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Result in thread: When to censor swearing
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19th Apr 2018, 1:27 PM #1
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You don't have an obligation to keep your comic free of prophanity, so it comes down to what kind of comic you want, and for what public. If your public is used to fairly tame language, it might drive some away to suddenly shift tone, but if it's been relatively coarse already, more direct than usual swearing won't shock anyone. Just ask yourself if it fits.


Now the following is my own impression and other members of the public may have a completely different perception, but I figure it helps to know how it's received:

I'm ok with swearing in writing as long as it contributes to the story. Maybe it conveys that the character is rude, or there's just so much stress around. Or plenty other things. Lots of different things can be conveyed by linguistic choices, knowing when to make them is good writing.
Where I don't buy it is when it comes off as the author trying to be edgy.
(spoilered because there's an example and since there hasn't been heavy prophanity in the thread so far I won't shove it in people's face)
[spoiler]Like if some character enters a convenience store and tells the cashier he's never met before: "Give me a fucking pack of ExportA Red right now stupid bitch ass before I punch you in the cunt." It better reflect some sort of dysfunction in the character, or I'll be thinking "Who are you trying to impress, kid?" and that's probably not what an author wants readers to think.[/spoiler]
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5th Apr 2018, 2:19 PM #2
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I reply to comments... except on Variabilis.
Because it's a comic dump where I throw random comics and art with no common thread (aside from being made by Dodom) so I didn't put much care into the layout, picked a premade layout and left it unedited, and it turned out that the "Blue" layout didn't have a reply button. I've responded to many comments by posting a new comment under theirs, but they're not official replies so they get no notifications.


Actually I'll go pick a different premade layout right now, it's not hard!
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Result in thread: How important is a cover?
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1st Apr 2018, 2:03 PM #3
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Note that you can add your cover after you started posting the comic and still make it appear before the first page. You can control that by changing the posting date when you upload it so it's recorded as earlier than the pages.
So you can go ahead and post pages as soon as you feel ready, AND have a cover later. Just mention it in your next page's author's notes so if you already have returning readers they know to go back and check.
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Result in thread: Announcing FuryPoints!
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1st Apr 2018, 1:41 AM #4
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I paid my taxes, will Comic Fury offer free health care now?
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Result in thread: Bearing and Tolerance?
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31st Mar 2018, 1:55 PM #5
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In the present case, I'd say that the starting quality is distracting from the reading experience, and I wouldn't advise against an eventual redraw. But to avoid having to redraw a hundred pages, my advice for now would be to slow down your update pace and spend more time on each page.
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26th Mar 2018, 2:50 PM #6
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I have been in the presence of many emotions and can share my understanding of them.

Emotions are basically a way primitive instincts communicate with higher cognition. A simpler Earth creature may have a programmed response to stimuli, per example, run away from movement. But a larger creature needs more complex strategies to survive, such as choosing an action between running away, fighting, ignoring the stimulus, hiding, and so on. We are all aware that cognition allows such a choice as well as adapting its execution to other environmental parameters. The emotion known as "fear" is the way instinct orders a complex reaction from neural structures it can't directly control.

While they serve a biological purpose and should be considered part of a healthy human intellect, emotions can be a weakness. Look at the "fear" I mentionned: because its origins are simple, one can design stimuli to falsely evocate fear - or any other emotion - and couple it with selected information, up to a point where the human's behaviour becomes controllable.

We normal Humans call this process "propaganda". It has been used in many ways. By example, it has improved public health in rich nations by convincing the youth that cigarettes were no longer a symbol of social status. It can also be a weapon. If one wants to kill one million humans, it is much more effective to have one million other humans doing the killing.
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22nd Mar 2018, 3:45 PM #7
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I'm not certain, but I think it happened a little bit after I uploaded a comic page in Variabilis. It hadn't appeared on the main page immediately and I came back a few minutes later to reload and see if it was there (it was). I think it's right next that I got the "guest" main page and had to log back in.
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22nd Mar 2018, 1:49 PM #8
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MK_Wizard:Agreed, Maxis. And as grim as it sounds, my favourite character deaths are when you get attached to the character and root for their survival only for a freak chance or heroic sacrifice to end them. To see a character survive the worst, then turn around to run back in the fire to save the guy who was left behind is truly heartwrenching, but it's a beautiful kind of sadness. It stays with you and makes you think. It also emphasises how good as gold they were. Give me good as gold over red shirts any day. It's like I keep saying; a character is a work of art too.


It's not necessarily easy to do, but making one care for a nameless character is feasible: St John Ambulance ad
In two minutes and barely any dialogue, they develop the central character enough to drive home that his life is valuable. He fought and suffered to keep it, his family helped and suffered along with him, by all rights he should stay alive. When he dies, it doesn't feel like an actor lying down for silly TV shock value, the tragedy of it is effectively conveyed.
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21st Mar 2018, 2:17 PM #9
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I was spontaneously logged out this week too, I think it was Monday. It seems to be happening to everyone in a short period of time.
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17th Mar 2018, 1:42 PM #10
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Autographs I think.
If this is the case, probably for free, unless someone requests something so elaborate it's basically a commission :P
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10th Mar 2018, 3:55 PM #11
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Grandma used to own a patch of woodland. In its past, it was used for military exercices, so there was army junk on it. Then junk from the construction and later demolition of the railroad. Of course there's random junk. And a geo-cache, later destroyed by vandals.
So her shed is decorated with ancient rusty things, not all of them identifiable. Among the things we can identify:
Several railroad nails
An unexploded bomb-shell
The fork-shaped part of an antique curling iron
Many generations of beer bottles: ceramics ones, those stubby ones with a short neck... well that's all actually.
A whole disassembled wood stove (now sold for scraps)

Other notable finds, but not kept:
A washing machine's outside. No motor and no tub, those were removed. It was flattened, rusty and a small tree had began growing through it when grandma found it, she called me to help dig it up. We were able to lift it around the young tree without damaging it too much, it survived.
A large sheet of lead. Grandma always keeps sheets of iron to cover her outdoors fire places, changing them when they rust through (being in the rain combined with being regularly heated on cinders makes their lifespan short) so she thought finding that unusually heavy sheet was a bargain. I don't know how she didn't recognise it wasn't iron, lead has a very distinctive feel, being softer (enough that pinching it between two fingers will dent it), warmer (not heat conducting so it doesn't feel cold like common metals) duller and heavier. But as soon as she used it to cover ashes, it melted. She showed me the remains before giving them to the scraps guy. I don't know if she got a good price for it, this much lead ought to be worth something!
A weasel. Probably an escaped pet. Stared at her a little then was on its way.
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Result in thread: Water falling from the sky?
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7th Mar 2018, 7:42 AM #12
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Deadly Death Sickle:There’s something even more disturbing. Try walking in your bathroom, nothing unusual right? A few towels, a hair brush, toilet, bath tub. But what’s that cone shaped thingy on the wall in the bathtub. Try turning it on, and it’ll start making water fall from the sky. I tried cracking one one recently and found that someone but a tiny white puffy thing in there, and the the cone thing was manipulating the puffy to make water fall. I’m not sure if national home infiltration, or mass white puffy thing abuse


I found this worrying and looked up more information. What I found was most unsettling!

It took many googles:
- inside floof
- inside bathroom fluff
- toilet flumh
- fuzz thing get in and
- coney thing water fall
- like the sky but the cone
- water but there
- puff it come inside

IT WAS DIFFICULT!
But eventually I found more on the topic!

Look, I don't want to scare you, because it seems like this has been going on for a long time and it wasn't too dangerous so far, but small sky fluffs being found inside the house is something that happens regularly!

CONTENT NOTE: THIS IS A PICTURE IT CAN'T COME OUT OF THE SCREEN!
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But a thing I found more alarming was this. Look, you said maybe it's an infestation, and this is really really disturbing if you look at it this way. I'm putting this picture in spoilers because it is VERY scary.
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It doesn't look like it hurt coming out but WHY WAS IT INSIDE??? WHAT IS GOING ON???
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"Blender pros here? (question about SPARKLING procedural textures)", 4th Mar 2018, 7:35 PM #13
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I tentatively made an animation yesterday and I don't know why the procedural textures move like that. On shiny materials it shows as glittering, but if you look at the sky, it does that on every texture. I like procedural textures for materials that need a little roughness while having no complicated details, but are they incompatible with animation???

Don't worry about the camera movement being too bumpy, I'm already changing that.

Merged Doublepost:

It's not perfect but it's significantly improved now:
Sparkle volcano!
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Result in thread: Water falling from the sky?
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1st Mar 2018, 3:47 PM #14
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Bear:Well here in the (other) Sunshine State, it's been falling so much and so heavily lately, and accompanied by incredibly LOUD noises up there and flashes, and the ground and house shaking. I'm starting to think Chicken Little might be right !


I think I know what you're talking about!

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You were right to be scared, that is dangerous!
It's a sky fluff extending its root system. The sky has all the water and air and light the fluffs need for photosynthesis, but they need to touch down to get minerals, there are not nearly enough minerals in the sky. They dig their roots in, feed and pull out very quickly, so it shakes things up, one can actually get hurt if it strikes too close! Many people protect their house by attaching an iron rod to the roof. This way, the root can suck minerals out of the iron without digging in and the house doesn't get shaked up.
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Result in thread: Water falling from the sky?
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28th Feb 2018, 7:16 PM #15
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So you're saying that the sky that hurts to look at is like the pinhead glowies, except closer? That's a daring hypothesis!
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Result in thread: Water falling from the sky?
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28th Feb 2018, 6:36 PM #16
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Matt Comics:Only the greatest scientists manage to reach the sky. They have to build complex ships with reactors strong enough to jump much higher than you. They end up crossing some kind of portal though, because they never stay too long in the blue part of the sky. Instead, they land in the home dimension of the bright glowing things. When they return (if they return), they're too exhausted to properly tell you what they saw.


I think I saw some of those, in the sky, making the chemtrails. I thought the things on the sides were wings, but now that you mention it, it makes a lot more sense for them to be folded up grasshopper legs, for very high jumping.

We need to invest in better chemtrails, the ones we have fade in minutes, hours at best, they keep having to lay new ones again. The sky hopper riders wouldn't have to risk their life so often if we had better chemicals!
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Result in thread: Water falling from the sky?
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28th Feb 2018, 3:54 AM #17
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Calm down, you can wait it out, the surplus water will be done falling eventually. Some water is supposed to go into the sky, to keep the white fluffs moisturised. They're a kind of lichen I think, I'd need to read up on the science to be sure. You can write the mayor to pump less water into the sky if it happens repeatedly, it needs regular adjusting depending on the crop of white fluffs.
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24th Feb 2018, 3:53 PM #18
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You can recognise cartoonish cat features in Garfield, but Odie is not dog shaped at all. I don't know what he is.
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24th Feb 2018, 7:11 AM #19
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Garfield is 39 years old, and while John hasn't exceeded a realistic human life span, he hasn't aged at all in all that time. Are we sure they're not immortal too?
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20th Feb 2018, 12:42 AM #20
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It really IS cool!

That's the link to the one in Montreal just to see what it looks like: https://montreal.lufa.com/en/how-it-works
They have their own products, but since they got big enough they also act as a distributer for a bunch of other small producers.
And depending on what you want to buy there, it doesn't have to be more expensive than in regular stores. The greenhouses are on top of occupied buildings, so the floor is above a heated building, it's that much less heating to pay for, and of course there's no driving the produce accross the country issues if it's at minutes from where you live. Expect the fresh produce to be cheap and the transformed and third party products to be expensive. If one doesn't mind splitting their shopping between two stores, then one doesn't need to be rich to use it. (a common problem with a lot of healthy/green food stores)
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