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Notos 5th Oct 2014, 2:02 PM edit delete
Hello Autonoms! Welcome to the Sub Levels. Get your t-shirts!
As per request I've added the Hyperion diagram to the FAQ page for easier access, updated some of the art for that as well. Thanks for reading! See you next week.
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dougwarner59 5th Oct 2014, 2:10 PM edit delete reply
uh oh. looks like trouble. Good I like trouble...How do you find the time to put the detail and work into this comic? It take me a long time to do mine and I don't put no where near as much work as yours.
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:36 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Doug. It's basically my full time job outside of my full time job ;) after I finish drawing for money for the day, I draw for this comic.
Schist 5th Oct 2014, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
Uh-oh. Hopefully Galvin gets back quickly.
Hoodsy 5th Oct 2014, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Something tells me he may be too late.
indigochaleur 5th Oct 2014, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Fantastic page, Notos! I think we all saw the headphones fiasco coming...
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Thanks indigo, yeah probably wasn't terribly smart bringing such a shiny toy down there, he loves em too much.
Guest 5th Oct 2014, 2:14 PM edit delete reply
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Fixed. (On the Shirt also, bleh). Thanks.
R. E. J. Karlsson 5th Oct 2014, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
R. E. J. Karlsson
Lovely update - many thanks!
One typo: a missing 'a' in 'stomach', about 5 clicks from the end :)
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:51 PM edit delete reply
Indeed, fixed the dysentery one also, thanks! Glad you liked the update.
Invisiblebear 5th Oct 2014, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
This doesn't look so good.
Grall 5th Oct 2014, 2:41 PM edit delete reply
Heh . . . porky. To my broken mind, that's a compliment. ;]
Another great update with lots of tiny details. Who's the dude with the wizard hat?
josbell975 5th Oct 2014, 7:36 PM edit delete reply
I'm the dude with the wizard hat!!!

Your minds not broken, it's a compliment in my world too! I LOVE pigs, but that's a topic for another place, hahaha.
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Seems the three of us share taste in men.
ashrium 6th Oct 2014, 12:26 AM edit delete reply
hahaha count me as the fourth
Cuix 6th Oct 2014, 6:01 AM edit delete reply
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:53 PM edit delete reply
Funny you picked it out, it's a drawing of a Pathfinder character of mine, I was running out of steam drawing the posters so I just grabbed that, ha.
Grall 6th Oct 2014, 10:57 AM edit delete reply
Hah nice! I'm starting a Pathfinder campaign this weekend. Can't wait. :]
josbell975 8th Oct 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Soooo...a Pathfinder piggy orgy?

Count me in! MUST DL NOW!!!
SilverLion80 5th Oct 2014, 3:44 PM edit delete reply
Great way to end a date, indigestion and assholes.
b3nc0 5th Oct 2014, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Consider how many shirts Galvin could have had for letting her snif/lick his armpit… I'd give him my ENTIRE wardrobe ^////^
josbell975 5th Oct 2014, 7:38 PM edit delete reply
I know many that would take that offer! I've actually traded shirts with dudes before, lol. They didn't sniff it (in front of me at least) but we both got cool shirts out of it.
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:57 PM edit delete reply
b3nc0 and josbell brining new entrepreneurial bartering system to the sub levels.
josbell975 8th Oct 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Hey, it works!
ryglights 5th Oct 2014, 4:37 PM edit delete reply
Cool, you made visiting the sub-levels look like visiting a third-world village. I think it'd make a charming place for a vacation....if it weren't for shady locals who like headphones, of course....
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:58 PM edit delete reply
I found kind of an odd charm drawing the backgrounds.
Sapfo 5th Oct 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Oh Galvin is so innocent?
but the ending of this page....everything that ends well....please....
A great page! Thank you!
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
He's certainly a yuppie city boy out of his element here. And you're welcome, glad you liked it.
ryglights 5th Oct 2014, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Perhaps they shoulda asked Papa to play tour guide their first time out?
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:01 PM edit delete reply
Indeed, probably would have been wise! Though would have been awkward for them if they wanted to...make use of being off the grid, as they have.
josbell975 8th Oct 2014, 1:56 PM edit delete reply
Papa would have went around the corner....and then peeked.
Liska 5th Oct 2014, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
Oh no! I Hope Vinnie kicks their asses if they try anything.
Harry Bentley 5th Oct 2014, 5:58 PM edit delete reply
I smell a shirt desiiiiiiiign ^^
...and dysentery.

Also: Vinnie, NO! D:
josbell975 5th Oct 2014, 7:39 PM edit delete reply
I kinda want that shirt too!
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
Ha, yeah. Of course I had to spell the word wrong after showing showing it on the shirt 4 or 5 times :P
josbell975 8th Oct 2014, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
and you forgot the apostrophe...JOKING!!!
Finz_ 5th Oct 2014, 6:34 PM edit delete reply
Well now I definitely can say this went exactly how I expected at the chapter start. Ha that lucky woman scoring Galvin's shirt xD Nice touch.
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Why didn't you warn them! : P
And thanks, glad you liked the vendor lady.
Emmagem803 5th Oct 2014, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
I knew it! shouldn't have taken those headphones down there with ya!
Tom 5th Oct 2014, 6:54 PM edit delete reply
HAhaha, Vinnie's face when she suggests Galvin's pants as trade :P
josbell975 5th Oct 2014, 7:42 PM edit delete reply
That was the best frame!
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:06 PM edit delete reply
She probably REALLY wanted the pants. Or the view.
Cuix 6th Oct 2014, 6:03 AM edit delete reply
Yeah... but who doesn't?
Just4Kixx 5th Oct 2014, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Uh oh. Hopefully Galvin will come back in time. Better yet, hopefully he'll come back in time to see little Vinnie go ape shit on the thugs. Does Vinnie have it in him? Only time will tell...
jemgirl 5th Oct 2014, 7:19 PM edit delete reply
There goes his gift unless his date comes back.

Sorry. I suck at remembering names and I just went through a ton of comics. :)
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:07 PM edit delete reply
Ha, no worries I do the same. Cast page is there for that very reason.
Admiral Jane 5th Oct 2014, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
Eeek! Vinnie will be fine, right? Right?

Jene 5th Oct 2014, 7:41 PM edit delete reply
You jerk how dare you cliffhang us like that, now I have to wait a whole week to find out what happens.(good job though)
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Gotta keep ya wanting more!
josbell975 5th Oct 2014, 7:46 PM edit delete reply
When I get another dog, I might name him Proto.

Galvin will not make it in time at all! They were waiting for an opportunity and they are taking it. I hope he just gives them up. If not he could get hurt or even pushed into that gross water.

Being so dark, with few lights at the top looking so high up, you really make it feel DEEP underground. and with the flowing water...I haven't commented on your detailed work in a while but know I still see it and appreciate it!
Notos 5th Oct 2014, 9:09 PM edit delete reply
It would definitely be a cute name for a dog. And thanks for the comment on the design, glad you like it, I'm pleased with the end result.
ashrium 5th Oct 2014, 9:48 PM edit delete reply
I did not notice until now you do not have the homage and references page anymore I wonder why?, i suppose the movie Galvin is talking is Demolition Man I think they made a Trade there of shirts i'm not sure it's been long since I watch it, but I remember about a hamburger with a meat of not a very good source LOL. Nice update I just hope Galvin returns in time
Notos 6th Oct 2014, 1:14 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, I took the Homage page down awhile ago, it was just a bit of a hassle to upload the images for each reference, and I think most people 'get them' anyways ; ) I think many of the homages don't need to be pointed out. Thanks and glad you liked the update!
chris-tar 5th Oct 2014, 11:43 PM edit delete reply
I knew they might run into trouble down there.
Sofia 5th Oct 2014, 11:53 PM edit delete reply
Oh, no....
Kiri 6th Oct 2014, 8:52 AM edit delete reply
Eep! I hope Vinnie is ok. Actually what I hope is that Vinnie has some dealing with sub-level abilities that has as yet to be expressed, and now he expresses them.
Draginbeard 6th Oct 2014, 1:48 PM edit delete reply
I was hoping maybe he knows these two guys, since he is no stranger to the LLs, but I'm probably reaching for straws here.
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 2:01 AM edit delete reply
Naw, though not as much of a newb as Galvin he's still a bit of a stranger there, hasn't been down there in about a decade.
Fluffhoof 6th Oct 2014, 8:59 PM edit delete reply
It's cool how different the sub levels feel (the backgrounds, and even the lack of the 'pay for talking' stuff) from the normal setting.
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
It's fun to draw a change of setting too. Thought not writting dialogue for the P-Comm is strange, feels like I'm missing something, I've always had to include moments of them chiming in until now.
Captain-Mauricey 6th Oct 2014, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
Just started reading your webcomic today and gotta say I'm impressed. The setting is great, the art is superb, the characters are cool, ... I simply can't wait for new pages :) Thanks for being so disciplined to work on this in your free time. Respect!
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 1:49 AM edit delete reply
Thanks Captain, welcome aboard and glad you are enjoying it!
Junior 7th Oct 2014, 12:17 AM edit delete reply
I had to take a minute after that woman sniffed his shirt. I'm just sitting here like "GIRL. GIRL DID YOU REALLY?" and then after a moment "...okay ya know i'd probably have done it too."

I'm so glad to have discovered this comic over Summer Break. It's one of my favorite things to look forward too. It makes me feel a myriad of emotions, going from sadness, to blushing from it's sweet/sexyness, to getting angry that they have to spend money just to talk to each other. I know that if I was alive in those times, I'd be hella broke like all the time.

That brings up my question, though hopefully I don't have to wait for another Q&A to get it answered :p
What happens if someone is out of credits? Like I can't remember if you mentioned that happening yet, but I just wanted to know, like are they thrown in jail? Is there some sort of muzzle they have to wear or else they can get like punished by the government or what? Just something I've been wondering.

Keep up the amazing work! Can't wait for more to come.
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 1:57 AM edit delete reply
hey Junior thanks for the comment!

In this world social interaction is seen as somewhat as an 'entertainment luxury'; something that is seen as not essential to survival and thus can be taxed and exploited in the same way we see certain entertainment mediums are for us now, in the real world.

With that in mind, if someone runs out of credits, they just don't interact, much like Vinnie did at the start of the story, they become shut-ins and never socialize. I think we're moving toward a future where that kind of behavior isn't improbable, with computers taking over more and more jobs that require interaction, and communication moving to the digital forefront.

If they continue to interact despite having no credits, think of it as having an unpaid Traffic ticket; you'll be issued several warnings, and eventually a warrant for your arrest.
Hope that helps, I know I rambled.
Christina 9th Oct 2014, 1:39 AM edit delete reply
Thanks for the explanation :) Have been wanting to ask the very same question.

Yeah, I work from home as fulltime freelancer with my husband. Compared to when we were teens, we dont really see people as much anymore. We just plant our asses in front of the computer - work, interact with friends..everything is ont the computer dammit. It is only thanks to my daughter having to be delivered to and from school every day that we even remember to go outside and see the sun on work days XD
Notos 9th Oct 2014, 1:55 AM edit delete reply
Yeah Christina I hear you, the BF and I are the same way; Both work from home, on computers. If it wasn't for my BF who is a social butterfly I'd probably never leave my office.
cosima 7th Oct 2014, 5:29 PM edit delete reply
page 6
why does the comic show it as page 2?
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Technical difficulties ;) Fixed, thanks for the spot.
Jordan Gray 7th Oct 2014, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
"Shit. SHIT."

My eloquent (and, to my own surprise, out loud) response to the last panel.
Notos 7th Oct 2014, 10:35 PM edit delete reply
Ha, probably Vinnies reaction too!
fbeaver 8th Oct 2014, 12:03 AM edit delete reply
I kinda hope this is heading towards semi-non-consensual three way.... but it's probably best for all that I'm not the writer.
josbell975 8th Oct 2014, 2:28 PM edit delete reply
You mean rape. You wont see that here.

Naughty beaver
Barta 8th Oct 2014, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Saw this from your gallery Notos, gotta say I can't believe I missed it till now. Excellent writing and dialogue, along with incredible animation and artwork. I can't wait to see what's coming! Just pushed through all content and I've gotta say it's 10/10.
Notos 9th Oct 2014, 1:56 AM edit delete reply
Hey Barta thanks, and glad to have you along!
bronakopdin 10th Oct 2014, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
I totally see myself in the shop klerk xD

poor Vanni though... I wonder if Galvin will be there in time?
probably not :/
Notos 11th Oct 2014, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Somewhere, there is a little piece of that merchant lady in all of us.
Drackir 12th Oct 2014, 12:09 PM edit delete reply
So, he traded a shirt for a shirt...
I wonder what long tube of meat he had tot rade for the protodogs? ;)

Also, oh no! You just know a visit to off the grid isn't going to go down well!
Isis Marie 12th Oct 2014, 12:38 PM edit delete reply
Isis Marie
Hot buns is just too adorable in his naivete at the lower levels. Vinnie should really not have brought those headphones down here. Hurry up with your hot buns and rescue him, Galvin. Also, I'd have traded just about anything with him. So yummy and sweet!
Ree 12th Dec 2014, 6:05 PM edit delete reply
This scenery is the shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttt
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