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Quackcast 279 - Meet the Mutants!

ozoneocean at 12:00AM, July 12, 2016
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Our very own heavily mutated Pitface put up a guest post about her fellow mutants, filling in for HippieVan while Hippy is away fighting the mutants in Japan wearing a tie-dyed sailor suit and riding a Volkswagen battle mecha, as you do in Japan… anyway, as a member of the anti-mutant police force, I had to drag in Pit for questioning! And that's what we did for this Quackcast. Banes and I interrogate Pit on the subject of mutants! Mutants are a forgotten race at the moment: Mutants are the zombies of SciFi in a way; a mob of anonymous monstrous minions who exist to menace the heroes and be gunned down in their thousands. But they're also so much more… Unlike zombies, mutants have a lot more personality and humanity, they can also be far more demonic and revolting than any zombie, they can be any shape, size of configuration. Mutants are so much scarier and adaptable than mere zombies, because unlike zombies they're not always degrading and falling apart, no, mutants are evolving constantly, they can get larger, gorier and more terrifying, i.e. The Thing. For mutant pathos witness the Mars mutants in the original Total Recall:There's a man with a baby in his chest and we feel for him and respect him. We have superhero mutants too in the form of the X-men. Can't forget them!
But remember also that “mutants” are also a very real thing in this world, unlike zombies, in fact we are ALL mutants in one way or another, not just those special people with a conjoined twin or extra nipples or genitals or whatever, all of us have our own exciting DNA variation! I have a big nose, crooked lower teeth and pasty white skin myself, I'm practically a Morlock. So what is YOUR “mutation”?

Gunwallace's theme for Transneptunian is a techno-operatic, expansive cyberdance.

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Featured comic:
Urthe - http//www.theduckwebcomics.com/Urthe/

Pit's inspiring mutant newspost - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2016/jul/07/mutants-memoriam/

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Banes - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes/
Pit face - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/PIT_FACE/

Featured music:
Transneptunian - http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/TransNeptunian/, by El Cid, rated A. NSFW

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bravo1102 at 11:31PM, July 13, 2016

And of course all this attention to mutants and I have to dream about them. Seems earth is invaded by a deadly fungus. To combat it mutants are created from volunteers. Mutants modified to eat and thrive on the fungus as well as shoot flame from their fingers to deal with other vegetable invaders. Turns out it's not so much a plan to destroy the fungus as to mutate humans to coexist with it.

Bruno Harm at 12:04PM, July 13, 2016

@Ozone: fair enough..

ozoneocean at 8:01PM, July 12, 2016

@Bruno- it's also used in terms of "deviation from the norm" so you have normal things, then ones that are born strange... like the famous 3 eyed fish in the Simpsons. I mean, if you only talk about later mutations then what about the mutant populations in the wastelands of all those lovely post apocalypse movies? Or the crew from the hills have eyes? We presume they were always like that... but it depends on your personal definitions of course, for me it's pretty broad.

Bruno Harm at 11:45AM, July 12, 2016

I have to listen to that red balloon song again.. and maybe some Europe ;) I think the word mutant means that it was something else first, then it mutated. I think that's the dividing line between that and monsters, or fantastic creatures or alien beings. So I have a problem with Marvel's definition of mutants. It's still technically mutations, but more in the way that all evolution is mutation, which seems like a different category all together.

ozoneocean at 7:49AM, July 12, 2016

Yeah, but the thing was an alien mutant... at least the Carpenter version: it incorporated other creatures into itself and mutated them.

MOrgan at 3:54AM, July 12, 2016

The Thing is not a mutant he was irradiated by cosmic rays. ;-)

ozoneocean at 3:21AM, July 12, 2016

Hahaha! Thanks man. It was a last minute thought to cover up the star XD

Ironscarf at 1:27AM, July 12, 2016

Love the mutant skull motif! Too good not to be a comic.


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