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20th Jul 2017, 11:12 AM #1
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Oh boy.
I'm going to make my reply about Fairy Dust even though it's dead:
- I did not think enough when planning it. I threw ideas together, some of them pretty stupid only because they made me laugh, and left large design flaws through. The more the story tied the worldbuilding together, the more I could see the flaws in it, and the more they were embarrassing to work with. I won't go into details about what the worst were in my eyes, but in the end I couldn't stand the idea of keeping working on it 2-3 more years to complete it.
- I hate that it's dead, too. Just because it had grown embarrassing doesn't mean there weren't plotlines and characters I loved to work with.

Ok and one about my new comic:
- That preparing a 3-D comic involves so many hours of preparing the places and objects the characters are any likely to interact with.
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19th Jul 2017, 12:20 PM #2
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I'll go with: if you don't see how a villain fits in your story, don't force it.
You already have a dangerous disease that can threaten both the world and the protagonists, a government that's fumbling to balance keeping the people from dying and civic rights that at least some of its members probably believe in and the people need to maintain morale, and multiple characters that end up in competition despite going for the same goal. There are many motivators there, many forces to steer the plot where you want it to go.

Taikina suggests an antagonist that's a well meaning scientist with the wrong idea, I'd go further than that: a rival could be a scientist with a perfectly valid idea, but they're competing for the same budget slot/resources and the protagonists have to take the bet that keeping their own project going is better than starting over slightly differently. Meanwhile the rival has every reason to think their approach might move things forward yet are aware that it requires killing a project that's partially completed. Neither can be 100% sure that they're right, but they have to fight for a chance to find out, none of them have to be a fool.
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17th Jul 2017, 12:21 PM #3
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Klivord did say he was leaving for a while and would resume taking comments on his return.
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15th Jul 2017, 5:48 PM #4
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As long as we all agree that Times New Roman is the big devil.

Working in an environment that still uses fax machines, and therefore often having to read messages that have been mangled by both our printer and a stranger's scanner, I have become a lifelong enemy of all narrow, compact serif fonts.
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15th Jul 2017, 1:18 PM #5
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I considered it for my next comic.
I find that a lot of fonts look wrong on 3-D comics and tried to figure out what would fit best. My conclusion was to rule out all fonts that would look right as a magasine's main font, because then my brain associates it with a caption and doesn't see it as part of the panel, as well as curly, script, and otherwise fancy letterings, because they clash too much with computer imagery's neatness.
I don't think I'll end up using Comic Sans, because I have a fairly exact mental image of what I want and it's a bit straighter and taller, but if I don't find something ideal, it's an adequate alternative.


And there's a side advantage to Comic Sans: by repelling the readers that let memes tell them what to hate, you're left with the readers that judge from what they actually see. :P
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11th Jul 2017, 1:17 AM #6
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Kissing scenes in movie.
Specifically, the subcategory of kissing scenes where they either start normal or reluctant, then they breath in and get instant aroused, and there's always the same sound effect with a loud, wet tongue click after a second.
It makes me want to literally explode with disgust, in the hope that my entrails will obscure the screen and I will die without seeing the rest of it.



Edited to add:

When the dental floss breaks and fibers get stuck between my teeth and I have to spend twice as much floss to get it out and all that time the pressure hurts more and more.
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9th Jul 2017, 5:54 PM #7
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We live in a parody alternate universe.
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9th Jul 2017, 3:08 PM #8
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Morgenstern:I'll never accept anything but this as his theme music.


I always thought this one fit better.

Though it's not entirely fitting:
1) The composer never meant for this tune to become associated with clowns.
2) Really if you push this association out of mind it sounds pretty cool on its own.
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9th Jul 2017, 2:58 PM #9
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I ended up not working in pathology (I had an opportunity, but skipped it because toluene fumes made me too nauseous), but it was part of my training. We had to assist autopsies for our internship, and it turns out, the majority of autopsies are babies. People who die of known, "natural" causes don't get autopsied, and with most people dying in a hospital bed with identified conditions, well that doesn't leave that many adults, and I think they avoided the "found dead at home" cases for the interns not to have unqualified hands messing with forensic stuff. So all the autopsies I saw were of babies and miscarried fetuses.

One notable thing, even a nearly at term fetus is very different from even a very young baby.
A fetus is anonymous, there's no trace of individuality, it's easy to forget it was alive before. You can feel sorry for the parents who certainly thought of it as more than this, but the body itself feels more like a human shaped thing, it doesn't register as a person.
A baby often arrives with clothes. With a haircut. Skin has lost that newborn wrinkliness and the features are defined. A baby has a history, no matter how short, it shows both individuality and the care its family put in it. You can't work on a baby without feeling at least a little disturbed.
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6th Jul 2017, 1:07 PM #10
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I have sudden attacks of extreme somnolence, and when they happen when I'm doing a sitting job, I found the only way to prevent passing out entirely is to doodle. Or having taken Ritalin one hour before, but I'm not very good at traveling back in time.
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5th Jul 2017, 11:44 AM #11
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I'm going to post one that isn't anybody's fault for a change:
When I have clean, warm, dry fresh socks on, and as soon as I step outside it starts raining and they get damp.


Also Alzeimher's disease. Nobody I know got it, but I can hate it without it being personal, on the principle.
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3rd Jul 2017, 2:11 PM #12
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JohnnyV:2) People passing me up on the street because I'm "too slow" even though I'm already driving 10 over.


Oh that one! I don't own a car, so most of the time when I drive it's when I'm visiting grandma, who has one. And she lives three houses from a school, so I go through the 30km/h zone twice every ride. And I get an asshole ragingly speeding to pass me in front of the school about once every three rides. That 30km/h zone is like 100m long, you go through it in under 30 seconds at lawful speeds, but that's too long for the people of this neighbourhood!
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3rd Jul 2017, 1:02 PM #13
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People who fight bad science with worse science. By example if someone worries if some chemical in their canned soup is toxic and makes the mistake of asking on a public forum, they're going to get the obligatory:
- Everything is chemicals, your FACE is chemicals, your MOM is chemicals!
- Everything is toxic at a certain dose even water, try drinking a gallon of water in one go lol!

That fails three way:
- Everybody knows what they meant with "chemical", it has a meaning in popular English and no it doesn't sound smart to pretend to be cripplingly literal minded.
- People worry about the toxicity of things they could be unwittingly ingesting, not the things that a toxic dose of would not physically fit in their can of soup. And if we want to be pedantic, water is classified as non toxic, exactly because one won't be accidentally absorbing a toxic dose in normal conditions. If you want to be a pedant be an accurate one.
- THE ORIGINAL QUESTION IS NOT ADDRESSED AT ALL!!! I wouldn't blame them for asking homeopathycrystalcosmic.com next if it means they'll actually get an answer, no matter how wrong, instead of mockery.




People who gatekeep fandoms, games, general interests.
"If you like Star Trek then what does Data say at minute 23 of episode 75? You can't answer? HA! FAKE GEEK! GET OUT!!!"
Yeah, etymologically "fan" means "fanatic", but in its actual use you can have a casual fan, one who enjoys the thing without actually studying it.



People who demand an audience and feel like we're doing something wrong not listening to them. Like, if you were a kid, I'd give you some attention because you need it to develop and just steer the conversation away from Yu-gi-oh and onto something that won't melt either of our brains, but you're not a kid and being worth listening to is your own job.
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2nd Jul 2017, 10:21 PM #14
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I think the way I'd go about it would be to think of him as a hero, write most of the smaller actions the same way I'd write a misunderstood hero, with only the end goal being obviously evil.
It's common for heroes to have to go against the police or government, I'd write "I have to sneak past security to steal the emerald diamond" in the same mindset as "I have to sneak past the red tape to save the city": the character sees the authorities as a nuisance to his goals the same way, regardless of what those goals are. I think seeing his reasoning as not quite different from his heroic days' to also see him as a character who can care for others and isn't just his villainy.
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2nd Jul 2017, 10:00 PM #15
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I don't believe you!
In fact, it's not your birthday, it's your BURSTDAY!

*takes a large balloon and shows it to the crowd; the balloon is translucent and clearly empty*

Now look at what happens if we squeeze it!

*squeeze the balloon with slowly increasing force. The balloon yields, deforms, and finally pops*

HI I'M SMACOMIX!!!

*the crowd applauds for the amazing trick of SMAComix bursting into existence*
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1st Jul 2017, 3:32 PM #16
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Schlock Mercenary is a webcomic that explores many sci-fi concepts, and among them interactions with artificial intelligences. It's a very long read, but if you like space opera with comic relief it's worth it. (it started off trying to just be funny though, so it only gets interesting a bit in)



Personally I don't subscribe to the unemotional AI thing. If we figure out how to create a consciousness, why would making it aware of its own status so much harder? Emotions are how our basic instincts translate in our consciousness. Most of them are pretty crude: "this situation is dangerous, escape it", "this situation is favourable, prolong/reproduce it". If an AI can be made to perceive images from a camera as its own sight, it could be made to perceive a simplistic assessment of its immediate situation as equally real.
I think the question is more like: how desirable would it be to create an emotional robot? If that robot was built to be a companion, then emotions would make it more relatable, but laboring robots might be better off without them. Programming a sky-scraper-building robot to avoid falling is a good idea, but making it fear falling would just make it unhappy and drive it to avoid situations where the risk is more perceptible despite it being always present. Might as well give the job back to a human then.
So I think a self-aware robot could have emotions, but a responsible builder wouldn't include them without thinking about whether they're desirable for the robot's purpose.
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27th Jun 2017, 4:20 PM #17
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Good idea! Everybody send Kyo a doormat! :D
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27th Jun 2017, 12:58 PM #18
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Well, the effect on your popularity rating can be negligible depending on whether your comic has a shot at ending up in the "popular" tab in the first place. Are you big? Are you planning on getting big?

Otherwise, I agree that votes are pretty weak as far as feedback goes. CF readers are an optimistic bunch, I've found, giving 5s liberally, and a timid 4 if they really care to vote on a page they didn't like, so votes don't give much information unfortunately.
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27th Jun 2017, 12:45 PM #19
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While all that advice is very good and I second it, I'll go and answer the OP's original question:

People, as mentionned, will critique the most striking feature they see, which are the visuals. I do hope you are considering what to do about them, but right now you're hoping to get comments on your writing instead...

So go create another critique thread, and specify that you are aware of the problems with the art and are thinking about it, but want to make sure the writing holds itself too, so *in this thread* only comments on the story, characters and writing are welcome.



Also relax: you don't have to implement every reader suggestion, and out of the ones that you find out can help you, you don't have to implement them all at once. Resizing all your pages sounds like a mind numbing job? Hey I agree, it's boring as hell! So start making your new pages smaller, and resize the older ones by small batches. Keep it within the amount of effort you're ok with putting on your comic. After all people have their expectations, but in the end you decide how serious your project is.
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Hi!

Like many people, I hate ads. I chose not to enable CF ads on my comic, but at first I did donate money so I still helped pay the hosting costs. Then later Kyo removed the donation link, (something something about taxes?) but said things were ok financially so I shouldn't worry about it.

I just want to make sure that's still the situation. I mean I still hate ads, but if it's the only way to finance CF I'll enable them on my next comic.
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