The length of the current story is now well into record-setting territory. Before this, “Tadpoles” was the previous winner with 33 installments. Now, at 36 episodes and the story not quite wrapped up, the record will be shattered before it’s over.
Is the story still holding your attention? Hopefully, I haven’t left out some plot point that made the whole thing incomprehensible. I’ve really enjoyed putting “The K-T Boundary” together, but I’m also looking forward to starting the next tale. The plot of this story is so involved that I sometimes feel like the fish are being relegated to the background and I want the next one to have more banter. I’ve learned a lot, though, and the next long story will be that much the better for it (in case your wondering, it will involve a zombie dog).
Not exactly the strongest installment of the story, but Ted makes an important point about time travel – or spacetime travel to be more precise. Lots of questions remain: What happens to the ship with the nukes? What happens with the Cint, What did the comet have to do with anything? All these and more will begin to find answers in the coming installments as things come to a close. Here’s a draft of an upcoming panel for your viewing pleasure:
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy 2008!
My goal is to make 2008 a breakout year for “Fish Tank”. I don’t actually know what I mean by “breakout” or how I’m going to accomplish it, I just know I want to try and significantly increase the webcomic’s readership and its visibility.
The only ideas I have right now for how to accomplish this are to be on time with new posts and advertise a lot, so I’ve got a lot of brainstorming to do. And, as always, I’m open to your suggestions. I did inquire with the Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards about being a presenter at their awards ceremony this Spring at MegaCon. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll have the resources to make the trip from Illinois to Florida, but my wife’s a big fan of Adrian Pasdar of Heroes and the fact the he’s going to be there doesn’t hurt my chances of going.
Anyone every been to MegaCon? Is it worth the trip?
Starting the Third Act and Looking Ahead
If all goes well and everyone in my family stays healthy, the current story will be over in the next 10 installments. I always said this would be the longest story to date, with close to 40 installments, but I never thought it would take so long timewise, too! Sorry again for all the delays!
If you can remember back before the “K-T Boundary” story, Fish Tank has also had some shorter story arcs that just take place in the aquarium and it’s surrounding area. We’re going to see several of those coming up after this story concludes.
Some upcoming plotlines in the works:
–Angelo gets a mail-order bride over the internet.
–Hoover eats a time bomb.
–Ted tries to upgrade the tank’s water heater and ends up bringing the Department of Homeland Security down on the people family.
First things first, though. We’ve found the nukes but there’s a lot of unanswered questions to be resolved and lots of jokes to be told before the world can officially be declared “saved”.
Did anyone watch the Academy Awards? Did anyone actually see any of the nominees? I didn’t (we watched NBA Basketball and a “Dexter” Season 1 DVD) and I didn’t.
I think “No Country for Old Men” looks like it’s got potential and Kristin has wanted to catch “Michael Clayton” for obvious reasons. Juno is one we would both watch. Just haven’t had the time.
Has anyone got any reviews to offer?
Got a favorite fish?
(Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
Something I haven’t done in a while is to take a poll and ask which fish is your favorite. Ted, Angelo or Hoover?
Is there one that you don’t like? Are there any “guest” characters that you’d like to see back? Have your say!
Any good conventions coming up?
(Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
Just curious if anyone’s going to any conventions soon. I was reading S*P yesterday and saw that R.K. Milholland’s going to one every month into the Spring. One of them’s called “No Brand Con” and is close enough to me (Wisconsin) that I’d consider going. Has anyone attended it before? Got any upcoming conventions to recommend?
The “Triple Lindy”
(Mon, 18 Feb 2008)
Several illnesses have been going through my extended family and I’ve had them all now. Strep, flu and cold. All in a matter of a couple weeks. I’ve “hit the trifecta”, a triple threat! I don’t know why, but that just reminded me of the movie “Back to School” with Rodney Dangerfield and his famous platform dive, the “Triple Lindy”.
If you’ve never seen the movie, it’s pretty funny. At least, that’s how I remember it – it’s been a few years since I saw it. Anyone else like it?
Anyhow, I just hope I’m in the clear now.
You know how it’s hard to proof read your own writing because you only see what you meant to write and not what’s actually on the page? Sometimes I feel like cartoons work the opposite way. I went back and re-read “The KT Boundary” to see if it flowed for me and I couldn’t really judge the quality of the story because I not only knew how it ended, I also knew all the major plot points and realized I very nearly left some big holes because I’d been over the story so many times.
I was left with the feeling that the story could’ve been a lot tighter. But then again, it was meant to be read in segments so maybe it just reads differently when it’s taken in all at once. When I wrote it, I spent the entire time trying to balance humor with telling the story and I think the humor side of the equation suffered some. The characters too often faded into the background because of all the different things that needed to be mentioned to move the story along. In many cases, they were just reciting lines rather than saying what they would normally say.
On the good side, however, my goal had been to write a story that started off with some very disparate threads and eventually bring them all together and I feel like I did that. But I also feel that for the next long story I write, the impending disaster needs to be something sillier than Earth being invaded. If you think about it, this was a story that could’ve just as easily involved people instead of fish, and as such may have left the reader with the impression that the only reason the characters were fish was because I can’t draw people (I can, by the way). Either that or I’m taking the characters way too seriously.
All in all, I learned a lot and my next effort will be better for it. Oh, and I still really liked how the Cint turned out. It was tough because I wanted them to be so remorseless that they never even bothered to explain what they were going to do (no “monologuing” as they called it in “The Incredibles”). I struggled for a long time over whether or not they should even delay eating Hoover if he would give them information. In the end, I managed to tell the story through other means and still preserve the Cint’s malevolence, so I’m pretty happy with that.
Mailbag on Monday!
P.S. – January was the second-highest month for traffic in the history of Fish Tank (second only to May 2007, when I advertised heavily). Thanks for your continuing readership!
(Fri, 01 Feb 2008)
This story has been put to bed, which is where I’m heading in about 5 minutes! I certainly hope you enjoyed it and welcome your feedback – positive or negative – on this story or anything else about the comic. I’ll have more to say tomorrow, er, later today.
Hey Galactica Fans! Look what I found! Possible Season 4 “Spoilerage”
(Wed, 30 Jan 2008)
Battlestar Galactica’s been on hiatus for what? a year? So I’m pretty much craving any information I can get. When I came across these clips it was like finding an oasis in the desert. I don’t know if you would consider these to contain “Season 4 Spoilers”, but they do have more stuff in them than everything else I’ve seen combined. I know some of you are fellow sufferers so I had to post them here for your enjoyment as well. NOTE: They have a lot of overlap, but not completely.
One and Done
(Wed, 30 Jan 2008)
This story wraps up Friday and it’s on to a new adventure. Well, actually, I might put a mailbag Monday as I have a backlog of questions built up. I had planned to do a mailbag every five or six episodes, but there was such a lull in updates that I felt it was more important to reward your patience and get through the story instead.
Does anyone have a preference – Part 1 of the new story or a Mailbag?