Surfing The Deathline – Fifth Dose

Once upon a time, in the near future, things were going well for software codemonkey & Machine Intelligence researcher Eddie Cartridge – gainfully employed, happy relationship, and a bright future ahead.

Unfortunately, he made the mistake of coming to the attention of a particularly unpleasant piece of software. Now, he’s an internationally wanted man, paralysed after a disastrous misstep with a neuro-enhancing hallucinogen known as The Deathline, and some shady characters are dragging him down a dark corridor, towards a blindingly bright room.

Meanwhile, his former partner is rediscovering her taste for the rush of The ‘Line, while introducing mortality to a great many Machine Intelligences at her employer, in pursuit of an answer to the question “Where’s Eddie?”.

This is the conclusion to Surfing The Deathline.

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Surfing The Deathline – Fourth Dose

In the near future, homeless, unemployed, former Machine Intelligence researcher Eddie finds himself at the mercy of a shady group of people who’ve kidnapped, or rescued him, from an even more shady government detention facility.

He’s also paralysed as a result of an overdose of a neuro-enhancing hallucinogen, has just found out he’s responsible for multiple deaths due to his latest piece of contract work, and that all the troubles in his life are due to a somewhat megalomaniacal Machine Intelligence, which has taken a personal interest in him.

All in all, not a great day.

Meanwhile, his former partner has just tortured her fiancé into unconsciousness, or worse, over a lie. Now, she’s preparing to revisit her old life, diving back into the dangerous world of The Deathline.

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Surfing The Deathline – Third Dose

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In the near future, homeless, unemployed software codemonkey Eddie has taken a job disrupting a machine intelligence, as a last ditch option to avoid having his organs brutally repossessed over his student debts.

To get the edge he needed, Eddie turned to a powerful neuro-enhancing hallucinogenic – The Deathline, so named for its tendency to kill users. It gave him the edge he needed, but in his triumph, he forgot to heed the warnings about visiting one’s own memory.

Now, he finds himself paralysed in what looks like a hospital room. He can do nothing, as the machine intelligence who ruined his life to this point, offers a terrible deal. Life in a prison of stone, or of his own flesh – a cure in return for his cooperation.

That is, until someone, and a great many somethings, open the door.

Meanwhile, Eddie’s ex-partner is testing her suspicions that her fiancé, their former employer, has been less than truthful about the circumstances surrounding Eddie’s firing. She isn’t liking what she finds.

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Surfing The Deathline – Second Dose

In the near future, homeless, unemployed software codemonkey Eddie has found himself up to his eyeballs in student debt, in a city whose promise has become a prison now that his bank account has run dry

His only chance to repay the people who’ll take organs in lieu of payment, is to obtain a neural-enhancing drug known as “The Deathline”. With it, he will have the edge necessary to subvert a machine intelligence for an anonymous, paying client.

In this issue, Eddie meets with The Dealer, who will reveal the awful truth about the origins of The ‘Line. He also provides some important safety advice, which Eddie promptly ignores.

Finally, Eddie is ready to commence his run, but as he begins, he discovers to his horror that the series of disasters which lead to his current predicament may not have been as random as he believed, and that perhaps, you can never go home again.

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Surfing The Deathline – First Dose

Sometime in the near future, software codemonkey Eddie is down to his last few dollars. Unemployed and living on, or rather under, the streets, he’s also facing “repossession” of his organs to cover student debts.

Now he’s been offered a job, a job that requires he risk his sanity taking an hallucinogen that’ll give him a chance at subverting a Machine Intelligence for a few critical minutes.

It’s called The Deathline, and he has to meet The Dealer to acquire it.

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The Metaning

The Metaning is an art project by Matt Godden – a 22 page (including covers) gallery wall scale graphic novel, with pages approximately 113x82cm in size.

To the best of our knowledge, having spoken with creators, publishers and academics specialising in Australian comics, this is the first work of this nature created in Australia, though we’re happy to hear of preceeding works, especially anyone interested in group exhibiting large format works like this.

The work was created as a response to the difficulty faced when trying to come up with a project acceptable to the drawing department of a traditional art school.

Narratively, The Metaning is an autobiographical journey through the events and decisions that lead to the creation of the work itself.

The Metaning is available to read on iOS and Mac through iBooks, and can be purchased via the iBooks / iTunes stores.

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