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Comic Discussion => QUESTIONABLE CONTENT => Topic started by: Cheetaur on 01 Jan 2019, 13:19

Title: Robot themed comic
Post by: Cheetaur on 01 Jan 2019, 13:19
Update 2

I would just like to thank all who voted and commented in my poll it was very enlightening as to what people had to say. Thanks everyone, stay well.



Update: Clarification of sorts
What I am suggesting is something Jeph might consider doing like he did with Alice Grove but this comic would exist within the QC universe but be aimed more with the AI situations that Jeph is bringing to forefront.  Example AI rights and privileges and how they react around each other and humans. Also the human side of living with AI's. Its an interesting concept that has grown a life of its own in QC and I thought perhaps it deserves its own outlet. (Hope that helps define things more.)


Since as of late the focus of QC has be AI robots perhaps a comic just about them is in order? Please vote and lets see if that is perhaps true.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: specter177 on 01 Jan 2019, 19:09
Wasn't that what Alice Grove was?
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 01 Jan 2019, 21:05
Hmm!

There are so many unanswered questions about the robots that I'm tempted to want a strip to explore those full time.

Their relations with squishies are a significant part of their lives, so it would be a strip with organic characters in it, but they could be secondary.

It would be fun to see an AI's life from crèche to adulthood.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Pennepasta on 02 Jan 2019, 04:56
Nah, an interaction between the humans and AI is interesting and a purely AI themed comic would lose that. QC has always changed the focus occasionally; it'll be back to others eventually, though some no-bots are involved with the AIs anyway :)
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 02 Jan 2019, 10:04
I could see a Roko-centered spinoff or a completely new setting which mixes robots from all walks of life, even more so than we have seen.

Maybe with the extra time and screen space Jeph could portray their differences from organics. Right now the synthetics are so much like plastic-skinned Homo sapiens that we're missing opportunities.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Thrudd on 02 Jan 2019, 10:44
Hey, but didn't we already have a 100% AI cast comic in the past?
Something to do with being bored and solar power generation of some sort.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: pwhodges on 02 Jan 2019, 14:54
Freefall (http://freefall.purrsia.com/) is largely about AIs, both as robots and bio-engineered animals (a wolf being one of the main characters).
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Tova on 02 Jan 2019, 15:41
Maybe with the extra time and screen space Jeph could portray their differences from organics. Right now the synthetics are so much like plastic-skinned Homo sapiens that we're missing opportunities.

I think that Jeph has ample opportunity in QC to portray differences between AIs and organics -- if he really wants to.

People have clamoured for this for some time. I doubt Jeph is interested.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Theta9 on 03 Jan 2019, 07:40
Since as of late the focus of QC has be AI robots perhaps a comic just about them is in order?
That's a good idea. You should do that.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 03 Jan 2019, 12:08
Not with Jeph's characters, OP shouldn't.

Jeph could justify a robot-themed comic if he wanted just on the grounds that many of his most interesting characters are robots.

The case against is that it's the interactions between protein people and silicon people that are the most interesting thing to read about.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Theta9 on 03 Jan 2019, 13:01
Not with Jeph's characters, OP shouldn't.
I meant make a robot comic. Obvi, Jeph's characters are his own and should be off limits.

I'm just echoing Beefy's (https://beefy.bandcamp.com/track/write-a-song-about) sentiment when people suggest things he should write about; his response amounts to "write it yourself."
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Gyrre on 09 Jan 2019, 17:31
Is a supplimentary comic that occurs in the QC-verse what's being suggested?
Maybe something sort of amongst the lines of Skin Horse (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/SkinHorse) and Narbonic (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Narbonic)?

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Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: BenRG on 10 Jan 2019, 04:17
I would argue that QC is already changing into a comic mostly about AI, their nature, culture and their role in the in-universe society. So, no, I don't think a spin-off comic is necessary.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 11 Jan 2019, 09:17
"Always leave them wanting more" is the old show business adage, and maybe that applies to Jeph's portrayal of the robots.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: OldGoat on 11 Jan 2019, 10:39
Jeph tried concurrently writing another comic.  It didn't end all that well.  Where he wants to pour out his creative juices is strictly his business.  Jeph "should" begin another strip only if he damned well wants to and thinks it won't detract from his main investment, QC.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Tova on 11 Jan 2019, 17:15
Preface: this is a tangent, inapplicable to QC and Jeph.

I don't understand why people are so in love with spin-offs when they, more often than not, are unapologetic cash grabs.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: BenRG on 12 Jan 2019, 01:02
IMO, spin-offs are okay if they stand on their own artistic or narrative merits. IMO, at least, Star Trek Deep Space Nine is a good example of this.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Tova on 12 Jan 2019, 02:27
Yes, I agree. I've been watching Wellington Paranormal, which really works in its own right.

I just can't get excited at the prospect of a spin-off unless I can be convinced that it will indeed stand on its own merits. And the thing about demanding requesting a spin-off (as the OP has done here) is that creating a spin-off because fans demanded it in response does not qualify in that regard.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 12 Jan 2019, 11:21
"Demanding"?

Cheetaur opened with the word "suggesting" and polled others for opinions.

My latest swing of opinion is that my craving for more exploration of the life of the AIs is best met in the current comic watching them interact with the organic characters we know so well.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Tova on 12 Jan 2019, 15:41
Apologies, that was badly worded.

What I'm trying to say is that it will work best if the author has an intrinsic motivation, rather than an extrinsic one.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: Is it cold in here? on 13 Jan 2019, 07:28
That makes sense.

If Jeph is intrinsically motivated to start a separate comic with robots in the foreground and organics as the outsiders, I'll read it faithfully.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: kiss-o-kill on 24 Jan 2019, 21:25
Yes, though not because I want to read it.

QC is an almost completely different comic than it once was, which really makes me wonder why* it never just ended at a certain point and freed up time and energy for Jeph to write something on his current interests. Because the lives of most of his long-running human characters is very obviously not filed under that.

* Not actually, it's obviously because of how much revenue QC generates and how stopping it to do something else would be a gamble. Which I respect, you gotta do what you gotta do to keep food on the table, but... eh.
Title: Re: Robot themed comic
Post by: DSL on 25 Jan 2019, 12:55
QC isn't the first comic or other pop culture creation to change over time. That isn't even rare.
I see no reason for the artist to be obligated to scrap a property and start another because the subject matter changes. Corollary to that, of course, is there's no obligation on the part of anyone to read anything.