Thanks! (And I've never used Google Talk, so any similarity is actually more coincidental rather than intentional. It figures though that they'd use something like that as it's clean to implement and not heavy on HTML)
This is one of the many things I love about doing WordOwl; every so often there is a strip I can recreate very well in WordOwl that resembles the original nicely.
That was the original point of the 4-panel layout, but it definitely works better with some strips rather than others, but this one is where it worked just right.
I had (and still have, actually) pretty much every console from the NES up, with few exceptions. I actually spent my early years rocking an Atari 5200 before scoring the NES. In any event, the soundtrack of Sporkman in my mind is totally 8-Bit. I dream of a pixelized 8-Bit sidescroller with Sporkman in it.
I'm sure such a game could be written, and probably arranged to make it look 8-bit.
And today's strip... I'm just about to transcribe it. I did say I liked a challenge, I suppose... but yes I can transcribe a strip with little or no text in it. *invokes the mighty ritual Dez-Krypt'shun.*