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  1. 4 days ago on Alley Oop

    I think this illustrates why volunteer juries aren’t such a good idea. Some of those jurors are out for vengance.

  2. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    Yes, it’s a B. I still can’t identify her — execpt Betty Boop is ruled out.

  3. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    One might be a witness; the other a snack.

  4. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    Is that you Alley?

    I once served on the jury for a murder trial. The judge arranged for us to be fed very well, to partially make up for the financial losses most of us bore, from being away from our regular jobs. Everyone on the jury gained at least 5 pounds (I’ve kept them, as a souvenir).

  5. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    A tour of introduction to the dramatis personae is part of the structure of many stories. It probably would have worked better in a graphic novel, which could be read in a few hours. The serialization took so much calendar time, that it’s been difficult to follow the story (even though it takes less than 2 hours to read all the strips, from the beginning of the reboot). That’s a problem all continuity strips share. Yes, we’ll have to wait to see how it unfolds.

  6. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    Causing entire species to pop into, and then out of existence — it’s hard to imagine any sentence being tough enough for that one. Then again, perhaps we should hear the charges; before passing sentence.

  7. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    Definitely weirder than the Mos Eisley Cantina.

  8. 5 days ago on Alley Oop

    Yes — tortoises, raccoons, the Florida Swamp Monster, the green trans-dimensional being that emerged from the wall of Plato’s cave, the stoner from the Pink Floyd concert who got transported into Ancient Greece. (I don’t recognize the girl with the “R” tee-shirt.)

    Prepare to feast on crow, all you rush-to-judgment hyper-critics. The “one-and-done” appearances of these characters were actually foreshadowing.

    I would not be surprised to see two former Presidents and the founder of a major smartphone company called as witnesses. (That’s not a prediction — just something that would fit, and wouldn’t surprise me.

  9. 7 days ago on Alley Oop

    While we’re on the topic — there are plenty of other characters the prosecution could call, including: Gater Gertie, Pres. Reagan, Plato (or maybe that was Plato’s doppelganger), Dr. Piedra, Doc Wonmug from U1 (if the one we’ve been watching is actually from U2), sapient tortoises, (possibly) sapient dolphins, Pres. Lincoln, and Hobbes.

  10. 7 days ago on Alley Oop

    Yes indeed, I hope the raccoons make an appearance — whether as witnesses for the prosecution or to help with a jail-break.

    Agreed — McGuffins are best avoided. However, I think that the intra-dimensional transporter device Ava developed is much more significant than the talking Orange. The Orange was but one of an infinite number of things that the device could transport between dimensions. The Orange already served a plot purpose — as a demonstration of the weirdness of the multiverse; and possibly as foreshadowing of Ava’s use of the device later. If the device isn’t used again, then it was a McGuffin.