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So... so... CUTE

websnark-tan.pngI spent Election Night with my parents, and took Wednesday off from work, knowing that Election Night tends to last a thousand years or more. Which was certainly true this time. And Wednesday I spent in Maine, and aside from some glances first thing in the morning, didn't look at my computer much at all. Even after I shlepped back to New Hampshire, I got home and promptly fell into a twelve hour coma. I attribute that to a massive adrenalin surge caused on the ride home -- a deer leapt out in front of my car. I swerved and braked, then swerved more when I saw I was heading for a guard rail. And the next thing I knew, I was executing a near perfect Bootlegger's Reverse from Steve Jackson Games's Car Wars. Only, of course, I didn't mean to. But I did, in fact, end up stopped in the opposite side lane, facing the reverse direction from where I had been going. So I drove in that direction to a good place to pull off, and spent a few minutes reflecting on the act of breathing in and out. And then drove home, which went fine, and talked with my cat who was pissed because I had been away for a while, and then it was this morning, and I feel... well, pretty damn good, actually.

So, no NaNoWriMo, and aside from that one Narbonic note, no Websnark. But lots to talk about (there's doings all over Webcomicdom that deserve some note.) So, I'll try to get caught up today, as soon as I get caught up on systems administration work from my day off.

In the meantime, it's the Snarkoleptic Tan! Tans are... um....

Well... it's worth noting that there is a practice called OS-Tans that are... um....

That... I....

Oh, for Christ's sake. Read the Wikipedia article about them. It's easier that way.

Anyhow, given that *-tans seem to fit his drawing style very well, it makes sense that Alex and Ilia's artist, Rodrigo P. Nitto (or Rodrigo Pin -- I'm not sure which is proper or which he prefers or whether they're the same person at all) would find them appealing. So, he started a Keenspace Forum Thread where he debuted Tans for webcomics sites, like Keenspot, Keenspace, Modern Tales and the like. Others joined in (I learned about their existence from Ping Teo's Web Comic Finds, and even mentioned wanting one for Websnark there), and it became... well, a neat thread featuring lots of Chibis based on websites. What? No one claimed they were curing cancer over there.

Anyhow! Alejandro Melchor, who you'll remember creates one of my favorite Adventure Webcomics Nahast, contributed Websnark-Tan, seen here. And I love it. Like Ping's Webcomicsfinds-Tan, she's got a backpack because she trawls the web. Unlike Webcomicsfinds-Tan, she has a stuffed plush Snarky.

She has. A stuffed. Plush. Snarky.

This might be the cutest concept ever associated with... well, me.

I also like the magnifying glass in her backpack. Because hey, she scrutinizes.

So what do you want? I think it's adorable. And so you're going to look at it. LOOK AT IT!

Right. I'll get some real snarking done today. Promise.


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There should be a stuffed plush snarky.

Tans are just about the stupidest meme to make the rounds since "Ate My Balls," and yet as soon as I heard about them I started designing one for my computer. Whose name is PB.

Lord help me.

I never bother when people call me stupid, but that comment from Shaenon could be said about the very fact that I keep a webcomic.

I'm a sucker for cute, that's all.

Oh, so am I. And I hate myself for it. But that little Websnark girl is just... so... cuuuute...

I wonder if Chichi-chan would be considered WLP's 'tan'?

(A few years back we had a contest for a mascot, which resulted in Shiroi, the girl on our gen-audience pages... but we haven't been able to do much with her, because she's gen-audience. Wah.)

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