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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    May I join everyone in mentioning the gorgeous artwork? Very nice, Paul.

    And looks like Volume Three* will be in our sweaty little hands sometime in November.

    (*Which means I will own the Quincy Rant ON PAPER and I will memorize it and shout it at people at random in public places. I've done the same with the opening speech from THE THIRD MAN - "I never knew the old Vienna, before the war, with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm ... Constantinople suited me better. I only got to know it during the classic period of the Black Market . We'd run ANYTHING if people wanted it enough. And, uh, had the money to pay. Of course, a situation like that DOES tempt amateurs but , well, y'know. They can't stay the course, like a professional."
    I could go on.)
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    ooOOoo the tension....

    well, I applied for disability a few weeks ago and I got rejected....then they sent this crippled girl a bunch of forms to fill retarded is that?
    Here, I know you can't hold a pencil but fill out these three ten page forms for me 'KAY?

    What's really retarded is that they decided they were more interested in the depression i suffer because of my pain...and not on the arthritis that makes me depressed and disabled in the first they made an appointment for me to see a phychiatrist...
    a fucking psychiatrist....

    but I suppose it's just one hoop in a hundred I'll have to hobble through....
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    @ Pooka - "If you're going through Hell, Keep Going." - Winston Churchill
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009 edited
    You know... I think, "Screw Mark. We don't need him" nowadays (Not you, dear Seifert! You all know who I mean).

    I'll bet he'll never show up. Like Tino, from My So-Called Life. Always mentioned, never seen.
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    I thought the Waiting for Godot reference was in Doktor Sleepless...

    Great week. Excellent use of splash pages, tension mounting nicely. Waiting for the Boom was never so good.
    • CommentAuthorSarahK
    • CommentTimeAug 8th 2009
    Looks like this will be an excellent week to draw some tea and settle in to reread the whole friggin thing. Sweet.

    @IMCL: That's how I get through the week too, more often than not. XD (not always the WHOLE thing.. but i do a lot of rereading.) Haunting the boards also helps. ;)
    • CommentAuthorTishbite
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009
    Hello everyone,

    Been reading for awhile ( a friend of mine who was a huge Transmetropolitan fan sent me the link). Just wanted to chime in on a few things about this episode.
    1: The artwork on these splash pages is, as everyone else has said, incredible. But I want to make particular mention of the light in each of the panels. I've been struck by Duffield's use of light ever since he started on the comic, but in these panels the lighting helps to convey the pensive air in Whitechapel and the powerful tensions that are unresolved between the Freakangels.

    2: I really wonder at the silence portrayed in the panels. Of course since we aren't telepaths we can't see if there are other conversations moving amongst them. The FA seem to have a constant chatter line that they all tune in and out of during the day. While we don't seen any spoken dialog (except for KK's outburst) we might be unaware of conversations being held between these telepaths. If that's the case then what we are looking at is a town meeting being held in 'mental space' to decide Lukas' fate. If it isn't the case and they really aren't communicating telepathically then it means something else entirely different. Perhaps for the first time the FA are completely inside their own heads. I like this second interpretation better cause it fits what I think they must be going through. Its one thing to set a 'tough' law for a horrible crime. Its something completely different to enforce it. I think after Mark was exiled they made 'The Rule' and its consequence (execution) thinking that none of them would ever fall like that again. Now they are going to actually have to enforce it and I imagine they all have very different views on taking the life of someone they have known their entire lives. The rifts created here can easily tear Whitechapel apart.

    Anyway just some random thoughts about another wonderful episode.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009
    Are the sky backgrounds actually drawn? If so, that's some amazing work. I had to stare at page 5 for a few minutes because my eyes insisted the clouds were moving.
    • CommentTimeAug 9th 2009 edited
    I haven't actually gotten the chance to read Doktor Sleepless yet.
    I also haven't gotten the chance to replace my stolen copy of Waiting for Godot. You know, I always suggest that it be read in English classes, and yet none of the professors have agreed to it :(
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    Occasionally they're painted in photoshop, sometimes they're a photograph or several composited photographs, and sometimes a mixture :) I'd love to paint them all, but it's very time consuming and seeing as I aim for close to photo realism, photos just speed things up whilst achieving the same result.
    • CommentAuthorYegwa
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2009
    Hello everyone, just have to chime in and put down my admiration for the art in FA. It is really astounding.

    I basically read all of Freakangels in 2/3 days and as I approached episode 64 I dreaded catching up because I knew I would then have to wait for more! Gah!

    I actually can't wait to hear what transformed Luke from being a relatively upstanding chap into the sociopathic mess that he is now. Friday can't come soon enough.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2009
    Occasionally they're painted in photoshop, sometimes they're a photograph or several composited photographs, and sometimes a mixture :) I'd love to paint them all, but it's very time consuming and seeing as I aim for close to photo realism, photos just speed things up whilst achieving the same result.

    Do you have any other work you do besides Freakangels? It'd be great to see... you're a fantastic artist.

    As for the strip, great to read as always. The story line is continually ever-growing, keeping us wanting more. Great work, Warren.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2009
    @Sai - Paul's website is here. (I'd have let him answer himself, but the web link will comfort an instant gratification needs until he's actually here to elaborate.)

    And yes, Paul's work is amazing. I was sad to miss his nearby con appearance...
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2009
    O.K., I agree with all the positive comments about the great artwork, but what about the sheer brilliance of the narrative? The way this tale is unfolding, the way the personalities of the main characters is revealed is utterly compelling. It would take a non - graphic novelist several chapters to achieve the same effect that our intrepid team get in a few cells. The pictures are great, the dialogue inspired, but it is the story that keeps me hanging on every episode....

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    No need to pick and choose. In a well done comic, the art and story prop each other up, and both are indispensable. In the best comics, the art and the story are inseparable :)

    No claims about where Freakangels lies on the scales of good to bad, but I do my best to convey as much character and atmosphere as possible with my art, and Warren's script gives me plenty of direction but also gives the art enough space to turn the story from a script with pictures that people skip over in order to get to the next line of dialogue (which is how I feel a lot of comics are written, and seems utterly pointless) to a story that couldn't be told in the same way without images.
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2009
    Indeed Paul. The whole point about the artform of graphic novels is that all elements have to serve each other; artwork, dialogue and narrative. I have seen work that has excellent artwork that was wasted on a poorly conceived story, good narratives poorly served by the visuals etc....

    Freakangels, in common with works such as say, Preacher or The Last Man, has all elements working together, each enhancing the others. It's piggin' brilliant!