12/19/19 – Ship Rules Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, December 19, 2019. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2019/12/2019-12-19-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent It’s a relief to have a young character in this story, someone who can unabashedly naturally just laugh. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 12/18/19 – Book 9 Chapter 2 — Durnheim-3 12/23/19 – Food Synths 23 Comments Coyoty December 19, 2019 at 12:11 am 4 years ago Don’t worry, the others will also have a second shower when you shake yourself dry. ronald December 19, 2019 at 12:30 am 4 years ago Sure, Aitana can laugh NOW, but if Ruddock ever decides that she poses a “serious” treat to Emily’s authority, he won’t be nearly so cute. After all, Emily’s the Alpha of their “pack” and as every canine knows, YOU MUST OBEY THE ALPHA. Zinc December 19, 2019 at 3:51 am 4 years ago Very much liked Ruddock’s lines and expressions in this one! (also true in general, but this time especially) FlySwatter December 19, 2019 at 6:30 am 4 years ago Curses! ernesto December 19, 2019 at 7:28 am 4 years ago Double curses! Kaidah December 19, 2019 at 8:28 am 4 years ago Is there anything better in an adventure than a lovable comic relief? CHIPSK8 December 19, 2019 at 8:45 am 4 years ago I love Ruddock KQY December 19, 2019 at 9:03 am 4 years ago They had a home in the desert. Well, a ship. Well, a garden shed. 🙂 I suppose I ought to shower as well. Only once, though, as I am over 12. ronald December 19, 2019 at 9:18 am 4 years ago BTW, if anyone’s interested, according to Google, “Aitana” is Portuguese for “glory.” If no one’s interested, well, that doesn’t really change anything. 😉 Christopher Baldwin September 8, 2023 at 7:03 pm 3 months ago @Ronald, nice! I named her after the mountain range in Spain, but nice to know the meaning too. 🙂 draklerahl December 19, 2019 at 11:01 am 4 years ago Curses! I hope Ruddock sticks around and is a full member of the crew like Binkie steve gallacci December 19, 2019 at 11:05 am 4 years ago Coyote comic relief. Wonder if there is a groomer’bot on board, might change his mind about getting a shower? Will he get scritches and cuddle-y with anyone? Don’t quite see any of that from Emily (?) ronald December 19, 2019 at 9:54 pm 4 years ago There’s no telling how many robots are on board; Galactic technology extends as far as sentient doors. Even the approxiscans themselves are, in effect, robots, as seen by the chatty one that Aitana stole and which is presumably safely ensconced in her pocket even now (too bad it’s been programmed to not tell the crew anything about its original owners). If it’s mechanical and it can engage in prolonged conversation, it’s a robot. More or less. 🙂 Hopefully, the artist will eventually depict Emily’s ship’s robots. Perhaps Aitana will insist on being introduced to each and every one of them because, hey, kids, right? Or perhaps Emily will get fed up with her human guests challenging her authority, start putting things to a vote, and then rig the vote with robots programmed to agree with everything she says. Unless they don’t. 🙂 steve gallacci December 19, 2019 at 11:07 am 4 years ago Just thought. Are those houses significant, like people you know? Or just random houses you’ve rendered? I could see fans clamouring to get their houses crushed in the strip. Christopher Baldwin December 19, 2019 at 11:23 am 4 years ago @Steve, I did! It was one of the support levels on my Kickstarter this autumn. 🙂 soweli nasa December 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm 4 years ago When you are lip syncing animals in animation, you kind of have to give them people mouths. They didn’t do that for the recent Lion King and it looked weird. I guess you don’t have to do that for comics. I get the impression that Ruddock’s untranslated language is coyote yips, whines and woofs. Muzhik December 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm 4 years ago Plus the occasional growl. Which I don’t think we’ve experienced yet. Muzhik December 19, 2019 at 7:57 pm 4 years ago Maybe Aitana can convince Ruddock to shower with her. As the “cub” of the pack, she’ll need extra protection against the evil liquid soaking her (admittedly sparse) fur on her arms and legs. If she can learn to give a good coyote massage, he might learn to enjoy the showers. Night-Gaunt49 December 19, 2019 at 9:27 pm 4 years ago Soweli Nasa, with CGI you can make any mouth sync to the words. What they do with foreign animation too. Or make the animal fully CGI these days. Ruddock is a great foil and the way he is drawn the stances and expressions sell the character. ronald December 20, 2019 at 8:52 am 4 years ago Out of nowhere, maybe Emily has some holo-recordings (or whatever) of some of her past bad-assery fighting Growp and other characters whom I don’t recall as easily. Viewing those might teach her new crew a thing or two about a thing or two. TB December 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm 4 years ago I’m impressed that the coyote not only knows how old it is in years, but can handle concepts like “under twelve.” A scanner like Emily’s that can apparently tell how old a person is would not be a popular app on Earth. Muzhik December 20, 2019 at 1:28 pm 4 years ago Just found this article this morning. Apparently a guy in Iowa adopted a coyote cub (“Drifter”) that had been abandoned by its pack and is now trying to get permission to keep it as an emotional support animal: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2019/12/19/waterloo-iowa-man-wants-coyote-back-emotional-support-animal/2701010001/ Pete Rogan December 20, 2019 at 8:20 pm 4 years ago You know, this comes to me late. Wouldn’t that approxiscan of the Puppies that Aitana stole know who the Puppies are, where they’re from, and who Kregger is in regards to their scheme? Come to think of it, how much of that scheme DOES that approxiscan know? Time for some machine interrogation. 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