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The road to glory is paved with personal demise. There may be NSFW pages, so be warned!


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Random thoughts - Alexa and AI



Someone got me an Echo device, a gadget from Amazon equipped with the digital assistant known as Alexa. It's a cute thing, as you can see. I work in AI and I love technology, so the gift was definitely spot-on. I turned it on, set it up (it was a breeze, which is a plus), and started using it. I asked Alexa about the weather, moved on to playing music and had some fun asking for word definitions or basic calculations. My wife surprised me by setting up romantic reminders, so that I would hear Alexa telling me "I'm reminding you: I love you" out of the blue. I figured out how to listen to the news and even found out that if you wish Alexa goodnight, it will sweetly reply "Sweet dreams!" It was charming while it lasted.

I made the "mistake" of looking at it for longer than a minute or two. While most of the time you can see a clock on the device, the image shifts to suggestions about what you can ask Alexa and that's when I could smell the roses, or rather, the stench of mainstream "culture". It was like looking at a tabloid relentlessly vomiting stories about untalented, useless people like the queen of England or the Kardashians. So, I unplugged the device and deleted the app. My wife convinced me to turn it back on, on the condition that it would face the wall, so I wouldn't see that crap anymore. Should I ask questions about things I care about? Would that help the device learn more about me and provide personalized content? Maybe so, maybe not. I still don't give a rat's ass about it and I've ignored it for days. Even my wife has stopped using it, at least as far as I know, since it's no longer sending reminders or playing music she selects.

I have a minor spoiler for you: Alex/Sekhmet will deal with a digital assistant, which will be similar to Alexa minus the mainstream bullshit. She will also have a hard time with it, but she won't be able to fully ignore it, poor her. I know the day we won't be able to trash these things (when proved annoying and/or useless) is very close, and that is a real concern. My only hope is that we'll wake up sooner than later and at least make sure that personalization of these things is very fast and doesn't assume everyone should hear about the latest fashionable pop mass stupidity. Technology should help us with actual tasks and not rule our lives or plunge us into idiocy. Which reminds me of social media, but that's a topic for another day.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ August 17th, 2018, 2:20 pm  -  0 comments

July newsletter

From July's heat comes this newsletter!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Upcoming hiatus
My regular, summer hiatus is coming up in two weeks! I will be back in September both with my comic and my newsletter. Thank you for your patience.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Chapter 2 of Infected Blood marches on, and by now you will have seen what Alex is capable of: she can either heal herself or cause herself extreme physical harm. What kind of skill is that, you may think? Well, it's something very peculiar that likely only she can "control" to that extent. Answers will come, I promise!

This chapter is a bit of a challenge, because it focuses on Alex's personality and lies the foundations of a large part of the comic to come, while the story itself will move slightly slower than I would like it to. Still, it's full of surprises, some of which rather astonishing (you just saw one!), and it will end with a real bang, so it's going to be an exciting, emotional roller coaster that I am looking forward to sharing with everyone. Just something I do need to get off my chest: I took NO inspiration from Orange is the New Black to write either this chapter or the entire comic, and I'm pretty sure you will notice that (should you try to come up with comparisons). I really hope you'll enjoy it!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ July 12th, 2018, 4:46 pm  -  0 comments

June newsletter

Ready for this month's newsletter? Here it comes.

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

General news
Thank you for your patience during my forced hiatus. Although we are no longer panicking, the health situation we are facing is still a matter of concern. Still, I will be able to continue Infected Blood for a few weeks, before taking a summer break (which was always in the plans: if you don't know me, I take two hiatuses throughout the year: the month of August and a month between December and January). Hanging in there!

Website revamp
My bonus content is complete, for the moment. Check out the AIMS page, the Kemet-Ra page, and the characters' page, with nine featured characters! The latter will be updated at the end of each chapter, so make sure to be all-caught up with the comic, before taking a look, as it will contains spoilers.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Chapter 2 of Infected Blood started a couple of weeks ago! Alex is taken to the Forge, a floating prison with two terrifying towers. Her arrival was predictably sad, but reasonably smooth. However, things are about to get very heated, starting next week... If you want to know more about the Forge, check out the section dedicated to Kemet-Ra.

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, ended! If you didn't read it yet, make sure to check it out. At the moment, I don't have a new story to add to the anthology, although I see a couple of ideas floating in my mind...

Finally, Tales of the Wandering Stranger, the anthology I worked on with The Stitched Hand also concluded recently. Check it out!

Upcoming comics
I recently started Saint Suspicious, a new, humorous comic that atheists (especially ex-Catholics ) are certainly going to enjoy. At the moment, I am releasing one strip per week on Idiot-Free Zone, a collaborative blog full of smart, thought-provoking contributions from a variety of authors. I will make a separate website for the comic once the first story has been fully published on IFZ. For the moment, why not checking my comic there? Here's a link to the very first strip. Updates Wednesdays.

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ June 12th, 2018, 4:50 pm  -  0 comments

May Newsletter

Here's May's newsletter, read on!

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Slightly longer hiatus
As previously announced, my hiatus is finishing on 4 June. My family's health emergency is far from over, but we are coping with it - slowly, but surely.

Website revamp
My bonus content is growing! Besides the page about AIMS, I recently released one about Kemet-Ra, the most controversial country in Infected Blood's fictional world. And now, I added my characters' page, which at the moment is all about Alexandra Armstrong, her father Gordon and her "girlfriend" Stephanie Rogers. More characters will come soon!

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood is on hiatus until 4 June. I am finally drawing the cover of Chapter 2 and from here on it should be relatively smooth sailing, at least for the first few pages. I must confess I need to iron out a couple of parts of this chapter, but I am confident everything will turn out pretty cool. Something I would like you to know is that I don't want to go for an Orange is the New Black feel - that story has zero to do with mine, and I have to say... I used to like it a lot, but I no longer do. So, if you see anything in Infected Blood that vaguely resembles OITNB, that's definitely not what I wanted to convey, and it's likely all in your mind :)

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, is still ongoing and updating regularly on Wednesdays until completion of Ngiamwise!

Finally, Tales of the Wandering Stranger, the anthology I worked on with The Stitched Hand is currently updating with my comic An Alien's Departure, to conclude the Wandering Stranger's saga. Check it out!

Upcoming comics
I took a little time to draw my humorous comics, which is now pretty much ready to go! It will start in June, updating twice a week. Keep an eye out for it!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ May 11th, 2018, 5:31 pm  -  0 comments

Sad updates

Dear readers,

It is with much sadness that I must announce a longer hiatus. Unfortunately we are having a very serious health issue in the family, and that takes precedence over everything else. To avoid confusing you about the end of my hiatus, I modified my newsletter to point to the correct date, and I will repeat it here again: 4 June.

In the meantime, I will release a bonus page on my characters, as promised, likely in a couple of weeks or so.

Please, understand that I am trying my best to keep the comic going and this health problem was completely unforeseen and, well... devastating. I need to recuperate psychologically, too, and this will be a journey that will not end in a day or two, but it will take months. The good news is that the doctors are foreseeing a favorable outcome, because we caught this issue at a very early stage. Keeping a positive attitude and taking one thing at a time is our best bet.

Thank you for your patience, I will be back!

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ April 21st, 2018, 8:14 am  -  0 comments

April Newsletter

Howdy! Welcome back to my newsletter.

Voting
Please, remember to vote for my comic when you have time (once a week would be awesome, if at all possible)! Here's the voting link.

Slightly longer hiatus
Alas, due to health issues in the family and other life stuff that had to take precedence, my hiatus will now end on 2 June, instead of 7 May. Thank you for your understanding!

Website revamp
As promised, I am uploading extra content during my hiatus. The first page is about AIMS and tells everything you are curious to hear about their biology and history. It's all pretty thrilling, you will see! Check it out here. Many thanks to Miaubol, author of Kordinar 25000, who helped me with numerous biology questions :)

My next page will focus on Kemet-Ra and will be released next Monday, 16 April. I am sure you will find the history of this "country" rather controversial, as you could have guessed from the comic!

Finally, the characters' page will appear on 23 April. After that, there will be radio silence, as I will be on vacation, back on 4 June with Chapter 2!

Remember that this extra content complements the comic, so there is no need to read it to understand the events narrated in Infected Blood. However, these pages will certainly enhance your reading experience. My recommendation is not to miss them!

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood is on hiatus until 7 May. Chapter 2 will open in a much more claustrophobic scenario, as Alex will be in jail. You will learn much more about her short past (she's only 16) and her personality. New characters will appear, but will they be friends or foes? Maybe a bit of both? Make sure to check back soon, you won't be disappointed!

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, is still ongoing and updating regularly on Wednesdays until completion of Ngiamwise!

Make sure to have a look at Tales of the Wandering Stranger, an anthology I worked on with a group of talented creators under the collective name The Stitched Hand. My own comic, entitled An Alien's Departure is coming up on 25 April, and it will conclude the Wandering Stranger's saga. Don't miss it!

Upcoming comics
I started drawing my humorous comic, but since I had to finish An Alien's Departure, I had to put it a bit on hold. I will pick it up again together with Infected Blood - I must create a nice buffer, or I'm doomed...

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ April 11th, 2018, 5:34 pm  -  0 comments

March Newsletter

Hello readers! It's time for our newsletter, brought to you by yours truly around the 12 of each month.

Voting!
I have a policy: I want to keep my comics free. After all, I have a full-time job and I don't need to beg for money. However, I do love to get as many readers as possible and I am always happy to get comments. So, all I am asking of you is:

1) Please, vote for Infected Blood on Top Web Comics at least once a month. Seriously, it brings me lots of traffic and many new readers.

2) If you are inclined to leave me a comment, please do. Creators are always happy to get comments. I have nothing against negative feedback, either (except I will squash trolls - you've been warned). So, feel free to chime in, once in a while.

Website revamp
As Infected Blood approaches the end of Chapter 1, I am getting ready to take a hiatus, but I will not leave you longing for content! I have three extra pages in the making for you:

    Characters

    AIMS

    Kemet-Ra


The pages will complement the comic - in other words, although you don't need to read them to follow the story, they will widen your perspective on it, so I would highly recommend to have a look! I will publish them in place of my comic pages, once a week.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood marches on, with poor Alex seemingly being abandoned by everyone, except for a soldier on TV and, hopefully, her lawyer. Make sure to read the last two pages of this chapter to find out the outcome of her trial!

The Green-Eyed Sniper concluded on 10 March! I hope you enjoyed it. If you didn't read it, yet, check it out!

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, is ongoing, still updating on Wednesdays!

And - remember I have a great anthology for you! I worked on it as part of the Stitched Hand, a group of awesome artists. Go read Tales of the Wandering Stranger - my own comic will be released toward the end of April.

Upcoming comics
My humorous comic is nice and scripted and I started drawing it. It will be fun!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ March 12th, 2018, 5:13 pm  -  0 comments

February Newsletter

Welcome back! Ready for some news> Read on!

Website revamp
I am finally adding extra pages for your viewing pleasure! The first you can admire is about me, and it's called Author. It should really give you the gist of who I am. Other pages are in the works, but they all have to do with Infected Blood. See below.

Current comics
As a reminder, my comics are intended for adult audiences (18+ only).
Infected Blood continues its descent into the cruel world of Kemet-Ra. Would you like to live in a Country where the disabled must be aborted by law*? Would you enjoy the PoP, an annual event in which the poor march to their deportation? Yeah... I surely hope you aren't thrilled by any of this. You will learn more about the appalling state of affairs of Kemet-Ra as the story unfolds.
Chapter 1 will conclude at page 34, and then I will go on hiatus for a couple of weeks, but not to worry, because during my short break I will add at least a cast page and a page about Kemet-Ra.

*FYI, I am pro-choice and wouldn't want to force any woman to make a decision one way or the other.

The Green-Eyed Sniper, is still running strong updating daily, until it completes, on 10 March! Check it out, you won't regret it :)

Dynamic Spores, my horror anthology, is currently updating on Wednesdays!

Finally, make sure to have a look at the anthology I worked on with a group of great artists! It's called Tales of the Wandering Stranger - my own comic will be released this coming spring.

Upcoming comics
Have I got a surprise for you... I wrote the complete script for the first installment of a humorous comic strip, which I am planning on drawing in the spring and release around the fall. It will be fun!

That's all for this month. As always, you may contact me by email at infectedbloodcomics@gmail.com.

posted by InfectedBloodComics @ February 12th, 2018, 4:29 pm  -  0 comments

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