So It Begins (soitbegins) says: And I would like to present the second non-pornographic Narbonic fanfiction: The Mad Scientist Wars.
Shaenon Garrity (shaenongarrity) says: There have been some other fanfics. Other very long fanfics, even.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Third? Fourth? Fifth?
Ok, I guess it doesn't matter-- I just wanted to plug it.
Leon Arnott (l) says: I just want to mention that a very important webcomic reference appears in this story - more precisely, the word "Gorilla" is a reference to Mark Shallow's Adventurers! It is a reference so mild and devious that I am unsure if Mr. Wells was even consciously aware of it.
The only meaningful complaint I can pose to this story is that after reading several lines of Artie's internal narrration, one finds oneself helplessly reading everybody's dialogue in plummy English accents. This isn't helped by the fact that this story is called "A Brief Moment of Culture", either.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:
I guess there's not a whole lot for me to say here, beside the fact that the decision to write this particular Absurdly Long Fanfic was a turning point in my life for any number of reasons. The original title for this piece was "Experimental Prototype Narbonic of Tomorrow", and it was to be presented to the mailing list with the framing device that in the post-apocalyptic world of the future, we would need to get our Narbonic fixes through the oral tradition or something. This all changed when Shaenon quite unexpectedly illuminated the first installment. It was later titled something quite different.
The fact that Mell finds the word "Gorilla" on the Boggle board is a nod to Mark Shallow's "Adventurers", which finished up some time ago after the longest boss battle in history.
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:
Leon! Simultaneous posting action GO!
Also, yes, I used to have a very proper-sounding and Anglocentric writing style. Pratchett and Gaiman were the two folks that convinced me I could write, and I think I consciously or unconsciously mirrored them for some time. I'm still not quite over it, to be honest, thanks to the continuing efforts of the above-mentioned folks plus Monty Python and "Red Dwarf".
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: OK, am I the only one that thinks that Mell's hair ribbon is actually an alien symbiotic life form?
R Flaum (zzedar) says: Is it my imagination, or is Artie looking up Mell's skirt in the first picture?
Edwin Quantrall (reynard) says:
"Conventional people don't carry light anti-tank weapons to their high-school band concerts."
Is *that* what that is? I thought it was some sort of sci-fi-esque proton gun/plasma blaster/particle-beam rifle...
P.S. I like that third frame of Mell gazing longingly at that wall of weaponry while fondling a hand grenade. Oh the places you'll destroy...
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says: It's been a while, I missed this. Last Monday, with Mell demanding directions ("Where's the secret societies?") -- this incremented the Big Freakin' (tm) Gun count to 16. The bottom illustration in today's story bumps it up to 17.
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: The most significant fanfic I ever wrote was a Pratchett fanfic entitled Bloodaxe and Ironhammer.
kicking_ k (kicking_k) says:
Ah, the legendary fanfic appears! Like Ed, I love Mell's sulky-wistful expression in the Boggle picture. And her grip on the grenade - evidently she's using it as some kind of comfort blanket. You can always depend on a grenade, Mell.
(I have never written any fanfic, but maybe I should, given that I've already got the very proper and English-English writing style as a birthright.)
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:
And her grip on the grenade - evidently she's using it as some kind of comfort blanket.
Yeah, when Mell gets uncomfortable, so does everyone else....
Alec Penfield (theauthorman) says: The french horn is truly the most awesome of the Band Instruments.
'Keiya' (keiya) says:
... I kinda want to see the pornographic ones...Log In or Register to post a comment! It's free!
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