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Changing of the Guard

January 25, 2011

What? Kate and Penny are the top-billed characters in this comic now? Well, this changes EVERYTHING!  I hate you, Wendzel.  Die in a fire.

See? I’ve pre-written a violent overreaction to those of you who may not like where this is heading.  That’s the kind of service you get here at Out At Home.

LOOOOOONG blog post about this to follow in the evening, but for now I have to go to work, so stay on the lookout for that.

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  1. LaughingTarget says:

    The pressure of being promoted from an important supporting character to a protagonist is sure stressful. But at least the pay and fringe benefits are better.

  2. W says:

    I really like the artwork in this one, especially in the last two panels.

    Personally, I’ve always liked these two characters best anyway, (save for maybe Herman) so I’ll be happy to see them get more screen time, as it were. (especially Penny)

  3. Baughbe says:

    Well they are both definitely easier on the eyes. I just have a minor concern of the strip becoming formulaic. That big old goofy baseball star had plenty of quirks to keep things hopping. Now it’s on the girls. OK girls, Smile…

    Of course Penny’s ability to see through the fourth wall (and violate it so hilariously) is an asset not to be overlooked.

  4. ChibiRico says:

    Kate getting confused as all hell in 1.2.3… NOW! I’d sure be if someone yelled I was a protagonist randomly like that O.O

  5. TVT says:

    New font? Nice.

  6. ThatCanadianGuy says:

    you guys get to be protagonists now? lucky…
    and all I get stuck with in MY comic is being a crummy ‘comic relief’ character…
    ah well, they generally get more fan service anyway ;)

    ah whatever, good page Wendzel

  7. McGee says:

    actually this could add some fresh flavor to the comic, plus it gives some time let dad and retard rest. The Creative brain takes us on odd tangents and i can see how this came about.

    As always I know you will be putting 110% into this comic chief.

  8. Sio says:

    You know, that troublesome webcomic awareness problem can be cured by a topical cream nowadays…

  9. Milly fo Shilly says:

    I come for comedy, I get a reminder of all the things I haven’t done yet…

  10. Dragonizer says:

    I’m diggin’ the new font! Did you make it with your handwriting? ‘Cause it sort of looks like handwriting.

    And Penny, Penny, what would we do without you? :P

  11. Alex says:

    I’m back hand-lettering the comic now, yes. :) I stopped early on in the comic’s run because I couldn’t find a way to do it consistently well enough but I think I’ve solved that now. I might make a font out of my handwriting in the future, though.

  12. Michael says:

    This makes sense. Kate and Penny are the best characters you’ve got anyway (no offense to Herman). And I *love* Penny’s fourth-wall awareness and the way you use it.

  13. pizzasgood says:

    Hmmm, driving test. I hope it will be as awesome as it was in DBZ, and not boring and lame like the one I took. (Though in a way, my driving test was [i]terrifying[/i] due to revealing how low their standards are.)

  14. RomanXVII says:

    Your website is only worth $3,348.95?

  15. Vance says:

    Could be worse they could be…

    Wait for it…

    Here it comes…


    ANTAGONISTS!!! (dun dun dun)

  16. Bok says:

    Wait, Kate and Penny weren’t the protagonists before?

  17. Hymn says:

    i always figured that these two were the main characters…

  18. Jack Faire says:

    I am with Hymn it seems like they have been the main characters almost since the beginning.

  19. Samuel Bronson says:

    I was likewise unaware that they had not heretofore been numbered among the protagonists!

  20. Xydux says:

    Yeah, I thought that they were always the main characters. (Yes, I read through the archives first to last when I got here, and this strip always seemed strange to me.)

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