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For most of the 1920s, windshield wipers were sold as separate accessories. Although some electric models were available, they were usually operated manually from a lever inside the vehicle. Driving a manual transmission car in a heavy rain before the days of power steering and anti-lock brakes, wiping the windshield yourself and defogging with your sleeve would have made for a fairly harrowing adventure.

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:iconasheskyler:
AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for having this uploaded to dA. I usually read on the website, but this page would not load for some reason. =(
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:iconhalf-dude:
Half-dude Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah good ol vacuum operated windshield wipers.
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:iconanathelaren:
AnathelaRen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2018
'Pandora's truck'. XD XD I love it! Can't wait to find out what's next!
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Laughing-Jill Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2018
Rocky's oddly badass
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:icongenisay:
Genisay Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pandora's Pie Truck. XDD
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Myuniverseinabox Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Jfc these comics are amazing
The amount of detail and work put into these...
eVEN THE DIALOGUE BLOWS ME AWAY
Honestly
hhiusgefygesf
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:iconcrmeyer:
crMeyer Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Pie philosophy .. a noble curriculum!
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:icontarorae:
tarorae Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
I looove how you rendered the raindrops splashing off the step of the truck!
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:iconpeaniko:
Peaniko Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Man Rocky didn't need that crack on the head. Like things rattle around in there enough as it is! And you have such an eye for detail, like every panel is amazing to look at.
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Teasealot Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018
I'm thinking Freckle is either on the roof of the truck, or under it. Just waiting for Rocky to open the back of the truck, step up inside to show his two new "friends" all the pie he's carrying and clear line of fire.
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Laugh-Butts Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
THERE BETTER BE A LOT OF GUN-SLINGING PIES!
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:icondreamingophelia:
dreamingophelia Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
The suspance is killing me!!! (The Fire-face was spectacular anyway)
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:iconwarriorsofanimals:
warriorsofanimals Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope Freckle's in the truck and not somewhere else hiding lmfao
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:iconcombothebeehen:
CombotheBeehen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally a new update! I can't wait what's inside the truck ;w;
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:iconasahi-sensei:
Asahi-sensei Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Student Artisan Crafter
Gosh, Freckle's look on his face. 
Rocky is deep indeed but I reckon Freckle's deeper. 
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:iconraininess:
raininess Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Who would deliver the pie?" GIF Steven Universe - Lapis Laugh   Gosh, I love Rocky. 
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:iconangry-small-friend:
Angry-Small-Friend Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018  Professional General Artist
I can't wait for Freckle to WRECK THESE GUYS YYEESS XD
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:icondeathbringerdragon:
Deathbringerdragon Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
and that's why rocky's my favorite cat
just next to his cousin
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:iconmechanicoverlord:
MechanicOverlord Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
You gotta give it to Rocky: for a sleep-deprived, skull-cracked maniac, he's got style.
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InkPawStudio777 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"Pandora's Pie Truck,". Best.Line.Ever. XD
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
Weasel-face is about to learn that pie can be very bad for your health.
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gkillerb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is one of the most amazing comics I've found on here. I don't comment enough. Please keep this going! I love these characters! The detail and realism of the era is unbelievable!
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
Thank you!
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Minecraftrailroader Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
Been watching and helping old Ford Model A's get around the hills of Branson, MO at the time of this commenting and even just being a support vehicle it has been harrowing to watch these cars go. Biggest issue has been the radiators boiling dry and overheating the motors. As for the wipers. . . .yeah they barely work. Very few use electric wipers on account of the strain on the six volt electrical systems. Instead if you had an "automatic" wiper, it was most likely vacuum operated. A line was ran from the intake manifold of the engine, up the driver side windshield post and to the wiper (Trico was a very common brand for these). As for the brakes, locking them up is a small concern to brake fade. When the brakes get used heavily they heat up, this heat cuts down the brake pads effectiveness to bite the drums and slow the car. Really digging the detail and thought/research done to have the characters properly interact with a 1920's world.
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tracyjb Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018
Ah, that's all very interesting!  Thank you for the input!
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KOTR13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
AAAHHHHH!!  TRACY, HOW DO YOU MAKE SUCH MAGNIFICENT ART?!  YOU ARE A GODDESS!
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HotRod-302 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
Some of those old Fords (and other cars I can imagine) from those days had to go down steep grades because the fuel system didn't like sloshing forward. And this has been another... useless fact. 
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TzaoTao Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018
great page, as always you do excellent work, I especially like the flower in the "detective" cats' chest pocket, exquisite little detail, not to mention the weather and Rocky's little philosophical chitchat
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Freakconformist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that Rocky has just when absolutely insane. 
I mean, he was already a pretty kooky character, but the fact that his head injury just made him more insane and fearless turned this from a comedy of errors story to a riveting drama without it being jarring or incongruent with the story. It was a masterful touch of storytelling. 
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Gulril Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
You are getting better at every page. This is scary good.
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:iconboneybackrivers:
BoneyBackRivers Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Roooocky... oh you made him so cool. I love Lackadaisy cats so much
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:iconscyphi:
Scyphi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
It's moments like this which are why I love Rocky as a character so much. :D
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SwaffyX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Funny comment about the windshield wipers. I can only assume they are using their tails to move the lever.
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:iconfreakconformist:
Freakconformist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good eye and a great detail. You can see that there is a "wire" leading from the top of the wiper in the fourth panel, so you can clearly see that they aren't automatic. 
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gotherinefoxx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
The excitement is palatable
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:iconzorbonaut:
Zorbonaut Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Goddamnit Rocky! Your stitches are gonna burst if you keep grimacing like that!
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:iconkordyne:
Kordyne Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
What's in Pandora's pie truck? I'm guessing a rain of bullets B:<
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:iconfreakconformist:
Freakconformist Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
On the fifth panel you can see Freckle hanging on to the side of the truck. 
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:iconcyborgarmgun:
CyborgArmGun Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
This shading is getting so good it'd make Sin City shiver in the bathroom.
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:iconwarrior-of-faith:
Warrior-of-Faith Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
The story's a little dark for such cute characters. But i love the artwork, you are very talented.
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:iconkwijiboenator:
kwijiboenator Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love the detail you've put into this from the research.
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AluminumFedora Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
Heyyyy, nice one, Freckle! We'll make a gangster out of you yet! I wonder if maybe Rocky should give up on wearing ties, though... He's going to develop a permanently sore neck, considering how often he gets yanked around by them! XD

I really love how you handled the rain textures on this page, especially how you show the raindrops pinging off the surface of the truck. The blue color pallet unifies everything so nicely too. And your dialogue is always such a pleasure to read! "Like you swallowed a bug, but angrier" and "Who would deliver the pie?" made me snicker. I can't wait to see what Freckle has in store~ X3
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ReiAndHana Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Like you swallowed a bug. But angrier".

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DANG I did not think was accurate, but now I have to agree! xD
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amandas-sketches Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
"Who would deliver the pie?" 
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wraith11 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2018
"Driving a manual transmission car in a heavy rain before the days of power steering and anti-lock brakes, wiping the windshield yourself and defogging with your sleeve would have made for a fairly harrowing adventure."

It is, believe me.

With the rain and headlamps, fantastic lighting in this one.
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
I just looked back and realized they have an electric windshield wiper in their car.  Fancy :D  Makes me wonder, how much research you do for every page.  I need to go back and try to catch these kinds of details.
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Lupus14 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
What makes me sad about this comic, that so many kitties get killed in the course of the story. I love cats to much.....
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Jarn-Argence Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Is something nothing if not pie?"
It's lines like these that make me laugh and stay up late at night pondering things. Or perhaps I've simply had too much pie.
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Thatslegit Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018
These pages are getting more colorful by the second...
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:iconketumii:
Ketumii Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God I love these characters.
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