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  1. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 3 days ago

    I’m wondering if the history of this reality includes a long period of underground shelters/sanctuaries going on to substantial civil defense structures well before the War? Post war, Amesworth projectors could make new excavations easily enough, but infrastructure takes time.

  2. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 8 days ago

    As the story has developed, I wonder if the Topsiders are not as cohesive as we might think? All the early one had mutts and transporters and plenty of them, but Jim and Sarah’s crowd have oodles of those big drones (instead?) But manufacturing may not equate to population needs. Or maybe a ruthless ideology? (re Sarah as resource liability) I wonder about the suits, as the Topsiders have fairly high level nanotech and the suits seem to be able take care of business fairly well, yet they are surprisingly vulnerable. An oversight or deliberate feature?

  3. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 22 days ago

    Veteran- I’m still WAG-ing that the virus was a deliberate weapon that went wrong/got out too early. As its effect is related to brain function, it may have been intended as an ideological weapon, either doing something good to those with the “correct” mindset or something bad to dissidents.

  4. steve gallacci commented on Endtown about 1 month ago

    Though not touched on all that much in the strip, other than Amesworth weapons were also used, so it may be possible that outlaying areas might not have been powdered, but may have received more conventional nuclear fallout. So even if left relatively untouched, still might not be useful. But even if it was mainly Amesworth, vast areas may have been exposed to the equivelent of fallout, and even if not totally powdered, could have had ground cover and top soil in effect stripped off by limited exposure. The acreage of a whole planet is really big, and it seems unlikely that there could have been enough weapons to burn/powder everything, (at the height of the Cold War, there was not actually enough weapons to burn everyone, not counting fallout) but still likely that the areas not struck would still be in poor shape.

  5. steve gallacci commented on Dick Tracy 2 months ago

    Contrails are not unique to jets, but air traffic in general would be a giveaway. However, there are “holes” in air traffic patterns that could be rationalized for the sake of the story. It would not be hard to have an occasional multi-engine prop job cruise by at a distance to help sell the situation though.

  6. steve gallacci commented on Dick Tracy 3 months ago

    I like that the art style changed too.

  7. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 4 months ago

    And you all forget that “civilized” only really means a city-based society, which has some levels of conduct needed to hold it together, but that’s all it is. Non-citizens usually don’t benefit from the privilages of the citizen, but have to comply with all the rules and more. And, the rules of a “civilization” can include slavery and cannibalism and whatever, as long as the city society endures. The Lizard folk may have specific codes of conduct, even well-codified laws, scrupulously adhered to, perfectly “civilized” , but it looks like those rules include rather nasty circumstances and outcomes for those on the outs.

  8. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 4 months ago

    Over and above any altercation, I suspect our heroes are going to have a “solent green is people” moment and things will get really ugly.

  9. steve gallacci commented on Barney & Clyde 5 months ago

    Best use of Moire I ever saw was a guy who did silk-screened t-shirt designs with each color master art done with shading sheets (guess how many decades ago that was) deliberately phased for Moire color blends. Great joke.

  10. steve gallacci commented on Endtown 5 months ago

    At least the eggs are not reptillian. But the whole thing has so many levels of creepy and unanswereds that I’m not even going to try to speculate. Just hang on and go for the ride.