Phew, sorry this one took so long. I hope to get some Paranatural things done over this long weekend. Thank you so very much for reading, I love all the comments and discussion going on.
Am I first?
And this is amazing!
No, we love you for this goddamn amazing comic.
Your nick is perf
Man, comics inside comics… COMIC-CEPTION! OoO
Kankri, what are yo+u do+ing here? You sho+uld be in the dream bubble, no+t sco+uring the internet reading co+mics.
But I do+ agree, this webco+mic is quite amazing.
Thank you, Porrim.
PSS)()(, what trolls you guys are! r u reely squidding me with this?
mcshouty’s right, SOM-EON-E should be harassing these aliens about their stupid glubbin interests!
i cant, though
this comics too good for me to whale on 38(
#and kankri, the hells wrong with your quirk? #being koi with us or somefin?
OH MY GOD WHY
So does that mean that the spirit inthe tool will somehow communicate with the wielder or do they just get glimpses, like the giant time-freezing snake?
Digression: Hahaha Homestuck invasion! YES.
Zack, your comic has officially reached awesomehood by way of Homestuck references in the comics.
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Christ, you people are worse than bronies…
Guilty as charged.
Christ, you’re worse than both those fandoms…cause you’re a douche
Holy hip highers Batman! I love Max’s face in the fourth panel. It’s so ooc cute and funny I can’t stand it. Never thought I would see the day Max is openly praising anyone else is fangirl mode. Gotta say I made tyw exact same face as I saw it
Zack’s just worried that one of us will kidnap him and chain him to a drawing table.
Don’t worry, enjoy the weekend.
That is one long back alley they’re walking in.
I came here to complain about the comic still not being up. This … this is good too …
I think Max’s expression in panel 4 is the happiest expression we’ve seen on him yet.
And I mean legitimate happiness, not like the face he made when he took the key from Isaac.
I interpreted as closer to the latter. Max is still undecided on whether being a spectral is awesome or just freakish, and in the middle of a snark war with Isaac, he’s going to see the fact that Isaac can jump over fences as freakish. Isaac’s response kinda confirms this.
Also, why would you steal only the wheels?
fantastic repartee Johnny :-p.
can someone please explain the alt-text to a non-native speaker?
It combines the comment in panel 3 and 6 to make a comment on high level management.
And that comment/joke is that being a good CEO precludes being a good person.
Joke aside, the conflict between giri and ninjo (not english words) make it difficult at best.
Also of course ‘haha please kill me’ is a joke about how he’s resorting to such a common joke and regrets it.
Apparently Suzy was right, Max does have a knack for reporting.
Looks like there’s a troll under that 2×4 Bridge. I hope it only eats billy-goats.
since when do trolls have feathered wings and a lion’s mane? it’s more like sphinx, sans the snake tail and a woman’s head.
Who says that’s just one critter?
the body structure visible hints at the tail belonging to it.
I’d so get a jacket with insolent children on it.
And Isaac begins to teach us more about the spectral world in a somewhat condescending manner (soooooo excited).
And yay! Long weekends are a good time to get stuff done. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the finished projects soon.
Finding the Hidden Ghosties has been like a game so far :3 too bad there sren’t really any hidden ones. If you do start selling merch, there should be a book detailing all of the Sneaky Spirits’ locations :D
You are fifty shades of awesome, and so is your comic.
thanks for finally updating
It looks like Isaac is about to fall into that pit right in front of him
I love how Max talks to Isaac. I can never tell just how much of what he says is sarcasm and how much he’s actually attempting to insult him. XD
I still can’t get over CLOTHING brand clothin.
‘sorry this one took so long’
Don’t be its gorgeous.
The real winner of this page for me is the little frog in the last panel. Is that a spirit frog? A regular frog minding its own business? A loose canon frog that plays by its own rules?! I dunno, but man is it adorable.
Love how Johnny can’t come up with a decent comeback XD
And is Max’s power amazingly snarky phrases?
An impenetrable wall of cynicism.
I love Max’s faces in the top panels! Also, if that giant snake turns out not to be his spirit, then what was all that!? But if it does, then what happened last night/this morning that has Max all confused.
And about the backgrounds. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFasdkfjreigalkwjdkjvnlkdsvhjbdklghsahflksfsdfkfjnsd FEEEEEEEEEELLLLLSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love them. i really do.
Max’s real spirit snake is one those snakes from Gunshow comics.
|°3-< "Kid you SSSSSSSuck at this ghost fighting thing SSSSSSSSS"
I still can’t get over the almost calculated squigglyness of the lines, they’re so pretty.
Your comic captures the freshness and lushness of some towns so well!
Even the rusty old bicycles and stuff that’s been left out for god knows how long are part of the charm!
You also put a lot of the background stuff at different elevations to remind us that’s there are a lot of hills around there. Nice attention to detail!
I swear, every line that comes out of any character mouth is pure gold.
“Boy undergoing horrific transformation into pot correctly identifies color of kettle.” pfft heh heh.
TIME STOPPING SNAKE!!!!
New reader, fantastic comic. I can’t find a single thing to criticize.
Officially bookmarked with my webcomics =3
Cool, thanks for reading.
LMAO. Your scripting is priceless!
“This Just In: Future Pot Calls Kettle Black”! <3
The colors are amazing in this comic, btw. So vibrant and glorious. o 3 o
while reading this, I felt I was channeling a little Madame Kovarian: “Oh, they’re flirting. Do I have to watch this?” (of course i do. because paranatural. duh.)
:D Not that Max and Issac are flirting (or are they?!), but it’s the same type of repartee from the Doctor and River.
heh. or maybe I’m just super antsy and thinking about Doctor Who all the time because OH MY GOSH THE NEW SEASON.
Strange how you can see the fandoms beginning to overlap. Venn diagram time!
Which is where xckd comes in.
Guys help I think this might be replacing Kid Radd as my favorite webcomic of all time…
Don’t help. I might be okay with that. :|a
First a new episode of Doctor Who, found some awesome videos on Youtube and know an update, this could be the summer giving me mercy before it ends
And the final episode of “Avatar: Legend of Korra” (a pale shadow of the original series, true).
you’re comparing it too much to the original
besides, the first season of avatar wasn’t so great, book 2 and 3 were easily several times better than 1, so don’t judge korra by its first season
Oh My GRIM!!!!! Its been driving me nuts for 10 hours now!!! Where in the world do i know that Cat-Hawk thing from??? It looks so damn Familiar!!!! Maybe its not exact but i know I’ve seen something similar to it before and its going to drive me Crazy!!!!
Do it, Zack. I DARE YA.
why keep pestering? I mean, if he’s not going to make a “Clothing” brand tshirt and sell them, and he’s obviously not going to copyright the word “Clothing,” because that would be a jerk move, might as well make it yourself. he’s not losing any money.
also: max’ tool can freeze time. probably based on the effect of immense concentration speeding up your mind to a point where time starts to slow down.
That would be pretty cool but I think that was mostly a side effect of the apparition? I don’t know. It’s hard to say. ;)
with it being his tool now, the weird snake is offering him it’s powers in return for his spectral power.
This can only get awesome – especially when the tool martures enough to be hidden by morphing size. Imagine it becoming a giant whip at a moments notice!
It’s a bat.
And a whip is a long, cylindrical strap usualy made out of flexible material. In theory, you could use a dead snake to whip someone bloody.
If the bat gets flexible, you have a metal whip. ROCK ON.
I think the cat-hawk thingy is a griffin? Which in mythology is a mix between a lion and an eagle. I LOVE THIS COMIC SO MUCH!!!!! XD I even made my own fan character….. :]
Seriously, I cannot stop admiring the detail, the quality, and the EXPRESSIONS. It’s crazy, this is just the day after he got attacked huh?
Also, that dude under the plank in the last panel. WHAT A COOL CAT (not in the literal sense, obviously).
Hey, i was showing this comic to a friend, and just noticed thar Max’s dad ALSO has “Insolent Children” brand clothing :O
Insolent Children is a band I made up that Max and his Dad both like.
You need to trademark the Insolent Children brand for your line of merchandise… Go’da think ahead Zack ^_^
Wait, band or bRand? Because it would be an amazing plot arc if max’s family went to an Insolent Children concert and Max had to single-handedly stop…. something, idk lol.
(It’s a ((fictional)) band
coming from someone who surfs comments like a mofricka)
You are masterful. Each update gives me at least a 1 laugh, and the art is amazing.
Keep being awesome!
I just read the whole thing!
I began from page 01 and couldn’t stop clicking, scrolling and laughing, really, i love what you have done. I also love to see you evolve technically, your latest pages are a fest of color and expression.
You’ll have me reading from now on.
Now, if you allow me, i’m up for some fanart!
Thanks for all your hard work.
Thanks a lot. Looking forward to any and all fanart, hahaha.
That frog in the bottom left corner…
Not sure if spirit/ghost, or actual living frog
Have you seen any real animals in this comic yet? O.o
It looks like a whole string has been deleted o:
Well that’s good…
It looks like Zack is doing his job as this forums moderator ^_^
Yeah, sorry about that. I just didn’t want it to escalate into a fight.
I love the social network’s icons you made :D Just noticed them.
By the way, I’ve been reading your comic for a long time, it’s brillant. Im from Argentina and you got quite many readers here,
Haha, awesome. Goin’ global.
Wait till you get a movie :P
Someone please tell me what they are talking about in panel 5.
It’s a little confusing, but funny when you understand: Isaac’s saying that Max will be a “freakshow” soon enough just like him, hence the black kettle remark. Make sense?
Max then replies that while he is undergoing a transformation, Isaac is non-the-less a freak show.
I started this comic yesterday and I have just caught up with it today! I felt an odd sense of denial and confusion when the Next button wasn’t there. But man, this webcomic is seriously amazing. The art is breathtaking, the facial expressions are unique and hilarious, the coloring is beautiful, and the humor is rich and golden. I’ve been reading the comments as well as the comic itself so I’ve noticed a bunch of little, neat details that others usually notice on a reread. So thanks, guys. Overall, I can’t wait for the next update! Thank you, Zack, for making an amazing comic.
Thank you for reading.
and holy crap homestuck references <333
Y O U C A N N O T E S C A P E
Yeah, we went a little crazy here, didn’t we? Who knows, if we keep this up long enough, Zack might get the hint and give it a read – imagine “I warned you about stairs, Max!” or “THIS IS STUPID!” in the actual comic… 0_0 Of course, being original does this comic well anyways, so maybe him just reading it and nothing else could work, too.
well it’s always cool when webcomic authors read other webcomics. like the author of gunnerkrigg drew the characters of homestuck once and it was really great. though i don’t know if he’d read the entire comic since it’s very long and he’s busy with his own comic after all.
But it’s impossible to read the entire comic…
how? it is really long, and sometimes it can get tedious or overwhelming. but most of us finished the comic right? that’s how we’re fans. a webcomic author is no different than us. it is long, but you get so into the plot and everything that the pages fly by.
But it isn’t finished yet!
So unless you managed to get the temporal chat feature working, you can’t read all of it, no matter how zealous a fan you are. Uh, I think,
I’d work more on getting Hussie reading this one. You know how much readership this would gain if the Huss gave it props in a tweet or something?
The traffic flow would likely crash the site temporarily.
It’d be like how TF2 kickstarted minecrafts popularity.
Dear God and troll Jegus, you’re absolutely right…
Anyone here brave enough to send the Waste of Space himself an email?
Hey, if one did it, who’s to say others can’t? Besides, comic creators look at others’ works all the time, so the likelihood isn’t that bad. (Especially if one of us commissioned him to draw a character… >:D )
sentient meteors?? from your mouth to the syfy channel’s ears… :-)
What’s up with the Gravatars today?
Hey Zack, I know you always tell readers that you’ve got the whole story planned out and written down, but do you ever revise or tweak the dialogue as you draw it?
I don’t have the dialogue planned out, just the plot. I write the dialogue for each page as I go.
That face in the first panel deserves to be the new troll face. XD
if i don’t get more of this comic soon, i may start suffering from withdrawal…
Ohh, sorry for the misunderstanding! Yeah, I see why you were confused. Sorry, when I said finish the entire comic, I meant catch up to the current update. Yeah, it’s still ongoing so bleh my mistake.
The Human ‘Zack’ Has Begun Reading Homestuck.
The Assimilation begins.
All Glory to Hussie.
… A sidenote, anyone else worried that the numerous spectral critters in every panel will make it hard to spot an oncoming threat or beastie foreshadowing beforehand?
He’ll make it work.
OH SNAP. He called it the page before it happened.
OH GOD. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT MAX’S POWERS ARE IMMEDIATELY. AAAGH.
I’m still reading and I love it. So please, keep the hard work!! ;D
I just found this webcomic thanks to a friend. I usually don’t go for stories with creepy elements in them, but Paranatural is just filled with so much fun, snark, creativity, weirdness, and beautiful art that I seriously can’t get enough of it.
It’s awesome! Please keep up the fantabulous work! =D (Or should I say…phantom-bulous work? *shot*)
Huh, yet another example of Morrison’s infamous continuity: Sphinx is right there, in the last panel.
Do Isaac’s eyes also have something to do with being a medium? I think they’re the only eyes with colored irises
“This just in: Male Child Who Is In A Strange Transformation Identified By Limbs Forming Into Clay-Like, Hardened Substance Making Most Assume The Final Result Will Resemble A Pot, On The Sight Of A Kettle, Points Out A Loose Definition Of The Colour Of Said Kettle, With Absolutely No Reason, And Afterwards Walks Away And Continues Life”
Been reading Paranatural on-and-off for a while now! As if the world building in general didn’t already make this comic super entertaining – i really love the way you write dialogue, gosh! keep it up, this comic is hilarious and an inspiration ouo
Ha! I’ve finally figured out who threw the can! It was Max himself! Now that we know he has magnet powers from future updates. Since he said “Well, I guess since last night”, he used his power last night.
Though someone already probably figured this out since I don’t keep up with the comment section too often.
More like “Unconscious use”, but still makes sense.
If Max’s bat started summoning sentient meteors, PJ would die (again).
was that an earthbound ref at the 6th panel? It just seems so… oddly familiar
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