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Deep Rising X-COM XCOM Comic digital comic

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#1 Thorondor

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:00 PM

Your attention, please. Today at StrategyCore we are proud to present "Deep Rising - a tribute to X-Com", a unique digital comic featuring lavish art and accompanying original audio, all to be enjoyed entirely for free.

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We've recruited some of Earth's finest - plain great human beings who also happen to be fantastically talented creative professionals - to make this dream of a full-fledged comic set in the world of X-Com a reality at long last.



So, without further ado, we invite you to experience the fruits of our labor for yourself, right here, where it all happens, at StrategyCore.

#2 Space Voyager

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:32 AM

The comic is beautiful. I can see why even Solomon was impressed to have this linked to the franchise. The story is more XCOM than X-COM and the music makes a fantastic background.

I'll definitely read it on and on. Perhaps even read it to children when they are naughty! They should learn about alien danger as soon as possible... ;)

Was any of the art hand drawn or was it all digitally created?

#3 Thorondor

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:35 AM

Glad you liked it, SV. Posted Image

As for educating your children about the harsh realities of alien invasion, I think you've already done that well enough (at the expense of a poor rookie). Posted Image

I'm sure I need not tell you some pages do justify the age gating and are indeed best just read, not shown, which may prove difficult, as the "pretty pictures" are a big draw for curious young eyes.

Regarding your question about any of the art being hand drawn or digitally created - it's actually both. People tend to have a certain misconception, forgetting that such digital art is created by hand by the artist, albeit using a digital pen and tablet and specialized painting software which allows for the replication of many traditional brushes as well as digital filters, layering and other visual effects.

It takes many, many hours to get each page done and, of course, a great deal of technical know-how coupled with skill and talent.

There's a saying in Latin, I believe from Aristotle, that summarizes this well: "Ars longa, vita brevis" - Art is long, life is short. Posted Image

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 01:27 PM

View PostThorondor, on 13 January 2016 - 09:35 AM, said:

As for educating your children about the harsh realities of alien invasion, I think you've already done that well enough (at the expense of a poor rookie). Posted Image

Oh yeah, I forgot about that one... Perhaps I better ease up in this department.

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Regarding your question about any of the art being hand drawn or digitally created - it's actually both. People tend to have a certain misconception, forgetting that such digital art is created by hand by the artist, albeit using a digital pen and tablet and specialized painting software which allows for the replication of many traditional brushes as well as digital filters, layering and other visual effects.

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I stand corrected. Naturally, the digital picture is just as hand drawn...

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 03:50 PM

Mind = Blown! Thanks Thorondor and Slaughter for bringing this to us, it's incredible! :)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

#6 Thorondor

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 04:37 PM

You're welcome, Zombie. Very pleased you found it cool! :)

#7 Zombie

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 05:06 PM

On the EOM (End Of Mission) Report screen why is the rating blank? It should be rated as "Outstanding"! At least, that's what I'd give it. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

#8 Thorondor

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 05:44 PM

You were indeed meant to fill in the blank with a mental verdict of your own after finishing - "Outstanding" is noted and appreciated, Zombie! Posted Image

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Posted 13 January 2016 - 08:01 PM

Greetings! It's been a while... :) Glad to hear you find the comic to your liking. Do spread the word!


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Posted 13 January 2016 - 09:11 PM

The comic was so nice, that it now requires animation and professional voice over.
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Posted 14 January 2016 - 12:21 AM

View PostSlaughter, on 13 January 2016 - 08:01 PM, said:

Greetings! It's been a while... Posted Image Glad to hear you find the comic to your liking. Do spread the word!

Welcome back, stranger! :)

View Postsilencer_pl, on 13 January 2016 - 09:11 PM, said:

The comic was so nice, that it now requires animation and professional voice over.

For the voice-over bit I suggested to Thorondor a while back that we get Julian Gollop. He's not a professional voice actor, but he fits the theme. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

#12 Thorondor

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 10:12 AM

Voice overs? Bah, you'll get your fill of voice overs from all over when your poor new rookies start panicking in XCOM 2. Posted Image

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:43 AM

And I sure will all call them Thorondor ;)
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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:09 AM

Kai has now posted all the concept art he made for the comic here: http://ukitakumuki.d...rt.com/gallery/


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 07:19 AM

Suh-wheet! (Sweet)! Thanks for sharing Slaughter! :)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 01:49 PM

There's a bug: In fullscreen (F11), the page becomes all black after 10 seconds (there is still the music).
That's a pity but does not prevent to read it in normal screen :/
I use Firefox in Windows 10.

#17 Thorondor

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 05:24 PM

Hi ERISS. Thanks for the feedback.

Regrettably, some combinations of viewing modes, browsers and operating systems are bound to cause some issues with a multimedia piece such as this.

In the interest of full disclosure - given the costs associated with seeing to all possible such combinations we've decided this to be the final, as-is, online delivery. We anticipate no further revisioning.

It is also partly to mitigate these issues, and so people can still view the comic in some form, that the alternate download versions have been made available (vanilla PDF, etc).

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Thusly, pardon any inconvenience, gents, but even great fiction must occasionally be confronted with certain facts of a more material nature.

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 12:25 AM

Would be great if you can share this with friends, family, media and anyone else that might be interested guys. Thanks!


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 02:46 PM

Though your system of *.js and *.html didn't working on my PC, I managed to dig the content .
Nice job, breathtaking tale, men!
Russian world "appreci-ay-eits" Anna ;)
Avenger can be one-shoted by buried derelic half-powered Harvester? sort of LOL!
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Posted 23 January 2016 - 04:45 PM

Well, that was no ordinary Harvester. ;)

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Glad you were able to check it out and had a good time, Kir'jaeden. :)





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