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Comics - page 546 - put your foot down - June 7th, 2013, 5:03 am

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The real question here is WHY ANYONE BOTHERED TO INSTALL GRAVITY IN THIS SHAFT IN THE FIRST PLACE.  It's not like there's this one, giant gravity plate at the bottom of the ship that pulls everything, everywhere "down".
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Blitzkrieg1701, June 7th, 2013, 5:20 am

Well THAT took longer to finish than it should have. Yeah, sorry about that. Here we have another example of me changing something at the last minute and slowing everything down as a result. Originally, this page was going to have two whole panels dedicated simply to explaining what Alphonse was doing to Layla's boots... which is absurd, since I don't think there' a single person out there who hadn't already figured out this was gonna happen. Worse, the page would have skipped from the explanation directly to Layla standing on the wall, staring down the shaft from her impossible, vertigo-inducing angle... in other words, THE EXACTLY SAME THING AS TUESDAY'S PAGE. Obviously, something had to change, so I decided to show the "SURPRISE GRAVITY!!!" moment and emphasize that.

I think it works, but it was an ordeal to draw. Not only did I have to totally revamp the layout of the page, but now there was this whole physical bit thrown in, and those are really easy to mess up. Wanna know one of the reasons so many Far Out There characters wear oversized clothing? It covers up their bodies during action sequences, so if I commit any crimes against anatomy, it isn't as obvious. With Layla in the catsuit, however, you can basically see everything, so I have to work extra hard to make sure nothing is pointing a direction it's not supposed to.

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CptNerd (Guest), June 7th, 2013, 8:52 am

Mmmm, Layla pointy...

Seros Senric (Guest), June 7th, 2013, 9:12 am

Showing the change in orientation definitely works.
She should get used to the new orientation fairly quickly - but she'ss probably have to go through the whole disorientation thing all over again when she reaches the bottom.

Concerning the title-text: I believe that was one of the suggestions I made when I was discussing possible ways gravity might work on the ship :P

Zaealix (Guest), June 7th, 2013, 4:35 pm

Gotta wonder if Avatar will take the ladder down or if Layla will carry her down. The decreased Gravity SHOULD make the carry option easier, but the Ladder option might be more annoying.

reynard61, June 7th, 2013, 10:29 pm

I just hope Layla doesn't get so disoriented that she pukes in her helmet... (Ew!)

EdorFaus (Guest), June 8th, 2013, 9:56 am

Imperfectly flattened gravity
Regarding the title text: maybe they *didn't* install gravity in the shaft, per se.

I mean, in the real world nothing is perfect and ideal (in the theoretical sense), so maybe it's just that the gravity plates have an effect not just straight up but also a bit to the sides, kinda like how you can feel the heat a bit in front of a space heater, not just above it.

If that's the case, and there's plating right against the walls next to the shaft, those plates would then also cause some gravity in the shaft, as a side effect of causing it in the rooms next to the shaft.

Or maybe it's just that most of the things the shaft is normally used for are easier with gravity, but that's boring. :P

Seros Senric (Guest), June 10th, 2013, 6:32 am

I like that explanation.

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