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22nd Jul 2017, 2:16 PM

Joe England

Mike's in one of those moments when you really feel like having a nice talk with your hostage.

As for Jack, if you need a reminder, he seems to be referring to his experiences in the Magi-Net story arc!

NOTE: On the advice of a concerned reader, I'd like to clarify that the attitudes expressed by certain vampires do not necessarily reflect opinions held by the management of this comic. In other words, I'm well aware that what Mike is saying may be offensive to some. I hope it's understood that he's a bit of a jerk, and that his flaws have been exacerbated by the vampiric condition. Remember, Rebecca needed time and humility to analyze her altered conscience and adjust.

But Mike isn't really the humble sort.

Furthermore, I'd like to state plainly that neither he nor Southpaw as written are meant to encourage negative views of men, women, or transgender individuals. Just negative views of villainous vampires and varcolacs. Varcoli. Varcola?

Speaking of which, I'd also like to state that Southpaw is not meant to be a commentary on real-world gender issues. Actually, I think they're more suited to be a representation of an abusive relationship. It's just Mike's whim to equate their grotesque nature with a perceived battle of the sexes, but in truth they're "messed up" for reasons which have more to do with the state of two people who NEVER should have gotten together being forced to share the same space.

But, this guy. You know. Gotta make everything fall in with his little world view.

Thank goodness there aren't people like that in real life.

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COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE

22nd Jul 2017, 2:18 PM

Hangover Included

Poor tomie... :(

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22nd Jul 2017, 8:45 PM

Gamma

Yeah, I hope she hasn't been traumatized too much about being stuck in the attic yet.

We also probably will see Jack get truly mad again, didn't go so well for the last dude who did that...

All so Mike can have an easy way out of the mess he got himself in by becoming a Vamp. Jack won't let it be an easy way that's for sure.

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22nd Jul 2017, 2:30 PM

Fafnir13

you really shouldn't let a wizard start talking, Mike.

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22nd Jul 2017, 2:53 PM

Cheska Mouse

1: Do not monologue.
2: Kill the Hero.
3: DO NOT Monologue.

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24th Jul 2017, 9:54 PM

Ferretshock

Does it really count if you're in the process of suiciding by...hero, I guess?

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30th Jul 2017, 3:28 AM

Christopher

He says he wants to be killed by Zandra here. And he was willing to go through anything thus far and kill Jack just to get her that mad/enraged. That is like torturing someone until they shoot you while trying to escape.

Of course he does not realise that there are fates worse then death. That are also less morally problematic then killing.

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22nd Jul 2017, 6:01 PM

Traveller

Oh no. I think I see where this is going, and I'm really excited.

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22nd Jul 2017, 6:05 PM

Riverwolf

Looks like Lack's go'na go plaid mad on a vamp.

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22nd Jul 2017, 6:29 PM

Rborn

He's warning him that he'll ascend isn't he?

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22nd Jul 2017, 7:25 PM

jonathan wint

Mike is about to know worse than death... Bye Mike...

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22nd Jul 2017, 8:44 PM

Destrustor

Use wixard* magic to telepathically contact Zandra.
Ask her to set you on fire with her mind.
Freedom.

*Everything's better with an X.

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23rd Jul 2017, 9:15 AM

Zylon

Surely you mean "Xandra".

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25th Jul 2017, 9:00 PM

Destrustor

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22nd Jul 2017, 8:45 PM

HoneyThistle

Mike is about to find out what happens when you get caught Monologueing.

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22nd Jul 2017, 11:02 PM

Guest

Somehow I think that if Jack could have escaped he would have without too much effort. Did Mike do something to him? Either Jack's critically injured and can't fight back, or he's waiting for something as well...

Either way, Mike monologued. I'm sure Sam could give him some pointers... but you never monologue around a wizard. Say g'night, Mike. You're going to die. And die screaming, at that.

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23rd Jul 2017, 1:58 AM

Rborn

It kind of looks like HE bit Jack. Probably just enough to drain him so he couldn't easily think of a way to escape or use magic.

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23rd Jul 2017, 2:14 PM

SomeUnregPunk

I'd bet Jack doesn't have normal blood anymore.
He can regenerate from fire/explosions really quickly and he died once and came back as Plaid wizard

Mike has fallen into the same trap that Gregory was in before he was banished to the same hell that Sandara's body came from.

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29th Jul 2017, 3:42 PM

Not a dog

Except that Mike WANTS to die.

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22nd Jul 2017, 11:45 PM

darkalter2000

Are we gonna get a Harold 2.0?
>:]

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23rd Jul 2017, 2:38 AM

Shade

Mike's definitely one of the least likable characters in the comic for me. At least Bloo and even her creator have sympathetic sides to them, despite being clear out and out villains. Mike's just an arrogant, cocky asshole who thinks the world deserves to be handed to him on a silver platter because it "owes him" something or that he's entitled to things because he's just so clearly special. Zandra already called him on it, but his behavior was clearly never going to change. People like this in real life always piss me off, so I am going to be very happy with the comeuppance that's clearly coming his way.

As a side note, I love the subtle way that the blood is splashing across the claws and shoulder that are digging into Jack. Nice way to remind everyone that is in fact sadistically hurting him even while he's being the dumbass who monologues instead of killing their victim.

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23rd Jul 2017, 5:30 AM

Pyre

Jack needs to do what he promised so long ago....banish him into a hoary netherworld.http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/75/ No super fight. No great ending. Just Mike trapped somewhere unpleasant....entirely alone.

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23rd Jul 2017, 7:30 AM

McG

Nobody puts Tomie in a corner. I mean, attic.

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27th Jul 2017, 5:45 PM

Luposian

In the earlier arc mentioned, Tomie is referred to as a male, by Jack/others. Yet Tomie is in the appearance of a female and referred to as "she".

How/why did that happen?

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28th Jul 2017, 12:30 PM

Joe England

When Tomie was a book she didn't have a gender, and was referred to as "he" simply because folks tend to fall back on masculine terms as a default. You know, like how humanity is often referred to as "mankind," even though women might actually outnumber men. Personally I find it to be an irritating bit of semantic sexism, but that's life, innit?

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23rd Jul 2017, 7:46 AM

Diego Nei

No need for a reminder, that arc defined Jack as we know him and was IMHO one of the finest chapters in this story.

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23rd Jul 2017, 9:35 PM

Auron

I'm guessing this is leading to another threat about how the guy who did it is eternally where he doesn't want to be.

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26th Jul 2017, 12:02 PM

Vosla

I stopped understanding Mike the moment he seemed to be so focussed on getting at Zarah that he threw his life away, plotting that stupid vampire circus with Bloo, using her and his fellow monsters just to annoy the shit out of Zarah so she can finally destroy him. Now he is known to me as Mike the Drama Queen of the Undead.

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27th Jul 2017, 8:59 AM

Zylon

Who's "Zarah"?

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31st Jul 2017, 12:19 PM

Vosla

Whoops! Zandra... Dunno why I mixed that up.

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27th Jul 2017, 11:52 AM

Grim

"But, this guy. You know. Gotta make everything fall in with his little world view.

Thank goodness there aren't people like that in real life."

Woof.

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29th Jul 2017, 8:28 PM

Diloolie

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28th Jul 2017, 1:10 PM

Dagda

I love where Mike went. It's incredibly realistic- oh hey, that person who seemed cool! And they're actually interested in you too! And you're lonely and you really really hope this could be what you've been hoping to have!

But you don't actually know that person yet. Nothing guarantees they aren't actually a piece of crap. And this is important.

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29th Jul 2017, 12:01 AM

Guest

Want to be clear that it was personally clear to me Mike is one individual with a pile of shitty views. Think you've done a good job otherwise making it clear that his is not the dominant attitude :)

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29th Jul 2017, 8:36 PM

Diloolie

Mike absolutely reads to me as a d-bag with his head so far up his own ass that he can't tell what's going on around him. We ALL know him talking to Jack will end with his butt on the ground (and I am going to enjoy it so much), so everything he says comes to me through that lens.

Plus, Zandra read him like a book when it came to Becky/Rebecca, and can any guy that self-important to think everyone's crushing on him actually be a good guy?

I never thought he learned his lesson after that first meeting with Sandra where he hurt her by disrespecting her privacy. Every single thing turned into being about him after that, like he needed to prove to himself that he wasn't REALLY a bad guy.

The post-Halloween conversation was a prime example.
"Hey, I really like you but I don't want you near me because I don't want to hurt you."
"I'm fine with being hurt!"

She didn't want him to be around her, so he goes and gets vamped so she has no choice. Then, when he finally gets her in bed like he's fantasized about for years, it's like Zandra says, conquest. His ultimate goal is to have her devoted to him, mind and body... but she's her own person and he just cannot handle that. It'd mean that he was indeed wrong, has continued to be wrong, and then threw away HIS LIFE to be vamped because he went so far past Wrong he's cliffdiving into evil.

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29th Jul 2017, 8:40 PM

Diloolie

I lost a line, whoops.

"Hey, I really like you but I don't want you near me because I don't want to hurt you!"
"I'm fine with being hurt!"
"Yeah, I'm kind of fighting to keep my humanity right now, and I don't want anyone's blood on my hands."
"Don't you realize that it doesn't matter to me if you hurt me or not?"
"Ok, like I just said-"
"I want to be with you!"

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30th Jul 2017, 1:12 AM

Not a dog

That's assuming his story about getting vamped while looking for Zandra is even true, or if he made it up in an attempt to get her to be receptive to him, or even to feel responsibility for his situation.

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30th Jul 2017, 5:17 AM

Anon

Im glad Mike is in the last story arc, I like him despite him being a jerk. There are jerks in real life that arnt all bad, and he helps to contrast the other characters. I hope there is a bit more to his suicidal attitude, but again the comics almost over and there ia so much to tie up Ill just be happy he didnt just fade into the backround after Halloweenn.

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30th Jul 2017, 12:07 PM

Zobeid Zuma

Wow, that really takes me back. It's been a long time since we've seen Jack and Crystal wearing giant trilobites on their foreheads!

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30th Jul 2017, 1:13 PM

Guest

I'm a bit concerned that we've hit the point where people have to be reminded that not all the characters in a work of fiction are authorial mouthpieces--and somebody's moral alignment should not be determined by such things as their sexuality or gender.

That said, I do appreciate the clarification on Southpaw's situation. I find that I actually consider Bloo less of an unreliable narrator than Mike. So...just to make sure, he's accurate about Southpaw being two people sharing a body?

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30th Jul 2017, 4:07 PM

Eidolon

Yes, there's two people in there--though I'd say it's probably not so much "sharing a body" as a ghost taking control of the body against the human's wishes.

Backstory: There was a werewolf--named Tommy, and nicknamed Berserk--in Wally's original pack. Tommy/Berserk lost a paw in a fight with Zandra & Co, and was later killed by his pack leader, Doyenne; however, his ghost lingered. When a young human woman came across his severed paw, he was able to possess her; said possessed human was "vamped" sometime after (not sure if the timeline on that was ever stated in-comic), and, as a result of the werewolf possession thing, now has a fuzzy werewolf arm.

So Southpaw is a male werewolf ghost possessing a female human-turned-vampire, which is probably not a very pleasant experience for the latter. I hope an exorcism is on the way at some point!

A couple relevant strips: http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/324 (where the paw is discovered) and http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/758 (where Southpaw self-describes as "a guy who's a ghost in a girl who got her dumb ass possessed and vamped").

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30th Jul 2017, 4:07 PM

Eidolon

Yes, there's two people in there--though I'd say it's probably not so much "sharing a body" as a ghost taking control of the body against the human's wishes.

Backstory: There was a werewolf--named Tommy, and nicknamed Berserk--in Wally's original pack. Tommy/Berserk lost a paw in a fight with Zandra & Co, and was later killed by his pack leader, Doyenne; however, his ghost lingered. When a young human woman came across his severed paw, he was able to possess her; said possessed human was "vamped" sometime after (not sure if the timeline on that was ever stated in-comic), and, as a result of the werewolf possession thing, now has a fuzzy werewolf arm.

So Southpaw is a male werewolf ghost possessing a female human-turned-vampire, which is probably not a very pleasant experience for the latter. I hope an exorcism is on the way at some point!

A couple relevant strips: http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/324 (where the paw is discovered) and http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/758 (where Southpaw self-describes as "a guy who's a ghost in a girl who got her dumb ass possessed and vamped").

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30th Jul 2017, 4:07 PM

Eidolon

Yes, there's two people in there--though I'd say it's probably not so much "sharing a body" as a ghost taking control of the body against the human's wishes.

Backstory: There was a werewolf--named Tommy, and nicknamed Berserk--in Wally's original pack. Tommy/Berserk lost a paw in a fight with Zandra & Co, and was later killed by his pack leader, Doyenne; however, his ghost lingered. When a young human woman came across his severed paw, he was able to possess her; said possessed human was "vamped" sometime after (not sure if the timeline on that was ever stated in-comic), and, as a result of the werewolf possession thing, now has a fuzzy werewolf arm.

So Southpaw is a male werewolf ghost possessing a female human-turned-vampire, which is probably not a very pleasant experience for the latter. I hope an exorcism is on the way at some point!

A couple relevant strips: http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/324 (where the paw is discovered) and http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/758 (where Southpaw self-describes as "a guy who's a ghost in a girl who got her dumb ass possessed and vamped").

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30th Jul 2017, 9:47 PM

boop

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31st Jul 2017, 12:16 AM

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7th Aug 2017, 2:01 AM

Dainpdf

About this page... Look at number 728. Zandra read him like an open book!

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