Comic 209 - EL SANTO

27th Jan 2012, 11:24 PM in Filling in the Past
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Author Notes:

view 27th Jan 2012, 11:24 PM edit delete
And that's the flashback!

... I was going for a funny thing where all the humans are naked and the robot is fully clothed for a change, but I don't know if that was clear.

I'll be doing a comic tomorrow - no day off this week.


Mr Muffins 27th Jan 2012, 11:34 PM edit delete reply
Well if you think it might be interesting to draw. My pic request would be this.

What would Jim, Mary, and Miwa look like if they were robotic instead of human?
view 27th Jan 2012, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
I'm gonna pass. It's an interesting idea, but I don't feel like designing any more robots.
JasperWB 27th Jan 2012, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
I like the reversal thing. It's funny. Esteban El Santo del Barrio! Channeling his power from from El Luchador de los Muertos Agua.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 2:30 AM edit delete reply
Indeed! So enter Esteban... It's a long way from the bottom of an unnamed mid-western river to page 064. I suppose when they dried him out and fired him back up he was in factory default.
view 28th Jan 2012, 2:37 AM edit delete reply
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 12:56 AM edit delete reply
Yay! An extra page! But really, Be kind to your carpals too...
view 28th Jan 2012, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
I don't have any. I use my telekinetic powers to move the pen.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 2:07 AM edit delete reply
I should have deduced that. The evidence was all there in plain sight! (Do you draw inside a Farady cage?)
duLapel 28th Jan 2012, 4:43 AM edit delete reply
Ahhh... Interesting cattservant that you should suggest view is using Remote Viewing, a real phenomena statistically demonstrated by Jessica Utts in this peer-reviewed paper. With the level of little details NMTG has generated, I've suspected our prolific author was either doing remote viewing of our future or possible even being there in some unfathomable quantum entanglement...
view 28th Jan 2012, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
Flawed and corrupt studies.
duLapel 28th Jan 2012, 5:14 AM edit delete reply
Something I would expect a covert practitioner of the technique to say... ^_-
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
"Nudge Nudge Wink Wink!", ehh? Sorry!, I was lurking about at the bottom of the Comments and just noticed your reply. It is said <somebody always does> that 'every thing' exists simultaneously and 'time' simply keeps it all liquid. So if view's attention is 'remote', then any space and/or time would be quite accessible. The skill being in the gathering and the description. (On a rather more mundane level; How do you produce those lovely bold letters and italics?)
duLapel 28th Jan 2012, 6:03 PM edit delete reply
to cattservant: BBCodes (or Bulletin Board Codes) are a kind of lightweight Markup Language that a lot of forums have adopted.(click here for the reference website)

I don't think all the functions are active for this forum, e.g., size and color or when they do work it is less than satisfactory, e.g., the quote fuction. But bold, italics, underlining, hyperlinking, image and strikethrough work well!

Have fun... ^_^
cattservant 29th Jan 2012, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Thank you O Wise One! But first to summon up any residual brain cells that may be haunting my cranial spaces. Then fun!.. Oh my! I feel like Charles Babbage is smiling down on me!
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 1:00 AM edit delete reply
Also, I still think Mary is a naiad.
Prestidigititis 28th Jan 2012, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
By the way, nice job short-circuiting any future requests for nude Mary/Jim sketches. "I already drew them naked, you guys..."
view 28th Jan 2012, 1:41 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I'm definitely never going to be drawing them again naked! This chapter!
JasperWB 28th Jan 2012, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
They're so damn cute together. Miwa simply cannot succeed! I have visited that future and it is terrible. Lots of booze in that time stream however.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 2:18 AM edit delete reply
Miwa, again! She's getting impatient...
Prestidigititis 28th Jan 2012, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
But standing naked in front of a clothed robot? With Mary's naked brother?

It's called gymnosyngenesovestiautomatonophilia, and it's a legitimate fetish, thank you very much.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 2:14 AM edit delete reply
There is probably a whole related industry in Japan! (or maybe North Korea) <a disquieting thought: anything you can think of, someone makes their living doing...>
Meh.Aloe 28th Jan 2012, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
But why did he fall into the river? Was it robot suicide, from the depression of living in an oppressive robot-enslaving society? Or an accident? Or murder? The business shirt and tie make him look like some sort of corporate worker! Perhaps he saw something he was not supposed to seee...

... But since his memory got wiped I guess we can never know. :(

Was this event of robot-finding kind of the thing that inspired IndieVisible in the first place?
view 28th Jan 2012, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
That's a very different story, one that won't ever get told.

indieVisible wasn't started by this little band of children. They simply joined it and became bright lights. But even without indieVisible, they would have been impressive: Piers is endlessly pushy and arrogant, while Jim is a math savant.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
Somewhere in the Notes you said Esteban 'died' a number of times during the flash back years. Did he start to keep outside notes to help him keep up with his own history?
view 28th Jan 2012, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
Esteban didn't have to come up with methods of keeping up to date. Hundreds of thousands of robots die and return to factory default. Getting back up to speed on duties and expectations is well understood.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
An entire Robot Remembrance industry! [no present sorrows / nor ancient regrets / we will remember / what we don't forget] {RIP}
duLapel 28th Jan 2012, 4:48 AM edit delete reply
I suppose a hard EMP from an Ionosphere nuke or an x-19 proton storm could have that effect on the less well shielded civilian owned bots...
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
Or, if nobody remembered which button to push.
view 28th Jan 2012, 4:58 AM edit delete reply
Naw, robots go down for tons of reasons. Especially back in the earlier days, when quantum memory wasn't completely reliable.
JasperWB 28th Jan 2012, 5:02 AM edit delete reply
Robots crashing left and right. It be like humans stroking out at random. Funny in a horrible, awful, terrible way.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
The Grim Reaper <or maybe Interrupter> with a set of metric wrenches and a screw driver instead of a scythe...
view 28th Jan 2012, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, it was rough to be a thinking robot. The sleep cycle was the most dangerous, because kicking the computer hardware back into high gear when you wake up is the time they are most likely to fail. So the robot just... doesn't wake up.

But a whole lot were also reset to default by simple trauma. Whether in the head or torso, the circuitry remained delicate enough that getting knocked to the ground was enough to break it. In the early days - these days, not so much, as you can see.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 5:31 AM edit delete reply
Master view: I'm sure you have little time for reading 'other' webcomics, but perhaps you've run across this one. It is very much a study of AI and robotic interactions with humans. It is very funny too.
view 28th Jan 2012, 5:42 AM edit delete reply
I read it a long time ago, but the current arc (at that time) was boring, so I stopped and never checked back.
cattservant 28th Jan 2012, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
Know what you mean. There is always something better to consume your time... <thankfully>
AwesomeMe! 28th Jan 2012, 5:50 PM edit delete reply
Aww, panel 3 is adorable! :3
Wow, those ASSES! (lame thing is lame)
JasperWB 28th Jan 2012, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Jim had/has a very womany ass. He must be related to Jack in some way.
CyberSkull 31st Jan 2012, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
I like the reversal.
Surreal 7th Feb 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
Sorry about the double post last time. What's impressive is that despite the fact that you do porn, you can still do a scene which involves naked children, and not have it feel weird or creepy.

Also, I've noticed: Is nudity more acceptible in the future? I mean, boys is one thing, but I think a lot of modern parents would FREAK if their son/daughter was in the nude with a little girl/boy that wasn't family.
view 7th Feb 2012, 11:49 PM edit delete reply
Well, none of them have parents, so...

In any refugee state, there's a huge number of homeless, unclaimed children. It's basically impossible to provide for them all.