Comic 443 - Orbital One
4th Aug 2019, 12:00 AM in Cryptids in Space!
Orbital One
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Author Notes:
Microraptor edit delete
Yes, in this chapter, we will indeed visit SPACE!

Chapel Enterprises International, Horizon Dynamic Systems and Orbital One are from ProfEtheric's and SarahSophia's Autumn Bay.
There will be a few more Autumn Bay references very soon.

Also, for this chapter I tried out something new:
I built a crude 3D model of this space station in Blender, which I now can trace from any angle that I want!

And yes, I shamelessly cannibalized the narrations of three very different science fiction works here...
User comments:
lirvilas edit delete reply
There’s so much to like on this page!

Props for using a custom 3D model!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Thank you very much!
And I am already eager to read what you say to the next page... ;-)

One year ago, I learned how to use 3Ds Max, and currently, I am dabbling in Blender. (I like to compare that to trying to get by in Italy after having taken a Spanish course.)
I thought it's time to see if I can use those newly acquired skills for the comic.
Taily edit delete reply
Is this-- is this gonna be a plotline about rats?? Rats in space?? SPACE RATS???? FABIAN IT HAD BETTER BE A PLOT ABOUT SPACE RATS
Microraptor edit delete reply
The creatures appearing in this chapter are based upon real life animals. Not rats though. (Or even vertebrates...)
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
War of the worlds reference, YEAH! I don't know if the quote was in the book or the radio play, but I'd recognise lines from Jeff Wayne's musical anywhere.
Microraptor edit delete reply
I got the quote from the book version - and I didn't even know there was a musical!
(Does it have singing Martians? And how the heck does one portray the tripods on stage??)
JammyTheBirb edit delete reply
The original was a record I believe, but the new generation version has been staged, with mostly CGI effects on a big screen, some practical effects (the machines shoot fire!) and a holographic Liam Neeson XD The martians don't sing (except for yelling 'ULLA')

It's a really great musical, if you'd like to hear the original, it's here on youtube.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Thanks for the link, I'll give it a complete listening soon!

This seems to be the kind of story that you can only really adapt to stage if you have a sufficient amount of budget, but not if you are just a small amateur theatre...
See, I once had the idea for a gag in which a theatre group* over-ambitiously tries to bring friggin' Lord of the Rings on stage. A thought that I found to be just utterly hilarious - but then I found out that something like that actually exists!

* Like say, this one. May even have been my thought behind introducing this into the comic in the first place... ;-)
StLOrca edit delete reply
Possibly the greatest opening paragraph in all of SF and fantasy: “Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their
plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.”
Microraptor edit delete reply
Yup, it's so iconic for a good reason!