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Chapter 5: “Lair of the Insectaurs”

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Welcome to the fifth episode of Accidental Centaurs: “Lair of the Insectaurs”!

If you’ve been following the comic for any time, you’ll know that “Lair of the Insectaurs” was the first story in the comic’s original continuity, debuting with Alex and Sam on January 15, 2002. A lot has changed since then, for both me and the oatmunchers, so I felt it was time to revisit this story and try to tell the tale I mean to tell, oh so many years ago.

If you remember that story and are wondering “why would I want to read that again?”, keep in mind that just because the title is the same, it doesn’t mean that the contents will be the same. Look at the difference between versions of Battlestar Galactica. See? Night and day! Stick with it, I think your patience will be rewarded.

Trust me… this one’s gonna be Edward James Olmos, not Lorne Greene.

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And so it begins…

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First thing I know you noticed… “Waitaminit… where’s the color?”

Second thing: “Waitaminit!! Where’s the inks?!”

In order to get the story done in a timely manner (and this one is shaping up to be a biggie), I’m posting tight pencils, rather than inked and colored pages. There’s two reasons for going this route:

  • The art is more dynamic. It’s a known fact that the penciled version of a page is usually more vibrant and dynamic than the finished inked version. The pencil lines seem to hold more energy and vitality in them, and it kind of leaks out when inked. Look at some of Jack Kirby’s pencils, and you’ll see what I mean. While I am by no means putting myself in the same league as The King, the principle applies.
  • It’s faster. I can turn a page around in half to a third of the time it would take me to ink and color. Faster turnaround means the strip doesn’t get hung up on a complex page and I can keep the schedule going.

Since the way I make money here is by collecting the strips and selling books, I’ll do the ink and paint stages in preparation for that.

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Mysteries

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As big of an airplane geek (especially when it comes to big Boeing birds), I had to look this one up. For some reason, I was thinking that the 707 had CFM56 engines… of course, that’s wrong because CFM didn’t even exist until the 1970s…

See the level of detail I go to just because I love each and every one of you out there in Webcomics Land?

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Questions you really don’t want the answers to

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Namely, Sam’s questions about “What happened to the passengers and crew?” Doncha just know that we’re going to find out? And it’s not going to be a nice answer, either?

Anyhoo… if you’re in the United States, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you, but Turkey Day is probably my favorite holiday (right up there with the Fourth of July). Usually, I get myself gorged on Meleagris gallopavo domesticus and then drag my sorry tyrptophan-soaked butt to a couch for a binge of Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes!

Also, today is the 49th anniversary of the debut of Doctor Who

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Falling down

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I just want to clarify something. One of the ideas I had for otherSpace was that physical constants were different in that universe from here in ours. So, the plane crashed because the wings weren’t generating enough lift. It basically stalled and crashed. They’d either need bigger wings or more airspeed.

Also, I love Sam with her arms spread out playing airplane.

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Voices of the past

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Well, we’re back! It’s been too frakkin’ long since I got behind the drawing table, but I managed to squeeze it into my schedule somehow.

By the way, one of the reasons I’ve been update-less can be found here! I didn’t draw this, but boy-oh-boy-ar-dee do I wish I had this kind of talent!

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That link is for the site I put together for Stephanie Gladden’s new webcomic Girls of Monster Paradise. Some of you in the furry community might remember Stepahnie’s comic book Hopster’s Tracks. She also does Jingle Belle every year with Paul Dini (how’s that for name-dropping?), which is about Santa Claus’ rebellious teenage daughter (and is even more fun than that description makes it out to be!)

Well, Steph is back with a delightful blend of monster movies, tiki design and good girl art in Girls of Monster Paradise. I’ve been wanting to see this break through to the light of day ever since she showed it to me several years ago, and I’m honored to have played a small role in bringing that to fruition.

Check it out! You won’t be disappointed!!

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Descent

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Well, it’s about frakkin’ time, right?

Yup.

Now that the studio is back to operational, I’m running out of excuses for not having the strip updated. If all goes well, I’ll actually be able to build up a backlog (which I’ve heard of… Never actually seen one in the Real World… Well, there’s Bill Holbrook, but if you ask some people, he’s either a robot or an alien…)

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Limitations

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Okay, so there’s no such thing as the Blinovitch Limitation Effect. Unless you’re in the universe of Doctor Who. Now that think about it, I did drop a reference to Lenny palling around with everyone’s favorite Time Lord… That’d be a heckuva crossover, wouldn’t it? And by the way, the way Lenny is explaining how the effect works isn’t exactly correct according to Doctor Who canon. This leads me to tend toward Alex’s explanation…

However, there is a Monty Hall problem. It’s a real problem that’s studied in game theory, an field of mathematics that has studies probability and decision making.

I’d love to have a scientific phenomena named for one of my creations. I can see it now: The Accidental Centaurs Effect. It probably has something to do with the regular and timely availability of a serialized entertainment offering.

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A taxing situation

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Get it? Because it’s April 15…

Get it?

*sigh*

I would say my humor is wasted on this audience, but honestly, that wasn’t a very funny joke… I needed something for the tagline and I couldn’t think of anything about Alton Brown that was appropriate…

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Honing the plot

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After Monday’s rather lame blog post, I’ve decided to keep the cheezy jokes and clichéd plots where they belong: in the comic.

By the way… this is how this part of the story appeared in the original version of the story—many, many, many moons ago…

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Wow. Did I really draw like that?!?

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Revelation

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Sam’s insectaur form came from two inspirations. Originally, she was going to look like one of the other bugs, but just “Sam-ized” so you know it’s her.

chanthoThen, I was watching a rerun of the Doctor Who episode “Utopia” on BBC America and saw the alien Chantho. I decided that Sam needed to look more like that than a housefly, so…

I seem to get a lot of ideas from Doctor Who… Go fig.