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Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:17:03 pm »
I wouldn't say it's just limited to the one town.  Even today, in any country, this type of entertainment is easily popular.  Public executions, floggings, autopsies, brawls...all forms of entertainment at one point.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: June 15, 2015, 05:44:54 am »
I see that nice room, they have the two of them together...Bern is going to cheat!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 29, 2015, 09:41:22 pm »
I'd say the Warden's problem is her own mentality.  Maybe she's just been a warden to long or just her town as it's very much a terrible city.  She truly believes one can only be a warrior or a victim and if you lose, you're a victim.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 27, 2015, 04:03:57 pm »
I don't know.  May seems like the type who can easily move on.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 26, 2015, 09:42:36 pm »
If only she'd aimed her thrusting sword a little lower - he might have been in rather more pain if she'd prevented his ability to reproduce...

Still, Bern's currently being strangled while he's got a sword piercing his guts. If Bern has enough strength left to withdraw that sword, it's likely he'll start losing blood significantly quicker, at which point he'll have other things to think about. If she can hit him with her other sword (not necessarily thrust through him, but enough to cause another injury) it's possible he'd lose blood (and therefore grip strength) even quicker...

Just needs to stab him in the throat.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 22, 2015, 09:14:37 pm »
While I haven't hated it or had any problem with the story, the reason you may not be liking it, is because it's a fight scene that you end up having to wait for.  It's one thing when it's not much of a fight scene and more story, but this is about the fight, so you tend to want it to go faster.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 22, 2015, 05:48:12 am »
But here's the thing. We've adapted to culture past the Code of Hammurabi. Most of us don't even know that culture existed. I wear the hamsa however, which dates back to around this era (along with its ties to, well, practically every religion including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism).

At the very least, we have heard from Gandhi and others "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

Okay, sure, people like this guy can try to satisfy their blood debts. And that's fine, this is a free world.

But being a free world, isn't the hope we live for that people don't have to live like this? That Bern has a choice? That's what she's fighting for. Heh, a warrior for kindness.

That said, Bern's gone from frightened to pissed. Look at the very beginning of this battle and this. Likely she's gonna knock him across the room.

Just because people don't know what the code is, does not mean we've adapted past it.

Killing does not equal murder, and that is still in effect today.

Bern however isn't murdering anyone, she's killing in self defense.  It's really the only way she can survive in a prison system that has an arena for people's amusement and even with the arena's no killing "rule" she was told it was lifted just for her.

As for the latest comic, wow...I'm really just surprised that Polly and the guard/rank tester (forgot exact name of her) have any look of surprise on their faces.  They both say they know how talented she is at fighting, so why look shocked when they know how awesome she can be? :p

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 05, 2015, 09:46:56 pm »
Here's hoping to not see Bern cheat.  It's actually refreshing to see a character who doesn't cheat and remains faithful.  :p  It's what I love about Bern.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 04, 2015, 09:57:19 pm »
Yeah, and the really funny thing is, Bern doesn't appear to have pride, warrior or otherwise.  ;D She just fights to stay alive, and defend others.

So it's kinda a contest between big time A/S rank guy who can't let it go that she's beating him, and small time Bern who just wants to go home and doesn't really care if she wins or loses.

Bern's not a warrior.  She's a knight.  A protector.  Knight doesn't equal warrior. 

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: May 04, 2015, 10:34:31 am »
I admire his persistence. However, I wish he'd leave her alone.

Whatever he's been promised or threatened with, I think I'd rather see her help him with it, than put him down like a rabid dog or something.

Everyone deserves their dreams, including him. It is sick that these two have to compete to the death for not even what they want, but what they need.

Why would you assume he deserves his dreams?  He is in prison and most likely not for the same reason as Bern.

Now they could just let them sit in prison and rot all day, but they're a very profit passed society.  You can't even get directions without paying a fee.  So far, no evidence seems to support the three Bern went up against were nothing more than real criminals committing crimes against innocent people.

Bern obviously believes people should do good for goods sake.  It's why she's in prison.  She forced someone to do something they didn't want to do, because Bern wanted them saved but didn't have the money to get her father the medical attention.

With Bern, there's at least a moral grey area.  With the three other combatants, there could be, but likely less so.  The prison is probably very much filled with very bad people.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: April 17, 2015, 11:17:36 pm »
OMG!  LOVE THIS NEW PAGE!  AWESOME!  Love seeing Bern kicking butt for a change!

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 43: Discussion
« on: March 05, 2015, 10:46:13 pm »
First thought: That's no sword.

Flipside Discussion / Re: The Criticism Thread
« on: March 01, 2015, 09:39:54 pm »
but there wasn't really much comparison between these in the sense of attempting to get the reader to feel that these two options were close in value, so Bern not settling on one of those choices can seem like running from reality rather than having to agonize over her choice. No one with more than a shred of sense and mental fortitude (lacking these again can just equal plain weakness to the audience) agonizes over a $1,000,000 debt option when the only other option is a $100,000,000 debt, do they?

I just don't think it's that simple.  Option A is still a pretty terrible choice, from Bern's perspective... and it's only human to hesitate when you're faced with nothing but bad options.  Even if you feel like there's a clear choice, if it's something you really don't want to do, any human being would hesitate.  The more you don't want to do it, the more you'd hesitate.  That's just the way 99% of people are.  If I was reading a story like this, and the character made that choice right away, I'd be disappointed with the lack of realism and gravity.

For Bern, it likely would be. *nod*  I would've personally thought she would've seen all those disadvantages for loss of body part herself...but maybe I'm remembering early parts of the comic wrong and thinking she should just know better.

Sex slave would've had her feeling like she betrayed Maytag, I would think anyways, but I would've thought she would've seen that as the better option.

Either way, could see Polly coming in and trying to up it.  Seems like a Polly thing to do.  Though she should maybe ease up on herself as well, Bern was a knight!  She should be able to handle herself.

Flipside Discussion / Re: The Criticism Thread
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:30:59 pm »
Some of it may be that the readers are able to disconnect from the choices.  Especially with a bit of delay between pages.  It likely plays out for a first time read in a book format.

Also, the choices can be seen differently from the reader side.  Dismember yourself?  Terrible idea.  Kill someone?  Terrible deed!  A day of humiliation?  You have time to psyche yourself up and take the humiliation with no lasting physical damage.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 30: Special Voting Thread!
« on: February 27, 2015, 09:15:04 pm »

Flipside Discussion / Re: Chapter 42: Discussion
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:05:51 pm »
i'm just looking forward to bern kicking their asses. lolz


Flipside Discussion / Re: The Criticism Thread
« on: February 26, 2015, 12:02:41 pm »
I dunno, I spent nearly the entire time in the Colosseum saying "wow Bern is useless", "when did Bern pick up the idiot ball", "oh come on the obvious choice is a... why is this still being discussed 15 pages later?" and more. There's a time for suspense, but what we got wasn't suspense, it was indecision. This entire arc has been "wait for someone to make a decision for Bern while we sit here watching paint dry". That's not compelling to read, it feels like the actual meat of the story could have fit inside half as many pages, maybe less. I normally enjoy your stories Brian, but this last arc has just been slow, dragging on interminably, and unsuspensefuly slogging along.

I've finally made it in! I can chip my two cents in now (not that Canada has pennies any longer).

What you're reading here (and I'm going out on a limb and putting words in your mouth) is not slow or dragging... the problem is it's hard to invest in Bernadette.

Ya, she has the underdog thing going... but she's faced with a choice that is obvious to us but not to the character. We're shouting at the screen "Jump already" but she's kinda peeking over the edge and wondering how far the plunge will be. The fact that the reader sees the choice she must take far in advance makes it seems to take her forever to reach it.

Hamlet had this too. By about the end of Act I, he/we knew he had to kill Claudius. The next 3 acts and all that "To be or not to be" song & dance could be considered slow or could be considered genius. It mostly depends on how well the reader can settle into the character's decision-making process.

Agreed on the choice being pretty easy.  The only reason to think it might be difficult was Maytag (who would have understood).  Though this whole time, I've been wondering why she isn't putting more fight into it.  She wanted to be a knight.  Knights are warriors.  Yes, she's more on the passive side, but fighting and fighting well, would only be protecting people.

Maybe seeing her dad fallen and broken just broke her that much, but it seemed like she should've been fighting much harder than she has been.  Maybe as a way to show the people of the city how ridiculous they are and try to make it a better city.

Flipside Discussion / Re: Intermission 30: Special Voting Thread!
« on: February 26, 2015, 11:47:06 am »
TWO!  That popped up and I wasn't registered yet, I was all, NUUUUUUU!  Have to see how it goes!  Can jump to Maytag after!

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