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"You wouldn't happen to be the famous android bounty hunter, Arrivederci Jackknife, would you?" The cyborg's sizzling red eye glared at the mysterious stranger across the vantablackjack table, who pounded back another shot of synthwhiskey in reply.

"Maybe I am," he growled. "Depends on if you want to stay quiet and walk out of here alive, or if you want to get perforated with 837 rounds of EMP-tipped nano-lead."

Outside the rain fell like contraband diamonds from God's 3D printer in the sky.

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@irisjaycomics Bless. I love every opportunity the comic takes to show that while Alan is, on some level, a competent, thoughtful, and resourceful person, he's also a FOUR-ALARM DWEEB.

@Ferrovore XW has several overarching themes, and one of them is definitely "it's entirely possible to be very very cool and also very very dweeby at the same time"

@irisjaycomics crossed wires volume 2 kickstarter stretch goal: arrivederci jackknife novella

@itsnero @irisjaycomics arrivederci jackknife: "Android hell was full, so they sent me to be your personal demon, lucky you."

@irisjaycomics Jesus H. Christ.

[Please tell me we don't sound like that from the outside.]

It sounds okay from in here! D:

@BigIronMarla don't worry, lmao. i'm very consciously mimicking a lot of mid- to low-grade cyberpunk paperbacks i've read in the past here

@irisjaycomics Haha, I know, I just like...

I look back at my old shit and go 'whoooof'.

...someday I'll do that again, maybe? o_o;

[We'll be all right. Too kink-focused to age badly, I think.]

@irisjaycomics it's just regular blackjack but all the suits have been replaced so you have cards like the 4 of GUN, the 10 of THE DECAY OF SOCIETY, and the CEO of WHAT IF PHONES BUT TOO MUCH
@irisjaycomics @BestGirlGrace you would think that the designs themselves were vantablack but they actually glow bright neon, because when playing vantablack you're required to wear sunglasses

@hierarchon @BestGirlGrace that's how you prevent cheating, by making everything so bright that you need shades or eye augments to actually see what's going on

@irisjaycomics @hierarchon what if the cards are vantablack ink on vantablack cards, and you wear sunglasses, and part of skilled play is reading the bumps with your fingers or using your eye augs to detect the slight difference in reflectivity between the ink and the background

@BestGirlGrace @irisjaycomics no see that's too *fun*. it's black on vantablack, so you don't need skill to read the cards, it's just pointlessly annoying for the sake of aesthetic

@BestGirlGrace @irisjaycomics @hierarchon okay but that's just the card game you play against librosteus for your soul i've already Done that one

@violet @irisjaycomics i stole it from someone who used it to describe black mirror

@irisjaycomics few people know this, but God is up there because of His illegal diamond operation and it's the only place the feds don't have jurisdiction

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