Vote Incentives - Do they work?
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My first impression is - a bit. But i've got to think that it's at least partly based on the level of incentive. So - an experiMental Theatre Experiment - A Drawing Drawing!
Which is to say, a drawing for custom artwork that i'll do based on discussions with, and picture provided by, the winner.
Now, i'm not thinking in the style of the comic here, i'm thinking something more along the lines of these samples below - Albert Einstein, Kelly Hu, myself, and some guy who knows the value of backing up your data. (Elvis maybe? Didn't he do Your Sacred Heart?)

Look! Pretty pictures!

As i said previously, the actual style and content will be based on discussions with the winner, to make it Custom artwork.

So - how does this tie in to vote incentives? Every time you vote for experiMental Theatre on Top Web Comics during the next two weeks, you'll be given a Secret Word.* For each secret word you email or PM to me, you'll be entered once into the drawing.
The site only allows voting once per day, and the secret word will change each day at midnight, Pacific Time (GMT-8).
To vote - click on the button that looks like this:(but with actual numbers on it) at the top or bottom of any page of the webcomic. That will take you to the voting site. After voting, an image will be displayed with the incentive information and email address, and of course, that day's Secret Word.
The drawing will take place on January 15th, the day after this incentive ends. The winner will be notified immediately via email or PM on ComicFury.

And, Yes - those are real words i'm using for the secret words, even if it might not always seem like it.


*(Thanks, Julius!)

The Clues!
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Okay, on TIM017 i said "All the clues needed to determine who our guest star is are presented in this strip." So, here's the clues to which i referred:

1) A duck, urging him to "Say It!" Say the secret word/name - a reference to Groucho's long-running game show, You Bet Your Life. When contestants spoke the secret word, the duck would come down from above with money for them.

2) The bizarre hair shape - an exageration commonly used in old Marx Brothers movie posters, and in cartoon appearances of Groucho Marx.

3) Dialogue - changing the context meaning of what was said and turning it into insult on the speaker. "Oh! OH! You! You-" becomes "O, O, U, U" "You've got those vowels down..."  A trademark of Groucho's humor, often delivered in the form of a back-handed compliment, as done here.

4) Body language - bent forward, arm behind back, pressing rudely into someone's personal space.

5) Dialogue - this is really clue #3 repeated, taking "But - How?" and using that as a hook to comment on How that prodigous Butt got there.

6) Dialogue - "The One - The Only!" Full circle back to You Bet Your Life. Each episode, George Fenneman would introduce "The One - The Only - GROUCHO!" (Dialogue continued to panel one of TIM018)

And there you have it - The Clues!

Lesson Learned
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Okay - I promise. No More Barf-eaters!

Well, sort of promise. I try very much not to edit what flows from the stylus while working on this comic.  But i've had a stern talking to the crew in my head, and they say they'll try to avoid the critters as long i don't do a Roman feast scene.

So, Monday - because Tarny asked for it (yeah, sure, THAT's the only reason) - more nakedity! And the following week - our first guest stars! (Exciting, isn't it?) I'll tell ya - it's still terribly frustrating wanting to talk about strips that won't appear for weeks yet. I have to sit here and slap my hand every time i try to type something i shouldn't be saying yet. (But, i think the hand is starting to like and typing things just to get slapped!)

And yes, we will stop blind panic running Monday and move to new territory. And the following week we'll start sorting out some of the questions inherent in the strip.


New Improved(?) Publishing Schedule!
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Yep, i finally decided and i'm switching to a 3 times a week update. Starting Monday, experiMental Theatre will update every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. At least for a while. If i don't keep up the buffer, maybe i'll cut back. But since i want to get things moving for the readers a bit quicker, and i don't want to change the pacing of the storytelling - upping the publication frequency seems like the best option. And though it means settling for the lesser 3 obsession, it also means typically 3 extra strips a month. So that balances, right?

As things stand, i've actually increased the backlog to 7 weeks while getting ready for the new schedule. We won't be taking bets to see how that lasts.

Time Warping
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As you may know from reading forum posts, or maybe i mentioned it here before, experiMental Theatre is produced with at least a six week buffer of strips already cued to publish. Now, while this is a very good idea i learned from my much wiser than i publisher before starting this - i didn't realize what a frustrating idea it would be, too.

I did expect the little frustrations, like today's strip getting a comment that i couldn't respond to as i wanted without blowing the next strip on saturday. But i wasn't thinking at all about little long term gaps in your timeline and mine. For example, looking back from next year - i sit and wonder what you folks will think about a strip that doesn't run for a couple weeks yet; one that for me captures the spirit of the old undergrounds that inspired the original direction i set for the art on this strip. Or how you'll react to the guest stars who appear in the strip after Christmas. (I think i can make a fair guess about folks will respond to the one that appears in the middle of the month.)

The chronal perceptual distortion is inducing odd sensations that the system was not programmed to process. Adapting.... adapting... ad-ack!