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    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Good morning, Whitechapel. We've had twelve episodes of FREAKANGELS to date, so today we're having an Interlude.

    Catch your breath, see what Warren has to say about his drowned London, and take this thread to spin out some idle speculation and maybe say hello to your neighbors. We could probably all use a break -- it's been quite a week, hasn't it?
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    Aw... Now I have to go back to Friday work with no dysfunctional telepaths running around the back of my mind...

    The interlude should totally be included in the print version though...
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    For a minute I thought it said 'Interlube'. Huh huh.

    Freakangels updating always reminds me that it's friday.
    • CommentAuthorweelibin
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Nice to hear a bit about the story and its roots.

    @ Warren,
    Can we expect more of a gang presence in the future? just wondering since you mentioned it in the interlude.

    The post apocalyptic theme is a very English thing to do, I really hope that this particular
    story rides up there with the best of them!
    Looking forward to the next installment :D
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited
    Hope Paul and Warren will be able to recharge their batteries during the interlude and also have some time to enjoy the nice weather.


    Growing up in a polder in a river delta area that was evacuated in 1995 I really sympathise with those that have flooding angst. Also seeing the before and after images from the Burmese Irrawaddy delta was more than just disturbing.
    Warren's observations about a 'survivors guilt' rings a bell.

    Apart of the flooding risks, life on river clay near an estuary has some advantages that will always attract a lot of people:
    the land will almost always be fertile, and - when the rivers have not been tamed, like humans have been trying to do in developed countries - the land will also be relatively new (as in "unclaimed"). Hence it becomes a place to settle for a lot of the poorest people.

    John Wyndham rocks, but I only really read The Day of the Triffids and some descriptions of his other works.
    After this hint(?) I wonder if we'll get to see Kraken-inspired activity in the subsequent pages of FA. The damage done to the buildings in Whitechapel + the watchtower concept suggest that there is something more going wrong in this graphic novel than just an excessively high water level and some exceptionally gifted people that have done something to end the world as we know it..

    (edit: typos, always trypos)
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    Good week, actually. Yesterday was just total crap, which has followed me into today.
    Warren's words, or his words with pictures; I will take what I can get this morning.

    Everything I've read about England and her rain has said that this year will be a bad one for flooding, too.
    • CommentAuthorFer
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    A break from mind reading characters for actual mind reading.
    I bought London Calling two days ago and have been reading After London on and off for a month or so.

    I have only read The Kraken Wakes, I should get on his other books.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    I'd just like to say I'm enjoying Freakangels very much (interludes included). I've gone to the bar, emptied my full organs and I'm back in my seat.
    Also, I love London Calling very, very much. One day, I will steal that bass line and use it for my own bitter ends (shameless, I know).
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited
    I live in Lincolnshire (just in from The Wash) about half a mile from Fosdyke Bridge over the tidal River Welland. Flood, a two day show over the bank holiday weekend was rather disappointing, as shows go, and pretty uninspiring for the likes of us country folk (I did commute to London for over twenty years and flooding in the tubes was always at the back of my mind) - it was a tad biased towards the Smoke folk. Didn't stop me from turning over to watch Waking the Dead, and even that didn't live up to the excellent first double header in the new series. I do wonder though, in light of global warming, why we chose to move here!
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    my god man, i am beginning to believe you could make sweeping dirt off a porch into one of the most pleasurable bites to read. your ability to turn a interlude into a mind movie beyond any imagined by hollywood, is just simply beyond a mere mortals talent. hell, i just learned a great many things about something i had never even been aware of.
    thanks to both you and paul for your efforts, you both deserve the pause.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    I honestly can't complain, sad that there will be a week without the goodness of Freak Angels, but considering the run you've guys have been doing, bravo. It's hard to do that stuff every week, and that many pages, I applaud you and await your return.
    • CommentAuthorpisgah
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust....
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    Hello, Ferburton! Hello, pisgah! Hello, whoever posts after this. (Just saying hello to the neighbors).

    Cheers, Mr. Ellis and crew! And thanks!
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    Pisgah's off its meds again.
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    That last full paragraph is oddly beautiful.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    yay for nested parenthetical expressions!

    waves to the neighbors very groggily as it is far too early for me to have been awake for 4 hours already.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    That was enjoyable. I'm curious, I remember that the winter 0f 1981 was nasty cold throughout Europe and England, did it not result in a flood as well?
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    awesome. first i was all "aw, no FA this week". then it turned out to be a nice, brief read. my brain glosses over when faced with large chunks of text in a comic, so it was good that it all broken up into pages here. feel free to interlude us again anytime.

    does no FA this week mean we got sweet F.A.?
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    Great interlude!

    Warren's observation about England's fascination with disaster stories is very interesting to me (since I share that fascination myself) -- though, I would have thought things like the great fire or the London Blitz would support that fascination in the absence of more natural disasters.
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    @Warren: well, you started it by bringing up London Calling. Now I'm going to be humming the verses all day as well.

    The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
    Engines stop running and the wheat is growing thin
    A nuclear error, but I have no fear
    London is drowning, and I... I live by the river!