Comic 1454 - Homeward Bound

21st Feb 2017, 9:00 PM
Homeward Bound
Average Rating: 5 (22 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 21st Feb 2017, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
I believe this marks the official end of our first arc.

Holy shit, this was just the first story arc?!
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jamie59 21st Feb 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Now for an ear full to Callope that CentComm will hate.
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 8:08 AM edit delete reply

It could get awkward!
megados 21st Feb 2017, 9:17 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, Lynn's being a wee bit rude, but she's sick of Nova Roma, and kinda sick of being treated like a little kid. TeDee was talking down to her just a bit, to be fair, but now, she is actually impressed. Mad respect, yo!
Dolly already has Lynn smiling. You can just feel the relief to be on the way!

WOOO! We. Are. Outta Here!

First arc = Epic! Rose, Cent, you Rock! Thank you!
antrik 21st Feb 2017, 11:46 PM edit delete reply
Well, while one might expect Lynn to have gotten more mature over such an adventure, she is still showing that juvenile arrogance that got her in this situation in the first place... So in a way TeeDee is quite right in treating her like a kid.

Seeing her results though TeeDee is probably more than merely "impressed"... Some MEATBAG cub almost matching an experienced android?! Inconceivable! :-)
Fairportfan 22nd Feb 2017, 1:02 AM edit delete reply

Heck, she and TeeDee could get to be buds.
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 11:06 AM edit delete reply

I think that Lynn has learned some things. Maturity takes time.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:40 PM edit delete reply

Oh she has but she needs a bit of time to figure all of what shes feeling out. and shes falling a bit back on old habits.
Stormwind13 21st Feb 2017, 9:27 PM edit delete reply

Wow. And a super ARC it was, Rose. Thank you for all your hard work. And thank you too, CentComm. Keep up the great work!
StellarJay 22nd Feb 2017, 2:57 AM edit delete reply

Ten years for the first story arc. Looks like this story is going to last a while. I hope the storytellers are hale and up to it.
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 6:04 AM edit delete reply

Well, we do know that one of them is "Hale" ;-)
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 6:45 AM edit delete reply
I see what you did there. ^_^
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 9:33 AM edit delete reply

oh har har har..
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 1:18 PM edit delete reply

Sorry . . . o_o
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
Not only "hale", but "heart-y" as well. ^_^
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 5:29 PM edit delete reply

I very much hope so!
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 8:55 PM edit delete reply

I say again.. Har - dee har har.. :D
Lurker 21st Feb 2017, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Well, that's one heck of an arc to start with. You ladies have given us one heck of a ride. Of course, I'm feeling like the little kid now, screaming "MOAR!" But I'm a grown up. I can wait. I can.

Seriously, thank you. You do great work!
Steven-Vincent 21st Feb 2017, 9:41 PM edit delete reply

Wow... 1,466 pages for ONE story arc.
DLKmusic 22nd Feb 2017, 2:07 AM edit delete reply

When they finish with the reboots, it will probably be closer to 1300-1350.

... Only 1350 (grin)

Congratulations, Evil Duo, This was definitely an E Ticket ride! Can't wait for the next one to begin!
Steven-Vincent 22nd Feb 2017, 3:10 PM edit delete reply

Still that is equivalent to ~60 issues of individual comics or about 12 graphic novels.

That is a LOT.
DLKmusic 23rd Feb 2017, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

I agree, Steven Vincent, and they put their heart and soul into every page, too...

Like I said, E-Ticket Ride!
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

You should see the archive on Schlock Mercenary.
All the Pickles 23rd Feb 2017, 10:52 AM edit delete reply

Yes indeed, 16 and a half years of almost daily updates. It's definitely quite impressive, though I can't imagine those strips take nearly as much time and effort as Data Chasers pages.
Timotheus 23rd Feb 2017, 11:34 AM edit delete reply

Well, I've got my 48 Oh, My Goddess! Tankouban on the shelf, but that only came out once a month from 1988 to 2015.
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

Another big one would be Girl Genius.
Though Schlock Mercenary is easily the biggest I have seen in webcomic, I think you could argue that the Donald Duck magazines is the longest running comic - But Donald Duck consists of many small stories, and not one singular ongoing plot. And frankly, the fact that Schlock Mercenary is still coherent after so long, is amazing !
Even ElfQuest as more internal inconcistency than Schlock Mercenary.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:39 PM edit delete reply

hehe .. dedication or crazy. you decide.
Steven-Vincent 23rd Feb 2017, 1:09 PM edit delete reply

Well, you're doing all this in DAZ, so speaking from experience, I have to vote for crazy.
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 1:58 PM edit delete reply

dedicated crazy ?
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 5:48 PM edit delete reply

crazy dedicated!
Haegan2005 21st Feb 2017, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

If you are going to tell a story right, tell it right indeed!
Timotheus 21st Feb 2017, 10:10 PM edit delete reply

I'm waiting for the moment a certain doctor finally gets to meet Calliope Taylor's latest masterpiece. Can Dolly deal with the clash of the egos!
robnot 21st Feb 2017, 10:31 PM edit delete reply
robnot 21st Feb 2017, 10:33 PM edit delete reply
an cramped,, that thing is almost the size of a drone...
Morituri 21st Feb 2017, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

Am I mistaken, or was that first 'e' an 'a' before the rewrite? It doesn't seem like the sort of thing there'd have been a reason to change, so I don't understand.

Or maybe I'm just wrong and it's been 'Nevarro' all along.

antrik 22nd Feb 2017, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
Well, it clearly reads "NAVARRO" on the actual craft on the previous page, and in some other places, such as the background in "co pilot" (presently )... But the tech page says "Nevarro". So there is indeed some inconsistency.

I don't see though how that would be related to the rewrite? IIRC it didn't see an appearance or mention until long after the pages that have been redone thus far...
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 7:43 AM edit delete reply

I proably goofed the name in the comments..
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 9:37 AM edit delete reply

@Morituri, I have seen it both ways, and have spelled it both ways, so I have been wrong at least half the time!
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

The correct way to spell it is on the craft.
All the Pickles 23rd Feb 2017, 2:33 PM edit delete reply

In that case I think every piece of dialogue that mentioned it has been wrong. There was some point back around number 400-500 where Ceci said Nevaro and I think all the other times it was spelled Nevarro, but the craft clearly says Navarro.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

.. we are blind and deaf.. stupid name for a stupid brick of a craft. >_<
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply

Maybe it's just one of those words with two spellings!
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 5:06 PM edit delete reply

It's at that point that you wish you'd just called the craft "Brick". :D
All the Pickles 21st Feb 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

An arc?! How can one simply call 10 years and over 1400 comics a mere story arc? Regardless of the terminology, this has been an epic story so far and I can't wait to see where it goes from here!
Sheela 22nd Feb 2017, 8:57 AM edit delete reply

Well, to be fair, the story arc isn't *quite* done yet.

It'll probably be a year or so before it's properly done.
Wolfsbane 21st Feb 2017, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

Congrats on finishing an EPIC story arc! You ladies rock!
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 10:53 PM edit delete reply

Thankys !
cattservant 21st Feb 2017, 11:33 PM edit delete reply

Gilrandir 21st Feb 2017, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
(More silliness. Here's the tune, for any who might need it. ^_^)

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale ...
A tale of a fateful trip
That put a doc with a temper short,
Aboard a tiny ship.

The Major, a mighty fighting man
Blessed with an iron grip.
The five of them set off that day
For a six-hour trip.
A six hour trip.

The city they left was getting rough.
Moods were running hot.
If not for the treaty that the Major made,
The doc was getting shot.
The doc was getting shot.

She wants the minnow to get to ground so she can ride in style
With Lynn Taylor,
And Dolly too,
TeeDee, who's pissed at Life.
In a flying car
With a mattress and better view
Than she's had for a while.
DLKmusic 22nd Feb 2017, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

Ugh! Now I can't get the song out of my head... Thanks a lot Gil, I'm tempted to return the favor!
mjkj 22nd Feb 2017, 2:40 AM edit delete reply

Be glad it was not the badger song...
DLKmusic 22nd Feb 2017, 4:03 AM edit delete reply

@mjkj: Good point... I should also be thankful it wasn't "99 Battledroids in the Air".
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 5:48 AM edit delete reply
We probably don't want to start a "Most Pernicious Earworm" thread. No one would thank us for that. ^_^
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

Gee.. thanks.. now i cant stop hearing that...
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 6:03 AM edit delete reply

Not bad! I'm just hoping that tune doesn't remain stuck in my head . . .
Ryu Santos 22nd Feb 2017, 11:18 AM edit delete reply

Thank you, Gilrandir.That was just what I needed to get rid of the other earworm I had.
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
Close, Ryu. Close. ^_^
Ryu Santos 21st Feb 2017, 11:44 PM edit delete reply

Epic stories need arcs like this. Otherwise they wouldn't be epic. Would "The Lord Of The Rings" or "Harry Potter" be as good if they were just a single abriviated book?
Keep up the good work ladies. I await the next arc with baited breath.
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 6:07 AM edit delete reply

There you go, Rose and Cent, two more comparatives for you: J.R.R Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling!
HiFranc 22nd Feb 2017, 12:40 AM edit delete reply

I wonder how Acantha would react to New Troy?
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 5:38 PM edit delete reply

I think it's going to be a real eye-opener for Acantha and Noctis. It's a whole new way of seeing things.
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 6:11 PM edit delete reply
Not necessarily. Remember the way pre-(American) Civil War Southerners often reacted when visiting "Free" states in the North. ("Maybe we own our blacks, but at least we take care of them!")
NOTE: I am not defending this viewpoint! I am just referring to it. It was historically present and it does reflect something about the ability of human beings to rationalize standards of conduct with which they are raised. I apologize to anyone who I may have offended with this reference.
Remember, New Troy has an ostentatiously large amount of resources apparently dedicated to the lifestyle of only a few thousand humans, while Nova Roma supports a population on the order of 50,000 humans. If that's how you keep score, Nova Roma wins, hands-down. And people will be quick to associate the worst inequities of the system as having been associated with and magnified by the reign of Decimus, rather than considering them systemic weaknesses in their own right.

I'm sure Acantha will be appreciative of, and impressed with, the sights New Troy has to offer; but I don't know that we should assume she will immediately leap to bring the ways of "New Troy Civilization" to the "Barbarian Hordes of Nova Roma".

We know that, for her, the cuisine is likely to prove lacking. ("The doctors released me weeks ago and you're still feeding me hospital food? Where can I get a steak?" ^_^)
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 6:46 PM edit delete reply

Oh sure, @Gilrandir, I agree. I do not mean to infer that Acantha is just going to go home and try to turn New Rome into another New Troy. There are many reasons why she can't. New Troy also has some drawbacks that she would not want to emulate, which I don't need to list. I'm only saying, that I think the both of them will see a way of looking at things, and doing things, that might offer some insight into a way forward for New Rome. Acantha has a huge responsibility ahead, and is going to have to come up with a plan or assist and have imput on one, to recover from the wreckage of Decimus'regime. Having new insights certainly can't hurt. Anyway, for now they just plain have a lot to take in. :-)

Just my 2¢.
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
New Troy might also be helpful for Acantha in some ways as "an example that went too far in the opposite direction of Decimus and we must strive for the happy medium."
Rashala 22nd Feb 2017, 12:45 AM edit delete reply

Next arc..........centcomm gets torn twenty new ones by calli and dolly and rose for the ceci thing........then. Rashala's revenge shall be unleashed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DLKmusic 22nd Feb 2017, 2:14 AM edit delete reply

I've got a poll to take for everyone! Now that the arc is finished, it seems like a great time to ask this.

This is an incredibly Immersive universe the Evil Duo has created, and since most of us are gamers, I'm curious what kind of character everyone would like to play in it!

For myself, I would be a mutant waster, spending his time trying to clean up the radio-activity out in the wastes to make the planet viable again. How about everyone else?
mjkj 22nd Feb 2017, 2:44 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm, I think I would take an Epiphyte...
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
Depends on the GM. And the era being played. I could see going with a New Troy Cop or an Initiate of the Church of Genetic Purity. The munchkin in me would have to ask if Cassian PCs were available. ^_^
Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
I can see advantages, like being a combat monster and having access to amazing intel.

I can also see disadvantages, like, um, Prince Decimus or something like it, and having to do every last thing he says every minute of every day.

'Cos there's no way you're getting a Cassian who's slipped the leash.
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 4:34 PM edit delete reply

Playing a Cassian would be quite . . . challenging, if it's done within a canon paradigm.
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
That is why, @Morituri, I said it would depend in part on the era. I have no real interest in playing a non-rogue Cassian during the reign of Decimus for the reasons you point out (among others).

Remember: the origin of the Cassians is still a mystery. Who knows what is yet to be revealed about them and their magic-tech. (Well, @Tokyo Rose and @Centcomm know, but they remain reticent.) There could be whole herds of free-range Cassian mustangs roaming in their natural state (vote incentive? ^_^) waiting to be rounded up, programmed for loyalty to the Throne of Nova Roma, and delivered in lieu of refrigerator parts. We'll have to wait and see ...
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 5:59 AM edit delete reply

That's a tough one!

I don't know which are playable characters, but I think I'd be similar to you in that I'd be out in the wastes, as a sort of trader, and half-assed medic trying to help out as I can, and occasionally returning to cities for supplies and R&R. *e: Maybe have followers based on whether you do their storyline content?

Otherwise someone (human or android) in Nova Roma working to straighten it out.
*edit Yeah, @Gilrandir, I wouldn't mind playing a Cassian.
Sheela 22nd Feb 2017, 8:59 AM edit delete reply

... can you play as a MurderTurd ?

Because TeeDee wants to play as one. :D
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
@Sheela - I think TeeDee would be content to play as a human or transhuman with the ability to teleport/summon Murder Turds into various places. I mean, I think that's really her dream.
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 9:28 AM edit delete reply

" Playable races " In DC are right now restricted to Humans and Trans-Humans. ( Like Maxus or Dusty or Septimus.

Almost everyone else is WAY-OP
Stormwind13 22nd Feb 2017, 10:03 AM edit delete reply

No androids? =O
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 6:30 AM edit delete reply

How about Miss Direction and General Panic, can we play as those ?
Ryu Santos 22nd Feb 2017, 11:22 AM edit delete reply

Well heck, that limits me to being Rose's go-fer.
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 4:48 PM edit delete reply
Does that mean, @Centcomm, that your DataChasers campaign is still ongoing? I thought it had concluded some time ago. Any open seats? ^_^
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 6:27 PM edit delete reply

Yes there is a on going game at the moment. It consists of 2 armsmen. ( one is a cryofrozen transhuman ) one is a infiltration / Sniper

One is a doctor. The other one is a Bio/ researcher.

SO far the game is going well :D
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 7:12 PM edit delete reply
Sounds cool. I hope it continues to go well.
DLKmusic 22nd Feb 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply

LOL, Cent, That's awesome! you do realize that a TON of your readers would Kill to get a seat at the table for that game!
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
I thought it was just me, @DLKmusic. I am the only one that asked about it, after all. ^_^
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

This is the very first I had heard of it. That IS cool! Kudos!
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 10:55 PM edit delete reply

heh. sometimes im ok. sometimes i kinda suck at it. after all i cant do insta research like in the comics. But it does help clarify stuff.
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 11:43 AM edit delete reply

Ha! Everyone sucks sometimes. The honest ones admit it! :-D
Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 2:57 PM edit delete reply
Screw the wastes, I don't want yet another 'mad max' clone. It was nice, but it's BORING now.

I would play as a civilized character who is part of the city but maybe gets out to the wastes occasionally. New Troy Search and Rescue, maybe, or a disaster-response specialist. Maybe a trader or a pilot or an engineer or something.

Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Play a slicer (ala Shadowrun). Adventures in virtual space -- all the joys of the jungle and civilization rolled into one. ^_^
Rashala 23rd Feb 2017, 12:27 AM edit delete reply

A recovered brain map scan of a person from the dawn of that techs time, placed in an android body, that accidentally had black angel tech in it yet I was unaware til put in a life death situation and accidentally unlocked it.
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 11:01 AM edit delete reply
@Rashala, "play balance" for you is something that happens to other people, right? ^_^
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

You guys need to add doggies to your games .. doggies are needed. *sage nod*
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Where else would they get the paratroops? ^_^
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 1:57 PM edit delete reply

Cats are better as paratroopers .. they land on their feet!
robnot 23rd Feb 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
heh , look up " Albedo " RPG..
an cats make the best pilots ...
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
When being tested for military aptitudes, cats always land on their fleet? ^_^
DLKmusic 23rd Feb 2017, 7:28 PM edit delete reply

@Rashala: I'll definitely give that one kudos for originality.

of course if we were trying to keep play balance for a character like that, you would be spending all your time fighting Cassians and Murderturds...

When the great murderturd migration begins, and new Rome is threatened, who do you call?

Where did Rashala go?????
Sheela 25th Feb 2017, 10:40 PM edit delete reply

He was chased out of New Rome as bait for the Murderturds, by a doggy.
mjkj 22nd Feb 2017, 2:34 AM edit delete reply

*lol* Lynn getting a little stir crazy... =P

Great to have wireless access - even from new rome...

Woah... the first arc??? How many more are planned? +1

Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

it will go on until we decide things have run there course and we cant do anymore.. or one of us die.
Tokyo Rose 22nd Feb 2017, 3:44 PM edit delete reply

Goddammit, Cent, the D-word is off the table.
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
"Decide?" ^_^
Sheela 22nd Feb 2017, 6:17 PM edit delete reply

Still feeling guilty, Rose ?
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 6:28 PM edit delete reply

Oh uh right. >_>
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 6:31 AM edit delete reply

Well, on the bright side, it sounds like Centcomm has fully recovered and is back to her silly self. :)
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 7:58 AM edit delete reply

. . . and thus, all is right with the world!
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 6:31 PM edit delete reply
Be careful about taking a specific word off the table, sometimes that just invites creative euphemisms.
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
What's wrong with 'creative euphemisms'? Speaking only for myself, I enjoy seeing a tortured turn of phrase bring an exciting new way of expressing a classic sentiment. Creative euphemism, political corrcectness, creative profanity, sly innuendo, entendre of all thicknesses -- these are the wide open spaces for those at play in the Fields of the Word.

... of course, then those same expressions become enshrined by orthodoxy, encrusted in habit and used to stultify thought, rather than stimulate it. :( And I find that particular progression rather tragic. And all too human.
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
I find nothing wrong with creative euphemisms, and if they're sufficiently creative then they're a thing of beauty.

However, if it's really the concept and the meaning that is the problem rather than just the phrasing, they have the potential to hit even harder.
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
With that, @That one guy, I agree.
Just_IDD 22nd Feb 2017, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
I'm guessing I know what the next Ark is going to be about but I have a question there seems to be some loose ends on this one still. Namely a certain someone stuck back in the AI complex.
Tokyo Rose 22nd Feb 2017, 3:45 PM edit delete reply

Those loose ends will get tied up in the process of the next arc. We're going to be spending most of the time over in New Troy, but cut back to New Rome here and there to illustrate what's happening there.
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 6:32 PM edit delete reply
Very happy to hear that. I was wondering if the end of this arc meant the next arc was a completely disconnected story or would just be a "new chapter" starting where this one left off.
Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
You mean Aeneas, right?

True, he's got some dicey times ahead. He's probably still feeling migraine-ish; his repairs are far from complete. Then even when he's feeling better he still has to deal with a city full of people who are utterly terrified of him who will all have a collective panic attack when they discover he's still alive.

On the plus side, he's got friends in high places. In fact a friend in the highest place available in Nova Roma. So she can probably at least get him the supplies he needs for repairs, without causing widespread panic.
mjkj 23rd Feb 2017, 3:22 AM edit delete reply

...and cookies...
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:13 PM edit delete reply

And cookies..

Perhaps cake.
antrik 24th Feb 2017, 10:05 PM edit delete reply
Aeneas *is* the A.I.S. complex... The remark was probably about Kyle. And I concur: it would be such a shame if we couldn't witness his tragic demise ;-)

As for Aeneas, if he's smart, he should try to keep a low profile, rather that announcing "I'm back, missed me?" -- just quietly going about his job running the city systems, so people only notice things working better bit by bit. By the time they figure out what that means, they might realise that perhaps it's not such a terrible thing...

(PS. Let's also not forget about the fate of Lynn's ova stuck at Nova Roma... ;-) )
Thomas 22nd Feb 2017, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
I know we aren't supposed to say such things given TD is pure distilled wrath and badass but that first panel she looks so pretty. Soooo prettyyyyyy.
Ryu Santos 22nd Feb 2017, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

Ack! Duck and cover! Incoming Death Gaze!
chk 22nd Feb 2017, 8:42 AM edit delete reply

Thank you both. Your work is more than exemplary and I look forward to much more. If I'm not mistaken, this will be eligible for a Hugo next year.

Keep your health in mind, though. Perhaps a break is in order.
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 9:29 AM edit delete reply

NO breaks! - we are already working on the next pages! So fear not! DC will continue!
chk 22nd Feb 2017, 2:58 PM edit delete reply

E h h h h h celent.
Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 3:06 PM edit delete reply
I think rebuilding Nova Roma - not just its shaken physical infrastructure right now, but trying to ameliorate the cultural and institutional damage done by Decimus' idiocy - is going to be a long process.

Maxus and Acantha are probably good for it in the long run, but holee crap. You can imagine what the 'senate' is like right now; a bunch of self-serving, corrupt, amoral toadies. And for that matter, a population that's utterly terrified of the people who you need to keep the peace, and officers throughout the Centurions who get off on abusing others and have never been checked, and.... Culturally, the place is a cesspit right now.
Sheela 22nd Feb 2017, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, besides, Calliope needs to meet Ranger Logrin so he can try to seduce her. :D

I dunno why, but I think those two would go together like fire and flame.
antrik 24th Feb 2017, 10:11 PM edit delete reply
Considering Calliope's position, her hooking up with a loonie spy would probably amount to high treason...
Stormwind13 23rd Feb 2017, 9:48 AM edit delete reply

No breaks, just more Breaker and Dolly? :-D
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:16 PM edit delete reply

What, so she can fall asleep on his dick again ?

That was quite funny, I have to admit. :D
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 1:28 PM edit delete reply
EDNA MODE: "Remember 'Peanuts', with Charles Schulz? (Nice man. Kind to pets.) He took the afternoon off to go ice skating."
cut to b/w scene of Charles Schulz slipping and falling to the ice on his drawing arm

"Remember 'Doonesbury'? Garry Trudeau went vacationing in China."
cut to b/w scene of Duke-like Trudeau, blindfolded and with cigarette up against bullet-marked wall

"'Pogo'? Crawfish festival."
cut to b/w scene of boiling kettle being knocked over and scalding Walt Kelly

"'Mickey Mouse'?"
cut to b/w scene of a ride malfunction on the Disneyland Bobsled ride

"'Calvin & Hobbes'?"
cut to b/w scene of Bill Watterson being abducted by aliens

"No breaks!" ^_^
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 1:33 PM edit delete reply

All the Pickles 23rd Feb 2017, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

...And now I need to go rewatch The Incredibles along with Gilligan's Island. Thanks...
Gilrandir 23rd Feb 2017, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
I make no apologies for encouraging people to (re-)watch The Incredibles. ^_^ I enjoyed that movie a lot.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

I did too.. :D
sigpig 22nd Feb 2017, 9:56 AM edit delete reply

The arc still hasn't ended yet. They haven't picked up Dr. Silver, they haven't made rendezvous with the NT fighter escort, they haven't successfully made it Anomalously through the Wasteland, we haven't seen Ada deliver Acantha to a NT hospital (or even make it to NT), Kyle hasn't made his escape from NR (not that we care if he makes it or not, but we kinda want him to be killed on the way), Miraiko and Julia make it back to Shinedo, etc ad nauseum... lol
Stormwind13 22nd Feb 2017, 10:08 AM edit delete reply

Knowing the EVIL Duo sigpig they could just start with another situation elsewhere leaving us HANGING. :-p

Eventually they could fill in bits and pieces in flashbacks and character comments. I could TOTALLY see them doing that to torment us more!
chk 22nd Feb 2017, 2:59 PM edit delete reply

I think they were supposed to rescue some friend of Minx's too.
chk 22nd Feb 2017, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

and throw out some eggs or something
All the Pickles 22nd Feb 2017, 1:10 PM edit delete reply

But that's probably the next arc. The first arc was getting Lynn into trouble and back out; the second will probably be extraction and handling the AI revolution after Noctis delivers a secret package to Centcomm...
Tokyo Rose 22nd Feb 2017, 3:46 PM edit delete reply

Some of that's going to be happening off-camera. :D
sigpig 23rd Feb 2017, 5:52 AM edit delete reply

Let me guess - the egg disposal that chk mentioned?
Stormwind13 23rd Feb 2017, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

The dead body removal of chk for bringing up eggs, I think sigpig.
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

A small packet called "CeCi" ?

... all hell would break loose then.
chk 23rd Feb 2017, 4:28 PM edit delete reply

Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 12:15 PM edit delete reply
Well, you may have said it was the end of your first story arc, but I'm going to congratulate you on the end of your second story arc anyway.

Because the story of Galino Kotko counts, IMO.

Woot! Go you! You could start on your third arc now if you want.... :-) Please?
robnot 22nd Feb 2017, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
third arc,,, staff & sword....
Timotheus 22nd Feb 2017, 2:23 PM edit delete reply

Do you suppose Lynn and Arcantha will lock themselves in a room for a marathon "Lost In Translation" session to get caught up on all their missed episodes?
Stormwind13 22nd Feb 2017, 2:45 PM edit delete reply

Binge watch the ENTIRE series from the beginning, Tim. Acantha will be in the hospital for a little while after all. :-D

Wonder if they can get Noctis to watch it too! }:-D~>
Tokyo Rose 22nd Feb 2017, 3:48 PM edit delete reply

"No one in this visual entertainment program behaves in a logical fashion at any time. Was this made for, or by, institutionalized mental patients?"
Stormwind13 22nd Feb 2017, 5:25 PM edit delete reply

And Acantha says, "I like it. I think I want to do my coronation ball with a Lost In Translation theme!" }:-D~>
Morituri 22nd Feb 2017, 7:33 PM edit delete reply
Lynn: Yes. Yes it was.

Acantha: After years of dealing with my brother, NOW you're finally getting around to calling someone on the crazy? Hell yes. I know you've been waiting for that.

Noctis: (pronounces an ellipsis. Neat trick.)

Lynn: Pass the popcorn!
megados 22nd Feb 2017, 9:48 PM edit delete reply

Noctis is very practiced at pronouncing ellipses.
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
"Noctis, if you keep criticizing my favorite stress relief show I'm going to order you to spend a decade with a minimum of 17 bows in your hair and constantly wearing pink lace dresses."
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

This is just my guess, mind you, but I think that trying to enforce that on Noctis would yield results similar to throwing yourself into a wood chipper. LOL
That one guy 23rd Feb 2017, 8:09 PM edit delete reply
@megados - For me or you, certainly. For Acantha, especially once she's officially ruler of New Rome, it only takes giving Noctis sufficient encouragement not to follow Malati and then a single order (lack of free will is a bitch sometimes).

Also, as long as Aeneas is on board with that kind of punishment, she'd have one hell of a helper to enforce that sort of thing even on someone who wasn't bound to follow her every command.
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 8:33 PM edit delete reply

I am less than certain, given the issues currently on Acantha's plate once she recovers, that getting Noctis to play dress up would be a very high priority. I could be wrong, however. In your original statement, you alluded to giving the order yourself, hence my admonition.
That one guy 24th Feb 2017, 10:58 AM edit delete reply
I don't think Acantha would actually order something like that for more than perhaps a day to make a point regarding her authority (if she felt it was needed), but I can absolutely see her enjoying making joking threats of that sort.

For the first person, I was following TR's lead of talking as Noctis and replying as Acantha.
antrik 24th Feb 2017, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Noctis with bows in her hair and pink lace dresses? Oh yes please! Now that totally NEEDS to happen!

(Not necessarily canon. We are a modest bunch.)
Matt Knab 22nd Feb 2017, 3:21 PM edit delete reply

Can't wait to see what you've got coming next!
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

its a coming round the pipe!
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 6:34 AM edit delete reply

Lynn starts to smoke pipe ?
highly irregular 22nd Feb 2017, 4:53 PM edit delete reply
It's not over? AWESOME! Congratulations!
Sheela 22nd Feb 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply

No no, this was only the FIRST story arc.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:10 PM edit delete reply

Oh no .. you hopefully have many years of DC goodness to come!
Woodsman 22nd Feb 2017, 6:59 PM edit delete reply
This has been a fantastically good piece of work. Thank You
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 8:46 PM edit delete reply

Thank you!
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:17 PM edit delete reply

"has been" ?

It's not over yet, boyo!
KarToon12 22nd Feb 2017, 8:44 PM edit delete reply

At long last, we get some happiness. Congrats on finishing the first story arc! This has been a long, awesome ride, and I can't wait to see what's in store next! :D
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 8:49 PM edit delete reply

Guns.. heads exploding .. more ship to ship combat and political craziness all here on Datachasers! ( hey its a better title than this. )
Gilrandir 22nd Feb 2017, 9:24 PM edit delete reply
You've already given your voters a preview of Anne Droid and Amy Reserve. (That was their names, right? ^_^ You only provided their first names, so I had to guess at the surnames. ^_^)
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

LOL yeah they will show up soon enough.
megados 23rd Feb 2017, 5:51 AM edit delete reply

Ohoho, it's DC meets MST3K !
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 6:36 AM edit delete reply

And here I thought it was from the muppet show ?
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 12:09 PM edit delete reply

Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

Oh c'mon Centcomm, you know you wanna spoof it !
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 8:53 PM edit delete reply

The first 15 pages was all that was planned for that - its a memorial to a friend who passed away.
All the Pickles 23rd Feb 2017, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

Upon review my comment seemed kind of callous and out of place so I deleted it, and now this response looks all out of place. Moral of the story: do things right the first time because deleting mistakes doesn't work so well...
Markonaut 22nd Feb 2017, 9:45 PM edit delete reply
Thanks for a great story! Ten years is an epic amount of work to be proud of, and it's a real page turner... er, clicker.
Centcomm 22nd Feb 2017, 10:52 PM edit delete reply

You guys are very welcome and you are the reason we keep going!
Sheela 23rd Feb 2017, 12:26 PM edit delete reply

IT's also not over yet! :)
Combat Medic Z 22nd Feb 2017, 11:23 PM edit delete reply

Yes, it has already been said, but it can't be said enough: The first story arc was truly epic, and I'm glad that you two don't plan on stopping yet.

The fact that, as soon as en episode is posted, the comments section explodes, people analyze the events to death and discuss every little detail back and forth, shows how involved people are with the story, how much they are absorbed in it.

And I'm sure there are many other like myself, who don't necessarily post a lot, but still eagerly read each episode. It's become an entire virtual world that sucks people in almost like an online game (ohhh, imagine a Data Chasers MMO... that would be amazing).

Good luck Cent and Rose with the comic and I'm very much looking forward to all that's still coming.
Centcomm 23rd Feb 2017, 11:46 AM edit delete reply

Thank you CMZ you are very welcome. and i hope you continue to enjoy! we have lots of stuff planned!
antrik 24th Feb 2017, 10:37 PM edit delete reply
Shouldn't Dolly want to clean up a bit before making that call? Don't want to get Calliope all concerned...
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