Bah, should not have taken this long.
Nice. Getting a “Shadows over Innsmouth”-feel from this comic.
More like silent hill.
99 cents for a can of soda during an embargo? I’d be excited too
99 cents? Who you gonna pay? That soda’s free, man.
Pay like you’re in Russia
agree to kill the store owner’s worst enemy and receive 20% of the shipment for the rest of the year?
In Soviet Russia, store pays YOU! …I’ll leave, now…
Loot to your hearts content, you furry little sociopath 8D
They’re going to have trouble making a speedy exit with all that soda weighing down the aircraft.
4S F4R 4S 1 C4N T3LL, TH4T’S 4 H1GH CL4SS 4SS4ULT SH1P OF SOM3 K1ND, 1NQU1S1T1ON-GR4D3, M4YB3 B3TT3R, 1T’S SL1GHTLY MODD3D. TH3R3′S 4LMOST NO W4T 1 C4N S33 TH4T S1MPLY LO4D1NG 1T UP W1TH LOOT3D SOD4 W1LL SLOW 1T DOWN MUCH.
I believe you underestimate our heroes.
WH4T, 1N TH3 4MOUNT OF STUFF TH3Y’LL T4K3? 1′M NOT SUR3 1F TH4T W4S TH3 SH1P TH3Y W3R3 FLY1NG DUR1NG TH3 1NV4S1ON OF MORTH’S FORTR3SS, 4ND WH3TH3R OR NOT 1T H3LD 4NY OF TH3 G14NT ROBOTS S33N 1N TH3 1NQU1S1T1ON. 1F 1T W4S, 1T 4LMOST D3F1N1T3LY COULD HOLD MOST 4NYTH1NG TH3Y D3S1R3D TO C4RRY.
The heavy transport craft seen in the invasion are designation CV-2 Poltergeist. They’re modular, able to switch out their mecha couplings for a infantry carrier pod, or whatever kind of cargo the Inquisition needs moved.
Harry pilots a standard-issue FV-3 Spectre. It’s not a cargo ship by any stretch. Bottled liquid gets surprisingly heavy, the Spectre is a relatively light aircraft, and VTOL engines are notoriously difficult to maintain balance – I reckon filling the cargo area could, at the least, throw off her weight distribution enough to make her dangerous to pilot.
Lothar’s ship (the one they took to the fortress invasion) is a customised AV-7 Wraith, a heavier attack craft than the Spectre. I’m not sure how he ever got possession of a high powered, multi-million-dollar Inquisition gunship. We seem to have glossed over that detail.
Sorry for the srs longpost, it’s just I recently rediscovered some old notes on EN craft, thought I’d wax technical :P
” I’m not sure how he ever got possession of a high powered, multi-million-dollar Inquisition gunship”
Probably the same way Boba Fett got the Slave-2, I imagine.
Although we don’t have specifics, I’m pretty sure everyone knows how Lothar got that ship.
OK4Y, Y34H, 1 F3LT L1K3 GO1NG B4CK 4ND CH3CK1NG, BUT 1T 1S 1ND33D 4 D1FF3R3NT SH1P TH4N TH3 ON3 FROM TH3 1NV4S1ON. 4ND L1QU1D PROB4BLY DO3S W31GH 4 LOT 4NYW4YS, L1K3 YOU S41D. LOTH4R’S SH1P H4S B1TS OF R3D TR1M.
Look, a handy illustration. Top-bottom: Spectre, Wraith, Poltergeist. Along with a Black Knight mechanised unit, and a guardsman.
Awesome That helps.
COOL, TH4NKS V1RUS, TH4T SHOULD CL34R 3V3RYTH1NG UP.
Predictable path (so I don’t expect to see any of it): Spectre weighed down, sinks, Lothar has to throw out the drink, Lothar tries to DRINK all the drink because of hammerspace physics.
Heheh… Yeah, speaking of hammerspace physics…
Where’d Lothar’s other gun go back during that facility arc? You know, the big huge one powered the same way as Rogue’s “saber” that I don’t recall him dropping, but don’t remember seeing him carrying on the way out?
Used as highly unstable exploding bait for a Fleshwyrm.
and my friends said only a bunch of brain dead stoners could come up with this. boy am i laughing mah butt off now. Great brick joke btw.
And this is why I miss looking up the grim darkness bases you had in the past. Looking up and reading lore into a work is always so freakin’ interesting.
ПЕПСИ!!1 That fog surely fucked up all the letters so they started to look like Russian. Or is it?
ооооооо,дааааа. Beer is suck,pepsi-so cool :D
Abuse of the Russian language is a drop of racism, isn’t it?:D
Racism is funny in small batches.Archive binge the comic and you’ll see.
Yeah, ya right.I’ve seen that.
The Russian language is a race?
Also, the “UCCR” in the last strip made it pretty clear (at least to me) that the cola nation was modeled off of the old Soviet Union (USSR), so Cyrilic isn’t exactly out of place here.
Haha, no offence intended, sorry for any linguistic clumsiness. Consider it a friendly shout-out to our Slavic readers.
The thing is – none were taken. I dunno what those guys up there were talking ’bout, but i’m looking forward to more references. Keep it up, guys!
oh, well thanks :) I’m happy
so,I dunno what to say.Lol,Lothar,just lol.
Reminds me of the film The Mist … I hope this ends better for the team than it did in that film ._.
Could be. I was thinking more Silent Hill myself. Guess we’ll have to wait and see on this one.
“The Mist”? You mean “The Fog”? *googles* Huh. Sounds about as creepy.
“Yesssssss, take it all… We had planned it to be so…”
Please oh please just for the coke’s sake.
99 cents for a two-liter of Pepsi? Hot damn, that’s the best deal I’ve seen for a soda ever. I’ll take fifty of ‘em.
Oh wait, it’s just a comic.
Ah well, a man can dream.
Tell me where you found that Tau/Smashbros emblem RIGHT NOW or I WILL devour your esophagus!
Mr. jones, the dollar store usually carries 3 liter Shasta’s as well.
As I recall, they usually carry spiced Pepsi products or “throwbacks” durring the holidays.
The spiced sodas are most likely the equivalent of new coke, although I suspect pepsi made with real sugar is more filling.
Then again the dollar stores also have no problem selling antifeeze as allergy medication so it’s obviously dirty pop…
I actually prefer the throwback pepsi more then the regular stuff. It’s smoother; doesn’t feel as sticky, for lack of a better term.
…Wait, that cola one-off thing wasn’t a one off?
IDK if I can handle the wait man. I might need to take off reading this for a bit-I know crapola about the comic and I’m already on the edge of my seat.
Look at the address bar, it will tell you whether a comic is storyline or not.
and btw. Cents?
sorry,but I haven’t met Russian shops with American costs.
This isn’t Russia. Although EN locations usually have real-life analogs, they’re by no means perfect. By the way, what IS the U.S. analogue? Have we seen it yet?
Oops, s’posed to be a reply to Sia^.
Well, that really hard to invent a real-life analogs for Mobius.’cause Mobius- is other planet, that have other traditions and countries.And autors present Mobius in familiar to all of us style.
And other question: they speak on English on other planet => genius :D
“By the way, what IS the U.S. analogue? ”
well, Meridia, maybe..
(by the way, I’m from Ukraine,it’s near Russia,so I dunno)
and,yes, The United Corporate Collectives of Rodina(!).I can’t remember where Virus(Alan) said that, but UCCR – analog for USSR(The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.horrible times…).
And Braska- is very unusial way for call the city of that analog. Veeeeery unusial.
None of the countries in EN are really straight alternatives to real world ones. As a riugh guideline though, the UCCR can be considered a bastard combination of the USSR and cyberpunk style corporate government, the Allied Sovereigns of Meridia are akin to a cross between the USA and the Europeon Union, and Taika is like a combination of China and Japan. Except in cases where we decide to break the role for funsies.
Yeah, Taika was the main one I thought of as roughly being a stereotyped Asia.
Lately, I’ve been seeing the UCCR as having a quite a bit of present-day China in it. I bet a lot of manufacturing gets outsourced there, and the workers’ conditions and rights are accordingly poor. It also seems to have an American flavour of big corporations and advertising and capitalist culture.
Oh yes,Silv, that explains a lot X)
Yeah, I bet the comic got held up because of fog. It can be very hard. Regardless, this is a really good comic, which is excellent at fooling you into thinking that the action’s about to start, and it boomerangs into a brick-joke. Very nice guys, 9/10
SQUEEEEEE!!! ENDLESS COKE!!!
Totally with Lothar on this one. Screw the spooky disappearances, there is caffeine to be stolen.
TH3R3′S TH3 F1RST F4LS3 POS1T1V3. TH3R3 PROB4BLY WON’T B3 4NYTH1NG TH3R3 OF NOT3 TH3 S3COND T1M3 TH3Y LOOK 31TH3R. ON TH3 TH1RD T1M3, FR34K OF TH3 W33K 1S GO1NG TO JUMP TH3M. DR4GG1NG TH3M OFF, 4 D1R3CT 4TT4CK, WH4T3V3R. JUST N33D TH3M TO R3L4X TH31R G4URDS TOO F4R.
4LT3RN4T1V3LY, TH3 COL4 1S TH3 TR4P. 1T’S TH3 ONLY OTH3R TH1NG TH4T F1TS 4T TH1S ST4G3.
Question: how the hell can you write like that? o_O;; Must take forever to write something that is so difficult for normal people to read…
4CTU4LLY, NOT LONG 4T 4LL W1TH C4PS LOCK ON. JUST T4K1NG TH3 T1M3 TO MOV3 MY F1NG3R TO R3PL4C3 C3RT41N L3TT3RS W1TH TH3 NUM3R4LS OF TH3 BL1ND PROPH3TS.
Y34H, LG. YOU C4N DO 1T TOO, 1T’S 34SY. 1 WOULD DO 1T MYS3LF,
But it’s kinda gC’s thing.
dOES THAT MEAN I COULD TYPE LIKE tAVROS IF I WANTED?
KNOCK YOURS3LF OUT >:]
oH, uH, iS THAT SUCH A GREAT IDEA? i MEAN, iF i FELL OVER SOMEONE MIGHT TRIP AND THEN THAT COULD CAUSE A PROBLEM FOR SOMEONE.
1T W4S 4 F1GUR3 OF SP33CH, S1LLY. >:] HOW3V3R, W3R3 YOU TO 1ND33D B3COM3 4 SPR4WL3D H34P ON TH3 GROUND, 1 DOUBT TH3R3 WOULD M4NY P3OPL3 OUT OF 1T 3NOUGH TO M1SS 4 COM4TOS3 PONY FOR LONG 3NOUGH TO TR1P.
I figure that if you’re going to match a pesterchum or trollian handle, you really ought to use the quirk that goes with. The rest of us, not so nessecery.
Also, c’mon. Tavros? As patron trolls go, I am dissapoint.
For you, I keep fluctuating between reverence and concern…
H3′S ON3 OF TH3 WR1T3RS OF TH3 COM1C, L3T’S GO W1TH R3V3R3NC3.
Good plan, gC. XD butter him up to get more Lothar blowing stuff up.
Out of curiosity (crew), is it hard for you guys to keep your mouths shut and not give us spoilers while we try to predict the story? Or is it enjoyable to watch us squirm and make up theories?
It’s very easy for them, I think. I live with the artist, and he doesn’t give me any hints whatsoever.
It’s very frustrating! :p
While I *do* hear the rare spoiler during a writer’s meeting, I try to pretend I didn’t hear it so as to be surprised like everyone else.
WAIT, wait, wait. You’re rooming with Al- er, Virus?
Since Spring of 2010. LGHunter is my common-law wife.
Whoa. This gives me a whole different perspective on you – I always somehow saw you as a goofy, geeky , good-natured young hermit who only ever meets with the crew, and who spends your life drawing and entertaining us.
Now I see you as a goofy, geeky, good-natured guy who meets plenty of people, who spends your life drawing and entertaining us,.
I had a point there somewhere…
You mean goofy, geeky, good-natured woman.
Since when is Virus a girl?
Heh heh! Virus is most definitely a guy, and I’m a girl. I think that may be what DHGM was getting at. :)
Oh, DHGM thought i meant you?Nah, I was talking about Al-er, Virus.
I had no previous opinion of you whatsoever.
Deepest apologies, I was mistaken.
Keeping up a poker face is pretty easy on the internet; you just don’t post a reply. It’s pretty rare that anybody actually predicts anything of substance. I quite enjoy reading the attempts though. Either way, we just maintain a policy to neither confirm nor deny.
“We are neither confirming nor denying your foolish attempts to predict the unpredictable, but we have been known to pull funny thoughts you guys come with, and change them just enough so it looks like we came up with them, thusly avoiding any royalty payouts whatsoever!”
Of course, I don’t speak on any authority, so you could call that my own “predicting the unpredictable.”
Heh, I don’t believe we’ve stolen any jokes. Once or twice I think reader comments made me realise some plot point lacked clarity, so I reworded a line in a later strip to disambiguate. But for the most part, the scripts are all written months or years in advance. We have two or three complete stories written and in the pipeline right now, and several more planned or partially scripted. Writing is much faster than drawing, so we’re unlikely to run out of pre-written scripts.
Like most comics, though, you are more likely to run out of pre-drawn comics :p
Good work on managing to not need as many filler strips as some comics, though *COUGH*DMFA*COUGH*.
So since they’re obviously in Silent Hill, I wonder what the tortured manifestations of their broken psyches will look like? I imagine one of East’s to be a can of mace with boobs.
A can of mace with boobs and spider legs.
which shall be appropriately raped/killed by a rabbit pyramid head.
Just want to let you guys know that with each passing comic these past few months I just love you more.
It just looks like you guys are putting so much effort into each panel, and the expressions have just been so awesome. Love Loth in that last panel.
I never even realized the gang was Brits until I started reading the comments way-back-when. I thought you just used “arse” to avoid saying “ass” and, I dunno, keep it SFW or something.
didn’t notice the .uk web address back at the first page, then? :p
Rouge’s pose in the last panel …phah!Funny. WHERE’RE HIS BODY!
It’s behind him. He’s running head-first, arms-back, sonic-style.
1 C4N S33 H1S T41L B3H1ND V1RUS’ N3CK, TH3 R3ST S33MS TO B3 H1DD3N BY V1RUS TORSO.
Wait, never mind Rogue, what the hells’ that black smudge on Eastwood’s layer? I must’ve drawn fog on the wrong layer, and the stroke effect made it a black blob. How did that slip by QC? And stay there this long? It reveals more of Rogue, so refresh for more clarity.
Oh, I thought Virus’ coat was billowing back.
How far is Parody legally covered? I had an idea a ways back for a webcomic, but it works better as novels, so i decided to throw my characters in where they don’t belong, chasing each other through books, movies, comics, pop-culture type stuff.
You guys have any insight?
From what I know: It’s a grey area. Weird Al doesn’t *have* to ask for permission to parody a song, but he does anyway. The dating website Plenty of Fish tried to stop the use of the Plenty of Syph parody STI-Education website, but couldn’t touch it or stop it because it was a parody.
If it doesn’t defame, isn’t used/sold for monetary gain (different rules for parody music?) and is used for comical purposes, it’s often fair game.
A good idea is to check up on the parody laws in your area for definition, because what I know of law can fill a little indent on the side of a thimble.
To qualify as “fair use“, I believe it needs to be clearly making fun of, or making a point about the work being referenced. Parody and criticism are protected speech, even if you’re profiting from it. But if you just have your characters playing inside an identical version of another author’s world, you’re basically just doing fan fiction, which would be harder to claim as fair use.
For example, Vertigo Comics’ Fables is a huge mash-up of stories and characters from various fictions, but the authors are careful to only use characters in the public domain. None of the characters are being parodied, just borrowed and utilised. And you can’t do that with copyrighted characters.
OK. that definitely helps. I’ll probably tweak it to make it more of a parody. Not like it will be important anytime soon; my art’s not quite up to snuff yet.
Fog in an ominous location revealing something good?
That’s a first.
1′M SUR3 1T’S ONLY GOOD B3C4US3 1T’S SOM3 K1ND OF B41T. DON’T B3 FOOL3D, TH3S3 P3OPL3 D1SS4P34R3D FOR 4 R34SON.
il agree with you there so unless they find the main production plant next where theres literally everything for free without anything apearing and they drink all of it il be guessing shits gonna hit the fan soon.(give or take 2 or 3 comics)((1 to have them in a gentalmanny manner explain wtf were looking at after the discovery page only to end up running on the third.))
But for some reason I get the feeling it’s not so much bait as the enemy of the week has a greater thirst for cola than Lothar does. And if our heroes start drinking their fill, whatever IS in the fog will not be happy…
SO, B41T OR FORB1DD3N TR34SUR3 ROOM TH3N.
with something weird as hell guarding it.
I love this page. Lothar is just so GIDDY.
I love seeing Lothar get happy over anything mostly unrelated to bloodshed. My FAVORITE scene is still Lothar and Blasphemy hanging out, sipping beer.
And when they cuddled? MANLY does not get any CUTER than that. My mind was blown.
Where’s Blasphemy been, anyways?
I mean seriously, an awesome, murderous Cyborg Echidna, and a tiny,awesome, murderous trog, CUDDLING- and it doesn’t come off as “stupid”, “gay”, or “sissy”? That takes some doing.
(I still think they should continue the unholy genetics experiment and get a second chao… possibly some heart fruit…)
I just realised that I’m one of those people that have never drinken a Pepsi in their entire life.
I am unsure on how too feel about this.
I’ve only ever had DIET Pepsi, and I hate diet soda.
never had pepsi, went to the world of coke in Atlanta. tasting Swedish coke was so bad I gagged. never doing coke again ( wow that came off wrong ‘specially since im black)
Yeah, if you can’t laugh at yourself, you can’t laugh at anyone.
Wow… did I seriously say that? I replied “*SNORT*” to a coke joke…that’s sad…
YOU TH1NK YOU’V3 GOT 1T B4D, 1 H4V3 TO 1D3NT1FY 3V3RTH1NG BY SN1FF1NG OR L1CK1NG 1T.
Ok, get this- girl at a drive-through couldn’t remember which drink was Coke and which was Diet… so she sniffed them.
I feel like should defend the Swedish coke, but then I remembered that haven’t drunk coke in years and can’t remember the taste.
There is a world of coke?
I think there’s one in Las Vegas, but it isn’t as impressive as you might think… For some reason I was imagining a Wonka/Slurm factory and all I got was a building full of stuffed animals, bar glasses, holograms, and other coke related products.
on the upside you get to imagine what it’s like to be an Ant when you are beholden to the glorious bottle of pop.
Pepsi? Coke? Diet Cola? Haven’t ever had them. Those are for the Elder Ones… those even older than myself.
And I’ve seen the end of the world six times.
Oh, yeah, and the mortals. The legend is, drinking any of them gives you mortality unless you can overcome their’s dark curse and receive their’s beautiful blessing.
It’s nice to come back to this site and see that it’s still going! I used to read all of these comics but got tired of waiting (I’m an impatient person – no reflection on you guys) so I went cold turkey. I just caught up on three years of comics. Fucking. Fantastic.
I’ve always enjoyed your work and I’ve had a good number of laughs at these comics. I like being able to comment and say hello too.
Keep up the great work guys, I’ll see you in two or three years.
Weeeeeeeell, all I can say is that I’ll 8e expecting some horrifying d8mon to pop and and annihil8 their sorry loser 8sses any time now. ::::)
TH3R3′S 4 PHR4S3 FOR TH1S K1ND OF TH1NG: SL1PP3RY SLOP3. >:]
gC has an impostor!
gC vs. aG !!!
Get Lothar in here to sell tickets.
SPO1L3R: 1 W1N TH4T ON3. >:]
1′M 4LSO SHOCK3D 4ND SL1GHTLY CONFUS3D TH4T YOU TH1NK 1′M 4N 1MPOST3R. WH4T R34SON DO YOU H4V3 TO B3L13V3 TH4T?
Aaaaaaaah, my dear Redglare. So nice to see you. If only you could see me. ::::) And for the record, I didn’t lose that one. It’s aaaaaaaall part of my master plan, one of my many master plans, in fact. I have soooooooo many irons in the fire, you couldn’t possibly hope to count them all. :::;)
Ugh. I though YOU were bad, gC.This guy’s much worse.
Y3S, 1 WON, YOU D13D. 1 S4W YOUR GHOST 4ND 3V3RYTH1NG 1N TH4T COSTUM3-P4RTY TH1NG 1N TH3 DR34MBUBBL3S. 4ND 1 C4N M4N4G3 4ND CONTROL MY 1RONS, C4N YOU BO4ST TH3 S4M3?
I said “HAS” an impostor, not “IS” an impostor .
You have an impostor :aG.
aG is an impostor:of you.
damn reply button.
SORRY, 34S1LY CONFUS3D OUT OF CONT3XT.
I just know that one of you EN guys is russian. At least one.
1 WOULD GU3SS NOT, S1NC3 V1RUS 4PPOLOG1S3D FOR POSS1BL3 L1NGU1ST1C BUNGL1NG.
No, none. It was all done using Google and witchcraft.
What’s the difference?
One invokes the ancient power of [insert ancient forgotten daemon here] and the other one calls on the unholy energies of the Internet god known as Google?
TH3R3′S LOR3 4V41L4BL3 H3R3 TO M4K3 1T SO TH4T TH3R3 N33D B3 NO D1FF3R3NC3. >:]
No bargaining for souls over the font? I am disappointed. I am confiscating one soul over this debacle.
I’m thinking… half of gallowsCalibrator’s soul and half of arachnidsGrip’s. Sounds tasty enough together.
Can anyone say Roanoke? For those unfamiliar with the reference, I suggest google.
Aside from the Bermuda vibe, at least Lothar looks happy.
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