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<   No. 1555   2007-04-30   >

Comic #1555

1 {scene: Head Death's desk}
1 Head Death: SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.
2 Head Death: HE WRESTLED THE FROG WHILE BREAKING THE THERMOMETER AND INHALING THE MERCURY FUMES.
3 Head Death: WHEREUPON THE FROG STUCK ITS HAND DOWN HIS THROAT, CAUSING HIM TO LICK ITS POISONOUS SKIN MUCUS...
4 Head Death: ... INSTIGATING SIMULTANEOUS CESSATION OF LIFE TO BOTH PARTIES BY FOUR DIFFERENT CAUSES?
5 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: YES, SIR.
5 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: YES.
5 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: STREWTH, MATE.
5 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: 'PON MY WORD, GUV.
6 Head Death: I'M SENDING THEM BACK. {Steve and the frog vanish}
7 Head Death: And to discipline all four of you, I'm reassigning Poisoned By Licking A Giant Frog to Insanely Overpowered Fireballs.
8 Death of Inhaling Hatmaking Chemicals: Nooo!
8 Death of Being Wrestled To Death By Steve: Nooo!
8 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: Noooooo!
8 Death of Insanely Overpowered Fireballs: N... Wait. How is that a punishment?
9 {Deaths walk out of Head Death's office}
10 {Deaths slowly trudge across the Infinite Featureless Plane of Death}
11 {more trudging}
12 Death of Choking On A Giant Frog: The really sad thing is we were telling the truth.

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I have no idea where that circle of different coloured light visible in the second last panel comes from. It doesn't seem to fit the pattern of lighting I used to illuminate the scene at all.


2017-04-22 Rerun commentary: There were a few theories bandied about in the forums when this comic was first published. I think it might be the shadow of my own head, cast by the overhead ceiling light of the room. I used a blue "daylight" bulb there for a while, so the light it casts is bluish, and the shadow of something blocking it would appear to have a reddish cast.

You can see in the first panel of the third row that the red area has moved relative to the skeleton figures - and (behind the scenes trick) the skeletons haven't actually moved at all. This is because they are ridiculously hard to set up in a walking pose like this, and if one falls over often the whole lot of them go like dominoes. So once I get them stable, I tend to take multiple shots from different angles, rather than reposition them between every shot. The red area is also not visible at all in panels 2 and 4 of the same row. So it's clearly moving around, which supports the idea that it's the shadow of a moving object (namely me).

You can also see the red shadow in panel 3 of the first row, but not panel 1 - which again has the figures unmoved for the previously explained reason.

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