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Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:57 AM edit delete
Notos
And thus brings Chapter 3 to a close! The longest chapter so far. Hard to believe it's been 13 weeks! On that note, as I've mentioned before I am going into hiatus again so I can take a short break for Holidays, and start to rebuild my buffer for Chapter 4. Like last time, I'll continue to update weekly (Sundays) with some sketches and other goodies, I'll end the hiatus by doing another 'Ask Papa' segment but with a different character this time around. I'm expecting to take a month and a half like last time, we'll see how smoothly production goes, I'll post status updates here.

As always thanks to everyone who reads this, just this past week I crested 100 subscribers, very cool! Enjoy your holidays, use it to spend time freely with friends and loved ones without having to pay a fee. Cheers!
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Comments:

HairyDawg 22nd Dec 2013, 6:12 AM edit delete reply
God Ive been waiting for this moment for 3 chapters and 12 pages!
I cant wait for the next chapter.
I love this comic so much!
V_Rocket 22nd Dec 2013, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
OMG OMG I SQUEELED! THEY ARE MY FUCKING OTP!
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 4:57 PM edit delete reply
Notos
I had to google OTP. You learn something new everyday!
chris-tar 22nd Dec 2013, 6:57 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Very touching moment at the end.
Buster 22nd Dec 2013, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Fucking phone announcements X3 Way to ruin the moment.

Still, soooooo happy to see Vinnie taking a leap of faith. They're so adorable together.
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:33 PM edit delete reply
Notos
He's getting more bold, little by little.
josbell975 22nd Dec 2013, 8:29 PM edit delete reply
josbell975
Little by little? That was leaps and bounds! He asked him out first AND hugged him on the spot! DLC be DAMNED! I'll pay for Vinnies DLC hug!

These are nothing to some of us, but for Vinnie to do this, I LOVE how BOLD this is! (best line ever next to this is big and hot)
Tsunaflare 22nd Dec 2013, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
X3 its so sweet and messed up at the same time ahhh
Lady B. 22nd Dec 2013, 7:14 AM edit delete reply
I think I'm gonna faint! so long, it's been soooo long Yes!! the end was just so cute and Wow! can't wait to read the next. ps. using "boyfriends" that early is just WOW!
PBJ 22nd Dec 2013, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
AAAAAAAAA I'm so excited for them! So cute, I can't even contain myself. Which isn't so great, because now I have to explain to my brother why I'm freaking out...
guy 22nd Dec 2013, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
omgomgomg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
bartol 22nd Dec 2013, 7:33 AM edit delete reply
i squealed too!
Ron 22nd Dec 2013, 7:36 AM edit delete reply
GOSH YES some people wait a lifetime for a moment liiiiike thiiiiiissssss

ahhh I'm so happy. thank you so much for the comic thus far!
Draginbeard 22nd Dec 2013, 7:47 AM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
That infernal machine is making my teeth twitch!

I bet it all started with 'Free-2-Play' gaming, and now its all about constant DLC (micro-payments) in a 'Free-2-Live' society!

Digging the story so far, happy hiatus, and looking forward to more!



Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 4:50 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah gaming is where the entire idea sprung from, we see this type of thing in a lot of forms of entertainment but it's pretty out of control with gaming, to the point of where microtransactions cost more than the entire game. Sad really..
ashrium 22nd Dec 2013, 8:02 AM edit delete reply
ashrium
awwwwn very touching moment :,). but the p-comm device was like stealing the spotlight
very nice end for the chapter :3. happy holidays Notos
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Notos
It's been awhile since I did the P-Comm butting-in thing, I admit it's fun to write for.
anarcha 22nd Dec 2013, 8:32 AM edit delete reply
anarcha
Bravo! Well done, a beautiful work.
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Well thanks!
Ovnuniarchos 22nd Dec 2013, 8:58 AM edit delete reply
Ovnuniarchos
The switch from psycho to polite secretary almost made me snort my noodles! (mmm, yummy noodles…)
The embrace made me squeal like a schoolgirl, but the p-comm added a nice touch of tension.
Goooood job!
Mekal 22nd Dec 2013, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
FINALLY!!
And fuck that DLC shit!

Good hiatus!
Bear 22nd Dec 2013, 10:51 AM edit delete reply
Bear
I hope your stats are good (they should be if comment responses are anything to go by) - this little effort deserves a very wide audience !
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:37 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks, though its always very nice to see other comicfury folks!
Guest 22nd Dec 2013, 11:48 AM edit delete reply
omg he is so short and cuuuute <3333333
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:39 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah he's a shorty, this is the first time I've had to really depict how tall he is compared to Galvin versus just 'eyeballing' it.
FunAndGames 22nd Dec 2013, 11:59 AM edit delete reply
How f-ing expensive was that hug? Last time he had more than 6000 DLC. OK he visited Galena, but still... I wonder if he can afford to do anything in the future.

Keep up the good work!
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 4:55 PM edit delete reply
Notos
According to my handy little conversion table 6000 credits amounts to approximately 30 minutes of conversation. So this implies he spent around 20 minutes at Hot Legs, leaving him with around 1000 before meeting Galvin. The hug probably costs 200 credits. (Not to mention their conversation ran more than 25 seconds so he'll probably get another 200/min knocked off from there too)
Ham 22nd Dec 2013, 12:54 PM edit delete reply
That was so worth the wait. Fanboying all over the place now.
Danny Zephronic 22nd Dec 2013, 1:53 PM edit delete reply
Man, what a beautiful scene...
Shame about the DLC announcement at the end >,<
ENKIDU 22nd Dec 2013, 2:38 PM edit delete reply
OMG OMG OM my mom was doing something on the computer and i rushed out of bed and said i had to check something really important and she saw what i was really excited so she let me on to see what it was and i read the whole page and right at the end i started crying and just saying omg omg omg omg and i was squealing and my mom was laughing so hard
josbell975 22nd Dec 2013, 8:33 PM edit delete reply
josbell975
awww, now I love your mom.
Mess 22nd Dec 2013, 2:43 PM edit delete reply
OK it is time to start a Revolution ....
DreamEater 22nd Dec 2013, 3:11 PM edit delete reply
I just can't even... That second to last page was just cute beyond imagining. But last one kind of saddened me. It's kind of depressing that every contact must be paid for :(

And, man... Vinnie is so much like me xd
Liska 22nd Dec 2013, 3:20 PM edit delete reply
Yayyyy, they're finally going out ! Darn DLC, but at least it was worth it to see them hug! :)
dougwarner59 22nd Dec 2013, 4:16 PM edit delete reply
dougwarner59
That credit thing for any type of human contact would get very annoying very quick...I wonder how much it would cost you to have sex?
Notos 22nd Dec 2013, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
Notos
It'll cost a pretty penny, that's for sure!
Biobear 22nd Dec 2013, 10:48 PM edit delete reply
Not if they go rogue and turn off the P-comm.... tohugh I am sure something will trigger the charge.
Asdfaeou 22nd Dec 2013, 7:05 PM edit delete reply
"I'll give you some time to... 'take it in'".... heh. Heh heh.
Mr. Gerbear 22nd Dec 2013, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Mr. Gerbear
Oh my gosh they're official aaaaaa I'm dying of cute.

Thank you so much for your hard work!
josbell975 22nd Dec 2013, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
josbell975
I'm not gonna say great work on backgrounds and animating the screens and I'm not gonna mention the brother sister interaction that makes others think bipolar (my sister and I are the same)or the briliant dialoge about complex things being a euphemism for Vinnie (even though it should be for Galvin, but I dont think Vinnies gotten there yet) or that I love that red/white/blue jacket and will ask Santa Daddy for one or that Vinnie was a little to well prepaired for that 'no' response (so sad) or how the P-Comms butt in and they just take it in stride, until it gives Vin Vins balance or the lack of spell check and over use of run on sentences by me...nope nope nope, not a word about any of that!

But what I will say is how much I LOL on that last scene! Some comments were awww, or whatever...and it is, but I think you did it for comedy and thats how I took it.

GREAT WORK AS ALWAYS AND HAPPY WHATEVER YOU DO TO ALL!!!
Notos 23rd Dec 2013, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah, it was mostly for setup leading into Chapter 4, the story arc of them becoming a couple is closed so I now have to open it to how will the manage against the system. Ending the chapter with just the hug would have implied everything is going just peachy, but gotta leave a bit open!
brumagem 22nd Dec 2013, 9:40 PM edit delete reply
I love the way Vinnie goes in for the hug! It communicates that perfect feeling of "I have no idea what I'm doing/I really want to do this/IAMSCAREDSHITLESSRIGHTNOW"
Notos 23rd Dec 2013, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Ha thanks, I broke it up into so many poses for that very reason, glad it came across!
bmarch 22nd Dec 2013, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
DAWWWW!!!! Way to go, Vinnie! OMFG! I can't believe they charge you for hugs too? Must be a system glitch...I hope! anyway, great ending to a great chapter!
Notos 23rd Dec 2013, 3:15 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Any type of social interaction, including physical!
Sleeps 22nd Dec 2013, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
I am in love with this comic my god
shownder 23rd Dec 2013, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
I totally feel like I should be paying for this comic, it's so good. Is there some place I can give you some kind of rating to bump your visibility? I think everyone should read this! Also have you ever though of doing a kickstarter or something? You could use this comic as something to show of your work!
Notos 23rd Dec 2013, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Notos
I've never considered kickstarter, I'm doing this comic for fun during my free time (work fulltime as an animator). Maybe in the future if I venture into bigger projects.
rackham_m 26th Dec 2013, 5:12 AM edit delete reply
I'd so be down to give to a kickstarter with this kind of quality already being produced. Do it.
Joe 23rd Dec 2013, 2:53 AM edit delete reply
This comic is so amazing in a million ways. The interactive nature of it, the colors and style, the writing, the character development, the world building...just amazing.

It touches me emotionally and intellectually while reading it, as I simultaneously get excited about Vinnie and Galvin's relationship progress and yet also anxious and nervous about how the DLC and the classism of this society is going to inevitably cause them problems. I can't wait to see how they deal with it.

Thank you so much for creating this and for the dedication you have toward continuing it. I look forward to each new page!
Notos 23rd Dec 2013, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks a lot dude, glad you enjoy it!
MathMan821 23rd Dec 2013, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
I've really enjoyed your comic and wanted to thank you for sharing it with us. I will miss it during your hiatus, but hope you have a chance to recharge. You rock!!!
Guest 23rd Dec 2013, 5:07 AM edit delete reply
What a horrible world where you can't even give someone a hug without getting charged.
TheSmilingPsycho 23rd Dec 2013, 2:48 PM edit delete reply
TheSmilingPsycho
DLC is such a party pooper.

For lack of a better word, this page is adorable. I almost had to have my man card revoked while reading it. I could feel the butterflies in Vinnie's stomach. Good for them! Glad they got everything all sorted out. Now I'm looking forward to where the story will go next.
Notos 24th Dec 2013, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks glad you think so!
Vince 23rd Dec 2013, 4:44 PM edit delete reply
It's always a sign of good writing if readers expect something (unless of course you wanted to face a torch-bearing pitchfork mob ;-)), but it's sweet and satisfying anyway :-D Lovin' it, lookin' forward to more!
Charkonian 23rd Dec 2013, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
Charkonian
I think there's a spellin' error on the last panel. "Iniated" might be "Initiated"? :]

Either way, I can't wait until you return from your break. Eagerly looking forward to seeing how this plays out. Haha. You've garnered a lot of questions about how DLC works in a variety of situations, too, so we'll be awaitin' your clever answers, heh.

I wonder how Mackie will feel about this. She doesn't seem to know anything yet, heh. Ooooh the suspense. ;]
Notos 24th Dec 2013, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yep indeed an error, thanks for the spot.
Phate 24th Dec 2013, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
The moment I've been waiting for! I can't wait for the next chapter, I'm extremely excited about seeing them spending more time together. I've also been wondering if we might see some some of the sub-levels and how life is down there. Either way, I'm completely enthralled and eagerly awaiting more!
Notos 24th Dec 2013, 5:35 AM edit delete reply
Notos
There will be some parts involving sub-levels in a future chapter, yes.
Marlee-The-Creator 24th Dec 2013, 5:59 AM edit delete reply
Marlee-The-Creator
Best Christmas present ever.
Hoist anchors! The ship is now canon!
Draconicrose 26th Dec 2013, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
There was squealing, I will admit. That was way too adorable.
The angle on the last panel also makes Galvin look REALLY hot.

Happy holidays :)
Notos 28th Dec 2013, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Notos
I enjoy drawing him in profile the best, with Vinnie it's the opposite. glad you are enjoying it and Happy Holidays
Guest 26th Dec 2013, 11:58 PM edit delete reply
I literally jumped up and down at the end.
Best Christmas present EVER ;u;
Vlad 27th Dec 2013, 1:42 PM edit delete reply
This is such an amazing comic. I am teary eyed. In a way this is a lot like me and my boyfriend. He is a bit chubby, shy and insecure while I am taller and more confident. We live far away from each other so together time is valuable to us. Thank you so much for your work. Please keep it up. It's amazing.
Notos 28th Dec 2013, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Thats very cool, glad you are enjoying the comic and find it relatable, see you in Chapter 4.
Joel 28th Dec 2013, 9:47 AM edit delete reply
My friends and I just discovered this comic. We're DEFINITELY going to be long-term readers. We eagerly await more content! :D Keep up the great work.
Notos 28th Dec 2013, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Hey and welcome aboard! I'll keep it up the best I can, hope you don't get too bored during the hiatus
Grall 28th Dec 2013, 6:47 PM edit delete reply
No point in repeating what everyone else has said, but I just wanted to add to the crowd. A great end to the chapter! Vinnie's glommy hug is adorable. <3
Notos 28th Dec 2013, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Still always nice to hear from you so thanks!
kuma 29th Dec 2013, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
I love, me create an account just to subscribe to your comics
Notos 29th Dec 2013, 6:53 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Thank you!
Marco 7th Jan 2014, 11:28 PM edit delete reply
Really enjoying the comic. Thanks for creating something pretty unique and enjoyable!
Notos 8th Jan 2014, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks and glad you enjoy it!
osoalex 29th Jan 2014, 8:39 AM edit delete reply
I really love this comic! I love the narration, the style and the colorful animations. Please, make a Twitter account to get us updated!

Keep going!
Isis Marie 11th May 2014, 7:16 PM edit delete reply
Isis Marie
Dawwwwww!!! All of the feels, all of them! I'm so happy for them both and this is entirely too sweet and cute and adorable!
KnightTek7 12th May 2014, 4:15 AM edit delete reply
I just started reading this comic and absolutely love it!! Keep up the amazing work! :-)
CharlieLuzon 14th May 2014, 8:06 PM edit delete reply
Oh fuck you DLC for cockblocking that moment OOOOOOOOOO that would have pissed me off sooooo much <.<
Netro9 10th Jan 2015, 5:17 PM edit delete reply
So much DLC going on...how does our race survive? O.o
Rex Ganymede (sometimes!) 14th Jan 2015, 3:17 AM edit delete reply
to be fair..
..it <i>is</i> harder to "read" masculine gays, than not-masculine ones

some straight guys just are <b>that comfortable</b> in their heterosexuality, that they engage in behaviours which, how shall i put it, "can send mixed signals"

especially-more-so when you're already 'sweet' on a guy.. ..a condition which can make even the most rational, skeptical of people can fall victim to misinterpreting an 'innocent' act, at times.

the straight guy feels too comfortable with his little buddy, to not be more mindful

i've been made to doubt my gaydar so much, because of this

plus, galvin doesn't <b>look</b> gay.
galvin looks like he would beat vinnie's little, cute chubby ass from homophobia. . . . .
Notos 14th Jan 2015, 4:10 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah agreed a lot of people are just hard to read. Stereotypes can often lie too. I've doubted my gaydar many times as well.
Rex Ganymede (3005). 19th Jan 2015, 5:28 PM edit delete reply
Rex Ganymede (3005).
. . . . .i don't think vincent woulda had a crush on galvie, if galvie was of an "effeminate" sort

yeah?


i have this exact sort of situation going on right now at work, actually — where i am crushing on a guy.. ..a guy who at least two people say is into The Sausage, but the bloake himself definitively-says, i'm not into dudes.....

and it's killing me.
i don't have any Galenas or Obaris to act as intermediaries for me, either, soton

-_-'
lunatika 26th Aug 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply
Tan bellos carajo!! <3
Jordan Gray 20th Sep 2015, 11:00 PM edit delete reply
Jordan Gray
Thought I'd read some of the back issues. :)

That hug, and the expression on Vince's face when his P-Comm beeps, is when the true horror of DLC really hit me: it keeps the poorest citizens in a base state of loneliness and painful longing for human contact. This is punctuated only by tightly regulated interactions underscored by the tension of knowing that each brief connection is draining their livelihoods.

I'm starting to wonder if Vince and Fridge are far more similar than I previously realised. They're like opposite sides of the same coin: Vince's painful shyness and Fridge's almost desperate motormouth could both easily be products of a world in which human interaction is carefully metered. Socialisation isn't just tough, it's *expensive*! I'm not surprised Vince is bad at reading people or that Fridge interrupts people constantly when communication has been a commodity for most of their adult lives.

Growing up, sometimes I felt so lonely it hurt, and I had no idea how to fix it. I didn't have much money back then, so going out to have fun wasn't an option. If even basic conversation had been too expensive, I don't even know what I would have done or what sort of person I'd be. Wonder what the suicide rate in Hyperion City is like? Heck, do suicide prevention hotlines even exist? Are they even an option if you're that poor?

Argh—curse you Notos! I keep forgetting how genuinely dark your dystopia is!
Demonicplant 6th Dec 2015, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
Demonicplant
I feel complete reading this
This makes me happy omg
on to the next page.
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