Nanite grey goo, not the more pedestrian kind. Lift your mind slightly higher out of the gutter. But not too far.
Explaining how I ended up at this comic idea is a little complicated, but suffice it to say it involved two simultaneous conversations at a pub: One about constructing a Dyson Sphere using Von Neumann probes, and one about sex shops and bondage gear. Somehow I was at the epicenter of both conversations.
That said, I do apologize to the fourth member of our drinking group who looked a little discomfited by the matter.
This is, of course, a lie. In actuality I misparsed a heavily-serifed “cuites” for “curres”, and apparently a Marmite in French is a sort of cauldron. A kettle, if you will. That’s right, these are actually…kettle chips.
To be fair, though, the seasoning probably does contain Torula yeast.
Transcript and photographic evidence under the fold.
Ottawa was so intensely and delightfully bilingual that I had no choice but to start picking up a little French while I was there.
Not nearly enough to actually write this comic, of course. No, for this y’all get Google Translate results.
Incidentally, did you know that the expression ollie outie is derived from the French expression allez ôter, literally meaning go take off? No, no you didn’t, because that is totally something I just made up.
Why? Well, because honestly, after five years and 300-odd strips (or, if you prefer, 300 odd strips), I’m starting to feel a little burnt out. I still enjoy it, but there are other comic ideas I want to explore, and I want to be able to give them the attention they deserve.
This actually isn’t the first time I’ve put the comic on hiatus for another project. I already did it once when I was getting The Angels of Death ready to go live. This is more or less the same thing, but probably longer in duration.
So I’m going to take some time off. During this time, I’ll be working on new story concepts and sketches, various one-off pieces and short stories, and just plain old recuperating.
I’ll also be putting in some much-needed work on the comic backend, to add things like tags, storyline links for long-running stories, and search capability.
Paradoxically, I anticipate that my total artistic output may actually increase during the hiatus. I’ll be able to focus more if I’m not constantly fighting writer’s block, and I already have a large backlog of projects ready and waiting for my attention.
I do imagine I’ll return to Brain Comics some day, though. There’s only so long one can resist the allure of SCIENCE.
PS: I recommend pairing this comic with the following musical number:
(iPad users: There’s a YouTube embed bug where it doesn’t seek properly, but the song starts at 10:00 or so.)