Comic 133 - V

24th Oct 2011, 11:46 PM in Rain
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Author Notes:

view 24th Oct 2011, 11:46 PM edit delete
indieVisible... if you think of this as Star Wars, indieVisible would be episodes 1-3.

Originally they started as a nonpolitical open hardware movement for DIY people using advanced minifacturing (3D printing and so on).

However, the corporations declared war on them, not only via patent lawsuits, but also by buying changes to regulations to make DIY increasingly illegal. In their pursuit of "the solar power thieves", they ended up arresting the four humans in the photo - exceedingly charismatic and none of them older than 16.

Once the political warfare began, indieVisible struck back, and one of their major points was lobbying for robot rights. A flood of self-aware and semi-aware robots joined the organization.

Within 5 years, the open hardware blueprints for robots were better than the corporate blueprints - cheaper, lighter, more durable, and so on. Because every robot on the planet wants to know where their next rotor joint replacement will come from, and the corporations are known for planned obsolescence...

In the end, the indieVisible V became inextricably linked with robot rights. However, inversely, it inextricably linked the concept of open hardware and living naturally with humans into the robot rights movement.

None of the group were particularly leaders of indieVisible, because there weren't really any leaders. But they were celebrities, due to being arrested shortly after this award was given.

... None of this is important to the story, any more than Mace Windu is important to Luke Skywalker.



RandomTroll 25th Oct 2011, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
view 25th Oct 2011, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Ha ha ha... you're gonna be reaaaaaaal mad this week.
Gyde 25th Oct 2011, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
And now we know where the V is from. I was wondering if/when you would tell us.
pancake 25th Oct 2011, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
why is it in a trashcan?

and how can you steal solar power? i mean, if the sun isn't public property then nothing is.
i want to see the dumbass who tries to put a flag on the sun.
view 25th Oct 2011, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
... it's already illegal to install your own solar panels in most states. It has to be done by a registered installer.

It's also already illegal to use unverified panels: only those brands tested in qualified labs are allowed, at least in many states.

As to the trash can... maybeeee someone else will be nice enough to tell you...
kill3st 25th Oct 2011, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
It's in the can because jim's interest "isn't exactly platonic "... Jim's ex is in the picture, and. Jim is shooting for Mary now.
kill3st 25th Oct 2011, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
And if I win (anything) with that answer, I'd like my next sketch to be of Miwa and hanzel...
view 25th Oct 2011, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
You don't win anything! Mwahahaha!

But you're right.
Guest 25th Oct 2011, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
so.. Jim's ex was in the original indieVisible group?
view 25th Oct 2011, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Basically every geek was.
duLapel 25th Oct 2011, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
Interesting. I see rapid prototyping and garage manufacturing displacing centralized manufacturing in the near future as well. It solve a lot of shipping problems with finished goods. You ship instead raw or processed materials.

Strangely enough, the fast food franchises are the likely future corporate model. Where the designs for the goods are owned by the franchising company as well as the supply chain for raw materials.

Copyright laws are already being subverted by corporations to give them indefinite monopolies on some designs. So it looks like things are sliding the way View is seeing them in her story.

Question: Is IndieVisible a portmanteau of Indianapolis Invisible?
view 25th Oct 2011, 3:46 AM edit delete reply
In this future, whether a corporation "owns" the designs is largely irrelevant: individuals steal and clone and reverse engineer instantly. The majority of progress these days is made by loose groups of scientists or engineers working together rather than corporations, a model which only works because of the high level and low cost of technology.

indieVisible is has nothing to do with Indianapolis and everything to do with "indies", as in independent music, comics, and game publishing.

It's a pun on "indivisible" - as in, the human race cannot be divided. Which is accomplished by giving individuals exceptional power, visibility, and resources.
duLapel 25th Oct 2011, 3:56 AM edit delete reply
Well spoken... And it is something I can see coming to full fruition. View the futurist!
WhiteAier 25th Oct 2011, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
So Jim's ex and Mary's brother are both in that picture? :O
view 25th Oct 2011, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
And Jim, too.
WhiteAier 25th Oct 2011, 7:08 PM edit delete reply
I thought I saw him in there. But I'm just sort of surprised that him going to jail wouldn't be an important part of the story.
WhiteAier 25th Oct 2011, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Err.. or at least him at least getting arrested for it.
Warmachine 25th Oct 2011, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
I love the little bits of insight into the world you add into the author notes. As much as I am a character driven kind of guy, I also like exploring other peoples' worlds.
Prestidigititis 25th Oct 2011, 7:50 PM edit delete reply
Without the author's notes there, the shift from bodies to trash is pretty incomprehensible. (To me, and I assume others. I do tend to be slow to "get" visual cues.)

Until I read the notes, I was worried we'd have a couple parallel actions going on in the strips ahead, where half the page is Jim's uber-slow exploration of Mary's abdomen, and the other half is flipping through the expository printed material in the trash. Which gave me all kinds of bad flashbacks to Sim's "Reads" chapter of Cerebus.

I have a ton of faith in your ability to tell a visual story between characters, View. I just worry that so much of the relevant history these characters share happens pre-comic, and requires a lot of catch-up. And when most of that is delivered via author's notes, it makes the comic harder to penetrate. Especially if you someday plan on compiling this into a volume without the luxury of author's notes after each page.

But I could just be worried for no good reason. I dunno. You've said you wanted critique before; there's mine.
view 25th Oct 2011, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
It's the chapter close panel.
Prestidigititis 25th Oct 2011, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
kill3st 26th Oct 2011, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
If view publishes this comic, he (she/it???) could put author's notes as a separate glossary in the back, with footnotes leading to them...
Prestidigititis 26th Oct 2011, 4:14 AM edit delete reply
Like a David Foster Wallace novel. I'd totally be into that.
view 26th Oct 2011, 12:35 PM edit delete reply
That's how Carla Speed McNeil does it, too. I still don't think the notes will be necessary to enjoy it, but if it does get published, I'd put them in the back, yeah.
Guest 29th Oct 2011, 11:33 PM edit delete reply
So wait... did they have sexy times?
view 29th Oct 2011, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
No, I'm not ambiguous about that sort of thing.
Lain 1st Aug 2014, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Hello, 2014 speaking. I love to come back to this comic. I don't even know why I love it.

I got a piece of 3D-printed hardware just in front of me. And two open hardware microcontrollers on my desk.
The future you've seen is coming quickly.
view 1st Aug 2014, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Lain 1st Aug 2014, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Hey, you're still here reading comments, that's cool.
I'll take the occasion to thank you for this comic because it is really meaningufl for me.
Will this site stay online for long? I would like to keep returning to it regulary but I'm not sure of when it will 404. Should I plan on saving my favourites panels now?
view 1st Aug 2014, 10:49 PM edit delete reply
Well, it'll stay up as long as ComicFury does. I don't plan to take it down.