HEY, you stopped voting on topwebcomics, we're under the 50 spot, and that makes me saaaad... YOU WANT FLASHY BANNERS AGAIN >_>!?!?!
GO VOTE: http://topwebcomics.com/vote/11586/default.aspx
AND THEN, GO TO YOUR ROOM AND THINK OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE!
Uuuh, art experiment, I like where this is going
I love some of the earlier art styles, and i enjoy seeing stuff like this when it's done right, and this is done right. Also, love that al is broken up in this page, while fel is still looking the same, just more cartoony. Might be "al vision" lol.
The goddamn HatMann (Guest)
Man, you're amazing.
Also...doody smears? o.o
Fantastic, well composed, realistic, with a slight injection of fantasy...
Friend, this is movie material.
Also some CG but let's attempt to avoid that, ahahaha~
@The goddamn HatMann: its just dirt o_o if you lived on the streets jumping through trees and sleeping on the floor, you wouldn't have clean hands D:
That Greek Guy (Guest)
Another thing in my list that i have to check out every week from now on. Like the 10 anime im watching aren't enough >.>
@Kenno Arkkan: Um....yeah; I thought about that right after posting.
@Kenno Arkkan: O:< I vote every day, you hobo dancer! *shakes fist*
I like to see how you still play with the art styles. Also, it's exciting to get the back ground to how Fel and Al got together. Dumb question, is Fel short for something, and if not where did she get the name?
@xGhostZerox: I also love the fact that "when he has hope" his turns into a more human-like color.
The hope made him more human, nice message ^^
@WilliamRobert: I think it's short for feline
As... well, she is.
PUT THE BANNERS, FLASHY BANNERS EVERYWHEREEEEEEE
I love the stylistic changes that you do, it works with the flow of the story so well. Dynamic characters with dynamic emotions represented with dynamic style. It's very well executed. I AM HOOKED!
... third to last panel, it says "at the middle of the night..." Proper grammar is "in the middle of the night." Time is a realm, a place one is in, not one is at. There remains no distance no matter what time has passed, for one is always touched by time. When you speak of the past, you weren't "at" a place in time, you were "IN" that moment in time, you were immersed by that time, time is everything that surrounds us in a single given moment and you are not simply "at" this or that moment for "at" is too weak a word for something so enormous as time.
~The Poetic grammar nazi.
@That Greek Guy: LOL only ten anime and this? My friend, I follow so many comics and manga I actually rely on them like a calandar. "Oh, unsounded updated. It's monday again. There's Fel, must be sunday."
@Biblioholic: fixed! thanks!
As far as grammar goes, you are correct, but to people like Al, they feel more "at" time than "in" it. You exist in a world where everything changes yet you remain the same. The pain of your life doesnt fade and feels just as vivid and it did when it happened. You feel like you're right next to time, watching the normal people at a distance ignoring your existance like you're out of the loop. Basically, "at" fits more than the more gramatically correct "in" here.
You sleep on my couch,
and eat my food,
you fuck my bathroom,
and don't flush the loi,
This is now I know you looooovve me..
and I love you!
Ohmehgahd is that a little heart drawn in dirt next to the sink? I just jizzed my pants and died from the power of that Kawaii <3
@Rinroken I don't see how that would effect this particular article of diction and, honestly, I am puzzled by your point. In the last page you can see that panel by panel the pain in his eyes fades to a harrowed, tired sort of look until Fel came into the picture and he looks shocked and amazed. Key word being fades.
I think that you have the right idea as to how it would be to be like him but just a bit off. You see, time passes and the world passes by on and on, you feel like you're an observer to reality, unable to participate, unable to even comprehend why the world is as it is, and unable to fit in. It's a lot like insanity, only justified. The world he lives in becomes incompatible with the world around him, and he retreats further and further within, separates and distances himself from it, because there are some things in the world around him that he simply cannot stand, that he cannot live by when it is so different from the world he lives in. "I had to escape, I had to make my own world,. Away from all that harm. And that's how I ended [up] here... in my own crystal cage..." He said it himself, he locked himself away because he couldn't stand how the world functioned.
That's not related to time, time is above even all that. The only instance that I know of that you would describe time as "at" would be if you were describing something impersonal that is no longer true, and speaking of time specifically as an object. I.E. "I didn't want to leave my car at such a shady bar so far from my home. So I drove, tried to take the back streets and go ten miles under the speed limit. It seemed like a good idea at the time. But then I rear ended that Prius... that PARKED Prius. My stupid drunk self should have taken the highway." [Note that the person talks of themself as if they are not speaking in the first person.]
Happy cloud is happy
I really like the little phrases at the bottom of the pages the most, they're like the messages that you get inside of fortune cookies. I feel that this one really speaks to me though.
@Lazy-lil-ninja: Yeah, ten, eh? They do tend to accumulate. Up to 116 webcomics of varying styles in my bookmark list now.
Loving the backstory, Boss. And the varying art styles.
excellent work and posted just before my birthday :D
@Sleel: lol not to mention any that have their own websites... :D KINDRED SPIRIT!
@Kenno Arkkan: When the abstract chunky look goes, I will vote again, but the way it looks now, ug. Too heavy an attempt to be artsy, when what we need is more story.
Hatt-wearing -Mann (Guest)
Chunky? And here I thought this was one of the best looking strips. Plenty of story in it too.
If I may use the characters utilized so brilliantly by the previous comment: ಠ_ಠ
You just can't account for some people's [lack of] taste.
You know you got it BAD when you don't mind your lady breaking and entering.
@Biblioholic: "You just can't account for some people's [lack of] taste."
Yeah because we can't have someone who disagrees about art. Right?
Give me a break, I've had the whole "If you don't like it you just don't understand real art" until I could puke. Allow me to voice MY opinion on what I think the visuals in the current arc look like. Disagree? Fine, but that is also JUST your opinion.
Yeah, I miss the older art
I worded my comment in a regrettably stuck up way, and for that I apologize. I was a bit frustrated.
However, I'VE had just about enough of people taking one look at something, opening their mouths, and honking on about how they wish artists would stick to the same old basic only-telling-story-with-dialogue-and-fighting format. I haven't been raised to see abstract art, I just found it and liked it. I grew up with a salt-of-the-earth father and a "free spirit" wiccan mother, learning that there is a variety of joys that one can take out of a variety of things. There is so many simple pleasures... yet so few new things with depth, with delicious complexity and originality, and those things that have depth are mostly outdated. And I've come to yearn for something that takes thought, because too much of modern media simply spoon-feeds everything to you in the precise order that's been used a thousand times, like a play acted out again and again with the only difference the faces that say the lines. I'm not an elitist. I don't think any one type of art (or person) is "better." I just wish people wouldn't be so narrow minded. I'm just sick of people taking anything with any uniqueness to it, anything with depth and meaning beyond the obvious, and with one look bleating on about "I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS YOU SHOULDN'T DRAW SOMETHING YOU CAN'T JUST LOOK AT AND UNDERSTAND BECAUSE I HAVE TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING WITHOUT THINKING WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT SOMETHING I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT?" I'm just tired of people who think something is worse than everything else because it's different than what they're used to. I'm sickened by the world that their complaining is making, that thought-out and original art is so rare because of precisely this, because people decide that because it's different they don't like it, accepting only a narrow range of things presented in a narrow range of ways and discouraging anything out of that shortsighted way with insult after complaint after backhanded pretenses of praise. I'm god damn tired of wading through a sea of ignorance and hate and finding grains of wonder, works of art beautiful in their complexity rather than simplicity, monuments to the human mind, only to see them spat upon and leered at and the builders discouraged from making any more.
I don't mean you. I'm not saying anything about you. I'm just explaining myself, and why I'm frustrated. When I said that last comment, I assumed these things of you and I shouldn't have.
I am sorry.
You are as entitled to your opinion as much as I or anyone else is.
@Biblioholic: A well reasoned statement deserves no less a reasoned response.
Thank you, both for the apology and the explanation. I do understand that the artist is trying to be different and unique in how he is presenting his strip. I appreciate that he has a skill he wants to say something with, I just don't particularly like the visual qualities he is using. I was never a fan of abstract. I know others are, and that is fine for them. I guess it's like that old saw, "I don't know anything about art, but I know what I like"
I think that the story line gives plenty to think over about our prejudices and mindsets. That is why I like the story, because the artist is actually a very good story teller as well.
For the narrow minded, the ones you describe as wanting mindless entertainment, isn't that what TV and the Kardashians is for? (OK that's being snarky, but really, TV is such a wasteland)
Best of luck to the artist, and thank you for being a rational and thinking member of the human race, that is getting scarce.
I could be wrong but I think the use of abstract is to give a particular view for memory. Memories tend to shift over time in a way become abstract. later we come to learn new things about what we thought we knew so our view of the past shifts. That would be hard to describe with out a lot of foot notes. Or the artist needs some time drawing in a different way to keep the creative juices flowing, either way I like the story more than enough to see how things come out further along. We are enjoying a vision the artist has been generous to share with us I am thankful.
Completed my dash through the archives a couple weeks ago, just getting around to commenting now. Very nice work so far, enjoying the storyline.
I agree that art is objective, and I too am not a huge fan of abstract art, but I do like the experiment with it we see here, not bad at all really. And, yes, TV is a wasteland ... they keep killing shows I like (Dresden Files, Painkiller Jane, so many others I could list forever) in favor of tv junk food shows like Survivor and wrestling ... FEH!
But when you think about it, abstract is the best way to show memories. Our brains don't record like a DVR, more like a college student scribbling notes in shorthand. When you recall a memory what you actually see is your mind's recreation based on those scribbled notes (hence why witness testimony is so unreliable, BTW). So our memory is more like an abstract painting than like a photograph, when you think about it.
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