Comic 283 - The Origin of a Name...

22nd Apr 2015, 11:50 PM
The Origin of a Name...
Average Rating: 5 (21 votes)

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Centcomm 22nd Apr 2015, 11:50 PM edit delete
Sorry I haven't been posting responses .. ive been taking new meds and they are kicking my butt .. All I wanna do is sleep and stare at the wall..

I really really appreciate all the responses ! You are all amazing !! :D
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jamie59 23rd Apr 2015, 12:20 AM edit delete reply

Bet you had fun making these sets. They are so varied & beautiful. It's amazing.
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply

thank you .. the hard part is making them look Alien.. but useable :D
Stormwind13 23rd Apr 2015, 12:25 AM edit delete reply

These pages are amazing. Keep up the great work. The artwork is gorgeous and the dialogue shows some of the differences between humanity and the alien Epiphytes.

Sorry the medicine is working you over, but hopefully they will help you. Sure hope you adjust to them and get feeling better soon.
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply

Ill be feeling more like myself in a couple of weeks I hope :D
Dragonrider 23rd Apr 2015, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

Take care of what you need to do and stay healthy. BTW interesting voting incentive.
Sheela 23rd Apr 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

Besides, walls need attention too!

Especially the 4th wall, it gets to ronery! XD
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:09 PM edit delete reply

Thank you ! :D
HiFranc 23rd Apr 2015, 12:44 AM edit delete reply

That ship is amazing and I'm glad that first contact is going so well.

I hope that you're feeling better soon.
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

thank you .. its really appreciated :D
Serne 23rd Apr 2015, 12:45 AM edit delete reply
Those are either the best kinds of medication or the absolute worst, depending on what you are supposed to be taking them for.

Massive insomnia problems with a tendency towards panic attacks + adhd? Awesome as a possum.

Disassociate identity disorder or something other condition. It's kinda like "Hi. My name is Zed. Give me your brain mine isn't working right anymore."
Sheela 23rd Apr 2015, 8:15 AM edit delete reply

You have brains ?

Man, I'm so envious!
Haegan2005 23rd Apr 2015, 1:22 AM edit delete reply

Ouch Cent!

Here is hoping your body finishes adjusting itself soon!
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:10 PM edit delete reply

Ill second that.
mjkj 23rd Apr 2015, 3:02 AM edit delete reply

Awww, tree-hanger... (in lack of a cliff...)

The power of association...

...and wow, Gali really has a knack for names...

Oh, I hope your meds soon help you without bugging you down. *hugs*

Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

She really does.. what shes doing now will affect Human kind for the next thousand years or more :D
Stormwind13 23rd Apr 2015, 9:00 PM edit delete reply

But NO pressure, right? Galina shouldn't feel any pressure from the fate of not only humanity but the Epiphytes too. :-D And picking names for all the wonders of an alien race for the history books to put down...

Galina, don't THINK about what you are doing, just follow your instincts and do it like you have been. :-) If you think about it, the PRESSURE would probably paralyze you!
Lukkai 23rd Apr 2015, 10:26 PM edit delete reply
Having her language capabilities and general knowledge combined with her fast processing speed probably helps a lot in this.

(And best wishes to Cent for a quick recovery from me as well.)
plymayer 23rd Apr 2015, 3:18 AM edit delete reply

Hold on Alice, here we go.
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:11 PM edit delete reply

wait till someone gives her something that says "drink me" or offers her a red and blue pill :D
Stormwind13 23rd Apr 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Well Galina (or should we change her name to Alice? :-D) is late, for a very important date.
DLKmusic 23rd Apr 2015, 3:37 AM edit delete reply

Take care of yourself first, entertain us second... *hugs*
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

Trying to do both
Timotheus 23rd Apr 2015, 4:41 AM edit delete reply

I'm waiting to see a Chia Pet somewhere in the background.
Centcomm 23rd Apr 2015, 6:12 PM edit delete reply

it went running off around here somewhere :D
shinka 23rd Apr 2015, 5:07 AM edit delete reply

nice work,textures and story...AGAIN!
cattservant 23rd Apr 2015, 6:54 AM edit delete reply

Whole rabbits!
Sheela 23rd Apr 2015, 8:16 AM edit delete reply

Space rabbits.
Stormwind13 23rd Apr 2015, 9:06 PM edit delete reply

Just ONE white rabbit, catt. :-D
sigpig 23rd Apr 2015, 12:18 PM edit delete reply

Hey Cent, I'm going through the same thing with my meds. All I can say is that it DOES take time and, in the end, everything SHOULD work out. Remember: life happens, and silly little things like update schedules and answering to posts can take a back seat to your healing.

Anyways, on to today's page! As everyone else has said, the backgrounds are amazing! That must have taken a LOT of time modelling (or whatever it is you do - I'm no artist) and if we haven't gone down the rabbit hole YET, then I think we're going to see some amazing things! Two things I love that you've done with Iris: 1) the way you did her hair in Panel 2 with her braided headpiece; and 2) this is going to sound weird coming from a guy, but I am EXTREMELY happy that you didn't make Iris an exotic, green-skinned, alien bimbo with DDD breasts. Iris has a figure that suits her perfectly, anything (ahem) "larger" on top would both be a stereotype and unnecessary to the point of absurdity.

There are more than enough web comics that feature female characters with enormous breasts (even one that uses it as a plot device), but all women ain't built that way - and I, for one, would get bored if they were! lol
Tokyo Rose 23rd Apr 2015, 7:24 PM edit delete reply

Cent and I have discussed the Epiphytes' physical appearance pretty extensively. It can be a little bit difficult to remove a belly button from some models, so we've had to deal with that, but I've argued against the majority of the humanoid ones even having nipples, which has caused some problems with certain pieces of clothing that literally have nipples built in with no option to shut them off. >_< They can choose their own body shapes, but why would they put the extra energy and effort into growing purely cosmetic details that, by normal human standards, won't be shown in public? (Unless it's to increase surface area, since greater surface area = more photosynthesis potential :D)
anonymous coward 24th Apr 2015, 5:49 AM edit delete reply
Because cosmetic details make the difference between uncanny valley and exotically weird. The body shape and proportions are all close enough to human that you want to keep as many details close as you can, because get a few too many details wrong and they can look horrifically weird. Accordingly, nipples being present makes sense for someone deliberately engaging in human mimicry for purposes of communication/diplomacy/cooperation.
Depending on just how flexible the Epiphytes' ability to alter their physical forms is, there may be other reasons as well. For instance, copying human form more exactly may be desirable in order to better understand human culture and participate in it.
Timotheus 24th Apr 2015, 6:20 AM edit delete reply

It's not a belly button, it's where the air inflation tube gets poked in when it's not in use.
Stormwind13 24th Apr 2015, 2:08 PM edit delete reply

Actually Rose, there might be an explanation for including as much detail as possible.

When the Gee's decided to monitor the Earth, they replicated a Westinghouse product. The technicians had been told that it was an EXACT replica of a device Earth used. Instead of being a satellite from the space division though, their spies had gotten hold of a REFRIGERATOR from home appliances... And that is what they put in orbit. Accurate down to the grill underneath the unit and cooling pipes on back. The technicians couldn't figure out what they were for, but included it because they wanted to keep their jobs. :-D
Sheela 26th Apr 2015, 8:38 AM edit delete reply

They could have big leafy wings off, of their back, to increase surface area for photosynthesis. :)
Matt Knab 23rd Apr 2015, 6:16 PM edit delete reply

Time to name EVERYTHING!
I mean, really, how often to you get to choose the names for aliens and their stuff. This is one for the history books!
Sheela 26th Apr 2015, 8:39 AM edit delete reply

I'd name an alien species "Bob" ... just because I had the opportunity to do so.

And for the lulz .. yeha, definately for the lulz too. :)
TheD-Wrek 23rd Apr 2015, 8:39 PM edit delete reply

Hope ya feel better, Centy! Page looks great as always. :D
HiFranc 25th Apr 2015, 7:01 AM edit delete reply

I hope that someone has had the presence of mind to contact Earth. I suspect that more soldiers could be sent if AM-COM and/or others suspect that the initial party has been overpowered. All that progress could be lost.
Stormwind13 25th Apr 2015, 10:11 AM edit delete reply

As I understand it, HiFranc. They don't have another ship TO send right now. Not that would get there anytime soon at least. They threw their resources into getting Luna Star prepared. Getting another torch ship ready and launched might take longer than a regular ship to reach Saturn. And neither could be there for several months, if I remember correctly.
HiFranc 25th Apr 2015, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

Re-reading One knows that "homeship" is the correct terminology when they first meet (in episode "They're What?" but he/it doesn't know now?
mjkj 26th Apr 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

Ah, I wonder..., they already where here before, and they seem to know many languages - why would they not know the word Epiphyte? First it is Greek which they know for centuries... true that might have been to make conversation... but it still makes me question that... :)
HiFranc 27th Apr 2015, 12:55 AM edit delete reply

I suspect that they are:

a) Making conversation and/or
b) Seeing how she reacts to the question.
navegar 22nd Apr 2020, 2:04 AM edit delete reply
the beauty in your story is amazing. well done.
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