11/02/16 Mauricio Welcomed In




I am having SO much fun drawing Bikkie. πŸ™‚

Well, this weekend we’ll be done with Beulah, and on to other pastures. In sad news, after two fires we also had another issue: Bongo, one of the super-sweet cats we are sitting was having trouble breathing, and so we took him to the vet and he was diagnosed with lymphoma, with only a few weeks to live. We haven’t known him long, but we’re very sad. It’s been a stressful and difficult month, but also lovely: the town, the walks, the jalpeno poppers, and getting to know the two furry friends we’ve been watching over.


  1. Keith

    Tamatoe Tuhmato tamater ‘mater what ever…I call it alpaca ranching the froo froo crowd that show them call them farms. πŸ™‚ Why yes, yes I do have a small (due to undercapitalizing) herd of alpaca. Why did I go into a niche market.

  2. @Jonesy, for the life of me I can’t remember this reference, if I’ve seen it. Rhyming pirates? (and no, that is not my plan)

    @Caribouchat, haze, according to my dictionary is: “force (a new or potential recruit to the military, a college fraternity, etc.) to perform strenuous, humiliating, or dangerous tasks: rookies were mercilessly hazed.”

    It was a pretty big issue in the US, and I’m sure still is in places, but the states seemed to really work to crack down on it in the 80s and 90s.

    @Herandar, yeah, I was actually wondering about that. I mean, if you have them for a circus costume, and you do a lot of headstands and such, it would make sense that they’d have an understructure so as to remain rigid, but I don’t know if this is an actual practice. πŸ™‚

    1. The Gorram Batguy

      I fear you’re in for disappointment. Right now, I’m convinced of three things.
      One, Bikkie alone is buff and insane enough to beat a crew of pirates into a pulp just by himself (so long as none of them gets in a lucky shot).
      Two, I’m convinced that the reason for Bikkie’s sudden “nose powdering” is precisely to take him out of this first fight so we can see Mauricio shine, or rather his arm shine while his stands there in horror, probably.
      Three, whether against pirates or some other violent band, I’m sure you will yet see your Bikkie – Blood-Stick-Arm combat duo yet. It will likely be messy.

  3. andreas

    I was going to ask – when will Nogg’s deja vus end – but then remembered that this was basically answered in the prologue. Smart money is on Nogg being dumped into a fertilizer transport ship at some point – like deja vu all over again.

    Ah, double-layered comedy. We get to laugh – and feel nostalgic at the same time for the hilarity from all those years ago. Hey, it worked beautifully for the Star Wars remake (granted most of the comedy there was unintentional).

  4. @Andreas, yeah, the beginning follows a lot of the same format, which is fun (and funny to me), and also I think ties in the two runs. While at the same time, I had zero interest in bringing back Spacetrawler until I decided to bring in an entirely new human cast. The old! The new! Good times.

    Although I expect once the REAL mission begins to be undergone, it will become less and less self-referential, and fully manifest in the milkshake of its own being. πŸ™‚

      1. The Gorram Batguy

        They’re interplanetary girl scouts here to lay claim to Nogg’s outstanding debt. Muaricio will be shocked into thinking they’re evil because of their intimidating alien body forms. The arm will be convinced they’re evil because Thin Mints are so addictive, it’s clearly an evil scheme.
        This unintentional agreement will unlock the carnage.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Bikkie definitely has too much optimism to a dangerous level. A few are born that way from time-to-time and they are like that to a foolishly high level. They usually don’t have long lives, they take too many chances.

    Alpaca farm? So they found a way to gene engineer plants with animals so you can grow alpacas? Those sneaky Peruvians! Now that I would be interested in seeing.

  6. Keith, Night-Gaunt49, Muzhik: I hear what you’re saying, but according to my dictionary and research, both are accurate, and I like and am comfortable with “farm.” And ranch often implies a larger facility, as well as “in North America,” and doesn’t feel right for what i imagine him doing.

  7. Muzhik

    @Night-Gaunt49, well, we are clearly told in the prologue that Mauricio BOUGHT the alpaca farm.

    … didn’t he? …

    … and I feel I should point out at this part of the story that:

    Kangaroos are herbivores.

    They spend their days grazing grass, nibbling on leaves, and having long philosophical conversations . (In fact, based on my experience, Bikkie would fit in PERFECTLY with any college philosophy faculty.) Which explains the razor-sharp hind claws, as most herbivores are simply a walking (or running, or hopping) buffet for the prey animals. Some smaller kangaroos and ‘roo-variants will eat insects and the like, but not red kangaroos (which Bikkie is).

    So while we may see major slashing and goring by Bikkie, we will not see him wandering through the ship gnawing on the armbone-analog of the latest pirate attacker. Unless, of course, said pirate attacker was raised on one of those amazing Peruvian farms you mentioned dedicated to abominations of science.

      1. Muzhik

        Like I said: fits in perfectly with any college philosophy faculty group as is, blood stick arm fascination and all.

        Bikkie MIGHT fit in with most college English faculty, provided they can be convinced that his speech patterns are related to some form of performance art.

  8. Jonesy

    George Lucas, regarding the new trilogy, said that his intention was to mimick the old trilogy so that the new movies rhyme with them.

    What I meant with ‘lucasing’ is that you are now telling a story of another voyage made by abducted Earthlings and it starts the same way as the first one.

  9. Frank

    And pretend Jabby is your sheers, yeah that’ll work

    The pirates seem to be in the same part of space as last time, I’m surprised they didn’t learn to avoid them… then again, it is Gurf driving

    On the other hand, yay new space expeletives!

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