Comic 199 - Prætention: The Webcomic

8th Feb 2011, 6:00 PM in Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey
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Prætention: The Webcomic

Huh. This costume isn't actually too bad. Except now I'm one of the most minor characters in the whole series. Kyon's sister doesn't even have a *name*, for Haruhi's sake.

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Author Notes:

@snowyowl: "I'll say you're only entitled to be prætentious if you're more than 1300 years old." How convenient, then, that the Author is immortal. Oh, and that's "mediæval". ;)

Why, yes, the next page will be an elaborate Flash animation. And yes, it will take me an obscenely long time to make because animation is much, much harder than regular webcomic production. Do not expect it to arrive on the regular schedule.
EDIT: It turns out Flash is absofrellinglutely impossible to use, so page 200 will be absofrellinglutely impossible to make. Frell.
EDIT APPENDING TO THE PREVIOUS EDIT: I bought a book about Flash, such that I can learn how to use this insane contraption. We are doing this; we are making this happen.
EDIT APPENDING TO THAT EDIT: Okay, turns out Flash isn't hard to use. It's just the most pointlessly dysfunctional program in history.
To be precise, it's a vector animation program which cannot tween vectors. This makes absofrellinglutely no sense: tweening vectors should really be easy, because vectors are just maths which the system fully understands and should be able to interpolate.
Nonetheless, Flash, a program for animating vectors, can't actually animate vectors. This is ENTIRELY ANALOGOUS to a word processor which cannot have text entered into it, or to a Web browser which cannot render HTML pages. Thus, I have to do all the animation manually, even when using it, so it's just like not using an animation program at all. Thus, the animation is going to be terrible, because I can't animate stuff very effectively.

The æ ligature has been scientifically proven to be the most prætentious of all ligatures.


9th Feb 2011, 8:52 AM
While the Late Latin spelling was "prætensus", by medieval times (in this case, AD 700-1500), it had already mutated into "pretentionem". So if anyone asks my opinion, I'll say you're only entitled to be prætentious if you're more than 1300 years old.

9th Feb 2011, 2:04 PM
Funny story, the æ ligature was the _first_ letter of the English language that I learned, as a child. Years later, when I went to the third grade of the elementary school and began studying English, I was really surprised to learn that English is actually written with characters that form a subset of the alphabet used for Finnish.

5th Mar 2011, 3:40 PM
Hey, are you still around?

it appears

21st May 2011, 12:27 AM
that whoever snowy owl was addressing on 3rd March was not still around...
@author I love that the characters are picking on the author - i love that liking Twilight is so humiliating...

21st May 2011, 12:28 AM
oh and I love the whole ae thing - how do you even make that?



Bob: This theme is entirely stupid.
The Author: That was a reasonable approximation of the response I expected from you.

Bob: You expect me to put on one of those stupid costumes and humiliate myself in front of the readers.
The Author: You like Twilight. Nothing even I may do will humiliate you further.

Bob: Well, I'm not doing it, I'm just going to stand here and refer to everything as "stupid"...
The Author: You should have used a semicolon instead of a comma there!
Also, that was not a valid ellipsis. They're supposed to be like this: "…"
Bob: Still not doing it.

The Author: I *can* just force my will upon you, since I'm an omnipotent Author.
Bob: But it's so stupid, Fred and me have practically the same costumes!
The Author: Fred and *I*.

Bob: You're correcting my every grammatical error, yet you're characterising *me* as a jerkass?
You're not just a jerk, you're a *pretentious* jerk!

The Author: Actually, it's "prætentious".
From the Latin!
Bob: ... yeah, I'm just going to join in the stupid fruit-punch-induced dance now.

Bob: Oh, and if you call it a "darnce", I swear I will punch you in the face.


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