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Webcomic / Burgess Shale

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We are all pleased to announce the work on the Drepanaspis has been completed
Burgess Shale is a short-lived webcomic hosted on Scratch by user @Hawqua_of_Imber.

After her ship malfunctions and kills two government officials, Atrypta is sent to the ancient artificial planet of Imex. The people sent are tasked with salvaging whatever remains of the construction to build a Dyson sphere. Now, she must find a way off Imex before it dies in darkness.

The comic only lasted one episode of eleven pages. It can be read here:


Burgess Shale contains examples of:

  • Artificial Gravity: The Drepanaspis is launched on a platform in space, yet the lack of gravity is hardly problematic.
  • Came from the Sky: The Drepanaspis falls back to the planet after it malfunctions.
  • Cool Starship: The Drepanaspis
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The artwork is done entirely in shades of green.
  • Dyson Sphere: The superstructure being made by salvaging Imex.
  • The Empire: Ebeno is a planet controlled by an interplanetary empire.
  • Human Aliens: The people who inhabit Ebeno
  • Off-Model: Happens quite frequently. A notable example is on page eight when Atrypta walks back to her seat, making her head small, neck thick, and arms short.
  • Planetary Nation: Ebeno is implied to be this.
  • Sci Fi Webcomics
  • Seldom-Seen Species: All of the characters are based on Paleozoic animals, leading to designs based on the Scaumenacia, Pteraspis, and Drepanaspis varieties of fish.
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  • Space Elevator: Where the Drepanaspis is launched
  • Standard Alien Spaceship: Being based on a fish, the Drepanaspis has an organic appearance.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Heavily averted. Paleozoic animals are a rare sight in fiction.
  • Theme Naming: All characters are named after brachiopod genera (Atrypta, Glyptoria, etc).

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