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 on: Today at 05:07 
Started by BenRG - Last post by WareWolf

Look below the main strip at Jeph's sketch on the Pokémon species he'd created - Spotted Pucculent. I think that, as he was writing the script, he randomly thought: "Spotted Pucculent; yeah that sounds like some kind of weird exotic animal". Once that idea got into his head, he literally couldn't stop himself running with it. I've had that happen to me once or twice whilst writing. The problem is that these things that make you chuckle to yourself are rarely as funny to everyone else as they are to you. :-\


The hardest part of rewriting is to throw out the scenes you love, love, LOVE, but which you finally have to admit don't do a thing to move the story. And, to be fair, if you're turning in a comic on a daily basis, you might not have time for that internal wrestling match.

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 on: Today at 05:07 
Started by BenRG - Last post by TinPenguin
My first thought was that "gosh, that's awful" is a chronic underreaction to being shot through the brain.

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 on: Today at 04:59 
Started by BenRG - Last post by Zebediah
I looked at panel 1 and thought, "What the hell? Did Claire just have an ear infection burst or something?"

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 on: Today at 04:54 
Started by BenRG - Last post by brasca
Considering all the fantastic possibilities demonstrated by Ardent's ability I'd find it hard to believe that the Praeses couldn't monitor its use.  They probably know that he turned an ancient space fighter into a teleporting bubble ship and can shut it down at any time it becomes a problem for them.  It's still unclear as to what their scheme is, but most likely they wanted to get those that would oppose their invasion of Earth out of the way.  Pate may be an exception.  If he's smart he'll accept their offer to be an exalted middle man since I doubt he's going to get anything better.  Given his expression I think he's so in awe of what he sees he might just forget to throw his weight around and readily agree without the Praeses providing a demonstration that would probably be aimed at Church.

Why would they offer Pate anything? His only leverage is Church, and it's not clear how much that means in this context. I could see them pushing Church out into space to flail aimlessly as he floats in orbit. At which point Pate is all alone up against a pair of pissed-off immortals whose friend he had murdered.

I'm guessing the whole point of Operation Blue Boy was to collect Alice and bring her up to the orbitals. Maybe Sedna too, but it's hard to see how they could have foreseen that. Pate is probably just an extra baseline human they have no use for. Church might be a bit of a bonus, provided they don't end up having to space him.

The Praeses plan will go more smoothly if its being carried out by a human most people know.  And if there are unexpected difficulties Pate can be the scapegoat too.  I think the scheme was to collect Alice and Church, however, Sedna is just a bonus.  She could be a problem, but since she largely kept to her self by the time she realized what was up it would probably be too late to do anything.  Alice told Gavia that if her people invaded she'd see to it that the losses would be catastrophic so she's fairly confident that she could defeat an invasion force and it's safe to say Church would have no problems, but that was when they were on Earth.  Now they're in space and there could be plenty of countermeasures to neutralize the immortals which leaves Earth virtually defenseless.  However, it Pate controls Church and he's willing to be their viceroy then they'll probably let him return since he would expedite their conquest immensely.

Of course if Pate does turn on the Praeses I could see things going down a little something like this: 
   

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 on: Today at 04:28 
Started by BenRG - Last post by brasca
Given past speculation by some on how to torture CW best... I'm glad that the worst thing Claire can think of ex tempore is throwing CW in a hole. With SW bugs.

The real issue is - how best to slightly rebalance the universe by doing something kind for Bubbles? How do they show her just how much they care about what has been done to her? And how to make things better, as making good is impossible?

Prepare a better cup of tea for starters. 

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 on: Today at 03:24 
Started by BenRG - Last post by ZoeB
Given past speculation by some on how to torture CW best... I'm glad that the worst thing Claire can think of ex tempore is throwing CW in a hole. With SW bugs.

The real issue is - how best to slightly rebalance the universe by doing something kind for Bubbles? How do they show her just how much they care about what has been done to her? And how to make things better, as making good is impossible?

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 on: Today at 02:45 
Started by Welu - Last post by BenRG
Willis has said that the characters' alignment hasn't changed from the Walkyverse and this strip confirms it, IMO.

Personally, I've always assumed that Mike is an aromantic pansexual: Sex to him is a tool and something that he so subborns to his intellect that he couldn't really be said to be a 'preference'; sex doesn't really have an emotional content for him. So long as it furthers his goals, he'll do it.

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 on: Today at 02:38 
Started by Welu - Last post by ChaoSera
So Mike's into dudes. I know he implied that before but I thought he was joking. Neat.

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 on: Today at 02:35 
Started by BenRG - Last post by JoeCovenant
Yeah....
This one isn't endearing me to Marten/Clair any more than I'm already not.

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 on: Today at 01:57 
Started by BenRG - Last post by BenRG
To put my money where my mouth is... Let's see... Fic writer's hat on...

SIX-PANEL FRAME
PANEL 1
Close-up of CLAIRE throwing her pen away against a violent, clashing primary-colour background.

CLAIRE: "I've had ENOUGH!"

PANEL 2
INT: The Apartment
MARTEN and PINTSIZE are looking out of the KITCHEN at CLAIRE, who is on the couch, cradling her head in both hands; there is a pile of manuscripts on the coffee table.

MARTEN: "Claire! What is it?"

PINTSIZE: "Maybe it's that time of the grading cycle again?"

CLAIRE: "No matter how many of these damn things I mark, the Professor dumps more on me! Why did I agree to be a TA? It's driving me crazy!"

PINTSIZE: "Yup! Called it."

PANEL 3
MARTEN is now sitting on the couch with his arm around CLAIRE's shoulders.

MARTEN: "Honey, I know that you feel that you need to be the A-grade, top-average student but none of this is worth it if it makes you miserable!"

CLAIRE: "But... I need to get all the extra credit that I can for this course, Marten! You know how important this is for me!"

PANEL 4
MARTEN has now pulled CLAIRE into a one-armed hug, kissing the top of her head. CLAIRE's eyes are closed and she's obviously enjoying the contact.

MARTEN: "Seriously, Claire, you are born for this! You have so much natural talent and dedication that I don't think you need to worry about extra credit! You're gonna graduate top of the class and, before long, you'll be the stern, unapproachable head librarian that all the students fear but secretly lust for!"

CLAIRE: *Giggles*

PANEL 5
CLAIRE is now straddling MARTEN's lap and grinning at him.

CLAIRE: "Marten, that's a lovely thing to say but is this really your appreciation for me as a librarian talking or one your 'The Strict Head Librarian and Her Shy Administrator' fantasies?"

MARTEN: "There is that, in-Dewey-tably! I'm serious, though, Claire; you're going to do great so long as you don't burn yourself out! You're gonna do this!"

PANEL 6
CLAIRE is kissing MARTEN on the cheek. PINTSIZE is looking on from bottom right of panel with a despondent expression

CLAIRE: "That's so sweet, Marten! I know whose stacks I'm gonna be re-arranging tonight!"

PINTSIZE: "Huh. Looks like I'm going to be book-ing a 'bed' in the closet again tonight!"

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