0238 - Friskergibblins - 2022.04.25
Hey, it's Kiesha Greenscale!
Kiesha has been a long-time supporter, and recently bumped her Patreon pledge up to $50/month, which earns her a cameo in the strip! I wasn't really sure where to put a shapeshifting dragon in the canon of Forward, and some may argue that just showing her face as a corporate logo is a bit of a cop-out, but hey... her company made Zoa! That's a fairly major part in the events of the comic... and it means that we may see that logo again later on.
If you want to help keep this comic coming (or keep me posting other art to FurAffinity or Twitter or wherever), you can also sign up on my Patreon at any level. Just $1USD/month gets you instant access to pdfs of multiple books and other downloadable goodies, $5/mo gets you a custom icon, $10/mo gets you a discount on all commissioned artwork, $50/mo gets you a cameo, and $100/mo could get you a custom-designed card or board game with the theme and play mechanics of your choice!
Anyway, as a side note before we move on, I'd just like to specify some terms.
A "general-purpose automaton" or "general-purpose robot" is one that is considered to be able to perform any task that an able-bodied human with no special training or abilities could do - wait tables, deliver cargo, write a book report, ride a horse, etc. That's why D-254 and Liz aren't general-purpose - they both have limitations, and can't do some things a human would normally be able to do.
Although, of course, as Zoa would point out, it legally isn't humanoid, in that it could not be reasonably mistaken for a human. A robot that can look like a human is an anthroid (android for masc-presenting, gynoid for femme-presenting), and those do exist (usually for use in show-biz), but are not allowed to just be out walking around where someone might accidentally give them basic income and the right to vote.
Oh! Before I forget! The name "friskergibblin" is something that was invented by my spouse to describe the little monsters that frustrate Big Al in The Paladin's Guide to Life. I would post a reference picture of them here, but I'm afraid they're exclusive content, so you'd have to sign up at that $1 level I mentioned in order to see what they look like.