20080708 – Minor cleanup. The page still has problems but it’s an improvement.

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Worthy of note: Thad’s initials are T.A.G.

I’m averse to unnecessary* exposition, but the line just doesn’t work if you aren’t aware of that little fact.

Bryan Adams is why I own an iPod. I was in line at a Barnes & Noble a couple of years ago – a long line, since I made the horrible mistake of going book shopping during The Holidays – and was forced to suffer at length through The Summer Of ’69. There are few things in this life I hate more than that song, and I vowed I would never, ever be subjected to it again. The idea that your best days are behind you and that this is somehow worthy of song is something I find not only horrifying, but spiritually reprehensible.

It fits perfectly with the NASCAR-and-lite-beer, Life Ended With The High School Diploma vibe of the northern Pennsylvania wastelands which Ornix and Thad (and myself) have escaped from.

Bryan Adams and his ilk didn’t just drive me to buy an iPod, they also drove me to Amazon (well, Bryan Adams and having go to Philadelphia to get a copy of Pattern Recognition). If only they sold bread and cheese. If they sold bread and cheese I’d never be subjected to soft rock again, and it would be glorious. GLORIOUS.

I’m not just picky about music – the EQ range that radio likes, the mastering levels that producers “enjoy,” the incredibly formulaic approach… one big brain-butchering Minmei Device. That’s the main reason I like Godflesh – the band has everything that the Top Forty doesn’t.

End music rant. Also, almost the end of the Really Difficult Head Angles.

* Unnecessary in the context of how ATC is unfolding – trying to avoid Exposition Masquerading As Dialogue, trying to stay In Media Res, etc.


Mastering notes, 2016.12.07 – Minor dialogue adjustments. Rewrote Ornix’s last line in panel four.

Cast

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