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You Say it First is re-running with directors' commentary!
Nov 17th, 2004 - [145]Work harder, work smarter (9 of 12)
Re-run for Dec 8th, 2022       Link

Original Commentary
Yes, Brisbane's computer is powered by Spare Parts. XD

Modern Commentary
"Spare Parts" is, as mentioned, the comic that Robert's human counterpart is from. And, y'know, my way of letting you know that Robert didn't just buy a thousand dollar computer for his new friends; this is stuff that would've just gone on The Pile otherwise.
"Robert is nervous around women" is one of the things on my list for this story. He ends up being nervous around everybody except Brisbane.

The thing about Robert's personality is, you learn as you go. Carl was the viewpoint character in Spare Parts. He was a hapless guy that Todd and Jeff and Sonia and David happened to. Because you need someone normal caught in the middle of all the chaos to provide a place for the audience to see themselves and to react to the madness that has become normalized. And you need someone that the other characters can explain The Whole Situation to.
The problem with viewpoint characters is that they are, by definition, a little dull. They're meant to be a blank slate that the reader can project themselves on to. If you keep giving them interesting situations to react to, then it's less of an issue, but they are the straight man in the comedy relationship.
The problem with moving a viewpoint character to another strip is that if they're no longer the center of the chaos, then you need to find something else for them to do. They can either become part of the madness that the real straight man reacts to or they can gradually fade into the background. This is something that I had to learn as I went along, which is why it takes a little while to really find Robert's character.
When Avery showed up in Nicole and Derek, she was markedly different than she was in 100% Cat and this is why it had to be that way. Nicole had that viewpoint character slot locked down. - Terrence

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07.14.2022 - Terrence Marks:
Two awesome things!
First, You Say it First is going to be running with commentary starting July 18th - next Monday. Seven days a week. With original commentary AND new modern commentary that has the full benefit of hindsight! Be there!
Secondly, Panda Jenn did a video - Old Furry Websites I Used To Visit. In addition to being an look back at how the internet used to be - and it used to be different - one of those sites was Unlike Minerva, the prequel to You Say it First.
06.02.2021 - Terrence Marks:
Over the last month, Isabel participated in Mermay, a mermaid-themed drawing challenge. If you follow her on Twitter, you've probably seen it. Our friend Eric Pearson has compiled them into a video for one-stop viewing. If you haven't seen them, please check then out.

03.24.2021 - Terrence Marks:
So, we're less back than we wanted to be.

We really wanted to finish the Amoeba X-ing storyline and we're glad that we were able to. We were hoping that momentum would carry us forward. That was overly optimistic.

The pandemic is still on. We're kinda going crazy staying at home, but it's the safest option for us and those around us. Isabel's art anxiety has gotten worse. We're not ready to come back yet. Sooner than later, we hope. Not as long as last time. But not right now.
02.25.2021 - Terrence Marks:
We're back! Update schedule is, well, we'll see how things go. We thank you all for coming back.

06.25.2020 - Terrence Marks:
So how are we doing?

Well, main thing is comics are on hold until further notice.

Physically? We're ok. We're staying indoors. We work from home. Haven't left the house in months apart from vet appointments, and we know we're both lucky that we're able to do that. If you can stay home or socially distance or wear a mask, we really appreciate it and thank you for it. We want this whole pandemic thing to be over, because, like everybody else we're kinda tired of it by now. But still staying home.

Mentally? Kinda bad right now, to be honest. 2020 kinda sucks. Everything is just so much right now. It's hard to be creative.

Comics? On hold until further notice. I really don't know if or when we'll be back. I'm sorry. Some days it feels like we've been slowly running out of steam for a long while and these are not energizing times. If we come back, I'd rather we do it vigorously instead of in fits and starts as life wears us back down. I'd hate to say we're coming back, then we don't or we stop after a few updates.

Expiration is turned off for NamirDeiter.net accounts. If you supported us, we sincerely appreciate it and hope you enjoy the backlog of content we have up there.

Cats? Doing surprisingly well so far. Buttons' thyroid treatment was a success. She's put on at least two pounds, which is good since she was on the low side of four pounds before all this. Momo is still around. Her kidneys weren't in great shape at the start of all this and they're very unlikely to have improved. She's doing better than we expected, but we know that won't last forever. Every extra day we have with her is a blessing and we're grateful for it. Beowulf is doing good, to the best of our knowledge. He doesn't have any complaints as long as we feed him before we feed the other cats.

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