Terror Island
"some photos of chess pieces don't want to buy groceries?"
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Strip #78 — Monday, December 11, 2006
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Notes, Thoughts, &c.

Ben's Notes

One of our fans sent me an Instant Message today, complaining that recent strips are boring, and that Terror Island "has lost the wit and charm it once had." We haven't done anything to address these concerns. And we never will.

Lewis's Notes

I was particularly happy with the line "toothpaste isn't groceries" because of the non-agreement in number ("toothpaste" is singular, "groceries" is plural). I don't know why this made me happy with the line, but it seems to be the thing that tickled my fancy.

I am still not happy with our current level of critical acclaim. See, since the strip's humor isn't really accessible to the masses, or even sometimes to Ben and myself, we have basically two remaining avenues to pursue: (a) being the favorite of the intelligentsia in the webcomics community, or (b) being a cult phenomenon. I guess I'd be ok with (b), but, really, that's more like kids in the future unearth the strip and get a 'retro' kick out of pretending they like it. I'd much prefer (a), first off, because it involves actual people sincerely saying nice things about the comic now, rather than hypothetical robot space kids ironically saying them in the future.

Right now our acclaim consists in being able to quote R Stevens as saying the comic is "pretty good," from the San Diego Comic-Con last year, an IOU for a review from the Webcomicker, and that's about it. So, if you are a webcomic reviewer, or would like to be one, why not get started with our strip? Another potential story: Why are both creators of Terror Island, a relatively new webcomic, on the WCCA planning committee? (Note: hard hitting reporters, this is a chance for your big break)

Last note: Guitar Hero got inside my head. To the point where I realize I am subconsciously doing the strumbar and frets for "Crossroads" or "Infected" while walking through a grocery store. And when I close my eyes, I can see the colored discs and trails of "Take it Off" flying at me. Plus I catch myself singing the guitar part to "Cochise" every so often. So, you know, be warned about the addictive tendencies of guitar heroism.

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