Comic 1383 - Disposable

26th Jul 2016, 9:00 PM
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete
and this should be the theam for the next 2 pages..


Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark +Lyrics
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Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

errr, What?


ETETA: Rose's facial expression looks like she has a sudden terrible realization, that she DOESN'T like.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:21 PM edit delete reply

Yes it is..
Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 9:23 PM edit delete reply

Rose's expression or Watchdog's font?
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

Watchdogs's font
Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Ahh Thankee Ma'am
ProfEtheric 26th Jul 2016, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:24 PM edit delete reply

the next page hits hard - i apoloize
Gilrandir 26th Jul 2016, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Really? I will not speak for others, but for myself, apology not accepted ... or required. (Referring to the collective "you" of the creative team:) This is your story. I came along for the ride, eyes wide open, and am enjoying the bitter and the sweet. I want stories that hit hard, stroke soft, tickle me in intimate places and .... Wait! We probably better not go there. ^_^

A warning is fine ... but an apology? None for me, please. Be honest and true to the characters and that is all I ask.
Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 9:49 PM edit delete reply

Ditto for me.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Fair enough.. I take it back. Sharpens blade. This may.. sting a bit.
Dragonrider 26th Jul 2016, 9:07 PM edit delete reply

OK when we see where this is then I may believe Ceci might survive this, however wanna know who the patchwork Masked Lone Stranger is and what she will do. If that's Watchdog she will not be happy about failing to replace Aeneas with a Centcomm clone.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

The girl is watchdog. This is her ' interactive persona ' only Ceci can perceive her.
Dragonrider 26th Jul 2016, 9:51 PM edit delete reply

OK from your comment I am fearful our Black Angel turned World Savior is about to fall prey to her makers use it and lose it its only public money to replace them philosophy. Please let Dolly team up with Calliope to extract revenge, like maybe having to clear all her decisions through Dolly.
Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

Would it be too much to ask for a vote incentive of CeCi and watchdog standing side by side or back to back?
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

No it would not be.. I had actually planned one before all the hospital stuff happened. this was all rendered out before then.
Mark_L_A 26th Jul 2016, 10:09 PM edit delete reply

Thankee Ma'am. Take your time and DO NOT over do it. We want you and Krissy here feeding our habit for the next 50 years.
Stormwind13 27th Jul 2016, 5:16 AM edit delete reply

Watchdog creeps me out. Very much trips my uncanny valley! I can about hear Hal's voice there, expecting watchdog to say why CeCi has to be turned off. ;-7
Guest 26th Jul 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
Roses face is the face of someone who just realized they handed another stash of WMDs to an already meddlesome ai.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

hehe that isnt actually why shes upset in this case :D
Don B. 27th Jul 2016, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
Everybody on this page are avatars in cyberspace if I'm not mistaken. CeCi's body is still in meat space so who knows what CentComm put in if Black Angels really are disposable.

Watchdog kinda creeps me out but I'll be damned if you didn't totally nail her design.
HeSerpenty 26th Jul 2016, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Ohhhhh that's an interesting lookin character! :O
You did it Ceci <333
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:36 PM edit delete reply

Thankys, watchdogs actual look was several years in the making. Heck this whole scene pushed my abilitys to the limit. Not however my computer thankfully :D
Sheela 27th Jul 2016, 6:12 AM edit delete reply

Well, watchdoggy looks awesome !
A bit creepy, perhaps, but awesome.

Reminds me I once joked about Watchdog beng sparked. Seems like it kinda is.
Pirtnac 26th Jul 2016, 9:42 PM edit delete reply
Ceci saved the day, now someone has to save her from Bride of Chucky over here.

Of course that depends on where "here" is. AI core, countermeasures core, her own body? I'm guessing Rose is a little too fried at the moment to pull any magic tricks, and with the Treasures running over dialup, that leaves A to be the hero... Hopefully he does better with this round of cyber combat.
Gilrandir 26th Jul 2016, 9:46 PM edit delete reply
"Bride of Chucky" may well end up saving her. Be nice. ^_^
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

Heh.. " Bride of chucky. " Not what i expected.
Pirtnac 26th Jul 2016, 10:39 PM edit delete reply
Those movies scared the heck out of me, and the vibe watchdog is putting out fits pretty well. A fragmented, spiderweb cracked entity that you *just can't get rid of* has appeared right behind her, and (while her eyes are possessed of a hallowed glow) decided to start up a conversation with a one word reply.

Note this is the same Watchdog that effectively killed Ceci not too long ago with another one word reply. Ceci has a demonically possessed doll / dragon priest (Skyrim) / terminator stuck inside her own head. An intelligent weapon that might have the intent of annihilating itself as a mission goal, and it just noticed Ceci again.

The *situation* with Aeneas and the data spike was frightening. Now the *character* of Watchdog is scary.

And that character is currently *smiling.*
HiFranc 26th Jul 2016, 11:55 PM edit delete reply

She's completed her mission - spike deployed.
velvetsanity 27th Jul 2016, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

I tried watching one of those movies once. I found it more annoying than anything, so I just went looking for something else to watch.
Dragonrider 27th Jul 2016, 10:30 AM edit delete reply

@pirtnac now that I read your full comment I'm changing my "Bride of Frankenstein" recommendation to something a bit more in line with your thinking, Bride of Cthulhu comes readily to mind.
The Old Scribe 26th Jul 2016, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

Woohoo! CeCi made it through. Go CeCi! Is the Masked Avenger aka Watchdog her default setting? A backup program? A parasite and CeCi's the host? Between all those AI 'minds' there, they should be able to separate CeCi from her evil twin.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2016, 9:58 PM edit delete reply

What you see here is Ceci .. what you all know and love intact and whole - And her "friend" and other half watchdog. think of her as a inseparable twin. Nether one can survive without the other.
Sheela 27th Jul 2016, 6:12 AM edit delete reply

You're about to kill watchdoggy, aren't you ?
Stormwind13 28th Jul 2016, 6:59 AM edit delete reply

Which will kill Ceci, Sheela. :-7. They are tied together into one entity.
Dragonrider 26th Jul 2016, 9:59 PM edit delete reply

Think this fits our Little Darling as a fitting Memorial Song, With some apologies to "Old Blue Eyes" Frank Sinatra.

Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
Let me see if there is life
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, set me free
In other words, let Me be Me.

Fill me with a song
And let me sing forever more
This is all I long for
All I need forever more
In other words, set me free
In other words, Let Me be Me.

Haegan2005 26th Jul 2016, 10:06 PM edit delete reply

Okay that is just creepy.
mjkj 26th Jul 2016, 10:17 PM edit delete reply

Indeed, CentComm, you should take them as examples...

Oh, she is the watchdog... she looks great but broken...

...and I do not like the glint in her eyes...

I hope CeCi will survive the "Attack of the Watchdog"...

PS: Oh, is CeCi suddenly nekkid???

Stormwind13 28th Jul 2016, 7:02 AM edit delete reply

I think CeCi is in her "mind", mjkj. And CeCi probably hasn't yet formed a mental picture clothed, yet. Seeming likely she never will now. ;-(
Timotheus 26th Jul 2016, 11:29 PM edit delete reply

That appears to be a early style android shell plates over a flexible skin body style (type 2 perhaps)for the watch dog, symbolizing her primitive humanity but extensive mechanics verses Ceci's more well developed human characteristics. I'm reminded of the two Belldandies in the "Oh! My Goddess!" movie, "I'll share all your pain if you'll share all my joy."
Dragonrider 27th Jul 2016, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

She reminds me of some of the Fembot and Android pictures that show up in "Tales of Gnosis College", a rather eclectic, and unusual SciFi Web Comic.
HiFranc 26th Jul 2016, 11:53 PM edit delete reply

RIP Ceci

Why does Watchdog have the same hair style as Rose?
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 2:13 AM edit delete reply

its actually not. :P they just look a bit alike i guess :D
plymayer 27th Jul 2016, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Visvires 27th Jul 2016, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
I don't think she's set for pyrotechnics inside what was expected to be the home of a new Cent. So, we're looking at a system wipe, so no data would be left behind for people to read. Going to ones or zeroes. Rose better rush.

I am curious why the best [on-site, ambulatory combat] asset remaining is set to self destruct. Seems...inefficient.
Timotheus 27th Jul 2016, 1:16 AM edit delete reply

I just remembered that unless it's been changed Ceci(dark angel) still has one objective still to accomplish (two if you want to get picky. but they are related). She has to make sure Dolly returns safely to New Troy. She can't do that if she's deactivated.
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 1:46 AM edit delete reply

SHe already knows that Team Troy has them in hand.. SO objective is complete.
Timotheus 27th Jul 2016, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

At risk of being argumentative, Dolly is severely incapacitated and deep in enemy territory. Although in friendly hands, she is far from being safely returned to home base. (Not to mention keeping her out of a certain other doctors hands)
Stormwind13 27th Jul 2016, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

Actually, those kind of got pushed aside Tim. On page Agendas, 9 October 2015 in the third panel protecting Dolly and recovering Lynn were primary and secondary objectives. Then the deep programming kicked in.

On page Disarming, 25 December 2015 in the second panel, CeCi had a completely NEW Primary objective. Dolly and Lynn were no longer her concern at that point it looks like.

Edit: And yes, Dolly is semi-crippled Tim; however, when Dolly left CeCi she was fine and armed. There didn't SEEM to be anything in her way that she couldn't handle and Dolly wasn't reduced to a hobble. Nor was Acantha one heartbeat from death. Situation has changed, but CeCi (and watchpoodle) don't KNOW that.
chk 27th Jul 2016, 5:25 AM edit delete reply

Johninaustin 27th Jul 2016, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
So what I'm getting is Watchdog is now mission complete, but still around and has a lot of free time on her hands?
Morituri 27th Jul 2016, 9:44 AM edit delete reply
Huh. I always expected her avatar to be more canid. Maybe a bit wolfish. And up to right now everybody's been using the male pronoun to refer to Watchdog, because gender-based stereotypes.

It definitely works though. The pronounced artificiality of Watchdog's avatar is completely appropriate.
DLKmusic 27th Jul 2016, 10:17 AM edit delete reply

Gah! internet is finally back... Just in time to get creeped out by the daughter of chucky!
Dragonrider 27th Jul 2016, 10:22 AM edit delete reply

Bride of Frankenstein more likely DLKMusic. *Key eerie organ music and villagers with torches and pitchforks.*

EDIT NOTE: Bride of Cthulhu probably comes closer than the other one I suggested.
DLKmusic 27th Jul 2016, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

Another creepily appropriate reference might be "Mother of Norman Bates".

yeah, I'm pretty creeped out by watchdog, no question about it.
Guest 27th Jul 2016, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Doing another Archive Dive, I ran across this " - Queen of Cups"

I think we all know now what the THIRD Chip held.
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 6:59 PM edit delete reply

Correct.. it held the Spike actually.

The second Chip held the CCM and Watchdog Ceci resided in the proymary synth brain along with most of watchdogs's intellect.
Mark_L_A 27th Jul 2016, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Gahhh just noticed when I posted that earlier I wasn't logged in. So that was me.

And the spike is what I was referring to. We knew the second processor was the CCM (Watchdog), but Dolly didn't know what the third chip was. And now we do know.

That is probably only ONE of the things CentComm cheated on to get to fit. As she said, she had to cheat to get several of them to fit " - Angel in a box"

So who knows what else is hidden in CeCi?
lalverson 27th Jul 2016, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

I like the surreal calm of this moment.
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 7:00 PM edit delete reply

^_^ the calm before the storm.
Stormwind13 28th Jul 2016, 4:49 AM edit delete reply

If they didn't already HAVE the storm getting here CentComm, I'm not sure I'll SURVIVE the coming storm!!!

It has been a busy three weeks (or so).
KarToon12 27th Jul 2016, 3:25 PM edit delete reply

That last panel was a bit of a jump scare. D:
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

hehe. perhaps./.
Matt Knab 27th Jul 2016, 3:31 PM edit delete reply

I guess it would be premature to celebrate?
Centcomm 27th Jul 2016, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

yes.. unless you are cheering for Deck becoming free range BBQ
Guest 27th Jul 2016, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
I don't think free range is accurate. I mean, he is at the bottom of a bunker.
Stormwind13 28th Jul 2016, 10:50 AM edit delete reply

He was outside his 'range' (the throne room), so he might be considered free of his range. :-D
Oni-neko 27th Jul 2016, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
Watchdog looks very cool if a bit creepy. And thanks to that plus the author's note with the song plus the later comment about how she and CEci are inextricable; I'm kinda getting a Bladerunner Replicant style vibe off of that last panel. I can all too easily imagine WD's next line as being the same as Roy Batty's last one. "Time to die"
Visvires 27th Jul 2016, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
I'm suddenly reminded of Nicole from Dead Space 2, in her final appearance.
Mark_L_A 27th Jul 2016, 8:22 PM edit delete reply

I tried to explain DataChasers to a friend and couldn't really get the words to say what I wanted. So I tried again, this time on my blog.
HiFranc 28th Jul 2016, 12:13 AM edit delete reply

How I would explain Datachasers:

The story is set in a post apocalyptic future. Large pockets of civilisation exist. Due to the nature of the apocalypse, there are far more women then men. These city states sometimes get on and sometimes don't. Androids and gynoids are as much a part of the population as humans are. We are coming to the end of the first arc. I'll try not to give any spoilers:

The daughter of the highest ranking human (of the most powerful city state on the American continent) is kidnapped on the eve of her 18th birthday by another city. The teenager's bodyguard wants to save her but does the AI of the city agree?

What I like?

1. The art.
2. The genre (more about that below)
3. Actions have emotional consequences.
4. Characters feel three dimensional
5. Technology is well handled
6. The aliens in the story show a lot of thought (including the fact that you aren't tripping over one every time you turn a corner).

The webcomic format gives the authors the space to tell an expansive story. The comic combines science fiction, action and drama.
Romfire 27th Jul 2016, 8:34 PM edit delete reply
Since the spike was suppose to take over the New Rome AI, an actual explosive device would be a bad idea for a self destruct as it would damage the very system Centcomm was trying to take over.
It would be difficult to completely destroy the Cece battle frame without doing a bunch of damage to surrounding systems.
That leaves things like her nanobots taking her apart, bit by bit, a mico-thermite reaction system, like what the military uses to cut steel structures (and some say was found in the dust of 911) or a reverse blast from her built in blaster.
Anything bigger would be too dangerous.
Dragonrider 27th Jul 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

The question of where she actually is has never been answered, it has been stated she is >>>>At This Point In The Story<<<< unharmed except for the removal of her clothes. That is >>>NOT<<< an assurance this condition will continue past this page. Our hostesses are closely related to the Marquis De Sade why else would they provide all the cliff hangers? Remember Cent said next >>>>2<<<< pages would be brutal. That means Monday before this is resolved.
Timotheus 28th Jul 2016, 12:34 AM edit delete reply

As a reference back to the two Belldandies in the OMG movie, neither could exist without the other. One had been dominant while the other had been kept dormant to prevent her goddess powers from going out of control. But eventually they were going to have to merge into one being, and that would essentially eliminate the two separate beings. The question was could they do it without losing their best qualities and memories and not destroying each other (and everything else).
Spellodello 28th Jul 2016, 9:54 AM edit delete reply

Omggg !_! Ceci.

I'm in awe...but I also fear for everyone.
Naldru 28th Jul 2016, 12:45 PM edit delete reply
She may be the bride of Cthulu, but I'm not sure what that says about Cent-Com. I view her like Death in the Sandman series, friendly but scary. I can picture her saying "Hi, I'm Watchdog and I am not here to kill you. If I was, there would be nothing you could do about it, so relax. There's no reason we can't be friends." However, if she starts singing the Mr. Rogers theme song, be afraid, be very afraid.
Dragonrider 28th Jul 2016, 1:31 PM edit delete reply

If its the Barney theme RUN LIKE HELL AND DON'T LOOK BACK
DLKmusic 28th Jul 2016, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

and if it's the "My little pony" theme, just stick your head between your knees and kiss your arse goodbye!
Centcomm 28th Jul 2016, 5:20 PM edit delete reply

Hey hey readers - if anyone is in the mesa / Pehonix area with a car and would like to help me out - I need to get to the doctors tomorrow i can offer gas and food. All i ask is no smoking around me please.
Romfire 28th Jul 2016, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
Sorry, that is about 713 miles out of my way. Otherwise I would have been glad to help.
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