Same source

You guys are so quiet lately! I feel like it’s more lively on Patreon those last few days. I hope you still enjoy the comic, though, I’m working hard here and we’re approaching some big events. Those with Private rank can already see the next two pages and oh oh… Some things are going to change ๏◡๏

And I hope you’ve been reading First Steps too! I have 3 next vote incentives scheduled for 3 next Wednesdays so keep checking them out! They are already available on Patreon too, so go there if you are pledging. I’ll need to sketch more after I’m back from the business trip to US – the date has changed and I’m flying there on 21st, coming back the week after. I might get pretty quiet in those days (or maybe more talkative, if I get lonely without my tablet).

One final announcement – I started working on a Halloween illustration / Stefen as Homura.

I like The Three-Body problem so far, it’s interesting! I’ll probably gobble it up on the plane, the flight from Tokyo to New York takes almost 13 hours and will take me 5 minutes back in time! ๏◡๏ Isn’t that exciting.

Ah, and feel free to dig up the Key and read about it from Wikipedia or wherever – our world’s Wikipedia is the same as Replay’s! So those who were curious enough to read about the book will most likely know what Filip is thinking/saying. If you don’t feel like reading please don’t worry, I plan to answer all the questions so searching for info about all the magic artifacts in this story is not obligatory. But just like Stefen’s amulet was based on a real object, Ada’s source of inspiration is very real and exists in the modern world. If it’s a fraud, old work of fiction or a real deal – that I cannot say haha~ You’ll need to try out the rituals yourself. ¯\_◉‿◉_/¯

39 comments on “Same source”

  1. NiWo21k Corporal Reply

    Maybe most wait where this is going before saying something – or a lot of things happen at the moment in real life, but it has definitive nothing to do with your work, because ist still as good as always 😉 Sometimes there is not so much to talk about, i wouldnt think to much about it, there will be pages with over 100 comments coming soon (at least when our two heroes are on their way ^^).

    And about your trip: It will be a hard time, i can imagine, but we will all survive, we not hearing from you and you not to be able to “torture” your characters XD – Joke aside, use the time wiesely for something you might normaly not do and take a small break from us 😉

    And stop encouraging people to try out magic, you know what happen in the “Evil Dead” stories, not everyone is so cool and is able to wield a chainsaw on their arm ^^

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      Haha yeah, I kind of got used to you guys being quiet from time to time but I still can’t figure out when those moments would happen. I could have made that scene shorter, now that I think about it… But on the other hand, it’s pretty confusing as it is – since it’s not perfectly clear who knows what.

      And please do try magic out, and let me know what worked afterward haha~!

  2. JW Reply

    our world’s Wikipedia is the same as Replay’s

    Ooh, does that mean I can send them secret messages by editing wikipedia 😛

  3. What the Deus? Reply

    “Name’s Filip. And you aren’t the only one who reads wikipedia out of boredom, you know.”

    Hey there mr. “Deus ex machina” how you doing?

    Still won’t waver my interest in this comic :3

    • JW Reply

      I’m not sure what’s supposed to be “deus ex machina” about any of this. There’s not any miraculous turnaround of the situation.

      • NotImportant NotImportant

        Me neither. As much as Filip would like to be useful he didn’t do much till now! With or without him they’d have gone to fetch that book anyway. And whether Filip’s ideas will turn everyone into mages or not… we’ll have to wait and see~

      • What the Deus?

        It’s just that there’s so much exposition that the character says.

        Get the book and not the pentacles, kids can only use it, which volume they need, etc. etc.

        Maybe I should’ve said Mr. “Exposition”… XD

    • xthorgoldx Corporal Reply

      …a “deus ex machina” is when a contrived and otherwise unexplainable (aka, literal divine intervention) steps in to solve the plot’s problems. Filip’s being knowledgeable of magic doesn’t exactly solve any issues the group has, or any at all for that reason. If you really wanted to be critical, you might call it a contrived coincidence that so many survivors have relevant magical knowledge, but that’s being really nitpicky.

      • NotImportant NotImportant

        People with magical knowledge are just harder to kill! Stefen knows a thing about that~

  4. Doom Reply

    I saw that question-dodging, Filip! And being right is no excuse for being mean to our lovely fox!

  5. Refugnic Reply

    Hey there, NI.

    Don’t worry, I’m sure that the others are still enjoying the comic just as much as in the past.
    The highest comment yield happens, when people are throwing theories at each other, discussing ideas or disproving them with acquired knowledge.

    Right now, we aren’t in a ‘time for theories’ phase, but much rather in a ‘time for (some) answers’ phase.
    It’s the same kind of phenomenon as when the ‘next big thing’ is about to be revealed.

    With the suspense of ‘what’s going on’, people don’t talk.
    They listen. 😉

    Don’t worry, it’ll be just like old days again soon, I’m sure.
    Cause once you’ve thrown us a few tidbits of background information, we’ll be throwing theories about what else could be at each again in no time.
    You’ll see. 🙂

    I hope your trip will be nice and uneventful.
    Please come back to us unharmed and in good spirits. 🙂

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      I sure hope so! Would be kind of pointless to struggle and draw every single day after work if you guys don’t enjoy the story anymore. So, just so you know, if the comic turns dull and uninteresting please have mercy and let me know and I’ll just… draw something else I guess? xD
      Hopefully you’ll be all exploding with theories after the next few pages. Patreon supporters already saw what’s going to happen and that’s just a spark that’ll start a fire hehe~ I personally don’t like stories in which relationships between the characters are artificially static. Replay’s not going to be like that.

  6. Micah Camp dweller Reply

    So you’re saying there’s a chance that when the world is ending, all the hours I spent on Wiki might just save us all? I’m going to use that as my excuse from now on.

    And as for being quiet, sorry about that. Whenever I see dozens of comments I feel like either I’ll be drowned out, or what I want to say has been said. I’m (and I’m sure all the other voices) still here and I do appreciate all the effort you put into this! 🙂

    And have a good trip to the States!

    • Refugnic Reply

      Quite personally, I feel quite the same and I know how tiring it can feel to go through all that has been said before to avoid double posting, but even if something similar had been said before, who’s to say you won’t be able to add something new to the discussion?

      Why, the commentary of someone else might kick off a new idea nobody else had thought of up to that point.

      And even if you don’t go through the flood of comments and ‘accidentally’ double post, I think we are a civilized enough community to forgive you for that. 😉
      Maybe give you a heads up.

      Or just maybe you bringing up what had been said before triggers a new line of thought.
      After all, we are not machines. Even if given the same input multiple times, the output might change. 🙂

      • JW

        After all, we are not machines. Even if given the same input multiple times, the output might change.

        That could just mean we’re stateful machines.

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      Thanks! I hope it’ll be, just like Ref said, uneventful haha. I don’t need any surprises there…
      And please, don’t be sorry! It’s not like commenting is obligatory. But it’s fun to talk with you guys or even hear that you wait for the next page. Thanks for being there and reading Replay (‘∀’●)♡

  7. bitflipper Camp dweller Reply

    Okay, I’m here; you now have a blight on your day.

    No, oops! Waitaminnit…

    “Brighten”! “Brighten”! I’m supposed to brighten your day!

    Okay, how about this, then: every time I visit Replay, it brightens my day; I hope that’s a little bit contagious. Thank you, NI, for sharing this going with your with such beautiful art!

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      It’s contagious only if I know about it! ;D And thank you, glad you like the page!

  8. Rateus Camp dweller Reply

    Do the two shiny tiny light points in panel 1 and little pink flowers in panel 2 indicate feelings/emotions and if so what?

    I get that the red symbol in the final panel indicates Ada is piqued and that someone is likely to get verbally and/or physically bashed shortly.

  9. Regis Earsquake Reply

    There wasn’t that much happening the last weeks. They mainly prepared for leaving for some time now. It’s not that we don’t enjoy it, but it looks as if shit is going down at some point in the near future, so there is more a general anticipation than the need to talk what’s happening next.

  10. Quite Possibly A Cat Reply

    The comic is wonderful! Its great! The art is really good! The story is good!

  11. Sabreur Reply

    Still here, still loving it! Especially the faces in this particular panel. 😉

    Some people have already mentioned this, but the main reason we weren’t commenting earlier is because the most recent page didn’t have much to comment on. That’s not a bad thing! Those pages advanced the story, and it’s bad pacing if *every* page has a life-or-death demon fight or something. It’s good contrast to see our characters when it isn’t the middle of a crisis.

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      Thanks! Always great to hear that you enjoy! And to be honest… it does get pretty repetitive to draw fight after a fight, I guess I’m just not cut for shounen manga haha~

  12. NJR Reply

    Yeah, I feel like, to get a solid idea on what to think about this scene, I had to wait for it to play out more. Needed to see it in it’s entirety. You’re still doing an awesome job! Don’t stop! Also, have fun in the US!

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      It’s almost done haha, and thank you! I’ll try to have fun during my brief visit!

  13. Tzaphqiel Reply

    Yeah, definitely sounds like a graduate student. I remember reading way too much Wikipedia as a grad student when I should have been reading psych papers or working on either experiment or analysis programs.

  14. thebombzen Reply

    I just want to say that I love how Flip randomly knows so much because he reads Wikipedia. I find that very amusing and relatable.

    • NotImportant NotImportant Reply

      Wikipedia and r/wtf are the best sources of general knowledge about weird illnesses and magic artifacts. It is known.

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