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    If I hadn't been utterly fried by work events earlier in the week, I might actually give a shit about either. But right now, it's "overslept, oh whatever" and "no boyfriend/girlfriend, whatever, I'm damn behind on my other commitments."

    FREAKANGELS, though... FREAKANGELS makes me smile (oddly) and care about the world and my responsibilities to my fellow human beings.

    Obviously, no political content is intended to be included in Ellis and Duffield's strip. But I can't help imagining that if the Freakangels were like the Limbaugh/Kyl brand of Republicans, they would have let nature decide if those hundred sick and starving people survive for another day.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    I'm guessing by static line they mean stopping time. Or more likely, communicating at such high speed that it seems like time has stopped to them.

    Friday the 13th? Never been bothered by it. We get two in a row this year, which no doubt has some people freaking out.

    As for Valentine's day, well, this year I'm heading off to a reunion beer session with some people I used to work with 6 or so years ago. I doubt we'll even notice the prescence of romance going on about us through our drunken haze.
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    Beautiful in every way gentlemen, thank you. I'm still excited that this is going to mean they have to venture beyond their routines and boundaries. I really want to see more of Whitechapel and more of the world around it. (flooded cities are fascinating to me, still don't know why) Go Miki and KK! I still love Caz, and agree with the concern, but she needs to be a real engineer and just say, "We'll find a way to make it work." Any engineer worth the title can fix anything with determination and enough of the right kind of tape (gaffers is obviously the best).

    As for Friday the 13th - 1 plus 3 equals 4, 4 is the number for karma... people with bad karma may have a bad day...? I've never noticed bad luck on the 13th, but maybe I'm just lucky.

    Valentines day always kind of annoyed me, even though I am in a relationship. I agree that having a specific day dedicated to saying "I love you", for everyone, is a little odd. People shouldn't need a specific day to say it. Plus it's Saint Valentine's Day, and I tend to not celebrate Saint Patrick's Day either. My birthday is in January and my partner's birthday is in February, so we do extra romantic things then, but we say "I Love you" every day, not just on holidays. Anniversaries and birthdays mean more to us than a designated and nationally celebrated day.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    My car got towed this morning. Then I read FreakAngels. Everything's gonna be alright now.
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    Especially good ep, this one. Like the way the day-or-so we've seen in story so far is clearly a turning point for the Freakangels.

    As for Valentines... my-wife-the-ex-neurochemist-shaman hates mandated celebration days with a passion. She once sent a Valentines card which read, "Today I love you - the rest of the year, you're scum".

    Me, I'm sort of meh about it.
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      CommentAuthorBunnikins
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    This episode was very welcome after the lengthy hell that has been this week (incomprehensible labs, anyone?), although I did get to hold a brain - a real human brain! In my happy little begloved hands! It was a most excellent learning experience, I'm donating my body to science.

    Valentine's day might be interesting this year - there was mention of pedaloes and a meal being cooked for me, but this did not go well last time. We shall see. It will certainly be nice to have someone make an effort. I wonder if he'll do a sad face when I turn up with one of the cards Gekko linked to - I love them!

    Friday 13th is not a major issue, it has gone ok so far but I guess there is still time. And we have one next month too!

    Back to FA - I am looking forward to seeing quite how they 'will make it work'. But I doubt even Lord Duffield can make a Rocky montage work in this format. (Please try though!)
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    All aces on the static line, Paul. I said "whoa" on that pg.
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     (5029.28)
    @Cat Vincent
    Agree.

    We've had a lot of violence and ruthlessness in bk 2, and now we have the FA's looking at the rest of the world for the first time in quite a while. And wondering how much they might be responsible for sorting out the mess. A tipping point.

    I really like that they froze time (static fly) to debate the options, rather than falling into line behind Miki (hugging trees).

    And it seems right that KK added her (more self-centered) voice to Mikis.

    But I bet the conversation takes another twist next week. Can't wait.

    Sod Valentine's Day
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    But I can't help imagining that if the Freakangels were like the Limbaugh/Kyl brand of Republicans, they would have let nature decide if those hundred sick and starving people survive for another day.


    I'm not a fan of Limbaugh by any means, but let's not overgeneralize, okay? I'd also note that compassion is directly related to proximity. I think one big reason that this situation went the way it did was because the Freakangels were right in the middle of the people that they were considering helping. Had they decided to teleport back to Whitechapel it might've been a different result.

    Also, the idea that the 'angels can somehow stop time to have a conversation seems a little much. I prefer to think that they simply speed up their neural processing to the point the there telepathy seems to take no time at all.
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      CommentAuthorDoctor_Six
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     (5029.30)
    @johnjones

    I'd rather not debate whether time stops or brains speed up, but i think we all should give Mr Duffield an extra-special round of applause for pages 1 and 2 this week.

    Well done Paul!
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    Huh, is tomorrow the big Vday? well shit. I might even get to see my husband for a little while. That'll be nice, and a change of pace. When two people work in entertainment, seeing each other in a conscious state is a rarity.

    this weeks comic was great. Today the FAs felt very real.
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    @Ariana:

    Yes, it's based on superstition, but that doesn't make it WRONG.

    I liked this chapter quite a bit. The sense of the freakangels finding their own characters more, beyond their gigs in the collective, is nice. Static? Oh that's a nice looking effect Paul, very sharp.

    I don't dread today or tomorrow. I buy my girl roses on the regular, because they make her smile and make her place smell lovely. Saturday's a fine day to do that.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     (5029.33)
    I'd rather not debate whether time stops or brains speed up,


    Exactly so. I find things work out best when everyone simply agrees that I'm right and then moves on ;)

    Seriously though, beautiful work on the "Static line" bits, Paul. Loved the frozen fly.
    • CommentAuthormarya
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    We can control the space time continuum, but we stumped as to how to grow enough food to feed 200?
    WTF?
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      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    I'm glad those kids started thinking outside the box a bit.
    And today I go see Chocolate, and tomorrow is Dr. Sketchy's, and the day after I'm living in a tent! Woo hoo for the short sharp leap before the drop!
    • CommentAuthorcjstevens
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     (5029.36)
    W - your takin this comic in a very unexpected direction and it rocks. The distorted panels from Duffield are quality and I'm starting to really care about the Freakangels.
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    @johnjones--

    Yes, the remark may seem like over-generalization. But given that the proverbial milk of human kindness didn't exactly drip from Limbaugh's lips for the black residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina, it was a reasonable projection of human behavior.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
     (5029.38)
    *grin*grin*grin*grin*grin*grin*

    I'll take that as a love gram to my social justice heart. It may get stripped away next week, but then it won't be Valentine's!

    With engineering, extra bellies are also extra hands - maybe new know how. Remember, it was Alice that brought the idea of rope. No FreakAngel had thought of that. Anyway, yay! }:D
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2009
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    @Flabyo — the year gives us 3 "Friday the 13th"s ... they've always been lucky for me.

    Though I do enjoy that the Freakangels get they have to repair their world.
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    Per usual, my Friday the 13th was actually pretty awesome. Not because anything great happened, but just because it was pretty awesome.

    This is actually touching on something I've been thinking about the last couple of months- when you're building the City of God (a metaphor for the perfect society we all try to create), you have to balance what must be done with what can be done- I think Miki and KK need to come up with more of a plan. But if they have one, I'm all for rescuing them. But then, the Freak package makes that more academic than anything else.

    What I'm interested in is that they all say the can do anything- how do they know? where does that come from, and why is 'Kady the only one figuring out what "anything" entails? What caused that fear?