Talk:2188: E Scooters

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This comic came out early. They don't usually go live till around noon my time. It's 1:20 AM. Blacksilver (talk) 05:21, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

Yes, quite early, but about once a month or something it happens. Randall never has fixed upload times. So it is not really uncommon. --Lupo (talk) 07:46, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
It used to be that the comics would come online in the early US hours (morning for Europe), but about 1 year ago this shifted to morning US / mid-afternoon Europe, with some exceptions. 10:26, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

Please tell me I'm not the only one who thought Cueballs first "sound" in panel 6 was 20000000M and was wondering what that number meant? :D Bischoff (talk) 09:29, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

You [where] were the only one I think :-p --Kynde (talk) 09:55, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

he wasn't

I have noticed that in several comics Randall doesn't draw a frame around every panel, like panel 5 in this case. Is there any meaning behind this or is it just a random artistic choice? Bischoff (talk) 09:32, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

I think it is a choice, but not random. It gives a certain flow to the comic. He does this a lot. I have begun writing it in the transcript, as I did here (someone else did it partially but I corrected it to "frame-less panel". A quick search showed 79 pages using this sentence. So it is quite common, as I have certainly not been around all of the comics doing this. However, I'm probably the one that have edited most transcripts (as the one with the most edits on this wiki, who on top of that has specialized in making the transcripts complete. ;-) --Kynde (talk) 09:55, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
In this instance it could mean "Zoom Out" again after panel 4 zoomed in (so basically it looks like a combined panel 4+5 with the zoomed in panel framed). Sebastian -- 12:36, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
Randall also could be using it to save space. Omitting the two vertical lines of the frame saves a bit of horizontal space, which helps in a comic like this one where there's a lot to squeeze into the bottom row of frames. DKMell (talk) 18:29, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

I didn't really get this explanation. It doesn't really _explain_ why the response is made of whizzing sounds, no? Wouldn't the point of the explanation be to explain the comic? 16:10, 12 August 2019 (UTC)

Why seemed obvious to me. It could be that there is no *serious* reason for it, that he did it for fun. 17:24, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
I added an explanation for his sounds.

"Obviously battery technology and prices have driven a lot of the scooter explosion"... While faulty battery technology has also caused its fair share of scooter explosions... And maybe it also needs to be said that otherwise popular electric scooters are actually not legal in the UK, to be ridden either on the road (with the cars, lorries, busses, bikes, etc) or the footway (with the pedestrians; and the illegally ridden bikes, who have both their own occasional problems and/or occasionally problematic users to contend with - a whole conversation in itself), which may have helped delay the occurance of the first UK fataility. 05:52, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Part of the explanation currently says something like "It's unclear why the scooter is making laser sounds", I'm feeling more and more convinced that it's like the rest of the article and transcript indicates, that Cueball is making the sounds himself, seeing as the speech line is going to him, not the scooter. (Earlier I wasn't sure whether they might be electronic sounds from the scooter like kids' toys). This should probably be amended to asking why Cueball would make laser sounds on behalf of the scooter, but then we're just repeating White Hat's question from the comic, LOL! NiceGuy1 (talk) 03:39, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

I think it is just repeating White Hat's question from the comic. Why does the scooter in Cueball's imagination have lasers? The real scooter obviously does not. -- 14:19, 2 October 2019 (UTC)