20090816 (34) – A quiet, slow day – and now, at 22:44, the upstairs neighbor’s dog is barking and whining while said neighbor stomps around like a pregnant elephant on meth. Fantastic.

There are four pages remaining of the chapter, all requiring some kind of rendering work – or so I thought. I figured this one would, and after TWENTY SIX HOURS of rendering the top of panel one and the top right of panel five – tying up the virtual machine, making it useless for photoshop, slowing me to no additional progress on ATC or commission work – I’m beginning to think I need to find other solutions. Or do what I can to make the rendering work tactical.

Man, I wish that dog would shut up.

Fifteen minutes later, page assembly is done and the dog’s quieted down to occasional fits of whining. Minor cropping for all panels; roof-raising for panels one and five. One doesn’t necessarily benefit from it, but it was that or raise all five panels just a bit. After finding out just how long these panels take to render in the virtual machine, I’m glad I went with this solution.

20091008 (30) – Lettered.


Mastering notes, 2016.12.07 – Minor dialogue adjustments.

Cast

  • Tantek Cestric

    A former United States Army Ranger, Tantek has been with Thule Garrison since the Waking God Protocols field trials of the mid 1990s. He works well with Raven Lockheart, typically functioning as muscle though...

  • Naomi Houston

    A former Marines Corps Navigator, Naomi handles the Daedalus whenever West has other priorities. Hotheaded and irreverant, Naomi swears like a sailor and is known for making impulsive piloting decisions, with a marked tendency...

  • Ornix Khan

    Ornix doesn’t let trivial things like ethics and morality get in the way of his loyalties or sense of reality. A longtime friend of Thad and a fellow “victim” of the Templar Waking God...

  • Ivan Kursk (Greymalkin)

    A former Soviet military officer, Greymalkin disappeared in southeast Asia in the spring of 1968. He surfaced in late 1969 as an adviser and fixer for Michael West, succeeding West as head of Thule...

  • Raven Lockheart

    A South Jersey punk with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Templar-forged Master’s degree for field work, Raven posed as a high school guidance councillor during the early stages of the Waking God...

  • Annathena Val

    BMC Long Term Care patient 6656, Annathena Val (hence Val) is a Cognitive Empath, born with an incredibly rare neurological disorder that arises only under a “perfect storm” of genetic abnormalities – a condition...

  • John West

    The first extraterrestrial human to be born on Terra. Home-schooled by Templar, he left the organization in 1997 citing management issues and took the Daedalus with him. John is an incredibly talented Navigator, having...

  • Xand

    A pink-haired mechanical genius with a full complement of prosthetic limbs (one “bolt-on,” three high-quality synthetics) and no memory of her first twenty years, Xand is the Daedalus flight engineer. A non-terrestrial human with...

Glossary Articles

  • Daedalus

    A Javelin class Am-capable high speed cargo transport, the Daedalus is the property of ex-Templar Captain John West. The workhorse of a shady courier service run out of the Australian outback in a nearby...

  • Dessau GC-2

    The Dessau GC-2 Electric Truck is an overgrown golf cart in Templar service in April, 2002. It has the tail number BMCM-04 and plate number 422-004. Key features include four cushioned seats, bench bed...

  • Old Missile Silo

    Earth 3.0 experienced a nuclear apocalypse at some point in the distant past. While large swaths of the planet remain uninhabitable, fallout has reached tolerable levels in some places, such as this ancient rail-fed...

  • Rattan Cane

    The 4′ long 1/2″ thick Rattan Cane is a walking stick and sometimes-weapon favored by Thad, who also uses it as a focus for harnessing and projecting his psychic will. Dyluck uses the weapon...

Your Thoughts:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.

ATC uses the Comment Blacklist for WordPress.