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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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AAAAAAAUUUUUUUUGH! This is SO FRUSTRATING! The new TWC Voting Incentive was already finished and online. I had this the line art done and presentable by 7am. The dialog was all written out even earlier. I had EVERYTHING ready to post a work-in-progress version of this page first thing in the morning. But NOOOOOOOOOOO! I was SOOOOOO sure I'd be able to finish up the colors before noon and decided to just press on and get the final draft done... AND THEN I LITERALLY FELL ASLEEP IN FRONT OF THE COMPUTER. Like, just physically couldn't keep my eyes open right here in the middle of everything. And here we are, it's five thirty, everything's super late, and I am DEEPLY vexed.

...granted, SOME of that is also because I completely re-wrote the second panel (the ENTIRE POINT OF THE COMIC) at the very last minute, which pushed things back several hours later than they really should have been. That didn't help but, you know, I guess getting a comic finished on time isn't much of a victory if it's objectively less funny than it would have been otherwise.

Also, speaking of me drastically failing to plan things out: that schoolboy uniform thing that was supposed to look way more casual and frumpy than Lynne's usual suits? Easily the best-looking thing he's ever been drawn in. I should blatantly rip of Card Captor Sakura for wardrobe designs more often.
Okay, so that whole "catching a killer cold" thing got worse before it got better. It's mostly under control at this point, pretty much downgraded to an obnoxious stuffy nose, but for a pretty good chunk of this week I was an achy feverish mess coughing huge globs of filth out of my chest... which you may be surprised to learn does NOT put one in the mood to draw funny pictures for the internet. Obviously, I was able to get today's page done, but it was a reeeaaal slog, and I'm afraid it took all the attention my cold medicine-addled brain could muster, so there's no new TWC Voting Incentive this time. It's a lot better than just not having an update at all, but I was still really hoping to be past all this nonsense by this point.

Now if you'll excuse me: between finishing this page, medicine messing with my head, and just not being able to breath through my nose, I've been awake for around 36 hours... This is exactly what needs to NOT be happening if I ever want to get better.
You're actually pretty close, but no. The inconsistent quotation marks are just from me being sloppy when I copy/pasted the text.

You get... TWO imaginary cookies for catching the typo.
For lack of any actual hints, I'm going to guess the line you changed is the one which does have closing quotation marks, but not the opening ones.
Comic Lad! Comic Lad! Comic Lad!
Boy, sure am glad I took that day or two off last week! That TOTALLY got me all caught up and back on schedule! No late updates at ALL! any more! ...yeah, I'm extra salty about this because it's REALLY TOTALLY NOT MY FAULT I SWEAR! I honest to God was half-way done with this page early last night, and was SURE it'd be finished by this morning. And then the runny nose started. Yup, about half the town came down with the flu over the weekend, and although I seem to be doing better than a lot of people, it still sapped me of enough energy that progress slooooooooowed down to a crawl, and here we are.

Actually, I take it back. That's now why I'm salty about this page being late, it's because until this cold hit, those extra days off really DID help. I mean, I was still working on today's page last night, so I obviously didn't manage to get a buffer built up again. But you know what? Even just a day or two allowing myself to not worry about an overdue deadline felt FANTASTIC, and I came back feeling fresher than I have in a long time. When I sat down to start editing this page, I actually WANTED to work on a comic instead of just feeling like I had to. It's... kind of sad for that to actually be something worth remarking on, actually. Maybe I should be better about scheduling days off. Like, OFFICIAL days off where I;m not even supposed to be getting anything done, as opposed to days where I just stop in the middle of something and feel guilty about it the whole time.

Oh, and I really need to offer an apology to the new TWC Voting Incentive for not giving it proper acknowledgement. THAT comic was a real team player and got done exactly when it was supposed to be done. Really, I should have slapped one more edit into the last page's comments to let people know the new Incentive was done, but no. I was just soooooo sure the new page would be done in juts a little bit, so I could just wait and tell everybody then. (Heck, I really should have posted the line art version of this page, then something could have been up around lunchtime. I REGRET EVERYTHING.)

EDIT: Hey, let's play a game! A few minutes after I finally posted this page, I got my George Lucas on and went back to alter some dialog. You win five imaginary cookies if you can guess which line I changed!
Don't feel bad, names are the last part of a character I come up with because I suck at them too. These kids literally were "the one with blue skin" or "the one with pink hair" and so forth for a LOT longer than I ever should have allowed them to be. I honestly wasn't expecting Purple Hair (I'm not remembering their names, I barely remember the main cast's) to be fashion obsessed. Makes sense, they all have their failings related to their focus. Jock is good physically, but obsesses too much on his physical abilities. Blue is charismatic, but cares too much about how people see him. Purple Hair is, apparently, both stoic & fashion obsessed. And Tarkus is knowledgeable about a wide range of things, to the point of caring/obsessing about things most sane people don't have time to even learn about.
If it helps, I'll gladly accept a hearty chant of "CO-MIC GUY! CO-MIC GUY! CO-MIC GUY!" :D
Blitzkrieg! Blitzkrieg! Blitzkrieg! Your name makes people cheering to you sound like wardogs, but GO GET'EM TIGER!
Well... this was an embarrassment.

I'm just gonna cut to the chase here, this is going to eb the only page of Far Out There this week. I've been scrambling to get back on schedule... pretty much since I got back from MAGFest, honestly. At least, that's what it feels like. So instead of going on a doomed scramble to finish an entire page in 24 hours when it just took me around 72 to get one done, I'm just calling this Friday off. I mean, I'm not TAKING Friday off, I'm gonna start working on the next page as soon as I get this one posted. But I'm gonna give myself some extra time to recuperate and get it done WITHOUT the overwhelming stench of doomed panic wafting around me. Actually, I'm gonna TRY to get several pages done over the weekend, which I might actually stand a chance of doing if there's less of a scramble involved. If I can actually, for once, get a real page buffer built up again, them maybe we can avoid things like a sudden stomach bug throwing an entire week's schedule off. I've said it before, and apparently I need to keep saying it because I refuse to listen to myself: I just don't get pages done as fast as I used to, and I NEED to give myself more time to work in.

And hey, as humiliating as the delay may have been, I absolutely think it was worth it for this page. Between that monstrous vacuum cleaner, the absurd labels and signage, and the forced and awkward scifi references, this feels like a page from five years ago! Ya know, back when this comic was good! ...and came out on time!

And speaking of coming out of time... almost, the TWC Voting Incentive technically DID update on Tuesday. Technically. It won't update again until the main comic does, but I've already started to get some extra rough drafts of that penciled in advance. See? Progress is already being made!
Okay, now THIS late update I don't feel so bad about. I mean, I DO feel bad about it, but it's not like last time where I just straight up had no excuse for the delay. Remember how how at the tail of end of that update I said I was going off to immediately start working on today's page? Yeeeeaaaah, that didn't happen. I actually had the sudden, horrifying realization that I hadn't been putting older Patreon material up for public consumption in, like, over a year. That's bad. So I wound up spending a pretty good chunk of time re-posting and writing new commentary for a lot of stuff in the Conventional Wisdom Patreon Gallery (and incidentally, look for more Patreon-related Far Out There activity in the near future too) AAAAAAaaaaanf there was some fun bank-related real world stuff to deal with too, that was a nice distraction (it's all wrapped up, though, nothing serious)

But the MAIN delay for this page is, well, it was originally supposed to be TWO pages. Yup, I pulled another one of those last-minute "let's drastically rearrange all this material!" moments that always do wonders for meeting deadlines! Originally, this page was just supposed to be Tarkus interrupting some unrelated conversation between Layla and Hiro, and the NEXT page would have revolved around Layla's flashback. But that's just dragging things out too much, so I mashed them together into a single comic... which mean rewriting the whole thing. Ironic that a change to speed thing up should make things take so much longer.

But hey, at least the TWC Voting Incentive is already done, so you don't have to keep checking back for stuff this time!

2/5 EDIT: Okay, I'm just gonna call it this time, the next page won't be up until Wednesday. My stomach decided it absolutely HATED me last night, so I'm only just now STARTING to get to work on the new stuff. I might manage to swap out the Voting Incentive sometime today, I got a decent head start on that yesterday morning, but there's just no chance of getting the new comic finished if I'm starting at this hour. Sorry, gang, this one was truly beyond my control.
Uh oh, another rough draft? What's the problem this time, did I get sick again? Am I going out of town for something or other? Did my computer explode? Thankfully, none of these things. There's every reason to assume that I should have this update up to normal standards in another hour or two... buuuuut I've assumed that with a lot of the horrifically late updates lately, and look how they turned out. Since this is one of those pages that doesn't really NEED colors and effects to work, I figured I'd go ahead and post the rough draft early (hahahaha, look at me calling 9am "early") just to make sure SOMETHING will already be online if and when things start to drag. So, yeah, hopefully this version won't be up for very long, and you'll all have a finished draft with colors and cleaned up line art and a new Voting Incentive and everything later today. See you in a bit!

EDIT: Yeesh, what happened here? Let this be a lesson to you, children, always do the "just in case" thing even if you think you won't need it. ESPECIALLY if you think you won't need it. I was just chugging along, fiddling with details and thinking I was doing just great, and all of a sudden the sun was going down! I think I discovered a time warp inside my computer! Heck, I STILL don't even have the Voting Incentive done, this was all just me cleaning up the ink lines and tinkering with the colors! How does that even happen? Well, if nothing else, I DO think the end result turned out quite nicely. It's the first page in a while where I feel like it turned out exactly like the version I saw in my head (lately they've been coming out at %60-%70 resemblance at best), I just wish it didn't take so atrociously long to get there.

And yeah, I DO still have to get the TWC Voting Incentive up, it'll be ready by tomorrow morning. For real. No fooling.

EDIT EDIT: OKAY! NEW TWC VOTING INCENTIVE UP! Now that this update is FINALLY complete, I'm gonna... get straight to work on Friday's because I CLEARLY need to start work of these things sooner.
A comic in which a character limps towards the finish line hours late... finally appearing online nearly a day after the scheduled update time. I really wish I could claim to be doing these things on purpose. Well, at least the TWC Voting Incentive was up at a reasonable time (and, ironically, turned out to be a lot more eye-catching than this page, I think). Also, I probably shouldn't have decided to have the "flashback-vision" effect involve un-colored line art after the whole thing with Tuesday's page. I REALLY need to realize these things sometime before I start writing the commentary to the finished pages...
Avi: WOW! That was so clever the way you faked all those accidents to get Miss Layla to pay more attention to you!

Hiro: Faked WHAT now?
Yeah, SmackJeeves gives me a little notification for every comment (the question is more if I notice the update in time for the reply to actually mean anything). I do try to exercise different parts of my brain by doing different stuff, it's just a matter of finding times where I'm far enough ahead of schedule to draw something just for myself rather than something I have to be able to use.

So, really, the trick would be to find ways of incorporating different art styles or mediums INTO the current projects! *begins plotting*
Rule 34... The rule everybody mentions when they actually mean rule 35.

Poor kid. Layla trying to see if he's okay is just making things worse...
(through no real fault of her own)
I know I’ve probably said this before, but I think you need to do some life drawing or something else to shake up the way your brain conceives of your style. Drawing solely in one style makes it, um, grab less neurons, especially since it’s such a cartoony style so it’s not highly integrated with your actual vision. You might also find that your drawing speeds up if you practice from another angle. For me, doing a couple highly realistic drawings in an art class (so, spending more than five hours rendering something with a pencil) was well worth the gains in speed and versatility.

Hope you can see comments on old stuff like this!
Another half-finished page? Actually, no. This time the lack of color is deliberate... though it probably shouldn't have been. See, I wanted to have an ever-increasing level of manga action lines with every panel, to crank up the volume of the slapstick. And since I knew from past experience that trying to mix a full compliment of shading and too many actions lines at the same time could make everything illegible, I figured I'd just leave the line art as is. Except, even without any color, all the action lines I's originally slapped on the page still made the whole thing too hard to read, so I scaled the lines back severely... so much so that, honestly, I probably COULD have just colored the whole page in like normal without any problem. But, of course, by the time I realized this, it was too late to go back and re-do anything that extensive.

Well, honestly, it wouldn't have made the page much later than the overall average of this month, but I'm specifically trying to get better about that. I mean, look! It's barely noon! This, sadly, is pretty good for a final draft! And I even gotthe latest TWC Incentive done on time! If I can just get Conventional Wisdom happening more quickly, we'll be in pretty good shape!

...but yeah, either way you can expect Friday's page to be colored in like normal.

EDIT: Also, the middle panel is another one of those ones that makes me glad Far Out There is too obscure to worry about Rule 34. Being small-time has many advantages.
There's something deeply, profoundly appropriate about the centerpiece of this page being a giant faceplant. Not only is the thing obviously only half-finished right now, but I don;t even have the new Voting Incentive up yet... because I put it on hold so I could focus on getting the main page finished more quickly. THAT sure worked out, didn't it? Don't worry, though, the Incentive IS drawn and scanned already, so I'll get it finished and posted right after I get the final draft of this page finished. You know, add all the little bells and whistles like color and actual backgrounds.

...but hey, I technically got an update up before noon again (and I didn't have to travel out of state for it to happen!)