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VHV

VHV

by Daaberlicious
VHV is a Sci-fi/Fantasy slice-of-life webcomic following the adventures of Buttercup and her entourage of adventurer friends as they try to make ends meet in a very hostile galaxy oddly full of friendly people, succeeding in life thanks to odd and not very reassuring bouts of fortune.
The story begins with Buttercup working her weekly task of beating up dangerous monsters for cash on a tiny colony (well, really two, but the second is even smaller) on a planet with only a half name. It's exhausting, yet ultimately is her and her friends place in life and they like it rather well.

But things take a very odd turn when they receive perhaps the strangest form of payment for any task they've ever done before...
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VHV

VHV is a Sci-fi/Fantasy slice-of-life webcomic following the adventures of Buttercup and her entourage of adventurer friends as they try to make ends meet in a very hostile galaxy oddly full of friendly people, succeeding in life thanks to odd and not very reassuring bouts of fortune.
The story begins with Buttercup working her weekly task of beating up dangerous monsters for cash on a tiny colony (well, really two, but the second is even smaller) on a planet with only a half name. It's exhausting, yet ultimately is her and her friends place in life and they like it rather well.

But things take a very odd turn when they receive perhaps the strangest form of payment for any task they've ever done before...

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Survival Instinct
Noun: An instinct useless to adventurers
and a hindrance to heroism.



When I said before in previous author-rants below the pages that I like any opportunity I can use to cheat, I meant it.
This page, for instance, is full of it. I think I only made two backgrounds from scratch, and those were mostly with the air-brush tool!
The characters, however, I decided to give my all and I think it shows.
I picked up a modification to my shading method involving sharper borders between light and shadow, you know... Like in real
life. The characters seem to have more of a presence because of it!

So, as for my life, can't really complain. I mean, I do- especially about my seasonal allergies, but I really shouldn't.
Take care!


S.D.G.
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Actually, it may be more of a sploot.


When a species evolves to imitate many different kinds of creature, a lot of weirdness can
end up in their underlying genome. For instance, certain phenotypes of Mia's species are
meant to imitate cats- a creature flexible enough to land gracelessly with relatively little harm.
Trained adventurers like Mia know that an uncontrolled fall is usually safer- Long limb bones
don't squish as much as a ribcage or, surprisingly to human perspective, a skull.
Also, it's funny.
As a cost of this, embis strength and weight are both reduced- But agility and stamina help
counter this greatly, as well as sharp claws, strong bite, very sharp senses, tool use, and a non-
hostile, practically universal xenophile attitude which usually prevents hostile encounters in
the first place.
Basically, Mia's explanation could use a lot of work.

Now you can be certain that the lighting effects of the top panel are actually a little bit beyond me-
I don't really know how I did them. I'm thinking it may be a couple years more understanding of color theory
before I can pull off such a thing consistently, but I really do like it!
Also, Mia's still a silly goofus.

Have a good one!


S.D.G.
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Who's this?
(Cue suspenseful yet optimistic string music)


This was a close one!
I had worked on an official reference for VHV's main cast, so that ate up a lot of time for my comic,
but I'm otherwise okay because the final result looks pretty good. Some new techniques I'm using are
really paying off.
Hopefully, VHV can start being more boldly colored again with this little appearance of (???).
Take care! I'll see you all next week!

S.D.G.
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Restore Day involves a controlled burn of books that are far too worn to salvage.
After this, copies are reprinted and slotted on the shelves in their place.
This is not restore day.
This is an uncontrolled fire in an enclosed space.
This is not good.



Tried some cool tricks for anatomy with this one. I attempted to sketch out a select portion of the characters bone structure
beneath the actual line art, and the results are certainly looking better than my previous work.
It's also quite slow.
That may be the reason why the backgrounds are nothing to write home about.

S.D.G.
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@Daaberlicious: Good point, sometimes punishment is wholly unnecessary!
@Wolvenreader: That's a bit hard to be certain of.

Considering the whole thing kicked off because of a miscommunication, punishment may not be necessary if she feels bad enough already for it.
Welp!
Oh dear, one hopes the books are backed-up in some way! Jeeze, how much trouble is Aluxa going to be in for instigating this?!
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Petting one's embis friends is an activity best done when
one is not feeling like they should be doing more for their
rescue party.
She's already spent 20 minutes doing it anyway. Any more
would be ridiculous.


As completely expected, work kicked my butt this week, but only because I had reversed all the conditioning that allowed me to stand up for almost 12 hours straight on concrete, as is required for a production floor like the one I work at. My everything was sore for the first couple days of the weekend, but now I'm feeling quite a bit better.
But enough about me, let's talk about the comic a bit!

Story wise, I'll have you know that this arc was already going to be much more dramatic than I ended up making it, with a full fighting scene (or like, four) and even crazier magic than what you're seeing. I've simply downgraded to giant lasers setting things on fire in a closed environment. Not much of a step down, but there you have it.
Here also another fact of embis is revealed: While this would quite obviously be Mother Jess' bed, embis as a whole are quite willing to share with people they like. The reasoning behind this is that in an embis household, the "master bed" in the master bedroom is more the family bed, meaning its presence in the house is implicit invitation to family and guests alike to sleep in a little cuddle-pile. Not inconsiderate though, an embis is also willing to offer their spare beds or couches or whatnot if the invitation is not accepted.


S.D.G.
Fly, you fools!
Aww, poor Punctio. Welp, I guess we see why you don't anger even the good Fae! XD
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#Nature tip#
Don't get caught outside in a
lightning-laser storm.
Don't get caught inside in a
lightning-laser storm.
Heck, don't incur the wrath of
a lightning-laser storm
conjurer.



Hey! First time on this Saturdays schedule that I'm posting on a true work day!
Today marks the start of my third time around my one and only temporary position because I have not been actively looking
for a more permanent one. Hopefully, with the allotted 4 day weekend, I can easily manage a comic a week, but I suspect if my
workplace takes too much out of me, that may be a little too much to ask.
On to comic chat!

It's weirdly relaxing to be able to draw such chaotic scenes in my comic now that I've gone through so much exposition. Some
of it feels like I'm finally writing the interactions between these characters I've spent such a long time developing, both in the
comic itself and in my personal notes, and being able to write something so organic without an immediate need to consider
the potential confusion of my audience feels good.
Of course, I'm hoping from this denouement of the current arc, I can start a healthy cycle of stuff happening, then world
building, and keep on going. VHV is, after all, not showing any signs of stopping barring authorial tragedy, such as loss of life
or limb.

Though, if I did lose my right arm, I would definitely wish to take up piracy like my aunt.
S.D.G.
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<=To Be Continued=|\|/

Here's this week's page, with my apologies for the missed week.
My Grandfather went to be with The Lord on April 14th, and I had to be out of state to attend the reception and funeral.
I can't say I was very choked up about the whole thing, as I never knew him that well, but the funeral itself took me by surprise and there were moments where I cried. He was a gentleman and a dedicated christian, and his influence on my life will stick with
me until The Lord calls me home too (or returns before then! That would be tremendous!).
But enough about me, let's talk about the comic a bit!

I'm always a little excited when I can come up with any excuse to not draw backgrounds. It's sort of a guilty pleasure of mine, and I'm sure you can see I've done that with this page.
Of course, that's just good practice. Never do any more work than you have to!

The other thing I want to bring up is the very tiny special effect on the second panel.
I think my one most abused tool in Manga Studio is the air-brush tool. I use it for all my shading and every single effect otherwise, but I think this may be the first page I've ever considered myself competent with it. I've recently picked up a new method of shading, which I think is helping me a lot more than I thought it would!
I really won't get into details, since I think maybe one to two percent of my audience would be able to understand it, but just know I'm feeling rather "chuffed" about it.


S.D.G.
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Hey, if every faerie you've ever heard of was
terrifyingly beautiful/hideous and not at all
friendly unless they were suspiciously so,
you too would doubt the flying mousie was
a faerie when he told you so.


Allow me to date this post for you- Activision and Toys For Bob (what a name, huh?) recently announced a full remake of the first three Spyro games, and I was quite excited to hear this news! I even drew something to celebrate.
Of course, with such an early artistic high in my weekly comic cycle, producing this page was such a labor of love I think I'm almost all out of love-juice this week. Thank goodness I managed to make this just in time for Friday evening! And most importantly, it doesn't look like I pooped out on detail! Yay!

Anyway, I hope to see you readers again next week.
S.D.G.
Ah, ear scratches, the equivalent of scratching the chin of a dragon from the how to train your dragon movie's
@Neolancer: You quit that reee stuff. She was bouncing all over the place and I didn't want to mash four different backgrounds together.

Thanks for the comment! :)
Second panel is see thru reeeeeeee
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Instructions for preparing a Happy Fae™:
1. Obtain one faerie of any age
(Do NOT use Fair Folk™ for this recipe!)
and prepare party of adventurers
2. Mix with contents of party
3. Locate and scratch ear
4. Repeat until noodle is tender
5. Wrap in hug until desired happiness
is reached
6. Servings may vary. Prepare more as needed



This comic basically proves that Mia is the perfect ambassador. She can accidentally injure herself and a foreign
dignitary
and still repair relations moments later.
Of course, she's also a mother and would not have the time to represent her empire in any official capacity due to the
attention she must give her kids.

My thoughts on this one?
I think this may be a new favorite of mine. The composition is great, the timing is great, and heck, I think even the writing
isn't half bad.
Also, Mia bouncing around adorably never gets old.

S.D.G.
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I just realized Mia's standing on the poof-chair next to the table.

It's only a matter of time before it notices it's prey...




I'm not 100% happy with the panel layout with this one. It sort of peetered out at the end,
but overall I think it still does the job.

At this point, I really don't have much to say, so I'll just leave you with a random string of symbols:
()^$*@!%*((%#^%^^$@()*%<>?:<>?<<P:":"<$#!@>&quo t;?!%:"&^,."

...Someone "P"d on that string.

S.D.G.
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They seem grossly unprofessional because they are.
To be fair, adventurers aren't the kind of person that
need to be professional, mostly because those in the
party like each other quite a bit and work well because
of it.



So you all read Kebni's last line in a different tone, right? Probably wondering why she wasn't stuttering then, right?

Well, there is actually some scientific fact behind this.
Language mostly uses the left hemisphere, so regular talking going through the left hemisphere will cause stuttering. However,
when performing activities like singing (and possibly putting on a stage voice or accent, though I'm not sure), you're more using
your right hemisphere, as music is a right-brain activity much like any other art.

Kebni of course, struck with a teaching moment, is putting on more of a stage voice. Given that she probably has to speak
publicly about theological matters quite often, the stage voice would happen naturally, and the careful, clear wording
required for such speaking temporarily eliminates her stuttering.
But she's far cuter when she does stutter, which is why she as an embis does not always find her problem to be, well, a problem. Embis love being cute.

S.D.G.
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It seems everyone coming into this library the first time soon feels abject terror.


The more the readers know of a plan, the more likely it is
going to fail at some point.
This is pretty par for the course with any work, mostly because
a plan that works to a T is hardly at all dramatic if you know everything
about it, almost like the author would be telling you exactly what
happens next in their story before it happens. No surprise!
Far more entertaining to have the plan almost fail, completely fail, or
be tossed into the wind, and any succeeding plans must be hidden from
the readers.

Ultimately, in such settings where a plan fails as often as one sneezes, those
living in them may be well aware of this. This explains why Mia is not surprised
until she discovers precisely what the monkey wrench in the machine looks
like.

I think I'm done here now. See you next week!

S.D.G.