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Tipping Point, p4

April 22, 2024 by Tim


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GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 month ago

What are odds of a tragic storyline mix-up in which a kindly fairy turned Zeke into a real boy, while in some other dimension an elderly toy maker found their puppet transformed into a murderbot?

Little_Dragon
Little_Dragon
1 month ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Pinnochio 2: The Reckoning

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
1 month ago
Reply to  Little_Dragon

H-hi “Dad”…

Bwauder
Bwauder
1 month ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Or that he saw ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and decided to make himself a Buffalo Bill styled suit.

Gonfrask
Gonfrask
1 month ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

Well, is a super universe, so I would say “unexpectedly high”

Tim Tucker
Tim Tucker
1 month ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

So… Lies of P?

Jaime
Jaime
1 month ago
Reply to  Tim Tucker

The Lies of Z

Mr. X
Mr. X
1 month ago

How did Scott even drive? He’s paralyzed, so he shouldn’t be able to use the gas or brake pedal.

Sylnt
Sylnt
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

It’s frustrating when people just down-vote rather than addressing and informing.

Mr. X, there are paraplegic-friendly vehicles, in the form of modifications that provide a hand throttle and hand brake for vehicles, so those with non-functioning/limited-functioning lower-extremities can maintain independence with vehicular transportation of their own.

That’s how Scott is and to drive! Hope this helps buddy! 😀

Mastacheata
Mastacheata
1 month ago
Reply to  Sylnt

Also (and this is just on top of that) – this is a comic universe where people with superpowers and autonomous robots exist, do you think engineering a car that can be controlled without using your lower extremities is a problem there?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
1 month ago
Reply to  Sylnt

Bless you, but doubtless on Wednesday we’ll hear “WTF how is Scott driving?” and on Friday we’ll see “lol Tim forgot Scott is paralyzed i guess” and on and on.

This is the third comic in a row and it ain’t slowing down.

Quilla
Quilla
1 month ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

I do get that people can’t know what they haven’t been told but I also sometimes wish they’d do a quick Google search first.

Also genuine question because idk how to find out easily, is it confirmed that Scott is actually paralyzed or just disabled? A lot of people are a wheelchair and assume paralysis when actually the majority of wheelchair users aren’t paralyzed, but I’m sure it will have been mentioned somewhere

Merida
Merida
1 month ago
Reply to  Quilla

Not 100% sure but I think it was fully paralyzed. The event was when he was shot when mugged, and it wasn’t amputation, but a spinal hit.

Coastie
Coastie
1 month ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Sadly I think that you’re correct that the question will be repeated incessantly. For reference I’m 46 and I first heard of cars modified for handicapped persons to drive when I before I was old enough to drive. In fact when I was attending Drivers’ Ed at 16 one of my instructors stated that except for blindness a car can be modified to overcome any physical handicap. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but the point stands. Also, how many people here have played racing video games? How many of those games come with controllers with foot pedals… Read more »

Phaet
Phaet
1 month ago
Reply to  Sylnt

I didn’t know that either (since I never drove a car in my 42 year old life) so thank you for explaining 🙂

Adam
Adam
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

Cars can be modified for paraplegics. This usually involves long extensions attached to the foot pedals to make them reachable by hand. Some cars will even replace the pedals entirely with controls mounted on or near the steering wheel.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

Cars can be modified to be able to be driven purely by hand controls.

Zaldrak
Zaldrak
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

Did you ever wonder what all those parking lots for disabled people with the image of a wheelchair are for?

Argl
Argl
1 month ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

I always saw wheelchair users being driven around by people who can still use their legs. I can easily imagine a car modified to be used without legs (I think F1 cars don’t have pedals and only hands controls, so regular cars should work too), but I just never have seen one IRL. Also, I don’t know about other countries, but where I live the disabled parking lots can be used for any disability and not just wheelchair, despite the image. For example, in my country autism is valid reason to get the disabled parking card (I have a family… Read more »

Xyon
Xyon
1 month ago
Reply to  Argl

F1 cars do have foot pedals for the throttle and brake. They used to also have the clutch down there, but this is more commonly a steering wheel control for hand operation now (and dual-stage).

Snark
Snark
1 month ago
Reply to  Argl

F1 cars still have pedals (some models even had four of them!)
And yeah, cars for people who cannot use their legs do exist. And it is nothing new – when I was a kid (let’s say about 35 years ago) my father bought a car which had an additional set of manual controls near the steering wheel, in addition to pedals. So a disabled person could use the car perfectly well (my father wasn’t disabled, he just got that car quite cheap. And it had a full set of functioning pedals also).

ondaiwai
ondaiwai
1 month ago
Reply to  Argl

F1 Cars have foot controls. The multitude of controls on the steering wheel are for gears, adjusting brake balance, DRS, and a host of other fine adjustments to the balance and handling of the car in flight.

BBkat
BBkat
1 month ago
Reply to  Argl

Yeah, being in a wheelchair isn’t the only kind of disability there is. Plus, not everyone in a wheelchair can drive, i.e kids. They still get to park in the handicapped parking lot.
But, anyone that qualifies for a disabled placard can park in them. My aunt has one and she has fibromyalgia.

Mike
Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Argl

It would definitely be ridiculous for me; Asperger’s competes with a fear of driving for my most defining trait.

Merida
Merida
1 month ago
Reply to  Zaldrak

People sometimes get those for non-wheelchair disabilities, or for vehicles which are used with someone who uuses a wheelchair but does not drive.

Scott
Scott
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

… I’m going to give your brain a minute to see if it can untangle the flaws in that whole query on its own.

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
1 month ago
Reply to  Scott

Bravo.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr. X

It’s no rocket science to make a car work without pedals.
Watch this:
https://www.braunability.eu/en/solutions/independent-driving/

Jedi
Jedi
1 month ago

Comeon Ethan, how about you activate a few more braincells 😉

Joey
Joey
1 month ago

Is nobody going to point out/notice that Scott’s either A: driving on the wrong side of the street. or B: driving a left-hand drive vehicle in a locale that requires driving on the left.

HeroStevyn
HeroStevyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Joey

The road perpendicular to them has a standard yellow divider, while the road they are currently on has a white divider, indicating that they are currently on a one-way street.

Phaet
Phaet
1 month ago

What if that IS him?? That’d be a real plot twist noone saw comming! Unless that’s the plan so if you hate spoiles (aparently some people do, no idea why) then… whoops 😛

Coastie
Coastie
1 month ago

Did anyone else notice that they’re driving on the left side of the road?

SomeGuy
SomeGuy
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

Maybe it’s a one-way street.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

Not necessarily; they could be pulled over. Illegal to pull over this way, but it happens.

Coastie
Coastie
1 month ago
Reply to  The Legacy

I don’t think so. They’re stopped at a red light.

James Stakey
James Stakey
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

The traffic light poles are set up for right side of the road driving. They are parked on the oncoming traffic side, so I understand the confusion. I’m more concerned that the wheelchair is on Ethan’s side. If this is Scott’s car, it would make sense for it to be in the front side passenger seat if Ethan wasn’t in it, but I’d think it would be in the driver’s side rear if Ethan put it in for him. Maybe I’m wrong though.

Coastie
Coastie
1 month ago
Reply to  James Stakey

I don’t think they’re parked. There’s quite a bit of distance between the car and the curb for that. Plus the nose of the car is in the crosswalk. If Scott parked the car he did a terrible job of it. It looks more like he’s stopped at a red light.
Before someone makes this suggestion, I don’t think it’s a one way road. The traffic lines are yellow, not white.

7eggert
7eggert
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

They do and we need to ignore the whole traffic situation here, it’s completely bogus.

Coastie
Coastie
1 month ago
Reply to  7eggert

Also, now that I think of it, I don’t see Scott crossing the median to illegally park the car. Ethan was having a panic attack over him driving at 15 mph. Which is silly. There are people out there that can get out and run faster than that. Granted that is above average for long distance running, but for a sprint 12-15 mph is normal.
Anyway, I don’t think Scott is actually driving on the wrong side of the street but rather Tim accidentally positioned the car that way.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

They definitely are right lane drivers, or have an imported car. The wheel is on the left side.

However you slice it, they are doing something dangerous. They are parked too close to a crossing (illegal in most countries), on a road where the traffic lights suggest it is a one way road, where they definitely are parked facing the wrong direction.

Then again it is very quiet at night, so why the lights aren’t set to stand by is anyone’s guess. This is now letting traffic wait for no reason.

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
1 month ago
Reply to  Coastie

Lights have now been edited so it makes sense. Two lane one direction road, yellow light.

Mr_Meng
Mr_Meng
1 month ago

My prediction: Zeke tries to kill Scott, Ethan saves Scott but gets killed in the process and discovers he still has his respawn super power.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 month ago

:Gasp:
IT’S OLD MAN EZEKIEL

Mike
Mike
1 month ago

Better late than never to load up the wheelchair in the back.