Comic 789 - Education Sector
20th Jul 2022, 12:00 AM in Underground
Education Sector
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Eggnog happens to be Ethel's favorite egg dish. She said so herself!

I got the initial inspiration for this chapter upon seeing this 30 Days entry by Jay042, which in turn references Karen Schibel's first appearances in Grinder$, where it gets mentioned what she did before (and perhaps still does besides) her bikini barista gig.
I wondered: Would her clone be up to the task of working with kids too...?
User comments:
jawbone edit delete reply
Hah! Egg nog from the Egg Imbiss seems like a good fit.
(San Francisco had a Schneller Imbiss in a food truck at the intersection of South van Ness and Mission for some years. War schmeckliches essen.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Ethel is all about eggs!
Though you better shouldn't question where all those eggs come from...

(Also, that's interesting - so did the food truck sell German food?)
jawbone edit delete reply
Ja, genau!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Wunderbar! :-)
jawbone edit delete reply
I still occasionally hear a phrase from a notional ad jingle substituting "Wonderbra"
spacekrispies edit delete reply
She's sweet.
Not to be 'that guy', though, as she is kinda fresh outta the clone pens, how much actual wisdom does she have to share?
I mean - does she have Original Karen's brain engrams, or is she picking up life contextually as she goes along?
What is Karin's level of Actual Life Experience?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Glad to hear that you like Karin!
I also have a lot of fun writing her - I figure that may be because so far I didn't really have a character who is outright what TV Tropes calls the Ditz.

And feel free to be "that guy", for you're raising a very good question!
(For which the definite final answer is still to be determined...)

Obviously, apart from speed-aging her physically to twenty-something, Dr. Morag must also have done something to bring her mind to a similar level.
(Otherwise you'd have someone similar to Katya from Datachasers. Morag may be a sick bastard, but not that kind of sick bastard...)

Perhaps he gave her at the very least a truncated version of Karen's engrams that included basic skills, such as the abilities and knowledge needed for coherent speech...
(BTW, the next page will make it very clear that Karin does not know everything that Karen knows!)

Alternatively (or in addition to that) maybe he modified her genes so that she is an inhumanly fast learner...
(After all, he wrote "K. Schibel Mk. II" on her tank - that seems to imply some form of "improvement"...)
Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Schmeckliches oder schreckliches Essen? Hihihi.
Microraptor edit delete reply
With Karin as the cook, you never know which one you'll get!
jawbone edit delete reply
Beide! (ëntweder sind sie verrückt, oder ich!)
Stever edit delete reply
Boredom gets us all in the end.

Then you end up doing something CRAZY, like starting a webcomic :O
Microraptor edit delete reply
Oh man, how would a webcomic created by Karin (or any of the other characters for that matter) even be like!? 0.o
lirvilas edit delete reply
Egg Nog?

Damn, that has got to be the highest calorie method of getting drunk I can think of
Microraptor edit delete reply
Ethel means well, but I question her parenting Cool Big Sistering decisions here...

Also, a plan that is so weird that it seems to have been hatched while drunk?
In Germany, we call that a "schnapps idea".
Let's hope that this whole education sector thing won't prove to be an "eggnog idea"...