#1189 Where Were We?

October 14th, 2015, 12:48 pm

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The moral of almost all of Keno's stories
is "I guess you had to be there"

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Reply NtKGar, October 14th, 2015, 1:52 pm

OK we got another full page! Still on the whole depression kick, it's one of those things where talking about recovering is a whole lot easier than recovering, so we won't be churning out a page a day any time soon, but a full page a week is well within the wheelhouse.

I've done up a couple more Whitespace Neko strips as well, so those are going to update as vote incentives Monday Wednesday and Friday and move to the Tumblr site once the next one goes up on TWC. These aren't commentary on the main comic they're just Whitespace Neko smoking and ranting, but that's always been fairly popular.

Anyway, while we're embracing depression as a theme and will probably blog about it again at some point, today I'd like to talk about Turbo Kid. "Set in the post-apocalyptic year of 1997, Turbo Kid is a retro-futuristic nostalgic tribute to 80's action-adventure films". I watched this last week with Paige based on a recommendation from a friend, and it's kind of amazing.

The film's a joint New Zealand/Canadian thingy. An opening narration tells us we're in the future, the year 1997, and from there our hero is a nameless teenage scavenger named in the credits only as 'The Kid'. In terms of atmosphere the future of 1997 is somewhere between Mad Max 2 and Hook. Technology is mostly limited to pre-1989 and you've got barren wastelands populated by roving gangs of people made of leather and spikes, but It's all quite colourful and cartoony, right down to the guy with the skull-face mask who keeps dismembering people with his wrist-mounted circular saw. The synth-heavy soundtrack completes the effect. It's a pretty neat world, The Kid keeps a hand-drawn map of safe and dangerous territories, and it's one of the only post-apocalyptic futures I've seen which acknowledges the existence of bicycles.

There are no working cars in this film. Everyone rides bikes to get around and it's about goddamn time.

Anyway, The Kid meets a girl called Apple. She's basically Keno with a different appearance and backstory and I loved her. What follows is a really very sweet story of friendship and revenge with some cheesy but thematically-appropriate fantasy elements and just buckets and buckets of blood.

Seriously, so much blood. People get exploded, decapitated, cut in half, fed into a grinder, and of course there's the aforementioned skullface guy with the circular saw. Someone gets impaled on a plastic unicorn too. It's pretty great.

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Reply NtKGar, October 16th, 2015, 4:07 am

Whitespace Neko has just updated on TWC, so it's also updated on omgnekothekitty.tumblr.com

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