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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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Yeesh, even with an extra three days, I still only barely got this page out on the right day. Yes, that's right. THIS is the page I had to bump back to this week because there was no way I'd have gotten it done on Friday: a bunch of kids sitting on a couch and talking. I know, right?

Well, for once, the problem wasn't some artistic thing, but purely a writing one. I knew what the basic structure of this page needed to be -Trigger tries to participate and it goes over like a lead balloon- but I couldn't for the life of me figure out exactly what that would be. It took waaaaaaaaay longer than it should have for me to add the extra ingredient of Trigger unintentionally raining all over their attempt to impress Layla. Youthful humiliation makes EVERYTHING funnier, right?

(Full disclosure: I've exhausted my most recent stash of page rough drafts, so I'm having to do these things from the ground every single time, which takes a lot longer than taking a second pass at something I first drew a few weeks ago. And it takes even longer when I'm doing it at the same time as an unusually exhausting Conventional Wisdom update).

EDIT: OOPS! Almost forgot the TWC Voting Incentive! (...well, the link at least. I remembered the Incentive itself, it's the one thing that actually gets done before noon around here!)
So, the good news is that today's page is NOT late and half-finished because I stopped in the middle of work to draw a completely unrelated piece of fan art. No no no, this page is late and half-finished because I spent hours struggling with a completely DIFFERENT page before giving up and pushing that one back to next week, then making up something else on the fly that I could bash out in a (sort of) hurry.

And, as is often the case with this sort of thing, the off-the-cuff bit of randomness turned out a LOT funnier than the page I was actually putting work into would have. Although... it says a lot about me that a page about temporal paradoxes is what I went to as my "easy" idea, while the original idea, which would have continued showing several people sitting down and having a normal conversation, was so hard for me that I had to give myself an extra three days to work on it.

Anyway, as usual for this sort of thing, check back for the finished page either later tonight or early tomorrow (depending on if I can fight the urge to do something really elaborate and difficult with the edges of that distortion thingy) In the mean time, there's a new TWC Voting Incentive which currently has WAY more color than this comic, and I actually managed to make good on getting another Far Out There character soundtrack blog up on Patreon this week! Two consecutive weeks of Far Out There content on Patreon! The end is nigh!
@ Blitz: I WOULD say that that's a cop-out, but that actually sounds like something FOT Mad Scientists could, and would, utilise as a casing or alternate vital part of their devices, only to have it fail as their localised plot requires for greatest "Plot Convenience" for whatever's happening in the nearby area. And they keep on using it due to the fact that it's always 100% vital for their device to work the way it's supposed to.

For example: keeping the internals the exact correct temperature for casing, being the only thing small and strong enough to hold something in the exact correct place, or being the only thing that can transfer the brainwaves on the exact right frequency needed to result in gold.
@ X-I: Just one of the reasons why Ichabod is trying to keep her corralled in a single part of the ship: no windows.

@ DD: Or it was manufactured with a shell made entirely of PlotConvenieconium.
@ Xylas_Incarnum: So long as she doesn't see it, she shouldn't do that.

@ Incentive: Or it operates on "Lasers Deactivate it, Bubbles Trigger it" rules.
.... Anyone else waiting for Stilez to go "Bored. Ooooh Shiny new place!" now?
Would you believe that today's page was delayed because, halfway through the penciling, I was struck with a sudden, irresistible urge to draw a piece of Dirty Pair fanart? Professional as always, that's me!

Honestly, this page should have happened a long time ago, but it only recently hit me that Tabitha would actually want to play with whatever's on that ship over there. Well, I guess we can explain it away that, if anyone would scatterbrained enough to not remember what she wanted to do, it's be Tabitha. Really, the important thing is that we get another reminder of a plot point that hasn't come up in a while. Gotta keep these things fresh, or they'll go bad.

Oh! But at least I got the TWC Voting Incentive done on time, at least!
So, after all the trouble I had getting the previous page finished, it stands to reason that I really should make the next page more simple. A less elaborate, less difficult little thing with not many panels and not many colors that wouldn't take much time and energy to put together. You know, just enough of a break to make sure I could get back on schedule without getting too worn out. You can see how well that worked out. It wasn't even all the lighting in the back that made things difficult, it was that pose. Seriously, I must have redrawn Avi fifty times, in at least five separate positions, trying to get it to turn out something like what I wanted... and I still feel like I botched the layout a bit by making him too small compared to the rest of the page. Well, the important thing is, it took me so long to ink this thing that I literally couldn't stay awake long enough to finish coloring it in, hence the lateness. But hey, at least it's making it out on the right DAY. That's, sadly, an improvement.

All that aside, I do like the finished product. Whatever misgivings he may have about Layla, Avi will never, EVER turn down being the center of attention.

Anyway, there's a new TWC Voting Incentive that, once again, managed to be nowhere near as late as the main comic. Also, believe it or not, there's finally some Far Out There activity on Patreon again, and the introduction is available to everybody! (Further installments, like any Patreon Blogs, will only be accessible to $2 a month or higher supporters)
@ Blitz: And that we only know about due to him ranting about it in the background of a later comic while he's still trying to "fix" the issue.

...actually, idea on what the "turbulence" could do, if you ever actually want to something like that. Mess around with Ichabod's Books. It could do either or both of two options. First it could rearrange the books, messing with the order. Alternatively, it could mess with either the covers or the pages, causing the wrong books to be in the wrong covers. The question is, which of those would make irritate Ichabod's Nitpicking Instincts more?
...and then, as soon as they re-enter normal space, there'd be some minor turbulence that everyone else doesn't even notice, but he's severely inconvenienced by somehow. :D

Also, Tax is less worried and more disappointed that none of this is actually having the obvious result.
@ Incentive: Is... Tax actually getting worried there? That's TERRIFYING.

@ Comic: I feel like Ichabod would take to flying through subspace "like a fish to water". To the point where everyone else around him is having issues, and he's just happily eating an apple and commenting about the complex patterns subspace is making as they travel through it.
OOOOOooooooh, this was one big ol' disaster, right here. I'll spare you all the details of all the specific things I had to do and do over and stop doing before they were really done in order to get SOMETHING posted, and instead just explain what started this whole process. I've been doing so much Conventional Wisdom stuff these past few... months, really, that I had a sudden, overwhelming urge to do something flashier than usual for the next Far Out There page. So I did it. I did not allot the necessary TIME to do something flashier than usual, nor did I plan out the exact steps it would require before diving in head first, NOR did I stop to ask if I actually had enough creative energy left after all the Conventional Wisdom-ing going on to do something this detail heavy... which I did not. Thus, we have a page that's an entire day late, and only vaguely resembled the trippy "tunnel through swirly space" effect I was trying to evoke. Actually, this page probably needed a third panel just showing an exterior of the other ship to help establish just what we're cutting away to... buuuut that'd require doing TWO animations on a page that's already broken from trying to include just one... yeah, I basically feel like Mariska looks right now.

All that said, it was fun to have another reminder that there's even MORE characters on the way to join our already bloated cast. We really should have cut to them earlier, just to keep all the pieces in play. I probably should have done that instead of one of those random pages of Blip saying something weird.

Well, anyway, I'm pleased to report that, while everything else has been getting delayed and bogged down, Voting Incentives are actually updating again! So I am accomplishing SOMETHING around here!
So, this was established a while back, but at the moment Stilez isn't crossing blue tape lines. Oh, and Layla still doesn't like Ichabod.

So, I'd really HOPED to have the Voting Incentives back with this update. After all, I'm back from AWA, and that's my last con trip for the year. There's no more looming deadlines for the Conventional Wisdom comics, so I shouldn't have to cut corners on updates over here anymore, right? ...well, actually there IS one more deadline I need to meet: I really, really, REALLY need to get that last bit of Otakon comics posted on Patreon before the end of the month. There's been so much other content I MEANT to put up over there that didn't happened, I really need to get SOMETHING else out before people get charged for another month. *sigh* It's always something, isn't it?

10/2 EDIT: Okay, good news and bad news. The bad news is, due to some PHENOMENALLY bad planning on my part (including building an entire gag around a VERY time-consuming effect that precludes my usual "post a half-finished page" cheat) it's extremely unlikely the new page will be up today. MAYBE later tonight, but Wednesday morning is much more likely,depending on how long it takes me to clean up all this artistic mess. But the GOOD news is: TWC VOTING INCENTIVES ARE BACK!!! That's right, while you wait for the next Far Out There comic, there's a brand new page of Becky & Gilb Go Far Out There to tide you over!!!
@ dylgramac: *GASP* Are you talking about Pigment Nano-Binders!?! The nanomachines that read the current pigments of your hair or skin and forcibly bind it into that colour?

Why did you mumble the words "Pigment" and "Binder" though? It's not like those words, even in that specific order, are copyrighted by the company who makes the product. Every time they tried, a Nitpicker destroys their arguments until they don't have a legal leg to stand on.
Meh, it's not really any LESS meaningless than the technobabble most professional writers use.
And of course, once he found the right color he made it permanent with *mumble* nano-*mumble*!
My technobabble may need some work…
*GASP* Can it be? Is that... COLOR? Am I finally coloring pages in again? In fact, the whole joke of this page is about colors, so I must have written this page SPECIFICALLY to be a meta-reference to the fact that there'd be more than just line art, right? I mean, only a complete and utter IDIOT would have written the dialog for this page expecting it to go public in complete black and white, right? Right?

...yeah, I'm a complete and total idiot, and this page actually WAS originally loaded with nothing colored in, just like the previous pages. But thankfully, since the heavy lifting was already done before I left for Atlanta last week, I've had time to go back and at least color in the two characters talking, so that the dialog isn't COMPLETE nonsense to anyone who doesn't already know what they're supposed to look like. And, of course, the best part is, it STILL relies on a bit of reader's knowledge to know that the trim on Lynne-3's jacket is pink and Layla's hair is red when we see them NOT in mostly grey scale.

Incidentally, the reason I usually do the comic that way is primarily a time thing. I mean, theoretically it was to make the pages easier to print one day, but really it just helps me get things done faster. Balancing light and dark is a lot easier than balancing a whole array of colors against each other, and there's a level of detail that looks "done" to me in grey that only looks like a rough draft at best in full color. As you've no doubt notice over the years, I need as much help getting things done on time as I can get.

Also incidentally, I really do like dressing Layla in blues and purples because of how her red hair pops against it... even if we so rarely get to actually see that happen.

And last of all, there's still no new Voting Incentive today, BUT they should be back to normal come Friday. Now, back to work on Conventional Wisdom comics...
Once again, no color or Voting Incentive due to the whole "convention trip plus oncoming storm" thing. Speaking of which, hello people of the future who are discovering this webcomic from some scrap of paper at Anime Weekend Atlanta! There's usually more color than this!

So, yeah, under normal circumstances, this page and Tuesday's would have just been individual panels in a single page, but I reeeaaally needed to spread things out to make this deadline. Ironically, then I went and reused the background from the first time we saw the dining hall ...which ended up adding a tremendous amount of work due to that early page being so much messier than my current art (and that's saying something)/ And I ALREADY had this problem with the previous page, but STILL did it again! I don't learn quickly.

Well, okay, I do learn a FEW things eventually. Like, I actually went ahead and did NEXT Tuesdays page at the same time as this one. On the one hand, that means it also won't have any color. On the other hand, it means I WON'T have to dive straight into an update immediately after driving back from Atlanta, so I might actually have a chance to recover a bit before burning myself out on Conventional Wisdom stuff!

Oh, and speaking of which: if you think about it, PLEASE bug me about getting pages of Conventional Wisdom drawn during the con this weekend. Constant peer pressure worked WONDERS for the Otakon stuff, so hopefully it'll help me get AWA comics done in advance, too! Remember, the sooner I get that update finished, the sooner I can focus on Far Out There for the rest of 2018!
Oh goodie. A guided tour of the ship. That's never happened before.

Okay, so just in case you missed the explanation earlier, comics went on a Line-Art Only, No Voting Incentive basis so I could work around Conventional Wisdom obligations and try to avoid storm-related difficulties. The good news is the storm blew over with minimal disruptions over here, and the rest of those Conventional Wisdom comics got finished in record time! I've still got one more convention this weekend, though, so these coloring book pages will keep happening through next Tuesday. Yes, for once I've actually managed to get TWO extra pages drawn, so I won't have to dive straight into an update immediately after a massive roadtrip. But once again, this convention will be my LAST one of 2018, meaning once that update is done, I get to close out the year focusing ENTIRELY on Far Out There and Patreon stuff. It'll be SOOOOOOO refreshing to finally finish all the backed-up material I've had to hold off so I could get Conventional Wisdom stuff done on time!

Incidentally, the whole point of not coloring the page in was to get it done more quickly, but then I went and blew hours painstakingly re-editing line art from the last time we saw the gym, just to maintain continuity. I suck at saving time.
I don't think I'd let *any* kid spend that large an amount of money (no matter how large, specifically, it actually turns out to be) unsupervised.
As for the delay (Or, well, lack of colour, really)--don't worry about it! Producing two pages in somewhat half-colour a week is impressive enough, I wouldn't expect anyone to be able to do it in a few days.