Comic 921 - An ally?

29th Sep 2013, 9:00 PM
An ally?
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)

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Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 11:25 AM edit delete
got the computer back from the shop.. and it wont boot.. trying a system restore. whatever nailed it did a real number on it. hopfully the restore works.,... i dont need anymore horror.
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 5:18 PM edit delete
ANNNND the 2 TB drive will NOT boot.. but it looks like the data is all there. sooo im getting a 1 TB drive up and running.. bleh.
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 7:21 PM edit delete

The data is clean on both the 3TB drive and the 2TB drive.. just cant figure out why the 2TB wont boot. and need a place to shuffle data - i have a bunch of 1 TB drives laying around ... bleh but only 3 sata ports for drives.
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Don B. 29th Sep 2013, 9:10 PM edit delete reply
The last panel looks amazing. Is that a real life photo of those mountains? If so, it's the first time I've ever seen that mixed with CG elements that didn't look kinda odd to me. Nicely done in any case. I also like the portrait of Acantha with the fractal background. It looks to me that a lot of thought went into that portrait design.
Centcomm 29th Sep 2013, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

yep its a actual photograph .. theres a trick to it the hard part is "light matching" and getting a nice high quality image to work with...

I like the new pic of Acantha too it came out really well .. ( its a diffrent light rig than i normally use )
DizzasterJuice 29th Sep 2013, 9:37 PM edit delete reply

I love that last panel too. Nice effects.
Centcomm 29th Sep 2013, 9:55 PM edit delete reply

Thank you :D

I did a lot of looking at Aircraft trails when they are above the "sound barrier " of all the craft seen Kyles is the fastest ship seen. and the most expensive actually
all of the "trails" are hand painted. including the "shock wave" ahead of the craft.
mjkj 30th Sep 2013, 12:38 AM edit delete reply

It really looks great :)

I have to agree both, Acantha's frame and the mountain-view frame look really great.
Stormwind13 30th Sep 2013, 3:15 PM edit delete reply

It is beautiful, CentComm. Difficult it may have been, but the end result is stunning. Thank you for taking the time to do that for us. :-)
jamie59 29th Sep 2013, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

The Ugly The Bad and now The Good.
Centcomm 29th Sep 2013, 9:56 PM edit delete reply

yep :D
CyberSkull 30th Sep 2013, 12:28 AM edit delete reply

"Look, just because I'm using you doesn't mean I don't care about you in my own manipulative-super-machine-intelligence way meat-, err, kid."
Mister Black 30th Sep 2013, 6:58 AM edit delete reply

She probably does care. Unfortunately, history is rife with examples of people from farmers to politicians to generals who 'expended' things or people they cared for in the cause of some greater good.

There's a fitting line in the Hammer's Slammers short story "Under the Hammer" by David Drake: "One of these days, you'll learn how much friendship counts when you get an order that means the death of a friend - and you carry it out.".
Sheela 30th Sep 2013, 10:54 AM edit delete reply

Ouch, yeah ... that's a pretty apt description.

Alas poor Yorick, I knew him well.
CyberSkull 30th Sep 2013, 2:51 PM edit delete reply

Yorik was never ordered to the front lines.

And the line ends "I knew him Horatio".
Stormwind13 30th Sep 2013, 3:19 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, but I think Rose (like a certain Mr. Black) is going to TRY to not expend anyone they can save (well unless they are complete d!cks then they probably get PUSHED in front of the Bolo :-D).
mjkj 30th Sep 2013, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

Wow, great one.

I am not sure keeping roman aircontrol waiting is a good thing ... wait they just scanned him not hailed him yet.

...and Acantha really makes a good ally - I wonder though how you will bring them together (especially in a way that Lynn will not spoil it by accidentally calling his name)...

PS: How is the move coming along?
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 7:31 AM edit delete reply

The move goes well - all of the moving costs are "covered" the only serious fly in the ointment is the computer. if its repaired today or tomorrow thats awesome.. if its NOT then ill have to find a way to ship it to pheonix. - and yes AZ is Arizona. Screw florada and the weather here. ill take frying in summer to drowning.
mjkj 30th Sep 2013, 2:01 PM edit delete reply

Oh, I sure hope you get the computer working soon. Did they not test it at the repair shop?
Stormwind13 30th Sep 2013, 3:29 PM edit delete reply

I hope you can get your computer working soon, CentComm.

Unfortunately mjkj they probably did exactly what their work order said. Replace the motherboard, run a diagnostic test on it. The operating system and files weren't on the order so... :-p Called failing at customer service in my book, but they are legally covered most likely.
cattservant 30th Sep 2013, 2:01 AM edit delete reply

Over the Edge
And into
The Action,
Watch out for
The Factions!
Draginbeard 30th Sep 2013, 6:45 AM edit delete reply

oh yeah, last panel is seriously amazing!
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 8:11 AM edit delete reply

thank you :D :D :D I wanted to really convey a sense of speed to these shots ..
KarToon12 30th Sep 2013, 1:00 PM edit delete reply

Your humans are becoming more and more realistic looking. :D
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 1:38 PM edit delete reply

thank you - im really trying to push that effort :D
Karyl 30th Sep 2013, 2:01 PM edit delete reply
Generally speaking, your postures are much more effective than many I've seen using DAZ or other programs, including other comics I like as much.So go you! I also accept your characters as fully realized from the get-go.
Stormwind13 30th Sep 2013, 3:26 PM edit delete reply

I think Kyle noticed that Acantha is a pretty female. At least he seemed to kind of light up in panel 3. :-D And I wonder what he MIGHT have thinking, not what he finally wound up saying. :-D

And no, it doesn't mean he doesn't care for Lynn. Just that Kyle is a young male and they are easily distracted by such things. :-D Especially when they're not in sight of their (current) girl.
cattservant 1st Oct 2013, 8:49 PM edit delete reply

Don't forget how he has the Dart's drive brain programed...
Stormwind13 2nd Oct 2013, 4:32 AM edit delete reply

Not forgetting Cat. Honest, just saying most males are more impressed by VISUALS over audio. :-D
highlander55 30th Sep 2013, 5:34 PM edit delete reply

Cent- Have you gone into Bios and made sure the hard drive is first boot up? It could be set to DVD when it was imaged. Just a thought.
Centcomm 30th Sep 2013, 6:05 PM edit delete reply

yep - its set to boot first - it tries to boot and blue screens. ive verifyed the data is there and intact.
highlander55 30th Sep 2013, 5:41 PM edit delete reply

3rd panel about "she's a lot more normal the company she 's stuck with"
Is she referring to Lynn or her dysfunctional family and others?
Stormwind13 30th Sep 2013, 7:51 PM edit delete reply

I read it to be Douche Bag and the menagerie that he has surrounded himself with, Highlander.
cattservant 30th Sep 2013, 8:32 PM edit delete reply

It was implied by Kali (here) that Acantha is a member of her family.
highlander55 1st Oct 2013, 7:15 PM edit delete reply

Catt- That means Acantha can go crazy as bat shit too later in life!
cattservant 1st Oct 2013, 8:51 PM edit delete reply

At least she may not prefer apple pie and motherhood.
Ken 2nd Oct 2013, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Noticed your red and green running lights switch sides from the first and last panels. As a sailor I can tell you that the first panel is correct.
Centcomm 2nd Oct 2013, 6:35 PM edit delete reply

yeah i was going for the whole "alternating" lights thing.. little did i reaiise my readers would call me on it >_<
Stormwind13 2nd Oct 2013, 8:11 PM edit delete reply

CentComm was being artist-y, not nautical. Unfortunately for her, some of the people reading her (and Rose's) wonderful comic know LOTS about such things. Fairport caught her out yesterday on the next page. :-D

Since CentComm currently doesn't have her computer and is in the middle of moving (back) to Phoenix she won't get to fix it for awhile. :-)
JustNoPoint 14th Oct 2013, 5:22 PM edit delete reply

Andon top of all that she's a cutie :3
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