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Claimed

For all the questions to how David gets around or if he's really blind, I had to wait until the comic allowed it to be explained. So there you go :P S01E03: Chris doesn't know shit about computers.- Season Finale To keep it short, I was coloring Friday morning when the computer blue screened 5 times in succession. So, like usual, worked fine for several days, then shit the bed. I went back into caution mode and started saving every 3-4 brush strokes (no way to make a comic on a new high end computer.) It wasn't until it crashed in the middle of a save I just begged my friend Sean to remote access it as soon as he could. We ran a 4 hour diagnostic on the RAM making a boot stick out of a USB etc etc (get on my level.) RAM had no errors, so then Sean spent some 4 hours tediously going through all the drivers. Large handful of them still needed to be updated, but from what some of the error logs were showing, it had a ton to do with permissions. So we just allowed the computer to do what it wanted, finally. Something we're now wary of in terms of prefabs (we suspect) is in the assembly process in the warehouse, and how different parts are assembled separately at different stations. So while everything is there and put in it's proper place (including extra rogue stock fans,) and in the end some dude is making sure it boots, there's no one person making sure all these components are meshing. Their idea of what's a ready-to-ship functional unit is far different than what an idiot like me sees as functional on arrival. :P So thanks again Sean. This comic came close to barely being shaded, to now having digitally painted cars in the parking lot. You guys were about to get nothing but cheap slabs of concrete like everyone left already. I also got majorly caught up these: The month of computer issues severely put this in the weeds, but now I just have some backgrounds to finish. I'll have three of these up in the next day or two, and I have a longish 4th one sketched out. See you on Patreon then. And also back here Friday. Thanks for hanging in their for me guys. The stress has been REAL.

63 thoughts on “Claimed

    1. But wait until she figures out how he ended up back there instead of the front door like he just humble bragged.

      (Did I use that correctly you whipper schnappers? (You damn kids get off of my cybergrass))

    1. But now, for your customers’ sake, for your daughter’s sake, why not just buy a quality product from me?

      Ah, Tommy Boy. The great sales rep preparatory movie.

        1. I also noticed her cheek marks aren’t as prominent as they are now. Perhaps they are an indicator of something else…. power levels over 9000?

        2. Which is odd. Ginger has had 3 kids so far. Which she didn’t have in that link. Not even married and out of school yet.

          The teacher is 32 and Tara likely has some years over Elle.

          Was it his first year of teaching, maybe?

        3. He could have graduated at 17, four years of school in 3.5 years. Teaching at 20.5. Possible. But let him graduate at 21 with the first year around 22. That would give him 10 years teaching, minus one year for the accident.

        4. Well he was only Tarra’s tutor. She’d have been 16 to his 21, so a college student tutoring a high schooler seems perfectly reasonable to me.

        5. I think the image of Tarra with it was also probably before he went blind.

          He didn’t say it was a cane for the blind, just a cane he once owned/possessed.

  1. Nice, I’m glad that got cleared up. Had no idea he was that independent of a person to try and take on the world without help.

  2. I built my own PC, and am incredibly tech incompetent. I’m just so freaking glad it all worked out without much of a hitch. Seriously, it was like tech heaven throwing me a bronzed bone.

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    1. I’m going to say that these posts do not qualify for first. Even though 1st and first are interchangeable; it’s indirectly about the comic.

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  4. Now we know how he survives on a teacher’s salary – he walks through carparks but can’t see the cars. People back up into him and he gets paid out by insurance companies, but he’s (damn near) invulnerable so it’s all good.

    1. I wonder if Toby’s in on it. Can you imagine feeling two bumps when backing up and finding a blind man with his seeing-eye dog sprawled on the ground?

  5. …not to be “that guy” or nothing, but I really doubt anyone would have minded an empty parking lot.

  6. I believe the verb for describing Toby’s status should be “relegated”, as in “reduced to a lesser role,” not “regulated”, which implies trained, or taught, to no longer follow his prior training. Regulated can work in this sentence, but relegated seems to fit the intent.

    1. Steve, new name. That or I just woke up. Seems like the dumpster just outside my window was making quite a racket last night. Better tell TLO he’s got the welcoming basket duties next.

      1. They’re coming out of the woodwork.

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        1. Frankly, I’m about as surprised as the shark appears to be, so your guess is as good as mine.

    1. As far as WE can tell, no. But, then we’ve got to see him, and his former teammates(?), have their little interaction. Apperently, he was blinded, at one point. He, it seems, got better.

      1. Bionic eyes seems like Tarra’s sort of mad science, and she was probably involved with the experiment that blinded him. It would be somewhat unsurprising if she came up with something sciencey to help him out a bit.

  7. Yes, finding the car is the problem the blind dude has with his car. And nothing else.

    How does he get around? Does he have a self-driving car (appropriate technology for this setting)? Magic car? Toby is the driver?

    1. This is possibly the best place I’ve found for my auto-replace browser filter swapping “self-driving” with “uncontrollably-swerving”.

        1. Firefox has an extension named FoxReplace which will do auto-replace, which I use for my browsing amusement. Most of the ones I have set are from XKCD, but I’ve got a few others too.

          You can probably find similar for other browsers if you’re so inclined to look. I know originally I found a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox to replace a single word (keyboard -> leopard) before I stumbled upon FoxReplace.

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