Far Out There

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

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@ Ed8: Do you think that eyes of worship are really that hard to draw? Because Bridget looking at Vengeance with eyes of worship for being cool is how I see that meeting going.

@ Blitz: I hope that idea made up for me outing the foreshadowing that nobody else was outing.
Vengeance+Bridget is another interesting interaction we have yet to see in-comic.

Though now that I think about it, since one character rarely talks and the other can't, that might be a tough one to do.
I may have to draw Vengeance and Bridget as each other now
@Darius: This week's special crossover guest star Gilb can handle the Blip cosplay.
@ Blitz: Yeah, she'll work. But if she gets into it, everyone (or most people) on the ship will end up playing dress up.

...actually...

Trigger as Stillez
Blip as Tax
Tabitha as Ichabod
Layla as Tabitha
Avatar as Layla
Stillez as Trigger (they both have the same type of explosive wild hair)
Tax as Alphonse
Vengeance as Bridget
Bridget as Vengeance
Alphonse as Avatar

The Captain & Ichabod don't participate due to being Busy and Hiding, respectively. Captain doesn't get a costume due to being in a specific environmental suit and Tabitha not having the props to get the look right. The Blip cosplay had to be cut due to it being more important to have a Bridget Cosplayer, and I almost forgot to include Bridget & Alphonse.
Well, Tabitha's on the ship right now, Trigger could always get HER to do it :)
@Darius - It's Avatar's turn to play Ichabod. Layla did it last year

http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/2353146/happy-halloweb/
@ Blitz & Arthur: Sorry about that. I also felt it was that obviously foreshadowed from as soon as she showed up, but Zaealix mentioned the set up and I was compelled to give a correct alternative. At least my assumption that Trigger will think lowly of these guys isn't something that's obvious in the foreshadowing and can easily be wrong.

@ Incentive & Ed8: Nah, Blip can play Tax. The real question is who plays Ichabod. Layla or Avatar?
wall-of-text, activate
@Reveal: I'm kind of shocked that Ichabod didn't figure this out himself beforehand. Didn't scientists discover thousands of years ago that "Conservation of Narrative Detail" was actually a Law of Nature in their universe? "Chekov's Gun" is probably actually a charged particle that can build up on objects and people, and is only dissipated when their purpose is revealed.

In fact, I would have expected the conversation to go more like this:

Mariska: "I'm not certain, but I'm 99% sure they're headed to the planet Zorgan 7-b. That's where all the evidence points"
Ichabod: Nope.
Mariska: Huh?
Ichabod: Nope.
Mariska: Why not?
Ichabod: Because that's nowhere near Threiad.
Mariska: ????
Mariska: No, of course it's not. What does that have to do with anything? There's no evidence at all that they are going anywhere near Threiad.
Ichabod: They're definitely headed to Threiad.
Mariska: That's ridiculous! How could you possibly even know that?!
Ichabod: Just a hunch. *smiles smugly*

@Arthur: We try never to let obviousness keep us from commenting about stuff. :)

Of course, as long as Ichabod drops Stilez off at least a half hour or so before the kids get there, the planet will already be a smoldering ruin by the time they arrive.

@Incentive: Then he tries to get Layla to cosplay as Tax, and ends up chasing her around the ship with a marker.
I thought this plot point was so obviously foreshadowed that it wasn't worth commenting about.
Dang it, I was SOOOO close to making it to this reveal without anybody guessing it! I mean, I'm sure every single person reading this comic figured out these plot threads were heading to the same point the second I introduced them, because OF COURSE THEY WOULD. Sill, I was all excited that nobody had actually said it out loud... but NOPE! You clever scamps managed to finally make the right guess IMMEDIATELY before the page that would confirm it. Well, at least I didn't have to spend weeks awkwardly trying not to give away that the twist was spoiled this time. Your timing is getting better and better, gang!

Anyway, today's Voting Incentive is nowhere near as elaborate as last Friday's, but still a variation on the established theme.

Oh, and speaking of which: those Conventional Wisdom comics that helped make Friday's update so late are almost done. They're not actually online YET as I write this, but they'll almost certainly be up by Wednesday, so I figured I'd go ahead and put in a preemptive plug, just to avoid the rush.
@ Zaealix: Honestly, I'm expecting the place Ichabod was planning on going and where these kids have decided to go being the same place. And that Trigger will end up thinking they're stupid.
This...Almost seems like a picture-perfect fix for the both of them. ADVENTURE! to lure the Stilez away from the Captain's ship, and someone who can keep those action-hero kids...Uhh...Let's...go with...as safe as their vocations can allow.
Maybe, I dunno.
It's mainly out of habit, a very outdated one at that. Back when the Incentives were pretty much always quick pencil doodles, I could count on them being done in a fraction of the time the main page took, so I'd just do it first to get it got of the way (plus, doing it BEFORE the main comic update meant I didn't have to go back and amend the comments)

On the other hand, if the comic is giving me trouble (like this one was) often I'll just take a break and work on the Voting Incentive to clear my head. Sometimes the morale boost of getting something, ANYTHING finished is enough to get me over writer's block.
Not that he's not right
C'mon, Ichabod, even you should be able to put aside your cynicism and realize what is at stake here: We're talking endangered puppies potentially going extinct!

Maybe Stilez can help? She seems to like puppies (or at least puppy-like creatures) It seems a waste to have a perfectly good superweapon on board and not use it.

Unrelated to anything else: I think you may be the only webcomicer I've ever seen who regularly does the vote incentive first and then the strip. Not saying that's good or bad, just...unusual.
Great googly moogly, I think the only thing that DIDN'T happen to delay this page was a power outage... and there's still a few minutes left to go before I click "Submit" for that very thing to happen. As you can see (if you're reading this right after it goes up) I'm posting a half-finished draft because, well, THIS THING HAS ALREADY TAKEN A STUPIDLY LONG TIME TO GET DONE AND I NEEDED TO HURRY UP AND POST SOMETHING.

So what happened? Well, first of all, I've been trying to get that last batch of Animazement comics finished over at Conventional Wisdom, meaning that I didn't even get started on Far Out There stuff until waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too late. Then I went and started doing today's Voting Incentive first, which also ended up taking waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long (though the end result was TOTALLY worth it) and made things even more late. And by THEN, I was so tired that I couldn't physically make it all the way through finishing the page without falling asleep for several hours. AND there's the little matter of me having to throw an entire draft of this page out and completely re-write it from the ground up. That's a little bit of a time sink there (ESPECIALLY when you're literally falling asleep in your chair while you do it)

See, this page was sort of a last-minute addition from the get go. Mariska's original motivation for calling Ichabod was just fear that her career would be over if anybody learned about the whole "misplacing several rich kids" thing. Except, the more I thought about it, that didn't really work. It was pretty selfish, for one thing, but compared to the kind of cosmic calamities we hear Nitpickers casually shrug off all the time, THIS hardly seemed like a career ender. Thus, I decided there needed to be some kind of additional stakes for innocent bystanders that Mariska was trying to protect, making her seem less self-centered and more sympathetic. Better yet, this provided an opportunity for some cutaway gags actually SHOWING these innocent bystanders, meaning I could draw something other than two heads talking to each other for page after page. Unfortunately, the part of my brain that wanted to shake things up visually wasn't communicating with the part that loves to write nonsense dialog about events we're never meant to see. I wasted HOURS trying to come up with a page built around some Mariska flashbacks, but it just wasn't working at all. Finally, and I'm talking well after noon here, I gave up and rewrote the whole page to be purely dialog-based, and even THEN I had to re-re-re-rewrite things multiple times before it finally came together. (And it's still not ENTIRELY together, if you're seeing the black and white version)

For all the headaches, though, I do like the end result. I like the suggestion that Ichabod's well-documented cynicism (remember "Nothing has unleashed more pain and suffering on humanity than good men trying to do the right thing" anyone?) is an unintended byproduct of Mariska being the opposite, and shifting the focus from her over to his reactions really helps bring that out more. At least, telling myself that makes me feel better about it taking nearly a whole extra day to draw two heads talking to each other.
Vote incentive: That's why the smart mad scientists make their information-gathering probes out of indestructible adorable little girls!

(Or maybe Whilehuisite is just incomprehensibly expensive? Is Avatar the Six-quadrillion-dollar-girl?)

Rich people: Rich people are just more interesting, so stories will frequently revolve around them. They can afford to be. We poor/average folks can't afford the consequences of being "interesting".
@ Blitz: Sure, there's a lot of wealthy people, particularly ones that appear in the comic. However, there's also been a whole spacestation that's essentially a slum, a large one at that. As well as the numerous non-story characters who probably aren't overly wealthy but either appear regularly as background characters or are mentioned once as one of a character's Noodle Incident's.

Additionally, due to Ichabod's Job, the cast can be said to have easier access to the richer side of the universe than most people, so there's that.
Your setting fully justifies having a lot of rich people. You have a galaxy-sized economy built with advanced technology. It has cheap interstellar trade and communication. So there's a lot of wealth floating around. The comic focuses on a sort of "space vacation", so we tend to see more of the slice of the population that can afford space tourism.


The abundance of celebrities is also a natural side effect of cheap interstellar communication. They aren't more common in SPACE, but instead of hearing about one planet's superstars you hear about all of them.
I'm not usually afraid of clowns, but...
I am rather wary of cosmic space clowns made from (collapsed?) stars!