Father's Day pg 43

1st Oct 2019, 3:20 PM in Chapter 7: Father's Day
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Father's Day pg 43

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Gabrielli 1st Oct 2019, 3:57 PM
Sweet page. (Now hopefully she won't catch her wrist joint on his spinal cable and end up in some sort of Shakespearean comedy of errors. It just wouldn't match the mood.)
Mark n 1st Oct 2019, 10:13 PM
I love the way you end a chapter with a meaningful image and thought provoking prose.
Haegan2005 2nd Oct 2019, 3:12 AM
Haegan2005
This.

Just This.
mikeweasel 2nd Oct 2019, 12:06 PM
mikeweasel
Great DNA quote! Perfect!
Herbert_W 3rd Jun 2021, 9:23 PM
Is there anywhere where the now-missing last three chapters can be found, please?

This is a webcomic that I like to re-read every once in a while, and it was a bit of a surprise to see the ending move forward. I appreciate that the decision of where to end a webcomic is a difficult one, and that this does make a nice emotional moment - but those last three chapters and final "thank you" page made for a much nicer wrapup IMO.

The wayback machine didn't catch them and I'm currently kicking myself for not archiving them myself. Are they available anywhere - or if you'd rather not have them online, is there a way that you could send me a copy please?
Serious Engineering Team! 3rd Jun 2021, 11:20 PM
Serious Engineering Team!
Hi there Herbert,
We're actually coming back to Serious Engineering, and wanted to have Father's Day as the last chapter of this volume. We're going in a different direction, taking away the 'Rex goes evil" plot turn and keeping him as a central character, removing the abrasiveness between him and the others. He was a good person and a very good balance needed by the group, so making him a banished antagonist was a move we regretted. Corelle is brought back to the forefront and the documentary direction is also being written out. It'll be going much more in the original direction planned in the beginning.
Herbert_W 4th Jun 2021, 12:56 AM
That's great news. Thanks for the quick reply. Rex becoming antagonistic was a bit of a curveball in the original version of the story given how Rex and the rest of the group seemed to be genuinely good friends until that point, despite their philosophical differences. I can see good reasons why you'd want to go in another direction.

I'm looking forward to seeing the new and improved Serious Engineering, but I also think that the original stands on its own and could make a very nice non-cannon "what if" scenario - especially considering that all of the work of writing and drawing it has already been done.

I like the way that the original version of the story sharply raised the issue of what it means to be a good person. Original-version Rex was a good person by his personal definition of the term, i.e. someone who doesn't do bad things - but Corelle saw him as a judgemental do-nothing. I also like the way that the original version clearly showed Corelle's growing confidence in her convictions through the fact that she could unhesitatingly disagree so profoundly with someone that she once saw as a hero.

There are other ways that these could have been achieved. (There are also other, completely different, directions where the story could have gone.) I’m imagining a scenario where Rex’s disagreements with the rest of the group are still there but expressed more peacefully, with the outburst in the bathroom staying but being something that Rex regrets - but hey, it’s your story. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do.

Though I would encourage you to put the already-made "first draft" in an archive somewhere and let it stand as its own thing too.
Fail4Fun 6th Jun 2021, 2:12 PM
Fail4Fun
Alright, now that my mini panic-attack has been appeased by the most recent comments, I am super stoked !
Serious Engineering is one of my favorite webcomics and the recent news about it coming to a stop was, well, pretty damn saddening, but understandable. I've been looking up a lot of your stuff on DA, RomanJones, where you talked about passion projects in general, drew moments that were gonna appear later in the comic, or simply gave your advice on what makes a good cover. I know a lot of those are older and your opinions likely might have changed, but I still enjoy going through your gallery and I was now rereading this comic for the third time. Considering where the story was heading, I understood why it had to be discontinued, but it saddened me to see all that work you've put not reach the final real conclusion. As a reader, I can see when an artist and author doesn't give a shit about their work, when things are half-assed and it has nothing to do with a stylistic choice. However, the same can be said for a creator that is passionate about a project and has something to say : it is very easy to see. I'm by no means saying it's easy work, but you care for the characters, presentation, and considering this update, you care for this story a whole lot.

Alright, mushy rant aside (sorry about that), what a heartwarming and open way to end this first volume ! I'm really excited to see where it goes from here !
Mark N 6th Jun 2021, 7:52 PM
Only question left is has the end that you originally had forseen still the endpath of Quen or is his fate opened back up again?
Serious Engineering Team! 13th Jun 2021, 2:58 PM
Serious Engineering Team!
It's back open!