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    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    @Pooka - sorry to hear about your cat. loosing a pet is always difficult

    @Ariana - what kind of blunt instrument are we talking about? A hammer or a soft and fluffy pillow?

    forget i asked

    Even if Kait is fucking mental, she can still be right. And mental, not mental... she's the one with the gun (and knives and whips and ropes and chains and torture chamber)
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    i think she did what she had to do, no messing with that.

    i'm working on a sympathy headache. can a headache be sympathetic? hmm

    spent the day moving office for the third time this year. though first time its been to an entirely different building.
    bastards short strawed me, so half of them can see my monitor all day and shit all i can do about it. bye bye surfing.
    (though i am a cunning and persistent bastard)
    • CommentAuthorYegwa
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Pooka - sorry to hear about what happened to your cat. I lost one like that a while ago and know it sucks big time.

    Loved the episode. Wasn't expecting Kait to hit who she hit and seeing it rendered in such a way just made it even better. I am going to join the 'It's Mark!' camp and wait to be proven wrong by Mr. Ellis...probably.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009 edited
    @Pooka: sorry, really.

    @ariana, hope your head will get better after a nice cuppa (of what the Italians call caffe corretto)

    Paul's art is getting crazier and crazier, like, more and more intense. My jaw seems to fall off every time I click to another page. The coloring is so amazing. I'm wordless.
  1.  (6588.25)
    @Pooka - My condolences to you on the loss of your cat.

    Kait isn't crazy, she's a cop. That's a whole nother level of crazy. (I'm married into such a family, so I know)

    I am tired, wired and fried. This afternoon I get to wear this on stage (and I mean the hat, not the bag). And get drunk later. I have a small town bar that's knows I'm coming, knows me personally and I can't wait. Only thing I'm dreading it showing up and there's a shitload of people there. A few drinks will solve that problem.

    Here, picture of last minute artistry:
    • CommentAuthorarvandor
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Nice moves, Kait.
    • CommentAuthorEmpsk
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    <blockquote>Is one of the suspects dressed like a peasant?</blockquote>

    Yea, I noticed that. I though it was a poncho/tunic combo, but looking closer the tunic might actually be in two pieces (or belted). It's an interesting outfit, especially as most people we've seen have been wearing heavily patched scavenged/recycled modern clothes. I liked the bagy trouses that are bound below the knee, although they must be a bitch to get on and off. It reminds me of when my brother and I would play 'Ninja', a game that consisted of winding mum's fabric scraps around our wrists, ankles and anywhere else, and then try and cause bodily death to each other on the trampoline. Good times.
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    Hmmm, a dystopian future where people eat people? Guess it makes logical sense and I'm sure Mr. Ellis will handle this well (and there'll be more to it than that), but I am really tired of this sort of development.

    Hardly a "development," more a nod to historical fact. Cannibalism is always a fallback in times of dietary pressure.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    @Spiraltwist - I would have loved to have made a mortarboard like that when I graduated B school

    too bad it was before DS...
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Knife in the background. Very slick.
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    Police brutality!! See the violence inherent in the system!

    That was my first reaction, until someone pointed out the knife I missed in the first viewing.

    Oh. Well, that's okay then.(I feel like a cunt) That was my second reaction.

    Two real kneejerk reactions from a fictional story.

    Also, I wondered why I didn't see the knife the first time around, and that's when I realized how the panel was set up. The focus is the bright red blood spurting, the rest of the colors in the panel are dull in contrast, even the knife, so all my attention was at the violent act itself, the metal pipe, the glazed facial expression of the suspect. All occuring at the left side of the panel, while in the far right side, the knife looks like its flying out of the panel, almost 3d like. almost detached from the panel.

    Great job Mr. Ellis:) Great job Mr. Duffield

    And, as always, the art is amazing.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009 edited
    > Kait's fucking mental

    It's a hard thing to do to someone with a knife like that, but proportional.

    I like the black and white: that really worked.

    I didn't like every detail of the pistol handling, but this fight really worked, the way that Kate handles her baton and the girl's arm and throat. Two continuity problems:

    1. Between the last two panels of page 4, I don't quite see how Kait gets inside the girl's raised knife hand, given that she started outside the girl's lowered knife hand

    2. At the top of page 3, it looks good to hold the baton so that she's pointing it like a pistol, but instead perhaps she ought to be holding it upside-down so that on the next pages it can rotate to lie along the outside of her forearm.

    Also I don't see exactly where on her face the girl was hit.

    I'm happy that Kait opened up at least a little to Mikki about her investigational techniques: as if Mikki's at least is one person whom she's able to trust, if not like.

    Nifty dialog/interrogation, too, in this episode. Have you ever had the feeling that the person questioning you knew the answer as soon as they asked the question?

    "Say it out loud." Heh. Being able to get answers, she still needs to do the leg-work as a policeman, but that must make her pretty darn effective/relentless.

    If these are refugees from Shoreditch Park, they're looking well recovered now. I suppose more than a few weeks must have passed since then. How can you talk to some guy outside of town? I've just realized I don't know what Whitechapel's borders look like. One border is the flooded Thames, I suppose; is the rest of the perimeter (towards the North, e.g. between Whitechapel and Shoreditch) all land-based, porous, and unguarded? Such that the refugees can all be marched in, those two can wander in and out, and Alice can walk in with a shotgun? And people can come in with a mortar? I suppose the answer is yes. I wonder why they don't get more refugees than they do, then.
    • CommentAuthorEmpsk
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    I can barely gut a fish, so I don't think I'd know how to dress a person for dinner. Maybe hack a leg off between the hip & ankle and boil it in water? And an onion for taste? Human seems like it should be well cooked before eating, like chicken or pork. An earth oven, like a hangi, would be nice, although hard to do discretely.
  4.  (6588.34)
    fucking a is she mental, but fucking a is that ever so awesome!
    • CommentAuthorelricj
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009

    great panel w/ the knife flying away.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    Yeah, it took me a second read to figure out why Kait hit the girl instead of the guy.

    @Empsk: I understand "The Road" and those Foxfire books from the 1970s would make a dandy HOWTO guide. Are people halal or kosher, or do we taste too much like pork to make the cut? Does it count if Soylent Green is packaged to taste like, say, chicken?
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    On the side that Kait isn't mental for striking, that's self defense. However, overtime she may go overboard.

    I will just have to keep reading ^_^
  5.  (6588.38)
    @Ariana--My sympathies. Hope you're not in a part of town where loud annoying construction noises/loud rocking out neighbors make your headache worse.

    @pooka--Ah shit, sorry to hear about Goblin. And losing Gob to a dick who didn't even attempt to make amends...

    Seeing Kait take down a knife-wielding attacker and explain telepathic police work is always a win. My worry on the initial read was that Kait would be too distracted by the possible witness to notice the knife being pulled out.

    The issue of cannibalism in the FREAKANGELS future makes me wonder how our titular gifted characters deal with the phenomenon. I don't think they intended to create worldwide Alive scenarios (i.e. trapped in the Andes without any food except corpses of fellow passengers) when they acted to end our world. But what responsibility do they bear for the appearance of cannibalism and what should they do about it?

    FREAKANGELS aside, the week felt like I need more hours in the day to honor my commitments and those commitments I do make time for feel like they're yielding half-assed results. I've got a 2-hour meeting to set up in a couple of weeks and I don't have any speakers. My current writing project has been a mess of false starts and vaguely unsatisfying paragraphs. The looming deadline so far hasn't delivered a jolt of instant creativity. The only thing that keeps me sane is knowing that I'm aspiring to something more than catching the next TV show coming up that evening.
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2009
    I'm happy that Kait opened up at least a little to Mikki about her investigational techniques: as if Mikki's at least is one person whom she's able to trust, if not like.

    I think it's because Miki and Kait are similar in that they deal with concrete reality. Not necessarily "thinkers" but "doers". That's not to say that they don't have philosophies (obviously), but they're significantly more concerned with the physical world in their day-to-day activities.* Furthermore, Miki's process is similarly procedural to Kait's: assess the problem, determine the cure, enact said cure according to predetermined processes. So it would make sense that a procedural question would come up.

    "Say it out loud." - I love this as both intimidation and cover up. "Mind reading? That's crazy! He had to tell me, didn't he?" Crazy like a fox, that Kait.

    *And yes, KK and Caz are engineers, but engineering is at least as batshit-crazy creativity as it is actual labor. More thinking-outside-the-box than the other two.
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    I think Kait is nuts, in the way a lot of completely operational people are nuts, its in the details. Shes all about Kait, self-appointed protector of the people. I'm pretty sure she has no idea, nor intention of understanding how "The world not according to Kait" goes. I think Kait operates like clockwork - winds up, goes to work. I think that part of is surfaces in her "loner" vocation, shes just inherently outside of the pack.
    Also, for Personal reasons, the idea that "Mark Fox" might have something to do with the demise of "Tom Norris" made me giggle like a total cunt.
    I loved the disarming panel. really dramatic snapshot.