Chapter 5, Page 11

If you were wondering what buddies made the string for Threvi’s leash

For Patrons, a new creature entry is up for these dangly dudes, as well as the previous creature entry for the angry big ones. Over the weekend I also made a shoptalk post about another current project of mine which is in production… This is first in a loose series I’m doing to reflect upon and record all of the new ̶m̶i̶s̶t̶a̶k̶e̶s̶ skills I’ll be learning in the next few months.

These pages are going a bit more slowly than I’d like thanks to all the stupid little deets, but will try to have the next page for tomorrow? we’ll see!

Hugo Noms are opening soon to previously-registered Worldcon Members, and if you’d consider nominating the eligible chapter from 2017, I would be extremely grateful.

I’ll be keeping this image up as long as this diaphanous dream drifts within me (ie until noms open/ close)


  • Cheri

    aaaa fuk this

  • Jadeity

    Is the cavalry here? What just slammed into what? Good luck, Bex and Fungus Hobo! :C

    • RedDwarfIV

      Mike redirected the big bug into the tentacle mouth thing Bex was fighting with his punch. Its not on their side.

      • RedDwarfIV

        No wait the legs are all wrong for that. Please ignore previous post.

  • CharlesW81

    Terran super strength!

    Yeah, hoping thats Kalla who just smashed in there like a boss.

  • CharlieBoi

    Oh, just some Spider-pedes. That’s fine.

    • weirderthanweird

      Spider-feet? Now I’m imagining something that has spiders for feet.

    • Pylgrim

      Tch, they’re clearly Locust-lobites.

  • spottedspeck

    IIII don’t like those buddies…

    One thing’s for sure — Kalla sure does know how to make an entrance!

  • Indedipal

    POW! Right in the ksssss-er!

    (And I think I spy a dainty wollarian elbow…)

  • David

    Bex’s expression in that last panel… priceless!

    I hope that Kalla has come to save them. I don’t think the processor would attempt to kill a Martian. There’s probably some programming similar to Asimov’s Three Laws.

    • Vert

      I thought the processor had killed Kalla countless times already. Aren’t those her bones scattered everywhere?

      • Arthur Frayn

        How would that exclude Kalla from coming again? This time she gets to fight as part of a team!

        Probably die again, but hey.

  • Lilian

    Kalla? Is that you?

  • Ellie

    OH thank heaven when I saw that first panel I thought everyone was on the same plane and the scorpion things were GIGANTIC

    • BigDogLittleCat

      Me too. I almost had to re-start my heart!

  • Lar


  • Whachamacallit


    *Crowd goes wild*

  • Some_Douchebag

    I imagine Wollaria are good at tackling. Dat bony(?) crest probably makes a good battering ram.

  • Shunka_Warakin

    And for your entertainment tonight, the 7th Martian Eurypterid Paratrooper Battalion will perform ‘Death From Above.’

  • ObservantWolf

    Ha, nice hit, Mike! Nice tackle, (supposedly) Kalla! Looks like Bex accounted for on of the bigger guys too!

  • Ainsley Seago

    I LOVE THEM, I love these amblypigid x trilobite friends <3

    • shingworks

      Land crabs, in all honesty

  • No matter how much he works out, I wonder how much muscle power Michael lost compared to when on earth. Nonetheless that gotta pack a big punch~

  • AGV

    How rude! Going stright for the kisses when they don’t know eachother! Those spider-kabutops-trilobite friends are true creeps

    And (possibly?) Kalla comes to the rescue! This team definetly needed a tank, and with LEVi the have a tactician as well!

  • Paula

    Haha, I just love how Mike goes for the good ‘ol fashioned punch to the face. Nothing beats simple.

    • shingworks

      haha, yeah… someone wondered in the last page what weapon he would pick up, they gave him a bit too much credit there.

    • Lilian

      Why wouldn’t he? I mean, have you seen his arms?

  • Tim F

    Aaaaaa CENTIPEDES. Why does it have to be CENTIPEDES. I sincerely believe that anyone who is not phobic of those things needs to explain themselves. Eggghh.

  • Echidna Orchids

    Looks like Levi has had a growth spurt.

    • Echidna Orchids

      And Kalla came with naturally

  • Artie O'Dactyl

    Given the similarity of these bugs to certain trilobites and sea scorpions, perhaps the last Martian garbage dump sent to earth was at the time of the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, 550 million years ago? And there were a bunch of little mites and worms in that cargo of garbage that thrived and colonized Earth …

  • awhorl

    Yeah, I know the larger pattern of the floor, but it sure looks like X marks the spot for all incoming attackers.

  • Rhapsha

    Gotta give Mike some credit, it’s pretty impressive that his reaction response to giant hostile trilobite is to punch it right in the mandibles.

    • Shweta

      For reals! I’m impressed.

      And his face in panel 2 is like… The most relatable he’s been so far, for me! Least as an adult

  • Underdawg

    Maybe their disruptions to the program are causing it to ‘glitch’.

  • Sheridan

    OK well consider me sufficiently creeped out.

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