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11th Jun 2011, 5:43 PM in 2
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view 11th Jun 2011, 5:43 PM edit delete
... The shading keeps slipping out from under me...

This page is actually surprisingly important, although in subtle ways.


JasperWB 11th Jun 2011, 6:00 PM edit delete reply
That one human guy has a crush on Gretel?

Yeah, I don't sound as majestic as some people when I try to predict the story lol
view 11th Jun 2011, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
Well, it's not a crush, exactly, but basically...
BishopFrenzy 11th Jun 2011, 7:37 PM edit delete reply
Awesome! I love the fourth panel especially, that kind of physical character interaction is always hard for me. Gretel may be the cutest robot ever. She might hafta fight Wall-E for it, actually (but would probly win).
kill3st 11th Jun 2011, 8:24 PM edit delete reply
You've done it again... just merely hinting@ the possibility of human/android relationships is such a breath of fresh air!!! Really gives the audience something to think about, besides reinforcing the importance of non-human characters.
view 11th Jun 2011, 8:49 PM edit delete reply
@Bishop, there's a much cuter robot eventually...
notjello 11th Jun 2011, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Quick question view.
How does the blush work on Gretel's face?
view 11th Jun 2011, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
Her face is actually a high-resolution touchscreen. But she chooses to use rough pixel popups, since high-resolution things flitting across your face are distracting and creepy.

She doesn't really have control over when she displays her various facial emotions, but she is allowed to swap out the images used...
Linden 11th Jun 2011, 9:56 PM edit delete reply
Reminds me of this short story I read where people had robot children. Just thought I'd, I guess, mention that...
view 11th Jun 2011, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
You'd have to be way more specific in order for me to tell which story you mean. There are hundreds of stories about robot children...
duLapel 12th Jun 2011, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
Builds an extension of the ricket-rail to Mary’s house, engineers and constructs robot bodies, and also maintains advanced electron systems... Hmmm, are you sure Jim isn’t a jack-of-all-trades?

I can understand why a boy entering adolescence would be drawn to Gretel... she is aggressive, fun loving, and has a killer waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of .62, close to the Chinese ideal of womanly attractiveness of .60 (Western ideal is .70). Her new adolescent body is even more so with a WHR of .59 and it has breasts! All the physiological cues that make high school boys pant. ^_^

view 12th Jun 2011, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
Don't go applyin' rulers to my art, because it'll never be the same ratio twice.
Cassa 12th Jun 2011, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
duLapel, it's certainly nice to know stuff. But linking to Wiki pages in your own comments? That's unnecessarily pedantic at best, and hugely self-serving at worst.
Prestidigititis 12th Jun 2011, 4:21 AM edit delete reply
How much thinking have you done about the way the robots develop their personalities over time, view? F'rinstance: Nature vs. Nurture, and if Nurture, who does the nurturing? Robo-parents, be they mechanical or human? Do robots get to determine their own gender?

I bet you've done plenty of thinking about this.
view 12th Jun 2011, 4:39 AM edit delete reply
@Cassa: That's a weird button to have... let him link things in if he wants, it doesn't hurt anything.

@Presti: It's not exaggerating to say that's the heart of the setting. Yes, I've done thinking!
Cassa 12th Jun 2011, 4:54 AM edit delete reply
Ngghh. Yeah, I'll try to relax, sorry ma'am.
Iamari 12th Jun 2011, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
Panel 6 would be a bad time for Gretel to have a malfunctioning eye laser
duLapel 12th Jun 2011, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
@view: You sell yourself short... you have a wonderful eye for consistency. The WHR is no rule of art, it is an experimental finding of Evolutionary Biology... of what makes men's lustful little hearts go pitter-pat... ... By the full face blush of the young man in frame 3 & 4, his was doing a drum solo...

... and oh, I like MST3K as well...

@ Cassa: Sorry to offend, but this is my style. So if you wish to avoid pedagogy, just don't click the link. As to the charge of self-serving, I'm not a contributer to wikipedia. I uses it, after careful vetting, to give people a quick reference to a topic they may be unfamiliar. This is a self-serving link ^_-
view 12th Jun 2011, 1:37 PM edit delete reply
@duLapel: You have never owned a cat, I see.
warp 12th Jun 2011, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
So what happens to old robot bodies? Presumably, if the adolescent one is already built, it's not a retrofit. Are they just discarded, or do they get broken down to make sandwiches?
view 12th Jun 2011, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Most of the parts can be recycled, either directly reused or reclaimed/remelted for raw material.
kill3st 12th Jun 2011, 3:51 PM edit delete reply
The phrase 'her face is a high resolution touchscreen' is strangely erotic, and makes me want to think about it for awhile...
view 12th Jun 2011, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Oi, oi, wait a few years, she's just a kid!
kill3st 12th Jun 2011, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Lol... merely thinking of the implications. On the other hand, please explain more of the social rules presiding over human/android relations. do android age @ the same rate as humans? what are their legal/social rights?

View, this is an extremely detailed world you've concocted.
view 12th Jun 2011, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
Mechanical folk skip the first few years - they effectively start at about age four or so, because they can start knowing how to walk and talk.

However, to get a unique mind, you have to allow it to develop on its own. If you're using a human-like structure, you end up with human-like speed of learning and experience.
kill3st 12th Jun 2011, 5:14 PM edit delete reply
Will you be introducing any nonhuman androids?
view 12th Jun 2011, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
By definition, no. But there will be at least one extremely important inhuman intelligent robot.
Linden 13th Jun 2011, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
Oh, it was just a comment off the top of my head - something to say so you'd know I had read it, otherwise readers remain pretty much anonymous. I wasn't expressing any kind of substantial similarity. But I think it's called "Why Does the Sky Turn Red when the Sun Goes Down?" by Ryan Harty.
view 13th Jun 2011, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
I'll look into it, thanks!
linkman6499 2nd Jul 2011, 2:41 AM edit delete reply
hahahah i like the robots, its nice to see them so down to earthlyish