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    Sheer wondrous headfuckery.

    @Warren, will Whitechapel live on after Freakangels is completed? I've always seen the two as a single entity, but that might just be me.
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    Amazingly lurid colours.

    Mixed week - didn't get enough done on one project but two prolonged Skype sessions have maybe tied up another. We're having the bathroom stripped out and redone but it's still not ready and I'm getting stinky. And maybe coming down with a virus.
    • CommentAuthorbobsyuncle
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    wow.. now I realize why I'm both following this online and buying it in book form. The quality is such that this story bears reading and reflection in different settings and formats.FA is desighned for maximum impact onscreen(full rich colours in a subtle range, offset by paul's open yet detailed drawing style.The story's pace jumps from slow/intimate to mind boggling insanity ensuring that the reader/viewer always enjoys the episode.)yet we still can enjoy it as a complete reading experience in it's printed format. Thanx for the effort to all concerned, much appreciated.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    Always consistently gorgeous work by Paul! Love the x-ray effect lately with people's skeleton's showing ^__^ Also the big machine at the end was so neat.

    Ugh, at work right now. One more day until my day off ( i wanna sleep in just ONCE!) but I am already fucking done with this week. It's all wake up, shave, shower, drive, babysit nobodies, drive home. Today I've decided I'm gonna stare off into space until I make it back to my bed/kitty :P
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    I've had a shitty week both work- and hobby-wise. Otherwise I'm doing reasonably okay.

    As for this week's episode:

    HOLY HELL. O.o
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    @Mickierat - good points....
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    Funny, on wednesday i was discussing the possibility of a shroom hunt with a chum up in Northampton...

    Me? Shopping for a new bass amp tomorrow and doctors again on monday to discuss the steadily increasing aches and stiffness in my arms and legs. I appear to be turning into a plank. Something must be done before i set solid.

    This week's ep? Work of genius, work of bleeding genius. You all have my thanks, lots of them.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    That works. What is Alice then?
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    That works. What is Alice then?

    An overlooked element of the story. One of Mark's most successful experiments in stealth brain-engineering. Perhaps one of the lucky ones that gets "uplifted" into becoming a Freakangel.

    Rest assured, her full story is not known yet, and her role is pivotal.
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    All eaten. Brains, hearts, minds, souls, spirits, bodies... all eaten.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    Niiiiiiice. Holy hell the art is just... godDAMN Paul. Just Goddamn. Brilliant. Exquisite.

    I assume that in his death moment Connor can be anywhere, tap into consciousness from any point in time and he chose to find Mark. Alice is the anchor point to find the furthest out that Mark went and when/how he came back. Mark, in the future, can tell Connor what happened/lay out the road map for him. Likely the road is literal since it's how Alice got to Whitechapel but it's also the perfect metaphor for time as we perceive it - there is behind and there is ahead and all exist but we (non-Freakangels, and it seems the typical FA mind) can only fathom one spot on it at once.

    I've never read Midwich Cuckoos, but between my recall of Immanuel Kant and Madeline L'Engle I just can't stop smiling. This is a rich, delectable meal for the brain.
    • CommentAuthordorki
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    Great Hairy Ned! What an episode. My mind is mush.

    @stsparky and @Spooky Fanboy: Yes, Alice is probably going to be a central character. She was a normal human before her mind go "fiddled with". But now who knows what the unintended consequences of Mark's programming may be. Alice's intense gaze in the last panel of page five implies some serious turning of her mind-wheels.
    • CommentTimeSep 10th 2010
    Mr. Duffield's artwork continues to elevate an already fine story. The expressiveness of the faces is wonderful. You can almost see the thoughts in the characters heads. His silent panels say almost as much as the ones with dialogue, and sometimes even more. I always read the strips twice - once to race through and get the story context, then to linger over the art and get the detail that supports the broad strokes.

    Alice's two panels are a fine example. Almost identical stance on her part, a nearly unreadable face in both. But the point of view slides around the the front and closes in on the face. If you watch the details and look for change, you'll find very little. But look again - something important has changed, and I don't think it's a continuity error.
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    Paul Duffield. You brilliant man. Mr. Ellis, you were as good as ever, but wow. Paul Duffield. Wow.
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2010
    <em>I assume that in his death moment Connor can be anywhere, tap into consciousness from any point in time and he chose to find Mark.</em>

    Remeber that Mark is still knocked out after that buildingcollaps and held in that state by Kirk and Caz? So I suppose there is a sort of "subconscious plane" where the FA's can roam when they are "dead" or "recovering from dead" and that it is there where Mark and Connor meet. Connor only tries to decribe what he goes through, so that the others may understand more about themselves and the package.
    I guess the most important thing they have to learn is, because they are unable to die in a normal way and the fact that only they have access to the package, they will have to work and live together and to cooperate to make things work. Somehow they have to realise that only together they are sort of complete, apart they are not. They have to put aside their differences and personal points of view and work together towards the same goal, even though I have no clue (yet) on what that goal may be.

    Gosh, this is hard to explain...
    • CommentAuthorangotango
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2010
    Last page was awesome.
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    Having a great week...just got back from a radio interview here in ATL..

    Haven't enjoyed color this much since my teenage drug abuse...

    So...maybe suicide is a whole different can of worms for the Freaks? Just a thought...
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2010
    @Softspot - also unconscious are Luke and Karl (I think?) But Mark seems to be speaking through a stroke that (I think?) hasn't happened yet. So the state that brings about this all-seeing, all-knowing event has to shut down native thought, even that minimal work that occurs in deepest blackouts. The full details haven't been explained yet but it seems that Luke and Karl aren't in it. Perhaps because even unconscious there's still too much on their minds (e.g. dreams) to have this event.
      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2010
    @Paul Duffield -

    Am I seeing things that aren't there, or are you experimenting with the golden ratio/spiral on page 3 (and maybe even on page one)?

    Every week, when I start the first page, I get all excited and think to myself, This is the week I've been waiting for! Then, when I finish the sixth page, I think to myself, Next week is going to be the one I've been waiting for! The funny thing is that I'm always right.
    • CommentTimeSep 11th 2010
    @razrangel: being on a subconsious alternative plane does not automatically mean you instantly meet all others on that plane. Other dwellers may be on different locations in that plane so to speak. Another possibility: who has said that the state of what we know as "time" is the same there? For sometimes we see that construction with all FA's in silhouette placed on it overlooking the whole, that may be way off in future. So notions of "future", "present" and "past" may have no meaning there either...
    It leaves many questions open, and I wonder how everything will be filled in eventually.