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Okay, I actually have a more reasonable excuse than usual for the page being both late and unfinished this time. I've got family stuff coming up this weekend, so preparations really ate into comic drawing time. It's a proven scientific fact that your house spontaneously generates five new layers of dirt the last night before it has to be clean to accommodate guests, don't you know. So, yeah, I was already gonna be up way too long just doing those chores, mixing that in with comic work means I've been awake for... I'm not even sure how long it's been at this point, but I know it's been more than a full day. Anyway, I'm gonna go get a few hours sleep while I can, and I'll get a colored in version up later. We gotta get that glowy hologram effect in at SOME point, right?

In the meantime, new TWC Voting Incentive!
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.
That punchline felt a lot funnier BEFORE I was laid out for a week with a bad cold. I mean, I'm PRETTY sure that an unhealthy meal I ate last month isn't to blame, but when you've felt half-dead for several days, joking about being alive takes on a whole different meaning.

But yeah, one of the consequences of staying at a different hotel was that the whole "actually putting food in my body" thing took a bit of a hit. I'm usually not That Guy, but that's because I'm usually within walking distance of a minifridge full of real food. Even the other times I commute to a con, it's usually from home, so I can fill up a cooler with fresh food every morning. This was a unique logistical challenge, one that I don't think I especially passed.

Also, that Taco Bell was RIGHT across the street from the hotel. It's a legit miracle that this only happened once.
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.
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.
If it helps, I'll gladly accept a hearty chant of "CO-MIC GUY! CO-MIC GUY! CO-MIC GUY!" :D
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.
Like I said, you people are SUPER spoiled to be getting these comics in short, concentrated bursts.

So that's all the One Week Friends comics, but people actually pledging money on Patreon are getting to read even more comics about classic old-school mecha series Giant Gorg! And, of course, more bonus convention comics, which we're STILL not caught up on. I don't have them queued up just yet, but there's still a whole batch of 2018 Otakon comics that are well overdue to go public. Keep an eye out on all the various social media whatevers for an update when those go live! (And, you know, keep reading the MAGFest 2019 comics as they come out!)
AAAAAAaaaaaaaand we're back to the meta stuff. And really, it doesn't play into this show that much at all, and most of the times it does, it's resolved a lot more quickly than most of the shows guilty of this trope are. But there's the problem: there's SO MANY other shows that rely on "Character A didn't share information with Character B" to justify events that my tolerance for this foolishness was exceeded years ago, so even if the specific show in question doesn't even do it much, it still has to bear the brunt of all my built-up aggravation. That's not really fair to a show like One Week Friends (which, again, honestly doesn't spin its wheels on this THAT much)... but it's also not fair that I've had to sit through so many series-long plot arcs that could have been resolved in a single episode if the main characters would actually communicate with each other. So there.
I tried to come up with more of a traditional "punchline" for this one, but it kept sounding really forced and tacked on. Honestly, I just really wanted to draw Saki hanging out with with Osaka from Azumanga Daioh and Yui from K-on! They seem like they'd all get along... in a haze of spaced-out obliviousness. (Hey, at least it's not another meta jab at anime tropes, right?)

You know, it's funny. I have a deep-seated hatred for dumb or scatterbrained MAIN characters, but as a SECONDARY character they're almost always my favorite (Yeah, I know it's a bit of a stretch to call Yui a "secondary character", but in practice she spends so much time reacting to the rest of the ensemble that she might as well be)
It helps to realize that, at the time this comic came out, I was already well past the date when I'd hoped to start covering Giant Gorg, and was well and truly frustrated by THAT before anything else even entered into the equation. Well, at least I had crushing artistic disappointment to go along with my poor scheduling. It would have just been yet another play on general anime tropes (of COURSE a big, rosy sunset comes out from behind the rain once the lead characters make up!) but I still really wanted to do a comic of God at a big weather control panel covered in post-it notes with which atmospheric conditions best accompany which dramatic moments... but it just didn't work without seeing the accompanying moments from the show, and my attempts to draw those weather effects myself were so terrible that they killed the humor.

...but seriously, whoever painted the backgrounds in this show REALLY had a lot of fun drawing clouds and sunsets and stuff like that. I mean, it's not quite Makoto Shinkai or anything, but it's still a lot lusher than I'm used to seeing on a TV budget.
Yes, yes, I know this is addressed in the show itself, but honestly, would you have even noticed if it wasn't? This sort of thing happens so often, you probably would have just accepted it as the way things are. Explaining it only drew MORE attention to how trope-tastic it is for all the main characters to have a spacious, scenic, cinematic location all to themselves (Especially when the explanation was something as mundane as "Oh, a teacher gave her a key" that easilly could have been skipped over).

...I've been in an extra analytical mood for this series, haven't I? Like, even more than usual. I'd better cut that out before somebody start pointing out every single thing I've ever done wrong in Far Out There.
Not gonna lie, I was really reluctant to actually use this idea. It's kind of low hanging fruit, you know? But, well, I clearly wasn't awash with alternative comic ideas as the moment, or these would've come out a lot faster than they did. So here we are.

...seriously, though, I get having trademark artistic quirks in your character designs (I AM the guy who draws characters with crescent moons for eyes, after all), but it's REALLY weird to see those ever-present blush marks OVER a completely separate full-facial blush. How does that even work? Does everyone have facial tattoos?
It says something about the medium of Japanese Animation that "one of the leads loses memory of her friends every week" counts as one of the more plain and normal things I've watched.

Case in point: my original idea was to include one or two actual anime plot references, then spiral off into increasingly ridiculous "plots" that I made up myself... except I couldn't come up with anything of my own that real life anime didn't totally out-weird. Every single one of these blurbs is from a real thing. This is the same problem I have when I try to do April Fools comics. Normal reality is just too abnormal to out-do.
Hey, if I settled for doing things the EASY way... these comics would probably get done a lot sooner and have a much larger audience. And WE CAN'T HAVE THAT!

Also, be glad you people are reading the compilation version, because MAN these comics got done on a severely irregular schedule. An irregular, looooooong schedule. (I know, I'm totally making donating sound like a blast, aren't I?)
Oh, so THAT'S why the guests drink so much.

Well, that's all the Animazement 2018 Patreon comics, but we're FAR from caught up. Remember, becoming a Patron doesn't just get you extra con comics, donating $5 or more a month also lets you tell me to watch an anime of your choice and draw comics about it! And that's what we're gonna revisit tomorrow. This Saturday. a whole lot of One Week Friends comics!
I mean, they're hardly the sloppiest drunks to be found running around a con... but most of those other people aren't technically there for work.

I still remember the time one year when some voice actor got so sloshed he couldn't find his badge to get back into the con, and decided that his inability to handle himself like a professional adult was the con's fault. (Incidentally, it's the convention CENTER staff who check for badges, not actual con staff) But I digress. The point is, that table reeked like the alley behind a frat house.