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Wait, What Happened?
by Carapace

Dear Regular Readers:

I know you're there. All, what, 10 of you? That's cool. I really appreciate it, even if you never comment (although I would LOVE it if you'd comment).

Only now I can't know you're there, because some freak occurrence just spiked my readership into the stratosphere for ONE DAY while I was out of town.

So now I am actively begging for any knowledge: What just happened?!? Whence cometh the brief influx of new readers? Was it a tech glitch? What, in short, the heck?

...None of them commented either, so I don't know! And I doubt they're the staying type. I like YOU, regular reader. Stick around, the plot's thicking.

Coming this Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday
by Carapace

An update! Shock!

And the week after that...another update! Yes! I can do it! I think I'll be able to do it all summer, because NaNoManGo has me on a roll.

Here's the thing, though- alternating weeks will be an Extras-y kind of update. Q&A, or goofy sketches, or something. I really want to update EVERY Wednesday, and I'm trying to build enough pages to do that-- but it's going to take a few weeks of alternating filler.

 

So! Any particular filler requests? Can't promise anything- I'm doing these to save time, after all, so I have to go with what's quick. But I will be listening at the comments for suggestions!

Planning for THE FUTURE
by Carapace

Missing three weeks? Not cool, not cool.

But I'm actually loading up a page buffer, so when I start posting pages again next week (I post on Wednesdays, fokes. If I can't post Wednesday, I won't post.) I can draw off hidden internet storage mystery space, and not worry about actually uploading files on the whim of a cruel and uncaring Sky-God. Or getting hacked by my own recalcitrant mortal form, as, yes, happened today. You're a jerk, mortal form!

When *I* am an Internet Sky God, there will be some changes made, yo. Until then, I can only lay plans for my future world domina-- er, actual update schedule.

RAAIIIN!
by Carapace

Yep, it's raining on prom night- er, update day over here again. And has BEEN raining, for the last week +. This alone would not be so bad-- hey, I can draw in the rain!-- but bad weather knocks out our hilarious excuse for an internet something harsh. I've not been able to upload...well, anything today. That pic last night? Took five tries.

ARRRGH, and so forth.

So! Next time I get a clear internet window, I'll be Stashing pages ahead like crazy. In the meantime, uh...thanks for your patience, and I'll try to get something up tonight, with the understanding that 'tonight' means before I fall asleep in frustrated exhaustion, or until the power cuts out again*.


RAAAAIIIINI!

* Ok, I can draw in the rain SOMEtimes.

Voice of The
by Carapace

Wooo! It's the earliest I've ever been late! Celebrate! Yeah!

Next Wednesday, art extras! Maybe some Ask sketches, if anyone has 'em!  I don't know, I'm mad with power and almost-punctuality here! There's a comment link at the bottom of the page, at the verrrry bottom, where only smart people and ninjas can find it, but like I've said before, my readers are geniuses.

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I've been watching Legend of Korra, as last week's journal might have hinted, and--NO SPOILERS! No spoilers! I promise! Come back!-- and one of the many many thiings that's amused me about it has been the voice of the announcer. You know, the one who does the "Previously On" intros.

I'm guessing everyone watching Korra recognizes that voice as being Old Timey Radio Broadcaster Voice-- but WHY? Who sounded like that? Was it a fad, like people in the forties liking to sing about monkeys (which, seriously people of the 1940s, what happened there)? Was it one guy, like Don LaFontaine, who was just so iconic and pervasive that now he's all anyone knows? When did that voice become THE voice? Why do we all recognize it?

And how many Voices like that existed before the advent of sound recording? Surely there were town criers or preachers whose vocal patterns called up a particular decade or time even before sound recording kicked in. Maybe some actors or touring singers? What did the past sound like, to the people then? Who was their 'In A World Where' guy? Heck, who's ours, these days? Will the modern era have distinctive voices that represent entire industries, like Radio Patter Man, or have we diversified too much for that?

Voices mean a lot to setting- and, aside from a few tweaks to speech patterns, or carefully deployed varying fonts, they're something comics are denied.  That's a dangerous path, too; too far in those woods and you turn into Claremont's X-Men, which...is great for Claremont's X-Men. But my very favorite comics manage to work with it anyway, at least enough that I can figure out who's talking in disembodied dialogue.


And these are the things I think about at 4:30 am, when I should be cooking! To bacon with me!