Toonbots archive - episode published 20061021
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Toonbots v2.0 gets off to the usual start. The metacartoonist reveals the bare-bones essence of the previous episode; the strong vertical
progression of the Pokey-reminiscent panel structure in and of itself implies the existence of a narrative, and the astute reader can easily
discern that the actual existence of any specific narrative would necessarily eliminate all the other possible narratives. The ineluctible
conclusion is that by rendering the actual narrative, the metacartoonist would be destroying a vast body of literature; this would be tantamount
to a criminal act dwarfing the burning of the Library at Alexandria. Better to let potential narratives lie.
This magnificent episode is the first public output of the Toon-o-Matic Take 2. It is not a 100% whole-cloth effort; after six years I
really don't understand a lot of that code any more, so it's best to snip out the bits I like and preserve them in amber.
Happy birthday to Lord Emsworth.
The script used to make this toon:
<cartoon height="600" width="700" rowformat="1"> <panel> <caption location="middle" fgcolor="blue" size="20">DNE EHT</caption> <caption location="bottom middle">.snioticidsiruj emos ni ylppa ton yam reffO.<br/>.sliated rehtruf rof ecaps siht hctaW .0.1 stobnooT sdne suhT</caption> </panel> <panel> <character name="sluggo" action="leaves"/> </panel> <panel> <character name="mao"/> <caption location="top left" fgcolor="red">.... What the heckfire was THAT?!?</caption> <caption location="bottom right" fgcolor="orange">Not to worry, Mao. I've got a.... strong sense of deja vu here.</caption> </panel> <panel> <caption location="top left" fgcolor="red">Yeah, now I feel MUCH better.</caption> <caption location="bottom right" fgcolor="blue">NEXT: ZEN</caption> </panel> </cartoon>