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    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    It's Friday, it's FREAKANGELS: In which... oh.

    'Morning, Whitechapel. How's everyone?
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011

    That's some revelation, not sure anyone saw That coming!

    I'm good - tired from a 7month old and preparing to roll out Office 2010 to the whole company this weekend...
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Nice frothing!
    I'm good. Had a 3 day work week after 12 days off keeping the children entertained. Went to see Prof Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre talk on Monday night.
    I think I will head down to Orbital now and have a look at the pretty pictures.
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    Can I just say how much I love this story?

    So are they going to 'fix' Mark now? And if someone's been driven mad from knowing what they've done, how do you stop them going mad again as soon as you've restored their sanity?

    I've spent the last two weeks on vacation and go back to work on Monday. My mood is vacillating between calm and relaxed and stressed out over returning to the office, damnit.
    • CommentAuthordraxxx
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Good morning!

    I want page 2, panel 4 tattooed on my head.

    Excellent episode, treasuring every moment that's left, and thanks, everyone.
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    Also: 800 pages and counting.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Aces. That is all. :)
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Very pretty pictures at Orbital. It's nice to see the pencils up there with the finished artwork, and to see some of the double page spreads in a nice large format.
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    In a word: harrowing.
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    I think that must be what humans with rabies look like.
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    Have those ads always been at the top of the comic?
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    Now that we know it wasn't an accident, I've been thinking about the story as a whole a lot and I see a big correlation with WATCHMEN. WATCHMEN had twelve volumes, FREAKANGELS has six. WATCHMEN had six protagonists, FREAKANGELS has twelve. WATCHMEN was drawn on a 3-by-3 grid and is very organized; FREAKANGELS is on a 2-by-2 grid and is deceptively "simpler." WATCHMEN was an artistic achievement that elevated comic books; FREAKANGELS is doing the same for webcomics. And hopefully FREAKANGELS proves to have the same shelf life as a best seller! Both stories involve a redeemed rapist (Luke and the Comedian). Both stories involve characters who both embody and lampoon right-wing thinking (Rorschach and Kaitlyn). And now we know both stories involve idealists turned mass murderers (Ozzy and Mark).
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    Yeah, no.
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    They'll fix Mark all right. He now admits what I always thought, he was the mind behind the Crash, the other Angels just played in his hands. Ok, Mark Fox, it's your turn, now!
    And my compliments agayn to Warren ansd Paul, Ariana and all of Freakangel's team!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    I want to know why Mark lost the purple in his eyes. Is it just because he went frothing mad or did the crazy have some other, deeper affect.
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    Mark still has the purple in his eyes on page 1, after that he kinda goes batshit, and his eyes look like they're dilated down to pinpricks. So, I'd say just angry/crazy and temporary.
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    It's always a blast to push your buttons, Warren.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Ah so Mark did realize it was his fault. Well... he knew it was his fault... realizing it meant, I dunno, delusion?

    1. I'm listening to Dead Can Dance for the first time in a really long time and just happened to have "Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove" come on while I was reading the strip. It's a fascinating...thing. Anguish, all around. And anger and pain.

    2. I keep thinking about madness. Insanity from an episode. It doesn't fit well with any mental disorder I've looked into, but then I've never looked into megalomania. However it fits beautifully, perfectly within every dimension of literary madness. In high school English several classes were devoted to insanity in Hamlet, pretty much talking about how Hamlet might or might not be off his nut. But my essay was how King Claudius was ka-ray-zee. Naturally, it depends on how you define it. But I argued that pursuing an idea beyond normal bounds, beyond what your peers would do, beyond what you were counseled, beyond the strictures of acceptable acts as determined by consensus (i.e. the law), a person demonstrates insanity. King Claudius went off the deep end and just insisted on continuing on without a single thought for alternatives or even a question to the necessity of his plans.

    So Mark. The descent is beautiful, sharp, breathtaking. Excellent work. As ever, on pins and needles, waiting to see what happens next. And Paul - your rendering of Mark here is terrifying. I would not want to be in the room, even with Freakpowers. Bravo.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    @razrangel: I'm not so sure it's insanity from one episode. It's insanity from a few years of living with the consequences and the guilt. There might also be some organic damage done by being the 'transfer point' that all that power was pushed thru. I commented on ep 90 that Mark seemed kind of brain-damaged; looking back that could be physical damage from the spike or an early reveal of the madness.
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    Freakangels is far better than Watchmen, a depressive trip of a graphic novel if I ever read one.