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Today, 2:58 PM #1
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Max Headroom. I hesitate to say this, because I enjoyed the original series so much, and because it is, in so many ways, a time capsule of the period in which it was made, and I don't want to reboot something that was, in many ways, perfect.

On the other hand, it would be interesting to explore the same themes and see where they take us today.

Like so many really excellent shows, it rubbed the suits the wrong way and they canned it way before they could explore all of the intricacies and implications. It was cyberpunk before the term was popularized. It took place in a dystopian future, obviously wracked with problems that were never specifically explained, but which look a lot like the effects of the problems we face now- war? Climate change?

I remember media critics back in the day who complained that Max Headroom was unrealistic because it made TV execs, of all people, into the baddies- they scoffed at the idea that networks would ever do anything so nefarious as manufacture news for profit, prop up politicians for access, or sacrifice truth for ratings. It dealt with the problems of the surveillance state vs. the need for individual privacy. It even touched on the problems of small independent artists trying to break into a medium that is wall-to-wall corporate control... sound familiar? You know a show is great when it turns out to be prescient, even if you didn't want it to be. "Twenty minutes into the future" wasn't just a great tagline, it was a warning. It also had the wonderful visual of the reporter's camera as a huge futuristic weapon, as Edison Carter fought for truth and democracy for the common human using images and words instead of bullets - the pen is still mightier than the sword.

-Update the show's premise and technologies to include social media / smartphones and the internet. Other than that, roll with it.
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2 days ago, 5:47 AM #2
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mitchellbravo:
Which of your characters has the strongest wanderlust?


Of the mains, Nita does, though even she doesn't quite know it yet. Of the adults we've seen (and will see for the foreseeable future) it's Apollina. She's been places. She's been lots of places.

Which of your characters most suffers from "imposter syndrome?" From Wikipedia: Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one's accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
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3 days ago, 4:50 AM #3
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Taily did a thread where she picked out theme songs for us; she picked "School Days" by Chuck Berry for The Extras, and I have no reason to distrust her judgment.
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4 days ago, 4:28 AM #4
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Ah, memories... two come to mind, one with friends, one alone.

Right around Christmas, 1998. I'm in my 20s, working for a company in Japan and go with my college buddy (who worked at the same company) and the boss's right-hand man (a chill guy) on a trip to Tokyo, and we spent all night, from around 7 pm to 7 am the next day just wandering around the city (mostly Roppongi,) hopping from bar to bar, having a drink apiece, munching some food, just enough alcohol to get buzzed and stay buzzed without becoming sloppy drunk, wandering out in the streets and seeing the sights of the nightlife in a city that never sleeps. I'll never forget all the neon, the traffic in the narrow streets, the dense crowds even at three in the morning, everyone (except us) dressed in their hip finest, the whole thing looking like Blade Runner and Neuromancer brought to vivid life. I remember the tiny restaurants we'd find like hidden treasures, going through simple doors and descending narrow stairs into spaces that could seat maybe 10 people max, everything beautifully decorated, have a beer or a scotch on the rocks, and then on to the next place. I remember passing the tiny McDonald's, no more than 10 feet / 3 meters wide, run by a Jamaican man, who saw the foreigners and began yelling at us, telling us he'd make us a beautiful Big Mac (and he did.) I remember hitting the dance floor at one little club and having a dance with a punk Japanese gal who was about four and a half feet tall, sporting a foot-tall mohawk. I remember sitting in the last bar, drinking beer at 7 am and eating yakitori with the morning sun shining through the big windows right in my eyes, and all of us agreed it was an amazing night.

July-August 2000, living in a tiny town in central Japan, on summer break, no money to fly home, or even travel much, no girlfriend, the summer hot and the humidity stifling. Each morning I pack a lunch and some drinks and drive part way up the highest local mountain, then get out and hike the rest of the way to the peak, with a big craggy rock overlooking the distant local city and far, far in the distance, Nagoya. Up there it was cooler, with a nice breeze, and with a couple of exceptions I never saw another soul on the path or at the peak the whole summer. I'd spend my days sitting on that big rock, each new one much like the last, surrounded by pine trees and sky, and over that summer I read Lord of the Rings all the way through, and napped in the sun, and dreamed.
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5 days ago, 5:45 AM #5
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SMAComix:Which of your characters is organized?



Chantilly is obsessively organized. A place for everything, everything in its place, and she can put her hands on anything you might need at a moment's notice.


Which of your characters is most terrified of A.) Clowns, B.) The dark, C.) being alone? Choose any 1, 2, or 3 of these to answer.
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5 days ago, 5:34 AM #6
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gumbo of doom!
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One week ago, 10:31 PM #7
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A good, clear, effective storyboard sequence, with good notes and an exciting / horrifying sequence of events. It's easy to see the action in your mind's eye.

To answer one of the questions you asked in the comments, I think this would definitely be a candidate for a streaming service. Your voice actors list is impressive, but don't overlook pro voice actors who don't have celebrity names.

Page 36 of The Extras- the gals find themselves with a sudden opportunity for adventure. I'm sure they'll learn lots from it...
We tried a thing where the sequence of word balloons starts off standard, left-to-right in the top tier, then it's supposed to curve around and be read right-to-left in the second tier. I don't know if the flow is successful or not. What do you think?

The Extras 36: Portal
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One week ago, 9:54 PM #8
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This was so much fun. Big round of applause and appreciation for HeSerpenty for putting it all together!
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One week ago, 3:23 PM #9
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Snarkclaw:Lots of people seem to reside in warmer climates than I do! Is February not cold for anyone else? o.O


Michigan here. Warmer than average winter, but fresh snow on the ground as I write this, and going down to single digits Fahrenheit tonight (minus teens Celsius.)

Merged Doublepost:

HeSerpenty:

Aaand it's up!



Repeating the link here

Thanks for all your hard work! It looks great!
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One week ago, 6:47 AM #10
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Still, it was
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One week ago, 4:48 AM #11
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This sounds like fun. I offer Nita and Apollina: Page 10

Also Chantilly: Page 1
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One week ago, 4:06 AM #12
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Only three? This is going to be tough... there's so much good stuff on here!

Only three, only three... and I won't repeat any that have already been mentioned, or the comics of anyone who's already posted... this is still so hard.

Okay. First up is mitchellbravo's Loud Era - a slice-of-life historical drama, character-driven, engaging and absorbing, and unlike anything else.

Second, BustyLaroo's Angels of the Fallen. A fantasy-drama that is also character-driven, with some very interesting mythology and world-building that doesn't overshadow the characters.

Third, John Waltrip's Enterprise-G. A treat for SF fans in general and Trekkies in particular, it's old-school Star Trek storytelling on a new stage with all original characters.

To everyone else on my subscription list, I love you all, too!
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9 days ago, 4:44 PM #13
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Like a lot of folks here, I go back to check to make sure of established details. One time I had to go back and check on the spelling of a character's name.
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9 days ago, 6:39 AM #14
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Gomez Addams! Whether the original (unnamed) version from the Charles Addams cartoons, the original TV series version played by John Astin (pictured) or by Raul Julia in the films, or voiced by various people and drawn by many others in the animated versions, Gomez is a great dad. Fun-loving, a good parent, madly in love with his wife, adventurous, and approaches life with childlike glee.

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9 days ago, 6:27 AM #15
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This thread has great potential for fun. I have sooooo many stories, from years long past until fairly recently, mainly playing AD&D (1st edition, plus house rules,) Call of Cthulhu, the d6 Star Wars game, Cyberpunk, a couple of test homebrew systems playtested with friends.
Strangely, I never got to actually play the one RPG that I co-wrote. Long story.
I'm going to think about this over the next couple of days and come back with some good stories. Right now, it's time for bed.
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10 days ago, 3:32 PM #16
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I'm trying to recall, but I didn't get a lot of Valentines when I was younger, because I'm this big gooney thing that's frankly not very attractive to most humans, plus I was withdrawn and kept to myself, so I didn't get to date much or have romances.

These days, my wife doesn't have much use for romance, either, and she'll give me a handmade card every so often, and I'll get her a little gift, but in general we operate under the umbrella of "every day is Valentine's Day!" It's better, for us anyway, to have a date night on a random day when the restaurants aren't packed than stick to a calendar.

So the answer would probably be back when I was teaching in public schools in Japan, and some of my girl students would give me little packages of homemade cookies. Unexpected, kind, and sincere.
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10 days ago, 4:37 AM #17
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widgets that spank
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10 days ago, 4:34 AM #18
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junoro:
Title: "What!? I Tried Fishing for Treasure, But All I Got Was This Muscular Whiny Shark Man!"


Mika is in a pickle. Born and raised in Tokyo, her parents divorce during her senior year in high school. Her mother runs off to live with a taxidermist in Mongolia, and with her father too busy with his salaryman job, she's sent to live with her strange uncle in a tiny fishing village in Kyushu. Unable to make friends with the weird inaka people, she drops out and spends her days hanging around the docks. There she meets the mysterious Professor Mephisto-Bones, whose fishing trawler Yamato-Galacto IV has been outfitted with gear to detect sunken shipwreck treasure from Pacificus, the sister lost city to the more famous Atlantis. Only a high school girl has the purtiy of soul to find the treasure and pilot the ship, but on her first solo run, she instead comes up with... a talking shark? Yes, a handsome talking shark with a six-pack of abs and a head full of spiky purple hair! The last surviving descendant of a race of genetically-engineered shark-guardians of Pacifican treasure, the shark-boy agrees to show Mika how to find the treasure in exchange for teaching him human social graces, because he hopes to one day find the mighty scepter of trandmogrigfication, a Pacifican artifact which can turn him into a prince. Will Mika and the shark overcome their mutual social awkwardness to find companionship and possibly love? Will they be an item... or nothing more than "chum"?

My Title: "I Feel so Alone, Yet Together with Myself, Because I Didn't Understand How the Cloning Machine was Supposed to Work."
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11 days ago, 8:22 PM #19
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I also made the jump from SJ and am very glad I did. This is a good place and a great community. Welcome aboard.
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11 days ago, 3:29 AM #20
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Riboxulose made my hair thick, shiny, and manageable. Unfortunately, it's growing out of my kneecaps.
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