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Notos 1st Mar 2015, 6:10 AM edit delete
The master schemer at work again.

A big thanks to a trio of readers who donated this week, Barbara, Dean and Stephanie, thank you for the support guys!

Enjoy, see you next week!
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Sapfo 1st Mar 2015, 6:19 AM edit delete reply
I so hope Galvin will go for this, but why do I think that Vinnie is going to get a sunburn

Love Galena┬┤s sparkely hair, looking great!
Admiral Jane 1st Mar 2015, 7:38 AM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
I was about to comment about my love of Galena's sparkly hair!
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:27 PM edit delete reply
I can't take credit for the sparkly afro, that look is inspired by the fabulous Trisha from Catherine.
John 3rd Mar 2015, 10:28 AM edit delete reply
Doesn't matter. I Love. That. Hair. :)
Sapfo 8th Mar 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
It was a wonderful inspiration and you made good use of it.
Invisiblebear 1st Mar 2015, 2:46 PM edit delete reply
I had that same thought, that seems to be a theme with Vinnie.
chris-tar 1st Mar 2015, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
I wish I had friends that good, but unfortunately, it seems like everyone in society is at war with each other.
No one can trust anyone. Everyone is locked in a brutal competition for the same limited resources.
I wish we were taught in school at a young age to love and trust each other, and to work together. I feel that if we did, our society would be so much more productive. I think we could even travel to and colonize other planets.
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:28 PM edit delete reply
Yeah, the list of things we can do better as a species is way too long.
Alicia the Bard 1st Mar 2015, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
If only we could all have hair as amazing as Galena's! XD Sooo sparkly!!!
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:30 PM edit delete reply
Giving her different outrageous hair every time we see her has been fun, I'm running out of ideas though, I'll have to start reusing styles soon.
Alicia the Bard 1st Mar 2015, 6:44 PM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
It's kind of weird that I didn't notice. But I think that's good as it seems to be a natural part of her character.

You may can look at crazy do's from the '60's, 70's, and 80's for inspiration (if you haven't already done that).
Sunsmith 1st Mar 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply
I mean, you could go with masculine haircuts too.Not that you hadn't already thought of this, but I think she'd look awesome with a pompadour. :)
TimeSage 2nd Mar 2015, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Maybe throw in some outragous headwear?
Twistedfro 1st Mar 2015, 6:52 AM edit delete reply
Looking forward to seeing their time together off the grid and what its like outside the city...so cool :-) (I smile and clap my hands in anticipation) BTW...I neeeed hair like Galena's. Can't go wrong with sparkles. Great job! Loving the effects :-)
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
It's been strange drawing the scenes in the wastelands; full sunlight, no dark and neon city. Everyone dressed in sun hats and shorts rather than leather and cyberpunk fashion, it's been very strange!
Sanbai 1st Mar 2015, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane 1st Mar 2015, 7:39 AM edit delete reply
Admiral Jane
VACATION! Oh, can I come along too?? This should be fun right?

More wise than a fortune cookie. Love it!
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
It should be interesting, at the very least, the word vacation should be applied with a raised eyebrow when referring to the wastelands.
Guest 1st Mar 2015, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Ooh, like a camping trip! Never imagined that kind of thing could happen in a place like Hyperion!
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
It can happen, at your own risk basically! Living outside the grid ain't easy.
Arterian 1st Mar 2015, 8:27 AM edit delete reply
Oh boy! We finally get to see what it's like OUTSIDE the city, huh? Oh this will be fascinating!

Also, didn't Vinnie's parents live in the wilds? Off the grid?
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
Yes, they became autonoms as soon as he became of legal age.
Feare909 1st Mar 2015, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
Ooh, like a camping trip! Never imagined that kind of thing could happen in a place like Hyperion!

(Logged in in to repost my comment >.<)
bronakopdin 1st Mar 2015, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
nice idea :)
though with Galvin saying he's bad with changes I wonder whether he's up to leave the city?
on the ither hand he always dreams about being outside and watch from there.. but those are nightmares... I really wonder...
Bear 1st Mar 2015, 11:25 AM edit delete reply
For some reason I got it into my head that "outside" the city was like a toxic wasteland.....presumably not ! B-)
Guest 1st Mar 2015, 12:01 PM edit delete reply
My guess "outside" is like death valley at noon on the hottest day of the year on steroids.
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Guess you'll see!
Though we did get some glimpses during his dream in the earlier chapter.
Draginbeard 1st Mar 2015, 1:43 PM edit delete reply
I think many of us are really itching to see what the Wasteland looks like.

I have this vision of a 'Forbidden Zone' guarded by Apes on horseback, armed with carbines in my head!
Sponi Wolf 1st Mar 2015, 4:12 PM edit delete reply
Sponi Wolf
Yeah, something like that!
And how's the air outside?
What does the outside actually look like?
Are there CREATURES?
And, I must say, I'd like to see our boys having great sex in the wilderness :)
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
re Sponi Wolf
Post apocalypse wasteland sex. Hot.
Notos 1st Mar 2015, 4:39 PM edit delete reply
re Draginbeard
I've been looking forward to depicting the wastelands for awhile, though drawing it now, as I mentioned above, as been a jarring change. Night and day (literally), it's been so strange drawing scenes in full, bright sunlight.
Fan 1st Mar 2015, 4:35 PM edit delete reply
Her hair is so sparkly :D
Finz_ 1st Mar 2015, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
I don't remember if we ever found out how Galena and Vinnie met. I'm curious as to why she's so kind and generous to him, his personal guardian =P
Notos 2nd Mar 2015, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
I'd love to tell the backstory of Galena Papa and Vinnie at some point, but it would come at the cost of the regular story being updated. We'll see if I find the time at some point.
kittychick 1st Mar 2015, 8:07 PM edit delete reply
Oh, this ought to be interesting! And vacation sex is so hot! Love Galena's hair--wish I could get my Afro to sparkle like that. Have you thought about putting her in braids? I think she would look sexy in some Poetic Justice-style braids like Janet Jackson wore in the movie by that same name. Just a suggestion. :-)
Notos 2nd Mar 2015, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
That could be interesting, I've already got a look down for her next appearance, but maybe some sort of braid is in order for the one after, we'll see!
ChristinaSJ 2nd Mar 2015, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Aww (hey why does my comments here always start like that? xD)

Anyway - looking so muhc foward to their trip together^^ THansk for this!

My only critique (the first one I have ever posted here I think, as these pages are always superawesome) is that the stance, where Winnie scratches with his finger gets a bit tiring to look at so many times. Usually you vary more between poses right? I know its one of those things which makes him Winniw, but isnt it a tick when he does it so many times doing a conversation?

Anyway, I complete understand if its necessary due to time pressure etc. Its only a little thing compared to alle the awesomeness you give to us for free every week, so if the comment bothers you, rest assured I dont mean it that bad. Im very grateful for all the hard work you put into this and that we get to enjoy it for free every week^^
Notos 2nd Mar 2015, 3:07 AM edit delete reply
Naw doesn't bother me. But yeah it does come down to a time issue, any given page has upwards of 20-30 poses so reuse becomes a necessity.
ChristinaSJ 10th Mar 2015, 10:57 PM edit delete reply
Damn 20-30 thats a lot. :) Thanks for explaining.
Liska 2nd Mar 2015, 1:47 AM edit delete reply
Good friends are the best! So sweet.

Also, i LOVE Galena's hair !
Cuix 2nd Mar 2015, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Fortune cookies are, however, delightful edible sweets, and Papa is definitely all that~
Liska 2nd Mar 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply
Also, wow - I just noticed the subtle light changes in each panel, from the flashing lights in the club. You always pay attention to such detail!
Notos 3rd Mar 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! I introduced the effect at the end of chapter 4, and went a bit further with it changing the colors of highlights on characters, but that proved to take too much time and had to ditch that effect, kept the alternating light though.
CFT 3rd Mar 2015, 3:35 AM edit delete reply
If you want inspiration for Galena's hair, watch The Fifth Element, this movie is over the top in almost every way. Ruby Red alone is way too much inspiration to humanly fit into five normal people.
Notos 3rd Mar 2015, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
The Fifth Element is an all time favorite.
Till i fix you 3rd Mar 2015, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
i wonder how much people owe galena favors, also she's a real sweet heart. She's like that caring older sister watching over vinnie :P
mcsc~~ 4th Mar 2015, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
I'm switching browsers to Firefox 36 (I think) and need a plugin to view Buying Time. What should I look for?

Thanks for the help.
Notos 4th Mar 2015, 1:27 PM edit delete reply
All you should need is the latest version of Flash Player.
Jordan Gray 4th Mar 2015, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Galena. You and I. We need to TALK. All the shimmer spray in the world doesn't get my hair looking like that, and I need to know your secret.
mcsc~~ 4th Mar 2015, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Mission accomplished! Thanks for the assist!
mcsc~~ 4th Mar 2015, 11:13 PM edit delete reply
I'll get right on that. Thanks, Notos!!!
Notos 5th Mar 2015, 4:15 PM edit delete reply
No problem glad it worked!
Baradorable 7th Mar 2015, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
Hi. Long time reader, first time poster. Just wanted to say how much I'm loving this work. All the effort put into the atmosphere and art, and the characters are all tops. I look forward to reading this every week
Notos 7th Mar 2015, 2:42 PM edit delete reply
Thanks Baradorable, glad to have you aboard!
fbeaver 7th Mar 2015, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Hot dogs and skinny dipping!?!?!?!
Sanbai 11th Apr 2015, 1:09 AM edit delete reply
She's such a good friend to Vinny! I often tell guys in the breakroom not to hassle "my girls" in the same possessive fashion. And I'd do a lot for my girls!
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