Sword of God: The Edge, p. 3

Ron Edwards / Michela Da Sacco

Ron Edwards / Michela Da Sacco

Long as I’ve got you here, there’s a lot of new data on this page. For one thing, he didn’t kill the guys on page 1, just whammed’em really hard. For another, this is his day job – poli-sci prof.

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About Ron Edwards

Game author and publisher via Adept Press / Biology author and former professor

Posted on August 9, 2016, in Adept Comics, Sword of God and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Santiago Verón

    Really interesting panelling and balloon placing on the bottom. So far the artist’s style was really really Italian, but these narrative techniques remind me of manga.

    I’m also interested at the way Ron is going to portray a classroom, since it’s obviously an important place to him (comes up a lot on both blogs, and linked us readers to Strong Female Protagonist specifically on its classroom chapter).

    That being said, the agent’s son reaction was a bit too dramatic for me. Not more so than any other comic or TV show in the world, though.

    Two more things: How does the FBI secrecy work there in the States? I realize a guy saying “my dad’s on the FBI” is realistic and happens in other fiction too, but it always puzzles me a bit because I kind of think of them as secret agents (I’m probably getting them mixed with the CIA).

    Last, I felt kind of weird writing “Ron” instead of “you” being that you Ron are the one reading the comments of your blog, but since I was already using the third person to refer to the artist I left it like that.

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    • Hi! Good observations throughout. A lot of the academic scenes in this series are influenced by my career experience. The student’s reaction is not unrealistic for such topics, especially in a city college, in a class in which the prof has established a certain informality. In that context, there is little of the detachment associated with a “classical” university setting, and the prof is used to returning a dialogue to less heated status, as part of his or her techniques. You’ll see how our fellow does in the upcoming moments.

      The FBI has always promoted public, visible status for its officers, associated with the required law degree and with the PR term “special agent.” T-shirts and baseball caps with the initials are common, for example. The agency expended at least as much effort to mainstream and professionalize its image after the Waco (Branch Davidian) events as it did under Hoover during Prohibition and WW2. Until recently, CIA officers were very jealous of this, as they had to pretend to be boring bureaucrats to everyone. When William Webster was appointed CIA Director after his directorship at the FBI, this difference was somewhat relieved.

      Therefore the student’s statement doesn’t breach security and isn’t perceived as a social breach either.

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