Buying Time is a sci-fi cyberpunk romance Flash webcomic. Set in the future megalopolis of Hyperion City where all forms of entertainment, including our own personal social lives are regulated by a micro-transaction monetary system called Daily Leisure Credit.
When Vinnie Smalls, a lonesome welder working for the Hyperion City Core, finds he has a crush on a fellow co-worker, he finds he must break away from his usual loner lifestyle and dive headfirst into the inner workings of the Daily Leisure Credit system. Our story deals with the ups and downs of his relationship in the midst of system that makes staying in contact with someone a financial battle.
This webcomic contains examples of:
- After the End: Hyperion City is located in a giant meteor crater, surrounded by the mostly-deserted ruins of previous civilization.
- Artificial Limbs Are Stronger: Galvin's arm, and Fridge's whole body. In the regulated parts of Hyperion City their strength is limited.
- Cyberpunk: The high-tech setting with a gritty underworld.
- Happily Ever After: Vinnie and Galvin.
- Male Frontal Nudity: Both Vinnie and Galvin had appeared naked in some scenes from the comic.
- Uptown Girl: Gender-inverted. Vinnie lives in level 12 of Hyperion City, which is dedicated to lower class citizens. Galvin, on the other hand, lives in the high-class level 192.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Fridge, who went through "100% Synthetic Body Part Replacement" to avoid dying from a terminal illness.