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ACES: Artifact Collection & Extraction Squad
Chapter 1: Wild Reputation
Chapter 1 Page 15

ACES: Artifact Collection & Extraction Squad

Starting from Comic #16: Chapter 1 Page 15
Chapter 1 Page 15
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After another lengthy delay, we're finally back, and with a brand spanking new artist at the helm! I'm super excited to be continuing this comic with an artist like Uma, and hopefully, this will also mean you'll be seeing a lot more of it, from here on out!

So, there's quite a bit of stuff to go over, with this page! Specifically, the flashback was originally going to be Alfred at a firing range as part of his training for his new (and soon, old) job, but after reading through the script Uma suggested we tweak it a bit, to where it's an earlier assignment. One thing has remained the same: the fact that if you're not careful, a high-caliber bullet can ricochet right back at you, and before you ask, yes, this *does* happen in real life!


I'm with Al here; I hope this proposition of his is actually worth jeopardizing his high-stakes (and probably high-paying) job... Oh, who are we kidding here? You've already seen the first couple pages. XD

Art (C) :devumayorokobi:
The Rest (C): Someone who's happy to finally get this going again after 3 months of this being on ice... Hopefully, we've got blowtorches, now! >>
Current Jam: Shy Gun - Oda
Chapter 1 Page 16
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We're also on Tapas and Webtoon!
https://tapas.io/series/ACESLV

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See? Told you we'd be updating weekly again! :D

Yeeeaaah, I'm pretty sure SWAT isn't gonna take kindly to the fact you didn't take the shot when you got the green light, Al. Oh well, you know what they say: One door closes, another opens because your dad stuck his foot in the way before that one closed, as well. >>

Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who's trying to finish refining the remaining script for Chapter 1, but is distracted with L4D2, and playing Ladder Match in Respect V.
Current Jam: Shock Me - Mike Hammer
Chapter 1 Page 17
Official ACES & Moonlit Brew Discord:
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We're also on Tapas and Webtoon!
https://tapas.io/series/ACESLV

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/aces-artifact-collection-extraction-squad/list?title_no=329939


Uploading this one a tad bit early, mainly because this page was super easy to finish! Missing Frankie and Val, already? You'll be seeing them, next week!
I wonder what Alfred's dad is talking about? Obviously, he's talking about a totally normal, routine health inspection at 10GOKU. I'm pretty sure whoever's running the joint is up to code with making sure their liquor's clean... though, they'll have to explain why the bar's looking like a stack of toothpicks. >>

Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who's running on fumes, and hasn't eaten much today... And no, I'm not gonna make any puns on Alfred's expense; that's gonna come later.
Current Jam: Dark In The Night - Maio & Co.
Chapter 1 Page 18
Official ACES & Moonlit Brew Discord:
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We're also on Tapas and Webtoon!
https://tapas.io/series/ACESLV

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/aces-artifact-collection-extraction-squad/list?title_no=329939


Eyy, we finally get to see Val and Frankie's disguises for the first time*, and in color!

Part of the attraction of having this comic take place in Las Vegas is the fact that a lot of things work differently compared to any other "destination city"; being "in-costume" is the norm on the strip because there's a lot of shows in various resorts, and also because there are a bunch of people on the street dressed up as old-school showgirls/superheroes/etc. who charge money to tourists for a quick photo-op, kinda like how it is on the streets of Hollywood. It also allows me to give the characters that Lilo & Stitch angle where they're having to deal with the occasional annoying tourists because of where they live. That being said, neither Val, nor Frankie and Alfred, can "take off" those costumes, so if they were without jobs, they could theoretically make a few quick bucks because most of those tourists are none the wiser and think they're wearing authentic, expensive AF makeup/outfits. *Maybe* they can get away with doing it at Disneyland, but if that one Santa at Disney World is any indication, they'd probably get sent cease and desist orders and have to tell patrons that they're not from real Disney films.

I seriously can't wait to see your reactions to how this scene plays out; I had this in my head for-ev-er.

*Anyone who's seen these VALentine's Day drawings from last year will already be familiar with the disguises. ;D


Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who's gonna try to see Onward on Wednesday. Less risky than going this weekend. >>
Current Jam: 1 For The Money, 2 For The Show - Niko
Chapter 1 Page 19
Official ACES & Moonlit Brew Discord:
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We're also on Tapas and Webtoon!
https://tapas.io/series/ACESLV

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/aces-artifact-collection-extraction-squad/list?title_no=329939



It's real ironic that we show that 10GOKU is closing in this page, since a bunch of other places have closed in real life for a much different reason. >>

Gonna guess 10GOKU doesn't have any form of severance package for Val and Frankie, but at least that isn't the only club in town.

Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who wished they could see Onward, but doesn't feel like risking getting sick.
Current Jam: 1 For The Money, 2 For The Show - Niko
Chapter 1 Page 20
Official ACES & Moonlit Brew Discord:
discord.gg/wPCT5hm

We're also on Tapas and Webtoon!
https://tapas.io/series/ACESLV

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/aces-artifact-collection-extraction-squad/list?title_no=329939


I hope everyone's trying to stay positive during all this! At least we have comics like this to get us through, so read this, play vidya, and "Listen to Eurobeat" instead of hitting the beaches. ;I

Welp, Val and Frankie have free time now, so they might as well... >>


Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who's happy I'll at least get to see Onward after all, next month!
Current Jam: Flippin' Out - Jackie O.