11/25/19 – Thank goodness Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 25, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/11/2019-11-25-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Run run run! First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 11/21/19 – Stupid Stitch 11/26/19 – Thinking They Did 24 Comments ronald November 25, 2019 at 12:21 am 3 years ago So if indicates Spanish, that means she’s been speaking English to herself. Okay. KQY November 25, 2019 at 8:23 am 3 years ago We all have chips, so we can understand anything anyone says. 🙂 Kaidah November 25, 2019 at 8:24 am 3 years ago It indicates people who are speaking without benefit of a translation device. Christopher Baldwin November 25, 2019 at 10:26 am 3 years ago Yes, what @KQY and @Kaidah said. In every series, I’ve used the brackets to indicate the language the person is speaking without the chip, and then drop it when they receive the translation device because they are part of the universal understanding pool. But they are still speaking their language, it would just be too hard and unattractive to read the strip with brackets and footnotes several times every single page for every different human and every different alien. Jude November 25, 2019 at 12:33 am 3 years ago Screw up your courage doesn’t mean screwing the whole thing up. That’s Nogg’s job and he does it so well. Coyoty November 25, 2019 at 1:27 am 3 years ago They should be safe. They don’t have homes to crush. They should still follow her if they want to avoid Biker Puppies from Not Mars. They’ll get to meet a space cop and her talking coyote and fly away in a big metal shed. No, that’s okay, Doctor, the restraints are comfortable. Ray Radlein November 25, 2019 at 4:37 am 3 years ago Does that pun work in Spanish? Is “screw up” a thing there? Garth Hill November 25, 2019 at 8:15 am 3 years ago not to worry, i’m sure the Spanish have never screwed up anything, Ray. Christopher Baldwin November 25, 2019 at 10:30 am 3 years ago @Ray, well… so I’m always making little micro-decisions with the strip. With plays on words and idioms, I work with english, no matter where they’re from. I mean, especially with wordplay where words have two meanings or sound like other words, it would just be too much to even attempt that. So, like the universal translator, I simply made a decision to work with the language I’m writing in (mind you, every now and then I do throw in idioms from the location they are from) Hinoron August 2, 2021 at 11:17 pm 10 months ago Did one of those little micro-revisions remove the setup for the punchline’s joke? Alan November 25, 2019 at 6:40 am 3 years ago I know it’s not pertinent to the current story-line but there’s a kangaroo out for blood. https://wreg.com/2019/11/22/mississippi-officials-warn-of-runaway-kangaroo/ Christopher Baldwin November 25, 2019 at 10:27 am 3 years ago @Alan, ha! Oh no! shoop November 25, 2019 at 10:41 am 3 years ago I don’t understand the joke at the end. What does screwing up *or* “screw up your courage” have to do with what is going on? Seems like a non-sequitur Christopher Baldwin November 25, 2019 at 11:20 am 3 years ago @Shoop, Perhaps it’s weak today. But basically the premise is he is just standing there saying “oh” rather than having the courage to help her. Nomi November 25, 2019 at 11:45 am 3 years ago @ChristopherBaldwin, I’m glad you added that. I had the same question. Is this one of those strips that was originally the first half of a longer one? and if so, does the next half clarify? Christopher Baldwin November 25, 2019 at 11:48 am 3 years ago @Nomi, it is a bit. I mean, this is the first half of a page, and it does all work together as a scene. But still, this punchline could’ve been done better. I think I was too pleased with the wordplay on “screw up” to recognize it might be weak as a whole (but by golly, I hoped!). 🙂 shoop November 26, 2019 at 11:27 am 3 years ago Thanks Christopher! Sorry it didn’t land for me. Your gags are usually really strong so that’s what I was looking for, but it’s ok to have something a little tenuous occasionally. Seems like most other commenters got it anyway. Pete Rogan November 25, 2019 at 8:22 pm 3 years ago If you ever have a conversation with a sleepy hobo in an alley at night, I doubt you’ll find the dialog worthy of Christopher Marlowe either. I love a good prolonged chase. I’m still waiting for a successor to the pre-automotive chase scene in “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum,” with grain milling, laundry, and several changes of horses thrown in. And no, “What’s Up, Doc?” doesn’t come close. Julia November 25, 2019 at 9:40 pm 3 years ago I am really enjoying the narration that you do at the top of the strip. Your sound effects are amazing. And it is interesting to see what you think is important enough to describe and what you leave unsaid. For example, you describe the race of the homeless people and indicate that one of them could be male or female. But you didn’t mention one of the things that I find the most interesting about Aitana’s parents–that they are different races. ronald November 26, 2019 at 9:32 am 3 years ago “you didn’t mention one of the things that I find the most interesting about Aitana’s parents–that they are different races” Well, he conveyed it through the art so he knew we’d catch on without him mentioning it in conversation too. 😉 Christopher Baldwin November 26, 2019 at 9:38 am 3 years ago Ronald, I believe Julia meant in the audio recording for the seeing impaired — who wouldn’t be able to see that. ronald November 26, 2019 at 10:28 am 3 years ago I missed that part, sorry. 😐 Christopher Baldwin November 26, 2019 at 10:29 am 3 years ago No worries! Jeffrey Klein November 26, 2019 at 12:38 am 3 years ago In The Adventures of Tintin, Spielberg gave us a beautiful one involving a falcon, buildings sliding down a hillside, a motorcycle and a bazooka – three minutes of the scene are a single shot. 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