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22nd Jun 2011, 8:22 PM in 2
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view 22nd Jun 2011, 8:22 PM edit delete
... NEXT page, yeah. Next page will have a tiny bit of fanservice. I'm really building this up too much, people will actually expect fanservice.

As will be obvious eventually, this is Jim's house. You may recognize it as it appeared in one night panel two dozen or so pages ago. You know, before the LAST bout of fanservice.

On another note, the ricket rail normally runs at around 20 kph, or "a reasonably fast run" for those of you who don't speak numberese. Some places - like the North Quay stretch - run at significantly faster, but in zones where there could conceivably be someone crossing the track, 20 kph is the maximum.


Archduke 22nd Jun 2011, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Really enjoying this comic, view. It's even more 'refreshing' than Cheer was, although I still despise you for not giving the latter it's natural ending, as I had suggested. Keep it up anyhow :)
view 22nd Jun 2011, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
Ahhh, quotes around a word... what does that turn "refreshing" into?
JasperWB 22nd Jun 2011, 10:01 PM edit delete reply
Eh, don't force fanservice. You don't need to cave to us neanderthals. Just write your story how it goes!
Shipp 22nd Jun 2011, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Evangelion promised fanservice for a lot of episodes, and look how popular that show got. View obviously has a very effective strategy planned out. Do NOT hold his genius back!

view 22nd Jun 2011, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Ah, violent agreement.
Archduke 23rd Jun 2011, 12:16 AM edit delete reply
Nothing dirty :) I don't quite know how to explain myself. Whereas with Cheer it was refreshing due to the lack of cringe-worthy ridiculousness typical of hentai and having an actual plot, here there's just something 'light' about the atmosphere. It doesn't have the same feeling of pressure that Cheer did in which you were forced to eventually make it porn - I mean that comic was too good for it's genre, even though the warm up for the sex did increase it's effect.

Perhaps I'm just fed up of seeing recycled dystopian visions of the future, and that's why it seems refreshing, with clean artistic style and healthy, balanced characters (plus friendly robots and octopuses!) who are made to be quite endearing, in their own ways.
duLapel 23rd Jun 2011, 1:06 AM edit delete reply
Sooo this is Jim's house... I had first thought it was another train station. My bad.

Mary, you really have it bad... ^_^ Don't you know its easier with your eyes closed. ÓıÒ

view 23rd Jun 2011, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
@archduke: on the other hand, I don't like how our culture has made a fetish out of NOT showing sex. I want to show sex when it serves the scenario, and not show it when it doesn't. Being required to show precisely X amount of Y-grade titillation never appealed to me.

As to the setting, I have a hard time with dystopias. So this is post-apocalyptic, but definitely not dystopian. I feel that setting something in a dystopia is just a cheap way to apply pressure to your characters, so you can mask the fact that they have nothing to say for themselves outside of a pressure cooker.

@duLapel: I'm leaving loads and loads of things unlabeled and unexplained not out of malice, but just because I can't afford to slow the comic down even more to explain every detail. I pretend it's because it'll make rereading the comic that much more rewarding...
kill3st 23rd Jun 2011, 2:41 AM edit delete reply
And unexplained content promotes discussion...
Prestidigititis 23rd Jun 2011, 5:52 AM edit delete reply
Had a realization that led to a dilemma. In reading the individual pages day to day, I feel very much in the capable hands of a careful storyteller, where some things are explained and others not. And I feel pretty comfortable there.

It's only when I go to the comments and read the conjectures and deep observations of the canny folks there that I realize I don't notice half of what they do, and can't extrapolate 4/5ths they can. (Seriously, some of you guys probably only need to read the first hundred pages of Agatha Christie novels.)

So, I can just enjoy the comic and not worry about what I'm missing. Because I'm seeing exactly what the artist wants me to see.

But like most every other nerd, I want to be part of the conversation too. And so I read.

This is literally the worst thing that has ever happened. No hyperbole at all.
duLapel 23rd Jun 2011, 5:54 AM edit delete reply
kill3st wrote: "And unexplained content promotes discussion..."

I agree... besides I like easter eggs...

@ view: My comment was not meant as criticism. Railroad tracks directly in front of your house was not a norm I was use to. It later became apparent that was the norm. It also explains why Jim left his fix it cart there.

I also wondered why Jim's cart doesn't have legs like Boston Dynamics' Big Dog...

@ Prestidigititis: I like Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, and the mystery genre in general not only for the detective puzzle, but the characterization. So what if you figure out who done it early, It's only a theory until the end of the tale. The real pleasure is watching a character come to life by observing what they do and how they react. And yes, spotting details like the use of standard dice when playing DnD.
JasperWB 23rd Jun 2011, 6:31 AM edit delete reply
@Prestidigitis: Don't feel bad. I feel like a total dumbass when I look at the predictions some people make. Course I always have been the kind of person who like to just enjoy a story and not try to analyze every little detail. That's just me.
view 23rd Jun 2011, 11:50 AM edit delete reply
@Presti: I recommend reading the comments and leaving comments! Because, um, it's really helpful to me when people leave comments.

Nobody requires every commenter to be analyzing every panel. People who just read the story to enjoy it are also welcome, and their viewpoint is at least as important to me.

@duLapel: because it's meant to be on roads, and legs on roads are much more inefficient. He's less worried about it being cutting edge and more worried about it having a 30-hour battery life and being able to carry 800 kg.
Archduke 23rd Jun 2011, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
@view: Honestly, I think we have just enough open sex in our society right now. In films they tend to show things or suggest them to keep it classy. I watched All About Anna the other day and honestly, although it was entertaining and a decent watch, it could do without showing some dude's wang every five seconds :/

I think being free in a webcomic is great though, and I enjoy the odd sexual encounter amongst the storyline. Thing is, in Cheer it was bound to become porn eventually, which would theoretically make character development stagnate (although it didn't in your case) whereas here, you're free to place some where you want, when you want and it doesn't have to occupy a great deal of the pages.

Also, I'm glad we agree on dystopian settings, especially when they are used in cinema to conjure up some sort of two-bit depth...But can you tell me how this setting is post-apocalyptic?
elfolampo 23rd Jun 2011, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
I think about the speed the train must go, you write about the speed the train goes.

Are you a wizard?
view 23rd Jun 2011, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
@Archduke: The setting is very post-apocalyptic, as will be clearer and clearer. This setting is about as post-apocalyptic as it gets. Just for starters, the oceans are basically dead, aside from the purple/blue bacteria that eat acid.

@elf: yes.
Prestidigititis 24th Jun 2011, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
@Archduke: Some dude's wang, you say? <hurries over to Netflix Queue...>
linkman6499 2nd Jul 2011, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
hahahah her face still
Djeroon 19th Jul 2011, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
aww those last 3 panels are instant classics!!