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Far Out There

A manga-esque Sci-Fi Comedy. Far Out There is the webcomic where things happen... IN SPACE!!!

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*bites tongue in several different ways to avoid giving out spoilers*

Personal, I really wanted waffles by the time this page was done.

Regarding the Incentive, I didn't MEAN for it to happen, but that definitely does look like Finn from Adventure Time started his own army.
@ Comic: Looks like Avatar's worked out that Tax has a pattern to her intelligence. Maybe her intelligence is a result of causational subversion of the dichotological fabric of the ontologiverse allowing her to subconsciously receive brainwaves from a later date, and the follow up is due to the same or a similar causational subversion causing her to receive intellect from an earlier date?

@ Incentive: Now, is that one person in four costumes, or four people with different shaped "furry heads" adjustments. Also, are they, or were they, ever a part of a children's TV series?
I feel like Avatar would have worked out what Tax is if she'd seen everything we have ... though some of that isn't canon.

Also, pancakes. ... I want some.

Tabitha got distracted again. Comes from being a mad scientist, I suppose.
Wait, what? A page going up at just around midnight, but it's only half-finished? Yeah, things are a bit weird right now. If you were paying attention last week, I mentioned that a heft dose of Real Life was coming up this week, and that's why I needed an extra day or two off. Basically, I have to actually get up and leave the house every morning this week. And, like, interact with other people... and DO things. In other words, my usual "work at the computer straight through the night until I can't physically keep working, whenever that may be" schedule won't work this week (he said, as if it's worked at ALL in recent memory). That's why I needed to not be playing catch up and actually have a head start on this week's pages... all of which flew out the window when I realized I still had to do an extra page for Father's Day. So, yeah, that distraction ate up a lot of the time I meant to spend on today's page, and with an unavoidable deadline just a few hours away, I need to go ahead and get some sleep while I can. So black and white, not-quite-fully-edited page goes up right now in the wee hours of the morning, and I'll get the finished draft up sometime around noon, depending on when I get back. It just never gets any easier, does it?

But if you missed it Sunday, be sure to go back and see that Father's Day page... and don't forget an especially adorable TWC Voting Incentive!
It's times like these that we need to stop and consider the possibility that Tabitha's Dad MIGHT not be that good at what he does (at least, not any more)
...is it the printer ink, or the handwritten ink that he needs? Actually, what about the paper? Because I'm fairly certain that the paper is going to cause problems with his plan. Unless they worked out how to make cards entirely out of ink. Did people in Far Out There work out how to make solid objects completely out of ink? Also, how about the materials used to dissolve the card, wouldn't they affect the molecular composition? It might even be better for him to attempt to use the card as is.
I really need to stop saying I'm taking a day off, then realizing after the fact that I was supposed to be doing an extra holiday page anyway, so nothing really ends up changing. But then, if I were good enough at time management to avoid stuff like that, I'd be good enough to avoid needing a break in the first place.

...also, we really need to see what the heck Tabitha does on Mother's Day, don't we?
@ Blitz: That would be an argument for it's Cowboy Hat containing it's Central Processor. There's one mind, a few hundred thousand bodies, and something like 30 eyes. It generates voice by purposefully vibrating hollow tubes, usually made out of the swarm bodies. The swarm bodies are great at keeping together, but find it hard not to "assimilate" material they purposefully pick up, causing it to need to purposefully assimilate things in order to do things like use a pen without having to keep the pen, or hand a glass of water to someone.

Removing an item from assimilation becomes easier after a certain amount of time has passed since the initial assimilation due to side effects required to make the assimilation work properly, in both hardware and software portions relating to assimilation.
OOOoooh, that's an interesting idea. I mean, the fact that it's supposed to speak and act as a single character would make it hard to depict as a hive mind/swarm, but a constantly fluctuating shape WOULD make a lot of things simpler to do.
@ Comic: Wow, someone listened, and wrote it down. I'm surprised. Even if it's Alphonse.

@ Incentive: Make it a bunch of sand-sized bots and randomly sized eye-bots that either uses the "cowboy hat" as a place to store it's processor, or uses a "cowboy hat" as a way to retain it's identity, while constantly changing it's appearance by temporarily using nearby environments as mediums to allow it to properly affect the world around itself.

It's mouth would typically be huge due to it having difficulty with the concept beyond "sound comes out of this hole".
...okay, so what's my excuse this time? The page is a full day late, so it's gotta be a good one, right? Actually, it kinda is. I got started on a new Conventional Wisdom page Sunday afternoon, right around the time I really SHOULD have been starting on this page. I told myself there was plenty of time, though, since I'd already drawn that page done while I was still at the con. This would just be a simple matter of editing up the finished art rather than drawing something from scratch... so of course that draft turned out be so sloppy and unsalvageable that I would up having to re-draw it from scratch anyway. And of course, by that point, I was already running waaaay behind schedule and had to take a really inconvenient nap and everything just spiraled out of control and here we are.

And you know what the worst part is? This was supposed to be the QUICK page. I knew there a number of pages comic up that were going to be pretty complicated to put together, so this little ditty that's two-thirds a block of cursive text was supposed to be the page I could knock out in a hurry and get a head start on the trickier stuff. Ain't no way that's happening now, though, which is forcing me into a really, REALLY obnoxious predicament. I know I already did this in VERY recent memory, but I'm gonna have to make this the only page of Far Out There that goes up this week. If I try to scramble and get something up by Friday, it's just gonna wind up late again, and throw all of NEXT week into disarray too. And I've got a lot of real life to worry about next week, so trying to get caught up then would be even harder than it is right now. So, yeah, taking a break from deadlines for the rest of the week to hopefully get a head start on next week's stuff. At the very least, I'll try to get a few more Conventional Wisdom's out of the way so I won't have to keep dividing my attention. Sorry, guys!

If nothing else, at least I managed to get a new Voting Incentive posted on the correct day...
@ Incentive: Honestly, I suspect most of those are TV/Movie/Video Game Characters. Darkness the Friendly Goth; Uzzlib, the Psychic Alien from the Yth Dimension; and Squashed Astronaut are the top row from left to right. High Lord Impressionableator, lowest ranked of his Fleet; Mech Suit Billy Bobby Boy; and Obese Ninja fill out the bottom row.
Realistically, there's no reason to assume this page wouldn't get fully colored in before noon, so I probably don't even need to post a half-finished draft of this page... but I'm also really, REALLY sick of treating "some time around noon" as an acceptable time to start thinking about getting a page finished. There was once a time when not having a page finished and online at midnight was UNTHINKABLE, something I'd have to go the extra mile next time to make up for, and these days I'm apparently just fine with allowing the better part of the day slip by before actually getting anything done. I really need to start at least TRYING to get pages online at the start of the day again. Like, even if I don't consistently pull it off, just treating it like something that OUGHT to happen again would be a step up. So here's some line art for the morning crowd, with a colored-in version to come by lunchtime.

That existential crisis aside, I had a much easier time drawing this page than list time... at least as far character art goes. The layout was a real beast to work out, which is a funny thing to say about a single panel. But as you've no doubt noticed, I couldn't figure out a way to get both the screen the kids are supposed to be looking at AND the girls behind them into the same shot. At least, not without showing at least some of them from behind, and actually showing the character's faces seemed a lot more important than a computer screen on a wall... even if it IS awkward to not see what they're reacting to. Honestly, I'd have REALLY liked to show the boys in more of a tight, head-on close up, as if we're looking at them through the screen they're reading, but I couldn't make that work and still fit the girls in the back. And even with this final layout, I STILL had background problems. I'd also hoped to slip a little extra something into the view out the window, but there's so much stuff cluttering the page, it wouldn't have been visible enough to be worth the effort. Maybe next time.

And speaking of the future, more sneak peek concept art on TWC!
Actually, yeah, that's a good point. Layla's vengeance would definitely be of the non-lethal variety.
(Also, sentences like that are really weird to write when one of the words is also the name of one of the characters)
@ Blitz: Honestly, my supposition requires the relationship last long enough for marriage to be an option. And, with Layla, I don't believe that the relationship is likely to last that long with someone who isn't both wealthy (greed) and treats her decently (basic decency). If there was an issue with the second one obvious before the marriage, TRIGGER would probably destroy his wealth using his years of espionage training.

Also, I suspect that Layla would never kill her husband due to him cheating on her. Her basic decency would prevent her from doing THAT. If it's not, it's too nice a punishment. Shipping him off in a prison cell to be tortured for years by a primitive people with pointy sticks, on the other hand...
See, I think she'd INTEND to do that, but her pesky, inconvenient streak of basic decency would get in the way and ruin things before she ever had the chance to go through with it.

Also, rest assured that if Layla's husband ever cheated on her, regardless of the reason for getting married in the first place, there would be no divorce. The guy has to be ALIVE for a divorce.
@ Blitz: Oh, she most certainly is. But she'd still marry for short-term gain, if only to appease her delusions of overwhelming greed, only to divorce for the money when it turns out the marriage is falling apart at the seams. Or as soon as her husband cheats on her. One of the two.
She wants to THINK that, yes, but it's a certain Nitpicker's professional opinion that Layla's significantly less underhanded in practice than she is in theory.
@ Blitz: Only if you're looking for a proper relationship. Layla's the type to marry for short-term gain, then divorce for the money.
Exactly (Incidentally, this is also the reason every attempt at shipping Layla with anyone ends in failure. The one thing she needs out of a partner is the ability to completely let her guard down, and she doesn't feel like she can do that with ANYBODY right now)