Comic 1370 - Access Granted

28th Jun 2016, 9:00 PM
Access Granted
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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Dragonrider 28th Jun 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

Ladies, Gentlemen and Dirty Faced Urchins, Please allow me to direct your attention to the Center Ring. Here you will see Battlebot Rose, in mortal combat with The Winged Harpy, Ceci Champion of Centcomm as they battle for the future of civilization as we know it. Who will rule the world a Psychotic AIS or a Power Crazed Asian bent on world domination. Or should we allow things to go to hell in a handbasket?
Visvires 28th Jun 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Tron Cyberangel vs. Trojan Erovalkyrie. Round One, Fight!
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

Handbasket ?
What handbasket ?
The missing handbasket ?
*looks very innocent*
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Uhhhh, Why am I in this handbasket, and exactly where is it going?
Nef 29th Jun 2016, 10:34 AM edit delete reply

I'll put my money on the Tron Cyberangel.

Yeah, I'm judging the book ONLY for its cover.
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 3:18 PM edit delete reply

I dunno man, Tokyo Rose just went from a weirdo of the internet to the old man of mountain kinda creepy for AI's.

(warning : Video may make you go "wtf did I just watch?", you were warned.)
CptKerion 29th Jun 2016, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
I just watched something out of the thirties. It had music that was entirely unrelated to the action going on on screen.
Mark_L_A 28th Jun 2016, 9:10 PM edit delete reply

Nice 2001 reference
Timotheus 28th Jun 2016, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

I claim dibs on having made the first reference to it in the comments a while ago.
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 5:29 AM edit delete reply

Yeah Mark. Had to laugh when Rose went there. :-)
velvetsanity 28th Jun 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Of course it's full of stars. It's full of rock stars. This is what makes him a rock god, as I stated way back when we first met him
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 5:28 AM edit delete reply

LOL velvet. That would be VERY distracting to me.

(..."Well you know they've got a hell of a band, band, band, band... Jimmy gave us rainbows, And Janis took a piece of our hearts, And Otis brought us all to the dock of a bay...")
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 7:52 AM edit delete reply

A rock god ? Does that include Punk Rock ?
Punk God of the Straight Razor ?
sigpig 29th Jun 2016, 8:32 AM edit delete reply

Razor Eddie!
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 1:59 PM edit delete reply

Wooo, someone else who reads books ! :D
Tokyo Rose 30th Jun 2016, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

Razor Eddie kicks all available asses forever.
Sheela 30th Jun 2016, 2:20 PM edit delete reply

Only when The Little Sisters of the Immaculate Chainsaw doesn't get to whatever it is, first.

I was always a Little Sisters fan. :)
I always thought they were the coolest since sliced bread and demon taxi's that ate other demons.
mjkj 28th Jun 2016, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Wow, I hope she can save A...
xpacetrue 28th Jun 2016, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

I'm hoping Battlebot-Rose can grab that lighting staff and lunge at Ceci with it. Assuming she can even touch it, that is.
DLKmusic 29th Jun 2016, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

I'm hoping that Rose can grab the spike, then exit stage left, to be honest!

(although that's probably a lot easier said than done!)
Wolfsbane 29th Jun 2016, 11:00 PM edit delete reply

You mean like this?:
DLKmusic 30th Jun 2016, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

Heavens to mergitroid, you found me out!
DLKmusic 28th Jun 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply

that looks like the weirdest game of capture the flag I've ever seen!!!!

Effects are once again mindblowing, and I agree with mark! awesome 2001 reference!
plymayer 28th Jun 2016, 10:08 PM edit delete reply

Beautifully rendered and illustrated.

Nice 2001 reference.
HiFranc 28th Jun 2016, 10:27 PM edit delete reply

I thought that she said that a head-to-head confrontation was counterproductive?
Centcomm 28th Jun 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply

wait... for it. :D
Visvires 29th Jun 2016, 2:11 AM edit delete reply
I'm expecting a mental takeover attempt, personally. Direct attack might just be a distraction.
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

She's gonna steal the Spike and run away with it !

Watchdog : "HEY, come back with that!"
Tokyo Rose : "Nuh-uh! Mine now, all mine!" :D
DLKmusic 29th Jun 2016, 4:18 PM edit delete reply

Great minds think a like, Sheela!

Picture Rose doing a Daffy Duck impersonation...

"Mine Mine Mine Mine... I'm a happy miser!"
Pirtnac 28th Jun 2016, 10:29 PM edit delete reply
Powered up, diving in, and ready to kick some ass. On friday I'm going to be listening to this:
Guest 28th Jun 2016, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
And thus a goddess is born.
Timotheus 28th Jun 2016, 10:36 PM edit delete reply

Is it worth looking for hidden messages in the digital background wall?
Centcomm 28th Jun 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply

heh if you want to.. There isnt one that I put in :D
Kelon 29th Jun 2016, 12:15 AM edit delete reply
So, does that mean Tokyo Rose might have put one in?
Visvires 29th Jun 2016, 4:53 AM edit delete reply
For the right one time pad, there's a list of upcoming plot twists and resolutions.
Morituri 29th Jun 2016, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Kanji makes my head spin, but graphical screen OCR plus Google Translate is coming up with some extraordinarily weird phrases.

"Pudding Floating Goat Rancher Justify" in particular occurred multiple times in the right quarter of the screen.

Gotta give Centcomm ten out of ten for this one; it seems absolutely ideal for Apophenic Search.
Morituri 29th Jun 2016, 8:43 PM edit delete reply
On second look, those aren't Kanji.

Google Translate says it's attempting to read it as Japanese, but in Japan they use at least four different sets of characters. Is it Hiragana? Katakana?
Haegan2005 28th Jun 2016, 10:37 PM edit delete reply

Now that is some crazy good graphics!
Centcomm 28th Jun 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply

Thank you !
Gilrandir 28th Jun 2016, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
And so ... Rose and CeCi -- in a land where clothing is only a state of mind -- finally come to grips over Aeneas' ... big ... pink ... thing ...

Are we sure this is where we wanted the story to go? ^_^
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 12:48 AM edit delete reply

It could lead to an interesting side story, or obscene fan fiction.
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 7:56 AM edit delete reply

And it would have a porn spin-off, that would be banned in all of the civilized world!
Rashala 29th Jun 2016, 1:01 AM edit delete reply

*sniffles in corner*. No matter who wins ceci's lost
Timotheus 29th Jun 2016, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Maybe if we bri... er, donate enough to the comic Ceci could be saved.
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 5:36 AM edit delete reply

Sounds reasonable to me, Tim! ::Offers gold, franincense and myrrh to creative duo:: :-D
six 29th Jun 2016, 1:53 AM edit delete reply
All these cyber angels makes me want to read Gunnm again, which is quite the thing!

Sure hope we haven't lost Ceci forever while still giving CentCom a spanking.
anonymous 29th Jun 2016, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
On a side note, less than 300 votes to top 10… (changes proxies and hammers vote button)
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 7:57 AM edit delete reply

Aw, no cheaty!

And yay, getting back up in the ranks again. :)
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 10:29 AM edit delete reply

Don't think it is cheating Sheela if a person is actually voting. Would be like jumping on machines at the office and using them to vote. As long as bots aren't involved, all is fair in love and voting. :-)
antrik 30th Jun 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
I'm pretty sure either is cheating. IP-based discrimination is just a poor heuristic in lack of anything better; but the intent is clearly that every *person* is supposed to vote only once a day.

I for one would certainly prefer the ranking to reflect who has the most voters, not who has the most fanatic ones :-P
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 5:43 AM edit delete reply

Notice the difference between Rose's control panel and CeCi's? Rose is part of the system now and CeCi has her accesses revoked or blocked.

Oh and nice touch color coding the boards for the user. :-)
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

Uhhhh...How do you know Ceci's permissions have been blocked? Don't see her panel in this section of the saga, and she had full access last panel.
Stormwind13 29th Jun 2016, 8:41 AM edit delete reply

Last page her Admin Core Login is showing "REVOKED". Her Root Access is shown as "PENDING", like CeCi has been booted from her accesses (to me).
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

Also says Deletion In Progress and Host Access Granted, I read she is waiting for the second round of ICE to take over she already knows they can't withstand a second attack.
Gilrandir 29th Jun 2016, 10:31 AM edit delete reply
Can we figure out a way past all those thorny intellectual property issues and merchandising licenses and get an Autobot insignia to put on Tokyo Rose's breastplate? And then get CeCi a Decepticon emblem? ^_^

Go Optimus Rose! (Which, in my opinion in much better than "Rosimus Prime". ^_^)
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 11:07 AM edit delete reply

What would she transform into? A 280Z Datson? CECI would make a nice replacement for Starscream.
Tokyo Rose 30th Jun 2016, 6:00 AM edit delete reply

A Bugatti Veyron, perhaps.
Stormwind13 30th Jun 2016, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

Not the Porsche 918 Spyder, Rose? It isn't as fast in absolute speed, but it has the fastest 0 to 60 at 2.2 seconds! And is incredibly maneuverable too. :-) Plus it looks REALLY good!
Gilrandir 30th Jun 2016, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
I can certainly see something fast, tight, and sporty with a smokin' paint job and a big rose painted on the hood ...

But, my contrary mind being what it is, I was thinking an ice cream truck, from which one could procure tasty popsicles. ^_^
Dragonrider 29th Jun 2016, 10:57 AM edit delete reply

Projecting Aeneas lives as Nova Rona and the Armageddon Options are muted won't Lynn be needed there as an intermediary between New Troy, New Troy Med and Aeneas. He ain't gonna be real friendly with them after the attack of the Crazed Harpy. Lynn is the only one Aeneas might trust Acantha's life and well being to under the circumstances.
Sheela 29th Jun 2016, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

Don't forget that both Tokyo Rose *and* Centcomm are sort of Aeneas' "mommies".
Centcomm is just a stone cold bitch sometimes.
But he still loved her. :)
Dragonrider 30th Jun 2016, 8:00 PM edit delete reply

Don't think he is feeling much filial love for Centcomm now more like a desire to commit matricide.
highlander55 29th Jun 2016, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

So this is Rose's first time in an actual AI domain not just working from her links. DAMN! this is going to be good.
Carnifex 29th Jun 2016, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Rose did say 'turn the table' on Centcomm. That would, to me, imply a counter-attack to throw Cent from offense to defense. And look, she's got this nice AIS-threatening spike close at hand and I don't think there's another entity anywhere that knows the web like she does. Thus nobody could get that spike into Cent's face faster than Rose. Changes Cent's options to die or destroy the spike. All options much rosier for Aeneas than the current ones.
Thomas 29th Jun 2016, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
I just have one thing to say to the authors of this fine comic offered over the web.

I love you for it but...
DLKmusic 29th Jun 2016, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

You do realize, Thomas, that for THIS crowd that is high praise indeed!
Timotheus 29th Jun 2016, 11:32 PM edit delete reply

I never particularly liked that candy.
Tokyo Rose 30th Jun 2016, 6:01 AM edit delete reply

I sincerely hope you meant to evoke the mighty screams of Ogre, because that's what you sure did in my head :)
Speedy 3rd Apr 2017, 3:16 PM edit delete reply
last panel -

There are some boundaries that should never be crossed. Putting fusion power and artificial intelligence into an adult toy is one of them.

That toy is one thing that should never spark. Can you imagine? "Ok, Vibe, I'll read you your favorite book, again. 'Oh, the places you'll go...'"
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