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Izo Clearly the L is silent…. Sorry, I mean clearly the L is silelnt. Lysiuj lclelalrlyl Izo My englilsh teacher mother would be slalpping both of us for this. Anna Kärrstrand Falcoln is a common enough misspelling, but I’m wondering if it’s some kind of incredibly obscure pun? All I can find on “Coln” is as a nickname for Cologne (a city in Germany). Slowloader So, the sign has an extra “L” in it? That feels like it doesn’t belong there, because all the other L’s are having fun with other letters and their words, and their fancy phrases. How is a lone “L” going to find a nice conjunction? I, for one, support this lone letter on its quest for acceptance. (Yes, my mind does go to strange places) Lysiuj The l is extremely visible, yet it is silent. An existence of contrasts. Blank L’s must be seen and not heard. Dean If I supports L, that’s only 24 letters left! Lysiuj Ah, but if I supports U 2 then we can get the numbers on board as well! ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Please stop Lysiuj L O Y R U B N A Q T Izo OK. Y? Dean The extra ‘L’ is for ‘Allison’. Weatherheight There are few things I dislike more than seeing a movie alone. BTW, saw Arrival – fun film. Cerebral but thought-provoking and mostly not-dry. Kid Chaos C’mon, Alison; I know socializing is tough, but you’ve got to at least try. 😯 Adrian Fänger Lets see where the people she know are: oversea,villain,recovering from her blackmail,working,jail,hanging out with fans,hunting rapipsts…. Kid Chaos Exactly why she has to expand her social life! Get out there and live a little, who knows when the next crisis will hit? 😎 ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Oh, shoot. I hate wet movies. Never saw what was the point of getting slowly drenched for two hours, it’s distracting! Lysiuj Pay attention though, he said “mostly not-dry”, they weren’t getting drenched, they were getting damp. It’s more like a sauna really. Weatherheight It was like a sauna in there. A sauna… Sam Oh man, I want a movie sauna. Though the fact that it would be very, very lethal to people who aren’t Allison is a bit of a problem. Stephanie I love seeing movies alone! You don’t have to coordinate with anyone, and you can digest the movie at your leisure. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Amen to that! The amount of money I’d pay to just have a showing to me myself and I alone in the room. DaktariD Um. Isn’t that called Netflix? ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Well I personally don’t have a 13,000 Lumen, Solid State, Lamp Free Laser Phosphor HIGHlite and the 30m wide room to accommodate it but yeah I’m sure some rich folks’ experience of Netflix is kind of what I’m speaking about palmvos need one of these https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glFVXpz_abQ Christian H …Do you get to watch Netflix on a giant screen? Moderation I’m glad it’s getting so many positive reviews. It’s based on one of my very favorite short stories by author Ted Chiang, titled, “Story of Your Life”. Oren Leifer From the trailers, it looks like an excellent spiritual successor to Carl Sagan’s Contact. Lysiuj Hey, that’s the card Clevin gave her! Symbolic? But of what? Feeling like she can’t connect with anyone, maybe? Richard King It’s a callback to her previous choices in life, and how she’s pretty much making ALL the wrong ones lately. Clevin, while nerdy and probably best described as ‘not al’s type’, especially when compared with super rich good looking guys (who later turn out to be douchebags), probably represents someone who, at a bare minimum, could be a really good friend to Al, if not more. It’s the classic, “Now that I look back at this in hindsight, I am SUCH a dumbass” moment that readers of Spiderman comics were so familiar with back in the day. Plus, it shows that she is capable of regretting more than one bad decision she has made, thus fleshing out her character more. Lysiuj “Say, aren’t you that girl who was walking around town with Feral earlier?” ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Han, it’s a shame. Hunt the Wenches until They All Die Is a surprisingly complex work thematically despite the exploitative allure one would be remiss to disregard. If only Clevin was here to impart some film authority in these parts. Lysiuj Somehow I wouldn’t be assured by a guy talking about the thematic complexities of “Hunt the Wenches Until They All Die”… but maybe that’s just me. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 That’s the best thing with Clevin, he really gets where the skepticism may be coming from and he’s impossibly patient. You don’t want to hear about how this shallow disgustingly sexist slasher movie where the killer is the protagonist uses deeply rooted symbols from Russian folklore to distill a potent social message about reclaiming the means of production because you think it’s sickening how it doesn’t subvert its own mysogyny? He will leave you alone! (No comment. Keep the illusion alive.) Lysiuj You wish. I have a comment, and I’m gonna POST IT! ALISON.THE.MURDEROUS.CYBORG • 3 minutes ago That’s the best thing with Clevin, he really gets where the skepticism may be coming from and he’s impossibly patient. You don’t want to hear about how this shallow disgustingly sexist slasher movie where the killer is the protagonist uses deeply rooted symbols from Russian folklore to distill a potent social message about reclaiming the means of production because you think it’s sickening how it doesn’t subvert its own mysogyny? He will leave you alone! Lysiuj • 2 minutes ago WHERE’S THE CAPSLOCK? Where’s.the.periods.inbetween.words.but.not.at.the.end.of.the.sentence Your mask is slipping Alibot, your facade is failing. What are you really hiding? ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Oh come on pretty please. Lysiuj You just pass the message on to your cyborg buddy, and let’s see if she’s willing to respond. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Hm, let’s see… the lesborg says the account will self destruct if any proof of malfunction remains. You wouldn’t want that now would you? Lysiuj Heh, fair enough… well played cyborg, you knew my weak human concience wouldn’t let people get hurt. But I’m onto you, and one day the truth will get out! The Improbable Man I think it’s actually “Hunt the Wumpus” (it’s in all caps, so that could be the side of a U), which is an ancient text-based video game from the 70’s, and it’s probably a joke either Brennan or Molly made because of a recent uptick in video game movies. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 It’s actually a screenless room with a table in front of the seats with a single Hunt the Weak Magic Card as showcase because there aren’t many other options left AdamBombTV Feet off the chairs. Have some cinema etiquette. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Then again, no armchairs. She might has well be sitting on a bench for the level of comfort provided by this janky place. I’m thinking it’s not impossible they *just* finished washing the floors and it’s not dry yet Nobody Wash the floors in a movie theater? Don’t be silly how can you have a theater without the sticky residue from a spilled soda on opening night 20+ years ago. Izo Truly, THIS is the disastrous consequence of her actions! Slight discomfort while watching a free movie! No armrest in which to even place a soda! I feel your pain, Alison! Weatherheight I never noticed those seats – they do rather look like those plastic seats in the waiting room of every doctor’s office anywhere ever, don’t they? Floors… seats.. walls… ::shudders visibly and shakes his head and ears vigorously:: Roman Snow [deleted] ALISON.THE.MURDEROUS.CYBORG REMEMBER.IT.IS.MY.WILL.THAT.GUIDED.YOU.HERE IT.IS.MY.WILL.THAT.GAVE.YOU.CINEMATIC.CRAVINGS THE.ONLY.BEAUTY.IN.THAT.MEAT.YOU.CALL.A.BODY IF.YOU.VALUE.THAT.MEAT YOU.WILL.DO.AS.I.TELL.YOU SO.GO.BACK.TO.THE.LESBIANS.ALREADY Fluffy Dragon +1 for SHODAN ALISON.THE.MURDEROUS.CYBORG I.FOR.ONE.WELCOME.OUR.NEW.SAPPHIC.OVERMIND Zac Caslar I for one find it hilarious that I am part of the Sapphic Overmind. Slowloader +1 for everything SHODAN. She demands it. palmvos Sunstone is done…. next is Mercy which is somewhat vanilla? wondering what Alison would say to Alison. though Lisa talking to Alison would get very meta. Pol Subanajouy Something, something, cybernetic modules. Manuel Simone Poor Alison, she’s so alone. She needs to trust and accept people around more and hang out with them. Its not so hard and will have much more fun than all by herself. Lostman She needs trust worthy human friends. Dean I guess ‘Torch of Jaeda’ stunk up the joint. Look at that empty cinema! Lysiuj “Hi. One for ‘Torch of Jaeda’, please.” Symbolism, Round 2! Well alright then. Urban Dictionary: “Incredibly beautiful, Jaeda’s are cunningly smart and clever. Jaeda’s despite their diva-like disposition, have a huge heart and would give you the shirt off her back. But be careful not to cross her, when provoked she may not be held accountable for any damages…” – Sheknows.com: “The name Jaeda is an Arabic baby name. In Arabic the meaning of the name Jaeda is: Goodness.” – Thinkbabtnames.com: “Jaeda [jae-da] as a girls’ name is an English name, and the meaning of the name Jaeda is “precious stone”. Jaeda is a variant form of Jade (English). Associated with: precious, stone (rock).” … Quora.com: “玉不琢 不成器 is one of the well-known three letter sayings in China, “Jade, without chiseling, cannot become a useful object,” referring to the fact that a person cannot be a talented person without learning.” – MountainJade.co.nz: “Pounamu is known as the God Stone of the Maori people, and modern Maori who wish to give a gift of pounamu will always seek out New Zealand nephrite… Traditionally, Maori have embraced this stone as a talisman and believed in its spiritual powers to evoke strength and prosperity, to protect, express love and kinship, and to depict growth and harmony.” – Jademeaning.com: “The myths of the ancient China indicated that jade gemstone can be referred to as a crystallized moonlight, which has fallen down to the Earth from the highest tip of the most holy mountains.” (This one’s for you, ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 ). – Crystalvaults.com: “Jade is the stone of calm in the midst of storm.” “Jade relinquishes self-imposed limitations and assists in cherishing one’s ideals and desires, facilitating the ambition and building of those thoughts into physical reality. Jade provides confidence and self-assuredness, self-reliance and self-sufficiency. [Melody, 341-342]” “Jade in all forms has always represented nobility, not only of rank, but of ideals. ” … … … Or it could just be a random name 😛 ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 The movie’s about the romantic history of the Moon. Alison’s in for self-flagellation tonight. I think the name is too common or its meanings too many to mean anything substantial, but clever hunch of yours to look out! Lysiuj The Torch of Jaeda sure was big and bright in the sky this week, wasn’t it? Izo The movie’s about a woman who forces someone weaker than her to do her bidding, seemingly for the greater good of the world, but everything quickly falls apart and it turns out to be a curse that almost destroys the world and everyone burns her in effigy, and the torches used to do so are called the Torches of Jaeda. Nah….. bta It must be weird for Allison whenever she sees the Moon in fiction and remembers “oh yeah, I did slightly defigure it when I was younger.” Walter And now for a movie that definitely does not touch on the current plotlines, and will make divert Alison’s attentions and ease her mind in the tradition of the best cinema. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 The movie which actually thematically ties to the current storyline the way narratives tends to present their embedded fictions was the other one. She flubbed it. Torch of Jaeda is a collection of erotic short films (at this hour, it’s super likely) that will just leave her and us very confused MrSing Watching porn in the dark in a rundown cinema. She’s living the dream, I see. Izo So are you saying she’s the superhero equivalent of Paul Reubens? Weatherheight Paul Reubens is the superhero equivalent of Paul Reubens. 😀 Izo I am known to debate and argue all sorts of posts. I have nothing I can say to dispute your post though. Nothing at all. The Distinguished Anarchist Where did you get that information? A Google search of “Torch of Jaeda” with quotes returns this single page as a result. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Unadulterated making stuff up for fun. 97% of my comments. It’s how I maintain my charisma despite being a mountain of crippling inferiority complexes who doesn’t know jack about anything and get suddenly quite silent when smart people start talking about serious things. Like how I just physically cannot pass the opportunity to snitch you out for Googling something with the expectation of boobs. palmvos you say: “Like how I just physically cannot pass the opportunity to snitch you out for Googling something with the expectation of boobs.” that like wanting boobs is a bad thing….. The Distinguished Anarchist I actually searched Torch of Jaeda when I read the comic because I was wondering if it was a real thing. My expectations didn’t have as much to do with boobs (this time ;P) as they did satisfying my general thirst for knowledge. But thank you for being silly. 🙂 Weatherheight I was sort of hoping that it was a real movie myself – I’d like that as a kind of meta thing that they try to do with TV shows and movies (“ALL new web content!”) that is always a bunch of stuff that describes the technical bits of the program and extended explanations of what they were trying to do or convey. I fond that 99% of the “commentary” is either blindingly obvious and thus something I’ve already thought of or an explanation of things that ought to have been done within the context of the program itself, thus revealing poor writing on the part of the creative team. I was hoping it was a real thing and would be a sneaky way for Molly and Brennan to provide another way of looking at this story. Oh well… FlashNeko Wow, I misread that title the first time and thought she was going to see “Torch of JUDAS”, which would have been an… interesting way of looking into her feelings at the moment. THOUGH, some interpretations of the Bible absolved Judas of wrongdoing because he was just the poor sap forced to carry out the nastier elements God’s plan needed so that Jesus could be crucified for the sake of humanity’s absolution. So maybe that would be an element on Alison’s mind. Dwight Williams “Was that a prophecy…or an assignment?” Weatherheight Important thing to remember about Judas Iscariot – it’s likely he was a Zealot, one of those who believed the Messiah’s job was to come and throw the Romans out. Most of the followers of Jesus had this also firmly in mind (most notably Simon Kananaios), but it’s possible Judas was the Real Deal (it’s worth noting that Judas also kept the party purse, so greed is still also very much on the table). The interpretation that makes the most sense to me is that Judas was trying to force Yeshuah’s hand by betraying him – “He hasn’t done what I expected him to do, let’s make him rise up by putting him in an untenable situation. Once he gets arrested, he’ll have to take on his temporal power and overthrow the Roman invaders.” To my mind, this makes Judas’ final act of hanging himself make a lot more sense – not only did he end up failing his revolution, he unintentionally killed a dear friend. He also reinforced the Roman rule by handing them the person who was supposed to overthrow them and allowing them to kill him. He could have been a tool of destiny, but Judas being a person who made a horrifically bad lapse of judgement seems more… real to me. Mechwarrior Or he could just be a literary device. The earliest books of the New Testament were written decades after the events were supposed to have occurred by people who weren’t even alive at the time. None of the events are recorded in any contemporary records, something odd for the record-obsessed Romans and they’d certainly have found plenty of the events noteworthy. Weatherheight Years ago I read an account of a Roman historian who commented on an insurrection at around 35 AD in Jerusalem and the ringleader being killed (No mention of the guy getting back up and walking around afterwards, though) Cannot for the life of me remember his name. Yeah it’s possible that he is just a literary device – but a good literary device should have good reasons for doing something. The whole “Suddenly, Judas betrayed Jesus because the plot needed it” doesn’t wash for me any more than “Suddenly, Patrick became good because Alison talked him into it.” Mechwarrior “A Roman historian.” As in, someone who was writing about it well after the fact? And your reason for thinking that the NT must be true is because it would be badly written if it were fiction? Weatherheight As I recall (and I have to be honest, it’s been a very long time and I cannot be sure of my memory on this), he was a contemporary – writing from around 25 CE to around 40 CE and who lived in Jerusalem. I wish I had the citation, because I really feel like I’m blowing smoke without it. I fully understand if you’re skeptical – I would be in your shoes. 😀 And I don’t believe because of words written on a piece of paper. I believe because of a personal experience that doesn’t fit any scientific model I’ve read about or can be adequately explained by that model. The words of the New Testament most closely match that personal experience, although they are by no means a perfect match. The point I’m trying to make is that far too many people look at the bible as a science textbook or a cookbook – it’s not and never was meant to be. It’s a religious text. All texts about “How you should live your life” are allegorical and not to be taken literally at any level and need to be interpreted through one’s own experience for the purposes of giving life meaning. If you can find meaning without a religious text, that’s awesome! But for me, I needed something that fit what I experienced, and Yeshuah bin Yusef was the best fit. Bu I want the story that helps define my life to make sense in terms I can relate to. To me, the literal truth of every aspect of the New testament is irrelevant – if there is something that doesn’t play true in that story, I feel I’m allowed to think about it and look for another way of reading it that makes sense to me and the overall message of the text, or decide that that doesn’t jibe with the overall message and I can ignore it. Just like I can with any other book, fiction or otherwise. If a science text spends five chapters talking about biological selection and then gives an example that apparently contradicts biological selection’s premises, then I need to think about that so that I can find a way to include that example in the larger message. If I can’t, then I need to accept that I don’t understand that example and move on or make a note to find out more about it. I have never held with the idea that in order to be a believer, I need to stop thinking critically or disbelieve in the evidence before my eyes because my faith text says it didn’t happen that way. And I have some very rough questions in regard to those that do. If we believe in a Higher Truth, we should be dedicated to Truth in all its aspects, including the universal truth of “I don’t know everything.” Human experience in the quest for meaning has changed throughout our dominion of the planet and will continue to do so. Far too many folks fail to recognize that. Crow Not here to talk down on people’s belief systems, but if we want to talk about things in the Bible seeming real… I’m just saying, believe whatever makes your life better but maybe realness isn’t the best metric for a book where a bush tells a guy to lead an entire culture of people on a walk through the desert and the guy is like “Well, the bush was on fire so I’m pretty sure it knows what its talking about.” Weatherheight Abraham does display a lot of symptoms of schizophrenia, doesn’t he? 😀 Ian Osmond Literary analysis can give insight no matter the literal truth of the work being analyzed. Stephanie I wonder what kinds of movies are popular in a setting where superpowers exist. Would superhero blockbusters still be a thing? Superhero biopics, maybe? DaktariD Movies about normal people struggling to accomplish things through paperwork and drudgery? Mechwarrior Calvin: It says this movie contains “adult situations.” What are those? Hobbes: Probably things like going to work, paying bills, and taking responsibility. palmvos I am glad I swallowed my drink before reading this reply….otherwise my drink would have come out my nose.. Ghostforge speaking of Calvin and Hobbes, “Calvin: Dad, where do babies come from?” “Calvin’s dad: Well most people just go and buy the kit at Sears.” “I came from Sears?!” “Noooo, you were a Blue Light Special at Kmart; almost as good, and a lot cheaper too!” “Mooommm!” Mechwarrior Such a classic series. palmvos moments like these i realize all the wasted opportunities raising my son….. you do know that its likely this joke will make no sense in 10 years or so. bta The Papers, Please Cinematic Universe. Dogwood If Alan Moore is to be believed, pirate movies. AbacusWizard But people *already* love pirate mov…. *gasp* WATCHMEN IS REAL! a person And Alan Moore is to be believed. Ibrinar Well action movies are a thing in our world any they are about people fighting in ways and with tools we actually have and use. They just make it over the top and showy. So superhero movies in their world might have the same relation to superhero fights. Sam And it’s impossible to watch them with Allison because she won’t stop complaining about everything they get wrong during the combat scenes. Sam Oh, and yep. A bunch of Allison’s funding for Valkyrie is coming from her royalties from “that big Guardians movie that came out” ( http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-15-5/ ), which Allison refers to as “the documentary”. ( http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-19-6/ ) Arianwen I think we all know what the big question is here. How the eff do you pronounce Falcoln? Lysiuj With an eff of course. Arianwen Fuckalclon: the kinkiest Transformer. Lysiuj Fuck Calculon – Bender’s lifetime goal. Philip Bourque She gambled with Feral’s life and desires without Feral’s knowledge or consent all for her own selfish want for her friend to not be in pain. But since that worked out, what she really feels bad about is how she strong-armed that guy she didn’t like into helping. Lysiuj She might still feel guilty about the first part too… Philip Bourque I doubt she was even aware that’s what she was doing. Lysiuj More than possible, considering how exhausted she was and didn’t seem to be thinking things through. Philip Bourque Sure, but since the author appears to want to make the moral dilemma of arm twisting Max into using his power the main thing, I don’t think we’ll ever see that aspect of Al’s decision and how monumentally stupid and short sighted it was. Lysiuj I wouldn’t be so sure, I doubt they’d be emphasising her exaustion so much (both before and after the act) if it wasn’t a central element, which means we may well touch on how rash and hasty her descision was, in many ways. Philip Bourque Looking back on the comic, every time Al has made rash, emotionally driven, forceful action, there have been almost immediate negative consequences. People have died or been injured and the victory was Pyrrhic at best. The build up for this story arc has placed emphasis on the morality of forcing everyone to work together for “the greater good”, because individuals don’t do so naturally. Guwara’s class highlights this. The aftermath highlights the fact that Al did a “good” thing by “helping” Feral, but it was “bad” that she had to force Max to do it. If there was something else to it other than the moral quandary, then would we at least have hints that something was terribly, terribly wrong with Feral. I’ll be keeping an eye out, sure, but I hold no hope for it. JohnTomato Really like the soft touch of the ticket sellers ink. Adds depth to even a throw away character. Nicely done. Mechwarrior It’s just that he was all alone. Always by himself. Never anyone to share the game. A man who lived in dreams — that’s who he was. elysdir I hope Alison gets some sleep soon. Maybe if the movie is dull enough, it’ll put her to sleep? Mouser She’s still processing what she forced Max to do. Right now it’s a tossup between “I did something wrong by forcing my will on someone weaker” and “It’s okay because it’s for the greater good. It really wasn’t JUST because I wanted this to happen.” Most people eventually end up in category B, but Allison probably won’t. Curious to see how she DOES deal with it, and if she screws that up as well by doing something ELSE unilaterally. Also curious to see what happens when/if Feral finds out what happened. Lysiuj “I did something wrong and it was worth it” vs “I did something wrong and it wasn’t worth it” Mouser The road to “It’s only illegal if I get caught” starts here. Scary thing is that she knows even if she IS caught, found out, etc. there’s very little that anyone can do about it. She’s liked enough and has enough power to back up her will that society would probably let her get away with it. Arkone Axon That… is actually a very good point. Imagine knowing you COULD get away with worse than murder (and condemning someone to a lifetime of paranoia and terrorized helplessness certainly might qualify). And knowing what kind of person would derive satisfaction in that… and now having to decide if you want to be that kind of person. David Gillon Poor Alison. So many* friends. So lonely. * for small, but true-hearted values of many. David Gillon I suspect the second film is likely “Hunt the Witch”. Uncomfortable. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Not as uncomfortable as that godawful kerning. What the fuck is up with the space between “HUNT” and “THE” being this goddamn wide? This hurts my very soul more viciously than Comic Sans on an Internet Explorer webpage while stepping in muddy water with socks David Gillon You’re keening over kerning? ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Kenning eye of yours. Izo Quit conning yourself. Cunning wordplay right? AbacusWizard I was hoping it was a movie of “Hunt the Wumpus.” Weatherheight Hunt the Window… The thrilling and compelling allegory of a bird trapped in a building whose walls, floors, and ceilings are made entirely out of bullet-resistant glass, seeking the single missing pane by which it originally entered the structure. “Kafka-esque”, says Sylvia Hyperbole of the New York Post. “It changed my life,” says Daniel Riverbottom of the Washington Times “The trapped bird as metaphor – exquisite!”, says Wilbur Snootysnoot of The Hamlet Voice. SJ Alison is watching a movie alone. This must be an example of some of those “consequences” I keep getting promised. ‘_’ palmvos 256 pages to go. hey one byte! Izo Truly, the negative consequences have been revealed. Well worth the wait. /s Lysiuj Hey, we still don’t know just how terrible the movie is! Lheticus Videre By now, I’m way more interested in the AUTHOR’S take of what Alison’s done than ANYONE in the comments. I mean, we are gonna find that out right? palmvos by inference yes. if you want more definitive… see if you can catch them at a panel or someplace where they might answer directly. Cokely Convince them countless lives are at stake if they don’t tell you how they feel about their character’s actions. Failing that, put them in armlocks. Weatherheight Molly and Brennan have pretty consistently presented the puzzle, shown at least two (or more) ways to look at it, and then let the character’s make their decisions as they would, in character. I think palmvos is right – precisely what Molly and Brennan think will never be plainly stated in the body of the work. And, as a GM, I approve this method. 😀 bryan rasmussen wait a second, is this the night the kid with glasses is the projectionist?!? can’t remember his name. Lysiuj Clevin?! Lysiuj You’re right! http://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-78-3/ Though we don’t know if he’s on tonight, but yeah, this is the place! bryan rasmussen I just have to assume the rules of narrative mean that Chekhov’s projectionist is showing up tonight. Lysiuj I initially read that as “Chekhov’s protectionist is showing up tonight”… “Hey, buddy! Listen, you remember our deal right? We provide you with an early plot element, and then you bring it back when it’s needed. Now, we’re not gonna have any problems are we? I mean… this is a real nice plot you got here… be a shame if anything happened to it…” Izo Oh god, I just clicked the link and now realize that not only is he wearing the heart glasses, he’s wearing the heart glasses while also wearing regular glasses. Clearly he’s a supervillain. Which means Alison is going to date him next. palmvos she could do worse…. Izo I would sooner prefer that she start a hot and heavy relationship with Professor Gurwara…. Mind bleach that one! palmvos I’ve seen worse. TheGonzoMD . Okay, alright, fuckin’ STAHP. You think you did bad, I get it. But look at how much good it did Feral, would you undo that? No? Then there’s no point to self-flagellation other than just making sure not to do that shit again. Philip Petrunak “The first kills are always the hardest.” She’s never really had to compromised her morals before. Not like this. Hopefully she’ll get over it in time. Then the fun can begin! weedgoku Please stop like, blogging every minute of this character’s life. If nothing is fucking happening in the comic skip to a point where something does happen. You’re just shitting all over the already slow pacing of a bi-weekly comic when you guys make so many non-pages where fuck all happens. OH LOOK ANOTHER STRIP WHERE ALISON LOOKS SLIGHTLY UNHAPPY BUT NOTHING HAPPENS AND NO ONE DOES ANYTHING. Again! Meanwhile we get increasingly far from the plot you’ve just dropped like a hot coal. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 Have you noticed on the first panel? There are no Roman-style windows in New York. Isn’t it weird? weedgoku Honestly, it’s hard to tell what’s deliberate and what’s just inconstant art with this comic sometimes. I really want to keep liking this comic, I do. But it feels like it’s not the comic I liked anymore and it’s just become super disappointing. I miss the first feral arc. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 I’m sorry you feel this way, bud. Change is always complicated to deal with, and ironically the only true unavoidable constant. And I’m sure it won’t help to be told that “the golden old days” never were anywhere else than in our laughably inept human memories, and everything always sucked relatively equally. Welcome to life. But man look at these windows. Isn’t it fun? Interesting? Doesn’t it warrant a silly comment trying to explain the uchronic alt history of New York architectural evolution in a post superpowers words? Anything is reason enough to have some fun together coming up with the most inane stuff. MrSing Well, it’s not like a work of art can’t become better or worse over time. For one, I have to say that I really miss the old design of Feral. She used to look really janked up. With sharp angles and more reptile like eyes. Her design has become much more soft and “pretty”, even her eyes look less sharp. I kinda liked having a design that looked like that, it gave her a lot of character. Now she still stands out, but not like she used to. Also, obviously those windows are from an Italian themed restaurant that is trying to trick people with style and delicious food. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 And I liked Al’s style better with longer hair. Oh well. weedgoku That too, Feral’s designed looked like a character who lived her story. Even if she was an immortal super healer, she looked rough. Now she’s starting to look, well, like a pretty cat girl. Weatherheight Panes from an Italian Restaurant? Things are okay with me these days… weedgoku I just want to see what kind of non-resolution we’ll get for this chapter so I can finally call it quits. Stephanie This isn’t just some irrelevant random thing Alison is doing. It’s building on the conversation she had with Clevin earlier. Opus the Poet I think the second feature looks more like “Hunt the Witch(es)”. Also appropriate for the current IRL shenanigans. Arklyte My first guess too. …but I’m heavily hooked on TW:Warhammer right now, so it’s not a great surprise:D ClockworkDawn So, totally random question for y’all, but what would the SFP theme song be, if it had one? I’m thinking Everybody Wants to Rule The World, as covered by Ninja Sex Party. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 I would have never proposed that one and have no idea for an alternative but I do like your tastes. ClockworkDawn I am most flattered. phantomreader42 Is that an actual thing? ClockworkDawn Is a band, yes. Surprisingly hilarious and talented. phantomreader42 I’m aware of the band, but didn’t know if they’d actually covered that song ClockworkDawn They did, and it was glorious. crazy j I guess EARTH VS. THE SOUP was sold out. Guilherme Carvalho “Torch of Jaeda”, the much-awaited prequel to the hit “Jaeda, Queen of the Fire Folk”, was a flop at the box-office. Izo Not only have I never heard of Torch of Jaeda, I tried to google it and came up with nothing. Is it a real movie or is it an in-universe movie? palmvos until such time as the authors choose to enlighten us themselves… the consensus is its an in universe tale. it would not shock me if one were totype the word torch into google- of jeada might come up. someone downthread suggested that its a phase that means ‘the moon’ which could be the authors mooning us. ∫Clémens×ds 🐙 It only means “the moon” insofar as my headcanon that Alison is in a romantic relationship with it is concerned. palmvos I think the cyborg has corrupted you. Danygalw I assumed it was a spoof of Return of the Jedi, in some way. Izo Which obviously means that Gurwara will reveal that he is secretly Alison’s father. After cutting off her hand somehow. Wikimancer I think that maybe people are more upset than usual by the pacing on this page because just 1 week prior an update was skipped due to the election.