Another duhmension. Another duhmension. Another duhmension. Another duhmension.
Johnny obviously remembered that you deal with snarks by punching them in the nose
He’s obviously a field agent for the Snark Punching Center.
An unknown individual under the alias “Dr. Shorts” has registered extreme hostility towards the center. Recommended action: TURN HIM INTO A FREAKIN’ SNARK AND PUNCH ‘EM IN THE FREAKING NOSE
-request granted by order of all 05 personnel.
I think “snark attack” is my new favorite pun.
Oh, I don’t know about that…the bread page had me laughing my ass off pretty hard…
Do Snarks swim? I know they love changing-houses but their natural habitat is inland, no?
better a snark than a boojum.
Johnny’s expressions are fabulosity. PS: your info used to say you were 19 and now it says you’re 20 so I’m assuming you had some sort of birthday related occasion sometime, soooo happy that!
Yes, thank you.
Happy belated Reminder-That-You-Are-Getting-Old Day! *throws around puppies and kitties and other festivities*
OMG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! C:
Happy B, man. :P
Happy (belated) birthday!
Now that you’re officially no longer a teenager, any plans to get your characters into their teens before you’re out of your twenties?
Or at least to school this morning before summer vacation’s over? :-)
ah. Happy birthday. Broseph.
Is it weird I hear Marlon Brando whenever the big guy is speaking?
So not only is Isaac forgettable, he is oblivious to the big threats in his own school. That arrow frog coloration has been keeping him too safe.
I think that Max will remember to load up on cans of tomato soup before going to school now. Obvious sponsorship tie-in, Campbells.
Good time for Isaac to use his hair quills.
That is like, three comments worth of sentences! At least! And they would each be quality comments!
Thanks, I didn’t think putting in multiple posts would be right since they occurred to me together.
I did forget to compliment the word play.
“Words before murds.”
“Thanks for keeping me people, bro.”
Your wordplay is killer.
It took me 5 days to realize “murds” was short for murder. I thought it was his way of saying nerds or something.
Oh my god I never realized that. I just kinda assumed he was trying to say something that rhymed with words.
Now what is that grey thing on the back of Isaac’s hand in the first panel?
I’m fairly sure it’s a shadow. Same as below his chin.
It kind of looks like it’s sticking OUT of his hand though…
But wasn’t his spectral blue?
yarr, plus it’s not curly
Uh… bad shading. Haha
Are you suuure? It looks like a spi- !!! OAO OOOHHH! I think i know what his power is! If it was done on purpose it would make sense and tie into the whole medium/spectral relationship
It’s really just bad shading, haha.
just bad shading? not evil shading? :o)
i love the face in the 6th panel
They should just make them just trip on some ghost thing they can’t see.
They’ve already established that spirits and ghosts cannot be touched by anyone who isn’t either a ghost, a spirit or a spectral.
I’m hoping Isaac is all, “I get pushed around enough in the activity club, Imma kick this guy’s butt.”
I’m rooting for you guys!
Does he not see the colorful hair? If he gets near Isaac the venom will be too much D:
As soon as I saw Ollie say duhmension it, I was mentally preparing a dimension joke, but you beat me to it xD
Same with me.
Same with me!
Ooh! There’s another school nearby? Sweet!
“Words before murds.” Brb I need to find somewhere to actually use that.
Was…. was that a Saint Seiya reference?
…will you have my babies?
Explain! for those of us who haven’t seen Saint Seiya!
“Another Dimension” is the name of one a’ the bad dudes’ attack.
A few seconds in. I guess it wasn’t, though ):
Least hate-able bully -ever-.
You need to remove all other characters from this comic that are not Johnny, and replace them all with more Johnny. That is literally the only remaining method of making this comic more awesome.
Pretty much the greatest post of all time
The question we all need to ask ourselves: would Johnny beat himself up?
Of course he would. However, after a few minutes of fighting with his Jonny-clones and finding each other to be equally matched, they would hold a truce and spread their malignant intent throughout the town, and then the world.
The sad(?) thing is that this is so true. All of it. I’m having a mental conflict on if I should live in that world or not
It was nice of Max to try and drag Isaac along with him. He could have left him or something.
Max is in his element, now; acrobatic evasions!
he looks suspiciously pleased with the situation
He looks more nervous than pleased .^.
He looks more excited than nervous to me.
Nervous smile. A lot of people do this.
Max, you have a freakin’ baseball bat. USE IT.
I’m not even sure why and can’t even imagine HOW MUCH do
I even LOVE JOHNNY. He’s just…. so…. Johnny-ish. Johnny. Johhhhnnnyyy. I can’t. I love him.
Johnny is getting better by the page.
And so is every other character.
Even the ones not on the page. That’s how awesome Paranatural is.
Somewhere in the bleed of another page, the story’s Big Bad is becoming BETTER AT EVIL.
Happy B Day!! and great page as always,I never really comment,but I am a good lurker.
God that kid’s a dick, I wish someone would beat the piss out of him.
They’re 12, give them a break
He might be a dick, but he’s a funny, self-aware dick. Wouldn’t want to be in the same grade as him, but he’s an amazing fictional character.
The biggest bully in my middle school became the biggest bully in high school too. After failing college the first time and kicking around, he started dealing with his issues and finished college.
He is now a social worker and seems to have done stuff to help people.
Like Mika said, they are 12. Besides, every story needs a jerk.
As an aside, fighting him did get him to leave me alone. A lesson few others seem to have figured out.
What’s a story without some hurdles for the protagonists to overcome?
So, you don’t like Johnny because he’s violent…So the natural course of action is to be violent to him?
I don’t understand your brain.
Rationally. ie intellectual logic, is certainly makes no sense.
Emotionally logic it is certainly common. People are this way. For instance, people who are normally against the death penalty suddenly rave about wanting somebody executed or worse when confronted with news of a heinous enough crime.
Of course you could write that last one off as people who never fully considered the realities of the world, have incomplete control of emotions, or having a public position just to make themselves look good.
Digression aside, good writing should stimulate or appeal to both sides.
Seems rational to me. In this scene Johnny comes off as the kind of guy who likes to start violence. While some adults claim that “it doesn’t matter who started it”, I am of a different opinion. Because if no one starts with the violence there won’t be any violence. And if a starter of violence gets the ‘piss beaten out of him’, he might not start much violence in the future. At least not if it was clear that he was beaten up because of his violent behaviour. And while it might not work out that way, it still seems to be worth a try if you can get away with it. The worst moral danger is that the guy gets a taste of his own medicine, and that doesn’t seem so bad.
Though I suppose that Johnny does have a legitimate beef with Max, given that Max crashed into Johnny, made fun of his hair and then escaped. That was basically the kid version of an adult driving a car while texting, and then doing a hit and run. So personally I am not of the opinion that Johnny is necessarily the kind of kid who deserves to get beaten up.
Fun thing I just noticed when I reread those earlier pages: Johnny’s indented face seemed to be healed by that floating jelly spirit. Back then I didn’t know that’s what those spirits did.
Yes, the details you see when you re-read is surprising.
Doctopi don’t heal though, they just kill the pain. Analgesicpi doesn’t roll off the tongue though.
Johnny and Max already fought in the school hall. Johnny seemed okay with Max after that. It is apparent from the past and things said in this page that Johnny is a bully. He was beating up kids for money and now said he will beat up Max and Isaac just for the heck of it.
Fighting back is what perpetuates the cycle of violence. The only thing that will stop the bullying is getting into the reason why the bully feels that he is inadequate and needs to build himself up by beating others down.
But that aside; what’s a story about school kids without the bully?
I would say that vengeance is what perpetuates a cycle of violence. Just fighting back ought to end a cycle of violence if the aggressor can be made to realise that aggressive behaviour doesn’t pay. Bullies usually stop picking on people who prove to be too much trouble, don’t they?
And I have read that a study showed that despite what some people might want you to believe, bullies don’t feel inadequate. Instead they often have higher than average self esteem. Perhaps that is why they feel entitled to bully others? Or perhaps bullying is what gives them higher self esteem as they confirm their superior position in the hierarchy? (Or perhaps that study was wrong? But I find it easier to believe that bullies having low self esteem is mostly a myth. Possibly perpetuated in an attempt to shame bullies into stopping.)
@Ourorboros: I must have forgotten about that fight in school hall. That certainly explains why Johnny didn’t start out as overtly hostile to Max in this scene. And yeah, that also confirms that Johnny is a violent bully. Which usually triggers me, because oppressors are just so hate-able. And yet… Johnny is too amusing for me to hate! :-)
Haha I just got why Johnny in such a happy mood now. Got to beat some rich kids up and now he’s gonna (maybe) beat Max and Isaac up. (also where’s the rest of his posse or are we getting to that?) His expression on panel 7 cracked me up for some reason.
And Max’s expression on the last panel, ohmygod. *cackle*
The rest of the gang is at school. They’re not in this chapter. Thanks for reading!
Question time! Is RJ actually a girl?
Let the question answer itself later! It’ll be more awesome that way D:
And I predict a 15% chance that R.J. will not be wearing something to cover his face in the current day in the comic.
the proper terms for referring to gender-ambiguous characters are “hir” and “s/he”
Actually, the proper pronoun for a sentient creature where gender is irrelevant is “Xhe”.
SNARK WEEK! The best fake part of Animal Planet. Again, your expressions are SO GREAT (words before murds? That is wonderful).
So, having read through the comic again, and reading the most recent pages about spirits and tools, I’m starting to theorize that the giant time-stopping snake is what inhabits Max’s tool, due to it’s appearance during a crucial moment of danger, and the bat letting off the same spectral energy, and that Max’s abilities “may” include time (or dimension?)-altering powers at some point in the future.
Hmm a pun of Snark attack during Snark…… um i mean Shark Week. What punderful Timing.
Delicious glorious dialogue!
I wish I could get away with speaking like Johnny…
“Words before murds”
“Thanks for keeping me people”
Literally every panel of this page is hilarious.
You rock Zack dawg.
I’m totes jealous.
I’ve roamed around the internet, been over a bunch of webcomics, and honestly I like comedic web series with good art. Your art is great, your writing is great, your style is so much fun to read.
I have 28 webcomics bookmarked (in the order I found them) that have gone through multiple revisions, being judged, re-read, removed and added. Being kind of new to me, yours is 25th.
I’ve never questioned your comic since I came across this webpage of webpages within the net.
My eyeballs have never been introduced to so much goodness. I…I love this comic…
Thanks for readin’.
Judging by the fact that the logo is a baseball bat, the paintbrush,the book, and the sunglasses, I’m guessing the sunglasses are a tool. Am I right?
Anyways this was an awesome page. Love Johnny’s facial expression in panel 4. Good job.
I love how Johnny is a little wall-eyed in this page :D especially the seventh panel
Johnny is my favorite character. I’m not sure how that happened.
Just testing something. Can this thing do italics?
Yes! Now for bold…
Seriously, how do you do that?
This creates the italics, but I’ve added spaces so you can see it.
Similarly, you can replace the i with the following. They might not all work, but here goes:
For bolded text
For slashed text
For large text
For small text
You should be able to mix these within a piece of text, e.g. Text here For bold and italics.
Those are the ones I know how to use. There are a couple of others, but I didn’t use them frequently enough to remember.
You might want to be careful with these on here, as the system doesn’t seem to allow for editing comments.
The small and large text may not work (the commenting system I learded them from got rid of them), so I’ll try them here to possibly prevent some future mishaps.
Sometimes you can alter the size further by adding more of the tags.
Oh, and remember to do them in lowercase. It won’t probably won’t work if you don’t.
Aw, shoot. Looks like I failed to close a somewhere in there. Anyway, this should produce a lovely moral: Be careful when writing tags. Seriously, triple check them. Apparently twice wasn’t enough for me.
The “text here” was supposed to be with both the and
Aaand the spaces seem to be compatible with the tags. And from that, it looks like only bold and italics work here. Huh. Sorry, guys.
Okay, so you can’t write “bold” or “italics” or what-have-you in the tags to prevent the effect of them, or the tags will delete themselves.
So, to clarify that the strange missing words were not typos, the text inbetween “close” and “a” was a completely written out bold tag (as in, b-o-l-d rather than just b), and “the and” was supposed to be “the (bold) and (italics)” Wonderful. I’m going to do the examples with () instead of from now on.
Okay, and I didn’t actually answer your question. Sorry about that.
then, to close it.
, then in case that didn’t work.
The “something”, or ” “, text is replaced with an i for italics or a b for bold.
Apparently, it doesn’t matter if you put spaces within the tag here. And it deletes itself if you try to write it out, which I was an example of in my unfortunate multitude of comments to myself up there^ or down there or where ever they are on you screen. So, I figure I’ve made enough tag-typing errors for anyone who’s new at this to be absolutely fine for a while.
You can put the two together to make something both in italics and bold. Like, at the same time.
So, I’m gonna ask #Benson how to do hovertext.
Okay, so computers hate me. Blame them for the excess comments. I’ll try to stop now.
So, those keys on your keyboard that look like sideways “v”s, yeah those are what you should use for tags. One open to the right followed by the one open to the left, with the i or b or what-have-you inbetween, then put a / after the one open toward the right, just before the i or and the v-like character open to the left. I will replace them with () to clarify:
(i)then(/i) to close it, or
(b)then(/b) for bold.
Sorry, I have no idea how much experience you’ve had with tags, and I’ve felt the inexplicable urge to post a detailed tutorial for them. I promise* to stop.
But can it do hovertext?
How do you do the hovertext? I’m not familiar with that one.
It’s just an Anchor link with no destination, basically. A blank URL
So, in all seriouslyness, have you pitched this to be a television show yet?
It’s a great fucking premise, you’re an amazing artist, and I would watch the SHIT outta this.
Otherwise you need to promise to make a collection.
I need some way to give you my money.
Actually, i would hesitate to make this into a television series. Anyone heard of ‘Making Fiends’? It was a cool little animated show on teh interwebs, until Nickelodeon decided that it would make a good TV show. From there they proceeded to butcher everything that made it simultaneously cute and morbid until it got such low ratings that they moved it to nicktoons.
why would he pitch it to nick? cartoon network would probably do a semi-decent job of it.
I agree. I don’t think this would be as good as a TV show. Part of the magic of this comic is Zack’s wonderfully dynamic way of drawing it. It doesn’t need to be animated; it already is! I read this, and I don’t see static drawings, I see the characters actually moving. Zack is a master of putting movement into his work. I think making it an animated TV show would just make it less dynamic.
He could just make the characters movements more exaggerated if it bothers too much people
I don’t want to say that Zack shouldn’t try pitching it as an animated series if that’s what he wants to do, but my personal opinion is that to get the level of dynamic motion in such a show that Zack shows in his drawings, it might start making it seem silly. Certainly, the mood of the story is rather wacky and madcap, and Zack is really great at his “over-the-top” expressions, I feel that either the story would lose a lot of its active, dynamic feel, or else would end up as something that relies on Loony Toons-esque wild takes and stereotypical tropes such as that.
Now, maybe I’m dead wrong about that, and the idea of making it an animated show might make an awesome story beyond incredible, but that’s just my feeling. The style of non-animated art that none the less portrays a wealth of animation is part of the magic formula that makes this comic so great.
1. Happy Birthday Good Sir, you would now be considered a classic were you a car. 2. Love Johnny’s expression in panel 6; very Kate Beatonesque 3. Scratch that, I love all of it. 4. Seriously, thank you and stay classy, yo.
So I’m not the only one who saw the author note and thought “interguhlactic planuhtary planuhtary interguhlactic” right
People are saying; ‘thanks for keeping me people’ is a pun? There was an option not to keep him?
Johnny insults elves. D:
AAAAAAND that’s why my kid is going to get to carry around a taser.
Gonna try and beat up my kid?
Y’get a taser to the balls.
What if the bully steals the taser
To put it simply, the kid is boned
What if your kid is the bully and now he’s armed with a tazer?
Just finished archive binging. How the heck did I never notice this comic before? Spectacular.. this is an instant fave :V
Don’t know why I never thought of it before, but I’ve added this to my Clipboard.com clipping site. Hopefully, that will bring in some more readers to this awesome comic.
Does this chapter involve spectral stuffs other than talking about tools? I sure hope it does.
1) Do you have a tumblr of some sort?
2) Which digital painting program do you use?
Why is every line from Johnny pure gold?
Time for Isaac to finally lay down some smack!
Laser eyes, laser eyes, come on laser eyes.
have just read through the whole comic again
it is wonderful
I’m doing a happy dance ’cause tomorrows Monday.
I’m crying into a pillow because Monday is almost over TT_TT
Oh man, I’m so sad to see this last page. I just blazed through the archive, and I’ve still got seven hours to sit around in the La Paz airport. Oh well. Good stuff.
I read the whole comic. Again. Again. And it was better than I remembered it. Again.
How do you do that, Zack? You wizard.
I’m sure you’ve been asked this a lot, but is there ANY way this can be made into a show? I would give anything for that to happen.
i love johnny but no one talks about ollie qq, he’s seems like an awesome silent type.
A fellow beastie fan zach?
On Panel 3, Max looks incredibly horrified. What has he got against Johnny being kept people?
East Hill vs West Hill?
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