A cyberpunk dystopia can be an unfriendly place. Webcomic page 35.

DownTown Blues

I’m paraphrasing a quote I just read but can’t find:

In every utopia there is some dystopia, and in every dystopia there’s a little utopia.

We could probably say,

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way..” Charles Dickens — A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

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As Sean exits Techman’s hideaway, he discovers that he’s in the midst of a torrential downpour, not uncharacteristic for mid-summer in Hong Kong 2. Of course, Sean is prepared for this eventuality thanks to his advanced bodysuit. As we have seen, it not only changes color and pattern at a touch of the fingertips, but it also as we saw on page 31 has self-healing, and morphing features. Retracting the sleeves, unfurling a hood, expanding a pocket, or storing objects is all within the realm of advanced fabric design. For a bit of science behind this, current technology has already enabled biometric bodysuits. According to a 2004 press release from Arizona State University, “…ASU researchers call their outfits the Sensory Chameleon Bodysuit, which act as a “smart second skin” through the integration of printed organic opto-electronics and integrated flexible nano-genetic devices on textiles. They enable real-time remote personal health and medical monitoring into multimedia and sensorial clothing” (Derra). As this technology becomes more advanced and miniaturized and bodies become more idealized through genetic engineering and internal chemistry modification, a tight fitting second skin is a plausible mainstay of future fashion.

Don't you just love those happy Asian logo characters?
Don’t you just love those happy Asian logo characters?

Once Sean deploys his waterproof hood he jogs toward the MagShuttle that brought him to DownTown. In the final panel Sean is met with some bad news. Apparently, even in the 22nd century things break as the message is relayed by a holographic, pseudo-robotic avatar. He is directed to the nearest shuttle access but that is a long block away and time is ticking. We covered what can happen after curfew in previous blogs.

Sean’s built-in clock keeps him abreast of the time, but can he make it in time?

 

July 19: page 36

July 26: pages 37 – 28 The season finale! 

 

Derra, Skip. “ASU News & Information from the Office of Media Relations and Public Information.” ASU News & Information from the Office of Media Relations and Public Information. Arizona State University, 17 May 2004. Web. 13 Mar. 2013. <http://www.asu.edu/news/research/wearable_elec_051704.htm>.
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