03/26/20 – On Not Shooting People

Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 26, 2020.




Some times a box-bot can never seem to come out on top… until a coyote comes along.


  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Ruddock wants a shooter uh? Without thousands of hours of practice and the ability to disassemble and reassemble once cleaned along with passing fire arms tests and licensing.

    Let’s see how Ruddock handles it.

    1. Mr. Scott

      Looks like the first step was to travel an unknown number of light-years away from Earth law enforcement.

      Though a lack of training and of development of *appropriate* reflexes means that when he gets stressed and the fight-or-flight response kicks in and temporarily shuts down his cortex, likely he won’t even remember that he has a gun.

      Unless the author helps him out.

  2. FlySwatter

    Easily the funniest strip so far in this story. From “I can’t give anyone but Emily a gun” to literally hopping out into the room and pushing them to anyone that strolls by; including Ruddock. Two things I can’t wait to see now: the costumes and how this weaponized approxiscan collar plays out.

      1. Mr. Scott

        Not sure whether being less intelligent would make the bots more or less likely to want to take over.
        After considering what a ruler / despot has to deal with (resource allocation, in charge of and responsible for *everything*, multiple crises, killing underlings means training replacements, assassination attempts, …), I rather suspect being smarter makes one *less* likely to want the job.

  3. Libby

    I just wanted to thank you for still posting every day, Chris. Your comics are how I’ve started my day for the past (mumble mumble mumble) years. (WAY back to Little Dee) It’s nice to still have this piece of “normal” during these times.

  4. Muzhik

    Ruddock’s expression is very much like what my cat does when I’m finishing breakfast and he’s hoping hoping hoping that I’ll leave some yolk on the plate and ask him to clean it off.

  5. Pete Rogan

    Did I say I despised furniture that talks back to you AND spits out guns?

    Well, I perfectly CONDEMN furniture that tries to talk you into taking a gun it’s holding. I mean, what does it think it is? A Second Amendment PRINTER that can staple you to weaponry?

    It’s hard to come up with a more dastardly device. And YES, I’m counting the fact that it seems to be able to FOLLOW YOU AROUND and HOUND YOU into GETTING ARMED!! Geeze. Box-bot, you’d last about five minutes in the streets of my old ‘hood. They’d empty you like you were Santa’s sack on the sidewalk.

  6. Keith

    Hopefully this has some well measured steps that match how coyotes do things. From play nip and fully graduated to “I am going to beat the ground into submission with your bones then eat the bones and beat that into submission”

  7. Muzhik

    Well, you know that Rudock can’t be given a pistol or even the space equivalent of an AK-47. Why not? In a word, “precision aiming”. (I know that’s two words, but work with me here.) Specifically, “lack of”. He needs something that’s effective in general. For example, a flamethrower. He just needs to remember to turn it off before he turns around.

    “Ruddock! Quick! Come here! NO! WAIT! AAHHHGGHH…..”

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