Today on Quantum Vibe:
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First Seen: Mon 2011-10-17
Story & Art: Scott Bieser
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About the Patreon Contretemps [ Dec 18, 2018 ]
Patreon's recent moves to de-platform some popular YouTube personalities who have upset a censorious subset of progressives has alarmed all of us who value an ethic of open discussion, even when opinions expressed are sometimes quite difficult to tolerate. Maybe especially then.
I have had several Patrons drop out of the system and ask me to set up an account with an alternative subscriber service. However, there seems to be a Twitter-based activist group of "Social Justice Warriors" which can attack and shut down alternative services lest they become a haven for the wrong crowd. Maker-Support and SubscribeStar have both fallen victim to these racketeers.
Now, I know that some of my readers are here because they like my politics, but many others don't care about the politics but enjoy the stories. And all of you are important to me. But some of you want an alternative subscription service and I am open to any such that seems able to withstand assaults from the Blue Meanies. I have word of such a system in the works and will adopt it quickly if it pans out.
I'm also following Minds.com and Steamit.com, which offer a means for people to support creators, but they deal in crypto-currencies, which at present are not as easy for most people to deal with as their national currencies. But new innovations may change this, so I haven't written them off either.
In the meanwhile, I'm sticking with Patreon, out of financial necessity. If and when I make a move to either add an alternate service or replace Patreon, I will announce it here and elsewhere. And I understand those of you who cannot bring yourselves to consider supporting me through Patreon and will happily welcome you back when I can offer you a better choice.
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
Scott @ Alamo City Comic Con 2018! [ Oct 1, 2018 ]
Buckle up again Quantum Vibe fans, fall is here and in San Antonio, Texas, so is the Alamo City Comic Con 2018. Get your pens ready because Quantum Vibe creator and artist Scott Bieser will be on hand for the three day event, hanging out in the artist alley, drawing pictures, meeting fans and signing autographs.
Alamo City Comic Con 2018 runs October 26th through the 28th at the Alamo Dome, in downtown San Antonio, Texas.
The Transcript For This Page
A woman is standing next to a console with a large, wide viewscreen. At this angle we see a dull, rocky landscape with a very short horizon, and a dark sky with stars. The woman is facing away from the large viewscreen and looking at her personal Screen. So her face is in shadow, although silhouetted against a lighted panel on the far side of her. We can only tell that she has long, medium-blonde hair.
Caption: Far, far away ...
Voice from Screen: … love me for my mind, darling.
Shift angle so now we see the first woman (Dr. Diamondi) from a 3/4 rear view. On the right, another, dark-haired, middle-aged-appearing woman steps in through a doorway, carrying her own Screen under her arm.
2nd woman: Dr. Diamondi, I – oh!
2nd woman: Sorry if I'm interrupting a call.
The 2nd woman (Karen) stands before Dr. Diamondi, holding her Screen forth, with the leading edge angled towards the doctor, who we still see from a 3/4 rear view.
Dr. Diamondi: No, it's all right, Karen, I was just listening to voice-mail.
Karen: You wanted me to personally notify you when the R-84-gamma results were in.
Two-shot of Diamondi and Karen, from the necks down. Now Diamondi is holding forth her Screen, so that the two screens' leading edges are only a few inches apart. We can see a light-beam running between the two tablets at those edges.
Diamondi: Thanks. Just load them into my Screen and I'll review them after lunch.
Karen: You also asked me to remind you about the meeting with Sheridan and Trotman at 14:30.
Two-shot of Diamondi and Karen. Karen is turning to leave. Diamondi has a hand covering her face, in a gesture of weariness.
Diamondi: Ah. Right. I suppose I have to do this, don't I?
Karen: Perhaps it's best to get it done and out of the way, doctor.
Now Diamondi has turned towards the console – she rests her palms (and her Screen) on it, looking away from Karen, who is starting to walk away.
Diamondi: I wouldn't be lucky enough to see those two beaned by some stray meteors, would I?
Karen: They'd simply be replaced by a pair of new irritants.
Karen is walking out the door. Now we see Diamondi's face for the first time – high, broad forehead, broad cheekbones, pointed chin, generally elfin-looking, apparent age about 30.
Diamondi: Careful, Karen, you're becoming cynical.
Karen: Just being practical, doctor.
Reverse angle, truck back. We see Diamondi looking at the wide screen, which shows more of the landscape and just off center, the planet Saturn in quarter-phase.
Diamondi: Being practical is harder than it looks.