|Released||16 March, 2013|
|Created by||Wenqing Yan|
Hello World! (Part 1)
Short SummaryEditThis first issue starts the series in a very dark manner, showing the struggling revolution in CERia, as well as showing the censorship in CERia at the very end of the chapter, adding to the powerful dramatic effect.
This chapter is about the subjugation of the riots in CERia, showing how much power Solar Eye holds on the population. It also introduces Frey's idea of freeing CERia from censorship and corruption.
Long Summary Edit
The chapter begins with Vance witnessing a police officer holding a person at gunpoint. He repeats the word 'NO' over and over again while running away from the site of the protests. As he runs away, he laments the way things have turned out and, amongst a backdrop of increasingly violent acts of police brutality—which are censored by Solar Eye, wonders if this was what they were fighting for. He comes to the conclusion that it is not. Not like this. He asks Frey, metaphorically, "Is this the revolution you were fighting for?" before the words get censored away and we are shown an access denied page by the Solar Eye.
The 'YOU ＡＲＥ FREE' bandanna came from a combination of Occupy protestor photos and the words of the hacktivist Jake Davis aka Atopiary on Twitter.
Many of the protest signs were taken directly from real ones. Yuumei was awed by all the creative signs she saw when she participated in the Occupy protests.
The inspiration for the line of riot police came from her encounters with them during a Free Bradley Manning protest near UC Berkeley. The imagery of the line of riot police stayed vividly in her mind.
The famous pepper spray cop meme was incorporated into one of the scenes. She has friends at UC Davis, where the incident happened, so it was painful for her to see. At the same time, her fellow UC Berkeley students nad professors were being beaten by the police as well. Even more violent clashes occurred in the neighboring city of Oakland. But nothing can compare to the brutality faced by protestors in the Arab Spring.
The censored website design was taken from screen captures taken by Jacob Appelbaum when he gave a talk about how to use TOR to get over firewalls in various countries.
The cartoon cop is a parody of the Chinese internet police cartoons that are used to remind netizens that they are being watched and that they shouldn't post anything controversial.
The phrase "very violent/ and or very erotic" is a parody of 很黄很暴力. It is a phrase that the Chinese government used on TV to convince the citizens that the extensive internet censorship is to protect children against porn and violence. The obvious propaganda was ridiculed by netizens and became a meme.