Anvil Flats 1

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lirvilas
24th Mar 2016, 10:00 AM

Don't spill the beans, MadJak.

This page features the scientific and engineering know-how of Gemini from Parasite Galaxy, Khy from Dyerin's Line, and Wires from Cuttlefish.

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Rd Ashes
24th Mar 2016, 10:53 AM

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
That's a second squeee in less than 5 pages!
That's gotta be a record.
;-)

Damn, I like your handsome guest at this conference.
:-D

Is that… I have to find the name… Lieutenant Colonel Brigham?
If I have it right, this should be pretty intense, considering the last time we saw her.

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ProfEtheric
24th Mar 2016, 11:31 AM

Game on...

And by "game", I mean the unholy birth of the meat-machine interface writ large. Wherein Winners and Losers skirts the line between reality, action movies, and speculative fiction (but only as "speculative" as reality).

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lirvilas
24th Mar 2016, 9:52 PM

Hey Prof, there's something on your cell phone I want to show you--O WATE WUN there's your goddamn "man-machine interface writ large"

It's already happening, we can only surf the wave.

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ProfEtheric
25th Mar 2016, 12:40 AM

(I'm actually a futurist and welcome the dawn of transhumanity/posthumanity. It won't be the next thing, but at some point I may delve into what basically amounts to an advanced cyberpunk timeline complete with post-scarcity economics and full on augmented humans. First, I need to clear the 50-year AB plan.)

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anonymous coward
24th Mar 2016, 3:57 PM

I see, cyberpunk genre engaged:
Shifting wardrobe to favour leather, chrome, and the colour black, complete.
Installing cybernetic brain-technology interface, complete.
Arming with smart guns, automatic laser defense systems, and artificially intelligent explosive munition systems, complete.
Deploying sweet looking mirrorshades, complete.
Administering designer nootropic compounds, complete.
Jacking into cyberspace, complete.

....GAAAAH! Now I've got spam IN MY BRAIN! BUY HERBAL ENHANCEMENTS FOR YOUR MASCULINITY ONLINE!

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lirvilas
24th Mar 2016, 4:13 PM

Did you know that in his groundbreaking novel Neuromancer William Gibson was the first to use the phrase "death by powerpoint"?!?!?!

Lulz I suppose on this page I used the prettier looking (guest) scientist/engineer types. Most of them are a lot paler and rounder and less Hot Topic.

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anonymous coward
24th Mar 2016, 8:22 PM

I'm not complaining, I'm happy to see people reviving cyberpunk. I'm likely to raise a glass in your honour if you do the dystopian futurism as well as I think you can.

I bet you already know it, but Winners & Losers is most of the way there actually. This comic is definitely living down to the noir sex, violence, poverty and future shock pornography that cyberpunk is at its best. The ingredients I think you're light on are showing abusive corporate serfdom and feudal hierarchy, future-scape scenery-porn, and some more random violence and exotic drug abuse. The wired up coma-patient we're dancing around is probably a solid entry for the gruesome man-machine dualism requirement, and the bonus medical-necromancy category. There should probably be a little more gadget fetishism, but one could plausibly argue you've got enough with all the drone shots.

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MadJak91
24th Mar 2016, 9:22 PM

You kinda worded what I could not at one point because vocabulary. Heh.

Maybe it is the other way around! Preventing all of that. Sometimes it feels that way but authors are trolls and then they drop the nuke...

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anonymous coward
24th Mar 2016, 10:40 PM

Historically speaking I would say that cyberpunk's popular emergence in the 80s was as an expression of the popular fears about the Reagan-presidency policies like the War on Drugs, Star Wars, the military buildup, trickle-down economics, and deregulation. I'd say it's a pretty uncontroversial statement to declare those fears were broadly accurate predictions about the results of those policies. However, cyberpunk was undeniably cool and stylish, plus sex and violence sells....

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MadJak91
24th Mar 2016, 10:46 PM

Yeah. Sorry.
Maybe I was not clear but I am talking about your prediction for this comic, not cyberpunk in general or similar.
But that is just a feeling I have anyway :D

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anonymous coward
24th Mar 2016, 11:08 PM

Remains to be seen, and Lirv has shown strong inclinations to trolling in the past. Hope for the awesome, but prepare for cycle-flashing My Little Pony yaoi.

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lirvilas
24th Mar 2016, 9:50 PM

"the ingredients I think you're light on are showing abusive corporate serfdom and feudal hierarchy..."

Y'all are going to love Chapter Five...

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anonymous coward
24th Mar 2016, 11:02 PM

Sounds good, and thanks for what you've already provided.

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MadJak91
24th Mar 2016, 5:54 PM

If my suspicion is correct then I cannot spill anything anyway :D
Tried and when rotated and enlarged, it gets muddy :(

Tsk. Too many lab coats, too many Dr.s!
Yet still more varied than your usual real thing lmao :D :D
Minus the coats. Those are trope-y ;D

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