Transitional Voices

Forty minutes after the events of Subversion, and moments after Interstitial, Transitional Voices picks up where The Dualist leaves off. A brief synopsis of events would follow those lines and links, but if you’ve read The Dualist, you know where things stand…. and if you haven’t, then a summary would be bursting with spoilers. Sufficed to say, Transitional Voices takes …

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20120831, 23:44 – Not gonna make the incept-of-production anniversary. The first DCR strip was posted August 31, 2012 – I can’t remember if the post date was retconned or not. I do know that the first drawn strip went up 2005.09.03, and as the placeholder cover I’m cooking up at the moment technically has some line art in it, I …

Fire -40-

This page hit “as done as I can get it for now” on August 21st. I rendered and did effects processing for the entire scene before I got started on the line art – as the sole page of the scene without drawings the last page of the final scene of Transitional Voices was the first page to be completed. …

Fire -19-

The call Greymalkin’s been waiting for finally came in. Panel two is a callback to Jason Whitehouse’s mention of Templar Assistance Commands a few pages ago – TACT being the acronym of Templar Assistance Command, Terra. Think MACV only with better technology and far fewer personnel. Greymalkin filled in “Terra” on the requisite paperwork for obvious reasons – “TACT” sounds …

Fire -13-

20160828, 09:21 – Visual continuity edit. This scene was a ton of work the first time around, and at the time the fact that Jason’s scripted background required an additional 3d asset was too much to deal with so I did the scene with a placeholder. That gritty industrial backdrop is still in there, persisting as barely visible gritty-shitty window …

Fire -12-

20160828, 09:19 – Visual continuity edit. I replaced Whitehouse’s placeholder background in panel five with the background I’d intended for him to have when I wrote the script. The weather icon in panel two has been changed from “sunny” to “raining” to reflect this change. More details in the metadata of the next page. The screenshots below have been updated …

Fire -10-

Cross-fade from the last panel of the previous page to closed eyes as the audio fades out (James and entourage audibly walking away; hiss of door closing). Eyes open. Not particularly obvious, in panel five or panel one of Fire -7-, is the fact that the hatch to West’s compartment – B4 – is standing open. It’s super obvious on …

Fire -4-

The Heirotus observation booth is a lot more hands-on than the Templar equivalent depicted in The Dualist. While James has taken a more cautious approach in the past, he is personally invested. If this wasn’t already obvious, it will be made clear on the next page. The sick bay design is an intentional comparison/contrast to the Psionic Observation Ward at …

Fire -1-

An executive summary of The Dualist from a Heirotus perspective. A refresher if you’ve read it and the cliff’s notes if you haven’t. Also the only planned appearances of the Bodkin, the Peregrine, and the Sabrosa in this chapter and a fitting start to the final installment of a story arc that entered production in the spring of 2003. Today …

Air -44-

The last page of the chapter, and the debut of two new vehicles – the Peregrine surveillance and patrol vehicle (lower middle, above the word balloon), similar to a VTOL E-2 Hawkeye and currently serving as an executive transport, and the Bodkin (the pointy ship, bottom left), an optionally-manned fighter equivalent to the F-16 or Starfury. The original script was …

Air -17-

It’s just a flesh wound. GORE HUMOR IS BEST HUMOR! Greymalkin is referring to Russian Roulette. Given Beef’s record one can safely assume that he’s already tried both temples and has moved on from The Deer Hunter to try out other brain-scrambling entry and exit wounds. The man does have a chronic life allergy, and this page indicates that being …

Air -13-

20140302, 14:16 – This is totally what Greg was talking about in details -16-. Nine years ago. Also some details of the CUNNING PLOT MECHANICS that keep the crew on the Daedalus and allow for the re-use of existing sets in the back half of the chapter. Pell probably could let the Daedalus dock and let the crew come aboard …

Air -7-

20140119, 12:56 – New reader? Let me save you a trip into the cosmology isle: “Reality” in ATC is a little more porous than the Standard Model presently allows for – while a multiverse is theorized to exist, here it’s For Realsies and isolated pockets that branched off a ways back can be travelled to via a quirk of the …

Air -2-

20131215, 15:16 – The first page of the comic to be shaded and finished and posted all in the same day in quite awhile. This year for sure. Hopefully that isn’t the case with next week’s page but I won’t know for sure until early in the coming week. I felt better waking up this morning than I have in …

Air -1-

20131208, 11:42 – This page has been technically finished since November sixteenth. Since then I’ve done quite a bit of rendering but I haven’t actually drawn anything yet. I’ll be rectifying that this week in parallel with some commissioned illustration work. That’s what I did with the previous chapter and as a means of pacing the work and getting things …

Water -24-

20131006, 10:54 – Nanananaananananana SPACE PORN! This is the last page of the chapter, the last page to be published with Movable Type, and the conclusion of ATC’s first chronological advancement since July of 2008. The last time I wrapped a chapter of Transitional Voices, I followed through with a massive CMS upgrade and site reconfiguring, then the second edition …

Water -21-

20130915, 22:47 – Remembered I had a page to post during the morning walk, then totally forgot about it again until the evening walk. Then I got lost in get-paid-a-month-after-the-work-gets-approved work until a quarter after ten. Information design, data cleanup and filtering early in the week, template architecture during the later part of the week, major CSS and rich media …

Water -20-

20130908, 10:28 – Space porn, words, and more about FTL and FTL comms than you’ll ever need or want to know. Xand is referring specifically to the loop between the relay and earth, not the relay and civilization. I have no idea how long that lag is, and since an inaccurate assessment now could have major plot repercussions later I’m …

Water -19-

20130901, 11:29 – This is the last page of the scene to be drawn and shaded, so it kinda makes sense that it would be the Labor Day Weekend ATC release. 🙂 I haven’t looked at this page since I finished shading – that was a pensive, crappy day and the build log reflects that. There’s a ton of linework, …

Water -18-

20130825, 11:08 – The hand is a harsh mistress. Production of Transitional Voices chapter two finished early this past week, so I’m coming out of the scheduled August posting hiatus a week earlier than originally intended. The scene is complete, and there will be new pages every Sunday today and for the next six weeks. By the time the whole …