Strip 85 - Click on page above to goto the next page.
-- First Seen: 2009-01-09
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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
Regular-sized panel. This time we’ll run the logo across the top of the strip like we’ve done a few times before.
Caillard is seated at a table in the Water Bros. Café, having breakfast. In the foreground, we see Stellina from the back, in silhouette. Caillard is sipping his coffee and not looking at her in this frame.
Guy: Ah, Fiorella. Sorry to start without you but I was …
Switch angles. Now Guy is in the foreground looking at Fiorella. Instead of her customary business suit she is wearing Cererean clothing – stylish-but-practical, and has her auto-pistol holstered on her right hip. Guy is taken aback.
Guy: Er, well, the new outfit does suit you, but it’s hardly professional.
She sits down across the table from him. Her back is to the bar.
Guy: And while the firearm is a common accessory here, but you won’t be able to keep it back on Terra.
Fiorella: Guy …
Guy and Fiorella, from the side. Fiorella looks sad as she speaks. Guy is reacting in shock.
Fiorella. I’m not going back.
Guy: You’re – what are you saying?
Looking over Guy’s shoulder at Fiorella. In the background we can see EMILY ROSE, who works there as a waitress, doing something with the glassware behind the bar.
(Emily Rose is about 16, and happens to be Billy’s older sister (of Billy and Wally fame). She’s cute but not strikingly beautiful – no particulars on how she looks except that she should look like she’s related to Billy.)
Fiorella: The truth is, I don’t like what we are doing to people. In the year and a half I’ve been in the Service, I have become more and more disillusioned.
Now looking over Fiorella’s shoulder at Guy, who is struggling to maintain his composure.
Guy: Fiorella, none of us really likes what we are doing. But someone has to, right?
Fiorella: No, I don’t think so. Anyway, it’s not for me.
Pull back so we can see them both from the side, Fiorella on the right.
Fiorella stands up, reaching out with one hand to touch Guy’s hand on the table. Guy looks up helplessly at her. Emily Rose is approaching the table with a fresh pot of coffee.
Fiorella: I’m going to escape from Terra, Guy.
Fiorella: You could too, you know.
Fiorella walks away from the table in the direction of the café exit, a sad but determined look on her face. Guy just sits there, shattered. Emily stands by, looking confused.