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    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    my little ball python escaped from her tank three days ago. I'm afraid she went into the air vents. the cover was missing in her room. i left a dead mouse on her heat rock and put her tank in the floor, but I could only deal with the smell of dead mouse for about two days before I had to throw it out. i'm close to getting a live mouse to put in her tank for a bit, to see if it'll lure her out. If it doesn't, then I guess I have a pet mouse. I'm so worried about her. shes fairly little and snotty enough to keep hiding until she's really kids saw a wild mouse on our porch a couple days ago though, so we may have a few about the house, which means koko's got the potential to feed on her own...sigh...i'm thinking about sleeping in her room to see if I could catch her out during the night. I'd not be as worried except that I have a cat, who's killed snakes before. I've locked him in the bathroom, but I can't keep him in there forever. ARG.
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    @SigridEllis - Obviously I needed that coffee, because English is not working in my favor. I just noticed a missing "was" in there.
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    WOAH! I like this one very much and the Big Push is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!! I love seeing the end of the world
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    ...I think the epicness just made me shit myself.

    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Checking in. It seems we've hit sub-zero fahrenheits over here, which is a welcome change from the usual grey-on-grey-with-black-highlights sleetfest we usually get this time of the year. We've got triple-glazed windows, a building hooked up to the municipal heating, plus candles, mulled wine and gingerbread cookies to last us till spring. It's all good.

    I'm digging the slow buildup to the big bang here. Six episodes covering what, a few minutes of real-time? Nicely done. Maybe next week we'll get a BOOM! for christmas, yeah?
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Hello, Ariana, you should see our garden, covered with snow, with the prints of the birds when they hang around.

    Happy 80th episode! (that's it, because i'm too speechless)
    • CommentAuthorDee_Noir
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I got snow-stranded coming out of the film Avatar in Colchester last night. I went in: it was cold with a light cocaine dusting of snow, two and a half hours of lush jungle humidity later (the film that is), the outside world was a foot deep in white. I waited for about half an hour for a bus, then a bus worker came along and said all buses were being taken off the roads because it was too dangerous. There were no cars on the roads either, and almost everyone was staying indoors. The whole of Colchester town center was like a ghost town with the occassional group of youths throwing snowballs at each other. So I had to walk back from town to my friends flat because that was nearer and sleep on her sofa. And even though I told myself that I wouldn't I ended up making out with her, even though I don't even 1) particularly fancy her, or 2) feel romantically towards her either. Which is now making me feel guilty because she's going to assume that both items 1 & 2 are self evident facts and probably want me to be her boyfriend. I'm a total shit; I was lured by the loveliness of her flat, it has a huge bedroom with a double bed and a massive living room and she's really well read and I couldn't stop myself, but that doesn't make it any less of a twatish thing to do. The whole situation is made more complicated by the fact that the one girl I do love is coming from France (she lives in Paris) to visit me for four days over new years, and I don't know what to do. I have strong romantic feelings for her but she lives in bloody Paris and that makes it difficult because nether of us believe in long distance relationships! Bloody hell, and this is all snow's fault. Right now, outside the window to the computer lab I'm 'working' in, snow is falling in thick watery flakes, and my feet are icy and cold. But I'm fine thanks, still alive, hanging in there. It's ridiculous how the whole infostructure of this stupid country can't take a bit of snow. The buses, taxis, trains and everything else stop running, leaving people stranded. Colchester is built on a hill and last night I saw people trying and failing to push their cars to the top. In the end they had to park by the side of the road, get out and walk for miles in the snow. Wooo! In Canada and other countries where people are accustomed to this kind of life, it's just wham on the snow-tracks on your tires and away you go, right? And here, we all lose our heads and scream, the appocalypse is coming, it's coming, and run about like clockwork dummies with a perambulation problem. Such is England.

    Freakangels was great today, thanks. Brilliant art, but not what I expected. I thought 'the event' would be more subtle like a 'oh shit, what have we done' and later they realise something huge and terrible has happened, rather than a big old flashy bolt of mega-energy zipping into the air, like evil Willow and her flying fireballs in season 'willow turns lesbian and evil' of Buffy. Still, I liked it a lot though.
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Tad chilly down in North London, discovered that "New" victorian house doesn't really keep heated that well.. 12degC overnight...
    Snow was a bit disappointing as well, but at least it meant we got the appointment over and done with...

    As for FA - Mark really coming to the fore there - definite feeling he went beyond what the others wanted!
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Oooh, shit goes BOOM! And Mark is a right piece of work, eh? Paul, that final panel is amazing!

    I am currently on a train heading back oop North. It's been crawling along - I should have hit York ten minutes ago, instead, we've only just crawled into Doncaster. The song caused the usual transport havoc in London this morning and was thick on the ground up until Grantham, where upon it barely looks like it's ever snowed.

    Meanwhile, my mother is letting me kow that my dad is going to be late to collect me as all the snow has just fallen on them and he's crawling through the country roads to york with eyes like a shithole rat. Weather, what the fuck?

    And while the wifi on this train is free, I think it's powered by an arthritic hamster. Oh well!
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    In Canada and other countries where people are accustomed to this kind of life,

    ... we still complain about it. The most Canadian sentence I can think of is "Fuckin' COLD, eh?"

    Still, enjoying the image of all you Pommie bastards are dealing with snow. Hee hee ...
    • CommentAuthorhippenmoor
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Is Jack missing in that last panel?
    • CommentAuthorarvandor
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    No, its Mark. He's gone.

    Incredible episode. You could feel Mark's rage, long suppressed, now bursting through. Just amazing.
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    The snow is mostly melted in Chicago but it's supposed to rain all day and turn back into snow, in case we missed it I guess.

    Anyway, another fine installment. Still can't wait till we see what happens when we come back from the flashback.

    @Hippenmoor it looks like someone seems to be missing/covered up/off screen.
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    I crashed my car this morning, within 30 yards of parking up to go to work. I actually can't even get mad about it. I'm just very sad, because thats going to be another lump of money I don't have eaten by my car. A lot of people have said they are glad I didn't hit anyone else. I'm not, they could have absorbed the impact.

    Ooooh. Those little Freakangels. I've decided now that I think Paul draws as though he's stealing snippets from cel. This must mean Freakangels would animate rather true to form. You can tell Mark is evil by what he's wearing. That's stylecrime right there.
      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009 edited
    If squeaking was manlier, I would have. Instead, I grunt appreciatively.

    Love the huge swirling roaring column of MEGAFWOOSH
    take that, stupid world! ha! in your FACE, England! :P

    I love the smell of pay-off in the morning. I feel like I'm rooting for Mark now or I would be if I didn't think he was *about* to decapitate Kait in some dingy backroom. Or is he? I can't reconcile the fierce skinny kid in the tracksuit with the murdering, megalomaniacal drone-making monster. I mean, sure he seems aggressive, angry, smart and a good leader but not your classic out-and-out evil telepathic psycho. Even the PUNCH can be justified or at least rationalised, sort of. Did channelling all that power turn his brain or is it the trauma of being rejected by the rest of the group when the consequences of MEGAFWOOSH become clear that nudges him off the brink? Can't wait to find out. This story is wrought from raw win.

    Weather chaos hasn't reached me yet. Glasgow glowers at puny sky flakes, icy streets make sudden unwitting skaters of us all.

    Add me to the list of those consistently up-wowed by the art in FA. It's a reliable source of pure awesome in a fickle, tricksy universe but this week's ep is a particularly fine and striking set of visuals. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. We've been waiting to see the PUNCH for a good while. Nice to finally meet it in the flesh huge swirling roaring column of MEGAFWOOSH.

    Let's just hope KK's fingertips hold out for a few more weeks...
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    @mkhall - I agree, it felt weird reading someone refer to FreakAngels as a web comic. Of course it's not, it's targeted from the beginning at print. What was interesting was my reaction though--it's as if, unconsciously, I thought the statement dismissive, like web comic had an implicit only in front of it. I wonder why I thought that? The quality is identical whether it is published in print or not. Somehow my head keeps insisting to me that published in print and published on the web are two very different things, with the first implying success. Maybe because there's so much crap on the net? I don't know. Strange how brains work.
    @Dee_Noir - brilliantly written. I lost a best friend similarly and I still grieve. Some things can't be undone. Whatever you do don't compound it, that would make you an even bigger bastard. Avoid her or pretend it didn't happen or step up and be honest--no good options. Don't know which is crueler though. I went with honesty. I think it let her get some sort of closure, but tragically, closing that chapter wrote me out of the story.
    @dextradawn - thanks, that's exactly how it felt to me--like a date rape of their powers.

    On the bottom panel of the first page I caught myself peering closely as if I could see more if I did. I'll be glad when we get to see their eyes again, the glowy eye thing is beginning to freak me out a bit. I love in the last panel the way the lines wrap around them--protecting? throwing? In any case each of them has them, and the only extra lines are going up, so maybe our missing FA is above them. I even studied the top of the frame to see if there was a glimpse of the bottoms of shoes, but no.
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    VertigoJones -- hope you're all right!
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    Hi everybody!

    Agreed with all the superlatives... loved the thing of breaking the panel borders too, worked really, really well.
    • CommentAuthorfod_xp
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2009
    This was EPIC WIN!!

    Stuff like this makes me follow Warren forever. Also, Mr. Duffield, I love you! You ever need a groupie, just give me a call!
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    Good stuff. Call me a malthusian but I'd love someone to really rain down a great destruction on this society. Rather than the drip-drip lead into total ecological disater we could have a Maddonna of the Apocalypse, beautiful and treacherous as the sea! all would love it and despair!


    Excellent artwork, as per usual.