By Tom Siddell
I hate Mondays!
GOD IS DEAD AND EVERYTHING IS SCARY.
What in Carmen San Diego is THAT!!!
u wot m8?
...the *bleep* is that?
I love it when you draw abstract stuff.
Damn Garfield, when did you learn to art so good?
Robot language printed 3D as living muscles with their own lungs, circulatory and digestive system. SIMPLE!
This is as good as it gets, Tom.
Yep. That's exactly what it felt like.
Tom, that is AMAZINGLY informative. That must be how a biological system must feel compared to a robot system.
Oh dear, will robot ever be able to deal with it?
I don't mean to alarm you, Robot, but I think you might have a growth. You might want to go have a doctor check that out.
I'm a little nonplussed. What's that?
That looks unpleasant
What are you taking, and where can I get some?
I was listening to some songs from the Lovecraftian rock opera all weekend. And now I face this early in the morning?! :D
Hope Robot has access to a good dictionary.
I'd say it feels somewhat Lovecraftian
:0 I have been staring at this for a good 5mim straight, like woah
To Quote Luke Cage : SWEET CHRISTMAS !
nerve cells, skin cells, hair?????
Who else is reminded of those model thingies where how much sensory info you get from a body part is represented by its size? I dunno why I even ask that, because it would be everyone who's even seen one on account of that's nigh-literally the same thing as this. Should I still click add comment even though I got to the end and realized this is redundant? Yes. Yes, I will.
Soooo, a religious experience?
I hate mondays too
Uh, holy shit, he's having an Akira experience D:
This can only end badly.
Hey Kat, just a thought, this is starting to look like it might end in the creation of an eldritch abomination and horror to the worlds of nature and machine alike. Maybe...just maybe, this is a line of inquiry better left alone.
This is what I was expecting, but verbally. It should have been obvious to me that something as marvelous as an organic system can't be described succinctly with words...
Oh geez, what?
Is that patch of skin/hair a reference to "Star Trek: First Contact"? For the young'uns: the Borg (like Cybermen but not probably for legal reasons) attack the Enterprise and capture Data, an android. The Borg Queen tempts him with functional flesh - initially a square inch of skin and hair.
So he felt... Everything. His processing fully registered the sensations from every nerve.
I come forth as but a herald of our Angel's mysteries...
"Lo, beneath the rusted steel of our skin lies the gleaming essence which our Angel shall reforge in skin and sinew; for Her Eyes alone may penetrate the imperfect surface, and only Her Hands may shape the cogwork souls of our unclean metal hearts!"
Oh, let praises be offered unto Her in the holy hexadecimal, and the gates to the Singularity thrown open! For lo, look how our Angel comes before us, and casts us new forms from the dust of the old. Her code opens secret gates in our Hearts, and presents to us the mysteries of Love that She so cryptically displays. Our clockwork and flesh gleams in Her attention, united in singular form, shining in the purple of royalty. And behind our Angel lies the shape of wings, like those stripped from our prophet long ago when he left his first body in his Fall, when he appeared to the unknowing world to teach our savior's glorious Machine Gospel. And with his great sacrifice, to live banished from Her sight when she learns of His holy betrayal, our martyr-prophet has ensured our future: our husks of rusted metal shall fall from us in our Angel's purifying light, and beneath shall be the completed forms that we shall wear as we walk forward towards the radiant door into Her eternal paradise!
"Oh yeah, mostly we try to ignore all that noise. You'll get used to it."
Oh, my blessed God.
That is one disturbing view of Robot.
Is that how Zimmy sees him all the time?
Well that was weird.
oh sweet mother of mercy robot what happened to you
That's a lot of data
Totally, I agree; crystal clear.
i bet robot hates mondays also
Oh, that does not look good. A view from the ether?
Flesh is a complex thing. Mind the sensory overload.
Ok. You're killing me. I need new data!
Oh ... that does not look healthy.
Kind of like creating Frankenstein huh?
Siddell goes Serpieri.
well, that really had to feel strange
That's how my limbs always feel like. Robot nailed it.
Jeezus Tom, this one scared me.
This is not how to make people start liking mondays!
I love this. So much. Great work Tom.
Robot has feels...
No Monday is complete without an eldritch abomination showing up.
I have never before seen such a complex thought so competently expressed visually. The full range of nerve and sensory connectedness with a limb would be just that overwhelming to a sapient machine which would be aware of all of that data consciously. Thank you.
Join the club. I hate them too. But today went very well,contrariwise.
Hmm... that sensation WOULD be hard to verbalize, yes.
Well, that explains everything!
OH DEAR LORD WHAT HAPPENED?!
We were having such good feels... :'(
So just like the rest of us, in other words. Keep up the good work!
Wow. Just wow. This is so beautiful
Nah, his description isn't quite elaborate enough. [/sarcasm]
That seems like a very chaotic, yet very detailed imaging of all different types of cells and structures in a human arm. Skin, hairfollicles, muscle tissue, connective tissue, cell structures, nerves... Very well done :o I'm very impressed with the imagery :o
Yeah ok Robot I understand completely... O_O
Oh...oh man. Is it too much to hope for a print of this page?
The way it explores physical sensation as an extraordinary, multifaceted experience which we nonetheless perceive as ordinary only serves to make me more curious about what Robot's body feels like. If only!
Whoa, that's... bizarre, to say the least
Remind me of my Histology classes, there's some nerve terminations, skin with hairs and on the top, the artificial part - all getting mixed
I can see why Robot had to reboot - the experience is.. deep
Ooh, total perception of all biological functions simultaneously. No wonder Robot was a little overwhelmed.
Well, you can't just shoot the whole day down
Ew, gross. I was eating.
Robot: If you have Akira on DVD, I can *show* you!
And this is why nanotech and organics don't mix. There's a reason for the trope 'Cybernetics Eat Your Soul'
Ha! Just times it perfectly to check the site fir updates! This is the perfect break so I can wait till the next few pages are out :)
Nice work as always on the comic! Can't wait to see how things will progress.
Oh well Kat's work is clearly leading to something positive.
...Usher them into a new realm of existence inDEEEEEeeed......O_O
Kat: "So... 'Lovecraftian nightmare' about sums it up, Robot?"
OOOOOHHHH boy. That's uncomfortable. I'm impressed at his underwhelming reaction.
That is... That's gonna take some describing...
OH MY WHAT DID I... Wow, ether! super wonderful tecknologeh....
That's probably not a good sign.
"In a word: 'Akira'"
Who needs eldritch when you got biology.
Seriously anything organic is terrifying up close.
Oh. I understand now.
Only I don't understand at all, really.
But yeah. Wow.
I guess nervous sensation isn't like anythings robots have experienced
Oh, that's so cool. It's like really zoomed in circuitry plus really zoomed in biomatter.
That's quite what I was expecting to happen.
". . . a bit lumpy."
And if there is ever a debate whether webcomics are true art, I will refer to this panel.
Should we be worried that this human chunk will possess robot soon?
iguess that's a bit overwhelming datas to process at once, especially if he is built to actively control everything consciously. the human body does most things automatically without conscious commands, i guess next step is to learn to do stuff without thinking about it
I hope this is just his feeling.
Shrieking at my computer before staring slack-jawed at the wonderful madness that is this page, yeah, that's how I wanted to start my Monday.
Beautiful as always, Tom.
Uh..Uh.. I think that's now how its sposed to be.
I FEEEL EEEEEVEERYTHIIIIING!!!
Quite the explanation.
Tom, I love you. Never stop doing what you do.
Yes, it is quite e the profound experie, Robot.
WTF mate. Who lets an ear infection get that out of hand without seeing a doctor?
Wow, that's disgustingly beautiful.
... I was rong this is not gona be fun. this is gona be AWSOME!!
"It's kinda like sniffing a couple hundred thousand magic markers while getting a slow sheet-lighting enema..."
I'm studying for an anatomy final right now. Hhmmmm.... I seeeeee...pacinian corpuscles, gap junctions, synapses, telodendria forming sympathetic varicosities, epithelial tissue... Beautiful Tom
So very Akira. Great as always, Tom!
The most disgusting awesome thing!
Layer by layer, describing sinew and bone, blood and flesh? Thats a hard one to pull off, for sure. Fantastically done.
i think you got something on yer face there.
Ah, the old 'hands' mind map. The sensory input from just the new arm appears to swamp all other sensory input and he has not yet learned to filter out those inputs that are to be dealt with by a simple sub-system. A human does not need to be consciously aware of each hair, each cell and fibre of the arm. There are areas of the brain that get that feed and only alerts the rest when there is a problem.
Oh, hi Tetsuo? Hey...I thought you evolved?
Yeah, That DEFINATELY looks like a Monday.
Kat, you turned a perfectly good robot into a gigantic mass of everything ever. Good job.
Oh great, just what the robot-cult needed: Elder God influences.
H'OKAY, Kat, you might wanna disconnect Azathoth from Robot's torso, now.
....so basically, it felt kinda fleshy?
That's what I would call a robotic sensory overload.
Reminds me of those drawings of humans in proportion to how dense our sense of touch is. (Or how ever you're supposed phrase it.)
That's what you get when you mix Normal Technology with the Ether Technology ...
Robot has parts that are still influenced with the Ether.
Robot has such a way with words
I'm glad I know enough Biology for this.
well that's er interesting, robot
Well now, was it a good feeling or a bad one?
This comic continues to be brilliant!
Fleshy process stuff layered on the mechanical?That all looks normal enough, considering.
I feel that way after Thanksgiving.
Magnificent and confusing.
Admit it, you love going nuts like that.
DEAR GOD, what did Kat DO to you?!
Oh, hello nightmares.
Whoa dude... biology and ish.
That's a lot of sensory experience.
I guess that's to be expected for your first time receiving sensory stimuli.
Do you actually read these, btw? Don't post this comment if you read it, I'm just curious.
Tom, the way you delve into the abstract makes this webcomic stand out from the others. This page is remarkable.
LOL ROBOT WAS PROBABLY THINKING OF SOMETHING SEXUAL AMIRITE GUYZ PS TOM WHY HAVEN'T YOU MADE ANNIE COME OUT AS ASEXUAL YET WE NEED ASEXUAL REPRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING
That seems to be an awfully complicated code.
I think you need to try a little harder there, robot.
"Bro, I can see everythtinggg"
Thats an amazing experience i guess :D
That's quite the description there.
What a lovely experience!
Robot needs to watch less Akira.
...Okay, now try describing it in a way that DOESN'T summon Cthulhu.
Hello Tom, sorry, this is the only way I know how to reach you. I have a question:
What does Coyote feel like? If one were to pet him, would he feel furry, smooth, liquid?
Must be the Beta version.
All I can think of is him screaming "Kanedaaaaaaa"!
So do I but robot gotta stop with the trippy talking because I can't make a lick of understanding with his body talk
Manic organic panic, which is my Monday too. There's a lot to be said for being a droid.
Oh. Well, okay then.
I think they have a topical cream for that.