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Shaenon: Early sketches of Captain Bram. It was surprisingly hard to get him looking right. I think he turned out okay in the final strips.

From our brainstorming emails:

Shaenon: Possibly he has also tried to get into Crufts and therefore hates England, but it's farther away and it's hard to attack with dogs by sea.

Jeffrey: Until you develop flying attack dogs by splicing them with albatross genes. This was probably on the drawing board at some point.


Channing: Look at that smile. He really does love his chimeric creations, doesn't he? Let's forget about all the electrocutions and poisonings and everything for the moment. It's a hard world out there, doubly hard if your creator is actively campaigning for war and possible slobbery canine Ragnarok.

Unity woke Sweetheart up right before Captain Bram began his lullaby. To satisfy the completionists out there, this is what it would have been:

(1)
Hush, my creations
Nightfall is coming
Darkness has trumped the day

Dawn-bird is calling
-- Though it is evening --
Thanks to my mind-warp ray

Soon will the world
Bow down to your master
Governments swept away

Sleep 'till that morning
Beautiful Children
All will be ours someday.

(2)
Hush, my creations
Father is watching
Nothing can harm you here

Let my embrace
-- and desiccant powders --
Dry away all your tears

Soon you will rise
To crumble the nations
Teach them the meaning of fear

Sleep 'till that morning
Beautiful Children
Sleep, for our dawn is near.

17 comments:
David Toboz (professor_zobot) says: Shaenon? Jeffrey? Just to let you both know, if there is any way on the planet I can coerce you two to work a winged dog into one of your strips, I will use whatever sinister means are within my power to accomplish it.
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: What is the tune to the lullaby?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says:

Not sure, exactly.  I've got a placeholder tune in my head just so I can keep the meter from going haywire, but I'm sure someone could think of a better one.

Even if you're still curious, I'm not sure how I would communicate it to you, as I lack a piano to create an objective reference; I really can't transcribe to paper without one.

Marleen de Kramer (malabarista) says: Awwwwww - so sweet!
Sean Kinlin (seaking) says: Without the beard, the Captain now reminds me of Daniel Pinkwater.  Given the whole raising dogs things, this actually makes a lot of sense - perhaps this is how ol' Manus might have turned out if he were a mad scientist, and Canadian.
Nate Cull (natecull) says:

I hope it's a wingéd dog, they're far more metal than just the ordinary winged kind.

 

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Rock and Roll Lullaby", Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)

He was forty-eight and overweight
When we saw him die ...
So we went on without him;
My litter mates and I.
On a long cold night when
We all were frightened,
And Buddy would start to cry,
He'd abate our fears,
Dessicate our tears,
With his rule-the-world lullaby!

(He's sing)
Conquer the Earth!
Oh, such joy and such mirth
When our plan's unfurled!
Power we're showing
And now we're all going
To Disney World!
You're not mongrels or curs;
Soon the world will be yours,
All its sights and smells!
But with our cash on hand, oh,
We can't do Orlando,
So how 'bout Wisconsin Dells?

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: Wingéd dogs are epic. If you want metal, you're looking for the wingëd dögs.
Eric Meyer (anvilwarrior) says: How in the world did you even get an umlauted 'e'?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Well, we see it nearabouts every Christmas in the word 'Noël'. Christmas is not actually very Metal at all, unless it is, in which case: awesome. Or, did you mean, procedurally? I think it's Alt-0235.
John Campbell (jcampbel) says: It's easy. First, you install Linux on your computer. Next, you pass the line "keycode 116 = Multi_key" to xmodmap to remap the otherwise useless key between the right Meta and Menu on most 104-key keyboards to Compose. Then you just type Compose-e-".
Vlad Taltos (flyingfish) says: Jeff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeriJcu1eJM
Jon W. (kd7sov) says:

@Eric: Technically, it isn't an umlaut. It's a different mark with the same appearance, called the diaeresis, which indicates that the vowel so modified is its own syllable.

I am, I admit, not certain when it's appropriate to use a diaeresis and when to use the accent mark for syllable separation.

Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says: I want to say you use the diaeresis when the preceding letter is a vowel and a accent mark if it's a consonant.
shui lung (draconautus) says: You know there are medicines you can take for diaeresis . . .
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says:

John Campbell (jcampbel) says: It's easy. First, you install Linux on your computer. Next, you pass the line "keycode 116 = Multi_key" to xmodmap to remap the otherwise useless key between the right Meta and Menu on most 104-key keyboards to Compose. Then you just type Compose-e-".

Or you could just type "⌥+u, e"...

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