Pt. 1 Ch. 8 - Page 17
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MistakeNPotatoes
14th Apr 2017, 10:30 AM

Oh, dang. Uh, guess he didn't dodge it?

Sadly the test stuff I ordered from Redbubble hasn't shown up yet, so I won't be able to
showcase until next week it looks like. I'm excited, though! Especially because after today
I enter joblessness again, which means less stress on the job front, but obviously financial
risk is a factor. I'm trying to find ways to monetize what I'm doing beyond Patreon, but
if you've been on the fence about whether you want to sign up for Patreon or not,
know that I've been doing these sketch request streams for patrons at $5 (or higher!),
and also, any amount you care to donate is greatly appreciated, always :)

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Mgnostic
14th Apr 2017, 10:52 AM

Scene close:Cue music: The good, the Bad and the Ugly theme. Seriously, that last panel kills it. That looks like one serious projectile but I'm betting that Thigg has underestimated Hugh.

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th Apr 2017, 1:49 PM

Hah! I love the fistful trilogy :D I actually have a western comic I started working on that I'd love to get back to some day.

We'll have to see what happens next week tho, I'm hoping people dig the direction things go :)

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Holodrum
14th Apr 2017, 11:43 AM

Humans: Natures Dearest Underdogs

No claws, blunt teeth, no armor, but we're chaotic and adaptable. Crazy things happen around us. Come to think of it, that may be a result of the sheer amount of eldritch energy on earth. http://tsoi.webcomic.ws/comics/142

Now emotionally I'm like "Nooo! Jaunt!", but I must admit this was viscerally satisfying in a visual sense. Great start to this action scene. Though the insert panel of the bullet "unfolding?" is a little confusing.

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th Apr 2017, 1:55 PM

I'd say it's pretty easy to underestimate us :) I think one of the series that handled the scrappy human character really well was Farscape, may it rest in peace.

I don't take putting characters in peril lightly, so I'm not steepling my fingers and cackling, but I have to admit I like seeing Jaunt taken down a peg every once in a while. He needs a good humbling.

Yeah, I agree, the weakest part of the page is definitely that internal shot.. I could have handled it a lot better. I'll venture to do better in the future!

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TheStratovarian
14th Apr 2017, 1:50 PM

First of all, the eyeglass, amazing touch. Seriously, that little thing is the first thing i noted on the panel. And I love love love it.

As for the bullet, ooogly... Thats just plain unfair. And yeouchy... No thank you sir! Anything capable of going full bore like that, nope train outta here.

And hugh, well, pulling there here. Well. here's hoping round 2 goes better. But dang, how little of what biological makes him human is left I wonder for our gunman under the skin? Loving the nature of his being more alien than the mythos here. Its a fun juxtaposition.

But this was a well flowing set of panels, and just over a few seconds at most too.

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th Apr 2017, 2:15 PM

It's a goofy holdover from when I was working on Jaunt's original character design, I thought it was funny enough that I kept it in - it definitely helps with emoting :)

I'm glad that it's at least partly evident what's going on in that panel, I feel like I fell real short with it and I'm trying to figure out how to do it better next time. Er. If there's a next time. I'm not saying there will be. Ha ha! :D

Poor Hugh's getting over portal sickness, and he's not where he expected to be, and now his boss in on the floor clutching his chest - yeah, not a good time for the teddy bear :') - I'm glad Irwin's coming across that way, though, I wanted to somehow touch on the alien aspects of Lovecraft with the story because I knew that the main cast sure weren't doing it on their own, hah :D

But yeah! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the page! There's a couple more coming up you might really enjoy, I hope :)

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MadJak91
14th Apr 2017, 1:58 PM

Sorry, I am slightly confused in terms of the story. Jaunt suddenly teleported with Hugh where Irwin is. I just find a bit too sudden.

Hm. So it is a special gun against monsters it seems. Special bullets messing up their organs?
Funny how this is not working out for Jaunt at all. Lately, he is usually on the losing side of things and has a terrible luck against humans.
But I guess that is how it is. You switch between who is in the lead!

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MistakeNPotatoes
14th Apr 2017, 2:05 PM

Ah! Sorry for the confusion - the hint was that they got snared out of their inter-dimensional trip. Reference this page: http://tsoi.webcomic.ws/comics/263

Thigg talks about grabbing them the next time they try to go somewhere, and at the end of Hugh and Jaunt's previous scene Jaunt offers to use a portal to go to the hospital ward, so... here we are :)

Yes, a gun modified after Thigg, er, repurposed Krrt'Chk, I wonder if there's anything special about the material? :D

Jaunt is definitely having a bad week. If he lives through it, one wonders how many more losses someone can take?

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MadJak91
14th Apr 2017, 2:29 PM

I see! I got that wrong then! I thought they still need to actually meet Jaunt first for him to do that and I thought he meant going in the portal as well at that time to follow Jaunt. Cool then!

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dougwarner59
14th Apr 2017, 2:33 PM

I like the way the first panel was put together; It really brings the point across in the most dramatic way.

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That Guy Over There
14th Apr 2017, 11:39 PM

I Was Bron Without Claws, Without Fangs, Without Scales. So I Forged Them In Fire And Crafted Them Of Steel

Sorry Jaunt, I like you, but at the end of the day, I'm still human, so I've got to say this.

Here's a fun fact for you: HP Lovecraft and the author of Conan The Barbarian, Robert E. Howard, were friends and there are strong indications that Conan's universe and the Cthulhu universe were actually intended to be one and the same, and there were a couple of cases where Conan, a mere mortal who had no super powers or magic, just a bronze sword, a loincloth, and an iron will, was able to intimidate and even kill beings that would fit right into Lovecraft's works. Why do I bring this up?

Because even when all humans had were just forged bronze and muscle power, we were still able to fight back against the eldritch. Even during this story's time period, humans have repeatedly thwarted the plans of the big nasties. The Dunwich Horror involves an elderly college professor and his buddies defeating an eldritch horror that was part human, part Yog-Sothoth, and The Call Of Cthulhu ends with a fisherman ramming the elder god into his own island fortress and pinning him under the place as it sank, preventing an immediate apocalyptic event, and delaying it, potentially for centuries or even eons. The Shadow Over Innsmouth basically has the government come in and bomb the ever-loving carp out of the town, arrest all the fishmen, and disrupt everything that the elder ones planned (Spoilers for a one hundred year old story, sorry). We may, in the end, be doomed to failure and will be destroyed by beings greater than we can imagine, but rest assured, Yog, Hastur, Cthulhu, and all the rest are not going to take us without a fight.

Humans seem ordinary to us, but that's just because we're all human. We breathe starship fuel, drink it in liquid form, our bodies produce designer drugs, and we excrete chemical solvents as waste. We detonated fission bombs in our only biosphere, even though we knew it is possible it might instantly consume our entire atmosphere in an instant. We live in places that most other life forms would consider instant death, and even thrive there in spite of the impossible conditions. The only thing a human has never killed on this planet is a dinosaur, and that's only because they had the good sense to go extinct before humans came along, because we'd have probably wiped them out ourselves. We are at the top of the food chain, not because we're the strongest or fastest, but because we're smart, adaptable, and crazier than a soup sandwich. We don't back down from a challenge, so I'm sorry to say this, Jaunt, but you threw down the gauntlet. Don't be surprised that we're fighting back.

Don't underestimate the human race.

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That Guy Over There
14th Apr 2017, 11:58 PM

Addendum

Also, if you need further proof that we're a race not to be taken likely, look up Old Man Henderson, (https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Old_Man_Henderson) living proof that humans can out crazy the elder gods, and even succeed in killing them. If they stat it, we can kill it.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Apr 2017, 10:06 AM

Holy heckarooni, man, I'm not even sure what to say to all this XD There's a lot of human pride here, it's pretty crazy and cool!

I mean, yeah, ultimately I also wanted to get the point across that we're not to be taken lightly. Just because we're lacking in a lot of ways, our new wit and survival instincts will catch people off guard, certainly.

Thanks for the read, TGOT :)

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junoro
15th Apr 2017, 2:08 AM

Even lying on the ground in agony, Jaunt looks fabulous! Man, though, he's in a bad spot for sure :'D
I'm glad I finally got a chance to catch up on this comic! 273 pages never went so fast! This is such a cool world with colourful characters. I'm looking forward to seeing just how far out of this world things get!

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Apr 2017, 10:08 AM

Oh man, thanks Juno :)

You don't need to worry, I'm still goin'! We're a little over the halfway point I think, so probably 2 more years at least, heh.

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Bob Mozark
15th Apr 2017, 8:24 AM

At least Jaunt did not try to stoically claim that it was only a flesh wound. That inset panel in the second panel looks grim.

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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Apr 2017, 10:08 AM

Pfft! Like I would write something like that ;)

Yeah, it doesn't look good from that shot, hm..?

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HeSerpenty
15th Apr 2017, 10:43 PM

Oh man I somehow missed such an intense scene---SHAME ON ME!

Egads.. JAUNT! This doesn't look good D: (and also went smooth...TOO smooth X"D)

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Apr 2017, 11:11 PM

I'm about ready to dive back into serpents, myself, so I'm looking forward to what's been going on :)

I'm sure Jaunt will be fine, right? Right? :D

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gideonland
18th Apr 2017, 3:19 AM

Roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!... sorry, had to hehehe. I love his expression of emergency in that panel though.
So what kind of "bullet" is that? Doing heavy internal damage.

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Apr 2017, 11:11 PM

Hah!

I'm glad that came across, though! The bullet is a little more than a normal projectile, but that will be revealed...

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Taily
9th Jun 2017, 11:16 AM

"Just one of those fish people, though."
wow racist

Also I don't know what's going on in that second panel but it looks EXCRUCIATING.

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MistakeNPotatoes
9th Jun 2017, 11:23 AM

Believe it or not it will make sense in a bit XD

And yeah, that's probably some kind of speciesist or something >:I

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