#929 "Learning is Fun!"

January 16th, 2012, 4:13 pm

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Reply NtKGar, January 16th, 2012, 4:24 pm

Any sufficiently primitive magic is indistinguishable from technology.

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Reply AndySWAG, January 16th, 2012, 4:31 pm

i would've done the same heh yeah comics

Reply ColdFusion (Guest), January 16th, 2012, 6:29 pm

Of course!! That's why you keep people like Keno around, they think of those things.

Reply Tex, January 16th, 2012, 6:53 pm

I'm going to name my next orange kitten Keno.

And paint his tail white.

Reply Agen (Guest), January 16th, 2012, 8:09 pm

re: latest comic Please keep up the hilariously great work!

Reply Guest, January 16th, 2012, 9:04 pm

Do I see the artist's studio in the background of the first panel?

Reply neconeco, January 16th, 2012, 11:23 pm

Lols Wow he realy does live in a hole in the wall in a cold dark place

Reply GabrielsThoughts, January 17th, 2012, 1:07 am

Wipe that Shill eating grin of your face Neko. On an unrelated note I think they use a relatively similar map technology in the Caprica TV series.

Reply skeebop (Guest), January 17th, 2012, 9:09 am

Long time reader, first time poster that just wanted to say: Keno + Mjeownir is, perhaps, the best thing in the history of the strip.

Reply Litch001 (Guest), January 17th, 2012, 11:08 am

Comics in the map?! Ready Neko the Kitty on the map! Paradox :D

Reply Taniss99 (Guest), January 17th, 2012, 12:55 pm

Sadness... I just read the entire series and finally caught up. Such immense sadness...

Reply NtKGar, January 17th, 2012, 1:56 pm

New strips 3 times a week Taniss! Also, one of our writing objectives is to have it so the comic improves upon repeat reading for archive bingers :)

@skeebop: thanks!

Reply GabrielsThoughts, January 18th, 2012, 12:05 am

That's a tall order... I don't know how it could improve upon repeat readings unless someone was in a state of low elaboration during the first go through.Than again there is no one that appreciates the extra ten or twelve minutes you spent throwing in a bummy or a chain length fence than a fan.

Reply NtKGar, January 18th, 2012, 7:19 am

Plenty of comics/books/movies/tv shows benefit from a second viewing/read-through. Stuff that didn't make sense at first takes on new meaning when you know how it's elaborated upon later, throwaway lines become significant, character moments more defining, and let's not forget about quotability.

Why do you think The Simpsons has remained so popular for so long? Aside from the quality of the writing, animation and performances - it's repeated constantly. It's on every night of the week over here, and I watch it whenever I'm watching TV and it's on. Sometimes I'll switch over if it's an episode I don't like or one I've seen too recently or too frequently. If it's an episode I like or an episode I haven't seen yet, I'll leave it on. Go Banana!

The brain rewards recognition of sophisticated stimuli. The more involved the stimulus, the greater the reward. Reactivating the memory of a strong line or scene creates a pleasure response. It's why learning is fun. It's why singing along with a song you know on the radio makes you feel good. It's why people play the same videogame again on hard mode, why people buy DVDs, why networks repeat popular shows and why catchphrases and callback gags work.

There's enough comedy and detail crammed into NtK that the average reader will have forgotten most of it on a conscious level by the time they're done reading through the archives, but will retain conscious memories of particular lines and subconscious memories of others. If we've done our job well there'll be stuff readers hadn't noticed first time around, stuff that's taken on a new context as foreshadowing for later events, favourite lines, and the shock of the familiar for misremembered strips or strips that have since changed their meaning.

It's hardly a new approach (one of the criteria a lot of game reviewers use is 'replayability'), but it's something we aspire to.

Reply magic oisin (Guest), January 18th, 2012, 12:50 pm

.....magic is always been knowing the extra detail you keep concealed from others so everything you dont understand is a form of magic

Reply GabrielsThoughts, January 18th, 2012, 1:36 pm

I'll bet you didn't know Steve Martin and Pierce Brosnan were magicians. Magic also relies on never showing the same audience, the same trick, twice during the same performance. Then again, some people find enjoyment in unraveling the mechanism behind the trick as well, even if they can't perform it themselves.

Reply NtKGar, January 18th, 2012, 3:38 pm

Magic tricks are just a kind of physical riddle, the fascination lies in trying to figure out how they were done. It's what people talk about after the show.

Reply MementoMori (Guest), December 3rd, 2012, 7:39 pm

... Remember when this comic was normal?
Yeah, me either.

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