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6 days ago, 3:09 PM #1
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None of the evil is new, but the power is greater than ever. We always had dictators, but now we have dictators with drones and nukes. We always had intrusive laws, but now they're backed with facial recognition software. Now we have hate groups that recruit kids on social media. We're billions so even if we manage to cut down on waste, we consume resources for billions. We have worldwide speculative economy that allows to bring down any nation that wants to change the deal in any meaningful way without even bothering with war (and yet we still do war, gosh we're defective!) The US has had abyssal governments before, but it didn't have a military capable of destroying the whole planet at the time!
We're not more dysfunctional than before, in fact we've improved on many aspects, but we're hurting ourselves more each time we act out.

On a more optimistic note, I don't believe that the whole thing is written in human nature and can't change. Human nature is before anything else adaptable. Humans form societies, institutions, governments, to work more efficiently and more justly than individuals could. Systems exist to do what their separate components can't. They're also big things with lots of inertia, and the ill-intentioned can find ways to corrupt them, but they can be improved, reformed, sometimes outright overthrown and replaced, when they don't do what's asked of them. Don't lower your standards; a system that leads to injustice, that drive good people into doing work that build up to something evil, that lets a few amass near absolute power over the rest, is a defective system that needs to be fixed. I'd be in a bad position to tell others what to do about it, I haven't been doing much myself, just don't let yourself be convinced that we can't do better, cynism only makes one a worse citizen and isn't even healthy for one's own morale.
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One week ago, 3:09 PM #2
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All I can add is there's no standard amount of spotlight any subplot requires. The romance can happen mostly off camera with only minimal hints to let the reader know how it's developing, as much as you could go the opposite way and write a full blown love story.
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9 days ago, 6:08 PM #3
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Can I add a reply for people who say we can just get porn in other places?

I don't actually do Tumblr, but my main source of sexy art is Twitter, I believe the perks were similar.

It's not just about the porn. It's also about a shared experience. Interacting with the artists and reading the other comments gushing over the art and the best stuff getting shared around so you can't miss it, and sometimes outsiders stumbling upon it and being vocally confused... Also the artists usually also post their everyday thoughts as it goes with social media, knowing them a bit gives a little extra life to their art.

Think of it like eating a burger at McDonald's or getting take out and eating it at home. Same burger, different experience, and if you prefer one, the other one is just not quite it.

I tried getting my monster porn off Paheal, and it just doesn't do it, it doesn't have a personality.
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"Somebody ought to tell you (CW: telepathy)", 13 days ago, 6:58 AM #4
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Listen, everyone, I know it's taboo to talk about it out loud, but at this point it's becoming untenable. You can back out of the thread, most of you know what it's about already.

For those who don't know what this is about, that message is for you. I know there aren't many of you, but whew, do we notice you in a crowd!
You were probably never told, but 99% of humans are telepaths. You can't hear anybody else's thoughts, but everybody can hear yours. It's a rare, shameful disability. People try to be patient, but every time you thought someone was giving you a dirty look for no reason, it's because you were thinking something really rude.

Since it's only socially acceptable to talk about telepathic etiquette telepathically, you don't realise how shameful your thoughts are. You know how you spent hours idly thinking about kissing Dr Who the other day? That seriously disrupted the workplace! Even weird kids know better by the time they're school age!

I don't know if it's possible to acquire thought etiquette at your age, but you can try!
Avoid thinking about:
- Anime fan theories
- How your socks are bunching up between your toes (everyone feels your discomfort!)
- Hard vore (soft vore is ok)
- How you'd rate people's butts
- Anime ships
- How your teeth don't quite fit together in one spot (discomfort, again)
- Food (some of us are hungry!)
- Memes
- Which old people you'd kiss even though you're not into old people
- Whatever just aroused you; it's probably weird
- Song lyrics you just half-remember
- How well you'd do if you were transported in your favourite anime (seriously, STOP!)

It's not a comprehensive list, but it's what you've been upsetting people most often with. I know without telepatic feedback it won't be easy to develop that discipline, but do try, it can't hurt!
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13 days ago, 6:39 AM #5
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Thank you! :)
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22nd Nov 2018, 6:33 PM #6
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Erotic writing is its own art form! I have ideas for erotic stories sometimes, but any time I tried writing one... I lingered on the intro and ended up quitting when I couldn't postpone the sexual action anymore. Maybe something that reflects one's intimate fantasies is too personal and it takes someone not too self-conscious to make it work?
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22nd Nov 2018, 3:33 PM #7
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- Shock value. Some content can be shocking and that can be part of what gives a story emotional weight, but if shock is all it brings to the story, it probably doesn't work. Think of that annoying coworker who tells nothing but dead baby jokes. After the third it gets predictable and stale. Shocking or offensive content need to bring something to the story, it's really not all that clever on its own.
That's the first one I think about because I did it before and now just cringe at it.

- The old Hollywood romantic subplot. Protagonist meets opposite sex partner. They don't get along. But their hostility was lust in denial all along! At some point there's a misunderstanding and they won't talk anymore! But something clears the error and now they're in love! I'm not romantic so love will never take a lot of room in my writing, but when it gets a bit of spotlight you can trust it won't be in that shape!

- The villain that's blinded by idealism. You can make a good story from the idea that bad things can happen out of good intentions, but right now it's become the standard and authors don't even seem to ask themselves how the villains' good intentions lead to a complete lack of restraint in the methods. If one shows how the villain's personality or circumstances leads them down that path, ok, but usually it's just taken for granted.
In fiction, bad actions derive from good intentions a lot more often than, well, bad intentions. But I promise that selfishness, carelessness, apathy, cynism, fear and other mortal sins are entirely good at motivating bad actions! If I steal your cake, it's not because I care about your carb intake, it's because I want your damn cake!
For now I'm overexposed to the cliché and would rather write bad actions as coming from actual character flaws or mistakes.
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"Quick! Unleash the artistic rage!", 20th Nov 2018, 6:23 AM #8
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Up to the recent site upgrade, Comic Fury teased us with the possibility of unleashing the artistic rage, only to tell us not to unleash the artistic rage in the footnote.

But I see that the page bottom text now says: "This page is running CF 3900: Maximum Pain Edition"
Do you realise what this means, comrades? There is no longer any prohibition against unleashing the artistic rage!!! We are left in a state of total anarchy!
Let it all out, everything you've bottled up all these years! Go artistically berzerk! Leave no stone standing! Let fire and blood be your medium! Let chaos be your muse! Quick, before Kyo catches on!
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19th Nov 2018, 5:52 PM #9
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My current project is strongly world-centric. If it works out like I want, exploring the setting and lifestyle of a space colony should be part of the appeal. There are obviously characters to follow and stories happening, but it's deeply shaped by their environment.
So a lot of work goes into worldbuilding. Not all of it is detailed, by example only a handful of planets are named, and most of them have a similar history, terraformation projects forcing predictable paths for several centuries. I researched a lot on chemistry, geology, astronomy, and then more chemistry to come up with something that should be coherent, and while not all that science will be in the comic itself (it would make a rather heavy read!) the author's notes and extra pages will have all the parts I used so readers who like the concepts can get the science behind them too!
I know some people don't like that, but I'll have the extra pages be part of the artwork. The comic should be understandable without reading them, but to get the full experience they're part of it. They also allow me to post some content while I'm building the 3-D backgrounds, because frankly a year of doing art without having anything to show would be demoralising.
Examples (work in progress):
Visit Red Bay Showing the habitat's buildings and functions.
Office of Terraformation A FAQ from a recruitment page by the governmental agency recruiting space settlers.
I don't know if it clearly reflects the level of background work I'm including, but I feel that's the approach this specific project needs.
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15th Nov 2018, 3:33 PM #10
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Excuse me, some of us are trying to spread panic here!
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15th Nov 2018, 3:19 PM #11
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I should get a smallpox vaccine. Accidentally travelling in time is a recurring concern of mine, and if I'm going to have to figure out how to survive in medieval times without the people thinking I'm just insane I'd rather not be dying of smallpox at the same time.
(It's nice that my brain is trying to prepare me for totally not unlikely scenarios.)

Plusssssss you know how people are going on about "Hey what if thawing permafrost revives extinct viruses like smallpox?" and somehow popular culture is completely oblivious to the fact that animal pox strains cross species barrier all the time and while monkeypox isn't very good at human to human transmission yet, it totally is causing small outbreaks every other year and since nobody is immune to it anymore, it's only a matter of time before a mutated version sweeps the world again. (most recent documented outbreak: UK, 2018)
I call it!
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15th Nov 2018, 7:05 AM #12
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Did you get your flu vaccine?
I got my flu vaccine today, they gave me a sticker!
Well it was a band-aid, but they drew a heart on it so that makes it a sticker.
If you didn't get your vaccine you don't get a sticker!

I'm also due for my tetanus booster, man I hope they draw a smiling face in the band-aid, that would make my day!
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14th Nov 2018, 6:52 PM #13
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I don't think one can just dismiss expectations that they've been driven into their head through education, rolemodels and generally bathing in the ambient culture.

I don't mean to contradict the people here telling you to be yourself and not letting yourself be constrained by arbitrary notions of masculinity. That's good advice.
But also don't expect being comfortable with yourself to be a thing that'll just happen by wishing it. We are social creatures, being accepted by our peers is one of our needs, challenging one of the ways we've molded ourselves to meet what we perceive as what's expected of us is difficult. You're not defective for feeling that way, anyone who realises they're not quite the same shape as their box goes through that, and that might just be everyone.
There will be more feelings to process, so the advice I want to add is: expect discomfort and guilt. It's natural, but it doesn't mean trying to define yourself is a bad thing, just expect it to feel that way sometimes.
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13th Nov 2018, 6:59 PM #14
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I expect it to be both terrible and awesome. I don't mean it ironically, plenty of movies are both, speaking as someone who thinks Howard the Duck was an edifying cultural experience.
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13th Nov 2018, 6:52 PM #15
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I googled "celtic knot bread", was disappointed. But only because the coolest images were on Pinterest which isn't friendly to direct linking, there's actually plenty of awesome knotwork bakery.

Spoilered for big images.


Ok people don't do this it's too dangerous.
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13th Nov 2018, 3:58 AM #16
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I'd sure go for superpowers as they are available, but I would want to fully understand how the whole thing works and what the downsides and risks are, because the last thing I'd want is to lose abilities in the process.

Although there are situations where I could sacrifice abilities for others. I'm thinking things like John Varley's universe, where extreme body mods are commonplace, and space farers can have their body altered to move comfortably in zero-g, an alteration that leaves them barely able to walk in normal gravity. Though in that universe it's not a difficult decision, as they can undo the surgery as easily as they had it done in the first place.

So I guess it's conditional, weighting the risks and benefits and whether the powers technology can give are worth all the trouble.
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13th Nov 2018, 3:34 AM #17
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Thank you!
I did consider using the author's note that way, but since that would mean the content would sit under the navigation links and all comic related stuff, it was more of a plan B, doing it the proper way should look better!
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8th Nov 2018, 2:21 AM #18
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Sorry for the people who said trilobites, the one I'm bringing back is the anomalocaris.

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5th Nov 2018, 7:29 AM #19
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Well there's two general shapes for frogs, some are really streamlined and long legged, and some are potato shaped. So I think a frog anthro could play with either, either a tall, slim, androgynous figure, or at the opposite a very heavy one. Heavy would let you play more with curves, but slim can be attractive too.

I agree that the proportions on the first sketch make them look like children, that's one thing to change.
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"Another fool asks how to create a non-image comic page!", 4th Nov 2018, 3:15 PM #20
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I know this has been asked before and I thought I'd find at least one relevant thread on the forum, but looks like I can't!

I want the occasional comic page to be something else than an image (specifically, I want chapter covers to be videos, and since they're large they're hosted on Youtube and I'd just embed them there) and I know it's feasible to have an "only for this page" layout thing.

But I've been a fool and didn't note the method when I could, thinking it'd be easy to find again! I'd be grateful if someone could tell me, or point me to the previous thread.


And while I'm at it, I would suggest Kyo to add it to the permanent code threads, since I'm not the first to need it!
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