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Arc 9 - N-STAC - Page 9
March 16, 2012

Vote to view the next page early! I'm out of town, so the vote incentives are automated and update midnight PST.

Only SIX FIVE THREE TWO ONE ZERO more purchases of The Proposal or the Arc 5 PDF before March 20th get everyone M/W/F updates for all of April! All purchases enter you in a raffle for a piece of original art. Details below. EDIT: Congrats! You guys did it! MWF updates for all of April <3 Just got back into town, please forgive my short message.

Well, comments on the last page basically mirrored my own thoughts as to the ethical or moral concerns of Peter's actions. Since the internet is supersuck here, I haven't been able to reply. It's a marathon of page refreshing just to check my email. But someone brought up the example of Edward Jenner, a physician credited with creating the first smallpox vaccine.

For those who do not know the history of Dr. Jenner, he observed that milkmaids who got cowpox on their hands did not die of small pox. So, to test his theory that the mild strain of pox (cowpox) would protect from the lethal strain (smallpox), he gave a small boy cowpox. Then he deliberately gave the child smallpox.

Now, I get it that there were no vaccines at that time (the WORD vaccine comes from Jenner's experiments; vacca=cow]), and variolation was the only alternative, but what I cannot get over was this guy GAVE A CHILD SMALLPOX. He not only infected the child with smallpox once, but multiple times thereafter to demonstrate immunologic memory. Today in the study of immunology we know how so many things can go wrong, like, for instance, if Jenner hadn't waited 10-14 days after giving the boy cowpox, the child would not have been protected.

Anyway, I remember during one interview for MD/PhD programs, I was asked to talk about my physician-scientist heroes. I don't have heroes in any field of science, so I struggled with that question. When the interviewer told me about how his hero was Jenner, I stupidly stated my opinion about how I thought Jenner was an arrogant jacktard, and if I were that boy's mother (she didn't know what Dr. Jenner was doing because he never told her), I would have murdered that SOB.

Didn't get into THAT program...*cough*

But I digress. This page has a detail in it that's pretty damn important but that I haven't stated directly. Why is "WOLFE" on the Pollenbiotech card?!

And I admit the "do push ups forever" schtick comes from personal experience. Gotta love the martial arts!

The Proposal

There is a new BONUS COMIC STORY available for $5 purchase. It is 13 pages long, illustrated. If you go back a few updates, you can see a preview of it with more details on specifics.

Up front, I want to say that anything in these bonus comics is exactly that--a bonus! An illustrated extra! Not necessary to continue reading the story. What these stories ARE is a fleshed out, close up of events that have been mentioned in passing and will never really be part of the main story. The Arc 5 extension explains a lot more of why Scot tracked down Colbey, and what was going on in the background of Driftwood. The Proposal is the story of how Peter proposed to Colbey. And it's nothing nearly as gushy as it sounds (it's rather tragic actually...). Each of them is illustrated! They're regular size comic pages with 1-4 illustrations per page, with a bit more narration.

Selling these little background stories allows me--a student--to continue to put the effort into making sure this comic updates to schedule...or even more than that. And I want everyone here to be aware of how much it MEANS to me that you guys are willing to support this story. This story is almost half way over now, and we're just getting to the good part! I'm so happy it's enjoyable enough that readers are willing to support me.

And in the case of The Proposal, all of this support is going straight into my SPRING BREAK FUND. Because I'm going to the beach, dammit, and I'm gonna have fun and not do work, but it's so faaaar away and I'm driving and I have to eat and help out with other costs.

Since this is getting rather long-winded, just once again let me say a big THANK YOU to everyone so far. When I first drafted this story I was kinda worried it wouldn't be received well, but the feedback I've gotten has been overwhelmingly positive. All purchases enter you in a raffle for another drawing too!

Click the image below to purchase! You will be forwarded to the PDF after purchase by clicking "return to donation coordinator" after check out.