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    Smile time in this week's installment. Arkady and Jack... I loved Connor's TMI reaction. Also, "wazzock." Hey, if this is a made up word, it's certainly more inventive than one created by a certain unnamed vice-presidential candidate/narcissist.

    Weekwise, it's been the pits. I caught the killer cold/flu that is going around and wound up coughing my lungs out. The only good thing about this inactivity is that I finally started catching up on LEVERAGE.
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    Arkady is so sweet! I love her!
    By the way, there's a colleague in our office who keeps appearing unexpectedy by my desk in any moment, and disappear instantly. Maybe she has Arkady's gift, too...
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    If it was me in Connor's shoes I'd probably leap to the conclusion Arkady has x-ray vision rather than she boned Jack. But it might just be because we know she does.

    Anyway this has been six pages of pure undiluted sweetness. I blame Arkady mostly. It's like she becomes exponentially more cute and brilliant with every other word she says. I'd be embarrassed to enjoy the shenanigans of such a blatant author favorite if it wasn't so well done.

    In conclusion I'm both amused and moved. And pleased that the phrase "grow the fuck up" made it into the comic at last. (Of course Arkady said it.)
    • CommentAuthorAttobrute
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
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    CONNOR: TELL ME THERE IS SOMEONE LEFT IN THE WORLD WHO JACK HASN’T FUCKED.

    Connor's comment and everyone's facial expressions in reaction to Arkady's news were (in my opinion) the funniest moment in the entire comic...
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    Wazzock - origins unclear

    It's a great word, and I often used it in gentler days before my insults got more vicious and scatalogical...
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
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    Heh*sniffle* I may be the only one but the first 3-4 pages were actually making me a bit sad faced, though I was wondering where Kady was going with her revelations. She's been too together to toss off such hurtful information without a goal, and hurting people as an objective seems to be beyond her. But it was just ...icky to watch it. Necessary, but glad I wasn't in that room, if that makes sense. Anyway, then the scene tilted around and became something good, refreshing. And... aww. Warren, I always knew you were a hopeless fucking romantic. }:P

    A story about freaks growing the fuck up. from the very beginning I said I loved this and for the 091279735th time I'll repeat myself: Damn this is some good shit. I love it.
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    chugging through the week, scared as shit about lack of money in the face of advancing needs on every level. Redirecting one's career isn't cheap and few people can do that an maintain an income. I definitely haven't and it's continuously slapping me around. There is pretty much no way for me to earn money right now - I hung up the idea of job hunting for copy writing gigs while studying Japanese & voice acting. My only immediate option is selling stuff.

    Anyway, busy weekend ahead. Voice workshops and time at the theatre and pretending I'm not stomping on thin ice.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
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    I'm sure I've said this before, but that may have been my favorite episode. :) I had hoped it was going to get to the point where someone got sick of them behaving/speaking like children (this is an Ellis comic, after all), and I'm happy that it did.
    • CommentAuthorColby
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011
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    This was not my favorite installment of Freakangels. The reason being is that I do not feel that just because two characters who obviously love each other but for whatever reason are not together is necessarily childish. There might be a legitimate reason why characters cannot be together like rather conflicting personalities like we see in Freakangels. Two people may love each other but can be completely miserable with each other. Another is that I don't that someone else just telling the couple to grow up and get over their legitimate issues is enough to make these people get over their problems.
    • CommentAuthorJenny Creed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2011 edited
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    Even though thanks to the power of telepathy everyone, including Jack and Sirkka themselves, knows for a fact exactly how childish is the reason they aren't together?
    • CommentAuthordalliance
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
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    I kinda liked Sirrka and Jack being pissed of at each other. Brings interesting dimensions.

    But who doesn't love Arkady :)
    • CommentAuthorColby
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2011
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    @I'd rather it be a personal decision from Jack and or Sirkka to make the relationship work. Instead of somebody else telling them so.
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    Freakangel Arkady, Relationship Guru.
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    I really liked this instalment. I haven't been reading for all that very long, but I felt the humanity (the LOVE, bleh) between the characters, and the four-panel thingy worked well, especially on the last page.

    I'll be buying the books whenever disposable income becomes a reality. Ahoy!
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    @Colby: Well, it's not like they even have a choice. None of the Angels do: They can't ever get away from each other. They're inevitably going to become a collective of beings of pure energy who most likely have to share the entirety of time and space with each other. They are going to have to learn to get along at any cost. And they're beginning to understand this. (Arkady probably more than the others, yet.) The only thing they have any control over is when they're going to start trying to be happy together. I think Jack and Sirkka wisely have decided on sooner rather than later.

    And to address your point, that's entirely their decision. Arkady doesn't tell them when they have to do it, just that they have to.

    That's my interpretation anyway.
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      CommentAuthorJeff Owens
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011 edited
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    I feel like this whole thing started because of my comment. Funny thing is, Jack and Sirkka were the least of what I was talking about. The main thing that has resonated with me for the past 20-40 hours was on the first page.

    "'Oh shit you did something bad so you can't be in our gang anymore.' I'm not saying it was a bad rule. I'm saying it's a kid's rule."

    Honeslty, I felt like everything with Sirkka and Jack was an unplanned side note to what Arkady was really talking about, which is changing the rules. And then there's the ongoing question this comic has created in my head. "Can the irredeemable bastard be redeemed?"

    The first and last page are what I was talking about, mostly, and they are the reasons I loved this issue so much.

    Thank you, Warren, Paul and everyone else.
    • CommentAuthorAmhuinn
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011
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    I was glad Arkady just gave Jack and Sirkka the no nonsense "get it together!!!!" speech. It made me love her even more and hopefully will give us a fresh aspect to that coupling now. I also agree with Jeff that this was a sweet side note on the much grander argument that Arkady was posing. I'm really curious to see where this whole thing is going.
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      CommentAuthorcity creed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011
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    And then there's the ongoing question this comic has created in my head. "Can the irredeemable bastard be redeemed?"

    Right, me too. That's the big one - I mean, surely you can't forcibly redeem someone with the push. You can't just go in and adjust him so he feels appropriately remorseful and empathetic and penitent. You can't kill him. He's been "operated on" to modify his personality but that is not the same as growing up and taking responsibility. He has a lot of shit following him around, a lot of sins to atone for and no obvious capacity for dealing with any of it. I guess maybe I'd rephrase the question slightly, "Does Luke have a path to redemption that doesn't also end with self-destruction?"

    I felt a little uneasy with such a straight up treacly moment this week. I can't help thinking that something utterly gut-churningly horrifying must be just around the corner...

    I'm also not totally convinced that ordering people to grow the fuck up is necessarily the surest indicator of newfound maturity either, but then, what I know about grown-up behaviour could fit inside a small plastic ankylosaurus.
    • CommentAuthorAmhuinn
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011
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    I'm not sure about Luke's redemption either. Right now, he has expressed some stunted form of remorse and he has been made vulnerable by his upgrade. I think he needs help and can't just be written off. However, wiping his memory will not do that. Surely, in order to be redeemed, you need to know what you have done wrong? Surely Luke needs to feel guilt? The redemption would lie in trying to overcome that guilt and use it to inform future actions. Then again, Luke seems so spacey half the time that I'm not sure he is able to make that step.
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    It's an interesting question really: Does Luke have the right to not know what an asshole he used to be just cause he wants to be better? Sirkka will probably have to do some soul-searching as she realizes deep down she doesn't want to help him with that, even if it superficially should be no different from all the other people she has helped. Maybe forgetting isn't the answer? *gasp*
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2011
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    I'm pretty sure he asked to be fixed, not simply wiped. Big difference.