Comic 1294 - No Threats Detected

10th Jan 2016, 9:00 PM
No Threats Detected
Average Rating: 5 (24 votes)

Author Notes:

Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 2:12 AM edit delete
It is with Profound regret that I mention that David Bowie passed away - Say a small prayer for him and his family.
David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, painter, and actor. Bowie was a figure in popular music for over four decades, and was known as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s.

Died: January 10, 2016
Spouse: Iman (m. 1992), Angela Bowie (m. 1970–1980)
Movies: Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Prestige, More
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Dragonrider 10th Jan 2016, 9:04 PM edit delete reply

Welcome Back. Can we Pretty Please have Ceci start calling Dolly Mommy. It would fit in Soooo well with Acantha's comment about her friends.
Sheela 10th Jan 2016, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

I'm very sorry, that variant of CeCi is not in control of her body right now.
Please direct any grievances and complaints that you may have, to the Watchdog module, and it shall ignore you in a perfectly frustrating way.

After that, watch your back.
Dragonrider 10th Jan 2016, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Don't think that Watchdog is in control right now. If it were then I don't think Ceci would be quite as cooperative as she is being.
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Sorry. I cant say much about Ceci other than Spoilers and she will have a very big part to play later.
Timotheus 10th Jan 2016, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

The points I keep recalling are how that Ceci was originally intended to be a free range extension of CentCom's "Dolls". The key phrase being when CentCom explains how she had to "cheat" to get all the programming and hardware she felt were needed into her. This obviously means there are multiple OS's at work here, not all of which are aware of each other. Hence her personality's ability to find a way to spark and the fact it seems that at times she's being run by a committee with a lurker in the shadows.
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Thats not a bad analogy
Just_IDD 11th Jan 2016, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
To take a character trait from an obscure Dark Sun Fantasy Series, Ceci is a manufactured Tribe of One.
Hana 13th Jan 2016, 3:19 AM edit delete reply
What does spark mean again? I somehow missed it, it seems. Or have forgotten. Equally plausible.
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2016, 6:37 PM edit delete reply

CeCi will have a big part LATER?!? O.o What was she previously, CentComm... chopped liver?!?
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:32 PM edit delete reply

Hmm... chopped liver.
Sheela 12th Jan 2016, 9:45 AM edit delete reply

mmmMmmmm .. chopped liver. :D
Wolfsbane 12th Jan 2016, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

with onions on crackers or toast... stop making me hungry!

(passing a big spoonful under the table to...someone) <whistling>
Lukkai 12th Jan 2016, 6:47 PM edit delete reply

Fried in butter with onions and served with Rösti... ohyeah!
Haegan2005 10th Jan 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Lol! weird friends indeed!
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

Yup ! Well shes got Lynn and Aeneas for a friend! they are pretty weird.
Haegan2005 10th Jan 2016, 11:48 PM edit delete reply

I can not argue that at all...
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:38 PM edit delete reply

I don't know whether we can count Setorius and Maxus. But both certainly aren't the embodiment of normal either.
Neither is Irene, all things considered. Even if certainly more so than the aforementioned.
I think Julia is about the most normal one.
lirvilas 10th Jan 2016, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Back in Business!!!

Some foreshadowing on someone's squishy demise, perhaps?
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

Mayyyybe :D
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:39 PM edit delete reply

goes the Big Bad!
jamie59 10th Jan 2016, 9:15 PM edit delete reply

Makes crushing beer cans easy.
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply

Squishy can goodness!
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:20 AM edit delete reply

Chrushing barrels is Aeneas' equivalent of making armpit farts. :)
Dongaria 10th Jan 2016, 11:41 PM edit delete reply

Great to see you back!! Also, we're big fans of the booty shorts. ;)
Centcomm 10th Jan 2016, 11:51 PM edit delete reply

Thank you! and yes bloody booty shorts even! :D
mjkj 10th Jan 2016, 11:58 PM edit delete reply

I really do hope that CeCi does not try to kill Aeneas...

Nice shots, Cent

*lol* I like the weird friends comment *hugs Acantha*

Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 3:32 AM edit delete reply

Hehe we shall see !
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2016, 12:21 AM edit delete reply

Welcome Back, Cent. I hope you're feeling better!

as of 11:20 pst, not only is DC sitting solidly at 9, but we are gaining ground on the 8 spot.

( I know I don't write, draw, or render for this comic, or participate in any meaningful way in it's creation or direction, but it's STILL a WE!!!!)
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

If you vote. you are helping and participating. Comments are also awesome! :D
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:21 AM edit delete reply

*smashes head into button*

I HELPED !!!!!!!1! :D
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2016, 8:25 PM edit delete reply

Not THAT button, Sheela!!!!

Damn, you just made Dusty Empress of the Known Universe!!! =O
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2016, 10:24 PM edit delete reply

IKR!!!! At least this time Sheela didn't launch the nukes, so I guess we're making progress??
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

Well, there aren't any nukes left and a new shipment is not expected before next week, so...
Sheela 12th Jan 2016, 9:47 AM edit delete reply

*bangs head on nuke*

Lukkai 12th Jan 2016, 6:49 PM edit delete reply I just snuck in a decoy to give Sheela something to play with.

Also the sight of our resident puppy running circles in the garden with a low-wield nuclear weapon tends to keep burglars away.
I don't know why, but it works.
The Old Scribe 11th Jan 2016, 12:56 AM edit delete reply

Welcome back, Cent! I like the design of those repair droids. You can see they're purpose built.

Wait until the girls see Kyle!
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 1:41 AM edit delete reply

Thankys! and yes .. wait till they see Kyle :D
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2016, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

Lynn is going to KILL Kyle for putting her through watching him 'die'! Then Acantha is going to atomize whatever is left for doing that to her sister! Kyle is SO doomed. Just like the (EVIL) CentComm wants. :-D
anonymous coward 11th Jan 2016, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
I may be misremembering, but wasn't it Tokyo Rose that particularly hated Kyle? (Out of the comic Rose, obviously.)
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2016, 6:19 AM edit delete reply

No ac, it is CentComm. Hates on (poor) Kyle with a BURNING passion. They even made a joke comic about it. :-)
cattservant 11th Jan 2016, 1:18 AM edit delete reply

Momentum gathers.
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:22 AM edit delete reply

The gatherers need more momentum.
Falanin 12th Jan 2016, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
You require more vespene gas.
Lukkai 12th Jan 2016, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

That must be placed on a vespene geysir.
Tango Xray Actual 11th Jan 2016, 1:23 AM edit delete reply
First and foremost - Glad you're back CC!!!

I'd have made that last balloon "and I have even *weirder* friends." LOL Great page! I love the look on Acantha's face... has that ol' 'what am I doing here' smidgen of panicky "I really not so sure I wanna be here Mommy" face ;)

Also what's with the 'pretty (technicolor) sparklies' over CeCi's head?
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 1:40 AM edit delete reply

Thank you Those are sparks coming from high voltage lines they are working on.
anonymous coward 11th Jan 2016, 1:40 AM edit delete reply
Just guessing, but I'd imagine it's either welding or cutting torch activity. I've seen similar patterns of glowing drops of hot metal and sparks raining down from both. If it's either of those things stay well back and avoid the area, there could be fumes and particulates involved that maybe carcinogenic and/or poisonous.
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 1:42 AM edit delete reply

Welcome back Anon! as you can see I was able to turn guest comments back on!
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:23 AM edit delete reply

Did the evil spammers go away ?
Mark_L_A 11th Jan 2016, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

Very Glad you are back AC. I missed your insightful commentary. Plus you have some good snark from time to time ;)
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2016, 2:43 PM edit delete reply

I agree with Mark... I always did like your comments! WB
anonymous coward 11th Jan 2016, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
I plead the fifth on whether or not I am the same anonymous coward. :)
Either way, let's see how long this lasts before the next spammer/griefer wave shows up. Data Chasers is popular enough now to be a magnet for them, just guessing by seeing that impressive #9 ranking graphic from TWC.

P.S. Congratulations.on that achievement.
Sheela 12th Jan 2016, 9:48 AM edit delete reply

Well, you could always make an account. :)
anonymous coward 12th Jan 2016, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
*facepalm* That costs too much unless you have a spare million dollars you feel life donating. That should cover the difference in business insurance premiums for at least one year.
TheD-Wrek 11th Jan 2016, 2:24 AM edit delete reply

Weird hobbies and friends. Only way to go. :3

Gorgeous page as always. :D
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 2:25 AM edit delete reply

Hehe Yep I know I wouldnt have it any other way! "D Thank you!!
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

I don't think I've ever noticed the sheer detail of the wrinkles and form on especially Lynn's clothes here before.
HeSerpenty 11th Jan 2016, 2:26 AM edit delete reply

Why does something tell me the danger levels will suddenly go from low to very high soon? Maybe I'm just paranoid :'D

And Acantha you are what you hang out with!! So YOU, young lady, are weird!!!! lolol
Centcomm 11th Jan 2016, 2:41 AM edit delete reply

Because the airraid sirens are going off in the background! oh wait they cant hear those thats right! :D

And yes it is confirmed .. Acantha is a weird girl. ( then again look at where she lives. And her crazy psycho half brother. eeesh )
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2016, 8:29 AM edit delete reply

Acantha is remarkably SANE considering her life, CentComm!!! Her parents were (most likely) MURDERED by Douchimus. The same person that did his DAMNDEDEST to isolate her. And now she has a civil war going on. If Douchimus dies, then so to do millions of others. Then she gets to her 'safe' haven and find it 'invaded' by unknown forces. Acantha is an EXTRAORDINARY young woman to not be a gibbering idiot in the corner!
Mudge 11th Jan 2016, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
I just finished re-reading DC from the beginning - I am stunned to realize we are coming up on the ninth anniversary of this comic. Your dedication is nothing short of phenomenal, Cent. Keep up the GREAT work. Following the adventures of Lynn, Dolly and the rest of the gang has been very enjoyable and I'm always looking forward to the next page.
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:25 AM edit delete reply

I'm sure the dedication is helped by both an increase in art quality, and nice comments.

It's always nice to be able to progress. :)
Matt Knab 11th Jan 2016, 4:22 AM edit delete reply

Aw, she played games with the doors so they weren't so serious all the time.
Sorry! XD
Just_IDD 11th Jan 2016, 7:05 AM edit delete reply
Now I wonder if crushing things with the doors results in stuff that looks likie it was hit by a freight train.
Stormwind13 11th Jan 2016, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

Yeah sad news about David Bowie. He changed music for sure.
Sheela 11th Jan 2016, 11:27 AM edit delete reply

Bowie was indeed a one of a kind.
Sad to see him go.
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:46 PM edit delete reply

Just going to leave this here:
Yorple 11th Jan 2016, 9:07 AM edit delete reply
Missing at least one game: Omikron: Nomad Soul
KarToon12 11th Jan 2016, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

Aww, no more bohemian rhapsody? XD
DLKmusic 11th Jan 2016, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

There will ALWAYS be more Bohemian Rhapsody, we will never ever EVER escape it....

(Let me go)
We will not let you go!
Lukkai 11th Jan 2016, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

Oh, mamma mia! Mamma mia!
Sheela 12th Jan 2016, 9:50 AM edit delete reply

Mamma Mia, let me go!
Beeelzebub got a devil set aside for meee ... for meeeeeee ... for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

*headbanging with floppy doggyears all over the place*
Stormwind13 12th Jan 2016, 11:35 AM edit delete reply

Feels Sympathy For The Devil if he is punished by getting Sheela! ☆_☆
Lukkai 12th Jan 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Pleased to meet you! Hope you guessed my name.
Stever 11th Jan 2016, 9:40 AM edit delete reply

R.I.P. Mr. Stardust

The weirder friends the better. XD
chk 11th Jan 2016, 10:24 AM edit delete reply

Yay. Welcome back Centcomm.
stoppdenbus 11th Jan 2016, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

great page - thanks a bunch.
And i like the weird friend pun very much :-)
Mark_L_A 11th Jan 2016, 2:00 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm the door has the word "Pressure" on it.

Maybe Aeneas has the means to over or under pressure areas in his domain? Which could be useful to render someone unconscious or to hurt them badly by giving them a a case of the bends.
Just_IDD 11th Jan 2016, 7:15 PM edit delete reply
@Cent I started to think you may be missing a pronoun in the last sentence of Acantha's big bubble on the lat panel. But now I'm not so sure. I just noticed that I inserted a bias where there was none. Perhaps as uttered by blue, 'it' would work, but I think I saw some push to use 'they' for singular or plural of unspecified gender.
anonymous coward 11th Jan 2016, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
That's dialogue, and it gets far more idiomatic than that. Spoken English is very much context-specific and culturally-variant instead of tending to follow any formal, generalized, standards of grammar and style. Spoken English frequently has missing articles, pronouns, and even absent verbs and nouns in sentences that are fully comprehensible and acceptable to the speakers and listeners.

I could give examples and explain further, but you haven't paid my ESL consulting fee yet. My rates are very reasonable, and can start with retainers as low as $5000 USD for small topics and short engagements. If you (rightfully) balk at paying such amounts of money to someone you don't know I could instead point you at 4chan and Reddit as cultural sources for very interesting English usage. ;)
Tokyo Rose 12th Jan 2016, 8:47 PM edit delete reply

I wrote the dialogue. Just checked it over, and I'm wondering what you think has gone missing.
anonymous coward 13th Jan 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply
I don't think it's missing, but I'm pretty sure they were talking about this bit of the text. The hypothetically-missing "it" is included in brackets in the appropriate place below:
"Once I was super bored, so Aeneas had me stack up a bunch of empty barrels and crates under one and (it) crushed 'em flat."
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 2:45 AM edit delete reply

Ahhh, yes, I see. No, there's no missing pronoun. As I ran the sentence through in my head (well, out loud, but we don't discuss how often I talk to myself), I was thinking of the door as being the tool Aeneas used, not as the door being its own entity. I can see how there might be a bit of confusion present. Chalk that up to me writing the line in the "voice" of Acantha, a teenager who's not always precise in her use of language. :)
anonymous coward 15th Jan 2016, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
Normal spoken use of the language is often much harder to decode than that, and relies upon contextual details and details supplied elsewhere in the conversation to be comprehensible. Consider the following dialogue at an ice cream stand, where one person walks up and orders a single, orange popsicle. Note how less than half the sentences have full subject and predicate completion, and rely upon the setting and the rest of the conversation to fill in the missing details:
"Yeah, hi. Orange one."
"Creamsicle or plain?"
"Plain please."
"One twenty-five."
"Here's five. No change."
"Thank you."
anonymous coward 15th Jan 2016, 5:27 AM edit delete reply
P.S. I'm not criticizing your writing here, or trying to teach you how to suck eggs. I'm sure you already know this, but I thought I should speak up in favour of natural sounding dialogue. :)
pastutopia 11th Jan 2016, 8:29 PM edit delete reply

It's sometimes hard to imagine how you make these pages, you must have sunk some serious time into these sets to get all those angles.

Sometimes it's like we are watching stills from a movie here ;)
Tokyo Rose 13th Jan 2016, 2:47 AM edit delete reply

Cent does indeed put SERIOUS time into set-building, to the point where we've had to go on hiatus at least once just for that. It's nice to see that people appreciate the effort :)
TAF 12th Jan 2016, 12:34 PM edit delete reply
Hmmmmm. Crushing doors. I'm thinking Murder Turd attack/defense.
Steven-Vincent 12th Jan 2016, 6:08 PM edit delete reply

Why is smashing barrels in between blast doors a weird hobby? Hmmm???
DLKmusic 12th Jan 2016, 8:23 PM edit delete reply

no problems with barrels. but CRATES???? that's just WIERD!
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