Comic 198 - Vett's Cure

15th Jan 2012, 8:30 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 15th Jan 2012, 8:30 PM edit delete
Vett's disease is a disease which degenerates parts of the brain and nervous system, as you'll see in a few pages.

Don't know whether it's clear that this is a dreamy flashback... :P


JasperWB 15th Jan 2012, 9:36 PM edit delete reply
Prions?...cannibal problem?
UmberGryphon 15th Jan 2012, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
If Mad Cow Disease taught us anything, it's that you shouldn't feed dead cows to living cows.
view 15th Jan 2012, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
Just to make sure nobody thinks Mary ate people, Vett's disease is a problem from nanoparticle contamination, not eating human brains. At its height, more than ten million people in the western world were suffering from it, although not all to an extent where it affected their daily life much.

...Although you could ALSO get it by eating an infected person's brains.
JasperWB 15th Jan 2012, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
Wait...Mary is the little girl looking for Jim here right?
view 16th Jan 2012, 12:09 AM edit delete reply
Mary is all the girls, as will become clearer tomorrow.

That's the problem with these kinds of sequences: they don't make much sense until you're at least three or four pages in.
JasperWB 16th Jan 2012, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Ohh so its only a flahback because its in the past. Its like multiple moment of time happening at once, overlapping memories then, or a complete dream?
Archduke 16th Jan 2012, 1:07 AM edit delete reply
Ah, good. I thought the girls looked slightly like Mary, but found that I may have insulted you by implying that your characters all looked the same if I brought it up.

Plus, the transition from phase to phase in the last page was very smooth and I haven't ever seen this technique used in art or film before. +1 for empiricism I suppose, and -1 for Archduke's intuition...
JasperWB 16th Jan 2012, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
Yeah I thought that too but I also elected to keep my mouth shut. Sometimes you can get tired of being wrong, eh?
view 16th Jan 2012, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
Really? Which transition?
Archduke 16th Jan 2012, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
Panel 5 of 'Dream Start'. I understood that the robot was in both, so it would be unlikely that the scenes were occurring simultaneously, yet the idea of a dream flowing through multiple episodes so quickly seemed far-fetched to me. Instead of making conclusions in my head I just decided to wait for it to be explained. It's an interesting technique though - perhaps I should watch Inception more or read Death of a Salesman again...
view 16th Jan 2012, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Viscount_Tusc 16th Jan 2012, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
I could analyze this too. Or, I could say, Ghost in the Shell. :D
JasperWB 16th Jan 2012, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Anarchist Mary should take off her top.
view 16th Jan 2012, 3:22 AM edit delete reply
Well, yes, her top does come off in a few pages.
JasperWB 16th Jan 2012, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
Hmm. I sense another demon/genie like deception but I'll believe it anyway
Mr Muffins 16th Jan 2012, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
HAHA I used to work with a guy who was an anarchist
JasperWB 16th Jan 2012, 5:47 PM edit delete reply
And they're much like what's depicted here. Cool hairstyles, but dialog with them consists mainly of them telling everyone how they're anarchists.
duLapel 16th Jan 2012, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
I think, possible in my usual wrong headed fashion, that what we are seeing in Mary's (little Marina) dysfunctional family... Smoking teen brother, anarchist scientist mother working for the man. I like the "double V" on momma's cheek...

Interesting that you choose nano-particles and possible nanites as the source of a prion disease. The proposed use of self-organizing proteins, glycoproteins, and nucleic acids really lends itself to unintended misfolding disorders.

A small art criticism: In the last frame, the scrunched facial features give the obnoxious company man too much of a baby head... I know the phenotype you were shooting for (the self-indulgent condescending elitist ecto/endomorph) and frame six captured it.
view 16th Jan 2012, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Well, yes and no about the dysfunctional family.

I agree about the art, but of the three times I drew it, that's the closest I could get.
exxtrooper 29th Jun 2012, 5:18 PM edit delete reply
I've been reading this comic and find it really interesting, but right here it completely lost me.

Who is this woman with the weird haircut? Is it Mary? But isn't Mary the little kid? Or is this two flashbacks at the same time? And who is the person they're taking away? Is that jim or the person with the anarchist tattoo?

I really have no idea what is going on right now, and I'd really like to know as this is probably the first webcomic I've actually wanted to read.