pt. 1 ch. 9 - Page 25
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MistakeNPotatoes
15th Sep 2017, 10:36 AM

I'm not super happy with the page quality here, it does pick up in the next scene however. They can't all be great, unfortunately :/

Ah well. Have a good weekend everyone!

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Microraptor
15th Sep 2017, 10:54 AM

Albert apparently didn't get the memo that their boss, who is currently present in the room, doesn't like that touchy-feely stuff very much...

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:13 PM

Hah! I get a feeling Al doesn't like to think too much about it himself, but he's definitely a lot more empathetic than Nyarlathotep, and probably Jaunt, most definitely.

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Bob Mozark
15th Sep 2017, 12:21 PM

Albert is a very caring person and medicine was a good career choice for him.

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Mada
15th Sep 2017, 5:43 PM

Odd thought I just had; can Albert see Nyarlathotep? I notice Jaunt's been the only one he's talking to and while I can understand the fishmen not being surprised to see tall, dark and howling-forever, it does make me wonder if in fact Nyarly's only appearing to Jaunt right now or something.

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:16 PM

I think that Al's part of the small, small group of the "initiated" that get to see a little deeper into the conspiracy. So in this case, yes, Al can see Nyarlathotep, and it's probably why all of this stuff shakes him so much when he's given enough time to sit there and ponder it alone.

I don't think your average person curls up with a Friedrich Nietzsche ;)

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That Guy Over There
15th Sep 2017, 7:11 PM

It's easy to forget, in a story about cosmic entities and freaky fish people, that there's actual friendship and interpersonal relationships involved here. It's funny, seeing something so... human in a story largely about non-humans.

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Mgnostic
16th Sep 2017, 10:09 AM

Exploring the unexplored characters is one of the things I like about this comic. Lovecraft's xenophobia would probably have gotten in the way of exploring these characters even if he had lived. The Fishmen are identified as having a society but with Jaunt only recently having been elevated to sentience this is all probably something new.

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:17 PM

It appears that being given sentience and some sort of form of injected intelligence also comes with a package of unwanted and confusing emotions. Imagine someone with the maturity of a child but with the knowledge of how to behave socially in order to get desired reactions.. almost like a sociopath with a potential to begin to feel empathy on a normal level.

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Thracecius
19th Sep 2017, 2:24 PM

That sounds rather similar to the TV show "Dexter", about a serial killer who only kills other serial killers. The show itself was disturbing on many levels, but as a character study it was phenomenal. Michael C. Hall's nuanced performance made the show work, even when the writing was a bit slipshod, mainly due to his numerous amazingly close calls that, for the most part, would never have gotten by in real-life. I recommend the show, but only if you can handle the intensity of some graphically disturbing scenes. By comparison of disturbing graphic scenes though, I'd much rather watch "Dexter" than "Game of Thrones" or "Fortitude".

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lorddarke
16th Sep 2017, 2:32 AM

Sometimes you have to "connect the dots" in a strip, it can't be all action, not if you are trying to tell a story like this one. This is a novel, it just has more pictures....

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:18 PM

That's a very good point - even still I'm not super pleased with how the composition came out or the flow of the pages. I'm glad that people are still into it though :)

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Taily
16th Sep 2017, 10:10 AM

I think Jaunt believes in what he's saying but I also think he's stretching the truth!! If the powers above him were like "hey, put your friends in harm's way" he'd be like "oh... okay..." because the alternative is literally being turbo-blasted to Hell or something. But he WANTS TO BELIEVE EVERYTHING IS FINE

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...(RockB)
17th Sep 2017, 9:21 AM

Indeed - my impression is that Jaunt is -knowingly- lying here, he already put them in harm's way. More honestly he should have said "... unless absolutely necessary".

Edit: Jaunt said "you" instead of "your friends" - so he is most likely telling the truth but not answering the concern. Hmmm.

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:20 PM

Good points from both of you - like Mr. Casual said, this is the hell of middle management. When you want the best for the people that work below you but you have goals to meet. Thankfully Jaunt doesn't seem to be against the idea of getting his own hands dirty, so he's willing to take some of the dangerous tasks for himself :)

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...(RockB)
21st Sep 2017, 6:04 PM

*nod* Would I work in this kind of "business". I'd like to have a boss like him for sure. (I guess we all know that humans can be monsters, too. Thus I'd rather like a "monster" that is "human" to a great extend than, well, the other way round)

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MistakeNPotatoes
22nd Sep 2017, 11:15 AM

That's definitely one of the themes I'm going for here, monstrous humans and human-like monsters. I'm glad it's paying off :D

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MadJak91
17th Sep 2017, 1:23 PM

This could be a problem much later. While Jaunt is one of the few who seem to genuinely care for his subordinates, he still has a mission to accomplish which is ultimately above anything else. His life included if needed, I guess.
There will probably come a point when they will fight between each other once Jaunt goes too far with this...

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MistakeNPotatoes
18th Sep 2017, 9:21 PM

Hmmmm... maybe... I don't really want to say too much about this speculation unfortunately but I'm always happy to see the theories :')

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