Comic 207 - Fangirl

25th Jan 2012, 9:36 PM in Filling in the Past
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view 25th Jan 2012, 9:36 PM edit delete
view
It occurs to me that it may not be clear: Piers and some of the people you've seen tangentially are basically geek rock stars. Jim and Marina too, although if indieVisible's midwestern robot rights activists were a band, they would be the drummer and backup vocalist.

Still, they both have had to deal with fans. Most of their fans are members of indieVisible, as the group is open membership. If you have enough technical skill (in this case, robotics and human/sensor interfaces) you can hang with the cool crowd.

This girl is, flat-out, an ascended fangirl. She's a whole lot like Miwa, in many ways. Except Jim can't say she's too young, because she's actually older than he is.

Comments:

RandomTroll 25th Jan 2012, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
I lol'd
JasperWB 25th Jan 2012, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
So was that Jims old girlfriend? He is a lucky piece of shit either way. Everything comes up his! Bastard...
Archduke 25th Jan 2012, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
Archduke
An age where the size of your penis is relative to the amount of times you masturbate a day. What's not to like?
view 25th Jan 2012, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
view
WTF?
JasperWB 25th Jan 2012, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
Wow. You made view respond with just a shocked acronym! Even I haven't done that..yet.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Archduke: Are you referring to Nanobation?
Archduke 26th Jan 2012, 1:48 AM edit delete reply
Archduke
Hahaha. I figured my comment would raise eyebrows. I meant to imply that geeks are the new jocks in view's comic.
Huh? 27th Oct 2015, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Three years later and I still don't get it either. Can you spell it out v-e-r-y specifically for the slow crowd, if you like even get alerts and see this question? So far you mentioned penis size, frequency of masturbation, geeks, and jocks. But I just don't see any correlations that are definite.

Are you saying, like, the fact that girls are really attracted to Jim indicates he has a big penis, so the big penis size (in other words, attractiveness) must be related to the fact that he is a geek, which must mean that he masturbates a lot? Unscrambling that a bit, do you mean that he is a geek, so he masturbates a lot, so he's got a big dick, so girls are really attracted to him?

If that ain't it, I don't get it. And if that is it, I still don't exactly get it. I know it was a joke, but an explanation really will not ruin it for me ;>
cattservant 25th Jan 2012, 11:19 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
What price glory, Quantum Jim?.. Mary might not be able to define ambivalence at that age, but she still knows it when she feels it!
cattservant 25th Jan 2012, 11:32 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Master view: Have you noticed; Even though we haven't seen her for over two weeks, Miwa's name has surfaced multiple times in the comments over the last several days?
view 25th Jan 2012, 11:42 PM edit delete reply
view
I really hadn't noticed.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
I think she is one of those self-motivating characters who reach out through time and space <and the fourth wall too> demanding attention!
view 26th Jan 2012, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
view
She's just calculated out her appeal to hold the stage even while she's not on it.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Hope you keep your scripts secured so she doesn't escape. <You might wake up one night [if you do have time to sleep] and find her standing at the foot of your bed looking speculative!>
duLapel 26th Jan 2012, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
duLapel
[quote=cattservant said] "You might wake up one night ... and find her standing at the foot of your bed looking speculative!"[/quote]

Now there's a Twilight Zone in the making!
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
duLapel: Indeed!; The word Lamia comes to mind. And what if she decided to become a webcomic artist?!.
JasperWB 26th Jan 2012, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
JasperWB
Careful now. If you figure out the truth about the comic and the artist we could all be killed. And probably in an unexciting way like a simple hitman coming to the front door.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 1:15 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Or, something flashy like cutting our power and striking us with lightning! <gotta be careful not to stand too close to the fourth wall>
rainbows1701 26th Jan 2012, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure who that is, exactly -- This dream-sequence flashback is super confusing, with every character being Mary and all. It's a fantastic way to deal with a dream sequence conceptually, but is pretty tough to keep up with.

Anyway, the cast could use a little bit of updating, if you're going to have a super-detailed backstory like you seem to be going on, it'd be nice to keep track of the random bit players.
<3
view 26th Jan 2012, 1:18 AM edit delete reply
view
Ahhh, none of the characters in the flashback have even a bit role outside of this dream sequence. Well, her brother does get referenced once or twice, but that's it.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 1:27 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Master view: Are you looking over your shoulder yet?!
RandomTroll 26th Jan 2012, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Her [younger] brother is Cedric?

Same nose? (did not go back to check...whichever page it was)
view 26th Jan 2012, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
view
No, Cedric's completely unrelated.
RandomTroll 26th Jan 2012, 6:51 AM edit delete reply
The crude oil guy?
view 26th Jan 2012, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
view
Her only brother is Piers, the big-hair-80s-guy.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
rainbows1701: If you have the time <and the inclination>; It is always rewarding to go back and re-read the story straight through. <especially if you read the comments too>
pancake 26th Jan 2012, 7:40 PM edit delete reply
View, what is your take on the following:
http://grinding.be/2012/01/26/towards-a-resilient-industrial-revolution, as well as on Open Source Ecology in general?
view 26th Jan 2012, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
view
I can't go into detail on that as View, sorry.
JasperWB 26th Jan 2012, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
JasperWB
Heh. You truly are good at keeping this an impartial persona. Quite distant.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Ahh!, creative schizophrenia... {or, perhaps, more correctly, layered lives lived in simultaneous synchronicity}
Sheela 26th Jan 2012, 8:13 PM edit delete reply
Sheela
This Fangirl of Jim's is a tricky little so-and-so, and for some odd reason, I completely approve of her.

I think I'd like to see more of her too.
In the comic I mean.

:D
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Jim has to 'round out' <the humanities, so to speak> his education sometime. Might as well not have to work too hard at getting his credit hours in! [Also, it looks like Mary is going to audit the course.]
view 26th Jan 2012, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
view
Unfortunately, this is her last appearance. :|
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Well, just damn!.. It's always nice to dream just a little longer.
cattservant 26th Jan 2012, 11:25 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Master view: Just looking at duLapel's prize picture; If that is Gretel all grown up, then the 'uplifted' young lady could well be Waverly all grown up too. {I suggest "Full Flexibility Is Uplifting!" as a possible caption.}
view 27th Jan 2012, 12:18 AM edit delete reply
view
Not all grown up, just more grown up.
cattservant 27th Jan 2012, 12:58 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
And very nicely so...
LazyRanger 9th Sep 2012, 12:42 AM edit delete reply
For the record, I'm finding the flashback fairly easy to follow along with. Whether I've properly constructed the order isn't quite as clear, but I think I have. :P

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