Administrative notes.

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Of the two site principals, one of them has been unable to hold up his end of the bargain of late. However, behind the scenes he keeps a dedicated cadre of program control and administrative process keepers -- a small committee, if you will -- designed to keep things flowing not only here at Websnark, but through his creative endeavors.

We are sad, broken people. But we have no salable skills and he never notices when we take three weeks off for 'personal time,' so what the Hell.

Here then are a few notes from the administration.

1. One of the principals of this journal of wit and whimsy -- the one we work for -- has been indisposed by 'theatrics.' Apparently, whilst he claims to be a dedicated wordsmith, somehow he feels several hours a night of crossdressing and caterwauling followed by several more hours of ibuprofen and babbling about "energy" takes precedence over his duty to self and site. We have been give certain 'positive considerations' by the producers of this opus to ensure he remains healthy through the run of the show. Please be assured that we shall beat him senseless the morning after the last performance, however.

1.1. Pictures shall be forthcoming. Why should this fellow be embarrassed on a purely local level when we can spread the embarrassment out onto the international stage?

1.2. Alice in Wonderland, for those wondering.

1.3. The "Duchess," for those wondering which part in Alice in Wonderland.

1.4. Yeeeeees... we covered above that pictures would be forthcoming.

2. You might have noticed some "issues" over the last couple of days with accessing this site. Unfortunately, the hosting company has had some difficulties, which they have acknowledged. It is being worked out, and we have received all assurances that things should be normal forthwith.

2.1. For some value of "normal."

2.2. We do not promise things will be 'more' normal than they have been to date.

3. Obviously, there have been some doings in the world of Webcomickal art, which said theatrical type has not addressed. We shall cover the basics as best we can, as quickly as we can.

3.1. Whilst those who were attracted to Achewood during the epic "Great Outdoor Fight" might have been somewhat surprised to move on to the adventures of a five year old stuffed otter searching for his good friend the tattered old couch at the refuse transfer station down by the old marsh, we here in program control are full well glad to see the return of Philippe to the forefront of the strip. Further, there is something delightfully creepy about the world Philippe is walking through. This is the world of Trouble Man and No No. The world that on its high end gives us Cartilage Man. On this end, we have our new blind friends. There is darkness in Achewood, but it is not always what might be expected.

3.1.1. "The transfer station takes them all through its doors... and when they can work no more they fall in among the trash and become it and are gone" might, in the opinion of we here behind the scenes, be the single most Achewood sentence ever written.

3.1.2. With the possible exception of 'I know Todd.'

3.2. At the very least, Zortic has been deserving one of the infamous "submitted without content" posts for the inclusion of the Websnark "You Had Me And You Lost Me: GPF" snark in the Da Rlingtin Code storyline. Another victim of rampant, foolish theatrics, I suppose.

3.2.1. Zortic has been overdue for mention in general.

3.2.2. Hot red haired pirate mother. For the record.

3.3. Yes, there is subtext aplenty in the Davan and Peejee phone call over in Something Positive. Yes, yes indeed.

3.3.1. People have been speculating that this means that "Davan and Peejee will get together." As if they were not already together. Please. They live together, they are there for one another, Peejee naturally assumes she will move to Texas when Davan does. There is a name for a committed couple (even an unofficial one) that doesn't have sex, you know.

3.3.2. No, it's not "marriage." Jesus Christ, people. I don't know how the principals put up with all of you.

3.3.3. In the previous strip. Linzie indicates she wants a riding lizard from Texas. One of her rather random suggestions was a 'snark.' While this was certainly meant in the Lewis Carrolian sense, it's as close to an acknowledgment as we're likely to see from that side, and so we feel humbly proud.

3.3.4. Or 'drunk.' We might mean we feel humbly drunk.

3.3.5. In general, the 'phone call' motif over the course of this arc has worked very well. It conveys a combination of distance and connection, all at once. And that's interesting.

3.3.6. Did you notice Branwen was the only one of the cast not pictured on the other end of their phone call?

3.3.7. We did.

3.4. It has come to our attention that this space has not mentioned Narbonic recently. No doubt that was an oversight.

3.4.1. See also "theatrics" and "drunk."

3.4.2. The 'madness cure' is an excellent plot hook. We down here in the Administrative Annex are reminded just slightly of the Doctor Timothy Thirteen cameo in the original Neil Gaiman Books of Magic. Which was one of our favorite bits in that series, so it's a good thing to be reminded of.

3.4.3. Our other favorite bit was, of course, the Zatanna section when she went back to fishnets.

3.4.4. Don't you dare fucking judge us.

3.4.4.1. Yes. We stole that joke. What makes you think we care?.

3.5. Shortpacked has moved on into the realm of self-insertion.

3.5.1. More self-insertions should involve fights to the death.

3.5.2. We also feel that the scene works best with the fight music from the original Star Trek playing in the background.

4. We do not know when our employer will deign to get his head out of Lewisian theatrics and back into Lewisian referenced-essays. However, until he does, we are certain he would want us to express his regret at his lack of time or appearance in these hallowed halls.

4.1. Not that he feels such regret. He's such a poseur.

4.2. And not that we are inclined to express said insincere regret. After all, it's nothing to us. He'll continue to pay us in expired medication and John Stark Vodka no matter what we write here. It's not like he'll ever read it.

4.3. The "shopping for tires" essay? That was entirely us. He was passed out in a haze of mescaline and Earl Grey at the time.

Until next time, we remain....

The Administration.

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3.3.6. Did you notice Branwen was the only one of the cast not pictured on the other end of their phone call?

Not strictly true.

He was passed out in a haze of mescaline and Earl Grey

Sounds fun. I might try something similar with Lapsang Souchong in a short while...

Also not a part of this storyline. ;)

This is the world of Trouble Man and No No. The world that on its high end gives us Cartilage Man. On this end, we have our new blind friends.

Also Sullivan's Bear and Dried Bird, and probably the sweet destroying nectar of achewater itself.

3.5.1. More self-insertions should involve fights to the death.

3.5.2. We also feel that the scene works best with the fight music from the original Star Trek playing in the background.

Uh, do you really want to go there? You do recall that you have at least one regular commenter some of whose cartoons are actual Star Trek fanfiction, don't you?

Eh, but what is normal? I'm half-tempted to say, based on so many stupid comments from early in the site's history, that people whining that you aren't writing on webcomics and that you somehow owe them webcomics snarks would count as normal around here. And nobody wants to see all that again.

Now, I of course feel that you should do what makes you happy. And if making this blog update more will make you happy, by all means go for it. Of course, I understand you're busy. But if you or Weds can't do it, you could always ask someone to write a post. Someone you'd trust with the Snarkmobile (which eliminates me).

So Branwen is currently visibly pregnant?

*douses Eric in pepper... just because he can*

"Eh, but what is normal? I'm half-tempted to say, based on so many stupid comments from early in the site's history, that people whining that you aren't writing on webcomics and that you somehow owe them webcomics snarks would count as normal around here. And nobody wants to see all that again."

I've been reading this blog for the better part of a year because of the comic stuff. Eric and Weds are good writers and their other things that they post are interesting to read, but if I had a blog about comics, I would not subject people to posts about roads and/or road signs (my other hobby). Just sayin'.

It's a fine line. Is Websnark a specific column or is it just a general blog? If it's the latter, then anything goes, but people don't like being switched around.

It's specifically general. You're likely to see posts on a range of things, mostly geekish -- cult TV, computers, video games, tea, bits of politics, the writing process, etc.

So, it's nice that you read for the comics stuff, and I do too to a certain extent, but the mission statement isn't anywhere near that narrow in focus.

Can we please not go through this again? Please?

Please?

Because Websnark is for whatever we want to write about. This has been made abundantly and repeatedly clear. The people who call this a webcomics blog are declaring that for themselves based on something which has, traditionally, gotten our attention more than other subjects. If they want more of that, that's their lookout.

Neither of us is interested in dealing with another round. It wears us out and frustrates us, and it makes us less and less inclined to write both about the webcomics and the other things which get our attention. We're happy for the readers we get, we're grateful for anyone who chooses to give us a shot, but the important thing here is the writing.

Please give us the space to get on with it.

Eric has pretty clearly stated in the past that this is not a webcomics blog. It is a blog that sometimes covers webcomics.

My fault for opening up that can of worms. I tried to make a joke about it, and screwed up. My apologies.

Well, Paul, we haven't heard from Madblood in a while. If I was Narbon part 2, that's the first guinea pig for such an experiment I'd think of.

3.3.6. Did you notice Branwen was the only one of the cast not pictured on the other end of their phone call?


Leaving aside the MySpace thing, one of the first things I noticed about the Davan/PeeJee phone call strip is that Davan is not pictured. I think there's something to be said about that.

Let me guess.... the administration has to gather the funds to pay the guy the hush money for the photos, right?

In other news, Damonk has resurfaced and started updating FRAMED! again after a hiatus of over a year. www.damonk.com

This "administration," Eric -- are you intimately connected with them? That is to say, are they a biumvirate?

Or at the very least, a bivalve?

For the "administration": when's the XML feed coming back?

That's quite a bulletin you've got there, Eric.

Er...what is the name of such a couple?

I'm a little surprised that Eric didn't mention that Bunbun is currently visiting (what I seem to recall (but could be mistaken in thinking) is) his hometown. Ought to have been good for a footnote at least.

I just want to know what this name for a couple in a commited unofficial relationship sans sex is?

Friendship?

Running mates.

I'm a little surprised that Eric didn't mention that Bunbun is currently visiting (what I seem to recall (but could be mistaken in thinking) is) his hometown. Ought to have been good for a footnote at least.

The administration knows full well I'm not from Portland. Nor am I from Presque Isle. Though the idea that Presque Isle -- which isn't the Isle of Presque, for the record, but is instead "almost an Island," which is to say a peninsula could have anything interesting in it is, quite frankly, frightening.

Seriously. The University of Maine at Presque Isle, a Honda dealership, a branch of Pat's Pizza and a couple of stoplights. That's about it. Though there used to be a kickass RPG store in nearby Caribou and Limestone had an Air Force base before Peace broke out. Oh, and Phish went up to the old Air Force base site a bunch of times and played concerts. That was good for the local economy while it lasted.

I'm from Fort Kent -- about sixty five miles north of Presque Isle and on the other end of the state from Portland. Just for the record. ;)

I have a feeling that Phillipe is going to die.

And if so he'd better have the happiest afterlife experience EVER.

I just want to know what this name for a couple in a commited unofficial relationship sans sex is?

Depends. Are you limiting the definition of hawt sexings to organ-clashing?

"married common law" is the phrase we use here in Canada, though I believe you have to be living together for quite some time. (Basically, you're married every way but officially) and that's also not neccessarily lacking the organ-clashing.

Common-law means you need to have lived together for one year.

But yeah, it's a tax convenience, for all intents and purposes the same as married.

See, I thought the word he was alluding to was "platonic."

but no, that doesn't work. I can't come up with a single word for a comitted couple that doesn't have sex with each other.

I can't come up with a single word for a committed couple that doesn't have sex with each other.

Friends.

Anyway, on to business. To the lackeys, minions, henchpersons and all the other Little People that make the place go: greetings and salutations from another who shuns the limelight and lurks in the comforting darkness getting the job done (hopefully after getting some handmedown NyQuil) while our not-really-cruel semi-oppressor spends his time in decadent pursuits! In the limelight! Wearing a wig, no doubt! Being Whimsical, too!

Sorry. Just wanted to shout out to the brothers (and any sisters, just to play it safe) out there. Keep it real, and watch those expiration dates, folks!

I can't come up with a single word for a committed couple that doesn't have sex with each other.

Married? :P

Joking aside, though, I think that's because there isn't one... It's not a meaningful concept to our society really. Boning is a pretty fundamental part of our relationships. o.0

I kind of thought they ("they" being Eric and Wednesday or the Administration or whatever) were like a phrase I first heard on one of Alanis Morressette's early songs (it may have been a title to one of her songs): Intellectual Intercourse.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have 2,000 spoons to sort through, when I really need a knife. (And yeah, I really do think...)

Friends.

Yeah, I think that would creep me out if a friend of mine I wasn't boning referred to us as a couple.

Yeah, that and the fact that friendship doesn't usually include moving to Texas with the other person sort of rules out friends.

Nentuaby
Well, actually that was covered in the next subsection.

Hurm, we may lack the word, but the concept isn't actually outside of our society's set of ideas/concepts. Look at the number of platonic couples in entertainment over the last 20 years.

In defense of my choice of the word "friends," I'll point out that two people sharing life, resources, a domicile and having a deep relationship wherein the boning is nil had damned well better be friends, because the only other form of interpersonal relationship that fits that situation is "inmates."

By the way... NyQuil in the House! Whoo!

You know, that song, Ironic, or whatever it's called isn't all that ironic. Or maybe it's ironic that it isn't ironic. I mean, wouldn't you expect the ladies to nab up the guy of their dreams? All the examples of ironic she uses are just inconvienient coincidences. (Why's a traffic jam ironic if you're already late? Shouldn't you be expecting to need a knife at one point? Why's a no-smoking sign ironic?)

The singular reason that I read Something Positive:

http://www.lisawalks.com/bears/rkmilholland.jpg

It's irony for the valley girl set.

Hey, didn't Websnark already establish that the proper term would be "dudes"? Or is dudeness independent of the kind of relationship between Davan and PeeJee?

And anyone get the sense that either would be willing to kick my ass for using the word "dude" in any way, shape, or form about them?

1.3: I was the Gentleman in White Paper, and while we had LSDesque psychedelica, (1973, thankyouverymuch) we had no songs. I think our version must have been poorer for the lack of songs, and possibly bearded Duchesses singing about pepper or maybe piglets.

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