Strip 25 - Click on page above to goto the next page.
-- First Seen: 2008-10-17
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Quantum Vibe X 1000!
Today's (April 17, 2015) Quantum Vibe strip is the one thousandth strip of the Quantum Vibe saga. (This does not include the "Leap of Faith" guest strips, or the "Tales From The Front," "Our Story Thus Far" and other fillers which had pushed our total update count past 1,000 several weeks previously.)
Not many web-comics make it to the 1,000-strip milestone, and we thank our readers for staying with us through this epic story, especially those of you who have supported us with your purchases and donations. We would never have made it this far without you.
So, sit back and take in your place in history. Do you hear birds chirping? Drink deeply the sights, sounds, and smells of the moment. Or maybe have a drink. We have.
We are pleased to announce that Lea Jean Badelles, who had filled in as a temporary colorist for Zeke Bieser last Spring, is joining us as our regular colorist. She colored the Leap of Faith guest strip for us and is doing the colors over Scott's line art going forward. Lea Jean hails from the Philippines, and you can see some of her other work at her Deviant Art page.
Zeke is continuing on his own, doing commission work and a bit of real-life work out from underneath his father's shadow. We wish him the best.
The Transcript For This Page
Larger panel, leave room for EFT logo.
The same tableau at Babbette’s counter, although the angle is shifted somewhat so we see the backs of Guy and Fiorella. Babbette’s still looking hostile.
Babbette: We don’t take Continentals or Terran credit cards. Rooms are two gold grams per night, twelve grams per week … in advance.
Medium close-up on Babbette
Babbette: If you don’t have gold, I can accept silver, water credits, Cokens, Gus, most casino chips – or maybe that fancy digital assistant you’re wearing.
Medium close-up on Guy, looking bewildered.
Guy: Er, Cokens? What are GUs?
This panel is a diagram of sorts containing various objects used as currency on Ceres. Three Cokens of different denominations; four different casino chips (from different casinos); a water certificate; a gold coin (about the size of a dime, marked '1 gram Au'); a silver coin (about the size of a quarter, marked '5 grams Ag'), a GU certificate marked '50 Grubstake Units.' Babbette’s explanation is contained in caption boxes, with quotation marks.
Caption 1: 'Cokens are Coke Tokens. The Ceres Coca Cola bottling plant issues Cokens in quarter, half and one liter denominations.
Caption 2: 'GUs are Grubstake Units. Issued by a mutual fund run by the Bank of Ceres, for prospectors who have staked mining claims on asteroids, but need further funding for tools, supplies, and so forth.'
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Guy is handing Babbette something that looks like a credit card, but thicker.
Guy: No problem. We can pay in gold.
Babbette sticks one end of the card into a slot of her payment terminal. We’re looking over her shoulder at the viewscreen, which shows the 'card' is really an “Electronic Wallet” connected to 'Bank of Ceres' and 'eGOLD S.A., Panama.' She deducts 24 gold grams from the account named 'UWRS.'
Babbette: Looks like you came prepared. Will there be anything else?
Two shot of Guy and Fiorella. They’re both speaking in turn.
Guy: Well, yes. Back on Terra, there is a great deal of confusion as to the nature of Ceres’ government. We have no information as to how it is organized.
Fiorella: If you could arrange for us to meet with some of your elected officials…
Three-shot of Babbette, Guy and Fiorella. Babbette has mostly forgotten her hostility now, and wears a casual expression as she hands Guy’s 'wallet,' along with a paper receipt, back to him. Guy’s and Fiorella’s eyes widen in response to Babbette’s response.
Babbette: Oh, we don’t have any elected officials.