Comic 1108 - Hit it up tonight

Posted on 10th Sep 2018, 11:11 PM in Chapter VIII
Hit it up tonight

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Morgenstern 10th Sep 2018, 11:11 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
You decide that at least scouting the power station might not be a bad idea, even if it a bit late. You can at least evaluate what needs to be done, and if it'll take too long, tackle the tough parts tomorrow.

You do still want to work on your biomech, though, and practice multitasking--thus, you decide Michelle, Caius, and Fuse (when he returns) could be the exploration team, if they're up for it.

"I did do a... small amount of research into bioluminescence in humans, after you asked about it a while back," Dr. Finch states. "As it turns out, studies overseas suggest that humans already produce trace amounts of light--a side effect of chemical reactions involving free radicals. The light is 1000 times dimmer than the human eye can perceive, but I see no reason why you shouldn't be able to multiply and amplify those reactions for something more substantial."

Of course, producing more free radicals--and proteins for them to interact with--is the sort of thing that would require red access, or converting other materials. It would be physically draining after a while on anyone that's not you (or you-adjacent), since you'd have to start tapping into fatty tissue and the like. It'd be a small amount, and take a while to get to the point of being a noticeable difference... but still. Not something you'd like to do long term for anyone that's not directly connected to the red.

"We could always take tha, uh, little Blondie with us," Caius chuckles.

"Or we could just use flashlights, like normal people," Michelle says with a faint smirk. "So, we're definitely packin' the ghost gun, and some regular weapons. Anything else we wanna take on our trip?"
Morgenstern 10th Sep 2018, 11:42 PM edit delete
Morgenstern
OOC Note: Yeah, it's been a while. I've kind of had to deal personal/financial issues/nearly losing my dad back to back, and while I've used writing and art in the past as an escape, there comes a point where it gets hard to put myself in a headspace outside my own. It's... probably going to be a while before this improves, so updates will still be really, really slow for a while.

A couple of people have dropped off the patreon, which... yeah. I completely understand. Overall, though, I think it's actually seen a net increase during the hiatus, and that means a lot to me. People aren't giving up, and neither am I. It's just going to take some time for me to get where I can write consistently again. Thank you all so much for sticking with me.

Mildly related (?), I made a game on Kongregate. It started off as busy work to distract myself from various things, but I ended up making a whole game out of it. If anybody has a Kongregate account and wants to give the game a five star rating, it would be greatly appreciated. Game stuff is... an outlet I'm definitely looking into, and I'll be trying to get a few plates spinning in that regard in the near future. Again, thanks.

Comments:

Guest 10th Sep 2018, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Can Little Red notify big red here in the lab from any distance? If so, maybe take little red while Mine stays in the lab, so we can be notified if there's too much trouble?
Twyll 10th Sep 2018, 11:54 PM edit delete reply
A good thought! I'm not sure if Bab Red has that capability now, but it might be possible to add it. (Maybe not for tonight if we have to add it in, tho.)

It *can* at least tell where its bigger self is... If the bigger self can also tell where the little self is, then theoretically we could use rapid oscillations in turning that ability on and off, or pinging it somehow, perhaps a wiggle that displaces the location-sensory apparatus just enough, and use that for Morse code.
PurpleKetchup 10th Sep 2018, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
Hang in there, MM.
Night Ot Eternity 12th Sep 2018, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
What PurpleKetchup said
Memo 14th Sep 2018, 5:10 AM edit delete reply
Memo
Seconded!
We believe in you!
Twyll 10th Sep 2018, 11:56 PM edit delete reply
Super happy to see an updoot-- not just for the sake of the doot but to see that you're *able* to doot, which is awesome and I hope things keep looking up for you!

As for suggestions... we should take whatever materials are required for doing the ghost-strengthening ritual, just in case we need to use it. Also some paper and pencils for sketching stuff maybe, possibly a phone with a recording app.
Espylacopa 11th Sep 2018, 2:46 AM edit delete reply
Espylacopa
Seconded.
Gigafreak 11th Sep 2018, 12:06 AM edit delete reply
Aluminum foil hats in case of an Edison-like threat
A super soaker, or several (imprints are displaced by water and fire)
Rubber gloves and jackets (e.g. raincoats)
Maybe some of those bone weapons we made a while back, in case of more mundane threats (mutant wildlife). An abandoned building will have tight spaces where melee might be more effective than firearms
A few vials, syringes, or even bags of Mine's blood, in case she has to blood-portal to the team in an emergency, or so that a wounded ally can inject themselves with it to replace lost biomass, which Mine can transmute to whatever's missing. Or just blood a threatening lifeform rather than killing it (perhaps Michelle can carry the old conventional dart gun loaded with syringes)
Tools for breaking into locked doors or fiddling with electronics, but Fuse probably has that covered
Twyll 11th Sep 2018, 12:12 AM edit delete reply
Ah yeah, some tools for exploration would be good-- a crowbar or two, maybe a wrench.

Flashlight-wise, if we could get some that are head-mounted so we don't need to bother holding them and can use our hands for other stuff, that would be ideal.
Lunar Waffles 11th Sep 2018, 12:41 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
+1, to both of you x:
1977 11th Sep 2018, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Quick question: Is this the equipment needed for the powerplant or are you preparing for the next level of BUNKER X?
Lunar Waffles 12th Sep 2018, 11:58 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
we've come to expect sudden ambushes from nowhere at this point. its like zombies, they always catch you with your pants down.
Lunar Waffles 11th Sep 2018, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
My bombard moms Red with questions suggestion from last page still stands. x: also, im happy things are improving on your end MM
wierdweblurker 11th Sep 2018, 12:08 AM edit delete reply
wierdweblurker
Flashlights do seem like the normal-person solution... and that's why we should definitely find a really weird solution as soon as possible. Add to the research list, modifying eyes for night-vision... or grabbing night-vision goggles. There will come a time when we'll be glad to not need a light source.

On a meta note, glad you're back. Take as much time as you need; we're not going anywhere.
WalkerOfSorrow 11th Sep 2018, 12:11 AM edit delete reply
We're still here for you. And your comic, which we like, but would be totally impossible without you.

Brief tangent, I'm a huge fan of a show called RWBY, and it lost its creator after the second season. His influence was massively important, and the show has struggled to recover. Some would say it has failed, while others admit that it has not totally bounced back but is still a good show (being glad it's still going).

Why do I bring this up? Because it would be a tragedy for a story as good as Blood Is Mine to die on a technicality. I don't think any writer or artist could take your place and make it anything like it was. To fully appreciate this comic, we have to care about how you're doing.
Lunar Waffles 11th Sep 2018, 12:30 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
it isn't JUST that tho, the reason this comic is so good is because MM puts so much of himself into it, so liking the comic is also by extension liking the parts of MM that Fuel the comic. how did "Data" from ST-TNG put it? Friendship is the anticipation of inputs and the missing of them when absent... something like that, so by that logic, MM is a friend to all of us fans! and it sucks when a friend is having a bad time T-T
WalkerOfSorrow 11th Sep 2018, 4:58 PM edit delete reply
Masterfully put! I've always felt that a creative work speaks highly of the creator, no matter how high or low the quality is. It will always bring out your best.
AgentKuga 12th Sep 2018, 11:35 PM edit delete reply
AgentKuga
yeah well I'm bad at writing things or phrasing in general but i'm sure it's true that all us friends/fans of MM will always have his back, isn't that right?
WalkerOfSorrow 13th Sep 2018, 7:22 PM edit delete reply
Some of us don't really have money to back his endeavors, but I know I checked this comic every day until it updated. I'm not one to give up on good material, even when it comes to an end. I'm still a huge fan of Avatar (not the James Cameron one), even though they've made and ended two shows now, and may not make another. Rumors aside. I also used to read Supernormal Step, and still like it even though it ended.
Frission 11th Sep 2018, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
Frission
Aren't free radicals one of the seven identified contributors to the aging process? Increasing that enough to make people glow could be bad. D: Of course I'm not very sciency so I could be wrong.
Azith 11th Sep 2018, 1:00 PM edit delete reply
Free Radicals are a result of many things, but some of the most common are because of breathing: Oxygen forms molecules of paired atoms, which then split. These newly independent oxygen atoms are missing electrons, and then scavenge electrons from wherever they can get more. This results in DNA damage, cell damage, and general protein damage. This damage is minimized by antioxidants.

TLDR: Increasing the amount of free-radical reactions is a fast trip to cancer and cell death, and a potential way to cause someone to collapse into a puddle of sludgy biomass. Now, if we stock up on antioxidants, this could be less terrible. Either way, does NOT have my vote. Stick to normal bio-luminescence for people we like.
PretenseAndPoison 11th Sep 2018, 4:33 AM edit delete reply
Sweet reflective eyes could be a benefit for dark situations, just changing around some of the layers of the cornea shouldn't be too taxing on someone willing to undergo it.

Then again, I'm not sure doing so wouldn't affect their vision- even if the light is just refraction.
ReikoLupus 11th Sep 2018, 9:46 AM edit delete reply
ReikoLupus
A Flashlight?
Michelle, are you serious about this?
Why using a Flashlight when we can create a Helmet of bone with bioluminescense in the top?
We Fight robots and gods using eldritch Powers, pyroquinesis, and alien technology!!!

I say we must create helmets with bioluminescense!
That, or simply give ourselves cat eyes XD.
FunnyJoke 11th Sep 2018, 3:28 PM edit delete reply
Yuuuuuuussssssa




(mew lol)
Memo 14th Sep 2018, 5:19 AM edit delete reply
Memo
Yea, I was thinking that too.. better to see in the dark, than glow in the dark
Guest 11th Sep 2018, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS
Blue_Elite 11th Sep 2018, 6:45 PM edit delete reply
Items to take we have on-hand:
Duffle Bag (To carry the stuff).
First Aid Kit (for minor injuries or possibly treating an injured animal like a cat).
Lighters (minor light source/means to set things on fire that isn't Fuse).
Cat Food (bait for possible mutant rats/cats/bats).
Flashlights (Duh).
Duct Tape (for attaching said flash lights to various things like heads, shoulders, knees, toes, knees, toes).
Toolkit/Basic Tools (for minor repair work).
Rope (you never know).
Rubber Gloves (a power plant, what are the odds of something being electrified? >_> ).
Ghost Gun (already a given).
Fire Extinguisher (for anti-ghost shenanigans).
Astral Projection Spell Materials (in case of ghost communication).
Axe (the urban spelunking tool of choice).
Pistols (anti-small vermin).
Tranq Gun (tranq darts or blood darts as necessary).
E1M2 Minigun (anti-large, mutant vermin).

That should be enough just to explore. The main idea is just to take a look around. The repair stuff is in case of broken doors, panels, or wiring that serve as an impediment. If things start to get spooky, we should book it (needing the Minigun being a worse-case scenario).
the white 11th Sep 2018, 11:31 PM edit delete reply
No one who's going is, as far as we know, good enough with astral projection to actually do anything productive with it. And if there's any ghost weak enough that astral projection is needed to sense them, we'll probably need the imprint strengthening ritual to get anything useful out of them.
Guest 12th Sep 2018, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Jesus, reenacting a scene from spongebob with your friend gets you kicked from the server? What, did i hurt you feelings proclaiming myself dirty dan?
Japster 12th Sep 2018, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Japster
???
AgentKuga 12th Sep 2018, 11:37 PM edit delete reply
AgentKuga
what just happened here? where did jesus and dan come from?
Guest 13th Sep 2018, 2:13 PM edit delete reply
Me saying Jesus was just me swearing.
Japster 13th Sep 2018, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
Japster
Still confused. We're you on the BiM server? What's your name?
Lurker 421 12th Sep 2018, 6:51 PM edit delete reply
Hang in there MM! We're rooting for you!
chaosblitz 13th Sep 2018, 6:56 AM edit delete reply
I'm so glad to see you're still updating the comic, and I completely understand needing to take a break after something like that. My mom passed away over the summer, and it was devastating to my whole family. I completely understand needing to take some time for yourself after something like that happens, just make sure you take care of yourself, okay? We all love the comic, but your health, physical and mental, comes first. So take breaks! eat ice cream! do something fun! and try to spend some time with your family, I don't know what yours is like, but mine helped a lot. Just look out for yourself! We care abut you!
chaosblitz 13th Sep 2018, 6:58 AM edit delete reply
Oh shit you said *nearly* loosing your dad IGNORE ME (the encouragement still stands though)
13th Sep 2018, 4:33 PM edit delete reply
Game's pretty good, I lost track of time while playing it.
Lunar Waffles 14th Sep 2018, 9:26 AM edit delete reply
Lunar Waffles
there is no up-vote button, so i'll do it this way XD
BoneIdol 17th Sep 2018, 9:36 AM edit delete reply
Glad you're feeling a little better