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ACES: Artifact Collection & Extraction Squad
Chapter 1: Wild Reputation
Chapter 1 Page 16

ACES: Artifact Collection & Extraction Squad

Starting from Comic #17: Chapter 1 Page 16
Chapter 1 Page 16
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Chapter 1 Page 21
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Sorry for the slight delay; everyone was struck with Animal Crossing fever, myself included; I can't even tell you what happened, two weeks ago.

Here's a little fun fact: Unlike Moonlit Brew, where I unfortunately have been exclusively relying on Google Maps to find reference pics of Seattle, I've actually visited Las Vegas a couple of times since ACES was created, and the top panel's background is based off of a reference picture I took when I was at Caesar's Palace last August! The next couple pages will moreorless have more backgrounds based off of personal ref pics that I will give Uma when we reach them, but this obviously isn't even the "meat" of this scene. I'm super excited that we're inching closer and closer to the big payoff for Chapter 1!

At least you can still eat at a buffet in your version of Las Vegas, Val. >>


Art (C) Uma
The Rest (C): Someone who needs to beat Doom Eternal before FF7 Remake comes out. >>
Current Jam: Burning Like A Flame - Denise