Latest blog post: An unforseen hiatus. (2023-01-02)

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I based looks of the General on actor that played similar role in one of my favorite old TV shows. I hope he's recognizable.

So the first chapter of the comic ends, and with that, it goes onto another hiatus, but this time it's a planned one: In these one and a half months I somehow managed to finish my yearly predicted quota in pages (11 out of projected 12), so I simply ran out of script. I need time to write ahead for chapter 2, and those that will follow (while we're at it). This shouldn't take longer than a month or so. Thanks for sticking around!

Meanwhile, you can ask your answers either in the comments below or there over the social media I listed on the right. I will try to respond to them in a non-spoilery way.



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Greg C (Silence Echoes) (transfer from Disqus)

Ah good old Hammond. This means we may have a more reasonable voice on the government side.

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Greg Sparks (transfer from Disqus)

I think you were going for Don S Davis, who played Major General George Hammond.
Panel 4 nails it, panel 5 not so much, but you were going for more expression there.
Is there a scheduled update?

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Darth_Biomech

Woah, bingo! Also, thank you!
There's no scheduled update yet, my life's still kind of a wreck after my mothers death. I hope to force myself to pick stylus and put something forth before the end of the year, but no promises yet.

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wolf ryet

This is great. Waiting for more and to see how it evolves.

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Super_Weegee (transfer from Disqus)
It didn't respond to our hails, so we were forced to open fire on it.

I believe that it's supposed to be calls there.

Loving this story so far! Keep up the good work!

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Paul Blay (transfer from Disqus)

Nope. 'Hailing' a vehicle is a thing. c.f. "Hail a cab", "Hail a ship" etc.

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Super_Weegee (transfer from Disqus)

Ah, I did a bit of research and you seem to be right. It looked a bit odd to me when I read it.

Thanks for correcting me.

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Siren (transfer from Disqus)

I'm curious whether this story is a "first contact thrusts humanity into interstellar space travel" comic, or "alien spends a lot of time on earth learning about human culture" comic.

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Darth_Biomech

It's both. the first volume would be about alien stranded on earth and the consequences of the whole ordeal, in the second volume the scope will become greater and move on to interaction between civilizations.

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Murphy (transfer from Disqus)

I'm glad you're still going forward.
(Panel 5 should probably have "major" not "mayor".)






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TRIVIA
These trivia bits are generated randomly.
Raharrs are warm-blooded creatures and are accustomed to temperature range a bit warmer than Earth's.
"Dawn" class mothership and "Lake" class tankers are the only spacecraft in the Exploration fleet that can create artificial gravity while not under acceleration.
If a space ship accelerates at the same rate as it would in a free-fall under Earth's gravity (Otherwise known as "1G acceleration"), it can reach Jupiter from Earth in just under 6 days. It would need to flip in the middle of the travel, to start decelerating and enter the planet's orbit.
Insectoids in a lot of ways are the weird ones among the Alliance members. Besides having a completely unpronounceable name of the species, they have dextero amino acid biochemistry, which makes their food and biosphere to be inedible by the rest of the Alliance, and vice versa.
The names of every species of the Alliance (besides Insectoids) are words taken directly from their respective native languages that they use to refer to themselves. They all have same translation:
"a human".
Azinarsi relationship to death is different from the rest of the civilizations of the Alliance: they do not care about it. Death would mean loss of information and experience gathered by that instance of a person's mind, though, and these two things are about the only valuables for an Uploaded mind, so Azinarsi try to avoid it when possible.
A lot of backgrounds and other elements in the comic are actually 3d models. It helps reduce the time each page takes to make.
Raharrs descended from the evolutionary branch that can be described as "apelike cats" by their evolutionary niche. Although initially carnivorous and solitary, they were forced to become omnivorous and form persistent packs during the latest of the rare ice ages of their homeworld, approximately 30 million years ago.
It takes more than a year to cross the Alliance space even with the fastest FTL drive.
Prior to becoming a webcomic, Leaving The Cradle was initially developed as a modification for Source engine, back in 2007. It was vastly different back then, much closer to the usual space opera look and feel, and the plot had nothing in common with the webcomic version, sharing only exactly two characters and nothing else.
Many homeworlds of the respective species are still divided into countries, but freshly established colonies on other planets are almost always monolithic and basically independent, since they sprawled from a single initial outpost, and time lag involved due to interstellar distances making remote management of the colony from a homeworld to be ineffective and frustrating at best.
There's no way to communicate faster than light. If you want to send your message to another solar system, your best bet is to use a courier spaceship. It can take even a month for it to finally reach the destination, but it still beats sending it as a transmission and expecting it to arrive decades or thousands of years later.
So far there hasn't been a single instance of a massive interstellar war. Due to the vastness of space, there's no territorial or economic gain from it. The presence of armed spaceships is still warranted for keeping space travel safe and for peacekeeping or policing missions since unexpected events or rogue states can still happen and might require force as a solution.
The Alliance space stretches for an impressive 16 thousand light years along the longest axis, and contains approximately twelve billion star systems. Despite that, 99.99% of those star systems weren't explored even by an automatic mapping drone yet, and the borders of the Alliance space are defined mostly by the reach of spaceships from the nearest colony or space station.