Comic 204 - Tackles

22nd Jan 2012, 11:06 PM in Filling in the Past
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JasperWB 22nd Jan 2012, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
Kay I hate to say it but this is kind of a awkward page. Actions are confusing and it flows choppy. Emotions are hard to detect.
view 22nd Jan 2012, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
The good news is that this is the most complicated action that happens in the story.
cattservant 22nd Jan 2012, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
Always another layer to consider... Thank you indeed!
JasperWB 22nd Jan 2012, 11:39 PM edit delete reply
Heh. I don't know how you plan your whole stories in advance.
Reader In 2015 27th Oct 2015, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
I disagree with JasperWB. I mean, obviously he's right about himself, and I would never deny that. So it could be true for other people.

But it was clear and obvious to me what's happening. The girls heard Jim note that Mary got hit by the bad guy, and tackled Jim to keep him from killing the bad guy. (They clearly understood that hitting Mary was a Very Bad Thing to have Jim catch you at. And I'll bet they're more worried for Jim and the consequences, than for the bad guy.) ... Then the bad guy notes that Estaban is an unregistered offender, I mean intelligence ;-) (as if that is going to help somehow), and Esteban expresses how little he cares by pointing out who should really be afraid. And the girls say that the information is up on the mesh (i.e. "the web") for all to enjoy! Oh, plus, Mary's gonna be fine now -- nobody else messing w/ the nanites in her, now that the Scooby Gang [Mary's friends] has control of them.

"cry the blue tear" -- I like this phrase. I don't need to know its origins, or why blue specifically, but it is an interesting phrase. It *sounds* so lovely and specific. With the word "dear" in it, we know all we *need* to know :-) .
RockB 5th Feb 2016, 10:27 AM edit delete reply
What you typed is insees clear, but (at least to me) nothing more than that.

My confusion starts on the previous page:
Why or by what was Dr. Face humiliated, and why was it done?
And what about the nanites, were they a real (potential) thread, meaning that Dr. Face was indeed a villain? Or did the group just not like tha nanites being in Mary's body whith someone other then Mary & friends controlling them?
Oh and how come that Dr. Face didn't know that Mary's friends were behind him, they must have been inside the same room with him?

Somehow I feel that I got some info missing that wouldmek/help me understand the last page. This page is just the follow up and does not create more of a mystery for me, but so far, it also does not answer much.
cattservant 22nd Jan 2012, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
<that is to say> It may be soup, but it's got lots of ingredients in it. <very tasty too>
Ally Haert 22nd Jan 2012, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Ally Haert
I've gotta say, if Jim ends up hooking up with Miwa in the end (even for a fling) and hurts Mary in the process, it'll probably be the angriest I've ever been at a fictional character before. I'm against the couple that much.

On topic, this is really good backstory. It's starting to fill in a lot of "gaps" in the story for me. Thank you for the flashback scene! Very helpful. And as always, excellent artwork and characters. :)
JasperWB 22nd Jan 2012, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
I'm surprised Jim's just upset he hit her. He tore open her shirt. That would make me flip my shit if she wasn't decked. Doc there is a particularly bad piece of shit
view 22nd Jan 2012, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
@Ally I agree! Jim & Miwa is a bitter taste. Of course, I do drink my coffee black...

Dunno if I've seen you comment before, so "welcome!"

@Jasper His friends tackled him, pinned him, and shouted "no killing"... he's just got that unemotional face.
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Stoic would come naturally for Jim.
cattservant 22nd Jan 2012, 11:55 PM edit delete reply
To JasperWB: May be that's where 'Doc' gets his poo to fling?!
JasperWB 22nd Jan 2012, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I-I don't even have any coffee.....
cattservant 22nd Jan 2012, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Master view: a robotic question;<if you wish to answer> I notice Jim's unnamed girl friend has a prosthetic left leg and arm which were not apparent on page 199. Also "cry the blue tear"?
view 22nd Jan 2012, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Ummm... because it was Mary on page 199...

Yer makin' me nervous that stuff is even more unclear than I thought!

As for the blue tear, you just looked at page 199, so you should know what it is.
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 12:04 AM edit delete reply
Oops... back to 199! That's Mary before her wheelchair weight then. I see the tear drop now, but the significance escapes my small and tattered 'nets'... Re: clarity; The song is sweet and clear! I'm just mumbling about the 'harmonics'.
view 23rd Jan 2012, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
It's never mentioned, it's just background flavor. Artificial intelligences that could conceivably pass for human intellect are required to carry that mark. Even if they are just an chat bot, their avatar has to have it.

This led to a fair number of robot rights activists wearing it just to confuse things, and, of course, a number of robots rebelling by not wearing it when they can get away with it. Many decided to wear the "opposite" mark - the V.

It's part of the "separate but vaguely equal" legislation that came out near the end of the old government.
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
Amazing! You must have a extra room just to store your notes in.
JasperWB 23rd Jan 2012, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
Haha. Yeah it does make one wonder what redeeming value they give to society when you got people like view around who do this as a hobby!
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 12:32 AM edit delete reply
With all that intellect and skill, imagine what could happen if there were money in it! Semi-seriously though, It makes me hopeful that all the talents and skill-sets lurking out there in the margins will rush in to fill the vacuum created when the bottom falls out of current society. <Kind of like one of the subtexts of a webcomic I read occasionally...>
pancake 23rd Jan 2012, 11:00 AM edit delete reply
sooo.. the V is a reference to the upside down tear?
view 23rd Jan 2012, 1:35 PM edit delete reply
No, just happenstance.
Meddy 15th Aug 2012, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
I may be pointing the obvious, but I get to do it since no prior comment did it:

That sounds an afwul lot like a yellow six-pointed star.
Archduke 23rd Jan 2012, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
And so the furious, aggressive baboon transforms into a meek, porcine toe-rag. Relatively surprising to see scary-Jim, seeing how mainstream Jim doesn't seem all too physical.

This flashback and its fleeting glimpses of the 'pre-apocalyptic' viewniverse (I keep using this crappy pun, blame Kevin Smith) is getting me very interested in the 'battle' of IndieVisible's hippies against a tyrannical authority and popular prejudice, involving all of these new characters, younger versions of the ones we know, and a rather different milieu, of transformation and heated chaos in an urban setting in the place of slow, rural decay. I guess it wouldn't be as flavourful as a romance, but still - can't help curiosity.
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 9:08 PM edit delete reply
Ending up in Nowheresville must have been quite an adjustment.
view 23rd Jan 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
Jim's never been physical. He was just going to kill the guy, not attack him.
cattservant 23rd Jan 2012, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Master view: A fourth wall question <if you feel like answering it>; Do you ever wonder what moves the direction that the comments take? For example, page 202. Given the sometimes rather 'direct' nature that the comments can take, it's somewhat surprising that no one discussed the 'case of the missing hot dog'. You put a lot of effort into the sequence and maintained the ambiguity levels very nicely too. <personally I think it magically transformed into a fig leaf...>
view 24th Jan 2012, 12:57 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh, she's just holding it in front of her. But, yeah, it kinda vanishes.

Comments are always erratic. What's worst is when someone comes up with a good one, but nobody cares and goes off on some random tangent.
cattservant 24th Jan 2012, 1:05 AM edit delete reply
You could encourage the ones you really like, but I'm almost certain you are busy enough already. (if the hotdog bun had enough ketchup and/or mustard on it, it could be self-adhesive...) <and thanks for the reply>
exxtrooper 29th Jun 2012, 5:22 PM edit delete reply
Is this jim who wants to beat this guy up? Or is it the guy who the government people took in the car, or is it the same person?

When exactly is this? Ten years in the past? Twenty? And is the Esteban or just a similar robot?

I'm a bit lost here.