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Notos 9th Nov 2014, 2:50 PM edit delete
And this brings us to the end of Chapter 5! Thanks for reading, as always.

As per usual, I'm going to be taking some time for hiatus to rebuild buffer (just finished this page last night). So you can expect the usual 'behind the scenes'/production art updates each week, and we'll end on either another 'Ask ____' segment, or possibly something different this time if I can think up something fun, but the Ask segments seem to be a fan favorite. I'm thinking of doing some production streams if I can get it set up properly, we'll see.

Regardless, there will be content each Sunday to come check out until we're live again for Chapter 6. I'm not sure at this time of an exact date, but stay tuned (the trend seems to be 2.5-3 months on, 2 months off). Check back later for more concrete details.
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Charkonian 9th Nov 2014, 3:16 PM edit delete reply

You're terrible, hahaha. But this comic is anything but. To be honest, I was expecting Galvin to go right on into things like he always does, but lo and behold, hesitation, heh! Really took me for a spin! Wasn't expectin' that.

And now I've got bated breath until the next one begins. What a doozy.

Keep it up, man. You're makin' magic here. :]
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:09 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Charkonian glad you're enjoying it. This page was originally going to have the entire conversation take place, but time constraints came into place, it also makes for a good spot for a cliffhanger.
Grall 9th Nov 2014, 3:19 PM edit delete reply
Just mirroring Charkonian's comment: CLIFFHANGERS!! Haha!
Thanks for another great chapter. As always, I'll be waiting with bated breath for the next one. :]
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Thanks as always Grall. Hopefully the wait wont be too bad!
Jade Joules 9th Nov 2014, 3:21 PM edit delete reply
Jade Joules
I read 2 pages and subscribed.

Then I read the rest.

This is beautiful.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:10 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Sabrini, and welcome aboard!
dougwarner59 9th Nov 2014, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Every time I read this comic I feel I have stolen money, because it's free when it really shouldn't be.
crowwinters 9th Nov 2014, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
Yes. This is pretty much exactly how I feel when I read it too.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:14 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Doug. Maybe if I didn't have my regular studio gig I'd charge for the comic, or run a Patreon or something, but for Buying Time it's primarily about me having fun, improving, and I guess making a statement on the nature of entertainment mediums that should be free/included, but aren't (content in videogames, which is where the idea originially sprung) It would be a bit weird to charge for a story that deals with that issue ;)
Alicia the Bard 9th Nov 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
Not a cliffhanger! Anything but a cliff hanger!

It's cool though. I can wait. :)
Lady B. 9th Nov 2014, 3:50 PM edit delete reply
Pretty big step no wonder he;s hesitating, urgh the wait's gonna be a killer :) great chapter all-in-all :D
R. E. J. Karlsson 9th Nov 2014, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
R. E. J. Karlsson
Me: *click.*
Me: ?
Me: *clickclickclickclickclick*
Me: "Cliffhanger! ... is there a bonus panel hidden somewhere?"
Me: *clicks everything.*
Me: "Well played, Notos; well played indeed."

Great work - many thanks!
chris-tar 9th Nov 2014, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
I actually dated my wife for 10 years before we got married.
I can't believe she waited that long!
But a lot of it had to do with me getting financially (and emotionally) set up for it, and that took me a while.
I can't anticipate what happens next. It should be interesting.
I hope one of Vinnie's songs takes off and he gets rich. That would take care of his DLC problesms once and for good!
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, finances always play a role in that sort of thing no matter how you look at it. I also wonder how a culture like this would change the pace at which relationships generally 'evolve'. I imagine they would speed up quite a bit!
b3nc0 9th Nov 2014, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
I wouldn't be overjoyed either to be proposed on a financial criteria `_´
R. E. J. Karlsson 9th Nov 2014, 5:11 PM edit delete reply
R. E. J. Karlsson
Indeed - as Galvin said in Ch5p5, he though Vin was the first partner of his in a while to not be (essentially) a gold-digger. No question that Vin could have picked better words...
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:20 PM edit delete reply
It's not so much a question of gold digging, or choosing better words (though, Vinnie certainly isn't exempt from being a 'social idiot') and more so proposing alternatives/solutions to a problem that is dampering the relationship. Also, in this world most relationships biggest concern IS financial criteria.
Rivka 9th Nov 2014, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Way to leave us hanging!
Twistedfro 9th Nov 2014, 5:38 PM edit delete reply
Oh dear...nothing worst than hearing.."umm" after an important question. Eek. Great Page. Now I'm going to be fidgeting until the next chapter.
RockBlackHorn 9th Nov 2014, 6:07 PM edit delete reply
You know what you changed the way my friend and me see the Sundays now ? You're terrible ! T_T I'm anxious about the next page. This story is just awesome.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Rock! Hang in there during the hiatus, I know wait's are rough.
Finz_ 9th Nov 2014, 6:39 PM edit delete reply
Cliffhanger! How awful D: Just glad he went for it though, gl during the next hiatus.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:23 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, hoping production goes as smoothly as Chapter 5. Only missed 1 week of regular updates!
Vincent 9th Nov 2014, 7:02 PM edit delete reply
Glad to see Vin finally say "Fuck my worries"!
Draginbeard 9th Nov 2014, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Oh Vinnie, slow down some son.

Im hoping Galvin knows Vin well enough to see how out of character this is for him. And that its probably one of his friends that has been nudging him along.

Even still, I would be more than hesitant if a new gf suggested a move-in just a few weeks or even a couple months after we started dating too.
Wuffles 9th Nov 2014, 7:14 PM edit delete reply
Oh, you are evil. So, so evil. And we love you for it. I can't wait to see what happens next with these two.
John 9th Nov 2014, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
I'm as much a fan of the "ask..." as the next (I have four questions already:P ) but I DO have an alternative; though I don't know how MUCH of an alternative it is.

One thing I'm curious about is what people do when the cameras aren't watching sort of thing. It actually started with me wondering what papa usually does in a day. I have only the haziest idea of what Galvin and Vinnie do at their work for instance.

But this may require as much work as a regular page. I dunno.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:27 PM edit delete reply
In the city, cameras are ALWAYS watching. You're never off the grid as long as you are withing proximity of an electronic device.
I'd love to do a 'day in the life of Papa' or explore his backstory (which I do have written out). I just comes to a matter of time, as you mentioned it probably would take as much time as a regular page, the "Ask ____" segments are relativelty easy for me to produce so they are a good time saver during the hiatus's.
I appreciate the suggestion and would love to do that though, time permitting. We'll see how production goes.
John 17th Nov 2014, 7:34 PM edit delete reply
I actually meant when WE'RE not watching, sorry. Should've made that clear.

Yeah, I had a suspicion it would take too much work. Ah well.I'll just jot down my questions so I remember them all when the ask___ comes up
Invisiblebear 9th Nov 2014, 8:35 PM edit delete reply

I'm gonna die of suspense for the next chapter.
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Hang in there! As always I'll update with production art from this chapter and other goodies each Sunday.
Jordan Gray 9th Nov 2014, 8:38 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray

Also, if you don't mind me asking… What does the graffiti to the right of Vinnie's door say? I recognise it from an earlier strip. :) "John Gon"?
Notos 9th Nov 2014, 10:30 PM edit delete reply
Ha, you know I honestly can't remember what that one says, I grabbed it from that earlier page for consistency, but it's been so long since I originally wrote it I've forgotten. I usually just write random words that pop in my head, or names from favorite movies, the intent being most graffiti is hard to read anyways, lol.
Jordan Gray 11th Nov 2014, 7:51 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Haha, no worries—even bothering to maintain that consistency at all is impressive. :) Hope you have a nice, relaxing hiatus!
FluffyRhino 10th Nov 2014, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
Groan! Oh, man, you're mean; great/awful place to put a cliffhanger. But everyone benefits from a little antici... pation.
Sponi Wolf 10th Nov 2014, 1:42 AM edit delete reply
Sponi Wolf
"UMMMM"? Really? That's what Galvin says?? Hope he won't break Vinnie's heart. Really. I mean, he's one of the good guys, so I'm looking forward to chapter six. But how can he ... well, let's see. Guess we all have to wait ;)

Great work man, Buying Time still is my sunday highlight - only good sex can beat it :D
halfwhiteNnerdy 10th Nov 2014, 1:45 AM edit delete reply
You know I was thinking, with all this monitoring of talking and social interaction, I'm surprised no one has fallen back on non-verbal communication. You know like sign language or even just pen and paper. But then again. Nothing beats hearing your sweethearts voice! :)
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:16 PM edit delete reply
Someone mentioned that early on in the comic as well, wondering if people formed 'underground ASL groups' to communicate. It certainly would be possible, but I imagine they would still charge you for non-verbal means of communication. If they can always watch what you're doing there is a chance you'll still get caught exploiting the system.
Slinx 10th Nov 2014, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
"Very BOLD." pffffhahahaha. Uhhhhhhhhh, you're killing me here. And Vinny, you couldn't say "moving in together?" You had to say "Domestic Partnership Licenses"???? (Is there a significance between the two in this society?)
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:18 PM edit delete reply
In this world you have to apply for a license to move in with someone, otherwise everyone would 'exploit' the system and move in with each other. There is an approval process to getting a license, regardless of who is applying, roommates, lovers, family, etc, there is a license for everything.
josbell975 10th Nov 2014, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
"I LOVE how BOLD this piece is!"

I'm having a flashback, lol! I'm hoping he's pausing because he's so shocked that Vin Vin would be so BOLD as to suggest something like this. He was surprised, and paused, when Vinnie asked him to be his BF after all.
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:19 PM edit delete reply
I'm glad people remember the reference. Then again, it wasn't THAT long ago I guess. Thanks as always, glad you liked it!
josbell975 11th Nov 2014, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
I NEVER forget Galena's impeccable advice!

It's my Bushido Code I live by!
frankenmouse 10th Nov 2014, 6:05 AM edit delete reply
Aww, Vin Vin! You popped the question! Cutie pie.

Man, I don't *think* Galvin will misread this, but there's a little voice in my head going "Oh shit. What if he's starting to think that Vinnie's a gold digger?"

...I'm a lot more like Vinnie than I am like Galvin *laughs*
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:21 PM edit delete reply
We shall see! Chapter 6 will continue directly where this leaves off here.
There are aspects of both the boys that I am like, but Vinnie definitely has my social ineptitude.
SilverLion80 10th Nov 2014, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
DAMN GALVIN HAS A NICE ASS! I'd love to see it in leather pants! ;) I hope He doesn't freak out over Vinnie's suggestion. It could be too soon, or it may be the right time. And DPL sounds like a marriage license to me.
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
Dat ass.
I think that term (DPL) might have come up when I was googling what to call the license, and it seemed like a good 'catch all' term for this kind of situation in this world, I imagine the same license could apply to legally wed couples as well, basically just a DLC discount service that applies to people romantically involved, living together.
Kiri 10th Nov 2014, 7:22 AM edit delete reply
Yay Hiatus! Apart from stewing over the answer (which I suspect is not going to be a simple yes or no) I'm looking forward to all the behind the scenes of how you made this chapter. I don't enjoy the hiatus as much as the chapter - but I sure do enjoy the hiatus. :)
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:26 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Kiri. I'd love to keep updating regularly, but maintaining a fulltime job on the side makes it not-very-possible, the hiatus' are kind of a necessary evil where I tend to loose a lot of traffic, so hearing you still enjoy them is nice.
mykle1616 10th Nov 2014, 12:46 PM edit delete reply
Like the majority, I want to jump to a conclusion but find I can't. My logic center (which absolutely hates you at this point) is processing to many unknowns to form anything coherent. lol. First off, what does a Domestic Partnership License require in this city? Does it have to involve living together? Is Galvin assuming Vinnie want to move in with hjm, or does he think Vin is asking him to move into Vin's place? Very difficult to read Galvin sometimes, as he says he doesn't want a gold digger, yet has no problem trying to pay for everything all the time, thus setting himself up to let gold diggers in. So much angst and irony! It'll be a tough wait, especially since this chapter flew by so quickly.

Notos, in dealing with backstories and history of the city, would you feel comfortable maybe relating those stories thru text? Would the readers of the strip be interested in that? Is it possible to do that on this type of webpage? Speaking for myself, anything I can get of this world is awesome, and I'll take it in any form I can get it, whether it be comic with art, or even text-based. Readers, please comment on this, as it could be a new way to have Notos deal with Hiatus time :) Think about it.

As always, you leave us wanting more.
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:34 PM edit delete reply
A lot of those questions will be answered as this conversation continues in the next chapter. But to answer some here; yes this particular license applies to people (romantically involved) sharing the same space. Like cel phone or internet plans, there is a 'plan' for almost every sort of relationship and social interaction in this city. In this case, the boys are talking about moving in with each other.

As for the text question, do you mean specifically writing stories? I'm definitely more of a visual person, I'd most likely 'resort' to text-only stories if I found I didn't have the time to accompany them with visuals as well. For example if I wanted to do a side story covering Papa and Galena's past, but didn't have the time to do visuals I would not be opposed to text-only, though ultimately would prefer to do a comic or something, time permitting. Does that answer the question? Or do you mean something different.
josbell975 11th Nov 2014, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
I am still a little surprised others aren't doing fanfic on this amazing world of Buying Time. But I for one would love to see more of this world and it's characters even if it's text based. You can call it Reading Time! lol
Notos 12th Nov 2014, 2:45 PM edit delete reply
A few readers have brought it up in comments and email. I'd be interested in seeing the world used as a 'playground' for stories people make. I'd be a bit weary of people re-writing canon events and characters, but would be all for creating their own stories in this universe.
josbell975 13th Nov 2014, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
I HATE when ppl re-write canon of anything! I learned to filter my fan fic reading better b/c I kept getting pissed about these hacks killing a story I love as they "improve" it.

Speaking of hacks, I was actually working a bit more on mine. That is why I would like to see more of your BT world so I don't have to make things up or make assumptions. And again, I just use your world to play in, my character(s) are diff and I don't print what I do write ;-)
Niggle 10th Nov 2014, 1:55 PM edit delete reply
Gah! What a cliffhanger! ~flail~
bronakopdin 10th Nov 2014, 2:00 PM edit delete reply

go for it Vinnie :D

soo curious on what Galvin thinks about it! too bad we have to wait for it... oh how i love cliffhangers xD
Notos 10th Nov 2014, 2:36 PM edit delete reply
They are a love hate relationship for me. Keep me hungry for/interested in my favorite shows or comics, but I hate the wait. Helps to fill your time with other stories and such in the meantime, that's the beauty of webcomics I guess, there are so many you can have some for every day of the week.
josbell975 11th Nov 2014, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
I hate it in TV since it's iffy if it gets picked up for another season. For the shows I like, the answer is no. Nothing sucks more then watching season one end on cliff hanger and then no season two. The WB/CW did this most of the time. I'm just happy you have an ending in mind, although I don't want to see it for a very long time.

I'm still waiting for the "Buckaroo Banzai against the World Crime League" movie!
Midnight Jake 10th Nov 2014, 4:31 PM edit delete reply
If you've ever seen the episode "Best of Both Worlds Par 1" from Star Trek TNG, as soon as the chapter ended, I heard the same music in my head when Riker orders, "Mr. Worf...fire!"

Anyway, really liked the page mainly because Vinnie's bachelor apartment is about the same size as mine. Can't wait for the next "Ask" page as I'm hoping it'll be Shunsuke who gets to answer some questions.

Great job
Notos 11th Nov 2014, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Jake. Yeah I had an apartment like it also for about 2 years; 1 big room, and two..."closests" that functioned as bedroom and bathroom.
meep 10th Nov 2014, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Them are TIGHT pants!
And that is a cruel cliffhanger ;)

Seems a bit soon to be suggesting living together especially from Vin, but I get how worried he is.
Galvin could take it either way, concern over financial interest - but I think he knows Vinnie better. Or glee that Vin is taking them so serious. Or some other way.

Be interesting to see how this plays out :)
Notos 11th Nov 2014, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
It's leather pants or nothing, for Galvin. Gotta love that cyberpunk fashion sense.
ChristinaSJ 11th Nov 2014, 1:03 AM edit delete reply
Arg... Even though he is warm and understanding, it IS rather quick to ask such a question. I hope this turns out well :S
Liska 11th Nov 2014, 3:46 PM edit delete reply
Oh Poor Vinnie! I know that feel, too! Ha! Hopefully things will work out between the two of them in talking things out. Sometimes you've just got to take a risk!! It seems quick - but I have a feeling that the dynamics of relationships here are very different than what we're used too in the "real world". Plus, Galena put the idea in his head.
Notos 11th Nov 2014, 4:11 PM edit delete reply
Indeed. When every interaction in your relationship essentially amounts to the cost of eating dinner out, you better believe things move quickly!
Jordan Gray 11th Nov 2014, 7:48 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
<blockquote>"I have a feeling that the dynamics of relationships here are very different than what we're used too in the 'real world'."</blockquote>

Oooh, I hadn't thought of it from that perspective. It struck me that maybe he was moving too fast, but given that interaction is expensive and licenses are necessary for people to live together… That would certainly put Galena's willingness to suggest it (and Vinnie's to follow through) into perspective.
angua 12th Nov 2014, 8:02 PM edit delete reply
I wish I can hibernate and wake in two moths right on time for the answer! :)
Notos 13th Nov 2014, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Heh I hear you angua, I wish I had the time to keep updating regularly without break!
Chris Dangerfield 3rd Dec 2014, 7:28 AM edit delete reply
Chris Dangerfield
D'Awwww these guys are beautiful and definitely what I remember it all being like. Gad to want something so badly. I threaten my partner (of many years) that if he dumps me (joke) fine... but then he'll have to DATE AGAIN... MWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH... nothing worse.

This is great writing, works just perfectly with the imagery. Thanks for sharing all this great work.
Notos 3rd Dec 2014, 1:54 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, dating is really a trial by fire, especially for someone who is very introverted!
And thanks again for your comment Chris.
Rex Ganymede (3005). 2nd Feb 2015, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
Rex Ganymede (3005).
oh, chrissie. . . . .

Ree 12th Dec 2014, 6:22 PM edit delete reply
Of course I catch up to the latest story-update at the biggest cliffhanger in the story. -headdesk- Looking forward to the next chapter :)
Rex Ganymede (3005). 2nd Feb 2015, 4:32 AM edit delete reply
Rex Ganymede (3005).
this page was "very bold," notos.

*wink wink*
hyperion thunder 11th May 2018, 2:33 AM edit delete reply
First of all holy cow!

My little OCD me is driving me crazy. I just saw the bandage and eye injury on Vin's face seem to switch places in this page. Bandage was on the left cheek and eye injury is on the right eye. In this page, it was flipped. I wonder if that was intentional. Anyway I love the comic so far. So romantic and
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