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29th Apr 2017, 11:52 PM

Joe England

Woo! Under the wire. Sorry for keeping you waiting.

Mike is referring to an incident from way back in time, when Jack apparently showed up to warn him against harming Sandra. It was one of my old "zany" comic pages drawn in 2001, back when I liked attaching gimmicks. Sure was different then.... Man, that's a lot of water under the bridge.

Long time.

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30th Apr 2017, 12:05 AM


Ahhh, the gimmick days. Wasn't there a sideways comic once?

Tomie's reaction is perfect. Kind of painful to watch even. When did you decide to use '!' Instead of actual words? It really gets the sort of wordless, maybe even soundless anguish she's feeling.

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30th Apr 2017, 12:10 AM


I would need to read through to say with 100% certainty, but... I'm almost positive Tomie doesn't (can't?) talk to anyone but Jack.

She has no voice...

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30th Apr 2017, 12:41 AM


Sweet, I never noticed that. She's got dialogue for all of 2 panels and both times they are the square ones with no speech arrow or anything.
And you reminded me that Tomie said as much waaaaay back in the archives. Page 26 of the actual book. Only Jack can hear Tomie. Guess that rule still applies.

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30th Apr 2017, 1:21 AM


There's also a scene from the current arc where Jack is telling Sam what Tomie is saying. Was shortly before the digging zombie tunneled them out of the house.

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30th Apr 2017, 9:02 PM


And now that you mention it, Tomie had to whisper to Jack that she "wanted spikes too".
Oddly enough, they forgot to give her any.

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30th Apr 2017, 12:52 AM


Somewhere there is someone who can't handle rejection advising Mike that he's taking this whole thing way too harshly and needs to let go.

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30th Apr 2017, 9:16 AM


Amen, bruthah.

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30th Apr 2017, 2:01 AM


Crawling shadows, creeping dread
never were just in your head

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30th Apr 2017, 3:22 AM


"I don't remember what we talked about"

Haha, yeah.

Although you could've trolled us further by having him say "Remember what we talked about?" and leave it all mysterious-like

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30th Apr 2017, 5:25 AM


Jack really does have a knack for being completely useless just when badassesery is sorely needed.

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30th Apr 2017, 5:58 AM

Epsilon Rose

Only when he's not doing magic. He was pretty bad-ass when they went after Zandra and when he nail-gunned the vampires. There was also that whole fight in the wizard plane I'm blanking on the name of.

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30th Apr 2017, 7:55 AM


Caught off-guard. He'll have his mojo back once he's got his... feet under... him... Oh, crap.

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30th Apr 2017, 9:37 AM


It's difficult to be a badass when being tackle-hugged.

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30th Apr 2017, 9:14 AM


Mike, I do not think YOU are in a position to talk about being hurt by Zandra. You could talk about you hurting HER, and you could talk about all the myriad ways she's GOING to hurt you, but being hurt BY her? No.

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30th Apr 2017, 11:16 AM


Gonna be honest, I'm so glad those 'gimmick' days are over @_@ It makes it painful to read the archives and it makes it incredibly difficult to recommend this webcomic to people. I have to warn them about a whole bunch of gimmicks and tone whip-lashy humor before it starts to get serious

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30th Apr 2017, 2:50 PM

Hangover Included

You ever watch early Simpsons, or read early Garfield?
Every now and then you see something like Stand Still Stay Silent that springs fully-formed from nothing like some kind of creative Big Bang, but that artist obviously has years of experience going for them.
Your friends will probably understand if you say something like "There's a learning curve in the early comics as Joe figures out what he wants to make."

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1st May 2017, 4:57 AM


Speak for yourself. I love the old comics as I love the new ones. There is progression both in story and style but it was always a joy to read.

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5th May 2017, 6:33 AM


I've always liked the early stuff, especially how it relates to now. Even the tone being light hearted, because you can read the story as the truth of their lives dawns of the characters, and the story gets darker the reader is pulled along for the ride, as the tone shifts. Its done gradually and a way that makes perfect sense.

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30th Apr 2017, 11:22 AM

Mr. Casual

Less warning him about throwing magic at him, and more actually throwing magic at him, Jack.

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30th Apr 2017, 2:53 PM

Hangover Included

Poor Tomie! She looks so upset! I think she's actually making a D: face.

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30th Apr 2017, 11:26 PM


New favorite quote; "Im'a throw magic at you!"

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1st May 2017, 1:19 AM


WARNING: Contains profanity.

GodFUCKINGdamnit, Mike. Shut. The. Fucking. HELL. Up.

I know people like that. Selfish assholes to whom everything revolves around their petty, hypocritical needs. You're not a victim. You're a manipulative narcissist who can't take being called on your your bullshit or being reminded that unlike the sun, the whole world doesn't revolve around you.

Besides, you hurt Sandra (she didn't use a Z at the time) first through your asshole behavior, then YOU hurt yourself through the same means when she originally rejected you due to your own jackassery. Don't you DARE try and blame it on someone else you wannabe genderswapped Bella Swan.

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1st May 2017, 5:05 AM


You might not understand and will probably not agree to this but the guy is victim to his own delusions. He is unable to reach beyond his own very limited horizon. I don't think he WANTS to be an asshole - he unfortunately just is for everybody else. So this encounter gives me some interesting questions regarding his motivations with Jack. Does he imply that they should team up to destroy Zandra or is he merely trying to say "Step back, buddy. She's mine to destroy."

I wonder what the transformation into a vampire really did to him. His feeble feelings and musings are still intact.

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2nd May 2017, 1:27 PM



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2nd May 2017, 3:12 PM


Ah, the good old days. This was back when Tomie protested being put in Jack's pants. Later she turned human, and decided she wanted to get back in there. This was a twist I didn't expect.

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5th May 2017, 4:14 PM


I kind of want to frame your comment and put it on a wall somewhere.

Probably not one in my house, but a wall *somewhere*.

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6th May 2017, 9:08 AM


One of the few advantages outhouses had over indoor plumbing, I suppose.

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6th May 2017, 12:43 PM


I think Tomie is telling Jack he should have tried hiding in a cardboard box.

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29th Aug 2020, 9:19 PM

Daniel Bolton

So Mike really HAS always had that weird logo on his arm.

I wonder what it means.

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