Fusion #14 Page 33

7th Nov 2017, 6:01 AM in Something to Brood About
Fusion #14 Page 33
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EssayBee 7th Nov 2017, 6:01 AM
Here's page 33 of Fusion #14, and Fusion makes a flashy entrance.

I also updated the text on p. 32 to fix the typo (as well as a few other minor text changes).


Xade 7th Nov 2017, 7:50 AM
love that "egad" I sometimes forget that Dandylion is British until you toss little words like that into the mix. I had to re-read it with the proper mental accent.
EssayBee 7th Nov 2017, 8:27 AM
A reader once likened him to David Bowie, and I've heard nothing but Bowie's voice for him since then.
Tolrick 9th Nov 2017, 5:07 AM
You're welcome. 😊
Black Rose 7th Nov 2017, 8:13 AM
Hope we'll get to see Wandering Whistler...!
EssayBee 7th Nov 2017, 8:28 AM
Don't think we'll see him this issue, but definitely next issue.
Just_IDD 7th Nov 2017, 8:49 AM
I have issues with that, but only this one...I don't think I have a lifetime subscription.

I do wonder about the black hmm. Bob speech is normally blue I think. So whom is going "HMM"?
EssayBee 7th Nov 2017, 9:23 AM
Just_IDD--Fusion will always be free to read online, so no worries about "lifetime subscription" (if that's what you were worried about).

And that is Bob, in standard Bob blue bubble. I think it's the smaller bubble against the tan of Dandy-Lion's sleeve that creates the illusion of a color shift in the bubble. If you magnify the page, you'll be able to tell the bubble is blue.
Just_IDD 14th Nov 2017, 2:30 AM
I was making a joke, but it missed. I could explain it, but its better to smile, nod, and make a slightly confused
...(RockB) 9th Nov 2017, 3:13 PM

Read the whole comic now. Color me impressed, especially about the writing. Absolutely great job from start to here, even though I initially liked the more loght-hearted first parts best, I love all of it, despite having made critical remarks. Now I can hardly wait for the next page...
EssayBee 10th Nov 2017, 11:49 AM
You binged the whole series. Color me impressed! Now I'll have to go through the whole series to check your comments, since I can only see the last 10 comments in my Comic Management screen.

A note about my replies: I read all reader replies (and love all of them), and I try to reply to most of them. I also love reader speculation and seeing how readers pick apart and analyze story clues. However, for the sake of spoilers, I will rarely confirm/deny such speculation (unless it's way off the mark or confirming/denying isn't much of a spoiler). So if I don't reply to such a speculative comment, it's to prevent spoilers (and a denial can be as much of a spoiler as a confirmation).
...(RockB) 10th Nov 2017, 4:30 PM
Thank you :) I understand about spoilers, better not spoil the fun for the next readers :)

Also, since I made lots of comments on the way please feel free to cherry-pick and only answer where you really want. (It's only the 2nd time I didn't restrain myself and made comments whenever I had an idea about the actual point/page in the story. This is really a comic that tickled my brain, didn't notice any plot holes and had lots of fun while keeping my brain active.

Sorry for causing lots of work, please only answer as long as it's fun. Most likely I will read the series again after a longer pause, maybe next year, but I'll follow the updates rather closely from now on, technical difficulties and holidays aside :)

EssayBee 10th Nov 2017, 10:22 PM
I went through, read your comments, and replied to many of them. Thanks for taking the time not only to comment but to analyze/critique as well. (And commenting is never something anyone need apologize for--it's something I always appreciate.)

Glad it engaged your brain too. I'm a fan of Hemingway's iceberg theory of only showing a part of what's going on and leaving much more to subtext, and it's gratifying to see readers pick up and piece together the clues to uncover that subtext.
...(RockB) 11th Nov 2017, 4:48 AM
Thanks again :) I didn't know the iceberg theory, that's a great one. Generally, I have fun putting clues together, but it can only work if the story doesn't contain plotholes, otherwise (or if a story develops seemingly inevitably towards a bad end and needs a miracle) all odds are off. I'm very glad that it works here :)

(Also from the other case where I left many comments while reading the comic from begin on, too, it seems like comic makers are not getting notified of comments as well as I thought they would. I'm going to ask in the forum about it.)
NoRAd 12th Nov 2017, 4:39 AM
I know you didn't think about it this way, but this page has kind of a bad vibe to it, what with all the recent accusations of people in powerful positions within their industries sexually harassing/abusing minors. I know Dandylion isn't into her, but it's still kind of ooky.

Especially since some people will refuse to believe a character is gay even when it's been explicitly stated in cannon (lesson learned from another comic).
NoRAd 12th Nov 2017, 4:40 AM
By the way, feel free to remove these comments. I wanted to bring it to your attention, but I'd rather not have someone think about it because I brought it up and get creepy fantasies.
EssayBee 12th Nov 2017, 10:24 PM
No need to remove your comments. You bring up valid concerns, and any attention brought to the matter of sexual abuse is important. That said, I think the contents of this page would only be viewed in such a negative way by taking the page out of context of the story or by folks with a political agenda (as you rightly point out).

Anyone who's read the comic, knows the tone of the comic, and is familiar with the characters knows that there is no malicious intent in the page. Savunn's warning was for Dandy-Lion's benefit (and readers will know that she was speaking in literal terms and just having fun with the language), and--most importantly--Savunn knows there's no bad intentions with Dandy-Lion.

On a side note, as will be clarified in an upcoming page, Dandy-Lion is bisexual, although I don't think he'd care if someone called him gay. (He'd probably just shrug and say, "Well, I am part of the time.") From what we've seen of him and know of him, I think it's safe to say that he couldn't care less about labels, political correctness, politics, or harmful laws: he just cares about doing the morally right thing and protecting those society doesn't.

Needless to say, I'm just transcribing the story, and this is how things happened--with no ill or pervy intentions, and with all involved people knowing there are no such intentions--so no edits.

Your concern is valid--especially with so many people taking things out of context or inserting their own context to things to push their own agendas--so please understand that this is not a dismissal of what you said. However, the story proceeds as it happens, and I do not want to alter contents to placate people who would twist such banter into something horrible to suit their agenda.

Plus, you can be sure that if someone did make unwanted and forceful advances on Fusion, she'd knock 'em into orbit. (Heck, I bet pretty much the entire SAS roster would pound such an offender to mush.)

Nutster 13th Nov 2017, 9:06 PM
If somebody was unwise enough to try assaulting Savunn, sexual or otherwise, I am thinking that a particular youth minister would have some very choice words with the fool (should he survive the initial encounter), which of course would grant the cleric enough strength and toughness to really make the offender reconsider his actions. Well, after he regains consciousness anyway.

There's another friend of hers that could tell him some very compelling words that he would pretty much have to obey. Of course, the old line of "Stop hitting yourself," would take on a slightly different meaning in that context.

A rather Stark friend of her new boss might want to have a Riveting conversation with such an offender. Hopefully he survives the experience.