Comic 1577 - Just Kidding

18th Sep 2018, 9:00 PM
Just Kidding
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)

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Centcomm 25th Sep 2018, 12:01 PM edit delete
also remember to drop a few coins in the tip jar if you are so inclined - rent is going to be tight this upcoming month.
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Haegan2005 18th Sep 2018, 9:05 PM edit delete reply


Yes, I really do feel for her. Classical fish out of water indeed! But those are the best to write about I think.
StLOrca 18th Sep 2018, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Ha! You have a very good ear for dialogue.
megados 18th Sep 2018, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

This whole sequence is golden. (the whole Ophelia series) Some nice character development! I do have to feel a bit sorry for Ophelia though; even more so, when I agree with Hrist here. (although she took it in a bit of a different direction than I had thought) :D

Astraea never gets to have any fun.
kraznor 18th Sep 2018, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
I love the attention to detail in this comic, you can see what's going on in the rest of the room by looking at the reflection on hrist's bust in panel 3 and 4
Sevian 19th Sep 2018, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

Pretty good reception on the ol' "Boob Tube"!
Oldarmourer 19th Sep 2018, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Quite probably the most enjoyable arc yet, I'm just ashamed someone beat me to the 'boob tube' comment :( @#$%^& timezones
mjkj 19th Sep 2018, 2:42 AM edit delete reply

...poor Ophie...

I hope she will catch a break soon...
Bullwinkle 19th Sep 2018, 3:40 AM edit delete reply
Who said Hrist has no sense of humor?
Imagine Ophelia doing PR with her temper!
Tom 19th Sep 2018, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Don't stop there Hrist. You haven't told her about the teas parties yet. The long full frilly pink dresses she'll wear. With a deep neck of course, must do something to keep males attention as a spokesperson. Then it will be a lifetime of high teas with the new Roman elite. Talking about ponies, and kittens and puppies and transforming the public's image a of a cassian from a murderbot in the shadows to simpering AIs in frilly dresses.

With bows!
Sheela 19th Sep 2018, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

She also didn't mention things like, people who are fans of Commander Pauline, or selling her for sex .. heck, they could probably make money on having a Cassian Commander Pauline around. :D

Of course, she would fly into a rage all the time, but that would be the part where they make money in the gladiator rings!

The bows would be nice though. :)
Just_IDD 19th Sep 2018, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
I'll have to remember "Hugging watermelons," though, maybe those are stunted in the new world that is just getting apples back. I would have gone for a more cantaloupe joke.
Sheela 19th Sep 2018, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking that it's not *just* Astraea who's having a bit of fun on Ophelia's expense here.

I'm not sure where Hrist picked up her new humor, but being caged up with Irene for hours, may have had something to do with it. :D
DLKmusic 19th Sep 2018, 3:20 PM edit delete reply

Ironically, with Hrist's personality, She would actually be a much better PR candidate than Ophelia would. She's polite, caring, but firm and unyielding in her duties. Exactly what image the Cassians should be projecting overall.

Sooooo.... can we give Hrist a makeover instead?
Sheela 19th Sep 2018, 3:33 PM edit delete reply

I think Irene would love giving Hrist a make over. XD
megados 20th Sep 2018, 11:25 AM edit delete reply

Makeover or no, Hrist does have the personality and temperament.
Ebonbolt 20th Sep 2018, 8:43 AM edit delete reply

Hrist doesn't need a makeover. She's one of the most human-looking Cassians we've met. From more than a few feet away, she could be mistaken for human (if she doesn't speak). Given these things, it might be that her original design function was exactly as you said: Cassian PR poster child.
DLKmusic 20th Sep 2018, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

@Ebonbolt: Mostly clothes. Something a little softer than jet-black body armor...
Anything besides the beachware shown here.
Sheela 21st Sep 2018, 12:48 AM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic :
I dunno man, I think Hrist could pull off that Neo-Steampunk dress. :D
robnot 21st Sep 2018, 7:40 AM edit delete reply
@DLKmusic: well at least it is not "Vantablack." , tho i think that would give Centtcom Actual nightmares to render...
DLKmusic 21st Sep 2018, 1:53 PM edit delete reply

@Sheela: I agree, the Neo Steampunk dress would look pretty cool! The Retro Shinedo would work too!

@robnot: might give me a few nightmares too, tbh!

Both suggestions are really cool though! wouldn't mind seeing either one as a vote incentive!
robnot 24th Sep 2018, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
umm,, rendering "Vantablack" is nightmare fuel.. it has no definition,, no shape (except gross shape,, and no shadow on itself .. look it up ..
they put it over a stone bust,, an all they got was a vaguely head shape..,c_limit/dsc00268jpg_galleryLarge.jpg
megados 24th Sep 2018, 11:38 AM edit delete reply

It would make great stealth armor, though!
Thomas 26th Sep 2018, 5:06 AM edit delete reply
Only at night.
robnot 26th Aug 2020, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
way late.. (went back an reading archives..)
Vantablack absorbs 98% of high intensity light.. so except in the middle of an open field.. any shadow would work,, IE: move shadow to shadow...
KarToon12 19th Sep 2018, 11:26 AM edit delete reply

Worst day ever. XD
megados 19th Sep 2018, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

As the Alt Text says, Ivy's got a point. To paraphrase Noctis, the Cassians had been taken away from their core purpose, and used as a bludgeon rather than the precision instruments they were meant to be, and so much so, that it seems Ivy expected to see a trail of bodies wherever they go. Hopefully, now that Decimus is gone, they can get back to where they are respectable and respected. As much as Ophelia hates this body, and turn of events, (and no one can really blame her), the Cassians would benefit from some PR. That is not to say that Ophelia should be the new liaison, nor should she be forced to keep this body, but maybe Hrist is onto something here, in general terms.
Sheela 19th Sep 2018, 3:07 PM edit delete reply

Hrist is indeed on to something, though weirdly, she may possibly be going in the wrong direction!

The Cassians are meant to be feared, so much so that a confrontation may be avoided entirely on their reputation alone.
IF, on the other hand, you overuse an instrument, it becomes blunt, and so dies the fear!

The brighter the light, the darker, and sharper, are the shadows.
The Cassians are not killing for themselves, they are literally killing in the name of their Imperator!
All hail Queen Acantha !!

Who knows, maybe she will pick up a few pointers on how Centcomm is so feared.
megados 19th Sep 2018, 5:54 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, Hrist did take a different direction than I would have expected. She is messing with Ophelia, of course, so it's not easy to tell what her thoughts are, here.

Noctis herself said "It is true that fear has always been one of our top weapons, but only the guilty should fear." If you overuse and particularly if you misuse an instrument, it will be blunted. A fine edge requires care. Under Decimus the Cassians were neglected, misused, and vastly undervalued.

I can envision certain passages from "Killing in the Name" which would fit nicely with certain scenes; kudos for that! :D

I do think, though, that Noctis is right, in that Acantha will allow the Cassians to reclaim the respect they once had. My thought is that Hrist might agree.
Speedy 19th Sep 2018, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
That whole test run of sex bot bods with destruct charges had to be scrapped, when excessive numbers of customers got too much bang for their buck.

That was the official story, at least. Unconfirmed rumors had Tokyo Rose, Centcomm, and Prince Douchemas in a three way bidding war for the unused bods, for their obvious political ASSassinationbot possibilities.
Sheela 19th Sep 2018, 3:04 PM edit delete reply

Ass-bots with shapely charges. XD
DLKmusic 19th Sep 2018, 9:52 PM edit delete reply

Embarrassing to be assaulted by a companion-chassis? I think Rape-Face Jeff has a few words to say on that subject!
Ebonbolt 20th Sep 2018, 8:48 AM edit delete reply

Most of them not reprintable in a public forum…
Fafhred 19th Sep 2018, 11:02 PM edit delete reply

* Wonders if someone is also going to ask her to cosplay ? *
Just_IDD 26th Sep 2018, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
Technically she already is since this Ian her normal body.
Rashala 19th Sep 2018, 11:39 PM edit delete reply

She will never live this down I bet....though she may outlive the two idiots back at the com center!
Ganurath 21st Sep 2018, 5:05 PM edit delete reply
It took me three days to archive binge this comic. Finally caught up. I hope Jeff and his dad get to meet Ophelia's sisters.
megados 21st Sep 2018, 5:28 PM edit delete reply

Congrats on catching up! Welcome aboard! :D
Sheela 21st Sep 2018, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

Aye, welcome to the comments, where we don't bite much. :)

On a sidenote, if you like long comics to binge read through, try out "Stand Still, Stay Silent", it's pretty neat.
Sheela 23rd Sep 2018, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

Dang, still at Rank 7 .. that's pretty neat, I must say. :)
megados 23rd Sep 2018, 4:09 PM edit delete reply

It's awesome! It has held quite a while now!
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