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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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@ Blitz: I know of two ways to have someone with "white void" glasses roll their eyes. The first and simpler one is the side view eye roll, where you draw the picture from the side so that you can actually see their eyes, and show that they're rolling their eyes there. The second is the cop-out eye roll, where you do something so simple to show that they're rolling their eyes, regardless of how poorer it makes the picture look (such as drawing little arrows to imitate the eye roll).
So... this was SUPPOSED to be a sequel to page 1034, with another montage of potential new outfits for Layla... only way, WAY weirder looking than the ones we saw from Layla's own wardrobe. That's why Alphonse and Bridget are in nearly the same position as they were in that page: because the layout was supposed to mirror that, with a jumbled bunch of frames up above. But then, half-way through, I realized... that I was only half-way through and it was already well after dawn and I was falling asleep. So I did the whole "silly dialog I don't wanna even try to visualize" trick again, and won't try to actually draw those oddball costumes until later. I still could use some more post-Otakon recovery time before trying something that creatively exhausting anyway.

Speaking of which: yeah, I wasn't able to get a new Voting Incentive done for today because I'm still really spent from the con... but it's a good kind of spent, because I got a TON of Conventional Wisdom material penciled out while there. Like, fourteen new Otakon pages PLUS the last five Animazement pages that still need to go up on Patreon. That's the best head start I've had on a Conventional Wisdom update in YEARS, and it REALLY bodes well for me getting the update online in a timely fashion. And the sooner I get that stuff done and online, the less it'll delay updates over here at Far Out There. Yay!

...oh, and by the way: it turns out it's REEEAAALLY hard to draw someone rolling her eyes when those eyes are blank white voids. This has been another of Blitz's Art Tips™.
The real question is, what stuff has she been right about that hasn’t even happened yet? :D

Also, you just perfectly described my own Webcomic-reading habits (minus the living across the world part)
@ dylgramac: Actually, has Tax predicted something that didn't happen or didn't have an effect in the very same comic page? Because I don't think that she has. Which would actually suggest that she might be able to read what would have been the comic, and react to the comic before it happens, changing the comic page in the progress. Fourth Wall AND Fourth Dimension Breaking!

@ Checking out the comic: I, honestly, just come and look at random times. I haven't paid attention to the time this comic updates beyond "a few times a week"... ever. There's only a couple of comics I can "put my watch to", and I live half way around the world from most authors, so I don't even bother trying most of the time.
I appreciate you going ahead and making the joke about me rarely having notes to work from. It saves a lot of time when I don’t have to say it myself.

Also, I’ve already got a whopping FIVE pages penciled, and am about to do a few more! YAY!
I quite like characters that know more than they should, especially when they're adorable! Actually, we've never gotten an explanation of exactly how Tax knows things, theory time! I always like fourth wall breaking, so what if Tax had the ability to read your notes. For lots of authors that would either be useless, or indistinguishable from being able to see the future. But in your case it swings wildly between the two, leaving Tax hopelessly confused at times! …well, if she cared.

P.S. Written any Conventional Wisdom comics yet?
Well of COURSE it does! :D
I checked and not because of Otakon!

Hopefully that makes you feel better or something.
@ Seros Senric: Layla will come back and get mad at the boys for bullying her "little brother" instead of befriending him first.

@ Comic: Also, how is the dresser going to be any different from the outside air? After all, they ARE on the captains ship, and if they had a special dresser, they probably wouldn't need the cryotube. I want one of them to wear the silk and suffer incredible itchiness because they got Trigger to take it out of the tube. Preferably the one wearing a suit, as he's so stoic that breaking that simply due to being itchy is mildly amusing.
It's been a while since our last reminder that Tax knows... more than she should. So here we go!

Anyway, GASP! A page actually going up at midnight! Yep, I'm clearly out of town this weekend, aren't I? True story, I seriously though about setting this to go live at 8 or 9, since that's pretty much become the new normal around here... BUT NO. This is one of the few instances where I can really, truly, actually post a page at the time these pages USED to go live, so I'm taking it! DON'T GET USED TO THIS, PEOPLE WHO ARE ONLY CHECKING THIS PAGE BECAUSE OF OTAKON!

...but yeah, since I'm at Otakon right now, no new Voting Incentive today. HOPEFULLY it'll all be back on schedule next Tuesday, though I wasn't able to get any additional comic stuff for next week done, so it all depends on how almost-but-not-quite-dead I am when I get back.
*taking copious, detailed notes for future reference*

Oh, nothing. Don't mind me at all. :)
I'm thinking that by the time this is done, all their socks will be playing show-tunes, their previously inanimate scarves start automatically wrapping themselves around people in the most comfortable and pleasant way whenever it's cold, and half their shirts/tops will be showing Mega Awesome Rangers cartoons on the back while being worn.
(You just know that obsessive saboteur Trigger has changed them *somehow* and this is the future we're talking about)

Meanwhile, the cyro-tube starts spontaneously generating various flavours of ice-cream. The other characters discover this when Tax pops out of it with a giant spoon.
This may also be how Stilez encounters these boys.

Incentive: Still not sure how a holographic bag can hold things, but it is Gilb so I'm sure rhere's a way.
OOOOooooh, funny stuff. I really, genuinely thought I'd dreamed up this page in a way that it'd be over and done with really quickly. I've still gotta get Friday's page finished and posted before Wednesday night, after all. But then I thought, "Hey, a spooky scifi glow in the second panel would really help sell the joke." and suddenly the page is taking just as long as usual. So, yeah, nothing much else to say here, because I've gotta dive RIGHT into getting Friday's page finished.

...well, okay, there is a new Voting Incentive to mention, as well as a heads up to give that there probably WON'T be a new one for Friday. Even after all this time, I still haven't mastered the art of swapping out TWC Incentives while on the road...
Well, I think it goes without saying that Layla dressing up will inevitably result in Tabitha dressing up as well (heck, she's probably got complementary outfits for the whole family)
@ Comic: Honestly, I kind of want both of them to dress up and meet the rich boys, only for at least one of them to be more enamoured with Tabitha than Layla (despite the pull of Boobies that overwrites everything else for most boys that age).

@ Incentive: I wouldn't be at all surprised if that particular brand of missile can be disarmed via semi-physical lazers, like the ones found in the Lazer Net, touching it anywhere, as a "security feature".
I was soooooooooooo close to pulling another "post the half-finished page in the morning, replace with the final draft in the afternoon" deal here, but I figured it couldn't take me THAT long to color, so why not press on and do it all at once? HAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahawow that was a bad idea.

Okay, so if you were paying attention Tuesday, that page was sort of last-minute filler because I was trying to work out problems with THIS page, and I still don't think I quite did. I dunno, something's just... off about this one. Actually, no, I take that back. I know EXACTLY what's off about it: it's too much for one page. I really, really wanted to break this up to two pages... but I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to do it. There's just no obvious point at which to split things up, and no extra punch line I could insert anywhere to MAKE that point. Or, at least, I couldn't think of one. The most frustrating thing is that I just KNOW some blindingly obvious solution will dawn on me in a week or so when I'm trying to work on something else. But no, in the end I had to go ahead and wedge all this dialog into one page, even though the pacing doesn't really work like it should.

Oh, and how about that silly little animated effect on the bottom? THAT is why this page wound up taking so long. If I'd just slapped a glittery screen tone layer or whatever in that panel, I really would have gotten this page online before noon, but nooooooo. I just HAD to splurge on something that ended up adding several hours onto the editing process. And this may have been even more frustrating than the creative writing stuff, since at least that was, you know, creative. THIS was just hours of saving files improperly and forgetting to put layers in the right order and tedious, tedious detail things. Now, make no mistake, I can get a lot of joy out of fiddling with tedious little details, when I'm in the right mood. I was not in that right mood today.

Okay, enough bellyaching. Let's wrap this up on something positive: I need to find more excuses to draw Chibi Tabitha. I have no idea why such a tall, skinny character works so well in squat, chubby form, but she really, REALLY does work like that.

OH YEAH! And Also don't forget that Voting Incentive are back! (And thanks to those of you who did the whole "vote on Bonus Incentives" thing on Wednesday. Far Out There was actually fitting the TWC top twenty for the first time in a WHILE thanks to that.)
Don't build neutrino shielding into your clothes. Whatever secondary radiation it turns the neutrinos into is more dangerous than the original neutrinos.
So, good news and bad news. The good news is THOSE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM ANIMAZEMENT COMICS ARE FINALLY DONE! NO MORE SCRAMBLING TO GET THEM ONLINE! THE NIGHTMARE IS FINALLY OVER! The bad news... well, there's a couple bits, actually:

First of all, I did it again. I resisted another Blip page, but this is another instance where the comic you're getting isn't the one you were SUPPOSED to be getting today. I got partly into drawing that one, realized I was gonna need to chance some things... and I just wasn't up to it. Heck, I was barely even up to THIS. You see that single, stationary drawing of Tabitha and Layla up there? It took me, like, five tries to even get THAT done. I even had to stop and draw some completely unrelated something or other just to try and get the blood flowing in the art centers of my brain. I'm that burned out right now. But hey, I guess I've technically got a head start on Friday's page, right?

...but that's the next bad news. Despite having only just now finished up my Animazement chores (more or less) I'm actually heading up to Otakon next month, meaning I'm supposed to be in the middle of preparing for that trip. So brace yourself for who knows WHAT additional scheduling hiccups as I try to get enough material together to cover the convention weekend.

And speaking of hiccups, if anyone is planning on catching up on old Voting Incentives in the Gallery over the next few weeks, be aware that I've had to rejigger the dates for new pages going live. With all the recent scheduling problems, the gap between new pages going up on TWC and their public reveal on SmackJeeves was getting smaller and smaller, which kind of defeated the whole "incentive" part. So don't be alarmed if nothing new seems to be showing up there for a large chunk of August.

OH! But speaking of which: NEW BECKY & GILB VOTING INCENTIVES ARE BACK! Rejoice and be happy! (Also, the TWC Bonus Incentives reset again tomorrow, so that'd be another good time to vote through all the Incentives in a really short amount of time. And I juuuuuuuust might be swapping one or two of them out with some more art nobody's seen before!)
No, seriously: I'd LOVE to take credit for planning that, because it absolutely makes sense, but those numbers are pretty much all random street addresses and zip codes I remembered off the top of my head. I am nowhere NEAR clever enough to do that on purpose.
@ Blitz: You gave Avatar over 27000 boxes of clothes on three different boxes. And the two boxes Stillez has are both over 3000. Due to that, I don't believe that it wasn't planned. If it wasn't for Avatar Clothes #406 & Layla Clothes #2026, I would be prepared to propose the belief that the first number/pair of numbers is an individual identification number rather than a box number count, with Layla's being 00 or not needed on the box.

Trigger's would be explained away by the fact that it gets cut off right after the 0 in 330, so the number could actually be #33XXX.

We can't see any of the numbers for Ichabod's or Blip's boxes.