Comic 981 - Centcomm relents...

29th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM
Centcomm relents...
Average Rating: 5 (14 votes)

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Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 12:00 AM edit delete
Centcomm
Cent is actually NOT just being evil.. or trying to save her own skin.. I know you readers have a very negitive inpression of her. but she is not evil..
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Stormwind13 29th Jan 2014, 12:02 AM edit delete reply

Thank you for another page. :-)

No, just the artist and author (not forgetting you Rose) are EVIL. :-D

The character CentComm actually has good intentions... paving a highway to hell. :-\
cattservant 29th Jan 2014, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Triple C Paving and Road Maintenance, Inc.
Stormwind13 29th Jan 2014, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

I miss it when you don't comment Cat. :-D
cattservant 29th Jan 2014, 12:22 AM edit delete reply

Good thing;
"I'm a Commenteer
And I'm OK..."
Eh?
Aetrun 30th Jan 2014, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
"He plays all night
And he sleeps all day"

I'm well acquainted with the joys of cats.
Computant 14th Aug 2016, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
But does he wear suspenders and a bra?
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 1:53 AM edit delete reply

Storm let us hope this Arc continues for a space of more pages so we can see the result of the message delivery because methinks it shall bear heavily upon the next actions we find the our dysfunctional crew of misfits, Trader whatever his name is today and Co, the hackers and crackers AIS Triage, Rosie and Co, Gun Molls Inc, Dolly and Ceci, VWA better know as Victims With Attitude,Lynn,Acantha and Aeneas plus Gods and Goddesses only know who friggin else is joining the party do next.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

I really like that summation :D Dragonrider :D
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 12:25 PM edit delete reply

I live to serve
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 12:10 AM edit delete reply

Well put Storm good analogy better probably than mine.
Sheela 29th Jan 2014, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

LOL .. Victims With Attitude. :D
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

hey its a good line :D
Sheela 29th Jan 2014, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

So the douchebag gets to square off against the Victims With Attitude and the Gun Dolls?

You have rendered unto us a strange world indeed.
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 4:21 PM edit delete reply

Hey Aeneas already proved he has attitude, Lynn did with the Gutters, and with standing up to Douchie, and Acantha has with breaking into Aeneas fortress. Can't think of a better description for them.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

All valid points "D
cattservant 29th Jan 2014, 12:06 AM edit delete reply

She is complex!
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 2:50 AM edit delete reply
To say the least.....
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:35 PM edit delete reply

on many levels...
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

*Reserves Judgement* She may not be evil in the sense of good and evil however she is amoral slanted to the greater good. In this case that led her to make judgements and take actions that were evil from the standpoint of someone with the normal moral compass our society engenders in its members.
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 2:52 AM edit delete reply
So.... like a Neutral Good alignment? .... Maybe Chaotic Good ...
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

Neutral good is a fair estamation with a strong dash of Pure Neutral..
Stormwind13 30th Jan 2014, 6:06 PM edit delete reply

I would say Neutral is appropriate for CentComm (character that is, YOU are still Chaotic Evil, CentComm... and that authoress too! :-D) with Lawful (she has rules she follows) and a (FEW) Good tendencies. :-)
KarToon12 29th Jan 2014, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

I think that's one of the best CentComm explainations/definitions I've heard. :)
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

Thank You
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:36 PM edit delete reply

wait till you see the next two pages :D
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

How about right now? Give those of us who could not travel over a thousand miles to the Con a little parity with those who live within sneezing distance.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 2:30 PM edit delete reply

You guys already saw the con pages :D -
I actually live with 2 of my readers and they dont even get spoilers I kick everyone away from me when im working :D
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 3:45 PM edit delete reply

OK so is Calli gonna break out her old waster leathers, Fallons guns, call up Breaker and the gang, grab Mira, Krystal, and Vinnie head for Joleet to join the unofficial invasion of Nova Roma using the Gutter APC Dolly has in storage? Douchebag ain't gotta chance.


Or is she gonna find out about Rose's backdoor route, just sit down hack into Aenaes system and reprogram from where she is, discover Lynn is there and use her to do the physical work tell Rose to go home and install Acantha as Defacto Ruler in Nova Roma with Marcus sitting as Viceroy while Acantha finishes her education in New Troy.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply

"no comment"

But you proably expected that... :D
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 5:13 PM edit delete reply

What??? No Comment, I'm hurt to the quick you won't tell your loyal readers even if they are close to the next set of twists and turns :{>

Gonna go over to the corner and cry.
mjkj 29th Jan 2014, 12:37 AM edit delete reply

Overprotective.

*hugs Mira*

I hope the message will not reverse that positive opinion...
DeathBuhda 29th Jan 2014, 1:30 AM edit delete reply

i suddenly feel the need for a tissue
XRzer04 29th Jan 2014, 2:02 AM edit delete reply
Sometimes the people with the greatest capacity, effectiveness, and willingness to damn near kill you are the ones doing it genuinely out of Love, and truly trying to help
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 2:49 AM edit delete reply
.... Are you speaking from experience?
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:37 PM edit delete reply

well ... there are limits..
Rashala 29th Jan 2014, 2:02 AM edit delete reply

She is still An AIS... not a human and as such her......views on what is and is not well....Acceptable or moral are subject tto human interpretation....

And if she tries to hurt Ceci for the "Greater Good" I will rewire her Audio inputs to 24-7 Nyan cat
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 2:48 AM edit delete reply
O__O I will help you. And laugh hysterically. xD

(P.S. I sincerely hope we won't get any friggin' "greater good" lines or other suchlike stereotypical horrors)
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

Nope... she doesnt use that line..
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 2:42 AM edit delete reply
D'awwwwww ^^

Group hug/dance/song session, anyone?

Lol, just kidding. Still. Good progress from these two on this page.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

hehe - wait for it - its not over..."D
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
Can hardly stand to wait.... *__* But of course, I will. Just for you, though.
Draginbeard 29th Jan 2014, 2:57 AM edit delete reply

Cent may, or may not be exactly evil, but she can sure put on a scary show of it
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

yes.. she can. :D
DeathBuhda 29th Jan 2014, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

i should hope so, she has only had how many thousand years to work on it?
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 3:35 PM edit delete reply

about 1000
DeathBuhda 29th Jan 2014, 6:06 PM edit delete reply

has it only been a thousand years? huh.
jamie59 29th Jan 2014, 3:31 AM edit delete reply

No Cent is not evil. But Rose has done a good job of removing most of what makes the other characters so human that Cent seams evil.
Cent's eyes & expresion in the 2nd panel are so naughty child, maybe there's hope for her.
Stormwind13 29th Jan 2014, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

I think the images of CentComm here are great. She seems so contrite in those images, much like small children that got caught doing something wrong. :-)

I definitely think there is hope for CentComm. And I think if Mira is delivering the message I think (about CentComm's obstructionism of Dolly's mission) that it will have little impact on Calliope.
Sheela 29th Jan 2014, 12:44 PM edit delete reply

Gotta admit that the 2nd panel has many feels in it.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

Yes it does.. very much so !
Sheela 29th Jan 2014, 3:43 PM edit delete reply

Centcomms eyes in the second panel kinda reminds of a cats that has been naughty.

Like in this video, can you guess which cat did it ?
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

IM glad that came accross .. writing for a AI like cent is probably one of the many challenges Rose overcomes with ease..
Tokyo Rose 30th Jan 2014, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

I keep being told that I do a great job of painting a character in three dimensions through what they say/think.

I deliberately cast the majority of Cent-Comm's dialogue in a "flat" fashion. She lacks much of the expressiveness of the human and android characters, and that's part of what makes it harder to relate to her. It's hard to convey in still images, but she very rarely has any "wasted" movement or drastic changes of expression. She's basically just broadcasting her awareness through her dolls; she lacks the connection to a body that an android would have (and that a human CERTAINLY has). That detail alone, even if the main consciousness of it is solely in my own mind, helps me present her in the proper (creepy) fashion.

Aeneas displays a great deal more emotive behavior, for a number of reasons. He was intentionally designed to be more "approachable" from the outset, rather than being kludged together over centuries of interlacing programs and integrated systems. His current doll is the only one he has, and pushing his awareness into it is a coping method; he can filter out some of the constant "OMG WE'S BROKEN" alarms that he receives from his damaged sections. His interactions with Acantha have helped him feel more "connected" to that doll as well; she's not the type to be shy about saying stuff like "Okay, the lack of expressions on your face is freaking me out, do something about it."
Sheela 30th Jan 2014, 7:45 AM edit delete reply

Interesting.

I wonder how the other AIS cope with their body image ?
Centcomm 30th Jan 2014, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

Well Deep blue keeps no dolls or any other physical presence .. and others .,.well time will tell :D

although with Cent .. the more "attention" she pays to the Doll.. the more expressive it is.. in this scene Cent is seriously paying attention so you are getting much more emotion than normal..
Sheela 30th Jan 2014, 8:50 AM edit delete reply

Ah, hence the "lost puppy" eyes ?
Centcomm 30th Jan 2014, 9:17 AM edit delete reply

Exactly
Stormwind13 30th Jan 2014, 6:09 PM edit delete reply

Good information to know. :-)

Thank you for sharing, both of you. :-)

Keep up the good work.
XRzer04 29th Jan 2014, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
@Winter:
Absolutely from experience. We have a saying in my circle of close friends:
"Beating you like Family"...
But, Family being what it is, that is all I'm going to say.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:40 PM edit delete reply

Ive never heard that one .. just dont let Acantha hear that. She might take offence >_<
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
Ah. Thanks for elaborating... mind if I borrow that line occasionally? xD
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply

Evil-1 (Centcomm) personifies the old saying, "Until moral improves, the beatings shall continue."
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 1:39 PM edit delete reply

LOL...
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 2:15 PM edit delete reply

Nice redo on the new incentive page gonna have to re~reread everything again with the new additions to pages, new graphics and dialogue. You could drop all but the dialogue, bolster it some and have a Hugo winning text novel here.
Centcomm 29th Jan 2014, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

Smiles -- hey I just do the plotting and basic dialouge - Rose does all the wonderful wordsmithing :D

BUt seriously thank you Dragonrider :D
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 5:31 PM edit delete reply

I'm being very serious here, you should at least enter this for a Hugo award in the graphic division, about time somebody gave Phil and Kaja Foglio some competition Girl Genius has walked away with the award for to many years. You have two current and one on hiatus competitors that are Plot wise, dialogue wise and graphic wise years ahead of that 2D pen and ink cartoon thing they do.
mjkj 29th Jan 2014, 5:53 PM edit delete reply

I agree :D

That would be so great... :)
WinterJay 29th Jan 2014, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
I agree too! That would be so cool! <3
DeathBuhda 29th Jan 2014, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

http://www.thehugoawards.org/

doing additional digging. ill share what i find.
DeathBuhda 29th Jan 2014, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

more info links

http://www.loncon3.org/2014hugos.php

http://www.loncon3.org/nominations.php

Id do some more digging, but its time for class.
Tokyo Rose 30th Jan 2014, 2:37 AM edit delete reply

I am a huge, drooling fan of "Girl Genius". Being favorably compared to them makes me start acting like a dolt, as Cent can tell you (being the one who's informed me "We're ahead of 'Girl Genius' in the rankings!" only to watch me freeze up like a deer in headlights and almost drive into a lamppost).
Centcomm 30th Jan 2014, 2:39 AM edit delete reply

we arent currently .. But could be again :D we are currently chasing thier tail :D
Talewinds 30th Jan 2014, 11:36 AM edit delete reply
Shouldn't that be "Chasing their Tale?":D
Stormwind13 29th Jan 2014, 8:06 PM edit delete reply

I agree too. Now is anyone going to LonCon 2014 or Sasquan in Spokane, WA in 2015 that can nominate Data Chasers for a Hugo?

I can't swing London (though it is an interesting city from what I remember of it) and I can't get signed up for Sasquan before March (too many Christmas expenditures), if I could even make it then. One would have to be a member by Friday of either of those to have nominating privileges, if I'm reading it right. Or did anyone go to LoneStarCon 3? If so they would have nominating privileges since that was the 2013 World Con.

Only one nomination per member... and it would have to show up enough to make the true ballot, but even getting on one ballot might get it noticed in the right circles. (And it DESERVES to be noticed. CentComm, Tokyo Rose take a bow for your great work :-D).
Dragonrider 29th Jan 2014, 8:41 PM edit delete reply

I might be able to get to Sasquan, if everything falls in place in the next couple weeks I will be living less than 100 miles from Spokane. Ans yes London is an interesting town haven't been there since the 70's doubt I could navigate through it any more.
highlander55 29th Jan 2014, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
@Dragonrider. When I was in London in 2004 there where poles with about 10 cameras to keep an eye on everybody and everything. Talk about 1984's Big Brother.
XRzer04 30th Jan 2014, 5:09 AM edit delete reply

Winterjay, feel free. I'm not the circle member who originally coined it anyway.
Hmmm. Girl Genius was mentioned...
That strip was my Introduction to webcomics. My top 5 is Girl Genius, Datachasers, of course, (Since Months before Teedee made me mad enough to post here for the first time), Schlock Mercenary, Quantum Vibe, and Spacetrawler. (Honorable mention, despite/because of no new posts in a LONG time, to Outsider.)
These all rate enough of my time to risk my good standing at job over.
Like I'm doing right now.
Good On You, ladies.
Centcomm 30th Jan 2014, 7:49 AM edit delete reply

well I for one am glad for the comments Xrazer I have seen Girl Genius a few times but currently have no time to read other webcomics much save for a few ..
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