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Postby Guest on Thu Jan 04, 2001 3:56 am

Funny you should mention Selena... check back Monday. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/smile.gif">
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Postby Guest on Thu Jan 04, 2001 3:57 am

It's great to finally have this out in the open!<P>For those of you who don't read Gisele's little editor's notes at the bottom of the strip (and shame on you if you don't), I'll be taking the writing reins on CCS for at least a couple months... maybe longer, depending on how people take to my interpretation!<P>I've been enjoying CCS's characters immensely since I discovered the strip (was that REALLY only last summer?), and I'm VERY pleased to have a role in plotting their destinies. On the one hand, Gisele and I have worked up a few story ideas that I expect will blow people's minds. On the other, I won't be doing a "John Byrne" here, so DON'T expect to come back Monday morning and find that Jeremy's suddenly turned black or Liz straight. I'll be working quite closely with Gisele and building on her firm foundation.<P>I'd like a nice long tenure... but that, as with so much else about CCS, will be decided by Gisele and you, the readers. So write in and let us know what you think!<P>(And by the way, the alien storyline in the last few CCS strips? All Gisele's. She and I just happen to think alike lately!)
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Postby Czhorat on Thu Jan 04, 2001 5:32 am

Wow. Any of you Cool Cat fans who haven't read T's work in Fans (http://www.faans.com) have no idea what a treat you're in for. T is a terriffic comic writer who conistantly makes people care about his characters even in the middle of insanely strange, complex plots. <P>I've been sporadically reading Cool Cat for quite a while now (I'll forget about it for a week, and then read a whole bunch of it all at once). I'll try to keep more in touch with it now that T is coming here, and maybe I'll even pop my head in at this message board from time to time.
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Postby Kitsune76 on Thu Jan 04, 2001 9:03 am

...<P>...<P>All I can say is that if you use her, treat Selena well T. After all, I know where you live!<P>(Well, no, actually I don't, but I could...<P>um...<P>er...<P>LOOK BEHIND YOU! A THREE-HEADED MONKEY!<P>scamper)<P>Kitsune<P>------------------
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Postby MaskedLumberJack on Fri Jan 05, 2001 8:53 am

I just read the last chapter/story on your site and it's all trippy! I was confused at first with the colored blocks and wondered if this comic was supposed to have a message concerning intergalactic peace. Then I saw teh one chick pull her pants down and get shot in the butt with a sleep-dart.<P>
what the hell is with you guys and 'under dogs'? <I>The drugged up girl was pretty cool though.</I> but the rest of the sci-fi club needs to be beat up.<P>Where's all the Rachels/Pheobes/Monica's? The perfect barby-dollish girls! Of course, this 'is' a cartoon and there's enough hentai on the internet as it is... but 'eh'<P>plus that dog was cool, he should eat camus. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby Guest on Fri Jan 05, 2001 9:20 am

Hmm... I *think* this is criticism... I have no trouble with criticism, but I'm a little confused. What dog?<P>The sci-fi club will have plenty of rough times ahead, but I think (again, I'm not sure) you're trying to say you don't like them.<P>Sorry for that, and sorry FANS can't satisfy your desire for Barbie-dollish girls. We like underdogs because we used to be underdogs, and many readers feel the same, but I know better than to think we're going to please everybody. May I suggest <A HREF="http://www.sinfest.net" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sinfest.net</A> , perhaps <A HREF="http://www.exploitationnow.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.exploitationnow.com</A> , and of course CCS?
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Postby MaskedLumberJack on Sat Jan 06, 2001 2:07 am

less criticism and more just wasting time on a forum. <P>and the 'dog' was in CCS sometime ago, some characters mom did something which needed the dog to be held by her in the office and the guy who likes birds liked the dog because the cat that doesnt like the guy that likes birds didn't like the dog.<P>the guy missed the dog too when he saw his drool puddle.<P>I read this in someone else' thread, about the sci-fi part sucking it up and crapping up the relationship comedy. They were kinda right in the way that it messes up CCS, not that it's too 'unbelievable' or whatever. Just that CCS is different from most Web comics in that it's more real than fake. <P>SINFEST = poetic rap with god/devil<P>WENDY = ??? girls? haxxors?<P>Penny-arcade = crazy gamer crap<P>Bob and george = mega man stuff<P>CCS = relationships and such<P>All seperate different experiences. But you 'are' the artist and like in PVPonline's breaking the fourth wall, while used lightly is humerous, but if used all the time just makes the comic suck. in other words:<P>
it's 2:00 in the morning and if the red headed guy can levatate keys then the dog should be able to talk and or morph into a chair. And dont throw so much sci-fi in.<P>------------------
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Postby MaskedLumberJack on Sat Jan 06, 2001 2:10 am

I just read other peoples posts and they said everything i just said minus the talking dog/chair thing.<P>sorry to waste your time <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P>------------------
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Postby Czhorat on Sat Jan 06, 2001 8:12 am

I'm giving this much more of a response than it deserves because it's late, I'm tired, and I simply don't know any better.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaskedLumberJack:
<B>I just read the last chapter/story on your site and it's all trippy! I was confused at first with the colored blocks and wondered if this comic was supposed to have a message concerning intergalactic peace. Then I saw teh one chick pull her pants down and get shot in the butt with a sleep-dart.<P>
what the hell is with you guys and 'under dogs'? <I>The drugged up girl was pretty cool though.</I> but the rest of the sci-fi club needs to be beat up.</B> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>OK. TWO comments here. First, please be careful who you suggest be beaten up (I'm reacting more to the nigh unforgivable sentiment than to the nigh-unforgivable poor grammar). Many of us relate to those in the science fiction club, and a handful of us *HAVE* been beaten up, riduculed, or otherwise harassed simply for having hobbies, interests, and passions outside of the mainstream. Besides which, many of the Fans characters are, in some way, admirable: Tim is honest, comfortable with himself, and loyal; Rikk is honorable, moral, and good-hearted; Will is loyal and honest, even if he does have a temper; Katherine is good at heart, despite her ambition. <P>Second comment: Don't call it "sci-fi". The proper phrase is science fiction, or speculative fiction, or sf. I once heard Harlan Ellison threaten to rip syndicated TV columnist Marvin Kitman's head off and nail it to a table for using the phrase "sci-fi". I'm not THAT harsh about it, but the group is clearly referred to as the Billberg University Science Fiction club. Words mean things. Please be careful with them.<P><B> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>
Where's all the Rachels/Pheobes/Monica's? The perfect barby-dollish girls! Of course, this 'is' a cartoon and there's enough hentai on the internet as it is... but 'eh'
</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>If Barby-dollish cartoon girls turn you on, go rent just about any Disney movie. <P>And that's all I have to say on the topic.
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Postby MaskedLumberJack on Sat Jan 06, 2001 11:36 am

DAMN SCI-FI KIDS! Me and my football buddies will teach them a lesson or two about being moral!<P>------------------
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Postby MaskedLumberJack on Sun Jan 07, 2001 1:28 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Czhorat:
<B>Thanks for stepping in to clear the air, T.<P>You said it all pretty well, so I'll just toss out a few words of explanation for my reaction:<P>I'm a science fiction fan, a gamer, and an atheist. I play chess, have very little fasion sense, and am in many other ways a non-comformist. My boss once commented, in a veyr matter-of-fact way, that one of my hobbies leads people to behave in a homicidal and criminal manner. I've been told that God would be "so pissed off at me" and send me to hell. I've had the librarian at my public library tell me that my taste in literature is "weird" and that nobody else would want to read the "crap" that I check out.<P>In short, I've heard quite a few bad things about my hobbies and my choices. I try not to get over-defensive, but for the sake of my fellow fans I've chosen not to remain silent. I'm not asking you to share my hobbies, beliefs, or passions. What I *DO* expect is for people to be a bit tolerant. <P>In another thread here, someone said he would stop reading CCS because he doesn't enjoy the sf element. His comments were respectful, intelligent, and well thought-out. He didn't insult anyone or go on the offensive - he simply decided that he didn't like the direction of this strip, so he's leaving. We need more of that kind of civility, especially online.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>
um.. Ditto.<P>not the stuff about going to the library and checking out 'weird' books, but the athiest-sci-fi club member-chess playing. That's me in a nut shell. I'm not just here to start flame wars and what not. <P>I just misunderstood the nature of the board.<P>People come here to 'discuss' stuff, I just try to have fun. That's where I messed up. You guys really got mad at the whold 'beating up the sci-fi club' thing? wow, I didn't think I'd get that much of a response from that one.<P>oh well<P>I just want to have the dog eat camus. That's all.<P>merry x-mas!
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Postby Guest on Sun Jan 07, 2001 6:25 am

Before this gets any uglier, MaskedLumberJack, I'm going to try to clear the air.<P>I see by your posting history that you're new to these forums.<P>I'm an optimist, and I think you don't mean to be offensive as some people find you, especially since you call your comments<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>less criticism and more just wasting time on a forum.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>You've got some good thoughts about the sudden transition from realistic soap-opera to SF too. Even *I* was surprised when Gisele told me she wanted to go in that direction... but I warmed to the idea quickly, and you have to admit, it's gotten a lot of people's attention!<P>Problem is, forums are read by a lot of people, and when you say something like<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>DAMN SCI-FI KIDS! Me and my football buddies will teach them a lesson or two about being moral!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>or<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>but the rest of the sci-fi club needs to be beat up.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>not everybody knows how to take it. I think you were joking, but after your previous post, even I'm not quite sure.<P>Flame wars are easy to start. In these forums, they're also easy to finish... Gisele has the right to delete any thread that she feels is harmful to the readership. That's what being a "moderator" entails.<P>But let's not go that far. If you want to talk more about this with me, e-mail me directly at pop@faans.com. On these forums, though, choose your words with care.
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Postby Czhorat on Sun Jan 07, 2001 8:53 am

Thanks for stepping in to clear the air, T.<P>You said it all pretty well, so I'll just toss out a few words of explanation for my reaction:<P>I'm a science fiction fan, a gamer, and an atheist. I play chess, have very little fasion sense, and am in many other ways a non-comformist. My boss once commented, in a veyr matter-of-fact way, that one of my hobbies leads people to behave in a homicidal and criminal manner. I've been told that God would be "so pissed off at me" and send me to hell. I've had the librarian at my public library tell me that my taste in literature is "weird" and that nobody else would want to read the "crap" that I check out.<P>In short, I've heard quite a few bad things about my hobbies and my choices. I try not to get over-defensive, but for the sake of my fellow fans I've chosen not to remain silent. I'm not asking you to share my hobbies, beliefs, or passions. What I *DO* expect is for people to be a bit tolerant. <P>In another thread here, someone said he would stop reading CCS because he doesn't enjoy the sf element. His comments were respectful, intelligent, and well thought-out. He didn't insult anyone or go on the offensive - he simply decided that he didn't like the direction of this strip, so he's leaving. We need more of that kind of civility, especially online.
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Postby Stephssinging on Sun Jan 07, 2001 10:29 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaskedLumberJack:
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I just want to have the dog eat camus. That's all.<P>
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Give it up. You need to get help.
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Postby Stephssinging on Sun Jan 07, 2001 12:30 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaskedLumberJack:
<B>plus that dog was cool, he should eat camus. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/biggrin.gif"><P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE> Dude, what is it with you and that dog? Camus is cool. Leave him alone, stupid lumberjack guy. <P><P>------------------
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Postby Stephssinging on Sun Jan 07, 2001 12:35 pm

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaskedLumberJack:
<B>DAMN SCI-FI KIDS! Me and my football buddies will teach them a lesson or two about being moral!<P></B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
God you're an ass.
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Postby Czhorat on Mon Jan 08, 2001 8:12 am

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MaskedLumberJack:
<B> <P>I just misunderstood the nature of the board.<P>People come here to 'discuss' stuff, I just try to have fun. That's where I messed up. You guys really got mad at the whold 'beating up the sci-fi club' thing? wow, I didn't think I'd get that much of a response from that one.
</B> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>OK. Might I respectfully suggest you spend a little more time reading a board before posting there in the future? It could avoid some misunderstandings and hurt feelings.<P>You also might think about using smileys, "just joking", or some other indication that you aren't being serious. It also might be a good idea not to joke about beating people up until you get to know them better. <IMG SRC="http://www.keenspot.com/KeenBoard/wink.gif"><P><B> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>
I just want to have the dog eat camus. That's all.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> </B><P>Dogs don't eat cats. They'll chase them because they're territorial animals and like to keep other quadrapeds out of the immediate vicinity, but I don't think cat is a big part of the average canid diet.<p>[This message has been edited by Czhorat (edited 01-08-2001).]
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Postby Stephssinging on Tue Jan 09, 2001 1:24 am

Good job. Finally, someone is stepping in for Camus! Speaking of which, where IS that cat?<P>------------------
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Postby Guest on Tue Jan 09, 2001 3:35 am

In the dressing room, getting ready for his cameo next week.
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