29 Responses to Chapter 2 | Page 41

  1. Uhl says:

    Not only have they used a shrink ray on the driller, they’ve got several main characters riding along on the outside, or at least sticking their heads out the window while deep underground. That can’t be safe or healthy.

  2. Aslandus says:

    I guess those windows will get some use after all…

  3. wintermute says:

    Watch that first step, it’s a doozy…

    • mvandinter says:

      Unearth is my Groundhog Day. I wish.

      • wintermute says:

        Hah! That wasn’t intended as a reference, but it works.

        That phrase is generally said when someone is about to take a step into open space. Like walking off a cliff, or one of those strange doors that open in an outside wall of the 3rd story of a building for mysterious reasons. Or a staircase missing a stair.

  4. Thorin Schmidt says:

    And, even worse, the Flywheel is gone!!!!!

  5. Hornet says:

    So Britain is siting on top of a giant extinct volcanoes caldera (or whatever you call a caldera where the roof hasn’t yet collapsed)?

    • mvandinter says:

      The scene is a figurative representation of the hypothetical content of their conversation… And I didn’t want to draw a bunch of panels of two guys in room just talking.

      • Hornet says:

        Oh the drawing says that, the text says that the earth is providing much less resistance than it should. If it’s purely a matter of Roddy’s alterations to the boilers well they should be exploding any second now. But that in itself wouldn’t account for the increased speed, so did he also alter the drivetrain gearing to make use of the boilers increased output???

        • wintermute says:

          Oh the drivetrain and gearing was already more than beefy enough to handle the higher output. The limitation was surely how much power they could even get out of a steam engine. An engineering problem which Roddy has kindly solved for them! What a nice guy! And a genius too!

  6. N8 N. says:

    I think this little segment would work better if the characters didn’t look just as realistic as before.

    • mvandinter says:

      Using super-cartoony versions of characters to break out of the reality of a scene is an anime staple. I considered it. I also considered using thought bubbles for the same purpose. Not doing either was a conscious decision, and I’m afraid you’re going to see it used again in the future. Sorry.

      • N8 N. says:

        Okay, then. Just my two-cents. No need to be sorry, it’s still a great comic.

      • Thorin Schmidt says:

        Well, I’m still going to call it Chibi-Driller. Well, maybe Driller-SD…. hmmmm. were you going for “cute” or Super Deformed when you drew this segment? I can’t decide… >_<

        • Thorin Schmidt says:

          Okay, after much thought, I have chosen the name “Chibi-Driller” for that super-cute rendition. Hopefully we’ll see it again (so long as Roddy doesn’t get hold of it and chuck it in the furnace like another beloved Named Object whose name I specifically WON’T MENTION)

  7. Apvogt says:

    “I see the problem, you have it set to ‘M’ for ‘Mini’. It needs to be set to ‘W’ for ‘Wumbo’.” -paraphrased

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