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No. 29: They'll never land safely in these conditions!

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They'll never land safely in these conditions!

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Strip by: Ian Boreham

{Peter Pan stands with Wendy, pointing into the starlit sky. Tinkerbell hovers above.}

Peter Pan: Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.

{Cthulhu looms large above a dark city, silhouetted against an evil, yellow glow in the sky. Tiny flying figures can be seen escaping to the right.}

caption: Unfortunately, this time *all* the stars were right.

The author writes:

I don't believe in Cthulhu! I don't believe in Cthulhu! Happy thoughts! Happy thoughts!

I finally got around to getting a decent comic lettering font. This one is "Unmasked" by Nate Piekos of Blambot (and also the creator of the Atland comic, which has been on hiatus for several years, but to my joy appears to be getting ready to continue this year. (In "summer 2015". Northern hemisphere summer? Southern summer? Atland summer?) Yay, whichever!)

The fonts at Blambot are excellent. Some are even free. Mostly, the good comic lettering fonts have a price tag - hey, he's got to make a living somehow. But I found a few nice free ones for my purposes. I was making do with the best of a limited range of default Windows 8 fonts, and getting sick of the special handling I had to do each time with it. But right now, I'm so happy with the lettering in this strip. Having a good font is very important for making the page look nice.

I'm also chuffed that I was able to get this strip finished today after just starting it yesterday at lunchtime. It took about 5 hours total. Pencilling takes about 10% or less of the time, inking about 25-30%, and colouring the rest, except for a small bit for the text, speech bubbles etc. at the end. I'd love to do more than one strip per week, but that's about as much as I can manage while surviving the rest of my life.

Drawn in Krita and Inkscape.