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Thank you for checking out Cosmic Dash, Volume 4, Episode 3 – Page 27. We continue a little after the previous page as Dorian and Kracker weigh out some options regarding a lasting injury from Kracker’s youth. It seems artificial bone could be helpful here.
Here is some other stuff that has been going on. First, in case you missed the previous update, you can catch it at Silver Spiral Stories.
The rest of the news will be in bullet points.
- Due to financial and work issues, I had to go on hiatus for a month or so. I am back to updating, which includes RGBots. Check out the new comics if you dare.
- I have been writing a series of articles for CharacterHub. You can check them all out on the blog.
- Supernatural Selection and The Distraction Hole have been going strong. We are just about caught up on YouTube, so within the next week, you could follow the show on YouTube and be completely current. Here is the latest episode of each:
- Speaking of the podcast, we launched a zine project all about cryptids! I am editing it, and submissions for art and writing are open until the end of June. Please check out the zine landing page for more info. You can also follow the show on Tumblr, where I post zine updates, including artwork I have done.
Lore: Artificial Bone
Medical technology in the Silver Spiral Galaxy is impressive and far beyond our contemporary medicines, but it still has limitations. You can’t regrow a limb, but prosthetics are pretty advanced. Artificial limbs can be pretty effective and close to the original through stem cell tissue replication and nerve therapy. Dorian is proposing a time-consuming, involved process that can be pretty successful. As far as artificial bone, I don’t see it as being any more advanced than we may have in the next twenty years.
I feel like I should elaborate on some of my thought processes tackling disability theory in the setting through Kracker, but that seems more appropriate for a blog post. Ideally, the next part of “Soar” should provide further background on his circumstances. While Kracker hasn’t appeared disabled to a significant degree, based on what we have seen him among his people, his inability to fly under his power has marked him as other.
Cosmic Dash Volume 4 Episode 3 – Page 27 Transcript
The following is a transcript for Cosmic Dash Volume 4, Episode 3 – Page 27.
Caption: A Little Later
Dorian: Alright, hop out. So, one wing can be restored by some corrective surgery. The other is trickier.
Kracker exits the scanner as Dorian continues to observe the data readout.
Dorian: Your bone is so damaged and overgrown that we’d need to replace it with artificial bone. That will require a lot more work.
Dorian continues to ponder options as Kracker looks on.
Dorian: Between the three of us, we can create the tools to perform the surgery.
Kracker: Three of us?
Dorian: Well, Dash would need to manufacture the composite bone in his lab.
Kracker’s eyes well up with tears as he looks nervous about the possibility.
Dorian (off-screen): I need to tell you that this can work, but it will take time and a lot of muscle stimulation with some bracers…
Kracker: But I could fly again? With my own wings?
Dorian gives a reassuring smile.
Dorian: Yeah. I’m sure of it.