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Comic #680

1 Spanners: We need to upgrade the ship's computer's operating system.
1 Paris: Oh no!
1 Serron: Not again!
2 Iki Piki: Does that mean...?
2 Spanners: Yep! I'm jacking us in.
3 {scene change: cyberspace}
3 Serron: Oh man. Why do we have to do this in cyberspace? It's insanely overcomplicated! Can't we just insert a disk and have everything work?
4 Spanners: Have you ever even used a computer?

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This is the space characters' first visit to cyberspace since way back in strip #320. On reflection, it would have made more sense to have Serron be the orange Lego guy, and Iki Piki the one with the blue helmet - since they better match the colours of the painted minis - but it's too late to switch them now.

Hmmm... or is it...? Well, I guess not. But I'd rather not make continuity any more inconsistent than it already is, without a really good reason. Like making a mistake.

2013-12-31 Rerun commentary: If you're perceptive, you'll notice that I deliberately lined the cyberspace avatars in panel 3 up in the same relative position as the realspace characters in panel 2, to make it easier to keep track of who is who.

And this is one of my age-old complaints about modern technology, and computers in particular. They're supposed to make our lives easier, not demand we become technical experts in stuff we honestly don't care about. I know some people like tinkering with computers and knowing the guts of how they work. Frankly, I'd rather they just do what I want them to do.

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