Comic 1428 - Smart dog

16th Oct 2020, 7:01 AM in Spirit of Adventure
Smart dog
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)
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Lackinganame 16th Oct 2020, 7:01 AM edit delete
Well end of this week. Hope you're all set and ready for the weekend, whatever it may have in stored for ya.

(next update 10-19-20)


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Maryalee 16th Oct 2020, 8:03 AM edit delete reply
The physics for what he's describing are PHD level. Suffice to say that reality wouldn't work "quite" the way he is intimating. Quantum physics carries certain theoretical possibilities that time travel *could* potentially be achievable...but only to the past. And that thread is based upon the potential persistence of quantum states of particles. Actually doing it is centuries away if ever.

A year or so ago I started an experiment where I did actually try to keep track of voting patterns of certain comics in the list, for the top, middle, and around the same ranking as GRATZ was then. I stopped doing that for several reasons, one being it was taking up a lot of time I didn't have then, and don't really have now. But while I was doing it I learned a few things that showed me that it was not all that helpful.

1. All of the comics that are in the same ranking range as GRATZ share one thing in common: they are all completely DIFFERENT genres. There is no perceivable cross-over audience there, so no easy way to judge how their voting affects GRATZ's voting.

2. Audience =/= voters. GRATZ consistently out polls the extremely popular comic HOUSEPETS. Housepets has such a large established readership that it easily supports PRINTED BOOKS of collected strips. That audience just doesn't vote in the list, and Rick Griffin doesn't make any efforts to encourage voting. If he did, I would imagine the comic would be hitting in the top 100. But the readership is already such he doesn't need additional exposure.

3. Comics that rate higher have unique traits that grab audiences that gravitate toward those draws. Whether soft-porn, furry, female, fantasy, adventure, you name it. "By The Book" is a DnD gaming-inspired comic, yes; but it's draw is that it's unabashedly soft-porn. GRATZ isn't going to build readership that way. A closer competitor that consistently polls higher than GRATZ is "The Pale", an all black & white comic that emphasizes supernatural horror set in a story about the old west. Not our audience.

While it's tempting to compare against the competition, ultimately in this case it's not that helpful. Based on the best numbers Lacking has given me, GRATZ would be ranking higher *if more of the readership were consistently voting daily.* This is what I've tried to encourage repeatedly in the past, but it's something you just can't force. The best we can do is emphasize how easy it is to register that daily vote, and ask people to do so.
Lackinganame 17th Oct 2020, 11:24 AM edit delete reply
The basic idea for this time travel I went with in this case was. If you build a house and remove the step where you made the walls. The roof falls to the ground and then if you place the wall part after the roof it smashes apart the roof and the wall as both objects try to occupy the same space.

It's just a quick idea, I'm not really big into time travel stories so it's just serving as a chaos excuse to facilitate the story.
Maryalee 18th Oct 2020, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
It works as a story hook without it having to be factually correct. I was mostly just thinking out loud, which I tend to do in person. I'm fascinated by science.
Tyfariel 16th Oct 2020, 8:45 AM edit delete reply
Right, it was Iron Jaw. I thought it was Iron Fang but didn't want to be wrong. And it looks Cer'veja has just given up on whether or not it's even worth trusting an enemy in a dire situation. He's just done.

I'm reaaaally liking the new customization options for the races but I'm kinda sad that only a few get the ability to have scars, jewelry, or makeup. Also, fair warning for other worgen players but the independent options for both forms is a tad bit messed up. Redditors and others on the WoW forum have had success with using only the arrow keys to select options and having it stick, otherwise it gets real weird real quick.
Lackinganame 17th Oct 2020, 11:19 AM edit delete reply
I was a little surprise to see that some of the customization didn't make it into the game. Like a left and right version of things.

But still it's cool.
Tyfariel 18th Oct 2020, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
I didn't realize that. I noticed with one of the ponytail options that it had right and left variations, though. Nowninwish that they'd kept those in.
jawbone 16th Oct 2020, 9:21 AM edit delete reply
Iron Jaw reminds me far too much of Grinner from Rusty and Co, except Grinner is more cunning than smart.
Lackinganame 17th Oct 2020, 11:17 AM edit delete reply
I haven't seen Rusty and Co, But I wouldn't be surprised with any similarity. After all, metal mouth piece has been used by a lot of different characters.
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