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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)  (Read 4579 times)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #100 on: 08 May 2019, 22:25 »

Potential horrible storylines because as Thrillho just said, things have been going too well for too long.

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RE: Storyline #2- STILL TOO SOON!

I don't see why Faye is stressing here.  Her friends all know that this was an experiment to see how she could cope with being around drinking.  If she's had enough, that's no cause for worry.  She's done very well to last this long her first attempt.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #101 on: 08 May 2019, 22:26 »

Bubbles: "I'm  telling you, signal flares work. Any time I had a problem, and I threw a signal flare...BOOM, right away, I had a different problem."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #102 on: 08 May 2019, 23:08 »

Yeah, I think it's time for Faye to leave. Mostly because her behaviour in panels 2 & 3 make me think she's having a panic attack; one serious enough that, combined with those burritos, is enough to make her physically sick. She really doesn't want her situation to be a cause of fuss and bother, does she?

I'm wondering if Bubbles is telling the truth about where she kept that flare or if she's just trying to say something that will distract Faye from her distress by thinking about it! She's shown that level of subtlety in dealing with Faye's problems on previous occasions.

Finally, there are some errors in Bubbles' speech bubbles in this strip. Inadvertently, Jeph has thus shown how his art tools are used to create speech bubbles: Boxes first and then the arrow towards the speaker.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #103 on: 08 May 2019, 23:43 »

Is that a signal flare?

Did she pull a signal flare out ...?  :-o
Yep, she did.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #104 on: 09 May 2019, 00:00 »

That could get very uncomfortable if it should happen to be a faulty flare.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #105 on: 09 May 2019, 01:27 »

Is that a signal flare?

Did she pull a signal flare out ...?  :-o
Yep, she did.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #106 on: 09 May 2019, 01:41 »

Isn't "Gimme Pizza" a song by Babymetal?
Nope, that's Gimme Chocolate (video in spoiler)

Babymetal is.... weird. I love that they exist, despite the fact they may just be a classical Japanese formula band, but still.

I saw them on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #107 on: 09 May 2019, 01:53 »

use provolone, munster or gouda for the cheese.
Proper Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzarella beats everything on Pizza. Though Gouda is most certainly acceptable if no Mozzarella is to be found.

Throwing fuel on the fire:
One of the best pizzas I've had was this: Thick crust, tomato sauce, ham, mozzarella cheese, sliced banana, pineapple pieces and mozzarella cheese. Yummy!

The best pizza I ever tasted was in Firenze, in a tiny restaurant near the palazzo Pitti. Baked only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmaggiano cheese, and then garnished with fresh rucola salad and Parma ham. It was to die for.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #108 on: 09 May 2019, 01:58 »

I was heavily disappointed and confused by Sven's spontaneous negative character growth during the 2700s (https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2753 in particular) but it looks like he's back to normal, which is fantastic.

Yeah, that comic show the terrible damages fiction makes to human behavior. Things usually don't turn out as they do in movies or novels. No as good, and not as bad. They sometimes do, but that's 2 or 3 times in a lifetime, and you will always remember those moments.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #109 on: 09 May 2019, 02:00 »

About the poll: my favorite is Espelette pepper.
I had to look it up.
So, it works for everything black pepper does. Anything it's best with?

Apart from the taste, no.

It's probably hard to explain in a language where Capsicum is called "pepper". Chili pepper has nothing to do with pepper. It's not the same plant, it's not the same active substance (capsaicin in chili pepper, piperine in pepper), it's not the same taste, at all.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #110 on: 09 May 2019, 04:39 »

Isn't "Gimme Pizza" a song by Babymetal?
Nope, that's Gimme Chocolate (video in spoiler)

Babymetal is.... weird. I love that they exist, despite the fact they may just be a classical Japanese formula band, but still.

I saw them on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...

At the very least, Rob Zombie likes 'em.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #111 on: 09 May 2019, 05:00 »

Reminds me I'm supposed to go to Disturbed's concert this evening. Almost forgot about that...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #112 on: 09 May 2019, 05:55 »

Reminds me I'm supposed to go to Disturbed's concert this evening. Almost forgot about that...

If you had forgotten, you could've always excused yourself because you were down with the sickness.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #113 on: 09 May 2019, 06:58 »

I saw [Babymetal] on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...
It certainly isn't baby. Those girls were tweens at the youngest, and they're teenagers by now.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #114 on: 09 May 2019, 09:35 »

I saw [Babymetal] on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...
It certainly isn't baby. Those girls were tweens at the youngest, and they're teenagers by now.

The 2 youngest are 20 and the last one 22, actually. But I wasn't aware metal had something to do with the age of the musicians. I thought it depended purely on the kind of music they played, silly me...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #115 on: 09 May 2019, 10:57 »

I saw [Babymetal] on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...
It certainly isn't baby. Those girls were tweens at the youngest, and they're teenagers by now.

The 2 youngest are 20 and the last one 22, actually. But I wasn't aware metal had something to do with the age of the musicians. I thought it depended purely on the kind of music they played, silly me...
"Babymetal"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #116 on: 09 May 2019, 11:07 »

I think it's a joke that they aren't the facetious genre "baby" because of their age. Not a comment on it being metal or not because of their age.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #117 on: 09 May 2019, 12:31 »

Wombt and Welu have the right of it.

And I was guessing at their age; seems I was slightly off. Oh well. Just proves my point that Babymetal isn't baby.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #118 on: 09 May 2019, 12:37 »

Isn't "Gimme Pizza" a song by Babymetal?
Nope, that's Gimme Chocolate (video in spoiler)

Babymetal is.... weird. I love that they exist, despite the fact they may just be a classical Japanese formula band, but still.

I saw them on stage once. It's funny to watch, but is it metal? I don't know, honestly...

In what sense is it not metal? I've heard precisely one song of theirs and it seems to be a pretty even split between being metal and J-pop.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #119 on: 09 May 2019, 14:06 »

In what sense is it not metal? I've heard precisely one song of theirs and it seems to be a pretty even split between being metal and J-pop.

Probably in the sense it's mixed with J-Pop. It's something my brain can't fully wrap around, mixing classic metal stereotypes with J-Pop stereotypes (metal with a tendency to sound aggressive, to an extent, and adding the ... 'cuteness' of J-Pop to that)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #120 on: 09 May 2019, 14:57 »

Well, I have a few thoughts on that.

1. The song I heard had a pretty harsh divide between the 'metal' riffage part and the insanely catchy chorus (it was one of their singles. No idea what it's called) so I'm not sure I qualify that as 'mixed.'

2. But that just makes it J-pop metal. Genres have been getting mixed since before there were genres. Metal mixed with hip-hop is rap-metal or nu-metal, pop mixed with punk is pop-punk, J-pop mixed with metal is J-pop metal, surely?

3. I am aware that quibbling over genres is what one might call an 'asshole's errand' but nobody pays me to freelance any more and I'm bored
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #121 on: 09 May 2019, 19:39 »

(1) Happy 4000th everyone.
(2) Everyone is understanding
(3) Dora still has trust issues with Sven
(4) That is definitely Bruh
(5) that is perfectly understandable
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #122 on: 09 May 2019, 20:13 »

Wow, guess that was Brun after all.

Either that or she has a doppelganger with the same proclivity towards harpoons.

But yeah, I figure that Brun would especially dislike anything that might cause a fire.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #123 on: 09 May 2019, 20:34 »

Happy 4000!  :-D

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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #124 on: 09 May 2019, 21:26 »

Brun is well within her rights all things considered. 

Iím actually surprised that something bigger than Dora and Taiís engagement didnít come up for the 4000th.  I was expecting Hannelore to walk in or perhaps a blast from Bubblesí military past.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #125 on: 09 May 2019, 22:14 »

JJ did "specials" for 666 and 1337, but that's about it. Well, except the traditional turkey comics, and the holiday greetings. I think he doesn't care about the strip number that much, or he would've done something special at 1000, 2000 and/or 3000.

Also: Brun, chill. Bubbles is a reasonable person, she wouldn't let the bar burn down. You're still right though.
Would be kind of ironic though, burning down the Revelation, too. (Will tending bar, in this outfit, made it obvious it's the Horrible Revelation. Elliot probably isn't there yet).
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #126 on: 09 May 2019, 22:35 »

I think Elliot would be rather torn; on the one hand, Brun has a valid point, on the other she has a point, and I don't think he'd entirely approve pointing that at customers.

Edit: spell check needs to stop telling me what language to use.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #127 on: 09 May 2019, 23:09 »

The big revelation for Faye? Her leaving early is not a huge thing and everyone won't get all boundary-crossing with her if she feels uncomfortable in a bar. Dora might get boundary-crossing about her interactions with Sven but she'd stop being Dora if she didn't do that!

Meanwhile, someone really needs to tell Brun that pointing harpoons at combat androids is probably a bad idea, especially as it's unlikely that the tip would penetrate the bullet-proof layer under the derma. It would be more likely to damage the harpoon! Now, is it me or does Bubbles' expression in panel 4 communicate that she's annoyed enough with the situation that she's thinking of all the ways to take that harpoon away and non-lethally insert it into Brun?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #128 on: 09 May 2019, 23:25 »

just listened to some Babymetal. Pleasant enough, but nothing special. I can imagine it being played at a fashion show.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #129 on: 09 May 2019, 23:34 »

How much do we know about how mechanically robust Bubbles's body is without her armor?

I wouldn't be surprised if a harpoon could do at least superficial damage.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #130 on: 09 May 2019, 23:37 »

How much do we know about how mechanically robust Bubbles's body is without her armor?

Faye said that Bubbles could probably stop everything up to .500" Magnum although she's hardly a technical expert in this area; she was just making a point via exaggeration.

In practice, yes, if the harpoon is sufficiently honed, it will definitely cut the derma but I suspect that Bubbles has a layer not unlike chainmail underneath (but with much smaller links) that protects her inner workings.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #131 on: 10 May 2019, 00:42 »

What was boundary-crossing about Dora asking Faye how things went with Sven?  Faye's her best friend, Sven's her brother, she knows their history, how is checking to make sure things didn't go horribly boundary-crossing?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #132 on: 10 May 2019, 01:10 »

It's boundary crossing in the same way making a fuss over Faye leaving earlier would be boundary crossing: If Faye needs Dora's help with Sven, she'll ask. More importantly, if Faye and Sven had a collision, I'm pretty sure Sven would have told Dora about it so there isn't a reason to pry other than paranoia about him.

FWIW, I'm sort of writing from Faye's perspective here; I don't necessarily think that it's really boundary crossing from my own perspective.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #133 on: 10 May 2019, 01:36 »

If you don't want to be threatened with a harpoon, don't use fireworks in a bar.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #134 on: 10 May 2019, 03:02 »

How much do we know about how mechanically robust Bubbles's body is without her armor?

Faye said that Bubbles could probably stop everything up to .500" Magnum although she's hardly a technical expert in this area; she was just making a point via exaggeration.

In practice, yes, if the harpoon is sufficiently honed, it will definitely cut the derma but I suspect that Bubbles has a layer not unlike chainmail underneath (but with much smaller links) that protects her inner workings.

Like butcher's mail?

The size of the links doesn't really matter as much, as how they've been closed, with a harpoon stabbing. Though the gauge and material do count for something as well.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #135 on: 10 May 2019, 03:51 »

I figure that Bubbles' remark about not wanting to damage an antique is less in reference to the quality of her armour than to the speed & strength of her chassis.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #136 on: 10 May 2019, 04:35 »

I guess it takes one bar burned down to keep a look out for those things. Also how hard would it be for Brun to find another job if she had two bars burned down (regardless of what caused it)?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #137 on: 10 May 2019, 04:55 »

I guess it takes one bar burned down to keep a look out for those things. Also how hard would it be for Brun to find another job if she had two bars burned down (regardless of what caused it)?

Yeah, job interviews would become kind of odd...

"And why did you leave the Horrible Revelation?
-It burnt down, too..
-We will call you back!"

(Isn't it funny how "we will call you back" actually means "we won't call you back?")
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #138 on: 10 May 2019, 05:05 »

Regarding whether or not the harpoon could damage Bubbles.

Presumably as a military grade chassis, Bubbles' dermal layers can withstand up to a .500 Magnum, which is the most powerful production handgun round at the moment. So presumably Bubbles' dermal layers work on the same premise that all bullet resistant technology works, multiple layers that work to slow a bullet and forcing it to expend its energy to the point where it can no longer continue. This works because the instant a bullet is fired, its already expending kinetic energy, slowing down the further it has to travel. Bullet resistant technology capitalises on that, having layers of material that disperses impact energy over a wider area, which in turn forces the bullet to expend even more kinetic energy to pierce another layer until its stopped.

That said, bullet resistant doesn't mean stab resistant. Dependant on the materials used, a stabbing weapon will enter slower than a bullet and unless there was a tighter weave, would simply cut through the layers. This is because as I pointed out, a bullet is slowing down the instant it is fired, whereas a knife (or in this case a harpoon) will have a consistent and considerable amount of force behind it (again, in this case Brun). Essentially you're (relatively, you're talking a difference of around half a second) slowly cutting through layers.

So, unless Bubbles's has different kinds of Kevlar under her skin, she might want to be careful of that harpoon.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #139 on: 10 May 2019, 05:25 »

So, unless Bubbles's has different kinds of Kevlar under her skin, she might want to be careful of that harpoon.

Unless the armour is some kind of handwavium material that's aimed at being stab-proof and uses some kind of energy redistribution effect, radiating all incident energy from a higher-energy attack out equally from the entire surface without having to allow partial penetration. This isn't possible IRL (at the moment); anything other than a perfect sphere using this material would generate 'hot spots' where the energy distribution wave would be concentrated rather than dispersed, which would cause the effect to break down. However, it's a moderately common sci-fi concept.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #140 on: 10 May 2019, 05:38 »

Bubbles said her squad was hit with artillery and finished off with small weapons fire.  While Bubbles was armored, there would have been some exposed dermal, and we've seen no evidence of scarring or repair.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #141 on: 10 May 2019, 05:56 »

On the other hand, we've never seen evidence of repair, even where we know in comic that they have replaced the dermal covering.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #142 on: 10 May 2019, 05:59 »

With the exception of May, of course. Her dissimilar colour derma replacement was very, very obvious.

All other chassis that have had repairs after serious damage have been 'Tin Woodsman' semi-rigid hull units without derma except, possibly, on the face panel.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #143 on: 10 May 2019, 06:46 »

Then again, for her, it was a question of "this is all I can afford".

Such repairs would likely have been made on bubbles when in the military, and I don't suspect they stock more than the standard issue dermal covering. If anything at all, as the role of AI in the military seems to be somewhat vague at the moment.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #144 on: 10 May 2019, 07:03 »

Honestly, I think even if Bubbles' skin isn't somehow armored, she is proficient enough in combat to have nothing to fear from that harpoon. Brun should be careful not to threat a tiger with a butter knive...

I would say the ethical problem is different: should you really allow yourself to do whatever you want just because you are stronger and can beat anyone? Bubbles behaves somehow like a bully, even if it's a passive thing, something like "prevent me from using a firework. If you dare..." I think she's more oblivious than bad mannered, but still.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #145 on: 10 May 2019, 07:33 »

Honestly, I think even if Bubbles' skin isn't somehow armored, she is proficient enough in combat to have nothing to fear from that harpoon. Brun should be careful not to threaten a tiger with a butter knife...

No.

Even with her combat training, Bubbles is at a disadvantage here. One of the things that many modern self defence teachers will tell you is that you can have all the training in the world, but if someone picks up a rock (or in this case a harpoon), you have two choices - Run away or Fight. And more often than not, they'll tell you to run.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #146 on: 10 May 2019, 07:45 »

Hmmm, girl with harpoon versus combat robot. I'm not confident normal self defence rules apply, necessarily.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #147 on: 10 May 2019, 07:55 »

Honestly, I think even if Bubbles' skin isn't somehow armored, she is proficient enough in combat to have nothing to fear from that harpoon. Brun should be careful not to threaten a tiger with a butter knife...

No.

Even with her combat training, Bubbles is at a disadvantage here. One of the things that many modern self defence teachers will tell you is that you can have all the training in the world, but if someone picks up a rock (or in this case a harpoon), you have two choices - Run away or Fight. And more often than not, they'll tell you to run.

This. I do not have a robotic body specifically created for combat, but I still have thousands of hours of martial art training over the past decade or so. Even though I've absolutely no natural talent for said martial arts, this is significant enough for me to at least know what I'm doing in a fight.

But if someone threatens me with a knife and they seem to have a working knowledge of how to use it in a fight, I'll try and defend myself if need be. But if I can, I'll talk the person down or run away. Harpoon or anything vaguely spear-like? I doubt I'd even attempt defending myself, unless a life absolutely depended on it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #148 on: 10 May 2019, 08:24 »

But if someone threatens me with a knife and they seem to have a working knowledge of how to use it in a fight, I'll try and defend myself if need be. But if I can, I'll talk the person down or run away. Harpoon or anything vaguely spear-like? I doubt I'd even attempt defending myself, unless a life absolutely depended on it.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3996-4000 (6th-10th May, 2019)
« Reply #149 on: 10 May 2019, 08:37 »

Why would Bubbles take it to a confrontation, though, instead of saying "just kidding" and putting the flare away with a stern look to Brun about putting the harpoon away?
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