Comic 395 - Harryhausen Rays
11th Feb 2019, 12:00 AM in Raiders of the Lost Apple
Harryhausen Rays
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
Oh yes, those pesky Harryhausen rays, always causing stuff like this! ;-)

The pink motor boat is supposed to be the same as this one.

But I wonder where Kanny got that functional Star Trek TNG tricorder from...
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The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
*giggling helplessly at this obscure form of radiation*
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
:-D

An additional safety note: If the Harryhausen radiation exceeds the threshold value while humongous statues happen to be nearby, please evacuate the area immediately!
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
That is a whole lot of deceased people; I think the archeologists amongst them should be asking "how recently"?

edit: also nice boat... :)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Ah yes, "how recently?" is indeed an excellent question!

Also, I am glad that you like the boat! ;-)
(Incidentally, in the page I am currently working on, I am a bit fighting with its windshield - that damn thing proves to be tricky when to be drawn from an angle that doesn't show the boat in profile...)
Stilldown (Guest) edit delete reply
These are the remains of the so called "movie experts" who got the justified answer for not knowing who Harryhausen was.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
In this case, there are so many different awesome creatures that would be a candidate for having been the perpetrator here...
ProfEtheric edit delete reply
ProfEtheric
You reminded me again why I love Cryptida with "Harryhausen radiation" (as if I needed reminding).

As far as the functional tricorder... My guess would be one of the tech companies pushing serious boundaries in the CrypLIRABTotBTverse (working title for the shared worlds that the works of yourself, lirvilas, Stilldown, and Soph and I inhabit - there are other comics that cross over, but those have the strongest connections).

...perhaps we need to workshop an umbrella term of some sort...
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
A long, long time ago, I had outworked some ideas of this: multiverse gadget etc

I added some ideas later, explaining some in the TOtBT Behind The Scenes paperback. But we see Vincent W reading the Eldritch Equinox at some places in the original comic, for instance. Maybe we open up a new idea pool thread again for the shared CrypLIRABTotBTverse multiverse.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Yeah, a new idea pool thread would be neat!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I am glad that this little Harryhausen gag got so much positive reception. :-D

Regarding the tricorder, maybe it's kinda similar to Agent Johnson's device here...
(Though I'd say that Harryhausen radiation indicates only specific forms of magic, as we'll soon see...)

An umbrella term... Hm, that's a tough one...
My approach would be to look for a common element, but right now I can't think of one that would match to everyone's comic equally...
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
I think the common element would make most sense for the umbrella term, but I can't haven't found one yet (except some character's cameos). So maybe we should just introduce a new one, like a mascot, that might appear now and then in all worlds/comics, without having much impact on the storyline or concept. Could be a fictionary legendary product that isn't produced anymore but still sought after (like an Revox A77 or Mercedes w123, etc.), a grimoire like the Necronomicon used by wizards and cultists in several worlds, an advertising character like Bibendum, etc. That object could be used like a running gag or easteregg, hidden somewhere on a shelf, shop, garbage bin, etc. Or a building coexisting in all worlds, or a restaurant chain (like the Iron Cruise Drive Inns.)
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
If I wouldn't be so squeamish about violence myself, I can see myself standing there at a large rock, asking:
"If you want to pass, you have to name three Harryhausen movies."
Answer by the travelellers" Ummm... uhhh, E.T., Star Wars, Titanic...."
"Wrong. (Written in fractur:) Vollstrecker, waltet eures Amtes."
Numerous Harryhausen creatures turning up and eatingt the ignorants.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Reminds me a bit of that bridge scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (or Die Ritter der Kokosnuß in German).
Except of course that Harryhausen wasn't at all involved in this movie either.
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
That scene went through my mind, too. But I would need a rhyme, then.

"Name three Harryhausen movies, not two, and not one, or you are done."
"Willst du über die Brücke brausen, nenne drei Filme von Harryhausen."
"No matter if you stand or run, name three movies of Harryhausen, or you life is gone."
"Nenne drei Filme von Harryhausen gleich, oder du gehst ein ins Totenreich."
"Three movies of Harryhausen you have to name, or prepare to die in shame."
"Drei Filme von Harryhausen will ich jetzt hören, oder seine Kreaturen werden euch zerstören."
etc.
Willibald (Guest) edit delete reply
Ido love the way that the finest CGI animators have kept it a convention that skeletons alays move with jerking movements as if they were stop motion creations. They contiue to honour the master.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Some other examples I know of, where the animators try to make CGI appear like imperfect stop motion:

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit has scenes with lots of freely floating rabbits that they could only achieve via CGI. But they gave the digital bunnies stuff like fingerprint marks, so that they blend in better with the clay animation in the rest of the movie.
(I found a short video about that.)

The LEGO Movie is almost completely CGI, but the animators took many cues (like restricted movement, and again fingerprint marks) from stop motion done with actual LEGO pieces.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, and speaking of Harryhausen and LEGO... :-D
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
JammyTheBirb
"Don't worry, there's only a low chance of being attacked by skeletons." XD
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Can you ever be 100 % sure that a sudden skeleton attack won't happen? ;-)
AmeliaP edit delete reply
AmeliaP
"they won't start to attack us, right?" Right? Riiiiiiiiiiight? B-)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Fortunately, they are too dead to attack anyone.

Unfortunately, whatever killed them may still be around. ;-)
Jay042 edit delete reply
Jay042
If Harryhausen radiation is associated with magical fields, I would assume Kurtzberg Particles would be associated with super powers?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Could well be, who knows...
(The webcomic Spinnerette actually did something like that, via introducing the superpower-granting Cherenkov-Kirby reactor!)
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
ST:TNG tricorder!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Because firstly, I love ST:TNG, and secondly, this scene here is really not that much different from any standard away mission scene in Star Trek...
eekee edit delete reply
eekee
Me too! It might be my favourite of the series. And you're right.