Skin Horse wraps up

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Skin Horse wraps up

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Some things end with a bang.

Some things end with a whimper.

Skin Horse ends with a reunion, and a boar pineal smoothie.

I'll miss it a lot.
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Ha! I followed that for a few years but lost interest. Walked back the last few dozen posts and it look like I missed an interesting journey! Sooo many in-jokes....
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I kinda don't need another archive dive right now. But thanks! :mrgreen:
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Typeminer wrote: Mon Jun 27, 2022 7:19 am I kinda don't need another archive dive right now. But thanks! :mrgreen:
Something to notice as you dive through the archive... the filename story. I just learned about it as the strip ended.

If you look at the URL path for each day's Skin Horse strip, the unique part of it for each day isn't a date, or a title (like what the Wapsi archive uses). It's a series of words.

Over the ten-year life of the strip, these words (taken in order) tell a story. It 's a prequel to what we see in the strip, telling the tale of Tip"s recruitment into Skin Horse, and his first meetings with Sweetheart, Unity, Mustachio, and Gavotte. Shaenon included a few editorial comments along the way.

The last few words of the prequel are embedded in the URL for the last strip.

Several fans of the strip have collected complete transcripts (links are in the comments section of the last day of the strip}.

I was already in serious awe of Shaenon, after she dropped the big reveal about the Oz connection that she'd been hiding in plain sight for years. But this... she'd obviously planned it ten years ago, drafted out the text of the story, carried it through all along, and timed things so that the ends of the strip and story lined up cleanly on the same day (which she admits was tricky to do).

Brilliant.
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She did the same thing with her other strip, Narbonic. Although if I recall, the story was completed long before the end of the strip, for that one. The story told us how Helen Narbon went Mad (TM), while meeting someone (an evil attorney... no, not an attorney that is evil, but an attorney for evil people...) at a restaurant... It involved genetically modified tomato sauce, or some such...
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