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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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@ 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.
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...."
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.
Ed8
October 19th, 2019
This plot has the Yoink seal of approval
@Author comment on incentive: Now we know how this must end:

Mom: Tabitha... I am your mother.
Tabitha: [shocked] No. No! That’s not true! That’s impossible!
Mom: Search your feelings; you know it to be true!
Tabitha: NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOO!!!
Tabitha: (pause)
Tabitha: Oh, no, wait, that's right, I already knew that. That's why I'm down here.
Ed8: Cue Stilez learning to sing Filk music :D

DD: Oh wow, I hadn't even thought of the "doing more work than everyone else" aspect. I was just thinking that the work he does do turns out to be especially good in the end, but that would add a whole extra wrinkle. I must think about this further...
@ Incentive: Looks like she's finally getting close.

@ Comic: How odd. You see, for "some reason" I believe that it's been outright stated that they aren't going to help Ichabod with his current situation regarding Stillez, and anything regarding any extra work they have is either due to Ichabod normally doing significantly more work than the other Nitpickers, which means that he's being punished due to, essentially, having an unexpected "holiday", or he's being punished due to Stillez existing in the first place.

In short, it sounds like everyone's upset that Ichabod is not currently working, despite the fact that he normally overworks to the point of the Nitpicker's Guild lowering their fees simply to ensure he has work. I do not find that in any way fair.
Ed8
October 18th, 2019
Ichabod isn't the only one making bad choices
Hmmm, maybe not such a good move on the part of the Nitpickers Guild management, let me see if I can nitpick what might be wrong with this plan to get back at Ichabod....

Hey, Stilez, did you know that the Nitpickers Guild is making Ichabod's, your first ever friend in the entire universe, life miserable just because he's your friend?

And then this happened to the Guild:
http://fotincentivegallery.smackjeeves.com/comics/2341565/patreon-madlib-2-page -2/

(yes, I know it's not technically canonical. yet.)
See, this is one of the main reasons why Ichabod hates being around other Nitpickers, right here: he loves dishing out criticism to others, but he is GARGANTUANLY terrible at receiving even the slightest reminder of his own flaws.

There's probably more to be said here, but I've kind of been awake for thirty-something hours and am amazed I was able to write out THIS much. TWC Voting Incentive link goes here, and I go to bed.
@ Ichabod: What's the probability that someone found out and complained enough that they had to send one to you?

@ Incentive: I hope that the transit changes soon, or we at least find out something new about the path.
I'm sure bowl cut over there learned a LOT from this partnership. But never mind that, Dr. Jarre actually appeared in a non-holiday comic again! It's just a flashback, but it still counts! Also, I'm pretty sure this is the first time her little Top Hat Nomi-Bots have EVER appeared in an actual, non-incentive-or-holiday comic! True storyline milestones!

So, I almost, ALMOST got a draft of this page up at around midnight. The lineart was complete by 11:30, so I briefly considered slapping dialog on that and posting the rough draft just so I could say I'd hit the midnight deadline again in SOME form... but then I realized that, even if I typed the fastest I've ever typed, I still wouldn't QUITE have the text laid out and the website-sized page ready within 30 minutes. It hardly seemed worth the trouble of posting the page twice if I was ACTUALLY going to hit that mythical midnight update. If it was just going to be "close" either way, might as well wait and post the final draft a little later. And 3am is still pretty darn good, especially compared to the previous page.

Getting a page done this early must mean I got sick again, right? Actually no, the cold's almost completely cleared up... just in time for me to sprain something in my foot and leave me stranded at my desk like a cripple. Physical misery does WONDERS for meeting deadlines.

Speaking of meeting deadlines, another TWC Voting Incentive actually WAS up at midnight!
Oh yeah. When these pages start going live in the Incentive Gallery, the title for the whole series will be "Tabitha Gets Grounded." That's totally the actual punishment here (That, and providing me with an excuse to draw some crazy post-apocalyptic scifi settings)
@ Incentive: Huh, so their lab is built on top of, or otherwise connected to, an "ancient" (no longer populated, even by squatters and homeless people) city that went through a major war and was built over. Either that, or this is damage done by experiments escaping.

Also, the worse this the scenery on the way there looks, the more likely it is that the mother of warm, comforting, pretty and living in a very nice little house that looks completely out of place. Honestly, I'm starting to suspect that most of the punishment of going to visit her mother is the hike to get to her.
COMBO BREAKER!
Well, I guess we had to lapse back into late pages at SOME point, huh? As soon as I started getting over that cold, I just went RIGHT back to getting distracted by side projects and starting the new page too late. I basically got too wrapped up in fiddling with that photocollage for Sophia's office, and by the time everything was colored in and ready to add text, I couldn't keep myself awake long enough to type anything. And as you can see, there was a LOT to type. Speaking of which, there's some fun real life crazy person references peppered throughout that rambling. Have fun googling that.

Speaking of rambling, I don't know if I'll be able to find a spot where this can come up naturally in the coming pages, so I'll just mention here that Aunt Domino is accompanied by a few VERY patient and attentive Nitpickers who sort through all the scatterbrained gibberish and pick out the nuggets of information relevant to whatever nitpicking job she's on at the moment.

Anyway, as late as this page may be, the TWC Voting Incentive was on time, at least. Enjoy it while you can, I have NO idea how long I can maintain a page buffer on those, especially with... well, just look at the current one and see for yourself.
DD: I'm interested to see what kind of observations people can draw from Tabitha's surrounding over the following pages.

Ed8: We might get that for maybe a few weeks, before I burn out and snap and spend a month not wanting to draw anything period (After all, back when I was actually fulfilling all my obligations on Patreon regularly, I actually WAS putting out five comics a week. More even. And that's largely why the schedule started slipping.)

It HAS been nice having some focus forced upon me, though. It's times like these I kind of miss being back in college. I got YEARS worth of Far Out There material planned out while sitting in the back of a lecture with nothing to do but doodle.
Also, how do you pronounce "La Faulx" anyway? I fear I've been pronouncing it wrong for the past decade.
We could get 5 strips/week, if only Blitz were sick more....
so, then, this would be...the Domino effect?
La Faulx is unforgettable. Even if we try. :)
@Darius: "supposed to be" is the important term in that statement. It may have been supposed to be the whimsical Humpty from a children's story, but they missed their mark by a huge margin and ended up getting the version of Humptey that came from a Horror movie remake of Wonderland. I kept expecting it to open up a candy egg, pull out a little squirming human being, and pop it into it's gaping maw. Mind you, as a kid, I never really got the "whimsy" of wonderland, I always thought it was a pretty creepy, scary story of a lost girl trapped in a world of insane people with a creepy grinning cat, some lady who wanted to decapitate everyone, and so forth. So if even the original creeped me out already, this is 1000x worse.

Regarding the Kinder Surprise, Wikipedia says 10 deaths out of 30 billion eggs sold, so one per 3 billion. Of course, just like all the other useless statistics we are bombarded with, no context is given is to whether this is more or less than is usual for any widely sold small toy, so we have no way of knowing if the danger is exaggerated.
@ Comic: Aunt Domino is either going to make him MORE irritated, or upset him in a completely different way so that he'll mention that every now and again in his rant.

@ Incentive: Well, somebody's been ransacking the hallway for parts. I'd go with "everyone in the family".
ANOTHER page up at Midnight? Better yet, one that I actually loaded up ahead of time? WHAT IS THIS MADNESS? ...I'll tell you what, it's that cold I started coming down with last week (the one that flared up right before I was supposed to get a flu shot, of all things) getting so bad that I felt like going places and doing things even less than I normally do, so I basically had nothing to do BUT work on today's page. It's nice to actually be on top of things for once, though I wish it was under less miserable circumstances.

Anyway, if that colorful jester looks familiar, then thanks for voting back when the TWC Incentives were sneak peek concept art! Yep, some of that stuff is already debuting (with a much shorter wait than May and Marshall had to endure) Of course, there's also the current series of Incentives waiting if you vote right now!
I have a problem with Humpty Dumpty when the animatronics portraying him look like THAT.

Also, props on the La Faulx reference up there! The dozen people in the world who know what that's about tip their hats.