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Notos 9th Jun 2013, 4:36 AM edit delete
No you're not seeing things, Galena's hair IS different. I make an effort to give the characters various clothes, but Galena is also going to have a different hairstyle everytime we see her. She's fresh like that.
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Draginbeard 9th Jun 2013, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
Ugh, I was wincing at how much that 1:25 interaction cost him. Heck, I started grinding my teeth at that 75 credit connection fee.

I would totally start a revolution...only I cant afford to interact with my fellow revolutionists. Those greedy corporate bastards.
Notos 9th Jun 2013, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
There is probably a 'Revolution Pack' available for purchase, save on angry chants and yelling. (Additional fees for chants that rhyme.)
Marlee-The-Creator 9th Jun 2013, 5:21 AM edit delete reply
Well, DLC certainly is frustrating. Are you planning to delve into WHY people are forced to use DLC? This is a great comic. I almost didn't read it because of so few pages but I realized very quickly that you covered entire conversations that would take a normal comic three or four pages in just one. I like the animations. They draw me back to the picture instead of just reading the dialogue which I tend to do if I'm plowing through a comic.

One question, is there a way to go backwards on the dialogue? There were a few times my computer read my click as a double click when reading conversations so I actually missed a couple speech bubbles.
Notos 9th Jun 2013, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
I probably wont go into detail as to why it exists other than corporate greed, same reason these kinds of microtransactions exists in our world now.

There currently isnt a way to go back other than reloading the page, though a "back" button is an interesting idea, I'll definitely think about putting one in.
Lady B. 9th Jun 2013, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
This comic is amazing. the art is just spectacular and the dialogues are superb. This kinda reminds me of "in Time" where time is the money. I'm so in love with this.
Notos 9th Jun 2013, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Lady B. I actually really enjoyed In Time, it was a very clever and well executed idea.
Lady B. 9th Jun 2013, 7:04 AM edit delete reply
This comic is amazing. the art is just spectacular and the dialogues are superb. This kinda reminds me of "in Time" where time is the money. I'm so in love with this.
ashrium 9th Jun 2013, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
so basically he chose the 24000 credits package and 200 credits is the minute of interaction mm so he can talk 2 hours wow. I hope there is some person such as Galvin has a basement with no electric devices around to talk freely :P just an idea. hey this sounds weird but what about people who like talking to themselves (for example someone singing or recitating) does that count into DLC. Great comic.
Notos 9th Jun 2013, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
Yep basically 2 hours. In that world it's a huge amount of time, people are used to not conversing. It will go quickly though because of all the additional tacked-on fees. Talking to yourself wouldn't cost anything because the 'system' will not detect a secondary voice or presence. The 'room with no electrical devices' is kinda something that happens later in the story, but in a different kind of way. Stay tuned.
ashrium 10th Jun 2013, 12:49 AM edit delete reply
will do certainly, i really like this comic, and actually is the first one I see in this animated format so I really like it. Do you mind if i post the link to your page? in other forums I am part of? I think more people should know about this. there is for example the Bara group in facebook and others.
Notos 10th Jun 2013, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
Sure I don't mind you posting a link to the comic
dougwarner59 9th Jun 2013, 2:52 PM edit delete reply
this communication credit idea is such a great story idea, also loving the animated comic with the great graphics.
Johnnybleu 9th Jun 2013, 7:54 PM edit delete reply
I'm always sad when I click and nothing happens... Means I have to wait another week. Curses!
Anyway, keep up the awesome work!
Notos 10th Jun 2013, 3:14 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Johnny!
dumok 9th Jun 2013, 9:02 PM edit delete reply
Good to see him taking an interest in his social life!
xianyu118 10th Jun 2013, 7:59 AM edit delete reply
The DLC system is making me feel paranoid, as if every social interaction you have is being monitored. Seems ripe for a group of Parkour-using couriers.
Notos 10th Jun 2013, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Technically they are being monitored : ) and was that a Mirrors Edge reference? One of my favorite games this gen
xianyu118 10th Jun 2013, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
It was! :D
TheSmilingPsycho 10th Jun 2013, 3:14 PM edit delete reply
That city shot looks amazing. You put a lot of effort into all the little details. This story is definitely keeping me hooked.
Notos 10th Jun 2013, 3:57 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! I enjoyed designing that shot alot. I wanted to have all the little people moving, but that would have caused some serious lagging.
TWULF 10th Jun 2013, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
How long does it take to create these, you must have a well oiled system already!
Notos 11th Jun 2013, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
I finished all of chapter 1 before posting anything, and have a couple pages on queue still, but find time slowly catching up to me, I may find myself having to break and build up a queue in a month, we'll see. I rough a page out in my free time after work throughout a week, and spend the weekend, and parts of the following week cleaning and finalizing.
Fino Rexall 10th Jun 2013, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
Fino Rexall
Love the atmospheric perspective!
hairy_dawg 13th Jun 2013, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Why don't they just use sign language??
Storm 14th Jun 2013, 6:26 AM edit delete reply
Wow, that's actually a really good idea. xD
Notos 14th Jun 2013, 1:21 PM edit delete reply
Ha, interesting thought. It could be a work around maybe, unless the city officials suddenly notice a massive spike in ASL classes. Now I'm picturing underground 'ASL rings' in the slums of the city.
Gangerworld 13th Jun 2013, 3:12 AM edit delete reply
God that cityscape, seriously just blew me away. The quality of this comic totally blows my mind.

And you've definitely don't a great job establishing a Protagonist folks can root for.
LooeyQ 18th Jun 2013, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Ok Im at my comp, so Im catching up! :D
Great page! I love the how you displayed the credit purchase screen on the P-comm!
Notos 19th Jun 2013, 3:00 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Looey! Ah, wish the comic ran better on mobile devices!
Chris Mudd 24th Jun 2013, 12:56 PM edit delete reply
Aaaand I JUST got why the comic is called "BUYING TIME"

Well played...
JM 21st May 2014, 4:17 AM edit delete reply
I am losing my shit with how cool this comic is. When I got to choose the credit amount for purchase my eyes lit up a kid in a candy store. The DLC is a genius concept, the cityscape is so wonderfully drawn, I've never seen anything like this in a webcomic. I am going to continue geeking out on every page and leave comments repeatedly
Lukie15 6th May 2015, 11:07 PM edit delete reply
I was just wondering; did you mean for the Swaine Corp logo to kind of look like a swastika?
Notos 7th May 2015, 12:25 PM edit delete reply
It wasn't intentional but I certainly see the similarity. The original intention was to meld the image Swaine holds of itself (a 4 leaf clover) and the public holds of Swaine (chain links). Though in sense the likeness to a swastika makes sense too in a round about way I suppose.
Jordan Gray 23rd Dec 2017, 1:04 AM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Thought I'd restart this excellent comic, and… it's so much darker already, on my second reading.

Knowing more about the psychological and social impact of DLC—how commodifying a basic human need conspired to isolate Vinnie, repress Fridge and crystalise the stratification of Hyperion City—it's actually difficult to read. I can feel the tension that DLC introduces into every interaction, the mingled sense of dread and desperate hope that comes with anticipating it.

Vinnie stopped taking his P-Com out, which is borderline illegal, because he saw no chance of interacting with other humans. He hasn't visited his friends for months! That's not just tragic, it's psychologically damaging. Every time a charge notification appears, I wince inside; it's a constant reminder of the brokenness of this whole system and all the people in it.

I'd be really interested in learning how DLC impacts children and young students. Is there an exemption or heavy discount below certain age levels, or could your ten-year-old bankrupt you? There's got to be something for very young children since they need contact to survive and still learning to speak, not to mention just being able to contribute in class.
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