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  1.  (10581.1)
    It's Thursday, it's mid-afternoon in London, it's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky, and it's time for more Crossed Hideosity.

    Episode 3, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition and similar wussy types.

    Thoughts Cheerfully Solicited.
    • CommentAuthorblighty
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    Very nice chapter, this. At first, I thought the cow was powering the boat with methane from its farts. The truth was also hilarious. One thing: CHAPTER 2 IS NOT AVAILABLE. I missed chapter 2, went to read it and its link just brings up chapter 3.
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    I knew eating my salad and reading this was a bad idea - I did it anyway and enjoyed every page.
    Now I've gotta get some beef.

    My only criticism would be the 'lion's roar in negative' line: I'm not sure why yet but it stuck in my teeth oddly.
    Other than that, all good clean fun. ;)

    Thanks, Overlord!

    -Serf Gwalchmai [whose Serfdom is in question since he learnt to read through these here picture books]
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    I missed chapter 2, went to read it and its link just brings up chapter 3.

    That's fixed. Check it out:
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012 edited
    Oh, that's good news.
    They did't have sex with the cow.

    Kind of nervous for a minute.
    • CommentAuthorBerserker
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    I guess at this point it doesn't really matter if they shot the poor cow or not - I'm fairly certain anyone with ears anywhere remotely nearby probably heard that...
  4.  (10581.7)
    ARSE! COW! ASPLODE! Rolled gold.

    Timeline on TPB?
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    Poor Bess. I've been assuming, but coming to realize it maybe foolish, that an explanation for what the heck is up with the crossed is forthcoming. Do I need to read the other books to find out? Do some googling? Or will WYWH unfold and tell me along the way. I'd rather wait for the last but if I'm supposed to already know then it may help me to just go ahead and check wikipedia on the matter.

    A question for the masses - though I might serve myself better asking on Can Haz Help thread - what is the term for this kind of gross out storytelling? I remember reading it a bunch when first introduced to Ellis and this somewhat applicable in Crossed. But I mean, the sort of mundane disgustingness of making dolphin eyeballs into a delicacy because dolphins were no longer in any danger, etc, that we first came across in Transmetropolitan. The sort of storytelling that goes into extreme detail of the grosser than gross things that the particularly deranged/degenerate people driving the stories get up to. Not horror porn, that's just the ultra horror stuff of the Saw movies, but I mean the stuff that is supposed to jolt the reader who is inured to violence and scatological jokes. The stuff that makes those of us here at Whitechapel sit up and laugh when poor sods get hacked to bits.

    Looking for that term to do some research on art installations that do the same to the more artsy set. I'm working on a play centered around an art piece made of roadkill. The keywords would help a lot.
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    Transgressive art is the term you're after. Coined in 1985 to refer to the cinema of folks like John Waters. Get this book to begin.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    When i saw the arm and the cow in pain, i actually thought that they had stuffed one of the crossed inside the animal!

    sort of a Trojan cow so to speak....
  6.  (10581.11)
    So, they're working on the theory that the cow-boat (boat-cow?) was a trap created by other survivors to try and take out a few Crossed? Admittedly, I'm not overly familiar with the background (ie: what the Crossed are and aren't capable of) but that seems like one hell of an assumption to me.
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    @Beamish - but how do you know?
    • CommentAuthorjamfeb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    You have one sick little mind Si! Must admit I have no idea where tue reasoning for the 'survivor' trap cake from from but I'm happy to accept it just to see a cow, shit a grenade.
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012 edited
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    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012 edited
    @purple - I think I agree. A trap to put fear into the Crossed? It seems that would be a futile exercise, and killing a small boarding party shouldn't make much difference.

    More likely it's a bit of mayhem set up by the Crossed to draw out survivors. At some point, the dumber Crossed should do each other in, leaving the smarter ones who are a bit more creative. But they had to get the cow and grenade from somewhere, and that suggests that there were other organized survivors. And if it was done by survivors, why torture the cow?

    "lion's roar in the negative" made a clear image (auditory and visual) to me.
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    I concede.
    • CommentAuthorarcaner
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    I shall need to find a way to work "Arse Custard" into my conversations this week.
    • CommentTimeMar 29th 2012
    @Kay -- maaaybe. "transgressive art" does give me a place to start but I can't remember if that was the phrase that people were using for Transmet/freakangels/Red. It may very well apply to Crossed, but I haven't seen quite enough of it to feel confident about that. I'm not sure that Deathtripping is the right book for what I'm looking for...but this is a good springboard. Thanks!
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    @razrangel - Short answer is that - "in world" - nobody has a clue where the Crossed came from. It's a stunningly contagious condition (even something like skin-contact with sweat, spit or blood could get you), but whether it's a lab experiment gone wrong, or a mutated flu bug, or a bioweapon, or a plague sent by god, or etc etc, nobody knows. At various times in other *Crossed* stories, and indeed in *WYWH*, characters have wondered about the source... but the inevitable counter-question is "does it really matter where it came from?" Like Shaky say: You've got to learn not to wonder.

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