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ACT II now running at www.paradigmshiftmanga.com
Ian Morrison (starstriker) says: Attention to detail much, Dirk?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Nice background. Looks like one of the hyper-detailed backgrounds out of 'Perspective for Comic Book Artists'.
Marc K (mechatron) says: Yeah - that's a beatuiful rendition of Chicago. I assume from a photograph, as in your earlier hyper-detailed panels?
Dirk Tiede (dirktiede) says:

Actually, while I did take many reference shots for this one, I had to extrapolate to get that particular angle (since I don't own a helicopter).  Although, Google Earth helped out quite a bit.

 Whole thing took about 30 hours over the past two weeks.  I blew my page lead doing it, but I think it was worth it in the end.  I've been wanting to draw this for ages. 

Anemone Flynn (anemoneflynn) says:

That panorama is terrific.  (I even went to the trouble of finally getting an account to post comments ...)


Liz T. (luneko) says:

Holy freakin' cow.  That cityscape is gorgeous.  And you did it from extrapolation?  Wow.

Love the comic, by the way.  It's one of my favorites.  I've been reading it for a few months, but this is my first time commenting.  The storyline is engaging, the characters and dialogue are great, and the artwork is absolutely amazing.  Thanks for making it and posting it online for us to enjoy!

Larry Cruz (elsanto) says: Wow.  Sweet skyline.
A. Chum (achum) says:

lovely!! ^_^

damn i wish i could draw like that. what kinds of pens do you use?



also, mike is jealous. 

Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says:

Beautiful, Dirk, but then I told you that on DA!

And in reply to Adrienne, hell, yeah, Mike is jealous!

And now I'm thinking that Mike has the right of it, not Kate.  Theirs more to the 'captain's bars' than just an old picture!

Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says: "There's."  Man, I need to learn how to type.
Meg Sloan (coyote_weeps) says:

Yay, you -are- back...for some reason all I kept getting was the wedding picture...I was afraid you weren't going to make it back to writing, and I would've been sad.  This is one of my favorite story comics, all the beautiful details and great story too.  Right up there with Templar, AZ on my fave list.  Keep it up, please!!



Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says:

Mike is right! Something smells worse than the first crime scene.

And you can tell he's worried about Kate!

Love the expressions in the last panel!  Very nicely done!

YAY! First! 

Marc K (mechatron) says: Time travel car! :)
Zedd Overkill (zeddoverkill) says:

Nah, that's hyperspace, Marc. Time travel wormholes are plaid. xD

Have to agree with Mike, bit odd that Kate's throwing in with Fibby so quick. Hmm...

Excellent work as always, DT! And I agree with Kita, expressions in the last panel are great.

Robert Frazer (robertfrazer) says:

"Have to agree with Mike, bit odd that Kate's throwing in with Fibby so quick. Hmm..."

Of course, that's because Kate is the product of a SECRET/BLACK OPS/WETWORK/[INSERT OMINOUS COVERT SCHEME HERE[ GOVERNMENT PROJECT who's been mind-scrubbed and turned loose as a trial for her sustainability in the field. All you need is to nonchalantly drop the correct trigger-words into casual conversation ("Ah, curse it, days of lovely weather and it has to spoil the week with a BLUEBERRIES") and she'll chase her own tail and sniff fire hydrants. One of the gene-splicers coded in instructions for "hump leg" as a joke, but after the doctors reported that he'd never walk again, all records of that particular command were burnt...

Kita Ross (lithium_delusions) says:

*dies laughing at Robert's comment*

Now I just spit coffee on the keyboard.  My roommate's gonna KILL me!! 

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: I'll respond properly when I get done snickering at Robert's comment.
Zedd Overkill (zeddoverkill) says: BLUEBERRIES!!! HA HA!! xD
Sara Smith (devhalena) says: Wow, the very first panel with the cityscape is amazing. I've been really impressed with your technical drawings throughout this entire comic. Great story so far! Incredible work!
Fionn Silverwolf (chunkboi) says:

"Is it like one of those dreams where it's raining and you're naked for the forensics final?"

"I'll tell you about it when we get to tattooine."

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Dirk I. Tiede was born in California, grew up in the Midwest, and cut his teeth as a graphic artist in Chicago, and has been drawing comics for as long as he can remember. ... full profile