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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 10:00 AM

Apologies, but I need to let the creative juices reset a little. The Powerpoint presentation will begin on Wednesday; until then check out the "Other Comic" link above.

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jamie59
21st Mar 2016, 11:03 AM

What's this the unmanned chapter?

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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 11:18 AM

You guessed it, ha ha ha! All clipart and powerpoint slides, no author intervention required!

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ProfEtheric
21st Mar 2016, 11:45 AM

Gah! Fucking drones!

Last time we saw those things, there was some structural damage...

Do what's best for you and the comic, sir! :)

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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 1:14 PM

Was planning on pushing this page Saturday, but had too much fun drawing other people's characters.

As for the drones... stand by for a month and a half of a crazy-ass tangent that you would never see on any other webcomic ever. Except maybe something by Centcomm.

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Call Me Tom
21st Mar 2016, 12:05 PM

Here come the drones again!

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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 1:01 PM

These are USAF Reapers Predators (edit: my bad!), not the privately owned and operated Vulturs seen a couple chapters ago.

Considering their price tag, they probably shouldn't be taking off during a thunderstorm.

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Rd Ashes
21st Mar 2016, 1:10 PM

Hrmmm, what the heck made you use green in the sky?
Turned out beautifully.

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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 1:24 PM

The color kinda ties in to my first promo poster for this series from a little under a year ago.

Also

Green is tornado weather.

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anonymous coward
21st Mar 2016, 2:31 PM

I am not much of a military hardware geek, but those look like MQ-9s. As far as I know the range on those means you have to launch and land them within driving distance of the target (on a full tank of gas). So, is this in Afghanistan?

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lirvilas
21st Mar 2016, 3:19 PM

Correction to my last: These are MQ-1 Predators. The upside-down "V" stabilizer configuration is their distinguishing trait.

-Per Wikipedia they've got decent legs (+600 nm). The MQ-9 is even better.

-The military flies drones within the US, just not frequently. Anvil Flats is in West Tennessee, not Southeast Asia.

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anonymous coward
21st Mar 2016, 3:21 PM

Ah. I'd ask if these are training flights, but that would probably be asking things which either don't matter or, instead, get answered later on.

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MadJak91
21st Mar 2016, 5:32 PM

You must really like this road.
Not sure if it is the same one but there is always something different going on :D

At least it is not mushroom clouds :|

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lirvilas
22nd Mar 2016, 12:29 PM

Brah, that's a runway.

And the mushroom clouds, don't be so quick to assume they won't be there come November.

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MadJak91
23rd Mar 2016, 6:02 PM

LMAO
Brain short-circuit! Yeah...
But I am sure Eric will pilot a plane on a road one day.

I see. IF you drop a nuke then I will make sure to "beat you up" because of it because what the hell will that accomplish!? >:(

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Stever
22nd Mar 2016, 1:02 AM

Great job with the lightning. It's really effective.

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lirvilas
22nd Mar 2016, 2:42 PM

Thanks. I'm still working on perfecting my renders of arcing electricity, since nothing quite says "broken technological toy" like voltage discharges...

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NeilKapit
22nd Mar 2016, 10:37 AM

Great rendering of America's most beloved troops. They certainly see a lot more money before, during, and after the wars than the flesh-and-blood kind.

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lirvilas
22nd Mar 2016, 12:05 PM

Well... life cycle wise, UAVs do cost at least an order of magnitude more than a 20 year enlistee.

However, when they eat lead in the desert the chaplain doesn't have to knock on the door of General Atomics and deliver a folded American flag.

And when compared against the utter clusterfuck debacle that is the F-35 program... well, I think it's pretty clear I am fascinated by the robots.

I won't pretend that there aren't some seriously f-d up things in the military world (see: Department of Veteran Affairs), and obviously this work has some pretty anti-authoritarian themes, but it would be misinformation to cast US military members as routinely neglected, underpaid, and dissatisfied with their lot in life.

Cue Lt Col. Janet Brigham...

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