Comic 304 - No Tears

16th May 2012, 10:43 PM in Bloom
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view 16th May 2012, 10:43 PM edit delete
Ah, the "Mastermind Manifesto"...

I hope I've made it clear that Jim and friends were basically rockstar anarchist mad scientists.


Paul Goodman 16th May 2012, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Paul Goodman
Prestidigititis 17th May 2012, 1:02 AM edit delete reply
Forgive my ignorance...what does this mean, or what's it supposed to represent? I've seen it a couple times now...
view 17th May 2012, 1:10 AM edit delete reply
Rune 17th May 2012, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
Or Koreans on Starcraft II.
Sheela 17th May 2012, 11:39 AM edit delete reply
Same thing really. :D
Damastech 25th Dec 2014, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
Life is flan!
Guest 29th May 2012, 12:38 AM edit delete reply
In WoW when a horde player typed "lol" it would appear as "kek" to an alliance player.

Visa versa, horde players would see "bur" if allaince players typed "lol".

-~`* the more you know
JasperWB 16th May 2012, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Well well well. "I promise I won't make anyone cry anymore." Will she keep her word? Hope so. Back in the day Jim was intimidating and I'm fairly certain his eyes were portals to hell!

Silly anarchists, tricks are for kids! Which I guess they were at the time so...carry on...
view 16th May 2012, 10:59 PM edit delete reply
You should already know the answer to that.
JasperWB 16th May 2012, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
Twas mostly a cryptic or rhetorical question. Deep down inside its obvious she loves Jim enough to know how things must be. The hardest choice in these situations, but the only one to make.
Sheela 17th May 2012, 11:40 AM edit delete reply
Well .. remember that she had a plan that only had about 2% chance of success ?
Maybe that's 2% chance that someone won't cry.

/crazy theory
view 17th May 2012, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
If you look at that page again, I think you'll figure it out. You're very close.
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 4:45 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. It would almost make sense in Miwa's obsessive ways if she was calculating the odds of /herself/ crying in the end. That or her losing her temper and doing something punching the screen.
cattservant 17th May 2012, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
If Miwa begins to let go on her feelings for Jim, she may reconsider the "Mastermind Manifesto" too.
cattservant 16th May 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
So Jim is, to some small degree, a spiritual descendant of Victor Frankenstein.
cattservant 16th May 2012, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
An intellectual descendant for certain.
JasperWB 16th May 2012, 11:20 PM edit delete reply
I still love the obligatory "glasses push" frame you put in heh
cattservant 16th May 2012, 11:30 PM edit delete reply
I wonder what Mary Shelley would think if she could have known how deep and widespread a mark she left on world civilization?
view 16th May 2012, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
Thank god it wasn't that awful vampire crap that jerk that kept hitting on me wrote. Wait, what do you mean he's even more remembered?
cattservant 16th May 2012, 11:40 PM edit delete reply
Given the things that do become 'famous' and culturaly significant, an author and artist might be motivated to do their better best on everything they publish...
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
View, you should make your avatar vampiric. Fangs, trickle of blood. Badass right there!
view 17th May 2012, 1:08 AM edit delete reply
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
You know, there /were/ vampires before that sacrilege! That stupid broad, fucked a whole genre. My only hope is someone does the same to zombies so vampires can have time to be redeemed...
view 17th May 2012, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Why bother? Invent a new monster that reflects modern culture.

The vampire and Frankenstein's monster both represented the worries and pressures of their time. Create a monster that reflects the worries and pressures of our time.
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 1:33 AM edit delete reply
Because I still like vampires! I'm not looking to be scared anyway. I like the lore and mystery and implications of them, not the monster and fearful aspect. So I'd wind up mostly reinventing the wheel for what I want
Sheela 17th May 2012, 11:42 AM edit delete reply
Heh, a modern monster would be the landshark + lawyer/banker + vampire or something like that. :D

Alternatively, it's the redneck extremist that's buildt himself a survival shelter in his basement and is just waiting for some world catastrophe ... and in the meantime, he's massively prejudiced and will beat up anyone who has a slightly different worldview than himself.
Now, enter a whole town full of those people and you have your "zombie horde".
Voron 17th May 2012, 3:24 AM edit delete reply
they have modern monsters what do you think rouge AI movies are
view 17th May 2012, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
Rogue AI is one example, and you can see that it's a very popular monster as just about every science fiction game has one.

But I'm sure you could invent something new, if you sat down and really thought about it.
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Well...I did just kind of get an idea. I swear view, you're always right in the end!
view 17th May 2012, 4:16 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes I have to wait a very long time to be right, though.
JasperWB 17th May 2012, 4:40 AM edit delete reply
Heh. Miwa's an autobiographical character, right?

I just realized because you fear something doesn't mean it has to scare you in the traditional sense. Then that opens the door for many monsters now that never existed before.
Iamari 17th May 2012, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
I loved that dialogue, excellent writing as usual.
view 17th May 2012, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
Iamari 18th May 2012, 3:49 AM edit delete reply
You are welcome. Sorry I don't leave many comments any more. I just can't think of anything to say or ask. I do still read it every day though.
G-Rock 17th May 2012, 4:08 AM edit delete reply
I want to say the zombie is our modern monster from a societal standpoint. A loss of individuality, rampant consumerism, the fear that people in general are getting dumber... eating...

Vampires has the other base desires covered for the moment.

The fear of technological acceleration is nice wrapped up with rogue AI and the occasional "lights off" story.

I think we need a monster that symbolizes how all the old people retiring is going to cause economic panic. And no, zombies won't work. That's not nice.
view 17th May 2012, 4:16 AM edit delete reply
I agree, although I think zombie is becoming outmoded in general. That was very much a late-20th zeitgeist, it's fading now.
cattservant 17th May 2012, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
Gray goo or ice-nine. Faceless, inexorable and unaware.
Running Joke 17th May 2012, 4:45 AM edit delete reply
Computer communication habits have already save us from the nanobot invasion
cattservant 17th May 2012, 4:59 AM edit delete reply
That would be a relief!

Here is an old thought on the matter; "Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum. And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on; While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."
[1872 A. De morgan Budget of Paradoxes 377]
G-Rock 17th May 2012, 4:56 AM edit delete reply
view, do you think you could make me one of those fantastic robot face icons?
view 17th May 2012, 12:42 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, but you'll have to tell me what kind of face you want.
ZeroOne 17th May 2012, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
Is Jim based on Jacob Appelbaum?

They even look somewhat similar:
view 17th May 2012, 12:43 PM edit delete reply
No, I don't think I knew anything about Appelbaum until just now.
Guest 17th May 2012, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Now that's a band name!
We are R.A.M.S.!
cattservant 17th May 2012, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Judging from the doom dark fuzzy spheres on the right edge of panel 10, it's about time to come back to The Future and out of the closet!
Prestidigititis 17th May 2012, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
My bid for modern monster archetype would be a virus type deal which affected the brain such that the interpretation of language and intent was radically changed. People would hear words and read broad emotions, but be unable to understand what's being said. And their efforts to communicate would be hindered as well. It would lead to a level of frustration and isolation that would make the afflicted violent and unstable.

I see it manifesting itself in extreme logorrhea at first, and then an inability to control the face and hand muscles. Because holy crap the idea of that scares the nuts right off me.
cattservant 17th May 2012, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Isn't something like that happening now anyway? Not sure if it's a virus though...
Prestidigititis 17th May 2012, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Oh Jesus fuck, I hope not.
cattservant 17th May 2012, 10:21 PM edit delete reply
In that case I won't say anymore.