1983 Awakening.

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I always hesitate to get cinematic with stuff because the internet has trained me not to try. There are so many people out there second guessing everything you do all the time & it can really get to a creator over time. Time has also been a big factor for me for the last 5 years in particular because I was so sick for so long. Taking a chance at something that might take longer than normal is risky. I felt like I was at a place where I could take a chance on this. Like I would be well enough long enough to make this moment work. I guess we’ll see as this scene plays out. The heavens may not hear my scream, but I tried to be heard.

It’s been so brutal online for the past week or so. I’ve lost friends I thought were real friends, argued with people about things I thought everyone agreed on, been misunderstood, misrepresented, and labeled wrongly. I’m always going to have a problem with people who preach peace with a closed fist. I feel like people are trying to radicalize me all the time now & it’s not the people getting blamed for it that are doing it. It’s the people throwing around accusations like maniacs that fill me with fury. I’m lucky in that when I’m at the lowest points my little community reminds me that hope remains.


I’d read this second series, but it would probably kill you to do them at the same time. Great stuff regardless

I’ve been reading this since long before you moved to colour, and I just want to thank you for writing and drawing it.

I’m a complete anon who, when I leave a comment, I just drop a fake name and email address, but this is one of the best webcomics I’ve ever read. I know that might not count for much, but it’s in the top 5, easily.

Also, if this has anything to do with your twitter feed, whenever I peruse it (which is occasionally), I’ve gotta say that I always come away feeling entertained, or like I learned something. Even when I disagree with what you’re saying, it’s always phrased sanely and honestly. Plus, love the THOT puns.

I know this might not mean much, but I just want to thank you for your work.

Top five? That low? Top three in my bookmarks. It’s tongue in cheek, it’s smart. It’s well drawn, when it’s good it is good, when it’s bad (naughty) it’s better. And when it’s great, it’s time to fall out of your chair and don’t bother moving until you are sure you are sitting down again. Because if you look at the comic again, you’ll get weak in the knees and won’t make it to the chair before collapsing again. Howling gales of laughter, Bruce!
Granted, this is all based on my personal experience, and I no longer have coworkers who have witnessed it available to back me up. But trust me, did on more than one occasion, fall down go BOOM!!! if I hit the lottery, Jackie will be rich!

Has anyone else seen the 1969 film, The Italian Job?
I can imagine a choir, singing [this] song, as Jo is running into battle:

Gotta get a bloomin’ MOVE ON!
This is the self-preservation society!
This is the self-preservation society!

I’ve seen the modern version, but I need to get ahold of the original. I adore caper movies.

Cool! Another caper film I like, is- the 1966 film, How to Steal a Million [TM]. This is a US, or a US/British film, I guess.

I’m guessing that you mean- that today’s page is in a cinematic style.
If that’s so- please don’t change it at all!
This is fantastic! I LOVE it!

Huh. I tried to put a comment up, but it didn’t get on the comments section.
Oh well. It doesn’t matter. *shrugs*

There’s no doubt things are getting a mite crazy out there.

We’re advising our clients to put everything they’ve got into canned food and shotguns!

Tetra Paks over cans since cans have indecipherable code stamped on them while Tetras have the actual dates printed on them.

Also get water collection and purification systems – that bottled stuff is not always all that good. A still is always a sound choice with the benefit of producing antiseptic/fuel/pain killer.

This seems an appropriate moment to drop this tune:

O Fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis,
semper crescis
aut decrescis;
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem,
dissolvit ut glaciem.
Sors immanis
et inanis,
rota tu volubilis,
status malus,
vana salus
semper dissolubilis,
et velata
michi quoque niteris;
nunc per ludum
dorsum nudum
fero tui sceleris.
Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

Anyone who’s seen countless movies (Excalibur being one of them) will recognize the lyrics immediately. ;)

Awesomeness is about to occur. Jo is getting in-character…

X2.TMBM This May Be Monumental. Rulette may have created a monster- what better to confront a monster. I may have to add BF to my DnD folder. Maybe this arc can get you some fans from other genres. One way or another, you cover a lot of bases-guess I’m just now realizing that. Great job!

My first comment here, but I just want you to know: I’ve been following this comic for a few years now and largely in part for your personal blog writing (don’t worry, the comic is the other large part). I understand how you feel about that ‘people are trying to radicalize’ you… I think of it more as that language that political sides use are so divided; just by trying to explain how you see something can misidentify you as something ‘bad’ and ‘other’ to someone else. I think we all have a lot more in common than we think, and so when trying to discuss this stuff, you really gotta get heart to heart. Personally, I think talking about anything personal in groups is a bad idea, and politics & values definitely are so nowadays. Discussions on the internet seem to fall in the category of provocative writing, and when I want to talk about things I think everyone agrees on, I choose a very personal, in-person conversation, and keep the tone introspective, and choose language that keeps the other person introspective.
I don’t know if that ramble makes any sense to you. I always say that words have no true meaning, it’s just a dataset to use, to try and figure out how the other person will act and treat you. When you politicize language, suddenly, no one can talk about anything, for fear of sending a signal to their peers that he/she is dangerous (AKA ‘problematic’/’regressive’). For this reason, I deliberately use English incorrectly; often redefining words in conversation, to own how my peer will understand my words. From there, it’s just content, which most people interpret in their own, mostly similar ways.
But yes, it’s definitely brutal online. A lot of trolls. A lot of people who just want stress release and treat you as their personification of everything evil in the world. We could all use more civility and distance in online interactions.

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