Comic 1543 - Of Use

19th Dec 2017, 9:00 PM
Of Use
Average Rating: 5 (18 votes)

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Centcomm 25th Dec 2017, 12:47 PM edit delete
Merry Christmas! Looking forward to the new Doctor Who season!

Art by Aimeekitty of Deviant Art here DA

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jamie59 19th Dec 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

He gets any happier he might start jumping up & down. (the floors pray this doesn't happen)
velvetsanity 19th Dec 2017, 10:23 PM edit delete reply

The only thing preventing that, I suspect, is the fact he won’t be *leading* the strike team
chk 20th Dec 2017, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

Yeah. He's going to be missing a lot of action in the future.

Oh well, with great responsibility comes great strength.
cattservant 19th Dec 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply

Two rays of sunshine!
megados 19th Dec 2017, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

I have to agree with Tennyo in the first panel. Calavius caught me kinda flat-footed too.

Am I to understand that Maxus has already been ratified as Lord Regent "between panels"? Another surprise!

They're gonna have a gutter roundup! :D
Tokyo Rose 26th Dec 2017, 4:04 AM edit delete reply

By being the first person in this conference to address him with the title, Calavius is making it clear that he supports Maxus as regent. He MIGHT be more obvious about his declaration of allegiance if he convened a ticker-tape parade or hired a skywriter to spell out Acantha's name over the city, but his fellow senators are getting the message already. :D
megados 26th Dec 2017, 7:59 AM edit delete reply

Ah! That's an interesting tactic. Depending on how Calavius is regarded by the rest of the Senators, it could even help Maxus' chances. I thought I might have missed something somewhere. (not too unusual for me) Thanks, Rose! :D

I can't say I'd be adverse to a parade or some skywriting, though. ;-D
Antonious 19th Dec 2017, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

OMG! Maxus SMILES! Now that is one happy regent.
Fairportfan 19th Dec 2017, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

He's gonna get to take out the trash.
antrik 19th Dec 2017, 11:21 PM edit delete reply
Also shows he's not a diplomat: showing his pleasure so openly probably doesn't strengthen his position... Can't blame him, though :-)
Hornet 20th Dec 2017, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Actually being diplomatic is why he paused the feeds. The only one that saw his joy was Tennyo
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I think it was pretty obvious before he stopped the feeds. Just look at him in the first panel :-)
DLKmusic 19th Dec 2017, 11:12 PM edit delete reply

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond your control, your contracts have been cancelled, gentlemen and ladies.

Do be so kind as to line up against the wall while we shoot you...
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 4:01 PM edit delete reply

Maxus has been waiting a loooong time, to take out the gutter trash!
DLKmusic 20th Dec 2017, 6:15 PM edit delete reply

I was also thinking in terms of Tennyo. This is a chance for the Cassians to be put to use in the manner that they were intended for. and publicly too!
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 7:32 PM edit delete reply

That is true.
Ebonbolt 22nd Dec 2017, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

…if you would all please line up here for your severance package…
DLKmusic 22nd Dec 2017, 5:49 PM edit delete reply

ROFL, Ebonbolt!

In a line please, no pushing, you will ALL get your turn!
antrik 19th Dec 2017, 11:23 PM edit delete reply
Is it intentional that two of the bubbles in the last panel lack tails?...
Tokyo Rose 20th Dec 2017, 6:51 PM edit delete reply

Yes. I don't like dragging balloon tails across faces. :D
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
Well, so far you have shown quite resourceful in avoiding that? :-)

I think it might be a bit confusing, since normally, unconnected bubbles signify off-panel speakers...
Ebonbolt 22nd Dec 2017, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

Fairly easy here as Tennyo's is color-coded (& the senators are paused; their bubbles have "electronic" indicators as well). I'd think that if a new voice were added to this conversation, there would be a tail pointing to the panel edge, so this is pretty easily followed.
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
Not saying it's hard to figure out -- just a bit unexpected :-)
Gilrandir 22nd Dec 2017, 9:42 AM edit delete reply
I agree that the lack of tails violates convention, but in this case the meaning was so clear I didn't even notice the lack of tails until you pointed it out and I had no trouble (I hope) understanding the creatrices intent.
megados 22nd Dec 2017, 9:52 AM edit delete reply

It becomes even easier to understand if you just translate:

Maxus: "Squeee!"

Tennyo: "Squeee!"
Sheela 22nd Dec 2017, 6:54 PM edit delete reply

Maxus : "Squeee!"
Tennyo: "Squeeee squeee .. bark!"
Maxus : ".... bark?"
Tennyo: "oh .. uh, squee ?"
megados 23rd Dec 2017, 5:27 PM edit delete reply

mjkj 20th Dec 2017, 12:30 AM edit delete reply

Wow, Maxus is excited =)

I am sure that strike team will have fun - especially the Cassians in it... =P
Sleel 20th Dec 2017, 2:38 AM edit delete reply

It seems ol Max is getting a double helping of blessings in battle to come. Since it's always a gift from the gods when your enemy is stupid, and we already know the scrags are. But it is a better one when you have capable underlings, and previously unsuspected ones at that. That apparently did a good job of dissembling that competence. Which, I suppose, was a survival trait under the previous unlamented management.
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 6:00 AM edit delete reply
We don't know that *all* of the "scrags" are stupid, do we?...
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 4:02 PM edit delete reply

If Dari was any indication ..
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 10:43 PM edit delete reply
Generalising from a sample size of one?... ;-)
Sheela 21st Dec 2017, 4:07 PM edit delete reply

It is easy to scale sample sizes down, if one has a big enough crushing machine. :)
CptKerion 21st Dec 2017, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
Well, for one, a smart scrag wouldn't give proper information to someone who may later retaliate against him/her on where (s)he is based. So the information will likely be useful against a great many of them, but a small handful will slip past the nets. The ones who are good at being unobtrusive and creating false yet verifiable information.
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
So they'll clean out the dumb ones, making more room for the competent? Not sure that's really a win ;-)
mjkj 22nd Dec 2017, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, Sheela, especially if it is a sample of tuna ;)
Sheela 22nd Dec 2017, 6:55 PM edit delete reply

My tuna !!

Greenwood Goat 20th Dec 2017, 3:34 AM edit delete reply
This could produce some minor diplomatic tension...

Teedee: You organised intelligence-led strikes against gutters in the Waste, and didn't invite me? Well it should have been a joint operation!!

But if it had been a joint operation...

Megaera: They took that pottymouthed Nova Ilium S&R and all her friends along, but I had to stay behind?!!!

Nox: Even being dead doesn't stop me being furious about this!

Malati: Ditto! It's so unfair!!

Samanta: A pox upon it all!! Death's embrace could never be deemed sweet while the living get to have all the fun!!

Megaera: Did you hear that too, princeps?

Tennyo: Yes. It appears we have ghosts - of the glorious dead - in our system...

Malati: And Nox. :-)

Incoming call from Noctis: Ladies, if I have to come over there...

Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 4:04 PM edit delete reply

Nox is currently hunting the ghosts that dare get into our system.

Malati meanwhile, just had to revive herself to get at the gutters without having Nox hunt her down. >_<
Gilrandir 20th Dec 2017, 6:44 AM edit delete reply
Clarify for me again, if you would: The difference between a Gutter and a Ranger is ...?

We like one and we don't like the other?
megados 20th Dec 2017, 7:05 AM edit delete reply

I believe the distinction is that gutters specifically for the most part capture people and sell them off for parts/organ harvesting/whatever. Flesh trades, nefarious purposes, etc. Gutter=one who guts (v).

Rangers just happen to live in the wastes.
Hornet 20th Dec 2017, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Gutters are brigands that attack settlers, transports and anything else they find in the waste. Rangers try to counter gutter and mutant predations.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2017, 7:54 AM edit delete reply

You are joking right?
Hornet 20th Dec 2017, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
On which part?
Gilrandir 20th Dec 2017, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Not completely kidding, @Centcomm. If the difference is, as most people suggest, only in what they have done, then this is beginning to sound like the proposal to cut down on crime is to just have the police hit the streets and 'arrest all the guilty people'.

Now assuming Calavius' list includes not only who Decimus contracted, but also what the tasks were contracted for, that's great. You can legitimately go out and clean up a lot of very bad eggs who are out living outside of Nova Roma's technical jurisdiction. But it seems unlikely to me that the majority of Decimus' arrangements with these people were for organlegging and cannibalism. They were probably with people who engaged in organlegging and cannibalism for various other private mercenary activities. And I wonder if we can say that 100% of all Rangers haven't stooped to a little 'aggressive scavenging' on occasion, without the whole organlegging and cannibalism thing?

I'm just wondering how far-reaching and extensive this sweep will end up being. I can see this as an opportunity to nail some particularly irritating players but, at the end of the day it would seem likely that one of two things is going to happen ....

1) There are still going to be plenty of Gutters and plenty of Rangers. Things will be slightly improved for a while before settling down to a new stable equilibrium that doesn't involve Nova Roma funneling resources out to the wastes, OR ...
2) There are going to be several folk of marginal circumstance caught up in the sweep and 'dealt with' in the name of making a 'clean sweep'.

UNLESS there is some diagnostic factor I'm missing that provides for unambiguous and infallible scanning of scruffy wilderness-types and saying "That one's a Gutter, and those two are Rangers. Shoot him and let them go."

I see this as good, but not kid-in-candy-store-good. But maybe I am missing something.
DLKmusic 20th Dec 2017, 2:23 PM edit delete reply

Interesting points, Gil.

Since Calavius is the one who negotiated the contracts, it is safe to say that he does have the information of what they were contracted for.

This round up certainly won't stop all gutters, but it will stop the ones that were a particular nuisance to Nova Roma's commerce, and/or the locations that are within the claimed borders of Nova Roma.

I also think it's safe to assume that there are several people in the senate that will object to this on legal grounds, but will secretly have their own ties to these gutters, and a move like this will affect them personally. This is the dark side of the patronage system.

just my two cents
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 4:16 PM edit delete reply

As I understood it, the Rangers were actually fairly few and far inbetween. Also, they primarily scavenged the wastes and sold mapdata that they aquired while traveling around. I reckon they made the most from information gathering.

Meanwhile, the Gutters seemed to primarily prey upon regular civilians in the wastes, up to and including "organ donoring" and cannibalism. They're basically bandits and brigands.
Centcomm 20th Dec 2017, 7:56 PM edit delete reply

Rangers for the most part are all part of a organization that polices its own. Much like the " Texas rangers. " They only have authority outside of city boundary and are backed by Luna com among other city states. But they do not answer to any one save themselves. They chase down Bounty's and dispute arguments much like traveling judges.

This is not to say there arent a few pretending to be Rangers that arent and abuse the power , but the real rangers take offense at this and rapidly mobilize to find the offender and normally kill them.

"Gutters" are a slang catch all term for most of the BAD scum along with a actual " gutter " organization that runs organs and high tech along with chem production and distribution and human trafficking.

So yeah.. theres a difference.
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 10:51 PM edit delete reply
If Rangers *officially* get support from the Lunies, why was Logrin so circumspect about it?...
Gilrandir 20th Dec 2017, 10:56 PM edit delete reply
I never said there wasn't a difference ... just asked what it was. If the answer is that "One is BAD scum, and the other is GOOD scum," then that's the answer -- the creative team has spoken. If the answer is "Rangers have a badge issued by Lunacomm", then that's the answer -- it's cool.
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 11:05 PM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir do you realise that this is (still) rather provocative? You are basically dismissing it as an arbitrary label, when the creators are trying to make it a point that Rangers are more or less decent human beings, while Gutters are not...
Gilrandir 21st Dec 2017, 6:33 AM edit delete reply
I don't think it is "dismissing" it to recognize that "decent" is an arbitrary label -- inherently highly subjective. This should not be construed as implying that I support such things as organlegging and cannibalism -- even when it comes to subjective matters there can be widespread reliable consensus. But it is very different to have a difference in degree from a difference in kind. Consider the game 'Fallout': there are plenty of creatures living in the wastes which are definitively inhuman and always inarguably will be (ghouls, centaurs, etc.) I was just wanting to make sure I understood in which category Gutters belonged.
megados 21st Dec 2017, 10:28 AM edit delete reply

What I take away, when you say "good" scum, or "bad" scum, is that you consider all wasters to be some form of scum. I don't think that is the case, nor do I think you mean it that way, nor do I think that the creative duo intends them to be. As you say, there are shades of gray, but the intent is to show what the ends of the spectrum look like. There is the example of Dari and Gavin, versus Logrin, as examples. I would certainly not put Logrin into any sort of scum category. There are people "in the middle", like Breaker, Mira, and others who are eking out a living however they can.

I think it is Maxus' and Tennyo's intent to begin by addressing the Gavin/Dari end of the spectrum, and work from there. JMO

With regard to Fallout, you also have raiders, settlers, and traders, enclaves, and all sorts of other inhabitants in the wastes, and a person has to make their own judgements. Some distinctions are easy, others not so much. There are ghouls and other "monsters" who you can befriend, for instance, and settlements which consist of people who are anything but "nice".
Centcomm 21st Dec 2017, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Actually your allegory to fallout is not off the mark i drew some inspiration from that along with other post apocalyptic and cyberpunk origins
megados 22nd Dec 2017, 8:57 PM edit delete reply

With very good results, too! :D
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 5:29 AM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir of course morals are always subjective to some degree -- but that doesn't mean they are entirely arbitrary...

Moreover, for a pretty obvious distinction like the one at hand, an overwhelming majority of people would be in agreement -- so the label isn't arbitrary either.
Gilrandir 22nd Dec 2017, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
I am not of the opinion that being sufficiently 'popular' removes the 'arbitrary' tag, however, your mileage may vary. ^_^
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 9:13 AM edit delete reply
I do. "That's what most people think", is actually a pretty objective statement, even if the underlying matter is eminently subjective.
Gilrandir 22nd Dec 2017, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
There is no question that, given a sufficiently rigorous measurement methodology, the statement "That's what most people think" can be objectively true or false. However, going beyond that to "I choose to think this because that's what most people think" is (in my opinion) completely arbitrary. Perfectly permissible, of course, and quite commonplace, but still arbitrary.
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 11:45 AM edit delete reply
That's the default approach with most people; and while often unfortunate, it's also inevitable, since we don't have enough time to form informed opinions of our own on everything ever...

HOWEVER, that's tangential to the discussion at hand. When a distinction is made based on a set of behaviours that an overwhelming majority of people would consider decent vs. not decent, you may or may not agree with the assessment of these behaviours personally -- but the classification is not arbitrary. It's based on statistically meaningful data. You could actually quantify it. (Theoretically, at least...)
Gilrandir 22nd Dec 2017, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
So, if I understand you correctly, you are arguing that the statistically quantifiable data objectively justifies shooting in the head those individuals guilty in the past of organlegging and cannibalism. I can stipulate to that for the moment.

It still leaves the question of, faced with a random scruffy wilderness type who is in association with a group that Calavius' records show was hired to waylay a merchant caravan owned by someone of whom Decimus had conceived a dislike, can we justify summarily shooting them in the head because they are, obviously and objectively, a Gutter, and therefore necessarily guilty of organlegging and cannibalism? Or, if they pull out a Ranger badge, issued by LunaComm, should we, therefore, send them on their merry way?

More to the point, Calavius said he has membership rosters and base locations. He may not even have tasking data, since that might well have been verbal only. So, if Decimus ever shipped bribes and supplies to any marginal group that engaged in anything outside of organlegging and cannibalism, they'll probably be mixed right in with the rest.

I really don't think this data is going to identify anyone as a Gutter who isn't already well known to Roma as a Gutter. What it will do is reveal how many there are and where they can be found for EXISTING desirable targets, meaning some delayed payback can finally be delivered.
Sheela 22nd Dec 2017, 7:09 PM edit delete reply

Gilrandir just told me that IT IS OK if I eat all the Gutters with Tuna on them, as long as I DON'T eat the gutters WITHOUT Tuna on them. :)

He's such a gentleman, he is ... and I'm not nearly as hungry anymore!
Gilrandir 22nd Dec 2017, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
At least some good has come from my foolish, ill-conceived, and long-winded notions then. ^_^ Thank you, @Sheela, for helping me feel slightly better about indulging in rampant keyboard abuse.
antrik 23rd Dec 2017, 2:47 AM edit delete reply
@Gilrandir well, the discussion was about the distinction between Rangers and Gutters, not about whether every single Gutter should be executed... I am, in fact, not personally a friend of capital punishment -- *precisely* because it sometimes strikes innocents.
Sheela 23rd Dec 2017, 4:24 PM edit delete reply

No, no, no .. not executed .. eaten !
Because they stole my Tuna.
megados 23rd Dec 2017, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

If you want to get technical, the eating can BE the execution, or the eating can directly follow the execution (depending on the method). It all depends on how much work you want to do to keep them still. :D
TheSkulker 25th Dec 2017, 3:04 AM edit delete reply

Antrik said: "HOWEVER, that's tangential to the discussion at hand. When a distinction is made based on a set of behaviors that an overwhelming majority of people would consider decent vs. not decent, you may or may not agree with the assessment of these behaviors personally -- but the classification is not arbitrary. It's based on statistically meaningful data. You could actually quantify it. (Theoretically, at least...)"

So if I understand you correctly you are saying that there are no absolute truths or morals - only opinions. "Decency" is just a figment of the majority. Minority opinion does not count.

By that reasoning, any behavior practiced by a society or culture - no matter how nefarious or obnoxious others may think - is completely decent (within that society). IOW, cannibalism and human sacrifice, as has been practiced historically by some societies, is perfectly decent and OK.

Is this what you are saying?

If so, how big or pervasive must the subject society be? A tribe? A region? A country?

For example, a hundred years ago the deep south had a deep rooted and pervasive culture of racial bigotry (our term), and the existence and action of the Ku Klux Klan (including lynchings, rapes, arson, etc), were widely accepted and condoned. So since the overwhelming majority of people accepted and approved of this behavior it is then considered "decent"?

In our current society, there is an opinion among many that Muslims are de facto terrorists and should be ostracized (or worse). Likewise many other minority groups. About the only thing protecting these groups is the US constitution that decrees that all are to be treated equally regardless of race, creed or religion. Assuming that the constitution should advocate decency, is it then wrong?

Just asking how this all works.
megados 25th Dec 2017, 9:41 AM edit delete reply

The answer isn't a simple one. If you distill it down to mere statistics, then yes, morality is determined by consensus. I think there is more to it.

On the other side of the argument are those who believe that all life is sacred, and slapping that mosquito on your arm is an affront. Where do we place the marker that separates good from bad? I don't think statistical analysis alone can answer it. One's own empathy certainly should play a role, yes?

My 2¢ and a penny change.
TheSkulker 25th Dec 2017, 11:51 AM edit delete reply

I agree. I was just trying to clarify Antrik's post as it seemed as that is what he was saying.

I hadn't thought about the other extreme but that is a valid point also. There probably isn't any absolute criteria or markers for decency but only what works at the time for any given society. If it doesn't work then they either change or fail.

Nature does seem to have some vague definition (i.e., evolutionary benefit), of altruism that differs across species but I can't think of any right off. However, altruism is not the same as morals. Most mammalian mothers seem to put their offspring's lives and welfare ahead of their own - even insects such as male praying mantises and black widow spiders (albeit posthumously!). What would be an evolutionary benefit for any specific criteria for decency?

It is a very complex subject that has been under consideration for centuries. Even the universe of discussion is fluid. Do you look at it from the perspective of an individual? Family? Community? Species? Nature as a whole? While I have no personal use for mosquitoes, apparently Nature does.

Nature, as a whole, strives to survive as does each species within Nature - including mankind - but their individual strategies may be at cross purposes and/or ineffective. The long term survivability of mankind's current strategy is very much in doubt.

Hmmm. Starting to ramble...
Sheela 25th Dec 2017, 1:14 PM edit delete reply

Heh, when talking morals and ethics, you sometimes also run into grim reality.
Such as when the peaceful majority is irrelevant .

You can be wrong, yet be in power, and you can be right (and even the majority) and still be without power to influence the course of history.
robnot 26th Dec 2017, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
@Sheela: you get my up vote an like.!..
megados 26th Dec 2017, 8:26 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela, quite often the peaceful majority have no avenue by which to keep the peace; no means to assert their wishes. Also, at times, they choose not to. Sometimes, like the old saying, all it takes for evil to triumph, is for good people to do nothing. When these conditions persist, the peaceful majority may be irrelevant.
antrik 27th Dec 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply
@TheSkulker I very much doubt there is actually an overwhelming majority thinking muslims=terrorists.

Aside from that, I am *not* going to discuss moral relativity. Leave that to the philosophers. They've been at it for centuries ;-)
kraznor 20th Dec 2017, 7:32 AM edit delete reply
You must clean out the gutters regularly its only good house keeping :)
megados 20th Dec 2017, 8:20 AM edit delete reply

I can't help but notice that Setorius is quiet during this latest exchange. He may not be pleased, since this knowledge may impact his supply chain. I don't know for certain that none of his sources might trace back. Even with the comm. off, he can put two and two together and figure out what Maxus and the Cassians might do with this information.
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
I wouldn't read much into his silence -- it doesn't necessarily signify anything but the fact that he has nothing important to contribute to the topic.

Other than that, good point though that this might affect him...
Lurker314 20th Dec 2017, 10:53 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, this might limit some areas of Setorius' research, but he's too smart and too important for Maxus to move against unless he has his own personal list of atrocities to account for. Even then, Maxus, like every ruler, needs stability more than almost anything else. And Setorius, I am quite certain, is very fond of breathing. So he'll make himself not a problem.
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

Frankly, I think Setorius is incredibly excited about the possibilities in nano-medic-technology that he may have access to if Nova Illumm and Nova Roma start to trade with one another.
megados 20th Dec 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply

Interesting to hear that. I would have thought that Setorius would be more interested toward biological methods.
Sheela 20th Dec 2017, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

He expressed interest in nano-tech during the dinner he had where Prince Douchebag killed Kyle.

My guess, is that he's interested in everything related to medicine, biology and other health related paraphernalia.
antrik 20th Dec 2017, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Indeed he did... That's weird: in at least four or five times I have read through this scene before, I never paid enough attention to this interesting detail to remember it at all...
Hornet 21st Dec 2017, 6:49 AM edit delete reply
Setorius, won't be upset. He'll look at gutter the same way he looks at everyone eventually more meat for the incubation vats.
megados 21st Dec 2017, 8:59 AM edit delete reply

You are right, Sheela and antrik. He does talk about that. Well spotted! That seems unusual in Nova Roma, where technology is usually shunned. He is very enlightened, if pragmatic. He doesn't share in uninformed taboos.
Sheela 21st Dec 2017, 4:06 PM edit delete reply

Wait .. you guys didn't notice that ?
megados 21st Dec 2017, 5:04 PM edit delete reply

I did not . . . well I did, but like antrik said, I didn't pay enough attention at the time. >_< I guess I thought of it as interesting table banter, and then did not remember it.
Bullwinkle 20th Dec 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
Damn it the next button stopped working!!
Oh well binge dive complete. GREAT COMIC!
maybe I should checkout Luna star
Centcomm 20th Dec 2017, 7:38 PM edit delete reply

awww thank you ! we shall continue to provide fun comics for the foreseeable future hopefully!
chk 21st Dec 2017, 7:19 AM edit delete reply

Definitely check out Luna Star.
megados 21st Dec 2017, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

robnot 22nd Dec 2017, 11:28 AM edit delete reply
thirded: an "Staff & Sword.. an maybe the "Hub."
antrik 22nd Dec 2017, 12:08 PM edit delete reply
I for my part don't agree with regards to Staff and Sword: what's the point of reading a story that went on indefinite hiatus near the beginning of the first major arc?...

(Not counting the mini-arc that was originally meant to be stand-alone.)

That's not intended as criticism. (On the contrary -- personally I'm glad Data Chasers gets priority :-) ) However, as things stand, I really wouldn't recommend anyone to start reading Staff and Sword.
Haegan2005 25th Dec 2017, 9:21 AM edit delete reply

Merry Christmas everyone!
robnot 25th Dec 2017, 9:55 AM edit delete reply
happy holidays to all
chk 25th Dec 2017, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

megados 25th Dec 2017, 12:20 PM edit delete reply

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings, and Joyous Festivus!
Sheela 25th Dec 2017, 1:15 PM edit delete reply

God Jul, og glædeligt nytår. :)
Sheela 25th Dec 2017, 1:19 PM edit delete reply

Oooh, nice art from Aimeekitty :)

Bouncy indeed!
megados 25th Dec 2017, 9:18 PM edit delete reply

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