Irregular Webcomic! #1793 Rerun

Comic #1793

Yes, it's that time of year again: Time for our regular Lovecraft-inspired Christmas carol. This one is based on the tune Santa Claus is Coming to Town. The images, as last year, are from vintage Christmas cards. As you can see from these unaltered old cards, they had some amazing insights into what was really happening back then. I especially like the fact that the two cutesy girls tossing snowballs are, when you examine the card closely, in fact crazed Cthulhu cultists.

And for a special bonus, we've actually recorded the song this year. With our own special musical arrangement. It's available as Irregular Podcast! #16.

2018-08-10 Rerun commentary: Looking at this again, I'm a bit embarrassed by the slightly tortured scansion. But hey, Cthulhu-esque carols should be all about the nasty effects on one's brain. The lyrics font, by the way, is Santa's Big Secret from Blambot. In case you want a font that informs you that Santa's Big Secret is that he's a high-ranking Cthulhu cultist.

Irregular Webcomic! #3883

Comic #3883

Meet Scully, my new poodle puppy. I know you were expecting a comic, but I have some important news, and the easiest way to make sure people see it is to insert it as a regular new "comic". I've decided to put new Irregular Webcomic! strips on hiatus for the remainder of 2018. My wife and I recently got this toy poodle puppy, and neither of us had the experience nor were prepared for how much work it is to raise a puppy into a well-balanced and behaved dog. The first two nights we had Scully I had zero hours of sleep, and since then I've been operating on maybe four hours a night every night. I am constantly tired, and during the day it's almost impossible to concentrate on anything other than looking after Scully and trying to catch her before she toilets inside the house. It's simply not possible for me to make new IWC comics until we get her fully house trained - which I understand may take a couple of months or more. And I expect it will take a while after that to get back into some sort of productive routine and rebuild my comic buffer. I expect this will also affect the recently announced change to the update schedule of Eavesdropper as well, and I will probably put that on hiatus too. For the moment, I am going to try to keep up production of Darths & Droids without interruption. It's my most popular work by far, and it's the least production intensive while I am at home, as most of the work gets done in the lunch room at work. I'll also continue to accept and publish comics for Lightning Made of Owls (and check out the comic submission contest!), The Dinosaur Whiteboard, and iToons. Square Root of Minus Garfield will also continue uninterrupted under the administration of Manyhills. My IWC buffer is now zero, with #3882 the last one I made. So that will be the last new comic for 2018. At the moment, I plan to restart new comics from 1 January 2019 - though it's possible that plan may change. In the meantime, I'll increase the rerun schedule to every day. Sorry to have to do this, but I need to in order to cope with my current situation. Apart from raising a puppy and the resulting lack of free time, things are fine in my life, and there's nothing to worry about. Oh, and yes, we don't just have Scully. We also adopted a kitten, which we named Mulder. They get into some arguments, but at other times they get along nicely. Scully and Mulder

Irregular Webcomic! #1792 Rerun

Comic #1792

Fair enough. Any woman would be.

2018-08-09 Rerun commentary: The intended story implication here is that Dr Smith tied up Monty really well, so he couldn't escape, knowing that he'd be the first one to try to struggle out of his bonds. But she deliberately tied the elder Joneses more loosely, so that they would be able to get out of their ropes without too much difficulty. All of this is cleverly designed so that the Joneses will be able to follow Dr Smith and the Nazis... but not too closely so as to tip the Nazis off that Dr Smith was deliberately setting it up this way. She's much more cunning than anyone realises.

Irregular Webcomic! #1791 Rerun

Comic #1791

We're all dwarves deep down inside.

Aren't we?


2018-08-08 Rerun commentary: This is one time when I think the joke might be improved by the addition of a penultimate beat panel. "Seeya" or the more articulate "see you", or even "see you later" or "see you round", are curious parting sayings. I don't speak for other dialects, but they're extremely common in Australian English - even if you know that the person you are saying it to is someone you're unlikely to ever meet again. "Seeya" is my own go-to parting saying, and I use it with taxi drivers, staff at restaurants I'll likely never visit again, and various random strangers in places I'll probably never go to again. I've occasionally pondered about how illogical it is to tell someone that you'll never see again that you will see them later. But that's just part of how language works. It isn't always literal.

Irregular Webcomic! #1789 Rerun

Comic #1789

The background image here is a royalty-free stock photo from stock.xchg. Thanks to the photographer, zoxel, for making his photos available for use.

2018-08-06 Rerun commentary: You can't even see much of that background image. I think these days I would have just created the background from scratch in Photoshop, if I didn't use one of my own photos. Actually, looking ahead into the next few strips, I can see why I chose to use this background photo. But I'll leave you in suspense for now...