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  1.  (10634.1)
    It's Thursday, it's mid-afternoon in London, it's another wrongheaded morning in Mericky, it's who-the-fuck-knows-when in Australia, and it's time for more Crossed Hideosity.

    Episode 6, live and free-to-air.

    Remember: Not safe for work, not safe for minors, not safe for people of a nervous disposition, not safe for concubines, not safe for mathematicians, not safe for pebbles.

    ZAYZTUFF.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    I was expecting something horrible this week, but that orgy of violence is just...fuck!

    I like the word turdage.
  2.  (10634.3)
    This continues to be great. The pace is just right and I'm enjoying the observations about what life's actually like, how the crossed behave etc.
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    Great episode. I'm guessing Shakey escapes London via the Thames Estuary. I like the Millenium Bridge reference - as a native Londoner it makes the whole thing very personal & creepy. I've snogged the wife on that bridge.

    What's the mysterious light all about? Survivors or a Crossed mind game?
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    Ahh, that's some goood cliffhanging right there.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    Y'know, i didn't think this was going to be my cup of tea when i first heard about it but i am pleasantly surprised (and disgusted), there's a lot of thought and feeling in amongst all the rape, dismemberment and exploding coos. Nice work young Master Spurrier, nice work!
    • CommentAuthorwishUwere
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2012
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    This webcomic has me by the balls! :o Can't wait till next week!...... inb4skipweek
    Jamie Delano Just started his run on crossed yesterday (good stuff!) It's a good week to be a crossed fan.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2012
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    @stanandcindy: Weird, I just realized that that mysterious light sifted into my dreams last night. That's twice now that this comic has squirmed in my slumber.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2012
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    "B-Dam. Ha ha."

    Crossed Beavis!
  4.  (10634.10)
    I'm really enjoying this. There seems, to me anyway, that there is a strong theme about information, how we process it and access it when the input becomes so overloaded but we become cut off from the familiar sources we rely on.

    Keep up the good work!
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    I hate to confess, since it seems retroproductive, but here we go:

    I'm not buying BADLANDS at the moment. Loved Ennis' CROSSED. Love Burrows. Disappointed by the way it ended, but it was a blip in an otherwise great book.
    When it came to the sequels, though, I was turned off by them. They didn't have the same tone, or tastefulness of the initial book. I know it seems like nonsense, but I didn't feel that Lapham was behaving as responsibly with the material as Ennis would have, and the fact that Ennis had distanced himself from any consequent works before the first run was even done was a strong indicator of how badly this sort of thing could go. PSYCHOPATH was an interesting concept, but got a bit fucking puerile with all that tit-in-a-bag stuff.
    I've defended CROSSED to people with a weaker constitution than myself all over the internet and in person. The usual adjectives are ones you're familiar with. 'gratuitous' and 'sick'. I don't agree with them. I think it's an exploration of the hackneyed zombie genre. I think it's a discussion of contemporary psychiatric theory. I think it's brilliant, but only when handled with care. When You let the wrong impulse lead a story like this one, the moments of gratuity move from a sick sense of humour to a perverted attitude on the part of the writer. It makes me feel dirty to read it. I don't want to be a part of the audience any more.

    And that's what the artist wants? That's fine, that's valid. I just want to be heard as a consumer. It pushes too far sometimes. Crossed 3D? really? honestly?

    SO ANYWAY. Now Ennis is back and I'm really interested in why he's done that. I picked up the badlands number 0 and loved what I was seeing. innovative and gritty without being led by a need to induce bile. Success.

    While I was looking to see if I could buy issues ahead of time I I found wish you were here on the website. Fucking astonishing. I've read just about everything that Ennis ever printed, I'm a dedicated fan. I even read 'the boys' fucksakes. 'I even bothered with 'dan dare'. But this new iteration of the story is better. better art, better tone, stronger sense of creeping dread. It transports you. It's a creepy experience reading it. the cliffhangers are great, the pictures are moody and black. It's brave and commendable to have formatted it for a 4:3 screen which keeps the story flowing way better than any comic-format reader could have. I'm hooked and desperate to read whatever comes my way. I'm excited to see where it's going. Is this the CROSSED story with an interesting ending that pays off the beginning?

    So here we are. I've been waiting five years or whatever for Ennis to write more crossed, and now it's here, I don't need it, because this online comic, which seems to be a promotional material, is better than the one it's advertising. No disrespect. Honest, I don't want to be a dick about this. I want to support the company and buy the comics and play the game, but you're giving me the one I want for nothing, and now I don't need to buy the one you're selling. I thought you should know.

    Maybe you could hold the last issue of WISH YOU WERE HERE back and print it. I'll buy it. I'll pay a fiver. I'll buy it direct. I'll send cash in an envelope so you can swizz the VAT. Whatever you do. Thanks for producing it, and thanks to the makers for making it good. don't stop doing it.
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    @ mynameisdan

    I interpreted the 'meaning' of the first volume of Crossed was a rumination on the nature of evil using a post apocalyptic world as a vehicle to hang a plot & characters round.

    The Ennis scripted Badlands arc is worth reading. The ending is unbearably horrific!!!
  7.  (10634.13)
    @mynameisdan - hugely pleased you're enjoying the webcomic. You're... quasi-right, in thinking of it as promotional material... but only in as much as it's effectively promoting itself. Like "Freakangels" before it, Wish You Were Here will be collected every six months and printed as an OGN, so people can get their hands on a hard copy. I can't say for sure, but I *think* I'm right in guessing that - due to various logistical whatnottery - the trade will actually be available in shops slightly before all the relevant material has entirely been released online. That wasn't our cynical intention, but it'll be interesting to see whether the whole "tease 'em then get 'em to buy it before the end" thing does it any favours. Either way, Avatar's aim was always to release the whole project online, then hope - no, *trust* - that the people who enjoy it will support it by purchasing a hard copy. It worked remarkably well with "Freakangels", so we're all crossing our appendages that the same'll happen here.
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    ...you're saying this will be ongoing? that would be pretty freaking joyful!
  9.  (10634.15)
    At least 2 years' worth, yep.
    • CommentAuthormynamesdan
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2012
     (10634.16)
    woof

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