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Okay so this started as a random train of thought last summer when I was reading up on the online collective Anonymous. I was also reading a lot of science fiction back then and this kind of spiralled off from there.

I find the theory behind Anonymous to be a very interesting one and I think it's even more fascinating that it works, in its' own way.
That being said, this comic is purposefully vague. There are several different ways to interpret it, and if it's not crystal clear in its' message, then that is because there is none. Well almost. I guess the only thing this comic has the balls to really say is that, however many (hundreds?) of years later, Anonymous is still around.

Let me know what you think.
Done in Photoshop.
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Digital-Diverge Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
well, that was dark..
nice work
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S4M0 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Artist
awesome. 
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Koogleblitz Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think what i got out of it was "the roles have changed", anonymous of the future is somewhat like an oppressive govt that they would  originally oppose, they "became the monster they were trying to slay" so to speak. Hence, " while we were busy telling the world to expect us, we failed to remind ourselves to do the same".  Its also possible that anonymous has split into two factions, one being the "traditionalists" and the other evolved into one that is lead by the tyrannical artificial intelligence which at one point needed humans to maintain them, but have now surpassed that level. The AI anonymous are probably the evil extremist version of anonomys where as the human side wants compromise, the ai wants to eliminate the human anon because they are inefficient and not extreme enough
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's certainly a viable take. 
Essentially it's a matter of perspective. Both sides here consider themselves to be the true Anonymous. 
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heraldodelmoro Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I barely understand it. But I appreciate your work
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klosx Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Incredible! Watch my comic is about Anonymous too Thanks! klosx.deviantart.com/art/Facis…
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81Scorp Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist

Nice twist. For me it first seemed that the white haired guy was gonna be anonymous since the other guy seemed a bit authorative and had the upperhand.

To me it always seems like anonymous is the underdog.

 

Cool comic. :)

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LohceAzcry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
But I'm not going to hate on whoever supports them. 
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I for one am neither a supporter nor a hater of anonymous. I just liked the general idea, it provides a good basis for speculation (and fiction).
Thanks for all the input!
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LohceAzcry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I think the concept* of Anonymous (*don't you wish there was a italic option?) is quite grand in the fairy-tale type. A brave group of anonymous hackers/knights fight against the evil tyranny/king that calls itself a "government". It's a wonderful idea. But that's not what I see in Anonymous. Maybe, in the beginning, they were that fabled group, but now I see them as a mass of hackers/trollers who will attack anything that displeases them and usually put people's privacy on the line for it. Sony tires to stop hacks on the PS3? Anon gets ticked and compromised almost a million accounts and pulls down websites. They tore down the CIA website, attacked Paypal (who lost about 5.5mil) and other companies when they denounced WikiLeaks after the site released hundreds of classified US diplomatic cables. They take user information like social security numbers and post it publicly for sh***s and giggles, they take down entertainment sites like Minecraft and League of Legends "for lolz", they attack government websites and used polices' stolen credit card numbers to donate to different causes.
Their attack on anti-democracy in the Middle East, homophobia, child pornography, censorship, tyranny and abuse of power is appreciated and thoroughly applauded, but compared to the enormous amount of problems and chaos they create Anonymous has done much more damage than repair. 

There's my two cents. Don't kill me. : )
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Bansini Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is an italic option, you need to use html.
< i>insert text </i > 
without the spaces near the < and > should do the trick. ^^
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LohceAzcry Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Student General Artist
I love you.
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Bansini Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There we go! You are welcome, and I love you too! :heart: ^^
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't disagree with you outright, but one thing:
anonymous (as far as i understand) is just a concept, an outlet. It's not one solid group of people and it's certainly not organized. there is no clear "they" to even speak of. I don't actually know, but it would stand to reason that the people who for example attacked sony, or league of legends, have nothing to do with the people who exposed a ring of pedophiles.
Anyone can be anonymous. As such, the name can be used or misused for whichever action a group of individuals seem fit (which is kinda what this comic is about). The name itsself has no positive or negative value; it is neutral. The individual actions taken by anonymous certainly can and should be judged on a moral basis, but anonymous as a whole, cannot. Because said whole does not exist.
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LohceAzcry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, Tflow, Topiary, Sabu, Kayla (from what've I've heard, very notable Anons) and their LulzSec didn't impress me. Especially their "Titanic Takedown Tuesday" where they literally went, "Tell us what you want down and we'll do it." The heck did EVE ever do it Anonymous? 

But isn't the basic thesis of Anonymous, regardless of title, to defend against government abuse of power, censorship and tyranny? 
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah i thought it was about freedom of speech, mainly.
but that's in theory. an ideal that, whoever originally came up with the concept, might have wanted other people to strive towards. The fact that anyone can be anonymous however, that the name can basically be used for whatever, inevitably leads to misuse. That comes with the territory.

Regarding lulzsec: you clearly know more specifics than i do, so correct me if i'm wrong, but they went ahead and gave themselves their own name. Even if everyone of them is also an anon, what they did in the name of lulzsec, happened in the name of lulzsec.

I'm not even defending them (or anonymous, for that matter). I just feel it's a bit of a misunderstanding when people speak of anonymous as some kind of coherent collective, in which every single member is held responsible for every single action ever taken in its' name.
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LohceAzcry Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Alright, I'll give you that. They did say they weren't part of Anonymous, but the fact most if not all of them were Anons doesn't help. And the partnership with Anonymous for the infamous "Operation Anti-Security" really doesn't help either. Go look it up if you haven't. It's not pretty. 

And, yes, it is misleading to think of it as a shadowy collective of high ups who gather in a dark room and discuss plans. But evidence proves they act like a group on multiple occasions: if a lot of people like an idea, like, oh, vandalizing the website of the US Navy, a lot of people under the title Anonymous come together and do just that. They, as in everybody who is a part of Anonymous, need to take responsibility for their injustices because, no matter what people say or do, they will be viewed by most as an organization because a lot of people don't really know who, or better, what Anonymous is. Most of their info comes from a flick of the eye on a news page. 

So when half a million usernames and encrypted passwords belonging to players of Battlefield Heroes is published online by people who wave the flag of Anonymous and it shows up on the news, Anonymous themselves can't direct the blame when they do nothing about it. The people who cause mayhem and chaos are under the name Anonymous and tarnishing the reputation. And you don't have to say "OK guys stop being mean or you're out" or take drastic action. All you have to do is say, "Hey, there are some idiots in the world who like to use the name for the wrongs reasons. Their actions represent a minority. Anonymous is not about that."

Sorry for the rant. I'm just a little peeved, cause I just popped off a discussion of total blind faith to Anon. *shudders*
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No worries, i get where you are coming from.
i'm pretty sure anonymous has already done what you described in your second to last paragraph though, aka publicly explain the concept and the dangers that come with it. there is a website, undoubtedly set up by anons, that explains exactly this. I don't know if it exists in english, i read it in german back when i did my research, but i'm assuming it does.
It's tricky because of course when someone, or a group of people, do something harmful in the name of anonymous just because they can, and this gets reported on the news, blame is assigned to that name. And when someone who doesn't know shit about anonymous sees a report along the lines of "anonymous hacked an assload of accounts", that's where that misunderstanding is born. makes sense, people should be held accountable for their actions. The problem is, anonymous gives people a way to avoid just that. But most people wouldn't get that, and think it's all one organization.
But again, this comes with the territory, this is inherent to the concept itsself. It's precisely this ambiguity that i find interesting.

again, anonymous as a concept is not good or bad. It is neither, and both, at the same time.
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DJ-ENOJI Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
THIS IS FREAKING AWESOME FOR ANONYMOUS!
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Odd-Tech-0support0 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is cndscoduhscahcajvnaojvdperfectPERFECT as no word can describe how well akfjdcnhsckjhfnvhdnf sd awesome it is
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SuperShadowArt14 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Although confusing, I really like the idea of this comic. It's a thinking comic. :D

I also really like the idea of the neck brace and the "X" that probably is choking him. (He looks like the Master from Doctor Who. :XD:)
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KdaAnimefan Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Writer
interesting
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viewingthispage Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
I think I understand. Both of them are anons actually. Since this is taking place in the future, my guess is that the "convict" is in a part of the organization that has gone rogue. HE thinks he's right because he belives he is following the cause intended by the organization. meanwhile, the classic depiction anon explains through certain imagery to keep it vague," because its a anonymous thing," TRANSLATION: We started out fight for the right to remain free within our lives, weather it be within the web or on in real life. We defended those who were not able to fight for their own right at freedom. We attacked what watched others behind the one-way glass, monitored every action in the world, then used that information to exploit and threaten the freedom of those who were under protection. We created a system that cut out the middle man, that stopped anyone from being able to gain control over others. What we neglected was that while we were defending others outside, the organization was being overtaken by ideas on the inside. People like you, took the organization seriously, and that was a good thing, but they began to put that feeling of security before what mattered. The system became an infected drone, bent on serving its purpose no matter what the cost. People like you did not realize that even though they were doing what they were asked to do, they did not realize what damage they could cause. Their crime... Your crime, is not the consequences of your actions, but your neglect to the extremity your actions can reach. You did your job, but you did it without the purpose it was given. you were here to defend, instead you put the safety of those you were suppose to protect in jeopardy to reach your goal of protecting them. You did not FORGIVE those whose purpose was to do wrong, but you FORGOT the purpose of defending others.
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Odd-Tech-0support0 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
very good interpretation, it is a higly clear one, i realy like it
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey, thanks for the kind words as well as the in depth analysis!
You're basically correct too!

Or at least that is one way to interpret this story. The flipside to this version is that, for all we know, the guy in the suit may be representing the side that went rogue. They both present themselves as the voice of Anonymous, but (from what I could tell while reading up on it) there is no one clear voice.
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viewingthispage Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
thank you for such a deep piece. I love seeing things that take a lot of understanding and the ability to interpret, especially on this one, since you must understand both sides of it.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Honestly I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to understand it. The way the message is portrayed, it's not very clear. And the way it's written is probably not too good either.
Thanks again!
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viewingthispage Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
your welcome! i'd hope to see more like this later on. I do like decoding stuff like this
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viewingthispage Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I,ve never seen something like this, the overall haunting tone it sets shows, like the group themselves, how much power an idea has, but the damage it can inflict if it is abused or in this case neglected
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LVCProductions Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow...that was a completely reversal! I thought the dude in the sweat shirt was Anonymous! Very good work!:heart:
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Haha, yeah PLOT TWIIIIST, hahaha. Thanks!
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InNooneWeTrust Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
I think this is amazing. Very well done
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing. Great job.

Personally, I find Anonymous to be a joke. Yes, the whole "movement" is comprised of hackers, but they're too frivolous to be taken seriously. They hardly do anything at all, yet constantly remind us that we should "expect them". And they quote far too many things for their own good. I guess their creativity is diminished by their egos. All in all, Anonymous is a little fad comprised of computer nerds that will die out and be forgotten sooner or later. :shrug:
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well I think the interesting bit is that, in theory, you can't really label Anonymous in such a general fashion. There is no unified goal, no one direction. That makes it very difficult to categorize, and the apparent lack of structure / leadership is why a lot of people don't take them seriously. But "they" could be anyone, it's just a concept.
Personally I'm curious to see if the Occupy movement is going to experience another renaissance in the summer.
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your-first-boyfriend Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Meh, most people treat them like a unified people (from what I've observed). There's no real threat from them, really. You take the same precautions with any hacker and they really won't be able to do anything worse than possibly overload your computer with porn. Bad analogy, whatever, but it's annoying how powerful everyone makes them out to be. ._.
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Kiara-Robinson13 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Writer
Simply amazing
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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HDReaper Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
We are legion.
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Radio4ktiv Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The people SHOULDNT be afraid of the government,the government SHOULD be afraid of their People
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Not a big fan of the Anonymous movement, but I havnt done much research into it. Reminds me of manifestos from the past I have read and anarchism. That being said, I dont hate the people that are involved. It is there right to believe the way they want.
I do however really like the comic and the concept. Its pretty cool. The color scheme is particularity nice. What sci fi was you reading at the time you came up with this?
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh damn, sorry for never getting back to you.
I was reading Alastair Reynolds. Had just finished Chasm City I think, and was getting started on Redemption Arc. Pretty awesome ideas in there.
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Yeah I looked up the books. Never heard of them till now. They do sound interesting. I have been reading sci fi by Robert H Heinlein. The Cat who Walked Through Walls. Im on the third book, but its kinda lost me, so I don't know if I will finish it or not.
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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've read some conflicting things about Heinlein, but never one of his books. He's the one that created the Starship Troopers universe right?
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Yeah I have read some negatives about him. But I read his book Rocket ship Galileo before I even knew who he was and that he was the man who created the Starship Troopers book. He has some very good work, I have never read that one though. If you don't know the big reveal to Rocket Ship Galileo its pretty surprising when you come to it.
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Mery98ist Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We are Anonymous
We are legion
United as one
Devided by zero
We do not forget
We do not forgive
Expect us

Or

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive censorship.
We do not forget the denial of our free rights as human beings.
To the United States government, you should've expected us.
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selfworthv Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
ITS AN AWESOME ART WORK BRO.KEEP IT UP.GOD BLESS U
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nanashi89 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
"Tell all Anons to read my message to thenewschannel1247 regarding the proposed armed uprising. Bubba needs new bitches so do it without us. Or not? You betray the occupy movement,Anon is history. Count on it.

TheROACHED1 2 hours ago"

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FabianMonk Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I don't mean to be rude, but I am neither a member of Anonymous nor am I a citizen of the United States...
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nanashi89 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Sorry, I just posted what I was told.
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