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    It's Thursday, it's early afternoon GMT and midmorning EST, and it's time for more nastiness.

    (Disclaimer: Crossed: Wish You Were Here is extreme entertainment for adults. Anyone under 18, or anyone easily offended, Do Not Make Clicky.)

    EPISODE 02 of the free webcomic, online in its entirety.

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    There is some seriously awesome artwork in this one. Barreno must look at your scripts, despair, then draw until his hands bleed.

    Can't wait for more.
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    I probably shouldn't be reading this at work...

    But I am anyway.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    I just got done reading this on my phone. Because FUCK NO am I risking anyone at work seeing me reading this.

    Specifically, seeing me reading this and giggling like an asshole.

    This episode hit me right in the guts, too, since I spend every possible waking moment in coffee shops diddling on my laptop and pretending to be penning the Great American Novel. I'm going to be very distracted the next time I attempt this. I may also have to start carrying a hacksaw.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012 edited
    I like the disclaimer. I guess this means i can't show it to five year old children outside the school gates...

    Still, the people who attend my local church are old enough.

    I've not been there for a while, but i'll never look at Piccadilly Circus the same again.
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    The 'Why bother?' really haunts me, even more than the violence, and the panel after too. The look on everyone's faces. That's so fucking bleak, not even wanting to know what dasy it is... Fantastic art from Barreno and Erskine. And then LOL at 'more noisy fucking seals.' I used to holiday in Orkney as a kid, and I can tell you, they really are noisy bastards. But back to the art - the sense of movement between panels, like on page 20 where you see green mohawk guy with a bloody bat, then the next panel he's caving some guy's face in... IT LIVES. I'm right there with the narrator, experiencing how awful it is to be a lucky, lucky cunt; how it blinds you to horror.

    Strong stuff.
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    He's projecting a lot onto himself. Not a "coward" by any means. Standing still and fighting wouldn't have made a bit of difference with the Crossed. Running from the unholy fucking terror and keeping himself alive is a courageous act... it just doesn't feel courageous.

    Outstanding job, everyone.
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    I just got done reading this on my phone. Because FUCK NO am I risking anyone at work seeing me reading this.

    Yeah, to no one's surprise, LOTS of people are doing this for the same reason.

    The format is pretty usable on phone & tablet for those that find themselves in this situation.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012 edited
    Actually, I do want to compliment the team on that. I could read Freakangels more or less okay on my phone, but it was always obvious it was meant to be read on a decent screen. I feel like +WYWH+ belongs on the phone, along with the tablet, monitor, and page.
    • CommentAuthormuckymucks
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    I'm surprised how much story we got in this episode. I was expecting every new installment to be the same length as the first one. Or maybe it's the same but I dwelled on the art to take in every bloody little bit of detail? Either way, horrible, beautiful stuff.

    I'm curious what the plan would have been if those fucked-up creatures had decided to make it to shore? Literally shooting in the dark isn't much of a plan, especially when the Crossed are coming at them with spiked planks and their dicks.
    • CommentAuthoratavistian
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    Gotten off to a good start. I'm hooked enough to keep reading.

    Kind of hope they clean those ear trumpets between users. There's bound to be nothing worse than coming on shift after someone with serious wax buildup.
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    I second (third?) the compliments on phone reading. I read these first two on my phone, and the format works for them.

    Particularly in this one. I was NOT expecting the Crossed girl in the coffee shop. Had I been reading on a PC, I'd have seen that instantly and the shock wouldn't have been so visceral. As it was, that just freaked me out horribly, as I scrolled down expecting something amusing...

    The story, and the concept of this universe scares the living daylights out of me to be honest. I think I've been in a state of trauma since reading The Road a couple of years back, and anything that presents a total collapse of civilisation makes me extremely unnerved, especially after reading a lot of New Scientist pieces about just how fragile infrastructures are and just how little redundancy exists in the systems that make everything work - ie fuel/food/power distribution. The dolphin fucking was kind of comedy-horror, and I sort of expect that round here (and my first thought wasn't 'how did he catch it?' but 'wouldn't that fracture his penis if it spasmed?') - but the concept of there being no safe havens and no fightback genuinely frightens me.
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    Oh loved this. Soooo much... I did actually prefer seeing it on a decent sized screen over the phone one though.

    Nice bit of lulling us into comfortable before jumping out and hitting us round the chops!
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    I hope no one yells at me for the comparison, but I'm basically looking at the crossed and thinking "reavers," and reavers for the MA audience, instead of the PG13 of Firefly. I've never read any of the other Crossed titles - this just isn't my cuppa so if WYWH cost money to view I probably would have passed. But since it's free and it's what is next after Freakangels I'm giving it a go.

    It's weird...interesting...weird. When I first watched Serenity - in a theatre but long after the major crowds had drifted off - I jumped and nearly screamed every time a reaver popped up. I had to watch bits of the movie through girlvision (fingers over the eyes). But reading this, I'm alone in my room so no one to snoop over my shoulder and... no real fear or anything. Just taking it in and thinking "Yep that is horrible, I would have to hope I'd die quickly because getting fucked half to death and then having a bus roll over me to finish me off sounds like a poor show." Maybe I'm inured to violence like this on a page? Maybe the whole spiel on gore in movies vs real life put me at a distance from what was going on? Maybe it's the frenetic motion of a movie that startles me. I've never been queasy about blood and guts, and I've seen the aftereffects of a car crash only about five minutes later. (The more disturbing part of that was the lady with mangled arm and chest waving her other arm.)

    But "why bother" Yea, indeed. Why go on? Or maybe, what does it mean to go on? Survivors feel lucky. And heroes (to refer to a completely different context) didn't set out to be impressive, they just did the task in front of them. Why remember? Well, why dissociate from the crossed? What makes them different and what does that matter? Why do the crossed seek them out instead of cannibalizing their own? What makes a person a person and not an agent of the collective? What makes a society? A civilization? It's not just memories of personal experience, but collective knowledge. Civilizations that anticipate the future and build on the past thrive. That's why. Those who don't "bother" don't get far; hiding from the future yields diminishing returns. These folks on Cava Island have a choice to make.
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd 2012
    love it! thanks : )
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    "When the bastards pass by" Death wish, excuse for horrible carnage wish, or a both tied up together in a horrible package or anger and despair?

    I'm curious to see how, after they've been there a couple years (assuming the time frame of the story goes that long) the crossed will have managed to survive. They're not really designed for long-term survival.
    • CommentAuthorjamfeb
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2012
    Absolutely amazing! I thought it might be slow to get started but
    I couldn't have been more wrong!
    Crossed: Badlands is set in Scotland too, do I sense a crossover?

    No pun intended. ;)
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    @razrangel - you're probably on the money about the motion of movies being the thing that startles you. It's called the Orientation Response and it's why you feel tired after watching hours of TV - your head feels exactly like it would after running through thick underbrush for hours.

    @Si - I had not, to date, looked at Crossed, because there are so many good comics out there and my budget is limited. TBH, the only reason I started reading it now is because I was already here, then you took over the management, and you were personally entertaining. And it's great. It's got me engaged already, the same feeling I had when Freakangels started up or when I first discovered Preacher. And for the record I bought all of those in TPB.

    So just for the metrics or algorithms or whatever yardstick the scary people with the purse strings keep to check up on you with, +1 credit-card-owning fan as of now because of the free webcomic release. Also, you rock. So there.
    • CommentAuthorales kot
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2012
    This is so fucking horrible and brilliant. Intelligent exploitation is hard to do right, and you're doing an excellent job so far.
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2012
    Been offline mostly for a bit, and just managed to read this yesterday. After the resulting nightmares, I've come to the conclusion it's just not my up of tea. But I wish you luck, and hope that this gets to all the people who would enjoy it.

    When is Disenchanted coming out?

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