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Notos 30th Mar 2014, 3:14 PM edit delete
Notos
One of the longer pages I've done for BT, clocking in a 51 'frames' (a "frame" being a change each time you click) One thing I need to learn to do better is budget production time more efficiently, pages like these eat up a lot of time. Hoping my buffer holds up.
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Clbrend 30th Mar 2014, 3:35 PM edit delete reply
Aaaah, That kiss. So cute :3
Great work btw. Keep it up!
Grall 30th Mar 2014, 3:38 PM edit delete reply
Oh man, so many good parts this update.
But I think that kiss (and his heart reaction) tops it. <3 :D
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:23 AM edit delete reply
Notos
This was a big one, took up a big chunk of time during my hiatus, hope it was worth it! Haha
Grall 31st Mar 2014, 10:41 AM edit delete reply
Definitely worth it. :D
Isis Marie 11th May 2014, 9:27 PM edit delete reply
Isis Marie
I totally agree with Grall on this. I'm loving this comic so hard right now, and afraid that pretty soon, I'll be out of archives to read!!!
BigfootGolem 30th Mar 2014, 3:39 PM edit delete reply
DLC applies even to gestures and particular interactions with other people? I thought it was already intrusive enough before this!
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:25 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yep, all social and physical interactions.
Vincent 30th Mar 2014, 3:41 PM edit delete reply
Well, that friend meeting went better than I thought!
And Vinnie's getting a bit forward here!
And a kiss! Awww...
Until that shit piped up again...

Really good page!
Midnight Jake 30th Mar 2014, 3:48 PM edit delete reply
Long time reader, first time commentator. Probably my favourite page so far. I love the interaction between the characters.

Kind of wish we got to see how dinner went but then again, it probably wouldn't have advanced the story at all. Great job. Looking forward to next week
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:26 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah I would have loved to include a dinner scene, but the page was already taking too much time to produce as is. We'll see more of them in the future I'm sure.
Shin Chan 30th Mar 2014, 3:58 PM edit delete reply
Haha. Man, just what I've been expecting.

One question here. What'll happen if both of them are having *ehem* you know and they both turn off their P-Comm? Just some pure curiosity here.

BTW, nice work. Really looking forward to next page.
Shin Chan 30th Mar 2014, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
Oh and one thing. Any chance of producing the real "Metal Storm"? Would really like to hear one.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Notos
I've though about commissioning someone to do some M-308 Gunner songs, but don't know who, and if it would be within my budget. In a perfect world I'd get a great synth artist like Perturbator or Lazer Hawk or Lost Years. One can dream.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:27 AM edit delete reply
Notos
They would still be monitored and charged DLC from any other electronic devices in the room. Check out the Chapter 1 supplement about DLC, it talks about any electronic device can monitor your interactions and forward the charges to your P-Comm.
hikoritoken 30th Mar 2014, 3:59 PM edit delete reply
haha osoalex is in the background lol
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:29 AM edit delete reply
Notos
He did some fanart, and since I couldn't fit his character into the world as a background character he's showing up as a logo/mascot.
Tsunaflare 30th Mar 2014, 4:03 PM edit delete reply
Lol those last 3 panel reactions.
Alicia the Bard 30th Mar 2014, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Alicia the Bard
That DLC machine really knows how to kill a mood. It's like a blunt acquaintance that doesn't know how to take a hint.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:30 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Indeed. Though it's pretty fun to write for it, it's an easy way to get reactions out of the characters.
BusterTayra 30th Mar 2014, 5:02 PM edit delete reply
I think at that point, I might have tossed the damn phone off the balcony X3

That having been said, Vinnie is so damn adorbs <3 And that mental image. Haminahaminahamina
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:31 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Swaine Corp would be after your ass if you threw your P-Comm away.
chris-tar 30th Mar 2014, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Your DLC concept reminds me of the absolute ludicrousness of real life government intrusion into our lives, like the NSA recording all phone and email conversations etc. Pretty soon our government will be charging a tax on breathable air!

I also 2nd the notion of hearing the song "Metal storm" brought to life. I imagine it might sound like something Daft Punk created. My 4 fav songs by them are Human after all, Get Lucky, Robot Rock, and Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:33 AM edit delete reply
Notos
It's becoming more of a reality as time goes on, which is kind of crazy. At first it just started as me poking fun at DLC and microtransactions in gaming, but you're right about all the crazy NSA stuff that has surfaced lately. On one hand its total bullshit, on the other it makes me feel justified that this future isn't such an outlandish idea.

They would definitely be something like Daft Punk, synth electronic sounding stuff.
Guest 30th Mar 2014, 5:41 PM edit delete reply
Aaaaaaa, there are so many places this story can go (and I'm not even talking about the smutty stuff)! You could make it end tragically with Vinnie and Galvin bowing down to the DLC restrictions and continuing to interact in such a stifling environment. You could move Vinnie out of the crater like his parents, having him choose freedom over love. They could BOTH move out of the crater, they could even go on a wacky but badass adventure where they topple the HCC regime and redact all forms of DLC. It's really intriguing!
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:37 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Indeed, I have a few endings penned and will see how the next few chapters flow to see which one I go with; even though I have the whole story planned things change a lot during the course of production, and fan feedback plays a big part too.
ashrium 30th Mar 2014, 6:02 PM edit delete reply
ashrium
Well Gogol save vinnie with the "metal storm" conversation, and he is my favorite of GalvinĀ“s friends, and that kiss (sighs), well i would like to hear about those "steamy adult-only packages" hehe p-comm device to the attack. excellent update
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:38 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Gogol is definitely the most chill of the bunch. I imagine he's into zen type stuff, he probably has a rock garden in his apartment (which being a High-Level is no doubt as swank as Galvin's)
meep 30th Mar 2014, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
You're good to us. Nice page. Thanks for putting so much work into this, its appreciated, I always look forward to updates.

Vinnie is adorable, his image of the team made me laugh and the end was cuteness.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:39 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you appreciate it. It takes a lot of time! I already find my buffer running low, but doing my best to stay on top of things!
meep 30th Mar 2014, 7:09 PM edit delete reply
Also the DLC must really take the spontaneity out of things. 'Packages' suggest specific acts, no more have a cuddle and see where it leads...
josbell975 30th Mar 2014, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
josbell975
I asked for Papa Obari to take off his shirt and you made it happen. I said I want to see Shunsuke shirtless and once again you deliver. Stop, it'll goto my head! I wont say which one...but if you do full monty, make this one intact. That would be 100% fan service for me and I dont see how doing so will move the story, but if you ever do...I just want to throw that out there, intact that is.

Gogol's belly! I love those firm, tight bellies. Fun to hold in so many diff positions.

What I really love is how not everything is cookie cutter. As I said before, the synth is a big curiosity for me and seeing how all the synth parts I've seen are as diff as all the ppl I've seen on Buying Time. Many ppl see an arm as an arm and even though artists study muscles and their groups, it doesnt always work out. You make it work as it should. I tutored anatomy and love sci fi and transfer my knowledge to that to make it work as I want it to. Sci fi isnt real until its invented and thats the approach I take. Sadly, I dont have any artistic talent, so I'm thankful I found your web comic. Now I'm ranting, sorry.
RadjinWolf 30th Mar 2014, 7:57 PM edit delete reply
That kiss. Ugh, I had to go back and look at it again. So cute and sweet. <3 ^^
guvvuf 30th Mar 2014, 8:17 PM edit delete reply
Aw yeah, get some, Vinnie! Also, it really struck home just how unsettling your basic premise is augh
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:43 AM edit delete reply
Notos
A few people have mentioned they thought the concept was pretty dark, I suppose that is cyberpunk for you! Oppressive government/corporate distopia and all that jazz.
Finz_ 30th Mar 2014, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
Finz_
Adorably awkward, sorry Vinnie xD
So even though this page consists of two panels(backgrounds) they take the longest? Is it all of the speech bubbles that become time consuming or altering so many character positions over 50 panels?
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:44 AM edit delete reply
Notos
It's the amount of poses. I make the best use of reuse that I can, but even with that a page like this requires 15-20 poses drawn. I find the backgrounds go pretty quick because I just need to draw them once!
Rauron 30th Mar 2014, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
So, Shun is one of those pretentious "music was so much better in the 60s" kind of guys? Good to see some things never change!

The fanservice is always quite appreciated, of course, and I like that you put in those water effects even in his thought bubble. All of the detail in these pages is great!
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:47 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Yeah, I just felt the need to throw a jerk character into the mix, I felt the cast for the most part is all people I'd like to hang out with, so we needed the token uppity, pretentious loudmouth.
Turbocharge1000 30th Mar 2014, 9:29 PM edit delete reply
email to Mackie Cross: hey...ive seen a map view of Hyperions's levels a while back...is it a certain engine or fuel mixture they use if there's some environmental safety restrictions in place?
MortarAndPistol 30th Mar 2014, 9:35 PM edit delete reply
"Heh" is such a perfect ending for this page. Fantastic. Also, love the skullcap.

Just a note: "Embarrass" and "Embarrassing" has two r apiece, and "losing" only has one o. Also "on top" is two words.

Your comment about apportioning your drawing time/buffer is massively similar to Vinnie talking about budgeting his DLC. Life imitating art? (or visa versa?)
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 3:55 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Thanks for the corrections, fixed.
Also, I never thought about the life imitating art, I guess there is quite a similarity there!
Wuffles 30th Mar 2014, 10:42 PM edit delete reply
There's a lot of animal based adverts so far... Which got me thinking. Does a Synth have to have a humanoid body? Why not something more specialised depending on hobby/employment? Also, can they "Switch" parts without need for "surgery" or specialists? Sorry for all the questions, I admit this really should have been asked during Fridge's page.
josbell975 31st Mar 2014, 12:47 AM edit delete reply
josbell975
Part swap is a good question. I would think no seeing what I have so far. But that doesnt mean it cant be so. I would think that would be top shelf A-1 DLC.

I would like to know as well.
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 4:02 AM edit delete reply
Notos
In the story's world, current technology allows only for humanoid replacement. Though a large portion of people who get synth upgrades are for purely cosmetic reasons (think about how popular tattoos, piercings, other body modifications are in our current day world, purely for looks) so it's probably not too outlandish to think in a few hundred years more drastic body type changes would available.
Part-swapping/upgrading is an option but it still requires surgery. Although it's synthetic it's still as complex as flesh and blood, with muscle fiber, tendons, bone etc (just made out of different material.) Only synthetic surgery is probably quicker and safer.
Guest 31st Mar 2014, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
im curious is the dlc and the normal money are they the same currency? or dlc is for conversations/interactions and there is a different currency for purchasing things at stores?
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 4:04 AM edit delete reply
Notos
DLC is separate. You use credits to buy DLC, which is used to pay for interactions. Think of it like the 'points cards' you get for any given gaming system.
Lady B. 31st Mar 2014, 12:54 AM edit delete reply
SQUEEEEAAALLLL!! I just had to see the kiss again :D so amazing and always so worth the wait, that mental image was H-O-T! I'm so excited to see where their relationship is going. DLC for Vinnie is hard and he's just so responsible as to not let Galvin take up all the expenses. ! week to go again :D
Esteban 31st Mar 2014, 7:58 AM edit delete reply
Thank you soo much for all of your work!! this story is amazing!! my regards from Chile :)
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 1:03 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Glad you enjoy it, and regards back from Canada!
Wolfenpilot687 31st Mar 2014, 2:50 PM edit delete reply
Hey, it's my friend Alex! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw him in there!
Notos 31st Mar 2014, 5:16 PM edit delete reply
Notos
He did some fanart so I wanted to fit his character in. Though I can't properly put anthro characters in the story so he had to be a mascot/logo. (Plus I don't know when the next crowd shot will be, not many city street shots in this chapter)
Draginbeard 31st Mar 2014, 9:39 PM edit delete reply
Draginbeard
Good lord, the DLC system is so scary intrusive. And I thought TMZ was bad!
dougwarner59 2nd Apr 2014, 12:22 PM edit delete reply
dougwarner59
that bottom panel looked amazing...do you do any of this stuff as a living (make money at it,) because you are really good.
Notos 2nd Apr 2014, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
Notos
Yes when I'm not drawing and animating for this comic I'm drawing an animating for iPhone apps.
fbeaver 3rd Apr 2014, 7:48 AM edit delete reply
New fave page! Funny, cute kiss, some relationship development and a whole lot of almost peen.

I dig.
Notos 4th Apr 2014, 2:54 AM edit delete reply
Notos
Glad you dig it, it was a very graphic and dialogue heavy page to do!
UGH Im not putting a name 4th Apr 2014, 3:45 AM edit delete reply
Why is Vinnie's Pcom always going off?
Is Galvin's more modest or something?
Like, I've never seen anyone else's Pcom go off.
Notos 4th Apr 2014, 1:34 PM edit delete reply
Notos
We see his go off most frequently because he is the protagonist and we're with him the most. We see Galvin's and Fridges go off in earlier chapters (When we first meet Fridge, or when Galvin and Vinnie first have lunch) it also happens to other characters several times through other devices (Fridges door, Galvin's door and shower, any electronic device functions the same as a P-Comm, it's just your P-Comm is portable and with you at all times)
Timet 6th Apr 2014, 10:50 AM edit delete reply
This makes me wonder, would a P-Comm charge a person for masturbating?
Doomy 13th Apr 2014, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Doomy
Awww that balcony scene! <3

And yes I'd love to share a hot tub with all his friends too ~
TheGaytistic 17th Apr 2014, 3:02 AM edit delete reply
I need some tampons from seeing those three guys on the imaginary tub.
TheGaytistic 17th Apr 2014, 3:04 AM edit delete reply
Awww, They do....
bronakopdin 10th May 2014, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
bronakopdin
urgh... that device is such a mood killer :/

I really enjoyed the bathing image though ^^ Vinnie has some nice detailed fantasy :D
Hours 13th May 2014, 5:13 AM edit delete reply
Just binging on your awesome comic now, sadly I'll be caught up soon. :( (I don't want it to end.)

This page in particular was really great. I liked meeting all Galvin's friends, especially in the hot tub~

Shunsuke is pretty damn handsome too. I he seems the "lovable jerk" type.
ASingleMind 18th May 2014, 11:48 PM edit delete reply
"..the same way I budget for groceries." You know, I often feel the same way Vinnie does here although its not quite so literal. Really enjoying this comic so far!
Rexstar. Home Pictures! 14th Jan 2015, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
"ba-BAka!!"

vince and his damn blushing..
..so kawaii

"<3"

and vinnie's Imagine Spot on what the "terrific trio" do in galvey's tub: benten going all "fui fui" with his fingers, and Shunsu-kun flexing, for no apparent reason
heh heh heh
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