Today on Quantum Vibe:
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First Seen: Mon 2012-01-23
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.
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An Aldrinopolis city street, in a marketplace district. Nicole is with Rando as she glances over at a 26th-Century version of a churros cart.
Nicole: Hey! Churros! You want one?
Rando: I'll pass.
Nicole at the cart, speaking with the vendor, a John Candyesque blond exomorph. Rando stands by a meter away.
Nicole: Hi! How much is a churro?
Vendor: Dey're M2.75 each.
Nicole has her debit-tab in hand and the vendor is starting to hand her a churro.
Nicole: I'll take one.
Vendor: OK, datl b M2.98.
Nicole pulls back in surprise. Rando looks somewhat amused. The Vendor looks confused.
Nicole: Waitaminit -- you said they were M2.75.
Vendor: Dats rait, plus tax iz M2.98.
Nicole is confused/angry.
Nicole: Why are you taxing me?
Vendor: Im not taxin u, da city iz taxin u.
Nicole and the Vendor, who is starting to look exasperated.
Nicole: But you're collecting this tax?
Vendor: Ys, I collect it an send it 2 da city. Evry bit uvit.
Nicole and the Vendor, who is now looking really exasperated.
Nicole: How much are they paying you for doing this for them?
Vendor: Pay me? What? Dey don't pay me.
Nicole and the Vendor both have their arms flung outward, in mutual exasperation. Rando starts moving in, to intervene.
Nicole: THEN WHY DO YOU PUT UP WITH THIS?
Vendo: DATS HAO IT WORKS!
Rando: Uh, how about if I pay for it?