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The Starcaster Chronicles 06.10

June 6, 2018 by Tim

If you enjoy the work I put out on this website and you’d like a little extra each month, or if you use an adblocker but still want to help keep the site running, I encourage you to consider becoming a Patron of Ctrl+Alt+Del.

This comic has been free to read for sixteen years, and I want to keep it that way for as long as possible. With fluctuations within the ad industry over the past few years, our Patreon now shoulders most of the weight of keeping the lights on. It’s a method that lets readers directly support the site for as little as a dollar a month, and in return I can offer some bonuses like extra comics and monthly Q&A videos.


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Dave Morgan
Dave Morgan
3 years ago

Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but haven’t been in a position to. Yours is the only site I don’t run adblocker on anyway, but just signed up to Patreon because, hell, I want at least another decade out of you 😉

Celar
Celar
3 years ago

Is there ad-free site for patreons? I would be interested in becoming a patreon, if there is…

Christian
Christian
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

Just signed up as a patreon – besides buying the books that seems a fair way to support you even more.

But Tim, could you consider to show us how much money you make? Other artists do so. I like so see how well supported the artist I love are. 🙂

Wowlock
Wowlock
3 years ago

Yea…great job Federation…send out the location of the Starcaster carrier that should stay hidden by the way of hackable database.

Ven
Ven
3 years ago
Reply to  Tim

That’s just as bad. So if the Drangalex steal once of our ships in battle, a rather easy task if Homeworld’s marine frigates have taught me anything about space battle, they can easily access all the information the Federation has? You’d think they’d encrypt that shit, or at least give it a bloody password.

Tim
Tim
3 years ago
Reply to  Ven

Or disable stolen hardware/software

The Legacy
The Legacy
3 years ago
Reply to  Ven

True. And what if the Feds aren’t aware? I’d imagine the Federation to be made up of hundreds of billions of people, and nearly a billion cops to police it.

Nealithi
Nealithi
3 years ago
Reply to  Ven

Hate to say it. But with a force that large you probably want to lock down the alert system on each ship too. Because the APB system is relatively easy to tap.
Still it does have the Hollywood security effect.

Fletcher
Fletcher
3 years ago

So that ship has a little cabin, I guess? Cop car with a room

The Legacy
The Legacy
3 years ago
Reply to  Fletcher

Probably. You can’t exactly just go to the nearest gas station or convenience store along the way. Spaceflight would be a lot like being on a naval vessel, equipped with everything the officer needs to live.

James Rye
James Rye
3 years ago

Seems like somebody either forgot to report the stolen ship or there is no way to cut Fed-communication on stolen Fed spacecraft. Aoriran’s Belt gonna be a hot place very soonish.

The Legacy
The Legacy
3 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

So… who voted for Cort to go it alone? If you did… you probably regret it now. 😛

Brent
Brent
3 years ago

Oh, yeah….almost forgot he also has your basic criminal group after him in addition to the Dranglaex.

So, who wants to tell Mr. Happy that finding someone by finding their friends still counts as finding the someone?

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

A

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago

Holy pants, is that one creepy grin. Think I get where he gets his nickname from.

Of all the enemies on this comic, he’s the one that is the most terrifying. Ssissimias, after all, will just kill (hopefully?) and inhabit your body if you screw him over. This guy seems like the sort who’d mount Cort’s head on a wall when done.

Kevin
Kevin
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Nhu-uh, If he catches Cord. He will eat him alive.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Honestly, I’m not sure about the killing for either. For Ssissimias, it’s possible the body needs to be alive for him to take it over. For Grinny, he’s sadistic enough to come up with a way to keep Cort’s head alive for some time once it’s been removed from the body.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

Not so sure about that. He’d make it long and drawn out, to be sure. But trying to babysit a head while you’re carrying out other contracts just doesn’t seem practical, and this guy seems to be a business/practical person. He just seems very, VERY good at his job.

But imagine if the person acting as hive to Ssissimias was not only alive, but aware; feeling, thinking, seeing, as the alien parasite uses and slowly devours him.

Man, I hope that’s not the case.

LongtimeLurker
LongtimeLurker
3 years ago

Tim, since you brought up revenue streams, I have to ask – have you ever considered accepting donations of cryptocurrency? Or possibly implementing a system like Basic Attention Token? I don’t expect these things to be windfalls for you, but every little bit helps. They should be easy to set up, especially the former.

Him.
Him.
3 years ago

Fun fact:
Based on his blood being blue, it is possible that Grin has blood with Hemocyanin or a similar sort of thing. In effect, his blood has copper in it (ours has a different metal and as such is not blue). This might have little significance but is an interesting anecdote
SCIENCE
(If I did something wrong please tell me)

KillerDeagon121
KillerDeagon121
3 years ago
Reply to  Him.

So in effect, shoot him with aluminum bullets. Gotcha.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
3 years ago
Reply to  Him.

Perhaps his species interpret idioms literally, and he’s a member of the European aristocracy.

Just a thought. You never know.

Or maybe I’ve just been reading too much Douglas Adams.

Brent
Brent
3 years ago
Reply to  Him.

Perhaps he was once a member of one of the galaxy’s most elite ruling classes, marked by so much money and power and prestige. A jovial individual, he had a reputation as a bit of a jokester with an infectious grin that could cross species. Sadly, the arrival of the red-blooded humans on the galactic scene led to conflict (as it often does), and his family was left among the ashes, with him the sole survivor. Now forced to eke out a living as a bounty hunter/assassin, the ‘man’ known only as ‘The Grin’ worries only about his next job….especially… Read more »

hon2a
hon2a
3 years ago

As the least I can do, I tried turning AdBlock off for your site. Turned it back on when a panel with video ad popped up. Please consider using less intrusive ad formats (or even https://adblockplus.org/acceptable-ads).

Erik B
Erik B
3 years ago
Reply to  hon2a

Tim and his Team are very interested in preventing us, his users, from receiving intrusive or loud adds. The only video ads you receive should be a small couple inch across ad in the corner that plays video but no sound, staying nicely unobtrusive on the side panel. If you get ones that are blocking content or playing sound without mouseover, please report them to him using the “bad ad” report function on the right panel. On the other hand, if the ad that you received is the little bottom right corner couple inch sized video with no sound, and… Read more »

hon2a
hon2a
3 years ago
Reply to  Erik B

Yep, that was the one. I understand that personal preferences may vary greatly, but personally I completely agree with auto-run video (even without sound) to _not_ being considered “acceptable” by https://adblockplus.org/acceptable-ads (it hogs attention). Then again, I could never stand “always on” TV etc. Take my recommendation as you will 🙂

todofwar
todofwar
3 years ago

It seems all my favorite “free” web content has increasing revenue problems. I wonder if this is signaling a coming internet crash as advertisers realize they haven’t been getting their money’s worth. You are definitely in my top five for when I start donating to patreon, just need to get myself out from underwater a bit first.

CTownsend
CTownsend
3 years ago

The bounty hunter’s lines dont match properly. “I dont need to find him, Ill just follow those that do.” … “….already have”? or “I dont need to know where he is…..”?