Comic 271 - Sidesleeper
19th Aug 2015, 12:51 AM in Sleep
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Author Notes:
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I decided to finish the page right now!

If you're looking for the Ayata avatar, it's a page or two ago.
User comments:
Hedrah edit delete reply
Ooo, very nice.
wiseguy edit delete reply
I like this!
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Jeffrywith1e edit delete reply
I didn't quite follow that. Does she have sleep apnea?
view edit delete reply
The opposite.
_Nder edit delete reply
so, question, view: if she doesn't breathe usually for fear of rasping, how does she talk? is the red coloration of her voice a sign that her voice is synthesized in some way, or are they the noises her throat makes when she breathes?
view edit delete reply
She breathes a little to talk, but not deeply.
KSevcik (Guest) edit delete reply
Not supposed to be breathing would explain her apparent dependence on scrub patches...
My memory is short. Did we know before now that Alis specifically isn't supposed to be breathing?
Tacroy (Guest) edit delete reply
It hadn't been stated explicitly, but during the first scrub diving segment she did say that her normal patches are almost the same thing as the scrub diving patches, and the whole point of those is that they take over for your lungs.
Lee M edit delete reply
Lee M
I think at some point it was mentioned that her lungs had been damaged, presumably through inhaling toxic smoke and/or fumes.
Lysander edit delete reply
Or possibly inhaled a cloud of nanites.
WhiteAier (Guest) edit delete reply
It was mentioned that Alis was caught in the Denver Melt (may have the name wrong). Which was nanite technology running loose and turning inorganic and organic materials into a liquid mess. It can be assumes that Alis inhaled some nanites that have heavily damaged her longs. Causing the 'red' text. Which the other characters have noted in abundance is very much like nails on a chalkboard.
The Paleontologist edit delete reply
Great page, View! Panel 5 is amazing!
view edit delete reply
I designed that one very carefully, so it's good to hear.
Sheela edit delete reply
Eskimo kisses. :)
Lee M edit delete reply
Lee M
Which reminds me of a lousy joke...

"If you want to flirt with an eskimo it's no skin off my nose".

And I'm outta here.
Elusive (Guest) edit delete reply
Hey, long time lurker checking in. Not sure why I chose this specific page, but meh. Been reading your stuff for a year or two now, since you started this comic at least. I really love your characters and their interactions, they've had me hooked since I first read Cheer and now most other story comics seem shallow by comparison. Keep it up!
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Great to hear, thanks!
DieKatzchen (Guest) edit delete reply
Alis's comment suggests she's spent more time in that bed than she'd like. Long convalescence? I'd say hooked up to a respirator, but if the patches are cheap and plentiful enough that people use them recreationally for diving then respirators probably aren't a thing any more.
Lysander edit delete reply
It might have been a while before the tech was developed enough to mass produce in enough quantities to make it cheap and recreational.
damastech (Guest) edit delete reply
I was going to make a comment about how deep this one is in many ways, but you stole the glory.
Her mother mentioned being "doctor mom" or something along the line, so access to medical tech and so on shouldn't be an issue, assuming it is a medical field. From what I gather from NMG the melt just destroys everything biological, and if her she inhaled( just a wiff, i think) and her lungs probably broke down to goo or gas. Poor octopodes.
cattservant edit delete reply
Something is learned.
Bellar edit delete reply
This page is such a plot-tease.
highlander55 edit delete reply
Great post View. Moments like this show more depth to what Aris goes thru day and night. Her vocal cords have been damaged too I would assume. The last panel hints just how much she is regretting what happened to her.
Jules Morrison (Guest) edit delete reply
This does make me kind of wonder what kind of lung/larynx damage is so awful that a society brimming with near-magical nanotech can't just fix it.
Zaranthan (Guest) edit delete reply
The nanotech is what caused the damage in the first place. The nanites are probably attached to her lungs waiting to tear them up again.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
I mean, were I to try and come up with an explanation it would be that they can make general nanites that can explode cells or scrub blood like simple enzymes and retroviruses, but making fine-repair nanites is still a bit beyond their grasp and/or prohibitively expensive.
Guest (Guest) edit delete reply
This will end in cuddling.
I can feel it/
BigChonny edit delete reply
Ohh yaaaaaay! its even more perfect than i imagined! Thank you soooo much! i feel right at home now!

Hooo man i love the last panel. The perspective makes them look so close to a kiss but at the same time you know theres a disconnect there too. ugggh so goood i don't know if you do these things on purpose or if its subconscious but i just love looking at your work.

*edit*: after reading the comments i saw it was on purpose bravo! It panned out well.
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Glad you found it!
Miao edit delete reply
Side sleeping is much easier on the lungs. Less weight to try and lift.
Shaylyn-KM edit delete reply
Forgets to NOT breathe? Hmm interesting...