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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 53: Discussion
« on: May 11, 2019, 02:14:58 am »
Oh goody.

This title can be one of two things. A flashback of Polly's life (much like some of Bern's and May's chapters) or where things get kinda awkward and stuff. Well, I suppose it could be an action chapter too...

Oh yeah, or it could be a troll chapter like Tom's famous one page Chapter 55 (which consisted of one page or so before changing the subject).  We did hear that after this arc, the teams would join up, so maybe midway through the chapter, stuff happens to meet up with more of the team.

Judging from the hairstyle, I'd say flashback.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: May 08, 2019, 02:49:58 pm »
May's hardly a saint.  I remember Crest calling her on one of her affairs where she was all like "no big deal."

But she is a sweetie, even though she has some spotty bits in the past. 

As for everything not being alright, Bern has no idea.  Crest and Regina are emotional wrecks, Suspie is kinda stone-washed, and there's probably gonna be issues because Bern probably will always have some feelings for Polly (or vice versa).  And then there's whatever's going on with the demons or whatever is guarding areas like the Pit, and the whole computer program of magic.  There's probably quite a bit to worry about long term, it's just not as tense as last chapter. 

...Holy crap, when did the Pit chapter begin? Because it's dated 2017, and it's now 2019.  Hold up.  Three times a week, that roughly 20 weeks per chapter, right? So it takes about a year to do about 3 chapters?

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: May 03, 2019, 03:32:32 am »
It's like she said though. Hasn't really betrayed her.  Betrayed is when you lie and say "this is not what it looks like" when clearly it is. Bern, the entire time cared about how her Dearest felt, and wanted to tell her what she was doing. Even though it hurt. Even though she feared she would leave her.

This is much different from the characters I wrote who had a threesome. The initial two were kinda friends before that, but... well it was an odd relationship because the guy (Elias) wanted the girl (Aqorm) mainly for conversation and company but wasn't really into sex or family. The other girl (Lilith) was a horny demon in both senses of the word, and didn't really care about conversations. Aqorm loves them both as if they're parts of a whole person. But it's so screwed up, that I can't feel like the first one even gets much in the way of conversation after that.  Things got so awkward even though it was consensual on all parties, that there is not much to talk about. And Lilith secretly also hung out with Michael, an angel, but after getting him pregnant ( ??? don't ask), she kinda wants nothing to do with him, because Michael is an andel and all, so about four people in the group aren't close.  Meanwhile, the lesbian couple (Azrael and Anideshi) who are never written as having sex at all are still joined at the hip, the main heroes (Ambrosia and Nevras) are still doing okay aside from a whole trust issue involving time travel and kinda hiding a previous breakup, and the token villainous heroes (Yazim Jianne and Selqui) are having depraved adventures too. I guess the moral of the story is polygamy/adultery is harder to write a good ending for.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: April 24, 2019, 04:26:37 am »
Bern: Well, there was that time where we had sex in the Arena, does that count?
May: :sweatdrops: Hmmmm.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: April 08, 2019, 10:45:04 pm »
She knows because of Bern.

That speech she gave to the Thin Man about having accomplices.  Bern is telling her everything she needs to know without saying a word.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: April 04, 2019, 02:16:07 am »
Polly admits to having sex with Bern.

Narrator: Now most people would become insanely jealous. But not Maytag!



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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 31, 2019, 06:42:38 pm »
Huh. No sooner do I say this than I see Dio Brando. He's pretty much spot on what I mean, charming, successful, and ruthless as anything.

:Kicks a dog: "Oh I didn't mean to! I thought it was trying to bite me!"

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 31, 2019, 04:34:22 am »
An extremely large number of writers mishandle psychopathy/sociopathy, which is probably why the world is a lot worse than it should be.

They tend to make "psychopaths" to be mustachioed types that look sketchy or oily from the start, have a wicked laugh, and are so reeking of evil that everyone can tell. Or they make fun of people who have trouble expressing their emotions (like Maytag, when she's not doing her dramatic dual personality). Or they decide people who hear voices or have weird behavior are psychos (this one really annoys me, because it means autistic ppl and scizophrenics get feared and/or mistreated).

The person on the bus that you should sit two seats away from isn't the smelly woman who mumbles to herself "ash nazg durnatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul..." not unless her eyes glow or head turns backwards.  It's the charming "confident" guy or girl who seems to have no sense of restraint.  This is a warning sign of about three dangerous social disorders: sociopathy, psychopathy, and toxic narcissism.  And you will later discover that lack of restraint also means lack of remorse.  If something bad happens, it's someone else's fault, or some excuse.  I believe Kohlberg was right, that there are stages of ethics.  The psychopath, when written correctly, is someone stuck at the preconventional morality, they avoid punishment.  Now, how many politicians does this sound like? If you said, "All of them" you're unfortunately probably right.

I find the D&D idea of good/evil overly simplistic.  It's too much like the melodrama with eirher ppl in mustaches or people with chainmail armor and swords and shields.  It also fails to account for complex motivations. Except there are nine instead of two.
 Law, Balance, and Chaos is the model of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Korra, and some other media.  The difference between this an D&D model is that chaos doesn't necessarily mean crazy as you can also be lawful and crazy (as Kuvira was), and good and evil are the result of actions not the cause of them.  That is, you don't do things because you're evil, you do things because of personal motivations, and if suffering results, you're out of balance and something evil has happened as a result of you. Keep doing evil things, and it makes you an evil person. Not the other way around.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:54:08 am »
So basically she's this?

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AmbiguousDisorder

The difference between a sociopath, psychopath, schizoid, and autistic (for quick reference):
  • When a sociopath sees someone get hurt, they pretend to be sad and sometimes are sad, but can just as easily not be
  • When a psychopath sees someone get hurt, they pretend to be sad, but have a weird grin when people leave the room
https://www.diffen.com/difference/Psychopath_vs_Sociopath
  • When a schizoid sees someone get hurt, they are often sad, but it is extremely difficult for them to cry.
  • When an autist sees someone get hurt, they might laugh or cry, but it is not always appropriate.

It's not as simple as that, though because there are also something called a covert schizoid, someone who tries to feel emotions even though they can't really do it well.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 28, 2019, 10:29:28 am »
She's neither. I've asked this question to Brion before. As I remember he said no to her being a psycho.

She might be schizoid, one of the milder autistic spectrum disorders, or simply have flat emotions.

But she actually does care for people. She just can't show it.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 26, 2019, 04:20:21 am »
...And she's milking it for all she's worth.  May knows that aside from creepy psycho cook making monsters, most of the Thin Man's crew aren't really dangerous, and Lehm is on the side of government exposure (i.e. truth). And most of the ppl who have been memory erased can't ask to be taken under Conclave wing because they don't remember what happened.  The Conclave itself knows that unlike legit terrorists, the Thin Man isn't a real threat (though he does in some ways undermine their authority). But because May knows Lehm isn't an issue, and Conclave knows he isn't an issue, but Conclave doesn't know May knows, and the public cannot be allowed to know, she is given protective custody and a snazzy room.

Yup, I was right.  "Poor little me, I was KIDNAPPED by the EVIL Thin Man, and forced to do all kinds of horrible things. Here's his last known location.  What? He moved? GASP!!! Yes, by all means, I will need witness protection, and btw, my friend here, you're gonna give her a place to live? No, you say? :steps closer with Eye: You will!!! How wonderful!"

 Once she gets inside... "Yay! Free housing!"

 As to people saying this is a dead end, well Eye can go outside (better) and May has a secure house and travel with Bern. Hopefully, at some point, Eye while not losing her power can contain it.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 19, 2019, 05:11:36 am »
...And she's milking it for all she's worth.  May knows that aside from creepy psycho cook making monsters, most of the Thin Man's crew aren't really dangerous, and Lehm is on the side of government exposure (i.e. truth). And most of the ppl who have been memory erased can't ask to be taken under Conclave wing because they don't remember what happened.  The Conclave itself knows that unlike legit terrorists, the Thin Man isn't a real threat (though he does in some ways undermine their authority). But because May knows Lehm isn't an issue, and Conclave knows he isn't an issue, but Conclave doesn't know May knows, and the public cannot be allowed to know, she is given protective custody and a snazzy room.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:39:30 am »
I think she might have CS3's teapot.  That's why she's asking Polly to be specific.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: March 06, 2019, 06:28:18 pm »
Hmmm...room 313. That's the same frame number in the Zapruder film when President Kennedy's head exploded after the bullet hit it. Possible warning that this is some sort of trap...? 🤔

There's also John 3:13 (just typing in 3:13 to see what passages I got) about practically nobody returning from Heaven. I'm thinking about all the people trying the Dark Cell and none of them making it (failing and getting memory-wiped).

Also there's Corinthians 3:13 where it talks about trials by fire and testing people. Pretty much the Arena and the Dark Cell.

I think two random passages are probably more significant than exploding heads. But I could be wrong.

It's also the date of the Edict of Milan.  But that's not very relevant.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/313_(number)

It's also a crazy number in math (palindromic prime, twin prime with 311, several other types of prime, and an Armstrong number). 

Also, this page is sooooo cute.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: February 21, 2019, 05:25:23 am »
The Bell woman... She's the one I suspect most of tampering with everyone's mind around the events of the murder of Conclave. It's always the mousy secretary.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: February 14, 2019, 07:10:56 pm »
Polly's a Ball Buster for sure!  ;D

The saying it was a fake mustache made me think of just how far May could troll Bern. Disguising as a weird mustachioed man would probly make the top of the list. Call it now, that's totally not a demon as I originally though but May in a weird disguise.  ;D

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: February 14, 2019, 04:29:43 am »
That sketchy shading. Anyone else think he might be one of those demons?

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Flipside Discussion / Re: are the forums dead?
« on: February 02, 2019, 08:34:41 am »
I am like this with Megatokyo. Doesn't help that the author updates extremely slowly.

I can name those people (not counting hundreds or thousands of lurkers) on about two hands. Myself, Brion (of course! ^_^ ), SAGG, sunphoenix, SirBananaPie, UmberIsSexy, and ... that's mostly it. Obviously, there are quite a few more but some of them won't navigate to the forum. I think a very large part of this is once you get to the forum, there is no real Back To The Comic button, so the average user is wary of going there unless shortcutted. Also, it breaks the immersion when you have to stop reading the comment to discuss.

The question is, do you want to hire out someone like Disqus, or internalize it to the comic design? It looks like you have some talent for web design, so either is fine.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: are the forums dead?
« on: February 01, 2019, 01:11:01 pm »
Yeah I understand that. I was just mainly wondering where the rest of the rather large following is, i.e. whether or not I am missing most of the action. I mean, the Patreon following is doing quite well and I assume that the total number of readers is typically about 100 times the paying followers. Also Brion rarely visits the forum lately.

I wasn't aware Flipside had a large following... until I saw the petition for donating for comic made by May, and two strips later Brion reports that they met the goal. That's what, six days or less and $5k or so is donated?

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:14:24 pm »

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:16:47 am »
Thin Man mentioned or implied that Bloody Mary would eventually outgrow her need for human flesh.

That is, regeneration, doesn't come from nowhere. This magic (whether actually tech or not) operates under physical laws. One of those is that regeneration in all likelihood exacts a toll on the body. What toll? A requirement for alot of energy (and matter) to use to regrow herself. The likely reason it must be human is because she needs similar tissue to reconstitute herself.

Which makes us wonder what's really going on with the easy regrowth of May's hand...

I think I know what's going on. It's kinda a jar bug ritual. It was in an anime called Ghost Hunt, and also in Inuyasha. She's trying to get a version of herself that doesn't need to eat to heal.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:48:41 am »
Bwahahaha! I remember that episode of "Slayers"... I think later on he criticizes them for eating him and not sharing WITH HIM! {Snicker...} Great Vintage stuff!

I don't remember that part but the part right before he mentions how crisp and delicious his friend looks. Pretty sure this joke wasn't in the dub though.

I checked. He calls him a lunch special, and says "You ate him! You ate him all!" implying he wanted some too.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: January 14, 2019, 08:14:01 am »
AS GOD IS MY Witness... I Swear she slipped and fell into the pit!  No one pushed her.. not me!

So since she cannot die by simply being mangled... Mary is now a ~ Gore-naut, Zombie-naut, Carrion-naut...???

"And to think... I hesitated." ~ Hellraiser II: Hellbound

I imagine she's eaten some of her clones too.

https://youtu.be/Vgkoucw_M44?t=401
(Video about critters eating a fishman and concealing the fact)


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Flipside Discussion / Re: Mistake Thread
« on: January 02, 2019, 05:59:15 pm »
Bump.

Sorcery, not socrecy.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: December 29, 2018, 04:40:24 am »
-Yeats

Quote
Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart
O when may it suffice?
That is Heaven's part,
Our part is to murmur name on name,
as a mother names her child.
When sleep at last has come,
on limbs that had run wild.
What is it but nightfall?
No, no, not night but death.
Was it needless death after all?

(Then he taks about England, since this is a context of a revolt vs England)

https://www.unp.me/f153/too-long-a-sacrifice-can-make-a-stone-of-the-heart-169186/

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: December 21, 2018, 02:14:02 pm »
I've been around relationships where the other person is like that.

It doesn't really matter whose fault it is. They're hurt and bothering them right then won't help. Usually at that point, I don't know what to do to help.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 52: Discussion
« on: December 18, 2018, 03:55:32 am »
sunphoenix, I imagine the reason it's just these three is they're the leaders of this group. And yeah there's alot of fallout from this thing. Glyph, Buzz, and the other girl all died (a knife wound is resurrect-able, I'd imagine, being dismembered and stuck inside a pit... a bit harder, though that might be a later quest, to get revenge on what did this).

Depending on the tone, think of a theme song for this chapter. I'm going say (Where Were They Going Without Ever Knowing) The Way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0wfu3tOrtQ

Oh, I didn't notice those shoulder hangers. That's cute!

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: December 06, 2018, 05:00:21 am »
Oh, now I get it when I read somewhere in this forum that the ability might be something Suspiria used earlier already. Was the "No Spoilers" thing something Brion put into that post? Also that post seems to be gone now.

To clarify: The Instant Karma ability is closely related to the Retribution Doll Suspiria used to kill the Conclave. So when Crest got killed while the sword was inside his enemy, the ability was triggered.

I like that outcome! ^^ It was well thought-out.

It was probably one of my posts. I tend to analyze every frame of anime and webcomics, and as a result sometimes figure out some of why characters are able to do stuff before it is officially announced. I don't sweat it.

Oh, I didn't realize it came from that moment. I just figured since Suspiria is adding power to the sword, that's probably part of it. 

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: December 04, 2018, 05:05:57 am »
I think "use people" is the wrong word.

Maytag has three special skills:
  • Psychological resistance to pain
  • Natural charisma, bluff ability, and poker face
  • Her bag of tricks

CS3 is basically a bag of tricks, able to summon up stuff. And her charisma nets her some friends. Of course, them staying depends on earning CS3's trust, as that cat plans to take Eye and run.

I guess I'd compare her to a character like Kingpin. Except she weighs a little less. She has her personal strengths, but no powers except durability. But Kingpin is  attached to both Hydra and the Hand, both of which have a huge number of super-powered allies, to say nothing of his common thugs. Now, I don't see her as a crime lord, but let's consider. Maytag used to be alone. Then she found Bern. Then Crest. Then Glyph. Then Glyph's friends, and now she Suspiria in her party. She is not exactly party leader, but despite having Thin Man hunt her for her abilities, for awhile she had a regular entourage, all of which were pretty special.

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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 51: Discussion
« on: December 03, 2018, 09:35:00 pm »
@Kiran: Stories with characters like Suspiria in them are difficult to tell without giving a Deus Ex Machina impression. I've stated it above:

Suspiria has been shaping the world like a god, so as a writer it must be really difficult to not make something look like a Deus Ex Machina. I mean, the characters are currently dealing with someone who has the powers to create random Deus Ex Machinas all over the place as if they were in the Matrix and they need to figure out how to deal with someone like that. I think it's legit to assume that Crest's sword received an ultimate attack because of that.

While I do prefer Maytag and Bernadette over Crest, I also do prefer Mary and Suspiria over the others, so I'm perfectly happy with this arc. :) Okay, Mopey is still alive, but you can't have everything. At least Glyph died. 8)

@bulma:
Regarding OP characters, I am currently watching The Disastrous Life of Saiki K on Netflix. That guy is more OP than One Punch Man, but the series is hilarious. They deal with it mostly by giving him weaknesses and silly characters to interact with.

Yeah he is, I know the show. Yet despite him being much more OP they handle it by making it character-driven like you say. The problem with One Punch Man is that the story is basically all about him trying to find a worthy ally so it basically highlights just how overpowered he is. Whereas, Saiki K is about Saiki trying to entertain himself and slowly gaining friends despite himself. Pffft Teruhashi's literal glowing personality and Kaido's theme song literally kept me watching an entire first season in like three days.

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