Comic 297 - The Beacon

16th Jun 2015, 12:00 AM
The Beacon
Average Rating: 5 (17 votes)
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jamie59 16th Jun 2015, 12:08 AM edit delete reply

See the scream hear the bright.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

yeah I think that describes it pretty well :D
Haegan2005 16th Jun 2015, 12:55 AM edit delete reply

Well done. The last 2 panels REALLY get the point across!
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

yay! thank you !
Mark_L_A 16th Jun 2015, 1:49 AM edit delete reply

This close with no shielding interfering it has to be like ice picks being inserted into her skull.
Vitrvarg 16th Jun 2015, 2:13 AM edit delete reply
Flaming icepicks
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:34 PM edit delete reply

dull flaming ice picks of doom ....
plymayer 16th Jun 2015, 1:59 AM edit delete reply

Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:35 PM edit delete reply

that pretty much sums it up :D
xpacetrue 16th Jun 2015, 2:36 AM edit delete reply

It must not have been easy to figure how to visually portray a massive alien transmitter emitting enormous psionic energies, nor a telepathic scream of a trillion voices. But you did a good job with this page. Excellent work. I especially like the psychedelic-looking energy spheres as seen in panels 2 and 3.
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2015, 6:49 PM edit delete reply

Visually portraying this entire section of the story has been a challenge, and Cent has met and overcome it at every turn. I'm constantly in awe at my Artist's work as it is, but this has been one long string of "wow" panels. :D
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:36 PM edit delete reply

The major thing about the epip ship is it IS MASSIVE on all scales .. I bashed and tryed again and again to get the scale I wanted and not burn my system to the ground with the renders. I have to say im pretty happy with this result :D

and thanks Rose :D
mjkj 16th Jun 2015, 3:25 AM edit delete reply


Poor Gali *hugs her*

Speak about wrong timing...

Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:37 PM edit delete reply

Well the cycles are getting shorter and shorter .. Galina is here at pretty much the WORST time ..
cattservant 16th Jun 2015, 3:27 AM edit delete reply

rock and roll
Matt Knab 16th Jun 2015, 6:29 AM edit delete reply

Oh no!
We need someone dumber to help turn the beacon off! Tram, we need your help!
"I am a Tram!"

Cool page, it's like she's stepped out into a whole new world!
Tokyo Rose 16th Jun 2015, 8:25 AM edit delete reply

And now I'm having terrible visions of Blaine the Mono.
Hornet 16th Jun 2015, 12:57 PM edit delete reply
Me Grimlock, King!
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:39 PM edit delete reply

heh The Epiphytes brought a really large sample of there homeworld with them :D So it kinda is !
shinka 16th Jun 2015, 8:14 AM edit delete reply

great effect.

nice sky too
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:40 PM edit delete reply

Thank you !
Karyl 16th Jun 2015, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:40 PM edit delete reply

*beams* I am very very happy this was worth the wait !
sigpig 16th Jun 2015, 12:26 PM edit delete reply

This is probably the best page I have seen on LS. You have perfectly captured what my migraines look and feel like on that last panel (it is too hard to describe a migraine to one who had never experienced it. I tell them "Imagine your worst hangover, ever. Then multiply it by 10. That is the beginning of a MILD migraine...").

Luckily for Gali, this only lasts a few seconds (or minutes), and then the pain goes away so she can get to work.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:42 PM edit delete reply

Yeah .. portraying the raw POWER thats being throw at her is hard as hell to get across thats one of the reasons there is no "sound effect" for the beacons scream. its just a sound that defys descriptions.. although Gali does try to describe it.
Gabrielli 16th Jun 2015, 4:18 PM edit delete reply
I've been reading a 350pg book on the history of NASA and I can attest that Gali was right. The VAB was/is indeed a massive building.
Stormwind13 16th Jun 2015, 6:29 PM edit delete reply

I've been to said building, once! Massive is an understatement, Gabrielli! It was something to see. :-)
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 7:42 PM edit delete reply

I was a bit skeptical about the whole weather inside the VAB .. then i found out it was totally real .. I was Duly impressed :D
Lukkai 16th Jun 2015, 9:22 PM edit delete reply

By today, there's a number of buildings big enough to have their own weather inside. It proves an interesting challenge to architects, keeping it in check.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 9:40 PM edit delete reply

that is soo damn cool :D
Mark_L_A 17th Jun 2015, 1:34 AM edit delete reply

I know about the "Weather" inside the VAB. A close friend of mine works for NASA IN the VAB. He also worked on the Space Shuttles. He started working for NASA while he was still on college back in the 80's and he still works there today.

As for the weather, he has pictures on his own site which is B.I.O. that shows the MASSIVE dehumidifiers/ventilators they have to use to keep real clouds from forming inside the building.

He loves his job though. He said he never knows what they'll ask him to work on next. Back during the shuttle program, one week he worked on the communications systems the next he was working on the crawler, the week after that he was working the emergency egress systems.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 4:31 PM edit delete reply

Thats really awesome Mark!
DLKmusic 16th Jun 2015, 8:24 PM edit delete reply

A trillion voices screaming in a trillion languages, all at the same time.

As a musician, sound is kinda my thing, but my brain hurts just thinking about that.
Centcomm 16th Jun 2015, 9:39 PM edit delete reply

Think of what SHE feels like ..
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2015, 1:32 AM edit delete reply

because you got my brain working on that, this afternoon I recorded myself saying "Thank You" in several languages, then mixed it so it they would all play continuously for 15 seconds: I even tried to make my voice inflection as genuine as possible, as if someone had just handed me $20.00.

Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Graci, Arigato, Tsea Tsea, and Dankeshein (would have loved to add Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Russian into the mix, but I don't know how to say thank you in those languages).

the ensuing result was an unfathomnable exercise in chaos. and that was only 7 voices in 7 languages... played at a moderately low volume.

mjkj 17th Jun 2015, 2:08 AM edit delete reply

Hebrew: Toda rabah (with the 'A's sounding like the 'u' in 'but' and the 'o' sounding like the one in 'God' but short)
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2015, 3:19 AM edit delete reply

thanks, mjkj.

if anyone knows how to say thank you in an exotic language (Kenyan, Cherokee, Sikh, etc) please let me know, I'll add it to the choir!

who knows, I may actually publish this, and give credit to Cent and Rose for inspiring the project!
Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

wow thats pretty cool .. I wouldn't mind hearing what that sounds like :D
Lukkai 17th Jun 2015, 9:13 PM edit delete reply

Rumantsch: Grazia. or Grazia fitg.

(And a slight correction: German would be "Danke", "Besten Dank" or "Dankeschön", respectively.)
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2015, 10:22 PM edit delete reply

Thanks Lukkai. I did realize I spelt it wrong in german, but it would be the phonetically correct english spelling. what I'm concerned with is saying it properly.

I'm hoping Sheela will see this post and let me know how to say thank you in Danish.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 12:28 PM edit delete reply

as for the volume think of putting it on giant speaker as big as you are and then standing in a circle of them all pointed at you..
DLKmusic 17th Jun 2015, 3:58 PM edit delete reply

The volume wasn't an issue for me imagining, actually. That close to a beacon that is emitting a Psionic Blast (at this range you CAN reference the AD&D definition of a Psionic Blast and would be fairly accurate). that hits the brain as hard as being within 3 feet of 5 separate jet engines that are running at full throttle.

if anyone wishes to do the math on this, the base figures are Threshold of pain is 120db at 3 ft. a jet engine in idle is approx 180db at 3 ft, and at full throttle is 260db at 3 ft. Decibels, or db is a measurement of amplitude, not volume and is an algorithmic scale, so 120db is approx twice the volume of 110 db, which is approx twice the volume of 100db, etc. the threshold of hearing is 20db at 3 ft. 260db is not only loud enough to pop your eardrums, the pressure is enough to literally cause brain damage.

Now imagine that bypassing the ear and going directly into the brain, at a magnitude of x.

Believe me, I get what Galina is suffering through right now, and It's even scarier that she's the only being in the solar system that has even a chance of surviving it.

Someone DAMN well better bake that girl a cake when she gets back to the Luna Star!

Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 4:30 PM edit delete reply

Well Whats hurting Galina is not the psionic part of it. This is literally "Hard sound" that is hammering her..
Stormwind13 17th Jun 2015, 5:42 PM edit delete reply

Forget brain damage, DLK. That many decibels WILL be fatal in fairly short order. Anything over 200 db can cause lung ruptures, probably air embolisms which would lead to a sudden and painful death. Duration of the pulse plays a factor, of course. But that is just a lot of pressure to subject a human body too.
DLKmusic 18th Jun 2015, 1:50 AM edit delete reply

Another factor would be the pitch(s) that are being emitted, and if any of them actually cause a harmonic resonance to the human body.

200 DB pulse at 40k Hz (well beyond the range of the human ear) would be far less harmful than one at 1k Hz, and something around 55 Hz.... we used to joke about our bass player liking to sterilize frogs at 25 paces....
Kitty 16th Jun 2015, 11:01 PM edit delete reply
It's like listening to my neighbors! Poor Gali.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 12:21 PM edit delete reply

yep - Poor Galina indeed :D
T1-G3R2501 17th Jun 2015, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
I can only imagine that those Trillion multilingual voices might also be scratching on chalkboards with a rusty rake trying to spell out the languages they speak. I've made that face Galina makes in the last frame for Styrofoam coming out of it's packaging so I can only imagine.
Centcomm 17th Jun 2015, 4:29 PM edit delete reply

yeah pretty much..
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