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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: December 07, 2018, 12:48:47 pm »
You're allowed to like what characters you want to like, but your complaints leave a bad taste in my mouth.  Crest WAS sexually assaulted, you can't call that invalid just because Moby is "sexy."  That's not cool.  For that matter, so was Glyph in that bath since he was actually being possessed, and forced to do something against his will.  There's this whole double standard where guys being sexually assaulted is trivialized because "they'd probably like it anyway" or "they should feel grateful," which was exactly the excuse Moby used in that scene.

You have a point that the amount Crest suffered is not really equal with Bernadette.  For that matter, Maytag also doesn't "suffer" on an equal level, even though she probably goes through the most traumatic events.  That's because each character is different, with different planned arcs.  Maybe it would have been cool to take Crest's character in a different direction, and have him "suffer" more.   But people are always saying they want to see Crest get stronger, that's the direction people always seem to ask for.  So I thought it would be cool to fulfill that, but in a way that is subtly subversive.  I agree it would be boring to simply have him power up Dragon Ball Z style in an arc that amounts to a simply power fantasy, (not that I mind that kind of thing) so I wanted to do something with a few more layers underneath.  As a writer, it would be tacky for me to explain exactly what those are, but suffice to say that if you aren't seeing that, all I can really say is sorry.  Maybe I did a bad job, but hopefully others will see what I'm going for (or get something else out of it.)

Also these last 3 chapters are meant to allow me to have some fun adding more horror and Lynchian elements to the comic, since I'm a huge fan of those elements.  If that's not your bag, as I know it isn't for some people.... well, all I can really say is sorry!  We're pretty much done with that stuff for now, anyway.

I can totally see how it would be a drag how the comic has focused on him for the last year, but that's simply a factor of how webcomics work... time moves slow when it's a page at a time.  If it's any consolation, May and Bern are both planned to be getting a LOT more screentime in the near future.

Free Talk / Re: The Chat Thread
« on: December 06, 2018, 11:41:26 am »
Here it is, the Flipside discord!

Sorry, I'm still a bit new to this discord stuff!

Here is a proper link, this should work:

Yknow, I probably should mention this more, but I do actually have an official Flipside discord server, so you could feel free to use that!  Here it is:

OOC Talk / Re: OOC - Talk
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:03:00 am »
You're welcome to do so, if you like!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: December 02, 2018, 10:01:53 am »
Oh well, every story arc can't please everyone!  I think Crest deserved his time to shine, though!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Japan Break
« on: November 01, 2018, 01:25:47 am »
I'm back from Japan now!  If you're curious to see pictures of my trip, I've been posting them on my personal and Flipside Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

As you can see, what with Youmacon this weekend, I'm just posting comics about my Japan trip for the rest of this week.  But the normal comic will resume next week.  It was tough with the Japan trip and a convention back to back.

And to answer your question, no I didn't get on any manga.  Though maybe I should have, would have been good practice for reading Japanese.  Shibuya I heard had a crazy Halloween celebration but unfortunately I missed it!  Oh well, still saw lots of cool stuff!

Flipside Discussion / Japan Break
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:56:22 pm »
Hey everyone, I have some news.  Over the next week, I will be travelling back to Japan!  It'll be my first time back there in 5 years.  I am really looking forward to it, it's going to be the first vacation I've taken in awhile.<BR><BR>

That's the good part... the bad part is that since we moved, things have been very busy and I dont have any buffer pages ready, so I'm gonna need to take a week off from Flipside.  Sorry about that (especially as in the middle of this arc, every page is a cliffhanger.)  Hope you understand!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: October 21, 2018, 01:54:54 pm »
See, I told you guys Crest would develop!  But has he developed ENOUGH?  Stay tuned to find out!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: October 12, 2018, 07:01:03 am »
So Ladies and Gentlemen, Crest was saved by literal ASSPULL  :o

That sounds gross!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: October 10, 2018, 11:30:10 am »
SirBananaPie is right

Flipside Discussion / Re: Who will survive?
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:02:10 am »
Oh man, I hope there are some survivors!  I am on pins and needles here!

Flipside Discussion / Flipside Live Action Series
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:29:35 am »
Hey I have a question for you guys.  Hypothetically, suppose there were going to be a Flipside live action series.  Just wondering, how would you feel about that?

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: July 25, 2018, 04:44:54 pm »
OH MY Dear Brion.. there is Soooo much more to the story than just that... and it ALL Good.. look further... there are many more quests after that MANY MORE!

Yeah, I figured.  I should probably try to get back into it one of these days!

These last few panels really portray to the reader a feeling of chaos and confusion that matches how everyone but Melter appears to be reacting. And doing so without resorting to a bunch of indistinguishable motion-blur mess is probably the most impressive aspect. Really enjoying the story Brion!


Hey Brion, we should do a vote.  Like, how many people want this chapter to go totally Grimdark, with everyone dying?

Haha, yes you can all feel free to vote your opinions!  That said, the chapter might go grimdark whether you want it or not!  Or maybe it won't, who knows!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: July 13, 2018, 09:08:45 am »
And YES, ElfQuest is my most favorite storylines.. and recently the Final Quest ended and I'm saddened by not just the end of the story... but how it ended.  I will Howl for the lost all the rest of my days as well...

Didn't know about the "Final Quest."  I only read up to and including Kings of the Broken Wheel.  The original 20 issue comic (first 4 volumes of the graphic novels) are still my favorite.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:14:10 am »
I'm more sad that this is another Crest group chapter, 3rd in a row...

I understand.  But I kinda had no choice but to do it that way.  We're pushing through the separate storylines and we're almost at the end of them... from then on, it's going to be one storyline with all the characters united.  So, please bear with it a little bit longer!

All said, I love this page. It kinda reminds me of one of the pages of Elfquest, and there is a very poster-quality feel to the last panel.

That's cool you think so... Elfquest was actually the very first comic to really get my interest, back when I was a kid!  And was a big part of what drew me towards manga.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: July 12, 2018, 12:11:08 am »
You're welcome! Do you know much longer do you plan to do Flipside, Brion, or to be more precise, have you envisioned an ending? 😎

Yes, I have envisioned an ending.  To tell you the truth, I would like to end it at some point just so I can move on to some other projects.  But I have a vision for how the story should go, and it has to be realized as well as I can first. 

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: June 20, 2018, 11:52:11 am »
Thank you~!

Free Talk / Re: Forumite Picture thread
« on: May 30, 2018, 10:33:38 am »
It's always good to see you guys again!  Nice to hear from you guys who used to be forum regulars, and still check in every so often!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: May 16, 2018, 06:36:04 pm »
Great image of Suspiria screaming...and the current Crest arc is so easy to relate to...I really know that feeling.  And the mystery is still behind everything that we don't know what is real and what has been created by Suspiria's subconscious.  Great storytelling, great artwork!!!!!

Thanks!  I try!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: May 11, 2018, 05:35:38 pm »
OKay, fixed everything up to this point (I think.)

As a side note, if you are posting about a mistake, please try to include a page# and a panel#.  If you just say something like "in today's page," when I come back to look at it later, I won't be able to figure out what page you were talking about.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: April 26, 2018, 12:06:01 pm »
Hmm, I don't really put too much thought into what their voices should sound like.  There's a general sort of voice I hear in my head, but it's vague and fuzzy.  It doesn't sound exactly like anyone.  But I think you guy are on the right track in how you're saying Bernadette should sound.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: April 03, 2018, 03:37:02 pm »
I won't confirm or deny anything, but I just have to say something about Occam's Razor.  it only makes sense to use it for real world problems.  I see people use it all the time to analyze fiction, and it makes no sense to use it that way.  Fiction does not comform to the "simplest explanation is usually the best" rule, not at all!  Fiction is often contrived, complex, convoluted.  In fact, even when it's trying to hide it's contrivances, it's always at least a little contrived.  Writers certainly don't choose plots on the basis of "the simplest answers," they choose whatever seems interesting or exciting.

If anything you'd be better off using Opposite Occam's Razor for fiction.  "The most complicated answer is usually correct."  That's probably true more of the time!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 50: Discussion
« on: February 08, 2018, 06:31:22 pm »
I'm reminded strongly of Bravely Default: Where The Fairy Flies

When that little title shenanigans was pointed out to me, I was quite impressed!  Loved that game, btw!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:09:13 am »
Happy holidays, guys!  Sorry for the repeat pages, but these have all not been posted online for a long time, so I figured people might appreciate seeing them again!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:04:44 am »
OMG!!  This story is crazy, guys!!  What is happening...??

Flipside Discussion / Re: Flipside Patreon
« on: September 15, 2017, 11:13:54 am »
Kiran: It'll vary.  For the first several chapters it will be cut off from the main story and feature new characters other than Maytag.  Although it's not completely cut off, it's still all considered canon.  Eventually there will probably be other characters from the main comic involved.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: August 30, 2017, 08:32:45 pm »
Of course not!  It's appreciated.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 49: Discussion
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:54:15 pm »
Thanks for creating the topic for me!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 32: Discussion
« on: August 16, 2017, 11:05:32 am »
That is good!  Amusement is what I'm going for!

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