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New page of Parallax up on Patreon, along with a few other finished pages that I should get around to putting up for public view, and roughs for the next few pages!

This morning I got stoned and decided that a galaxy-pattern catsuit under the bathrobe I still hadn't bothered changing out of was a really good fashion choice for the morning. Then Nick said I looked like a far-future Arthur Dent who has truly become a hoopy frood who knows where his towel is. Because really, what is a bathrobe but a towel you can wear? He had it with him *all along*.

When he's not travelling, that spacesuit is *always* with him. It probably converts into a useful backpack or something. Because after what he's survived, there is *no* way Arthur would want to let that thing out of his possession. Ever.

It has been Made Safe.


This is my reference key so I can remember which colors are going which way. When I want to see the evolving illustration in its FULL HIDEOUS GLORY I just have to alt-drag the B&W versions of the styles over the corresponding flat-color versions, one by one, and I will briefly sear my eyeballs.

The area I'm drawing is *not* hospitable to the main characters, and I want you to feel just as alienated and out-of-place as they do.

Well this set of pattern fills isn't going to be eye-aching to work with in the slightest. Nosirree.

These rectangles are all perfectly horizontal; any curving you see is caused by bugs in your visual cortex.

I am really glad I know ways to use nice solid placeholder gradients instead of trying to draw with this directly.

my to do list for today is off to a fine start Show more


hurricane news, the continuing exploits of Florida Man

I found the best wifi name ever while I was sitting outside the Cap Hill Solstice. It may even be better than my own wifi, "🏳️‍🌈🐉🏳️‍🌈".

I am not going to take the giant tome that is “The Annotated Watchmen” out of the library but I am going to flip through it. Gibbons’ description of how quickly the story diverged from their plans makes me feel a lot better about how much Parallax has changed since we started the comic, let alone since the initial pitch.

Hey : has anyone out there ever changed the invite generation code to not allow people to generate invitations that are good for an infinite number of uses?

I've tracked down where the form is submitted and can delete stuff from the collection in the max_uses input to have fewer options for how many users, but can't figure out how to make "infinity" not an option. If I remove the 'prompt: I18n.t('invites.max_uses_prompt')' part then it just comes up with a dropdown with a nameless first option, which generates an infinite-use invite.

Book thoughts: When Gravity Fails. Show more

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

“Psychological Warfare”, Paul Linebarger, 1948.

Some things never change.

A little light reading for a rainy day

went okay despite me blowing most of the day on video games. Just got some backgrounds left and that's another page down.

When I left the house this morning, only the top two panels of this page were as you see them. continues to go well!

so apparently I downloaded a copy of the Soul Reaver soundtrack back in 2009 and never got around to dropping it into iTunes

It sure is a lot of GOTH BACKGROUND AMBIENCE, damn.