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That's "O2 recycling" in the second panel, not "Oz recycling." Whatever that would be. My lettering really is pretty awful.

I drew this chapter at the very last minute, so there's some especially crappy art and lettering in here. The lower two tiers of this page were inked by Andrew, a brilliant time-saving measure that unfortunately makes them look completely different from the rest of the comic. That's why the Hapax Legomenon, in his first appearance, looks nothing like he does in any subsequent appearance. As it turns out, there are only so many Narbonic-related tasks I can reasonably force Andrew to do for me.

Leon Arnott (l) says: That reminds me: how did Helen solve the problem of O2 recycling? Reverse-respiration gerbils, perhaps?

Goodness! They've just encountered aliens! Extra-terrestrial beings! Men from the stars! ...Was it too much to hope that this occasion would be slightly more auspicious?
Rachel S. (masamage) says: I like the Hapax's font.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: I didn't even notice the change in inking. I figured the Hapax was just deformed by the process of squeezing through a porthole rather smaller than it's body.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

I read "Oe recycling", and wondered if it was a Victorian literary reference.


Dan Knapp (dankna) says:

Oz recycling is how you get fourteen books out of the same basic concept!  Obviously.  But yes, I think we all knew you meant O2. Though chemical formulae like that are probably an anachronism.  And, like Leon, I want to know how Helen solved the problem.  Or at least how she addressed it.

 I concur with Rachel, that is an awesome font - except that it's hand-lettering probably, since you just told us everything else was at this point, which makes it even more awesome.

 I didn't notice the change in inking either.  Color me unobservant.  And you can have Andrew do the coloring if you want. 

Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Dan, I hope you like black. :-)
Rachel S. (masamage) says: Fonts can be hand-lettered. :) (cf. The dragons at Ozy and Millie)
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: From a comment in Language Hat : (
A hapax legomenon (pl. hapax legomena, though sometimes called hapaxes for short) is a word which occurs only once in the written record of a language, in the works of an author, or in a single text.
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