Quail Effect


Captain Quail 48 - Birds in Briefs (Jan. 10, 2014)

Space is big. Like hugely, mind-bogglingly big. I consumed crates of science fiction as I was growing up, and science fiction has this wonderful way of making vast distances seem far smaller than they actually. In fiction it only takes half a page, or a few minutes of screen time, to move through the lightyears between planets and systems. One of the biggest, yet subtlest, disappointments of my college life was the realization of how large the distances in space truly are. Even seeing the scale models, and looking at the math, its almost impossible to comprehend how far away planets are stars are from each other. Looking at star maps like the one in today's strip make insterstellar distances seem achievable, when reality has laughed at most of our attempts to move between the stars. Science fiction, I think, helps us believe we can reach beyond our world by shortening the distance between fantasy and reality in our imagination. 

There seems be a correlation between people who read science fiction and people who are successful at doing their own thing. There was a thing, some study or article, a while back that said as much. Trying to go out on your own, whether that's starting a company or creating a webcomic, often requires you to turn the distance between your reality and your vision from lightyears to inches in your imagination. That was a really long sentence, but I think it still makes sense.

This Friday, for our Webcomic O' the Week, we want to talk about Woo Hoo! Woo Hoo is shorter than some of the strips we've highlighted in the past, but it is 100% worth reading from start to current, and adding to your reading list. Right next to The Adventures of Captain Quail, of course. The best way I can describe Woo Hoo! is if Shadowrun and Transmetropolitan had a child, and that child was filled with ...child-like... wonder and curiosity. And an obsession for food, cute animals, and parkour. The comic is set in a version of the Pacific Northwest done in neon and future awesomeness, and follows the story of Jolee, a girl trying to make it in the big city (possibly by eating everything in sight). It's just adorable, and bright, plain fun to read. We'd also like to give a shout-out to Molly "Jakface" Němeček and J.R. Boos, the creators of Woo Hoo!, who seem really nice and incredibly talented. Check out the comic, and we will see you Tuesday!



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