Issue 4 - Page 4

27th Jan 2017, 6:05 PM in The Collector's Impulse
Issue 4 - Page 4
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Steven-Vincent 27th Jan 2017, 6:05 PM edit delete
We haven't seen much of Mr. Madison yet, so I decided to have him be the one teaching Abby to drive. I like this father-daughter moment... though it will turn to more serious things shortly.
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Number 6 27th Jan 2017, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Driving is OK, but statistically speaking, flying is still the safest way to travel. :p

Or so I've heard.
Steven-Vincent 27th Jan 2017, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
Especially when you're nearly invulnerable. ;)

But of course, Abby would arouse suspicion if she suddenly exhibited no interest in driving anymore.
HiFranc 27th Jan 2017, 6:58 PM edit delete reply
And it would mean that she could date and do other things that people do.
Number 6 28th Jan 2017, 2:28 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm, that's strange that you should say that. MY niece when she was a teen never had any interest in learning how to drive, and I always thought that was very odd for a teenager, I figured what teen on earth doesn't care if they know how to drive, right?! Now you've got me thinking I need to start checking for other evidence of her possible superhero abilities. There was that bizarre glowing meteor impact right nearby just before she was born...
(Disclaimer: it's somewhat possible I might be making up that last part)
AlpineBob 30th Jan 2017, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
One of my nephews still hasn't gotten his license at 18, and the other shows no interest in driving at 21. We are a strange family...
AlpineBob 30th Jan 2017, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
But I hadn't read the post below by ComicFan when I wrote this - maybe we're more normal than I thought. ;)

Anyway, this is a very sweet page.
Nice moment.
And thank goodness kids are willing to put up with us old blowhards...
jamie59 27th Jan 2017, 8:26 PM edit delete reply
Most daddy's little girls can't bench-press the car.
DLKmusic 27th Jan 2017, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
ROFLMAO, Jamie59! Well put!

I would add that unbeknown-st to Daddy, he's also helping her with something very important for a superheroine... How to say cliche's to the press and sound sincere!

Now THAT's how a Dad should act!
Centcomm 27th Jan 2017, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Nice angles :D good page! :D
Steven-Vincent 27th Jan 2017, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Thanks. It's always tough to do the elevation shots because of how limited most sets are, but the movie sets are pretty numerous so I have several of them together in this shot and it works from higher up.
Centcomm 28th Jan 2017, 3:01 AM edit delete reply
I do the same thing. with the dystopia sets i also have quite a few city settings by Stonemason that just kick butt. ( they arent Iray )
Steven-Vincent 28th Jan 2017, 9:30 AM edit delete reply
The movie sets aren't iRay either... I just convert them. ;)
Comic Fan 28th Jan 2017, 1:26 PM edit delete reply
This is one of my favorite pages ever. I love character development.

By the way, I've heard that today's teens as a group are not as much into driving as they were even just 10 years ago.

Sure, some automotive disinterest is from the constant drumbeat of politicians, hollywood types, musicians-with-opinions, ecologists, and climate changeologists. That stuff has been going on since before today's driving-age kids were born, so they've heard all their lives that they should give up their cars and ride the bus or local light-rail instead.

Now every Tom, Dick, and Google are working on completely automatic cars. I think it is 100% guaranteed to happen. In fact, I think it must happen. Individual humans driving their individual vehicles is VERY wasteful, when we consider time, fuel, and risk factors.

The unfortunate side of automated transportation is that automation will reduce the rich life-experiences that come with being self-reliant and guiding one's own vessel while traveling outside of our small tribal encampments.

And then there's this. Teens today see their parents able to telework more often than at any other time in history. And more and more schools offer remote learning where students as young as middle/junior high ages don't even go to a physical classroom unless it's to work on a group project for a day here or there.

And planned communities, although often expensive, are popping up all around the US. Your work could be in your little "downtown" strip of buildings, just a short walk or bike ride away.

All of this adds up to this: If your tribal village has everything you need (companionship, learning opportunities, available hunting grounds, as well as peer/community fellowship), then moving outside of those circles is generally only done by the most curious/most nomadic members of the tribe. 80% will be happy to remain local unless a drastic event happens, like drought, famine, war, or an erupting volcano.

I'm not saying this is bad. I just see it as human nature.
Steven-Vincent 28th Jan 2017, 2:44 PM edit delete reply
Glad you liked the page.

Automatic driving used to be scary to me until I thought about how horrible most drivers are.
Drake 28th Jan 2017, 9:51 PM edit delete reply
Not leave their community? Heck, once VR gets perfected, they won't even leave their *chair* for years at a time! :p
Steven-Vincent 29th Jan 2017, 1:31 AM edit delete reply
Matrix, here we come...
Drake 29th Jan 2017, 5:03 PM edit delete reply
What makes you think you're not already in the Matrix?

(dun dun dunnnnn....)

Nef 30th Jan 2017, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
To Comic Fan, Alpine Bob and Number 6:

I have a 24 year old who got a car as soon as he could, but later sold it and now does not have one. A 20 year old that has a car only for work, because he works at a state park and transportation there is very erratic, and an 18-year old who has never learned to drive and says he's not interested.

We live in the San Francisco Bay area and there are means of transportation that make it easy to get anywhere, plus city life is hard on single car owners with the cost of parking, tolls, gas (although cheaper recently) and repairs.

When I was 16, I already knew how to drive and could not wait to get my own car. It's a generational shift, I guess, although I admit that my own car is seeing less and less use. I have no problem with it, except that them kids can't take me anywhere when I need to.
Nef 30th Jan 2017, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
Now, now, Steven-Vincent... You just put that there for the Awww-moment, didn't you? Well, PUPPIES! Ha!

Seriously, my kids also preferred me to go driving with them because my wife would express sheer terror while they were learning while I would bottle it up inside and act calm.
Steven-Vincent 30th Jan 2017, 9:00 PM edit delete reply
My mom used to gulp and gasp at me when I was driving so that's where I got that line from. ;)

Of course, now she's in her 80s and I'm the one who gulps and gasps...
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