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Notos 14th Sep 2014, 2:15 PM edit delete
Just a heads up, there will be no update next Sunday as I'll be on Vacation and away from my "studio" for the entire week. But we'll be back on track Sept 28th. Enjoy!
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Guest 14th Sep 2014, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
luckily it seems the implants work outside the grid
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
Synth parts work, however they have no limiters outside of the grid.
josbell975 20th Sep 2014, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
I didn't even consider that...nice
Jestana 14th Sep 2014, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
Haha. Love that the first thing Galvin does once they're 'off the grid' is kiss Vinnie. ^~^ So sweet.

Have fun on your vacation and thanks for the heads-up.
TheJeweledHorn 14th Sep 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
I said awwww too. :)
TheJeweledHorn 14th Sep 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
I said awwww too. :)
minatonamikaze 15th Sep 2014, 12:29 PM edit delete reply
Im guessing there are gonna do more than just kiss after this
R. E. J. Karlsson 14th Sep 2014, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
R. E. J. Karlsson
Lovely update! Part of me reckons Vinnie's about to have his headphones stolen any minute now. Is that just me being used to too much neighbourhood crime?

It's also refreshing to see Vinnie in the driving seat. It seems that - out of necessity - much of their relationship has taken place in Galvin's world. In this page, we've got Galvin on the back foot. As a consequence it's pleasing to see them in a location where Vinnie may be more comfortable and savvy than Galvin. Vin certainly seems unfazed by the reality of the sublevels.

But on the other hand, it was Galvin who suggested the sublevels. Vinnie's stammer is back. And those headphones are pretty damn visible...

Thoughts, anyone?

On another topic: have a lovely holiday! Going anywhere nice?
b3nc0 14th Sep 2014, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
About Vinny's headphones being visible and tempting, you're probably right but one could say that Galvin's parts could be really valuable too!
ttownlittlebear 14th Sep 2014, 3:05 PM edit delete reply
Maybe Vinnie's headphones will get used in sort of barter
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:20 PM edit delete reply
REJ - Thanks glad you like it! Vinnie is definitely more at home here, though he's more 'stick-in-between' high levels and sub levels, he is definitely more at home here than when he visited Galvin in the higher levels. A bit of a switch, now it's Galvin's turn to be the stranger. Also I'm going somewhere much warmer, Arizona.
Speculant 16th Sep 2014, 5:20 AM edit delete reply
I'm more worried about a deadly "tourist trap" scenario, where roving gangs keep an eye out for people who obviously only came down here for a free snog. I mean it's not like they're the only ones to have this idea. I have also thought about there being a valuable black market synth trade, and lots of front-line doctors hooking up second hand synth for people who loose functionality in various altercations. I'm very excited to be in the sub-levels and for what's in store!
b3nc0 14th Sep 2014, 3:22 PM edit delete reply
Gosh, that sewer is- /sorry/ that ‘canal’ is HUGE… Guess Hyperion citizen sure do sweat a lot ;°)

About the /welcoming/ graff, isn't it the point for our high-levels friends coming down there ^////^
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:21 PM edit delete reply
Yes wanted to make it very "grand", I imagine the waterworks for a city as massive as Hyperion would be very expansive.
MortarAndPistol 14th Sep 2014, 3:43 PM edit delete reply
Oh... this definitely has an ominous tone to it. ...and now we have to wait two weeks to see what horrors may come? How dare you! (Enjoy your vacation- really!)
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Hope the wait isn't too rough, I was considering bringing the files with me to update remotely, but I'll be a week behind production regardless so taking the week off is just easier anyways. Hang in there.
Finz_ 14th Sep 2014, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Initially I didn't even notice that they were moving around the bottom panel, got swept up in the massive bubbles in comparison.

So Hyperion has rain, but I'm curios about other weather and seasons. Must be because Fall is hitting here =P
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:23 PM edit delete reply
Yeah the get pretty lost in the last panel, just little dots, s'why I opted for the little "pointer".
Kiri 14th Sep 2014, 4:49 PM edit delete reply
Have a fantastic vacation Notos! Look forward to seeing you back all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after some good time. :)
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, looking forward to spending some time outside of the studio.
Invisiblebear 14th Sep 2014, 5:27 PM edit delete reply
1st: NOOOOOO!!!!!
2nd: Ok, have fun on your vacation.
3rd: Awwww Galvin.
4th: Vinnie's so lucky.
Liska 14th Sep 2014, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Eeeee! <3 <3 <3

/that is all
Feare909 14th Sep 2014, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
No update next week?! *Puts my hand on my head* OOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!
Alicia the Bard 14th Sep 2014, 6:37 PM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
Have a good vacation and safe travels.

Also, major 'aww' at the last panel. :)
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Alicia, looking forward to it!
sirBloble 14th Sep 2014, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Boy Phaff 14th Sep 2014, 7:17 PM edit delete reply
Boy Phaff
Love the tiny tiny Vinnie and Galvin. The dialogue panel works well.
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 11:04 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! It's a bit cluttered but I'm generally pleased with the end result.
Admiral Jane 14th Sep 2014, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
Awww! Perfect moment.
Grall 14th Sep 2014, 9:18 PM edit delete reply
I'm digging level zero, but it's surprisingly cleaner and quieter than I would've expected. Not that I'm complaining. I love the fact that they've found a potential getaway. Can't wait to see what happens next. :]
Enjoy your time off.
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Level zero is essentially just a drainage canal/waterway. Sub Levels get a bit more grungy and populated.
And thanks!
Draginbeard 14th Sep 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Now I'm very curious how Papa managed to afford the cranium work. It not only seems extreme, but pretty expensive too.

The sub levels make me think of Bladerunner. I have this vision of a jammed packed ghetto, a black market based economy, with rival gangs and all manner of nefarious types running things.
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
If I find the time to go into Papa and Galena's story I might explore it further, though it depends on how smoothly production goes on the main story.
Also your vision isn't too far off.
Justin 14th Sep 2014, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
The last frame leaves me quite conflicted. It is ridiculous sweet, but a shame that they have to hide away to be able to do it...
dougwarner59 14th Sep 2014, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
this comic is good...maybe a little too good, "I say in a jealous voice."
Notos 14th Sep 2014, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
As long as it isn't said in a "scheming" voice, I don't want my kneecaps broken, I need them.
chris-tar 15th Sep 2014, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
This also seems like the ideal place for a tragic turn of events for our love struck couple.
Hope nothing bad befalls them, but if it did, you could say it was kind of like a modern day Romeo and Juliet.
Notos 16th Sep 2014, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
I guess anything can happen when you're off the grid!
crowwinters 16th Sep 2014, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
Hopefully this doesn't get tiring to hear: your work is absolutely on another level. Keep it up.

I, uh, I realized halfway through what I was typing that that could be misinterpreted as a pun. That didn't stop me.
Notos 16th Sep 2014, 2:34 AM edit delete reply
Thanks, as always Crow!
Bringbackabovineskull 16th Sep 2014, 5:32 AM edit delete reply
Loved this page. So excited to finally be getting lower in the city, although we're not quite in... SUBurbia yet (I am sorry). I am very wary, like most of the other readers, about how our two turtle doves will be treated by the locals during their time down here. But also very excited for whatever you have planned, even if we're all completely off the mark!

I hope you have a really nice getaway. I'm constantly astounded by how hard you work to put out this comic and I really admire you and I hope you can relax a little. Stay hydrated! Wear a big floppy hat maybe. Thank you for the page!
Notos 16th Sep 2014, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Bringback! It is indeed a lot of work, but very rewarding, I like a challenge. Glad you've been enjoying it so far.
Froggy711 16th Sep 2014, 1:24 PM edit delete reply
Yeah. I'm worried.
ChristinaSJ 16th Sep 2014, 8:31 PM edit delete reply
Stardust 17th Sep 2014, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Curious to see what kind of culture develops when there isn't the same restrictions as the upper-levels. Vinny savvyness and confort is a fun change of roles as well.

The possibility of Papa and Galena having their backgrounds explored at some point would be nice, your supporting characters could very well star their own stories.

Also, have a nice vacation!
Notos 19th Sep 2014, 3:53 AM edit delete reply
I'd love to go into their backstories if I can find the time/a way to fit it into the main story. We'll see!
bronakopdin 18th Sep 2014, 11:52 AM edit delete reply
So Papa and Galena lived there?! I wonder how that can be called living... where did they even get food from? Oh my, I'm sure interested in that part!

but gosh, all of it left my mind for a second... at that kiss xD they're so cute ^^
Notos 19th Sep 2014, 3:57 AM edit delete reply
The level seen in this page is level zero, basically the gutter of the city, a waterway where nobody really lives, well maybe some homeless. The sub levels below )which we'll see in another page or two) is more of what you'd call a shanty town suitable for living conditions, as far as ghetto's go.
Chris Dangerfield 20th Sep 2014, 9:20 PM edit delete reply
Chris Dangerfield
Man is kissing ALWAYS a good thing. Thanks. Great page.
Notos 21st Sep 2014, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
Amen to that, brotha.
Kiri 24th Sep 2014, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
The update while Notos was on holidays...

The kissing continues, and gets hotter until they find a random mattress, and let their passion consume them.

In the meanwhile Mice and slugs start singing in 4 part harmony - it's a beautiful world. :D
jhoy 25th Sep 2014, 1:07 PM edit delete reply
They should come down just to get away from paying for everything. granted, not the nicest place in the world, but once in a while, after they have cleared out a corner for themselves, it could work. :)
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