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Silver Spiral Stories: Blood & Oil – Pg 3

Welcome back to Silver Spiral Stories. My semester has wrapped up, so I have some more time to devote to comics for the next month or two, which will be a nice change of pace. This is page 3 of “Blood & Oil.” It features the first canonical depiction of boob-touching in the Cosmic Dash series. Who knew this short king would be such a hero? “Second base” is finally confirmed to be a thing in this universe.

We made it. We’re here.

In case you missed it, Cosmic Dash update #386 landed last week. Sadly, there is no second base, but who knows where the story is heading?

Well, I do.

Don’t expect any depictions of that in that story.

CD #386 - No Second Base, sorry.

We also had a new installment of “The Trench” arrive recently. Expect more over the coming weeks. It’ll likely be novella length based on my current outline, so that should be fun. I had intended it to be quick, but if you have followed my work for a while, you expected that plan to fall by the wayside. I plan on doing some other material, so I am not stuck in “trench mode” for the next several months.

Also, I am no longer on Twitter. I have given up on the Bird App, as it has literally gone to the birds. You can now find me on Mastodon, as well as a dedicated Cosmic Dash account. However, the best way to keep up to date with the news and developments of the comics is to join the Galactic Hub Serreven Discord, as I post all my projects there and more.

Lastly, I hope to start fielding weekly questions about the setting – I challenge you to ask me the most mundane or nitpicky stuff possible. I plan to compile these answers onto an “errata” page, but they’ll also accompany updates. Either hit me up on Discord or post your questions in the comments.

Lore Implications of Second Base

It should be pretty obvious that sex is a thing in this setting. I don’t depict it often, but it’s been hinted at enough, and we’ve seen some pre-and-post coital instances in the series. I don’t think it’s at all weird to think aliens might be into that sort of thing, especially with how low-key and “human” the aliens in this setting tend to be.

Of course, “second base” varies wildly depending on the alien race and their equipment. Boobs seemed like a fun little shorthand here and helped me hit that sort of 1980s horror-movie tone I am aiming for here. Not all species have mammaries – but the Gomben do.

Anyway – good for that little dude. We should be proud of him. He probably made her laugh.

Silver Spiral Stories: Blood & Oil – Pg 3 Transcript

The following is a transcript of Blood & Oil, Pg 3.

Panel One

A Slauve exits the scrapper’s camp accompanied by a Gomben. The Slauve inebriated.

Panel Two

T-Wk holds himself close to the encampment wall as the two scrappers pass. He watches them.

Panel Three

T-Wk watches the two of them wander into the surrounding garbage piles. The Slauve tosses his drink aside; they are flirting.

T-Wk: “Organics. Pitiful.”

Slauve: “Naw, baby, I know a clean place.”

Panel Four

Caption: “LATER”

Panel Five

A wrecked van is rocking on a pile of refuse. The van is squeaking. In the distance, a shadowy figure seems to be watching. A monster is on the prowl.


Panel Six

The two scrappers are at second base. The Gomben is in her underwear while the Slauve’s shirt is unbuttoned. He seems distracted by a sudden sound. Above the van, two large feet seem planted on the roof.


Slauve: “Did you feel that?”

Gomben: “Not yet -”

Panel Seven

The Slauve leans out of the window of the wrecked van, annoyed.

Slauve: “I swear if it’s Higen, I’m gonna-”

Panel Eight


Panel Nine

The headless body of the Slauve falls across the seat. The Gomben scrapper screams at the spray of greenish blood.

Gomben: “AUGH!”

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