Comic 729 - 6 April 2015 - Diana Ashton-Schmidt

6th Apr 2015, 1:23 PM in ProfEtheric
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6 April 2015 - Diana Ashton-Schmidt
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6th Apr 2015, 1:23 PM
When Edward Chapel was nearly ruined by a particularly vicious run of industrial espionage, he invested a lot of resources discovering who was behind it.

The culprit was Diana Ashton-Schmidt, who was working on behalf of Joseph Drake (CEO and owner of Drake Industries, Chapel's greatest rival). Chapel did the only sensible thing and made Ms. Ashton-Schmidt an offer: work for him and he would double her salary and install her as Director of Operations for Chapel Enterprises International.

In her time with the company, Diana has proven to be determined, intelligent, competent, and cutthroat. She is one step removed from Edward Chapel's inner circle, removed only by her potential to be hired away.


6th Apr 2015, 5:04 PM
Is CEI publicly traded, or is it a private concern? Because stock options would be a pretty standard method for keeping her on board, as well as some pretty nasty legalese in a very, very lucrative contract. Also, if you wanna go the full Putin on her, you unleash the government on your former fiscal allies when disagreements break out.

I guess I'm saying there's plenty of punitive methods of enforcing loyalty outside of the ultimate method: removal from employment that offers full actualization.

Yeah, this profile and that CEO critter from earlier would suggest a generally dark attitude towards upper corporate culture on this site.
6th Apr 2015, 6:26 PM
CEI is privately held. There are a number of shareholders, but Edward Chapel holds a vast majority of the shares (67%).

RE: dark attitude. The cavalier disregard a lot of corporations hold for human life and dignity fosters this attitude. Plus, being that we the Comic Furians are involved in creative storytelling efforts, corporations make GREAT villains (only a few places down the list from Nazis or evil cultists).

Of course, like many things in my stories, there are a number of facets to CEI. Edward Chapel is far from a monumental evil.

Remember, lirvilas: YOU were the one asking for more Chapel. Given that I have already shown Edward Chapel in comic, I can't show him here. I CAN, however, show the designs for those around him. My pattern dictated a female character today, so we get Diana. It could easily have been Chapel's PA, Bethany (who is likely to show up in 2 days).

Infodump FTW.
6th Apr 2015, 6:47 PM
Eh, I'm not bashing on anyone's choice of cast other than mine own. I've been mulling over the "anarchic racist rebels versus debauched liberal internationalists" thing I've got going, specifically how there's more diversity to be found in my "villians" than in my "heroes".

To expand on a certain other deleted rant, I'm talking about the role corporations play in humiliating various backwater U.S. states into more enlightened social policies.

None of this should be taken as any distaste in seeing CEI's org chart--the very act of scribbling the movers and shakers reduces the ease of slipping into the whole "faceless corporations" thing. As in with the CFEEEFEFEFE (or whatever the abbreviation was) keep up the good work.
6th Apr 2015, 7:01 PM
Be warned: if I ever introduce a truly faceless corporation (one which isn't affiliated with a persona of some sort), then that is a sure sign of true EVIL/Illuminati pawn/Majestic-12 interference/shadowy cult of eldritch horrors/Republicanism...

I'm totally kidding with one of those. :)
6th Apr 2015, 8:40 PM
Yeah, I'm not really sure why you're lumping the Illuminati in with the rest... last time I checked they're just a bunch of old dudes who drive tiny motorcycles in the Fourth of July parade. :)
7th Apr 2015, 1:04 AM
Why do I think about a young Hillary Clinton? O__o
7th Apr 2015, 1:12 AM
Oh, wow... I seriously didn't think about that. I was just going for "powerful female executive type", which I guess is an apt description of Hilary... :)