Comic 1342 - Good News

26th Apr 2016, 9:00 PM
Good News
Average Rating: 5 (16 votes)

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Centcomm 27th Apr 2016, 10:00 AM edit delete
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cattservant 26th Apr 2016, 9:02 PM edit delete reply

A sensible person!
Sheela 27th Apr 2016, 12:51 AM edit delete reply

Meanwhile, Dolly is stuck in Badass Mode.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 7:32 AM edit delete reply

Dolly has been in Bada$$ mode since before CeCi said it was time to GO, Sheela! Turned that knob to ELEVEN and broke it off. Dolly won't come down from there until she has turned Lynn over to Calliope or she is DEAD!
Dragonrider 26th Apr 2016, 9:05 PM edit delete reply

And now the $64,million dollar question. What happened to Democlus?
Sheela 27th Apr 2016, 12:50 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, he is the big mysterious bit right now.

Maybe Ranger Logrin has decided to be part of the party ?
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 5:18 AM edit delete reply

I can't see Logrin getting that far out of his zone, Sheela. Having said that, anything is possible. I wonder if it could be Miraiko? She could have moved him and has the ability to be a ghost.
StellarJay 28th Apr 2016, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

We'll have to wait longer to find out what happened to Democlus. Remember that he was on the other side of the door that kept him on that side and Arianna on this side. Some other mysterious person found Democlus and removed him before Decimus and his squad arrived at that door.
TheSkulker 26th Apr 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

Ah yes. The not unexpected scene change.

Thank you Dragonrider for your suggestion to the evil duo: Instead of a two or three day cliff hanger we now have one which may take weeks to get the next installment!
Dragonrider 26th Apr 2016, 10:41 PM edit delete reply

I was merely commenting on what Cent said on Fri about no scene change until Wednesday, so I deny any blame in this.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 4:50 AM edit delete reply

Your realistic culpability will NOT prevent us from BLAMING you, Dragonrider. :-D
chk 27th Apr 2016, 5:51 AM edit delete reply

Yeah. Thanks a bunch.
Dragonrider 27th Apr 2016, 8:17 AM edit delete reply

Ah Yes, Thank You alll my loving fans.
DLKmusic 27th Apr 2016, 2:37 PM edit delete reply

You're welcome... now hold still while I tie you to this stake and pour this red sauce all over you...

Dragonrider 27th Apr 2016, 4:20 PM edit delete reply

*Escapes from stake and impales DLKmusic on Horns of A Dilemma, soaks in marinade overnight and puts him in iron pot over fire. Adds veggies, potatoes to make Out of Tune Music Stew.*
DLKmusic 27th Apr 2016, 5:52 PM edit delete reply

hmm... starts singing "song that never ends" and "It's a small world after all", and watches in amusement as Dragonrider flees in terror.

(keeps "Gilligans Island Theme sung to the tune of Stairway to Heaven" handy just in case)
plymayer 26th Apr 2016, 10:20 PM edit delete reply

They need to move. Sooner or later the big bad guys are going locate them. Better to get moving gals.
HiFranc 26th Apr 2016, 11:09 PM edit delete reply

Unfortunately, moving means running into Decimus.
Just_IDD 27th Apr 2016, 1:58 AM edit delete reply
However, since Dec is moving towards them, that confrontation is inevitable. I somehow don't trust ari right here. After her other words...something seems off. She was freaking out about being down here and now there is icy calm.

Problem is I don't think she is strong enough to move her redshell without assistance unless I totally misunderstood her neurological condition.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 4:57 AM edit delete reply

There is a condition beyond fear, Just_IDD; however, I think Arianna is still plenty scared. She is just stronger than she suspected (also they are heading AWAY from her nightmare).
mjkj 26th Apr 2016, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

So, it was not Ari that saved Demo???

...and how did they pass Noctis and douchie...???

...or are they still ahead beyond the next security door?

Mark_L_A 27th Apr 2016, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

Ada tells Marcus that Lynn's biochip "seems to be like a hundred klicks away now" in Negotiations, so they were like 60+ miles away from Douchie, they rode the tram back at least part of the way, but could still be anything from 100's of yard to miles away from running to his douchiness.
Sheela 27th Apr 2016, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

That reminds me, how fast can a pair of combat androids like Ada and Teedee run ?

A hundred kliks could take a while.
Centcomm 27th Apr 2016, 2:49 PM edit delete reply

Td can run for a sustained period about fourty five miles per hour. Ada can run around 35 to 40 Miles per hour sustained.
DLKmusic 27th Apr 2016, 2:47 PM edit delete reply

@Mark_L_A: Arianna never got on the tram with the others. As terrified as she was of going anywhere near Aeneas, I would say they are pretty close the entrance at this point.

My guess about Decimus is that Kali has been deliberately goading him into choosing the wrong tunnels, and finding ways new and exciting ways for our fearless leader to slow his own progress down.

Kali: I think this blue tunnl is a Dead End, my liege.
Decimus: Don't you tell me what is and is not a dead end, Kali. We are Taking the Blue Tunnel.

Sheela 27th Apr 2016, 4:24 PM edit delete reply

So even at top running speed, that's almost 2 hours of running.

I guess they'd better get some sort of transportation.
Centcomm 27th Apr 2016, 4:42 PM edit delete reply

Yes they are currently a about a 1000 feet from where Nox and Democlus fought. We skipped the tram ride back.
HiFranc 26th Apr 2016, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

I wonder what Dolly is responding to.
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 8:03 AM edit delete reply

I'm thinking it is the location, HiFranc. She is confined in the tunnel without room to maneuver. She can't (safely) go back, so Dolly wants to clear the far end as fast as she can. Before anything ELSE closes it off.
sigpig 27th Apr 2016, 5:51 AM edit delete reply

I know that it isn't the case, but in Panel 1, Dolly sure looks like she's getting a nice handful...
cattservant 27th Apr 2016, 10:38 AM edit delete reply

It does!
Sheela 27th Apr 2016, 4:25 PM edit delete reply

LOL, I hadn't noticed that. :)
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2016, 4:02 AM edit delete reply

*boob honk sound effect*
Mark_L_A 27th Apr 2016, 8:29 AM edit delete reply

I now has a sad.

Gali didn't make it :(

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Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 8:36 AM edit delete reply

We tried Mark. And Luna Star HAS been nominated for Hugos, even if it didn't make the finals.

So I has a sad too.
Gilrandir 27th Apr 2016, 9:24 AM edit delete reply
Possible terminology clash here:

There is a "nominating ballot" and a nominations process during which many people may nominate any eligible work. By compiling all those ballots, the administrators select the final five which will appear on the final Hugo ballot -- which is then voted on my the members of that year's WorldCon. Typically, only the final five are referred to as "Hugo Nominees".

Note: for those curious, in this case "many people" is all members of the most recently held WorldCon, plus all members of the next WorldCon. And "members" here means both attending and supporting memberships. Anyone, member or not, may recommend a work for consideration, and there are several websites that aggregate and publish such recommendations, but only past and present members may nominate, while only present members have a final vote. So, if you really want to nominate something, it behooves you get at least a supporting membership in an applicable WorldCon.
chk 27th Apr 2016, 11:56 AM edit delete reply

I'm pretty bummed out about it too.

All we could do is try.
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2016, 4:06 AM edit delete reply

Honestly, I so was frozen with terror any time I even tried to think about being on the short list or (in a far and distant pipe dream) giving an acceptance speech that I'm kind of okay with this.

Also, I am a big huge burbling dribbling gibbering fangirl when it comes to Neil Gaiman. I would have FUCKING DIED if I'd even walked into a room he was standing in.
Stormwind13 28th Apr 2016, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

Maybe so, Rose; however, you DESERVE the recognition... Both of you. You are doing great work. Thank you both for that.
Sheela 28th Apr 2016, 7:50 AM edit delete reply

Wouldn't it be funny, if Neil Gaiman was an avid Datachasers reader ? XD
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2016, 3:30 PM edit delete reply

Finding out who Fairportfan really is terrified me enough; if I found out one of you guys was the Lord Gaiman? *high-pitched incoherent noises followed by muffled thud*
Gilrandir 28th Apr 2016, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
The problem with coming late to the party: I obviously missed that. :(
Mark_L_A 28th Apr 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Would it terrify you to learn I recommended DataChasers and LunaStar to Larry Correia, Michael Z Williamson, John Ringo, Sarah Hoyt, Toni Weisskopf, Cathryn Asaro, and a few other authors?

I don't know if they are reading but I'm friends with them all on Facebook, and I even get yelled at by Larry, John and Mike from time to time.

ETA: I'm also friend with Adam Savage on two different prop forums and I know for a FACT he has at LEAST read part of LunaStar.
Centcomm 28th Apr 2016, 9:47 PM edit delete reply

I would be overjoyed to know what they thought..
chk 28th Apr 2016, 8:24 AM edit delete reply

What Stormwind said.
Sheela 29th Apr 2016, 9:35 AM edit delete reply

Is it just me,or is it really funny that Rose is such a fangirl ? :D
Stormwind13 27th Apr 2016, 10:26 AM edit delete reply

Very nice picture of Julia, CentComm. :-)
chk 27th Apr 2016, 12:02 PM edit delete reply

Yeah. That is pretty sweet.

Why does Bloodhawk seem familiar?
Centcomm 27th Apr 2016, 12:49 PM edit delete reply

Bloodhawk2002 is my DA name also the name of a champions Hero I used in the HUB book.
Sheela 28th Apr 2016, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

I didn't even know you had a Deviant Art profile - Neat. :)
Deoxy 27th Apr 2016, 12:31 PM edit delete reply
I think she's going to die. Someone needs to die in the fight with the prince (coming up shortly), and the only other choices are all too important to the story. :-(
Matt Knab 27th Apr 2016, 12:51 PM edit delete reply

Anyone else hear the MGS alert sound? :D
Nef 27th Apr 2016, 2:40 PM edit delete reply

I need to go back and reread a few episodes...
Tokyo Rose 28th Apr 2016, 4:07 AM edit delete reply

Nope, can't, the Langoliers eat all that which is past and those pages no longer truly exist.
Sheela 28th Apr 2016, 8:08 AM edit delete reply

*makes a cereal munching noise while sneaking up on Rose*

*sloooowly rips a paper in half*
Speedy Marsh 2nd Apr 2017, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
I'm still not sure that Arianna is what or even who she appears to be.

If she is, then maybe she'll be freed by Maxus, and join Lynn and Acantha, as the third member of the "sisterhood of the traveling teens". ;)

If not, maybe she's yet another undercover agent (who knows where from?), and might have been found out, if she had gone to Aeneas.
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