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Notos 3rd Aug 2014, 1:18 PM edit delete
Notos
Disclaimer; Leave your question here in the comments section to be answered next week. Be aware I can only select a LIMITED number of questions to use, so thanks in advance to everyone who participates but please know that I can only use a limited amount that work with the flow of the segment. Please browse through other readers' questions first to make sure yours hasn't already been asked, this will save me time and organization. Deadline for questions is Wednesday evening. Have fun!
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lethe 3rd Aug 2014, 1:36 PM edit delete reply
Galena, you are quite a catch. Are you single?
Draginbeard 3rd Aug 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
Galena, what was the craziest thing you seen at the club so far?

I'm talking the wild and fun kind of crazy, not scary and had to fill out a police report at the end of the night.
LeoTheLeon 3rd Aug 2014, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
Galena, how did you meet Vin, Papa and the gang? It seems yall been hanging out at HOt Legs for pretty much forever.
dib303 3rd Aug 2014, 2:29 PM edit delete reply
How did you end up working for Hot Legs? And do you like it there?
LitheLeopard 3rd Aug 2014, 2:59 PM edit delete reply
you and Vinnie seem close so has Vinnie had any other boyfriends
Rauron 3rd Aug 2014, 10:55 PM edit delete reply
Nope! Vinnie's been too shy to really date much. Papa Obari answered a similar question when it was his turn. http://buyingtime.the-comic.org/comics/24/
Isis Marie 3rd Aug 2014, 3:12 PM edit delete reply
Isis Marie
It seems that you are connected to others on higher levels. Ever lived higher than level 30, or considered doing that?
kodama 3rd Aug 2014, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Hey! Do you have special, significant other?

You're perfect with people, you should know that! :)
Baranchi 3rd Aug 2014, 3:27 PM edit delete reply
Is synth technology used to help people who are trans? If so, how?
Rauron 3rd Aug 2014, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
I'm quite curious about this, as well. To piggyback a bit: Are there people who get synth parts that don't look entirely human or even organic? I can see synth-fashion going crazy places.
Guest 4th Aug 2014, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Also piggybacking off of this, but in the other direction: it seems people of differing sexualities have pretty much been accepted; has the same been done for trans and nonbinary people as well?

(Also, a bit of a note to the author: it'd be pretty cool to see one or two trans characters. Do you happen to have any planned, and if not would you be interested in adding any? I'd love to see some representations of myself, especially in a webcomic as well-designed as this one.)
CharloeKrupnick 6th Aug 2014, 5:21 PM edit delete reply
I was really wondering this myself....heck I don't know if this was even asked already

the way I see it function differently though...but I want to know more before I explain
Notos 6th Aug 2014, 8:16 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Hi guys, I'll answer this chain here rather than in the segment since it seems pretty lengthy.

Yes synth technology can be used for people who are trans. This issue is touched a lot in works that inspired this comic like GiTS; characters transfer physical bodies very frequently, it's a pretty common theme in cyberpunk and it would certainly work here as well.

Yes people can go with parts that don't look entirely human, within reason, the current technology would allow for variations on humanoid shapes, but they would not have reached the level of being able to have an animal body for example.

Like acceptance of different sexuality isn't an issue in this future I imagine it's the same with trans and nonbinary people as well. As I've mentioned before I see this future moving away from social/interpersonal stigmas, and further into economic, corporate and government stigmas.

As for if I'll introduce a trans character it's not likely as this point, as Big Gold and Sybel were the last supporting characters that will be introduced to the story. If I can find a way to put some kind of cameo or something (I imagine all sorts hang out at hot Legs, Galena has a LOT of friends) I'll see what I can do, but the cast of characters with backstories is complete at this point.
Hope this helps!

Charlie Krupnick 8th Aug 2014, 5:08 AM edit delete reply
thanks for answering :) and its no big deal if the comic will have a transgendered character or not, but the technology portrayed on this comic gives me a lot to think about and the possibilities are endless....heck it sounds like one can transition to another gender as a full synth easily without going through the process when they were human.....very interesting

You've done a fantastic job with the comic and I can't wait to read more :)
Vik-Thor 10th Aug 2014, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
The thing about full synth being good for transgendered: how will you know without outright asking someone (rude!).
For all we know, the full synth guy on Vinnie's strikeball team was born female…
nwbbb 3rd Aug 2014, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
Will M-308 Gunner be playing at Hot Legs?
nathaniel 3rd Aug 2014, 10:28 PM edit delete reply
be a great gig for those two!!!
Finz_ 3rd Aug 2014, 3:54 PM edit delete reply
Finz_
I've been wondering, did Vinnie come out to you himself or was it pretty obvious from the start?
Wuffles 3rd Aug 2014, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
What kind of DLC rates are there for someone who's job basically consists of interacting with others, such as yourself and, say, DJ hosts, or doctors?
Crispy Druid 3rd Aug 2014, 5:20 PM edit delete reply
Hello, Galena!

Are you naturally pink, or do you dye? Do the curtains match the carpet?

Which bars or hangouts do you consider Hot Legs' biggest competition?

How much DLC does Hot Legs normally take in in a night? How much DLC does it take to run Hot Legs?

Do you remember a time before DLC? Have you heard stories? Have you heard of anyone planning seriously to overthrow Swaine Corp and do away with DLC once and for all?

Why name the place Hot Legs? Or did you inherit the bar when you took it over?

Finally; how much DLC do I owe you for your time reading all these questions? =)

Thanks, Galena! Peace and Prosperity to You and Yours and the entire Hot Legs Family! ^_^ Vm
BreinRott 3rd Aug 2014, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
So who IS responsible for your fabulous hair and outfits?
Fyora 3rd Aug 2014, 5:57 PM edit delete reply
You said there's a two drink minimum, what kind of drinks are available? How does the selection compare to bars/clubs on higher levels?

(Note: I don't drink alcohol myself, just asking for curiosity's sake.)
chris-tar 3rd Aug 2014, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Do you have any synth parts?
What is your sexual orientation?
What is the meaning of life?
John 3rd Aug 2014, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
Hi Galena, you're looking stunning as always. I have two questions, I don't know if you could answer both but here goes.

Doesn't seem like there is much expansion potential for the city y'all living in. Do they use some sort of population control? One family, one kid or similar?

Being in the club business I'm sure you keep up-to-date with the latest music and trends? If so, how good a guide is Vinnie's download stats (for M-308 gunner) for how many people will have heard his music?
wohdin 3rd Aug 2014, 8:30 PM edit delete reply
I've been meaning to ask these questions for a while, but I figured it would be a good idea to wait until the next "ask a character" intermission, so here goes. These are more for the author, really: first off, what inspired you to make a webcomic entirely in Flash? I've honestly never seen a continuous webcomic use such a medium before, and it's really unique, and I think your artstyle works extremely well with it, but what led you to take the idea to its utmost conclusion and do a complete "living comic" out of it? How long have you been working with Flash, and how long have you been doing art with it? Also, I just happened to stumble upon this comic while searching for other queer comics, so I don't really know where to find your other works, if you have any; do you have any profiles on other major art hosting sites where I could find some of your other works?

Sorry if these questions aren't really suitable for the interlude, but I would really like to hear from you regardless, even if only as a reply to this comment.
Notos 3rd Aug 2014, 10:38 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Hey wohdin, I'll answer your question as the author here, as it probably would be out of place in the segment ;)

I decided to make the comic the way it is because I wanted to incorporate certain features from both animation and comic books; I come from an animation background primarily, and Buying Time was originally meant to be an animated short, but I ultimately decided I wanted to explore the concept in greater depth than what a few minutes of animation could. Though I didn't go for an entirely "classic" comic format because I wanted certain element to live an breath, like Hyperion city. It needed to have flashing lights, ads, rain.

I've been working in Flash for about 10 years, professionally of 7.
MagicalGangster 3rd Aug 2014, 8:44 PM edit delete reply
Hey Galena, lets take your 3 degrees of separation for a spin. Who's the highest ranking person you can get a hold of?
James 3rd Aug 2014, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Hey G -
Vinnie seems to be pretty open about his sexuality (relative to his shyness). Is Hyperion City a pretty welcoming place for all sexualities and gender identities? Or has there been any xenophobia?
ashrium 3rd Aug 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
ashrium
Did you meet Vin when you were kids or later? Mmm and what about your parents?
R.E.J. Karlsson 3rd Aug 2014, 9:25 PM edit delete reply
Sharing a home with Papa Obari: how did that come about? Do you enjoy it? And - most importantly - which of you has the most potions and unguents on the bathroom shelf?
Harry Bentley 3rd Aug 2014, 10:17 PM edit delete reply
At your bar, or others, what is your favourite drink?

Also, love the hair/outfit - as always ^^
stylo 3rd Aug 2014, 10:22 PM edit delete reply
So the boys' stripped down in their Q&A bits, any chance we get to see some skin from you??
Hours Left 3rd Aug 2014, 11:03 PM edit delete reply
Hey Galena, I was wondering what your goals are? Do you have any dreams beyond running Hot Legs?
Icegodes 3rd Aug 2014, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
So, how do u think Vinnie and Galvin are as couple seeing them in person?
Rauron 3rd Aug 2014, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
I'll have a Dark & Stormy, if you don't mind. Come to think of it, though, why doesn't the club run itself? It seems like tech has come a long way, but we haven't seen much in terms of advanced AI. Is that restricted or something?

Of course, no robot could quite pull off the same charm you've got. Where do you get your charisma? Was there someone who taught you the arcane arts of flirtation and small talk?

I'll stop with that, actually. There's a bunch of new faces here these days, and they're clearly ready with more questions. I'll take a refill and sit over there; we'll chat once they've had their fill. Hope the mob's not too tiring!
b3nc0 3rd Aug 2014, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
b3nc0
Important things first, drinks!Let's say an Orval Trappist Beer for starter
and, as soon as I've finished my ask, a strawberry peket (that's some kind of gin from Liege, Belgium)
Can a girl/woman play Strikeball?
Is there a different federation for woman Strikeball or do they play in mixed teams?
Have you played Strikeball?
Erm, have you ever dated a Strikeballer, (male or female)?
Hey, is getting hot in here, what daya hefta do to getta drunk? *HICcups* A d-drink? Show /my/ legs?
Amaryllis 4th Aug 2014, 12:13 AM edit delete reply
Do you know anyone who's left the city? Are you ever tempted by the possibility of no DLC, are many people? Or has it got harder to leave since Vin's parents? Speaking of parents... how much DLC does it take to have kids? Or is there an exception for schools/teachers and parent/child interaction? Cus kid's don't exactly do 'quiet' on command!
mykle1616 10th Aug 2014, 3:36 AM edit delete reply
I asked Notos about this in private email, and I'm glad I'm not the only one curious about the logistics of all that. It's so funny/awesome that the man can create an infinite set of questions with one sentence. I think he's going to have to expand the FAQs section very soon. :)
Jax 4th Aug 2014, 12:39 AM edit delete reply
Hey, Galena. What are some of the drinks you serve at Hot Legs? What's the most popular?
Jax 4th Aug 2014, 12:48 AM edit delete reply
I Should have have taken a certain someone's advice and read the comments first. My amended question:

"Hey Galena, which of your drinks would you recommend to someone who isn't good with alcohol, but still wants to have a good time?"
Turbocharge1000 4th Aug 2014, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
hey Galena...does Hot Legs got stuff for the Synth people?...whats your take on the Full Synth populace in Hyperion?
Feare909 4th Aug 2014, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
Feare909
You ever go for a different color for your hair? I mean, red/magenta is SOOO you're color, but do you change your hair color for holidays or special occasions? Like, green, blue, gold, chartreuse, lavender?
MaryP 4th Aug 2014, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
So Vinnie mentioned that his parents were living off of Hyperion as autonoms. How exactly does someone become an autonom?
kabukun 4th Aug 2014, 5:25 AM edit delete reply
kabukun
so what are you into??.... like girls, boys, synth, sock puppets??
SasakiAkatsuchi 4th Aug 2014, 6:06 AM edit delete reply
Does Hot Legs have a signature drink?
Charkonian 4th Aug 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Charkonian
You seem quite proud of your club's standing. Is there some sort of ratings chart where your club compares with others? For those people that need legit proof instead of word of mouth. ;]
Ken 4th Aug 2014, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
So Galena, Your hair (and outfits) looks very similar to Priss of "Priss and the Replicants" sometimes. Are you a fan of theirs?
mrminion 4th Aug 2014, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
What types of music does the club play? Is it mainly modern stuff, or does the club support the classics, like Daft Punk and Deadmau5?
Jozsa 4th Aug 2014, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Dear Galena,

What was your childhood like?

How did you meet Vin, Fridge, and Papa (I know that he took you in as a teen, but I am curious about the circumstances)?

Do you have any favorite artists, movies, or other forms of art that inspired your eroticism?

Do you have any hobbies or talents you don't mind sharing?

Thanks for your time!
mountain0goat 4th Aug 2014, 7:25 PM edit delete reply
This is a repost from last week: Gal, did you date Fridge? if yes did you break up because of this Autobot fetish?

Also no need to know who did your awesome hair because I know it's the same guy who did Vinnie's hair. he's awesome because he brought hair design to an art form. especially in Galvin's case :-D
AD 4th Aug 2014, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
Galena, Hyperion seems like a stressful, expensive place to live. Do you ever get worried about making ends meet?
Liska 4th Aug 2014, 11:59 PM edit delete reply
Hi Galena! You can either answer the entire thing, or pick and choose as you prefer.

Was there a particular situation/person that pushed you towards opening (or buying) Hot Legs? How do you make sure you stay relevant and "the place to be?" Have you ever thought about opening another location in the upper levels?
NickNAKNick 5th Aug 2014, 2:51 AM edit delete reply
NickNAKNick
What is the most embarrassing story you have about Vinnie?
GJ 5th Aug 2014, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Hey Galena! How do you do your hair in the morning? It's AMAZING!
shoon 5th Aug 2014, 7:12 AM edit delete reply
Do you have any old pictures of the gang you could share with us?
josbell975 5th Aug 2014, 4:52 PM edit delete reply
josbell975
Gurl! You to much of an open book for me to wonder about. That's what I luv about you! So how 'bout you use that 3 degrees of yours to find me a man! Bears and big boys to the top of the list. Beards are a bonus...Can synth chins grow syth hair? Like a magnetic clip on...oh, yeah. no strap ons, lol.
Aurielle 5th Aug 2014, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
So Galena, where would you recommend as the best place to get a Cyber Razor Cut?
Natranr 6th Aug 2014, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
Take it off!
ipodpixie 6th Aug 2014, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Galena, would you tell Vin Vin if Galvin made a pass at you???????
Notos 6th Aug 2014, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Alright Autonoms, I'm setting the cutoff point here, so I can compile everything and get to work. Thanks to everyone who participated, see you in a few days!
Zerard 7th Aug 2014, 11:10 AM edit delete reply
How did you able to make Galvin to talk with Vinnie in the first place? did you threaten him or something? lol
Kimnd 8th Aug 2014, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
So what's the politics of your fair city like? I mean, the whole "social interaction tax" thing seems like it wouldn't be all that popular.
Mickey 9th Aug 2014, 2:03 AM edit delete reply
Aw, I missed it ;w; I forgot the important things in life, haha. Oh well. Super excited, can't wait to see what gets answered/discussed in the next installment!
Kupo OωO 9th Aug 2014, 5:18 AM edit delete reply
do you have any family? how is your relationship with them?
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