Pages 72-73: The Exchange

Greetings! Today, Chapter 4 starts with Mel being annoyed at someone. This is actually somewhat normal for Mel. This time though, hearing Laika namedrop Darrow – whoever they are – at the end of Chapter 2 has left her rather more displeased than usual.

Rather violently displeased.

It’s sadly a bit of a messy update this week due to a surprise bout of illness. I intended to do a cleanup of the website’s interface to coincide with the new chapter but evidently that hasn’t quite happened. Not in full, anyway.

As part of the rework, Chapter 4 is now entirely contained on a single page stacked scrolling format. Each update hereafter will update that page rather than adding a new one.

The intention is to convert the entirety of the comic to a similar format, though each chapter will still have its own page to try and avoid exploding anyone’s bandwidth with a million images loading at once.

This conversion will likely take a while to complete between making sure I don’t break any vital links, working at the day job, and generally staying on top of actually writing more of this comic. When it is done, however, the site will hopefully be a little nicer to navigate.

Until then, Chapter 4 can be found here!

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Interlude: “June”

Greetings! With Chapter 3: Heatwave now complete, it is time for another between-chapter interlude page!

I quite enjoyed making January late last year when travel plans prevented work on the comic proper. It made a nice change of pace to experiment a bit with a different artstyle and work with different limitations.

This time, June has a bit more colour in it, bringing it closer to the usual style. However colours have been kept blurrier and messier than usual to indicate that, like January, this page is also a flashback.

This glimpse back in time is far more recent than in the last interlude. Rather than a brief glimpse all the way back to The Bastion’s founding, today’s page looks at a character we already know from the main comic…

Lyrae will continue as usual with Chapter 4: The Exchange starting on Sunday 3rd July!

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Pages 70-71: Crisis Averted

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, we reach the end of Chapter 3 with the Lyrae-3 finally in position to refill its coolant and water tanks from the comet it has been chasing all chapter.

The ship still isn’t in tip-top fighting shape, however, and the Lyrae-3’s return to The Bastion will likely need a somewhat subtle approach.

Next time, we will have a short single-page interlude similar to January’s, er, January. This time, the interlude will have a more direct relation to the backstory of one of our cast members before we rejoin Mel and Singh on The Bastion for Chapter 4: The Exchange!

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The next update is due Sunday 19th June.

Pages 68-69: Back on Course

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, disaster has been averted and the ship almost ready to fly again after a quick jaunt over to a nearby floating ball of ice. Thrusters are back online as we near the end on Chapter 3!

Of course, Trev’s lackluster performance in the crisis has prompted some concern going forward…

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The next update is due Sunday 4th June.

Pages 66-67: Professional Standards

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, the radiator’s been temporarily repaired and the ship is ready to make way towards the comet. But Trev is in a bad shape, and Cass becomes frustrated with his ongoing lack of preparation.

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The next update is due Sunday 22nd May.

Pages 64-65: Plugging It In

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, that damned hose is finally plugged into the intake port, allowing fresh coolant to be pumped into the Lyrae-3’s radiators.

No, no it’s not quite that easy. There’s still one small wrinkle with the pumps to be sorted out.

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The next update is due Sunday 8th May.

Pages 62-63: Taking a Leap

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, Harv moves to recover that water hose that Trev accidentally threw into space. Luckily, Harv has his safety cable, so it’s perfectly safe to just jump out, grab the hose, then safely pull himself back down to the intake port.

It’s perfectly safe.

It’s perfectly safe, right?

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The next update is due Sunday 24th April.

Pages 60-61: Cutting It Close

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, Harv is left to fix the cooling system himself as Trev heads back inside to recover from the scorching heat from the Lyrae-3’s radiators. But with the reactor nearing meltdown, can the Captain complete the repairs by himself?

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The next update is due Sunday 10th April.

Pages 59: Intervention

Greetings! Only one page this time around as I have been busy traveling for a friend’s wedding. Normal service will resume with the new update.

This fortnight, Harv realises that Trev isn’t coping to well with the heat. With time running short before the ship’s cooling systems are irreparably damaged, Harv must make a choice between his crewman’s safety and the timely completion of the task at hand…

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The next update (two pages this time, I promise) is due Sunday 27th March.

Pages 57-58: Burning Up

Greetings! This time on Lyrae, Harv and Trev rush to fix up the pump equipment needed to refresh the Lyrae-3’s radiators. With one intake port already destroyed by the intense heat, time is of the essence. And our heroes are not immune to the dangers of overexposure themselves…

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The next update is due Sunday 13th March.