Comic 874 - Closer than you think...

25th Jul 2013, 6:00 PM
Closer than you think...
Average Rating: 5 (20 votes)

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Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete
day 3 of the card contest - got some awesome entrys - check it out here ..Card contest
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mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:00 PM edit delete reply

Congratulations to the one-thousandth comic update :)

...well, at least until you replace some more pages, Cent...

Wow, those two are really close. Ada must trust him quite well and is seeking comfort from him - so he really must be a nice guy ... somehow somewhere...

Edit: first :)

Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:02 PM edit delete reply

Heee ! I know huh? but 1000 strips is a big negitive to some people .. :(
mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:04 PM edit delete reply

Why is it negative?
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

people see 1000 pages and go .. OMG I dont want to read 1000 pages -AGH! even though it doesnt seem to take that long to actually read with all the single panel pages..
mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:28 PM edit delete reply

Oh, well, that is too bad, your story definitely deserves to be read :)
Don B. 25th Jul 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply
You wouldn't believe how many times I've found a promising comic that had less than 50 pages and then just stopped. Not ended. Stopped. It's very disappointing and makes me avoid any future efforts by those whose creation it is. Finding a good comic that has a lot of pages and is still going is rare for me. Sure, it takes a little while to get through the archive but that never bothered me. You have stated that Data Chasers has an ending and while I'll be saddened by that come the day, you can bet that I will be there for your next project.
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:57 PM edit delete reply

Actually.. Luna Star has a ending. Datachasers Does not. This is just the first story arc.. we have no intentions of stopping .. :D
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

YAY!!! Never-ending Story! :-D
Computant 13th Aug 2016, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
Does it have a luck dragon?
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 6:24 AM edit delete reply

So Luna Star will go on until 900 + years are done and where Data Chasers starts. That's a long Comic for sure Dudette!
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 7:01 PM edit delete reply

Been there, done that Don... And still keep on the lookout for new comics (which is how I found Datachasers after all :-D).

Have to agree though, when someone drops the readers without an explanation, how can I trust them to present something later? Now if they got sick or something, okay. Just let us KNOW!
If they won't do that, then I probably won't read them again.
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:06 PM edit delete reply

I totally agree.. thats why I really try to let you guys know whats going on ..
Don B. 25th Jul 2013, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
I've never stopped looking...that's also how I found Data Chasers. All of the disappointments haven't discouraged me. I still remain optimistic. As a 47 year old geek, I know all about discouragement. You know, the "comics/cartoons/etc are for kids" thing. Sure, we all have to become responsible adults at some point but it never made sense to me that you need to give up the things that make life enjoyable.
Antonious 26th Jul 2013, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

"Just let us KNOW!" Thank you Stormwind13. That should be the mantra/chant of every reader and rule to live by of every creator. Yes there will be some for whom no explanation for the ending of a comic or story will be good enough. Most however will grant "good behavior" points at least if, not full understanding, if the creator makes the effort to make the final "I quit" post rather than simply vanishing from the web. I understand that is not going to happen if a creator dies and no one else has site admin access to make such a post.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:58 PM edit delete reply

Actually .. Me and Rose both have access ..So if I cant post she can.. :D
JustNoPoint 25th Jul 2013, 7:20 PM edit delete reply

One thing I found that seems to help those kind of readers is to have an abridged version of your story.
Yes, it's best if one reads EVERY page. But for those that'd refuse to do that why not give the option of the next best thing?
You don't have to. I just know that I only had 300 pages and had some commenters thanking me for the abridged because they didn't have time or patience to read it all and wanted to just jump into the story.
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

we really should do another recap.. we did one .. ( its listed as Sunday RECAP ) but im not that great at making recaps.. >_<
Fairportfan 25th Jul 2013, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Hah! I laugh in the face of a mere thousand pages! I snap my fingers! I fart in its general... uhhh ... sorry, too much Monty Python at an impressionable age (27).

But i did a full archive binge on Questionable Content in three days. (2499 pages)
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 11:26 PM edit delete reply


Clearly, you are well trained in archive binging .. so maybe you're ready for a full Monty Python's Flying Circus archive binge then ?

Thare's quite a lot of them. :)
Antonious 26th Jul 2013, 8:00 PM edit delete reply

@Fairportfan: Try this on for size. Metamor Keep story archive
Metamor Keep's total word count is approximately 6,326,475.

There are 546 stories in all, and the average story is 11,587 words long.
Stormwind13 27th Jul 2013, 1:16 PM edit delete reply

Yeah Antonious, but those are only WORDS... And words never scare us. I read that many in a year for sure. :-D

And for that matter if pictures are worth a thousand words then Datachasers has something like 2,487,000 words PLUS the words that Rose added in [that is based on 2487 panels, counting one picture per panel]. And then we have the comments to boot.

Might not add up to 6 million plus words, but it is still pretty respectable. :-D

Lots of effort from the team of CentComm and Tokyo Rose. And we thank you for putting forth that effort on our behalf. :-)
Weiser 26th Jul 2013, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
I recently read these 1000 pages - and they are awesome! Mille grazie! ;)
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:57 PM edit delete reply

welcome aboard :D glad your liking it :D
jamie59 14th Aug 2013, 9:43 PM edit delete reply

Whole lot of pages but worth it. I found this comic about a week ago been reading through sence. It's such a good story I'll be a little sad when I catch up & have to wait for updates.
Centcomm 14th Aug 2013, 9:57 PM edit delete reply

well you can always check out Luna Star as well - same creative team and just as awesome :D and thank you so much for the compliments THIS is why I do this.
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

Because it takes so long to get through the backlog to get current. It was intimidating when I realized just how much I had to go through when I found Datachasers around the first of June.

I almost didn't get started, but then the artwork got me interested. Then the characters felt, real, and called me to want to know more about them. And there was a STORY going on which totally hooked me.

So I not only managed to get through the entire catalog, but almost lost track of things because I was so interested. I had to MAKE myself stop and eat. Had to stop and get some sleep, so I didn't miss out on things as my eyes got crossed from being too tired. Moreover, once I got done, I was eagerly looking for MORE! :-)

Then I had to go back and starting to put in my 2 credits worth. :-D

(Gah, all the other replies have moved this WAY away from where it started off of mjkj's why is it negative)
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:23 PM edit delete reply

thats happened to me.. I did that with questionable content .. and Unsounded.. could.. not .. stop .. reading .. :D

I adore you guys .. seriously..
mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:32 PM edit delete reply

Well, I did that with several webcomics and webfictions...

...try to start reading Freefall, I think they have over two thousand strips (approaching 2400)... 8o
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:36 PM edit delete reply

Oh I know there are larger strips out there :D and one thing ive found is the people that read DC are some of the most awesome people :D
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:50 PM edit delete reply

The worst for me was Schlock Mercenary... Gah, has not missed a day since he started posting in June of 2000. Of course, I have been reading for the last few years so it wasn't QUITE as daunting when I tackled it.

Of course, I wasn't reading very many webcomics then either. :-)
Don B. 25th Jul 2013, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
I couldn't see straight for a day or two after finishing Schlock was totally worth it, especially the "turd on a flame" gag.
Marcus Ramesy 26th Jul 2013, 7:07 AM edit delete reply

I tend to like the longer comics, it gives me something to read.. and less time I have to sit there on pins and needles waiting for the next comic.... 2000 4000 8000 pages.. bring it.. if the comic is good.. it means I have reading material for the next few days/weeks..
mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:25 PM edit delete reply

Ah, well, I like huge archives - and they do not scare me - the more the better :)

If a story and setting sounds promising and has hooked me with decent art (or in case of fiction a capturing writing style) I will read through any archive - as I did here also :)
ranger_brianna_new 26th Jul 2013, 1:36 AM edit delete reply

For me, archive binging is easy enough. It's actually comics which have a ton of comments which worry me. :P

They may the binge go much, MUCH longer if you read 'em, which is one of the reasons it took me so long to get involved in the comments section for Data Chasers; I knew I needed to skip them if I wanted to get caught up in a realistic time frame. :P

(And, yeah, I am an expert binger. It's a necessity, given as how I want to support as many comics as I can. ;) )

One thing you might try is adding to the description, "Not as intimidating a read as you think it'll be." :P
Some Ed 3rd Jun 2017, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
To be fair, there are also some people who look at a comic and say, "What? Only 27 pages? This'll probably be gone in a year after only 5 more updates, if I'm lucky. Not worth my time to keep up with it."

Though, that said, 200 pages is usually enough to give me enough confidence to read something that seems reasonably well written and has at least passable art.
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 6:03 PM edit delete reply

Oh, it's the 1000th comic ?
Neat. :)
highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 6:03 PM edit delete reply

Some people may think intimate but just a friendly shoulder to cry on and worried about Teedee.
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 6:04 PM edit delete reply

Sounds like they have been a couple in the past, or am I reading it wrong ?
mjkj 25th Jul 2013, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

I am reading it the same way, Sheela. But now she has somebody else but he is still close enough for comfort...

PS: I like her hair :) and how she wears it
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:13 PM edit delete reply

You are reading it correctly Sheela.. :D
I had Marcus under a gag order yesterday to not say anything..
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

Well at least I wasn't seeing things (for once). :-D I had the feeling something was going on, but it kind of surprised me still. :-)

Talk about opposites attracting though. One a warrior and one a healer. :-D
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:22 PM edit delete reply

we wanted this to be a surprise thats why we havent said anything :D glad it caught people off guard :D
Marcus Ramesy 25th Jul 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

we knew this was going to hit you all out of left field, wanted it to be a suprise.. but.. yes.. Ada and I have been on again... off again in the past..
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

Well, I have to say you have good taste in companions Marcus. She is a very nice person, beautiful (as well as physically attractive) and intelligent.

There must be SOMETHING worthwhile under that rough exterior to warrant her attention. I would have bet against it, but... :-D
highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

@ Marcus..<snicker> Wish it was with the new Ada for sure?
Marcus Ramesy 25th Jul 2013, 8:10 PM edit delete reply

@hignlander, lets just say that what happens behind closed doors.. stays behind closed doors..
Highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
OK I can respect that. (just cover the keyhole) -O
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 8:30 PM edit delete reply

Soooo .. if you had Ada, then why-o-why go and try for Dr. Silver ?
Don B. 25th Jul 2013, 9:19 PM edit delete reply
You're kidding...right?
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 6:32 AM edit delete reply

@ Sheela,,Maybe Marcus likes new territory to explore and plant his flag?
Marcus Ramesy 26th Jul 2013, 7:12 AM edit delete reply

for all of you that wonder why I dont try for dr silver, and why it doesnt/cant work.. its simple mathmatics, she prefers her men to be androids/artificial... and to have multiple attachments... I am not an android.. nor do I have multiple attachments... so in the bedroom there is nothing that I can do that would please the good doctor.. out side of the fact that we both have zero interest in having sex with each other.. it would be like trying to have sex with your cousin or aunt or something creepy like that.
Sheela 26th Jul 2013, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Aw, poo ... boring. >_<
cattservant 26th Jul 2013, 11:02 AM edit delete reply

Depends on whether your 'family tree' is a Dicotyledon or a Monocotyledon one supposes.
cattservant 25th Jul 2013, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

Grazie Mille!!!
highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

It does seem they had a past moment or three..
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

or five.. or six.. :P
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:14 PM edit delete reply

Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:42 PM edit delete reply

Yes, Congrats on making it 1000! Now where is the NEXT 1000?!?! :-D

(If you can't tell, I'm LIKING your comic, just a little bit :-D)
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:33 PM edit delete reply

hee! thats fine with me !
cattservant 25th Jul 2013, 6:19 PM edit delete reply

" *sigh* All right. First...", said Ada.

[A long and somewhat complex tale!]
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 6:44 PM edit delete reply

you guys already know the story .. so didnt want to recap it here :D
cattservant 25th Jul 2013, 6:49 PM edit delete reply

Every point of view provides a somewhat different story, they say...

[As the Comments so clearly demonstrate!]
Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 6:52 PM edit delete reply

True Cat; however, we know enough about that story that CentComm can spend time on things we DON'T know... yet. :-)
cattservant 25th Jul 2013, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Oh my!
Discretion if you please...

[Can't unsee a once seen sight,
Nor unthink a thoughtful thought.
Some things, there are, mere mortals
Should be hesitant to know!]

JustNoPoint 25th Jul 2013, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

I wonder if she gets into character and everything for each person/role she explains?!
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

doesnt everyone?
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 8:31 PM edit delete reply

Nahh .. I get into their luggage and find their tuna.

Stormwind13 25th Jul 2013, 7:25 PM edit delete reply

I have to say Ada looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL in the first panel. The question she asks (and the answers she is going to get) mean a LOT to her, you can tell. :-)
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

grins .. I worked on that pose a lot..interaction shots are a pain - its why a lot of DAZ comics aviod them like crazy..
highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 7:29 PM edit delete reply

At least no screaming from Dr Silver or Teedee at the moment. Of course- Doc could run past them in terror like a train whistle. eeeeeeEEEEEeeeeee!!! ( Doppler effect folks)
Centcomm 25th Jul 2013, 7:30 PM edit delete reply

and TD chasing her with a plasma torch.. >_< set on BBQ..
highlander55 25th Jul 2013, 7:31 PM edit delete reply

Nah! More like Well Done! Would love to see a good cat fight. (Not you Cat :))
cattservant 25th Jul 2013, 8:07 PM edit delete reply

Good thing!
I'm feeling worn out just following today's Comments.
Highlaner55 25th Jul 2013, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Yeah I hear ya Catt! I'm done for the night.
Sheela 25th Jul 2013, 10:33 PM edit delete reply

Did someone say Barbeque ?
cattservant 26th Jul 2013, 12:49 AM edit delete reply

Meaty, isn't it!
Draginbeard 26th Jul 2013, 3:48 AM edit delete reply

Gratz on 1k! Man, the commentary you get here is truly dedicated and inspiring!
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:41 AM edit delete reply

aww - well im sure that number will drop back under a 1000 when I upload more remastered strips.. each one kills at least 4 pages.. but thank you !
cattservant 26th Jul 2013, 9:58 AM edit delete reply

That just means another 1000th celebration!
KarToon12 26th Jul 2013, 7:24 AM edit delete reply

Congrats on 1000 uploads! :D Here's to 1000 more! ^^
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:42 AM edit delete reply

thank you so much! and if this goes to 2000 that will be truly awesome :D
Stormwind13 26th Jul 2013, 7:39 PM edit delete reply

If it only goes to 2000 I'll be DISAPPOINTED! :-D I'm still looking for about 10000 myself! :-D
mushroomisland 26th Jul 2013, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

omg thousandth page o_O congrats!!
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 1:55 PM edit delete reply

thanks - :D that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy :D
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 1:50 PM edit delete reply

*with an eyepatch on *trust centcomm YOU DO NOT WANNA KNOW WHY* Tedee will make it through this... She's just had a rather serious.....blow to her view of the universe and it gonna take her friends time and a giant Boot in her sythflesh pert butt to get her through this
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 1:56 PM edit delete reply

oh yes shes had a blow.. but is it REALLY as big of a issue as shes making it to be..

( also glad to see your doing ok - hopfully )
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

Oh recovering......Though I won't go into details to spare you a nightmare :)

And as for tedee....Okay *borrows a Atlas battlemech's Boots and uses it ti give her that kick int eh pants*
Sheela 26th Jul 2013, 2:27 PM edit delete reply

She's had a blow, huh ?

... just **what** is Dr Silver doing to her in there ?
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 2:28 PM edit delete reply

The FIRE Thing Sheela....
Not a PHYSICAL one a MEta-physical
Sheela 26th Jul 2013, 2:48 PM edit delete reply

Not physical ?
.. and yet she got blown ?

huh ?
Highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Doc pumped up Teedee's tits.
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

I swear...I can feel my IQ Dropping by just viewing your comments....
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 4:37 PM edit delete reply

BWahahahahaha, the Force works well on the weak minded.
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

be nice Rash...
cattservant 26th Jul 2013, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

Just loading bigger SLT magazines.
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 6:43 PM edit delete reply

@Catt- SLT ??
cattservant 26th Jul 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

Stealth Laser Turrets.
Something like this.
highlander55 27th Jul 2013, 8:07 AM edit delete reply

Guys will definitely look into your eyes when talking to you if they know you are packing those eh Sheela?
velvetsanity 26th Jul 2013, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

Sheela, he's referring to the events starting here: Page 759
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 5:50 PM edit delete reply

yes .. :D what velvet said...
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 6:07 PM edit delete reply

I am being nice :)

now Tedee when she reads the boob comment.....
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 6:24 PM edit delete reply

Maybe I will have Doc incorporate a remote operated pump in Teedee. Pump them up, let them down. Think she's psychotic now. Whoo Hoo!
Sheela 26th Jul 2013, 7:02 PM edit delete reply

Oh sure .. just go ahead and ruin my perfectly inappropiate innuendo.


And also, I can't even imagine what TeeDee might do with a boob-pump mechanism ... the force is strong with possibilities on that one, though some of the possibilities would be straight up high octane nightmare fuel.
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 7:11 PM edit delete reply

I didn't say she would control it but I would. And sit back with a Jack and Coke to watch the fun. (from a safe distance of course, I may be crazy but I'm not stupid)

no update tonight?
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:17 PM edit delete reply

its saterday.. no weekend updates ...:(
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 7:16 PM edit delete reply

im going with Nightmare fuel .. >_<
highlander55 26th Jul 2013, 7:26 PM edit delete reply

You have to rest too Centcomm. Other wise , um Nightmare fuel! Gives me a chance to start at the beginning to reabsorb everything added since the last time. (oh joy! another sleepless weekend) Keep Smiling :)
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 8:00 PM edit delete reply

youtube search Deadspace 2 Eye machine *THATS what I went through sorta yesterday and the nightmare fuel for centcomm*
Centcomm 26th Jul 2013, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

I hope you will forgive me for NOT looking that up...
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

I BEG you centy to NOT look it up
Sheela 26th Jul 2013, 11:45 PM edit delete reply

... ack ...

Someone begged me not to ... now I must go look at it.
Rashala 26th Jul 2013, 11:59 PM edit delete reply

*Hands Sheela a bag for the vomit when she realizes RASHALA went TRHOUGH something like that Awake and aware as well*
Sheela 27th Jul 2013, 12:14 AM edit delete reply

Aw, that wasn't so bad ... want moar !
Stormwind13 27th Jul 2013, 10:15 AM edit delete reply

Well from the looks of it, we get to leave the (part-time) lovers alone.

Now is the (EVIL) CentComm going to jump completely out of this ship over to Kyle? Or do we get to spy in on TeeDee and Dr. Silver first? :-)

Another whole day to wait to find out which way she is going to go, I guess. :-)
Centcomm 27th Jul 2013, 10:25 AM edit delete reply

Sorrry.. >_< Things are going to be picking up in speed .. got a lot of cool things planned ahead.. There is still a bit more that happens here...
Highlander55 27th Jul 2013, 11:57 AM edit delete reply
I bet it's not thumb wrestling.
Rashala 27th Jul 2013, 2:00 PM edit delete reply

You all can be patient.

I am patiently waiting to see EL loco monoarcho Getting the SNot beat out of him And the remains of the last person who did not listen to that guard guy.....and halo 3 for pc

so you all can be patient and let centy tell the story at her pace
Stormwind13 28th Jul 2013, 12:24 PM edit delete reply

Of course we CAN be patient, Rash. Just wanting CentComm to know we want her to continue bringing out the great comics she is providing. :-)

We WILL be patient because she needs time to get things done. But since we ARE enjoying it, we want MORE! :-)
Raymond_Binger 27th Jul 2013, 7:53 PM edit delete reply

I really like your CG work Centcomm. I also use Daz, more for fun than anything serious until recently, its an awesome program. Do you make your own clothing, props, and scenery? Sorry if that's prying. Love the work.
Centcomm 27th Jul 2013, 8:24 PM edit delete reply

I do not make a lot of the meshes.. I buy those- I often modify them a lot via the shaping morphs and textures. a lot of the textures I use are custom. I use no presets or pose files. they tend to make the charcters look "stiff" or "dead" i often put togather diffrent pieces from diffrent things to make brand new sets and settings. such as the walls in this page , thats a custom texture. all of the faces.. bodies and such are custom settings ive designed. to keep them from looking like other Charcters. its not prying at all - I have almost a TB of models and stuff for Daz , poser and a lot of object models created in diffrent programs also over the years some other artists have made custom props for the comic as well.
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