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Firebrand128 20th Jul 2015, 2:11 PM edit delete
Firebrand128
Clearly none of the girls are poker players.
Firebrand128 31st Jul 2015, 4:37 PM edit delete
Firebrand128
Due to 40.oz injuring his arm, the comic will be on a mini-hiatus. Thank you all for you patience.

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TheMario360 20th Jul 2015, 5:09 PM edit delete reply
TheMario360
Yeah, they're related, but the kicker is that they're standing right next to you.
40.oz 21st Jul 2015, 1:34 AM edit delete reply
40.oz
And they're not even wearing identity hiding glasses. Superman, anyone?
alston123 20th Jul 2015, 5:30 PM edit delete reply
alston123
Crap, she is good. :3
40.oz 21st Jul 2015, 1:35 AM edit delete reply
40.oz
The best there is at what she does.
cattservant 20th Jul 2015, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
Time for costumes and cover stories!
40.oz 21st Jul 2015, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
40.oz
Hmmm? What kind of costume should we give the amazing snaky girl?
DMC_Run 5th Aug 2015, 4:02 PM edit delete reply
More importantly, what kind of costume could possibly *STAY* on her???!?
:P
Seriously, Dude. Human costumes are held in place because the neck, shoulders & hips give clothing a place to hang from. At best, you could spray-paint a pattern on her scales, & she'd still lose it when she sheds her skin! Meanwhile, that shed skin is *LOADED* with DNA-evidence of her secret identity, just waiting for any-&-all lab-techs to trace it back to her.
Firebrand128 5th Aug 2015, 4:22 PM edit delete reply
Firebrand128
You have a point there, but her DNA has been altered so even if the police did have a sample of her DNA (Which they don't) it wouldn't match up to her DNA so they wouldn't easily track her down.
DMC_Run 12th Aug 2015, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
HOLY_CR@P!
So, the act of morphing between human-&-snake represents a "real-time update" of her changing DNA???!? I'd be stressing big-time over "Transcription Errors"!
Remember the film, "Multiplicity", starring Michael Keaton?
Or more recently, "Timeline"?
A "copy" is NEVER 100% accurate, & each time you "copy from a copy", instead of from the original, the process adds errors on top of previous errors. It doesn't take all that many repeats of the process before the results are too "pronounced" to be hidden!
(...is THIS what's happening to Sam now?)
Unless you have a supply of Sam's DNA (BEFORE the first change) to make antidote from, this could get very bad - very fast. Even if such a supply existed, it would be (by definition) a sharply-limited & impossible-to-renew supply. You can't even increase the supply by using the DNA to grow more of itself! There are ALWAYS transcription errors - "IRL", we call this "the aging process".
40.oz 24th Aug 2015, 9:49 PM edit delete reply
40.oz
Her change activates dormant, junk DNA that never gets turned on now that we've evolved beyond our reptilian ancestors. That dormant stuff completely takes over making her human DNA incapable of being sampled. In other words there's mammalian stuff but it's been completely masked: since mammals came after the lizards the change doesn't know what to do with that DNA so it kinda puts it in a doggy bag and places it in its back pocket. You'd have to know where to stick that needle to find it. When she changes back to human there's no intermingling of the human/mammal DNA-oil and water. One just takes over from the other. So there's no updates, it's more like replacement. Putting on a new pair of jeans. She keeps her hair, because it's actually just really thin, elongated ivory/Bones/claws, etc.
Firebrand128 25th Aug 2015, 12:28 PM edit delete reply
Firebrand128
SCIENCE FIGHT!
40.oz 26th Aug 2015, 8:20 PM edit delete reply
40.oz
Now would we fight? Of course, If it were a science fight I got my a$$ kicked, 'cause nothing I said was science. Which ruins my day 'cause I know I can't make a potion to turn me into a Werewolf.
Firebrand128 26th Aug 2015, 8:50 PM edit delete reply
Firebrand128
Aw, cheer up, If it makes you feel any better, this nonsense gave me an idea for a gag down the line. (Way, WAY, down the line)
DMC_Run 5th Sep 2015, 3:59 AM edit delete reply
No-no-no!
No science-fight!
I'm not trying to make anybody "wrong"!
(It's just a story - not a science-textbook)
I was worried that I might be RIGHT, because if we followed that idea to it's logical conclusion, it would take the plot down a VERY dark path. Firebrand128's last post here is *EXACTLY* why I'm talking here - I believe that exploring a "logical progression" can often reveal intriguing new plot possibilities.
"Expressing Latent DNA" is a work-able trope for this story. It means that nothing in her genome has been erased, we just change the status of some DNA-sequences to "ON"-or-"OFF", as needed. The red hair is now revealed to be the formula's FAILURE to suppress that "mammal"-feature (there are significant differences between hair & scales). The new tongue/eyes/fangs show that the cure is also flawed. The only remaining mystery is how she changed so FAST. Our bodies are the "compromise" between what our DNA wants to do, & what our environment allows. Gravity, air-pressure, UV-levels, etc., all contribute to our appearance. But "IRL", this takes more time than an interesting story can allow. The real science breakthrough here is how this formula's change is so fast, without killing her during any of the intermediate stages of the metamorphosis.
40.oz 7th Sep 2015, 3:42 PM edit delete reply
40.oz
Hmmm. Good points. let's see what I can come up with.

"The only remaining mystery is how she changed so FAST. ...without killing her during any of the intermediate stages of the metamorphosis." She isn't killed through the formula's conglomeration of accessing genes of some pretty pliant ancestors (semi-liquification of stuff while maintaining its integrity); cold blooded ancestors all at once, and ancestors that can regulate their body temperatures to offset friction/heat. And, as you know, metamorphosis from one species to another doesn't take as long as some people think. So that relative speed of change, and regulation of temperatures is the key.

Nailed It!!!
NeilKapit 21st Jul 2015, 2:57 AM edit delete reply
NeilKapit
Right, now Sam has a lisp. Or should I say, a Hissp?
melaredblu 21st Jul 2015, 4:27 AM edit delete reply
melaredblu
Well. She's not wrong.
JustNoPoint 22nd Jul 2015, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
JustNoPoint
The intuition is good. Just need to work on actually connecting dots!