Comic 176 - Whispers

15th Dec 2011, 10:27 PM in Tiptoe
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Author Notes:

view 15th Dec 2011, 10:27 PM edit delete
This page took a lot of effort to draw.

Another world-building detail you won't need to know: the "holomovee" experience is not because the movie is holographic. It's because the rest of the audience is.

The theater records you watching the movie, and then has a chance of using you as an audience member for other moviegoers. So although there are only four seats in the theater, you actually watch the movie with fifty or sixty people. Their reactions, energy, and enjoyment of the film make watching the film a deep experience.

The theater will adjust you somewhat - if you're loud, it'll quiet your replay down. If you pick your nose, it'll hide that moment.

If you pay double price for your ticket, you can go in unrecorded, ideal if you plan to snog. You can also disable the "content filter" so it will remember you picking your nose or flashing your bits or whatever - there's no benefit for doing so, except if you want to flaunt something.

Anyway, the fourth movie on the scroll was Young Frankenstein!

Some really good guesses, but nobody got it right. :|


Guest 15th Dec 2011, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
That's really an interesting idea for a theater. My favorite is the memory of little Gretel sitting on her mothers lap. Just adorable.
Will the system fill the 'room' completely with other guests, or can you choose how big the audience should be?
view 15th Dec 2011, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
The theater chooses, but it's pretty smart about it.

I'm glad you saw the wee little Gretel! There's a few other silly things going on up there, too.
JasperWB 15th Dec 2011, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

...Frau Blucher...
view 15th Dec 2011, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Don't beat yourself up, it's not important.
JasperWB 15th Dec 2011, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
This is just what I always do. It's almost a running joke with people who know me. I once saw a guy outside of a hotel and he looked like William Shatner and I went "Nah. That can't be." So I went across the street the get on a bus, why I was there anyway, and I sit down look over out the window and the bastard turns around and I'll be damned if it wasn't him. And I'm a fan of The Shat. I suppose I should have checked out the large crowd anyway is the lesson to learn there but I digress.

Anyway, is that Carol on the bottom right there? Hair looks similar to her sexy style...and...WALDO WAY UP THERE!
view 15th Dec 2011, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, you spotted Waldo and the even more scarce Carol!
JasperWB 15th Dec 2011, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
She looks vaguely like Android 18. I think that's why I can pick her out and like her look. One of my wee childhood television crushes there.
Danda 15th Dec 2011, 11:57 PM edit delete reply
Holy shit I found Waldo.

And then nothing happens between these two during the movie. Or I am wrong like I usually am.
view 15th Dec 2011, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
We'll have to see!
JasperWB 16th Dec 2011, 12:07 AM edit delete reply
Is the audience watching the same movie or can you have holograms who watched a brutal slayer flick during the real playing of a peaceful children's movie?
view 16th Dec 2011, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
That would defeat the point.
JasperWB 16th Dec 2011, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Running Joke 16th Dec 2011, 4:38 AM edit delete reply
Looks like a couple friends had more fun watching the audience than the movie.

I don't usually get this lucky trolling around for new comics but your work is great stuff, I can't wait to see where it heads from here. This random internet person is pleased!
view 16th Dec 2011, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, they were looking over at the girls in masks - of course, the layout was completely different, so now they appear to be looking for Waldo... :D

Welcome, hope you comment lots!
JasperWB 16th Dec 2011, 4:55 AM edit delete reply
You're only missing a Raoul Duke type character looking over his shoulder in sheer, unadulterated terror.
Iamari 16th Dec 2011, 5:04 AM edit delete reply
I am so glad I read your note before I posted a comment or I would've felt even more special than I usually do.
view 16th Dec 2011, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Hehe, I really have no idea how easy this page is to interpret, or the next page. Could be that I'm making the comic impenetrable.
Iamari 17th Dec 2011, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
No no no no, you are doing an excellent job. As I've mentioned before, I'm not very smart. So I miss things from time to time. If I hadn't read the note I would've asked some annoying questions. Ex. "How did Gretel and the others get off the tram and into the theater? Didn't Jim and Mary notice them? Why are there 3 Gretels? ETC."
Stupid stuff like that. Thankfully I read your note so I didn't ask. Though in a way now I have, so my stupidity is out there for every1 to see again.
view 17th Dec 2011, 5:43 AM edit delete reply
It's important for me to know how people read it, whether they're literary geniuses or not.
Iamari 18th Dec 2011, 5:11 AM edit delete reply
You are welcome... I think.
Seafog 16th Dec 2011, 5:33 AM edit delete reply
Who is Carol? I can't remember her from anywhere at all. :(
And I think I recognize the kid above her, he is from a comic if I am not mistaken, african-american, and he is sort of semi-racist against white people (not really, but I can't think how to describe him any other way). Got made into an animation at one point, but I cannot remember the title.
Love the comic, its the sort of sci-fi world with some real meat to it, future ideas and consequences all over the place, that I just love. And you put actual thought into where each concept fits and what the consequences to each concept would be. Bravo!
Gyde 16th Dec 2011, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Carol first shows up on page 010 panel 3 and takes care of "half a dozen folks [robots] at home." the kid looks like a younger version of the girl on page 85 - Leaf Blowing. I don't think she has a name. Also, it looks like she is there 2 or 3 times; I don't know if the person sleeping above and between Jim and Mary is her or not. Great idea for a movie theater by the way.
JasperWB 16th Dec 2011, 7:46 AM edit delete reply
My screen name is also tattooed on Carol's right breast. I think it fits so it's canon to the story in my mind dammit!
Archduke 16th Dec 2011, 12:30 PM edit delete reply
Lol, simple smiley-faced kid with an afro = Boondocks? :)

But yeah I'm guessing it's a younger version of the girl who just shared her headphones with Hansel.
view 16th Dec 2011, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, no callout to Boondocks here, that's a teeny tiny version of the children.

Thanks for the compliment, Seafog!
MehAloe 16th Dec 2011, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
That's a really cute idea for a theatre. But what if you want to see a movie with more than three friends? Does the theatre have a few different-sized rooms? :P

Also it seems to have a bitter-sweet undertone. Would this invention be popular in small towns, where you won't have a big audience... Or is it just that there aren't that many people left in the world as a whole, so there's a demand for "virtual" experiences of large groups of people?
view 16th Dec 2011, 1:46 PM edit delete reply
It's bittersweet.

There is a classic theater for crowds. It doesn't get used nearly as much.
elfolampo 16th Dec 2011, 8:53 AM edit delete reply
The fact that some people appear in the audience several times is... interesting, if they're people picked at random.

I mean, if Hans and Gretel appear 3 times each, it's likely they've seen the movee atleast... I don't know, 10 times?
Of course, it's a good movee, but is it one you'd pay to watch several times?
Would you as a robot, who is unlikely to be able to forget it?
Of course, maybe it's more about the experience than the movee itself, since they seem to be in a different situation/with different people each time.
Other than that, maybe part of it is the whole 'small village' thing, where maybe not many people overall are interested in movees, and even less in classics.

Damn, now I want to watch The Princess Bride again.
view 16th Dec 2011, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
Well, partly it's because I didn't want to design a bunch of new characters, and it's partly because they are the ones who saw this movie a lot.
Panda! 16th Dec 2011, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Ty view for this Page. I'm a Huge Cinema fan. This idea you have has merit I think because the only reason in my eyes that movie theaters will continue to work is because of the fact that a movie going experience is just that. A experience reacting with the reactions of those around you.
view 16th Dec 2011, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
I agree!
karma 16th Dec 2011, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Whowhat 17th Dec 2011, 4:18 AM edit delete reply
Ya know I didn't notice it till now but are the two people in cloaks near the top exhibitionists? It totally looks like the one on the right is raising the left's cloak while she is covering her (damn large) breasts.
view 17th Dec 2011, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
scorp29 26th Mar 2012, 8:27 PM edit delete reply
I love this holomovee idea =3
view 26th Mar 2012, 8:32 PM edit delete reply
So do I!
Devin Petty 3rd Jul 2012, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
Did anyone notice Waldo in the top left corner of the last panel? Or that Hans and the guy that looks like Jim are looking at him?
view 3rd Jul 2012, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
I did!
JasperWB 3rd Jul 2012, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
I found Carol the first time and this time. Cause I like Carol. She's purdy. *sigh*
Reading In 2015 25th Oct 2015, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
First, since I am bothering to comment at all, I absolutely have to include thanks to View for sharing this. I'm really loving it, too! Fun story, enjoyable art, nice pacing, people I am enjoying experiencing.

Second, what is your avatar, View? I see the hands and the pencil … And I have no idea what that thing is :-). The hotdog picture fanart in the random stuff page was fun, though!

Third, I noticed, recognized, and love Waldo! Nice touch. Wasn't going to comment on it if I others had pointed him out, which they did. But as long as I'm posting at all … ;-)

Now, the other reason I'm posting a comment today. Earlier in the comments, someone called themselves out for not understanding where all the audience came from without View's author's notes. You cannot in fairness beat yourself up for not assuming something for which we have absolutely no prior experience or context.

The room into which they walk is clearly small and clearly has only four seats (or possibly eight; the top lines of the four chairs might have been the tops of four chairs slightly elevated behind the first four).

Holographic fill-in audiences don't exist today, not to my knowledge anyway, nor did they when you commented in 2011, and I also have not come across them in fiction before this, so it is a concept I never had. (By the way, I'm also of the opinion that it's a neat idea! But still a totally new one, unanticipable.)

So your questions would not have been stupid. They were natural, and I had them too, until I read the author's notes. Which is surely the sort of reason that View shares those kinds of author's notes :) .

Some of his notes are not necessary for understanding the page they go with; some of them are only necessary for *greater* understanding; and some of them are necessary for even basic understanding of some part of what is on the page. All three of those factors make those notes worth checking every time, just in case, but especially the last factor does -- the notes critical to understanding the basics of what's going on right there.

Now, if you were simply forced to accept that what you saw is the reality, could you make up some kinds of explanations that might explain what you see on the page? Sure. Even if you don't feel that you're someone who could come up with wonderful explanations or creative enough explanations or really awesome explanations, you could almost certainly trot out *some*; and folk in general could.

But there is nothing in the comic so far to tell us what THE explanation is. You did not miss anything like that. And so we are fortunate that the author realizes what requires explanation, and we do not have to wonder longer than it takes to reach his author's notes. :)

Don't beat yourself up, kids. Just sit back, read, LOOK, and enjoy.

Reading In 2015 25th Oct 2015, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Art: Nice difference between glows of people and holograms in theater!