
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Far Out There: Incentive & Patreon Gallery

Far Out There is a SciFi/Comedy webcomic that's been running for years now, and not just on SmackJeeves. Along with all that main comic, there have also been many, MANY side comics published as Voting Incentives on Top WebComics, and more recently on Patreon. Until recently, the only way to go back and view these older comics was to root through an awkward list of Photobucket links, but NO MORE! At long last, this page will host all the stray comics in one convenient place, making your Far Out There experience complete!

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Okay, so this is the last page... but it originally wasn't supposed to be. Believe it or not, my original plan had been to end this whole thing on the PREVIOUS page, which would have been effective in a certain way, but waaaaaay too dark for Far Out There. We needed some kind of denouement to (a) confirm with our own eyes that Pattie did NOT actually murder Mooney and (b) include at least a little bit of humanizing material to balance out the more horrifying bits. Thankfully, the sheer number of pages and intense exhaustion meant I had to post things in chunks, which gave me time to realize the flaws of that ending and tack on one more page... probably the only possible situation where adding ANOTHER page would actually have helped rather than make things worse.

Again, I cannot stress enough how there will NEVER be another Far Out There MadLib comic as long as this one, or overstate how badly the need to recover from this screwed up the schedule of all the other Patreon comics. Thankfully, I think I've worked out some more effective forms of self-discipline... and more importantly, I've gotten burned out enough on OTHER things that the thought of doing more MadLibs finally feels like an exciting escape from the norm again. So I'm gonna do another one, and you can get in on it! If you pledge at least $5 a month on Patreon, you'll receive the brand new Far Out There MadLib, just waiting to be filled in, sometime next week. Write your completed version in the comments, and I'll post a set of comments based on the winner for everyone to see! Well, everyone who's donating, that is (Remember, it's $5 to submit something, but anyone pledging anything, even just $1 a month, will get to read the comics when they're done)
BEWARE THE QUIET ONES

...actually, what am I saying, "quiet"? Pattie hasn't shut up this whole time. Look at how huge the speech bubbles are in this page. That's not by design. I was just so used to leaving space for HUGE GOBS OF PATTIE DIALOG that I automatically drew them five sizes bigger than the page required.
Again, I can't imagine why Layla and Pattie don't have a better relationship. She's clearly GREAT with kids!
And that's another reason why this was such a tricky set of comics to write: I knew Pattie was gonna go on this self-satisfied rant about the narrative she'd constructed, which meant I really, REALLY had to make sure I didn't slip and have somebody say something contradictory. Few things are more obnoxious than a story that pats itself on the back for being clever, even as the reader can plainly see a place where it screwed something up.

But yeah, I truly am proud that I was somehow able to squeeze an entire epilogue for The Killer Station of Deadly Doom into a comic about detective fiction and a room with a zither.
Pattie is secretly the most terrifying character in all of Far Out There. At least, it USED to be a secret.
See? If I specifically call out the ways in which I did a bad job, I can claim it was all on purpose! Also, Pattie would make a good internet commentator. She hates everything.

Also also, SURPRISE WORLDBUILDING! We learn more and more about the Persean Confederation that keeps getting name dropped, AND a surprise call-back to that planet where Ichabod got called in to critique an art museum!
I've already said that I'm going to force myself to keep future madlibs from exceeding five or six pages, but another important rule needs to be "NEVER TRY TO WRITE AN ENTIRE SONG FROM SCRATCH." The rough draft for this page didn't QUITE consist of a big blank space with the words "write song here" scribbled in the middle, but it might as well have. I still wound up having to make most of this up in one go during the editing process, with only a vague (non-rhyming) outline to elaborate on. NEVER. AGAIN.

Oh, and this was the first page that went up after a MAGFest trip, too. THAT sure made everything a lot easier and in no way wore me out!
I dunno why Layla doesn't get along better with Pattie, she's clearly overflowing with a warm, natural motherly demeanor.

This is also the point at which this comic became the longest of the MadLibs, and I'm pretty sure it ends up overtaking even the longest Conventional Wisdom set by the end. Jenna's comic is still longer, though... and if I ever actually start posting more pages of THAT, the lead will become insurmountable!
I'm just gonna throw this out there: I've learned to play guitar and cello in my time, and I cannot even BEGIN to fathom the mental and physical coordination a person would need to have in order to competently play EITHER of them while singing. I was having a good day when I could remember not to drool all over myself while playing.
Once could argue that this is out of character for Mooney, since we saw her masterminding a scheme to sneakily get at a superweapon. I would counter that she was being completely bamboozled by a pair of con artists and the superweapon didn't exist. Clearly, complex thinking isn't REALLY Mooney's thing. She prefers simple, direct things. Like explosions. And things that facilitate explosions.
No, seriously. People talking and funny faces. Throw in some geeky scifi references and that's basically all I need as an artist.
Two characters sitting in a blank room, making weird faces at each other. This just might be the comic I was born to draw.
I said it before, but I really did love the chance to actually explore Pattie's character a bit and actually establish some interests and personality bits. Normally I only get to depict her reacting to Eric or in Layla's recollections, seeing her do stuff on her own was a really fun diversion.
So, this is a huge part of why these comics took so long to write. It's not just that there's a lot of them, but that they're SOOOOOO dialog heavy. And it's not just the presence of lots of talking, it's EXCLUSIVELY talking for the most part. It isn't like normal sequential storytelling, where there's also a visual aspect to help convey information, it's just two heads talking. The dialog alone really has to convey the plot, and it's a REALLY tricky, needlessly elaborate plot when you get down to it, so I had to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite a LOT of dialog to try and make it clear and digestible. I'm still not sure if I was consistently able to pull it off, but I do know that I REALLY want the next madlib to be primarily visual gags.

Also, I SUCK at drawing most instruments. I'm not even good at the ones I actually know how to play, so you'd better believe something like a zither, which I've never even touched, was guaranteed to look AWFUL.
Oh man, this was one has been lurking in the depths of Patreon for a LONG time, hasn't it? On the one hand, it just might be my favorite Far Out There thing I've done for Patreon, yet it's also the one this thing that ABSOLUTELY screwed everything up. After the last one, I'd tried to specifically word this madlib in a way that'd prevent me from going too long again... only for the winner to inspire me to make the longest non-Jenna-related set of comics I've EVER done for Patreon. That winner?

"Pattie and Mooney are stuck in a room, empty except for a zither. They have an argument about detective fiction."

In case you don't remember, that's Layla's rarely-seen Mom, and the little girl villain from The Killer Station of Deadly Doom... which, in case you ALSO don't remember, involved her repeatedly endangering Layla's Dad. The possibilities of all that background locked in a single room, and more importantly a chance to actually establish some of Pattie's post-retcon character in actual comic form, were just too fascinating not to explore, and the result is the probably the only Patreon MadLib that I'll ever officially declare to be cannon. Yes, everything you're about to read "really happened." This isn't some filler joke or anything like that, it's genuinely a part of the comic's backstory. So, yeah, I really do like result, but WOW did it ever take too long to do, and it pretty much screwed up any semblance of an update schedule. Clearly, I still haven't gotten that mess cleared up, BUT, at least now I'm finally letting the general public see what all the fuss was about!
%90 of science boils down to poking things
Adventures in Forced Perspective!
Awww, and here I thought the big crossover moment would be Becky & Gilb meeting Madam Ventricle & Kiki!
This was literally the only possible outcome
*insert Uber IN SPACE joke here*