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Comic 260 - Touchdown

10th Feb 2015, 12:00 AM
Touchdown
Average Rating: 5 (15 votes)
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jamie59 10th Feb 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

Very little iron?
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply

thats the running theory .. whatever the ship is made of it doesn't contain a lot of ferrous materials.
leaking pen 10th Feb 2015, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
quantum locking? if the green material could be made superconductive on command, wait until the magnetic field has pierced the material, make it superconductive, boom, not going ANYWHERE.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

yep!
Timotheus 11th Feb 2015, 3:30 AM edit delete reply

Billions and billions of Legos.
thejackle123 11th Feb 2015, 7:24 PM edit delete reply
Doesn't that also require a layer of sapphire?
Deo 10th Feb 2015, 12:07 AM edit delete reply

this is the part when the lander flips over and falls to the ground and explodes in a michael bay-esque fashion(after galina gets out in a super slow motion way)?
Haegan2005 10th Feb 2015, 12:16 AM edit delete reply

I like the way you think!

Though it is possible that the lander and the alien ship are not insured. Sucks to be them!

On a more serious note, the ship is large enough to generate mild gravity and the Black hole it used to pull itself through space may provide a more notable gravity on its own. Or the ship could simply have artificial gravity on the grate extensions in the docking bay so the workers won't float away by surprise.

Deo 10th Feb 2015, 1:03 AM edit delete reply

from what i see i don't think the ship is touching anything that could give it stability, only one leg is touching the platform, while the others seem to be floating, and the ship is only being stable by the rcs.
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 8:04 AM edit delete reply

The back leg might be touching, Deo. Still that arrangement should fall over, I think. There isn't enough to keep it upright. So something else is going on. Maybe an invisible platform? Or could it be green space ants, some nano-bots that are forming a pillar for supporting her parking job?

Maybe we will find out. Knowing the evil duo though, they will just leave us wondering.
Tokyo Rose 10th Feb 2015, 8:59 AM edit delete reply

who told you about the green space ants
highlander55 10th Feb 2015, 9:16 AM edit delete reply

If that's the case Gali will scream THEM!!.
Miyto 10th Feb 2015, 2:32 PM edit delete reply
Ignoring the theoretically beneficial green ants,
I see three legs landed, two to the side of the lander and one on the center on the lander.
I hope the door is on the correct side for her to get to the platform w/o tipping the lander over...
velvetsanity 10th Feb 2015, 4:54 PM edit delete reply

I see one leg and two propulsion thrusters resting on the grate, with the maneuvering thrusters keeping the whole thing from falling off
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 7:54 PM edit delete reply

Mwahahahaha! You thought that file was protected? HA!
Tokyo Rose 10th Feb 2015, 7:43 PM edit delete reply

In all seriousness, blame my shitty writing. I was focusing so hard on pacing the dialogue that would tie in properly to the next few pages that I failed to account for visual timing. The image shows the lander just starting to touch down, but the dialogue needed to convey certain information that would only become apparent after it came to rest. In retrospect, I really should go back and re-do this page and the following one to fix the problem.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

( one of the things that got missed ( in my protoscript here ) _ was that Galina touched one pad to the gantry and her ship just stabilized .. shes a bit confused as well.. it shouldn't be this stable bu8t it is.. and yeah the "claw" is another ship in the background .. So its as much my fault as anyone elses.. :D
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 4:58 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm not a bad idea .. Ready Gali ?

Galina : what? *boom!*
Deo 10th Feb 2015, 5:11 PM edit delete reply

Or she's landing the kerbal way; on top of the engine
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

you know.. t5hat might be possable
Timotheus 10th Feb 2015, 1:08 AM edit delete reply

Contact epoxy, like a fly strip.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 4:59 PM edit delete reply

whos the fly I wonder :D
plymayer 10th Feb 2015, 1:44 AM edit delete reply

They always make it look so easy on Space:1999.
jas 10th Feb 2015, 3:18 PM edit delete reply

Yes but on Space:1999, the moon left orbit of Earth and somehow, people actually survived on Earth (and the moon, for that matter!), so I think the science on Space:1999 is suspect. XD

Space:1999 - Laughable premise, interesting execution. But isn't that kind of a 1970s television mantra anyway?
Lurker 11th Feb 2015, 3:28 AM edit delete reply
I was probably 9 when Space:1999 hit. I remember watch the first episode, going, "Nuclear explosions would not knock the moon out of orbit." And, "If it is going critical, you don't have time to spread out the fuel--but if you DO have time, it WILL work." 9.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 5:00 PM edit delete reply

They really did .. and as Jas said space 1999 was a cool show when I was a kid .. but the science is laughable :D
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 9:00 PM edit delete reply

Most of the early science fiction shows got it wrong. They still inspired people to dream big.
DizzasterJuice 10th Feb 2015, 4:14 AM edit delete reply

I zoomed in on that alien writing, and it's just as I suspected! I hate to say I told you so but I told you so.
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Karyl 10th Feb 2015, 9:52 AM edit delete reply
of course, they WOULD be the guard "dogs"!
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 5:01 PM edit delete reply

Oh Dizz ,.... spoil all the good punchlines why dontcha ! :D
cattservant 10th Feb 2015, 9:12 AM edit delete reply

I wonder how a cat would react to Galina.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

it would probably react to her like any other Human.. she just smells a bit different :D
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Unless it could hear the little whir of the servos under her skin. Or can catch the differences in her speech over a normal person.
Karl Engler 10th Feb 2015, 9:22 AM edit delete reply
The doorways on this ship remind me of a Cathedral. I wonder if there is some signifigence to that similarity?
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 5:02 PM edit delete reply

maaayyybe :D
Karl Engler 11th Feb 2015, 10:03 AM edit delete reply
Hmmm. Maybeee I am seeing too much into your maybe, but if there is some association to a cathedral, I find it hard to accept that it would be universal. So, if I go further with this observation, then there is a connection to our past when cathedrals played a major role in our history. Maybe these aliens were observing our past around the first millinieum and liked what they say in some of the architectural designs. We continually reinvent past fashion to make it new. I could say they were here before and abducted someone who influenced this but that just feels too obvious, convenient.
Matt Knab 10th Feb 2015, 5:53 PM edit delete reply

Oh god, I'm TERRIBLE at Operation! XD
Game over!
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

Thats what Galina is thinking .. :D
Grismagistus 10th Feb 2015, 6:30 PM edit delete reply
Um, is the top of the lander leaning on that docking bay 'claw'...?
Stormwind13 10th Feb 2015, 9:01 PM edit delete reply

I don't think so, Grismagistus. I think it is a perspective thing. I think the 'claw' is in the background, but from the viewpoint we are given we can't tell how far apart they are.
Centcomm 10th Feb 2015, 11:31 PM edit delete reply

nope just a perspective trick ><
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