Comic 469 - Roadblock
22nd Mar 2017, 2:16 AM in Perchance
Roadblock
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Author Notes:
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I wasn't sure about this page, because it's hard to get the feel across on the page.
User comments:
A reader (Guest) edit delete reply
It looks good to me
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Looks good to me too.
Panel 6 initially confused me, but then I saw panel 7, and I was all like "oh!" :D

Also, that bite in panel 3, very playful. :)
RandomTroll (Guest) edit delete reply
Cockblocked by a story...
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
I suspect that will be temporary, the heartrate monitor is more likely to stop them.

On a sidenote, Alis is very calm about this.
TeeKay edit delete reply
TeeKay
She's still being so damn pessimistic -.-

She's sure she'll die. Since it's inevitable, why be upset?
marmelmm edit delete reply
marmelmm
Feels aplenty, I say.
sigpig edit delete reply
sigpig
I agree. How did her mom make it?
Secretkeeper626 (Guest) edit delete reply
@sigpig where did you get your avatar?
Cruxador (Guest) edit delete reply
Lots of people use self portraits as avatars.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Well, her mom is a doctor, she may have been away working at a hospital.
Nero (Guest) edit delete reply
Oh my god, it just clicked for me that her mother looked sad and then said shes going to take a long vacation starting the day of the surgery, is she donating her lungs for the transplant??!
JordanTH edit delete reply
JordanTH
Yeah, that seems quite likely.
Anonymous (Guest) edit delete reply
Not sure about that. Right now, organs are being "grown" experimentally in labs using a biological lattice as the framework. Alis' lungs were perfectly fine until they were literally being eaten away. In the future, it wouldn't be a problem to cultivate new lungs using her own genetic material as the base. The only obstacle would be having enough time to grow full sized replacement lungs.
ColdFusion (Guest) edit delete reply
If there's anything I love, it's little strings of hair hanging in front of a girl's face.. but in panel 3 I almost thought it was some horribly oversized and mangled nose.. because sometimes my brain is faster than my eyes.
Secretkeeper626 (Guest) edit delete reply
I just realized something... she knows the number of breaths her father took before dying. That means she spends a lot of time in this memory.
eire1274 edit delete reply
eire1274
That last frame, counting breaths. Tragic, but true, the things that you lock onto during a tragedy.
Lee M edit delete reply
Lee M
When somebody's under extreme stress, the adrenaline surge heightens their awareness, making them notice details they normally wouldn't.
wiseguy edit delete reply
wiseguy
That's a great detail, it made me appreciate this page a lot more
martinb (Guest) edit delete reply

I just 'got it' ... she doesn't breathe. Her lungs don't work at all. Somehow those patches give her all the air?
Secretkeeper626 (Guest) edit delete reply
That would be an interesting turn.
ColdFusion (Guest) edit delete reply
That's kind of been the focus of the entire comic, hasn't it?
When she makes those horrible noises it's because she's breathing, which she isn't supposed to do, but it's harder to conciously stop the lungs from working when she's asleep
and obviously she breathes to talk
but theyre so extra damaged that she isnt supposed to use them too much or they just get injured worse
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It's interesting how different people pick up on different things at different rates.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Makes life interesting as a storyteller, eh ? :)
view edit delete reply
view
Yeah! Like, people notice an accidental blot of red, but nobody notices a repeating hand gesture.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Aw, but it was such a nice blot of red ! :D
vivaldi edit delete reply
vivaldi
I......Always thought the patches helped her breathe, not breathed for her.

Jesus Christ, I need to reread this entire thing now.

Also, to the commentor about Alis' mom being the donor, I'm honestly more terrified Sean will be the donor.
TeeKay edit delete reply
TeeKay
... are you really going to make me go through the whole comic again just staring at everyone's hands? -.-'

On a more serious note, comics are static images after all. It's a lot easier to catch on to a blot of color like that, than a non-over-exaggerated gesture.
Martinb (Guest) edit delete reply
I just read the whole archive in one go. I'm still wrapping my head around the med-tech, and putting aside any idea of how they work ( allowing for sci-fi mcguffin ) to just trust the storyline. It does explain why she loves diving, and has no real fear of drowning or suffocation. ( or breathplay, for that matter ... thinking kinkily )

I'm guessing that constant use of the patches must have some serious side effects, or people would use them recreationally.
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view
Well, people do use them recreationally. Hers also have some drugs in them.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Hrm .. cannabis patches ?
martinb (Guest) edit delete reply
So, going through the story... her mother could donate one lung, as long as the tech for biocompatibility has advanced enough. The patches will easily compensate for any lost capacity and both mom and daughter will come out okay.
Sheela edit delete reply
Sheela
Ah, someone catches on. :)

Or they grow a pair.