Added 1 new A* page:One page and man, way too involved in the making!|
I do like how Selenis came out in this, though--the hard, slender face and body type suits her I think. Also concentrated a bit more on adding some folds to her costume to give it a sense of being a suit, rather than just being a second skin. And of course you didn't see this coming at ALL but I made a banner version:
Now if you caught this page just as it uploaded, you actually saw a completely different drawing of Vero:
and it wasn't until after I thought I was all done that I realized I didn't like his pose--the head had got turned wrong from how I had had it--and rather liked it--in the original storyboard:
So...I redrew him completely for what's hopefully the final version currently in place. :P Both of these started as a rough trace of the storyboard; I don't like to do that most of the time, but sometimes if I have a storyboard that just came out really neat in terms of layout, capturing that layout for the final version is impossible by any other means. Still, tracing can deaden things--you aren't generating new inspiration while you do it, ya see--so in the rare times I feel I have to do it, I try to keep it very general and loose. But that ended up steering me wrong in the first try, AND it was way, way late by the time I decided to redraw it, so the second attempt was a much tighter trace for the outline, and I guess it ended up working out okay. Pshaw. Dont' worry though, I still spent waaaay more time on that tiny little Selenis in the corner. ;)
Heat in space is an interesting phenomenon, because although space itself, by and large, is very cold--just a few degrees above the coldest anything can possibly get--space is also empty, so heat that does occur doesn't have much place to go. This means that cooling, not heating, is the main concern for climate control in space suits and space ships, because they have to find some way to offset their accumulation of body and mechanical heat: any heat that does happen, such as radiating from a human, just stays around in the space station, otherwise, because there's no material in the vacuum to which the heat would transfer--unlike, as we are, in Earth's atmosphere, where heat can always transfer away into the air.
I figure the nuclear overload and detonation of Fizer's fighter probably kicked a good deal of heat energy into this fairly large, heavy metal asteroid. With no atmosphere to leak out into, the area around the blast site will take a while to cool down (on the other hand, with no atmosphere to carry it and no effective gravity to hold it, there's no real danger of radioactive fallout, at least; I think the asteroid surface would still have absorbed and be re-emitting pretty hefty amounts of hard radiation for a while, though, which is mostly what Vero was worried about when he wanted to wait a while before going out there).
The complex Vero and Selenis have broken into is pressurized--has an atmosphere, even though they haven't tried breathing it (Vero's hand and foot gas propulsion units suck it in and use it for their jets, though, so they don't have to waste their own reserves of pressurized gas)--and while some of that atmosphere is leaking out through unsealed cracks somewhere caused by the explosion, it's also absorbing some of the heat from the explosion that's sitting around in the asteroid.
Eh or such is my theory, it's not like I try learning the math for all this. :D This chart, which I linked once before, shows that at ground zero of a 1 megaton nuclear blast, which is very tiny by today's nuclear weapon standards, but might not be all that far off from what an overloading single-person fighter's reactor might have done (maybe I'd call it more like 5-10 MT just for fun? Oh I dunno), each square centimeter of ground, if it was water, would absorb 3500 calories of heat energy; a calorie is the energy required to heat a cubic centimeter (milliliter) of water by one degree Celsius. So, pretty toasty warm. Although a lot of the hottest ground-zero material would have been kicked out into space, I suppose.
You know what else is hotting up is that "Death Boy" story in my other daily comic, "Sketchy," which started a couple weeks ago here and, if you caught my last link about it last week, continued at the beginning of this week starting here. Power of a very different kind is about to be unleashed there, whee!