Comic 65 - 065

19th Jul 2011, 12:36 PM in 2
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view 19th Jul 2011, 12:36 PM edit delete
I didn't realize yesterday's page would receive so many comments. If robots are sentient, then living with and having sex with them is going to be pretty acceptable.

Although in this world it took a decade of marching and "iron rainbow" protests.

My lack of weekend updates... how is that working out for everyone?

AAAhhh... I forgot to put the V on his forehead. I'll fix that when I get back.


ep1 19th Jul 2011, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Whut? Nooooooo... I want "Takeshi" to look like his/her/its mother

Or, at least give the kid some hair
view 19th Jul 2011, 8:22 PM edit delete reply
When's the last time you saw a Japanese robot boy with hair?
Prestidigititis 19th Jul 2011, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Astro-boy? Was that hair, or some kind of airfoil?
view 19th Jul 2011, 9:11 PM edit delete reply
It was his head, built to look like the original son's hair.
Prestidigititis 19th Jul 2011, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
I guess it's splitting metallic replicas of human follicular growth.
view 20th Jul 2011, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
I'm not sure whether to giggle or chuckle, but that's also splitting harhars.
Prestidigititis 20th Jul 2011, 4:22 AM edit delete reply
Pun high-five!
Iamari 20th Jul 2011, 4:47 AM edit delete reply
Alot of Japanese robots have hair. The robots from Kikkaider. Mega Man, etc. I'd list more, but I'm having a hard time separating the robots from the cyborgs.
view 20th Jul 2011, 12:18 PM edit delete reply
Iamari 3rd Aug 2011, 4:26 AM edit delete reply
It depends on how much machine they become.
man_lick69 19th Jul 2011, 1:18 PM edit delete reply
Guest 19th Jul 2011, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Estaban has a seriously impressive face going by the standards of the robots so far.
view 19th Jul 2011, 8:21 PM edit delete reply
It's expensive!
Djeroon 19th Jul 2011, 9:43 PM edit delete reply
Hmm if i had a wife like that I'd definitely want our kid to take after its mom.

So once more I've reached the current page. Another great read (i started at ch2) I kind of like reading this as a monthly 30-or-so-page comic. :)
view 19th Jul 2011, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
As you prefer, but I recommend reading the next few pages, if you like Miwa.
Djeroon 19th Jul 2011, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
oooh you know I do (assuming you've read the comments I wrote earlier this evening)
duLapel 20th Jul 2011, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
Jim is the mother indeed... I stand corrected ^_^

It seems a little unfair, though, that Ms Estaban doesn't get a flesh and blood daughter out of the relationship too. Ah, but again I'm assuming normal human birthing practices. For all I know of this world, babies come in bottles delivered by mechanical storks eating pickles... @_@
view 20th Jul 2011, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
Most humans still have the same old pregnancies, but having someone build a robotic kid is roughly equivalent to adopting. It's not frowned on.

Plus, she's really not eager to go through pregnancy.
duLapel 20th Jul 2011, 4:44 AM edit delete reply
With an attitude like that the human race is doomed!

Each woman on average has to have 2.1 children in her lifetime (the replacement rate) or the population will shrink.

See Fewer: How the New Demography of Depopulation Will Shape Our Future by Ben J. Wattenberg

Of course this might be the reason there seems to be so few people even for a small agrarian town.
elfolampo 20th Jul 2011, 8:00 AM edit delete reply
Well, it also is a post-apocalyptic story of sort. This could explain the apparently low population. Maybe 90-99% of humans died at some point or something.

Or it could just be a small town with very large spaces since modern farming needs less people/robots and people mostly live in large centers.

All in all, we know so little about the setting, and some of the aspects matter so little to the story, that there's endless possibilities.
duLapel 20th Jul 2011, 11:18 PM edit delete reply
elfolampo wrote:"…Well, it also is a post-apocalyptic story of sort…"
Well that was my initial assumption, but view has in these last 65 pages often turned common story formulations on their head. So I ask myself, "what would create a low population world where man nurtures other intelligences (artificial and and genetically engineered) that make up are large percentage of a well paid work force?"

That kind of thing requires a bit more cultural evolution than a BANG-99.9%-DEAD scenario. It reminds me of aging Japan where the geriatric community is quickly becoming the majority, i.e., the "less than replacement rate" scenario.

Of course that is not the only possiblity given what we know so far... The Great Diaspora scenario also fits, as well as The Virtual Trap (aka Matrix) scenario...

So what I was suggesting… guessing at… was the other more likely background story that our crafty writer view may have used…

Plus the book Fewer is a seminal piece of analytical work…
view 20th Jul 2011, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
It'll unfold slowly starting next chapter.

But I gotta say, it's not really super-clever. It's really not the focus of the story.
Suicide King 22nd Jul 2011, 12:44 AM edit delete reply
Looking forward to seeing where it's taking place. I kinda assumed it was a colony of some sorts. Would also explain the monoculture you mentioned earlier.
With a colony ship from one primary culture, that'd make sense.
Otoh, it would be weird for there to be old rail tracks. Unless it was on top of a previously abandoned one :P
view 22nd Jul 2011, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm... well, you'll find out eventually!
Suicide King 22nd Jul 2011, 2:24 AM edit delete reply
Guessing and speculating is part of the fun :)
Iamari 20th Jul 2011, 4:41 AM edit delete reply
I have a few things to say/type. 1. I read your author's note and laughed for 5 minutes. 2. When Esteban and ? told jim they wanted a son. Did he really need to ask which of them the boy would take after?
elfolampo 20th Jul 2011, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
Well, since he was going to make him, it seems only logic that he had to ask, even tho both parents gave him a look like it would be obvious.
view 20th Jul 2011, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
The next page should clarify some stuff...
elfolampo 20th Jul 2011, 7:54 AM edit delete reply
Could he be named after Takeshi Morishima?

Inb4 "he is now".

Also, I have no idea on how to make words directly link to stuff.
view 20th Jul 2011, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
To be honest, he's named "Takeshi" because of what it spells out in Kanji.

You can link either by typing "open backet"URL"close bracket"LINK"open bracket"/URL"close bracket"... or just turn on HTML and do it like a normal person!
JasperWB 20th Jul 2011, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Ah yes, the Iron Rainbow protests. Never has the grinding noise of the gyrating of metallic hips won so many victories for robot kind just so they would stop.
view 20th Jul 2011, 12:21 PM edit delete reply
"Let's put on clothes and dance in the street!"
Archduke 22nd Jul 2011, 12:24 PM edit delete reply
Where is Wife's arm in panel 2? On first glance it looked like she was feeding Jim a cookie, but now it's something even more distressing, there is no arm! Dun dun duuun
view 22nd Jul 2011, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
It's along her body, as if she just finished putting down a plate of cookies...
Hogan 26th Jul 2012, 4:40 PM edit delete reply
I hope they'll get a remote to come along with the kid, otherwise it'll be hell to control... like most kids come to think of it... :o