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thokstar ([personal profile] thokstar) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2009-12-11 09:05 am

Why you shouldn't worry too much about science in comics

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The comic is from Nukees, which is a long running webcomic about U.C. Berkeley Nuclear Engineering grad students. (It also features a giant robot ant.)
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2009-12-11 07:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course they're merely presuming that "plastic" is being used as a noun, thus referring to the synthetic or semisynthetic organic amorphous solid materials derived from, typically, polymers of high molecular mass. As opposed the adjectival form, which simply means "capable of being deformed"

Overthinking things? Moi? :)
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[personal profile] blakeyrat 2009-12-12 06:32 am (UTC)(link)
No you're right on. To add to that, until bakelite was invented (around 1910) the word "plastic" was *exclusively* an adjective. The word evolved into a noun after more previously-unnameable-synthetic-materials other than Bakelite were introduced, and needed a generic name.
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[personal profile] aaron_bourque 2009-12-11 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
blah blah plastics are new blah blah was going to be called indian rubber man blah blah if you're gonna point out stupidity in comics please try something that wasn't pointed out 60 years ago.
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[personal profile] box_in_the_box 2009-12-11 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
It reminds me of Larry Niven's horribly overrated "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" essay, in which Niven sought to "prove" that Superman could never lose his virginity - the first time I read it, all I could think was, "You're trying to use 'science' to justify COCK-BLOCKING this character, while at the same time accepting a premise for his super-powers that isn't possible under ANY definition of 'science.' TROLL HARDER, SILVER AGE FANBOY."
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2009-12-11 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Larry Niven played as fair within the scenario as the comics presented it.

However, I think if you were looking for a serious real-world commentary about inter-species biology in "Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex" you were kidding yourself to an extent way beyond what Mr Niven could achieve.
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[personal profile] box_in_the_box 2009-12-11 08:31 pm (UTC)(link)
The problem being that countless other Silver Age traditionalists have taken Niven's essay as a gospel-truth explanation of why Superman can never have sex, in order to justify their beloved "love triangle" trope.

I guess what I hate about it is that I see it as part of a trend in superhero comics, in which fans and creators alike will condemn any semblance of mental, emotional, social or physical functionality or well-being within their superheroes as "unrealistic," given their powers, and then turn around and come up with the most outrageously impossible bullshit to keep them all miserable.

This is the sort of mentality that leads to fans referring to Civil War and Dark Reign as "realistic," when in point of fact, like 90 percent of all grim-and-gritty stories, they're just as unrealistic as bright-and-shiny stories, just in the opposite direction.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2009-12-11 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
The problem being that countless other Silver Age traditionalists have taken Niven's essay as a gospel-truth explanation of why Superman can never have sex, in order to justify their beloved "love triangle" trope.

Like who? I've never once seen a writer acknowledge MoS/WoK as anything other than entertaining nonsense.

I guess what I hate about it is that I see it as part of a trend in superhero comics, in which fans and creators alike will condemn any semblance of mental, emotional, social or physical functionality or well-being within their superheroes as "unrealistic," given their powers, and then turn around and come up with the most outrageously impossible bullshit to keep them all miserable.

It was written in 1971 as a joke, I think it's a little late to suggest that it's a trend.
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[personal profile] autolychus2 2009-12-11 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
Hell, I love the MoS/WoK, for the simple fact that it annoys Super-fanboys/girls so much. But it should be taken in the context in which it was intended. It was and is a joke -- a well thought out and (to me) wonderful joke.
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[personal profile] icon_uk 2009-12-11 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh, I loved it too! Had teenage me giggling rather a lot! :)
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[personal profile] kamino_neko 2009-12-12 12:50 am (UTC)(link)
I've never seen a writer do it, but I've seen a bunch of fans (and non-fans) cite it as gospel.
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[personal profile] bariman 2009-12-12 07:11 am (UTC)(link)
I've seen MoS/WoK used by writers a few times, but thankfully they were AUs and Elseworlds. One story I'm thinking of was in one of the Superman annuals, where Waverider was looking into people's possible futures to see who was Monarch. Lois and Clark used an experimental fertility drug to get pregnant, but close to term the baby super-kicked and gave Lois internal injuries, which she and the baby died from. Then Superman left Earth and shacked up with Maxima and had babies with her.
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[personal profile] geoffsebesta 2009-12-12 10:05 am (UTC)(link)
Honestly, the only work I can think of that really uses it is Twilight: Breaking Dawn.

Which is pretty funny if you think about it.
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[personal profile] pseudo_tsuga 2009-12-13 03:45 am (UTC)(link)
I thought of the same thing.
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[personal profile] auggie18 2009-12-11 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Ugh, same. I was never a fan of that essay.
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[personal profile] aaron_bourque 2009-12-12 02:40 am (UTC)(link)
MoSWoK was never meant to be taken seriously, in any case.
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[personal profile] blakeyrat 2009-12-12 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
Hm, do you think it might have been written as a *joke*? Maybe? A little?

Relax a bit, CAPS LOCK FANBOY
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[personal profile] superfangirl1 2009-12-11 07:10 pm (UTC)(link)
Logic in comics surly you jest.

[personal profile] luckofjin 2009-12-11 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I thought for sure this post would be the following great Plastic Man webcomic (link to "Let's Be Friends Again") : http://www.letsbefriendsagain.com/2009/11/13/well-whats-your-answer-to-that/
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[personal profile] aaron_bourque 2009-12-12 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
Ha ha ha ha ha!

Ollie actually caring about Roy!

HA HA HA!

[personal profile] psychopathicus_rex 2009-12-12 07:42 am (UTC)(link)
...that's just kinda creepy, actually.
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[personal profile] geoffsebesta 2009-12-12 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] pseudo_tsuga 2009-12-13 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
This is awesome.