Welp, here’s a page.
TOO FAR JOHNNY
one of his parents literally can’t even see the other
Well to be fair Johnny doesn’t know Max that personally to know Max’s mother is dead
The faces redeem your self proclaimed “poor artwork.”
Also, this is a long walk to school
Haha, it’s only been like 10-15 minutes in comic time.
…What are… these tears?
The amount of time passed per frame reminds me of Dragon Ball Z time passage.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA– five hours later –AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!! *punch is thrown, opponent goes flying*
*next episode is a journey to return to the battlefield, á la “Voyager”*
“The planet will blow up in 10 seconds.”
5 episodes later.
“I only got 3 seconds left… I’ve got to hurry!”
“This road takes 3 days to travel.”
3 episodes later.
“Finally made it!”
Paranatural has awesome artwork, what with the various creature-spirits of all shapes and sizes.
Yes. How early did Max get up?
max will nevr kno the luv of two parentz
lyke dis if u cry errytime :’(
AUUUGHH MY PICTURE IS COMING TRUUUUUUUUUUUE!!!!
If I ever figure out Johnny, I’ll probably end up in an insane asylum.
Is this how you admit to ripping off various things you don’t know about Zack?
Also, I will use Johnny’s trick next time I want to ‘beat someone up’.
Hahaha, that connection was unintentional. AS USUAL
Please tell me Max is finally going to beat up Johnny successfully
Panels 2 and 9. Hilarious
I think this is basically my favourite webcomic now.
What took you so long? =P
IKR!!! Took you long enough!
Johnny’s face in the last panel… He’s now my favorite character.
Use the force Max. Grab your bat out of his hand.
anyone care to tell me why the comic doesnt load past the first row of panels?
Hit ALT+F5. That’ll reload the page completely, bypassing the cache. That should make it all load. If not, I’d check your connection.
connection’s fine and not having any troubles with my other webcomics besides server problems here and there.
There are no words.
I cannot wait to see Connors’ new Icon.
Panels 5-8… Johnny is proven to be good at poker.
Can’t read my, can’t read my, no he can’t read my poker face
Johnny is the greatest character in fiction. Hell even non-fiction. Thank you Zack for bringing Johnny into the world.
So connor, what are you gonna use as your new gravatar?
Also last panel is best panel. Is it possible for a non-spectral to use a spectral’s tool? I’m guessing the spirit inside doesnt really have much control over how it would be used, since good ‘ol whale frog of perfecshbluh calls it ‘enslavement.’ So, will johnny be able to use the bat’s powers?
On a side note, can spectrals ‘steal’ each other’s tools and use them? I dont really see any reason why note. Additionally, if that was possible, can a spectral have two tools, or ia the drain on their spectral energy too great? I suppose that following this train of thought a medium could harbor TWO spirits, or have a posseing apirit AND a tool? Sorry for my rambling :/
A non-spectral can’t use a tool. Depending on the situation, the spirit inside may or may not have control over how the tool is used (more on this in chapter 4). Johnny will not be able to use the bat’s powers.
Everything’s color coded with this stuff, so a person with red spectral energy could use any tool possessed by a red energy spirit, if the spirit allows them (though sometimes the spirit might not have a choice, as I hinted at above). There is nothing stopping a spectral from having two tools, or from being a medium and also having a tool (again, more on this in chapter 4). The difficulty of such a situation doesn’t really come from it being too much of a drain on the host’s spectral energy. Spectral energy isn’t like MP. It doesn’t run out. It is just a substance/force that is constantly being released by supernatural entities. They can have control over how much they’re putting out, like a faucet. A spirit in a medium or tool is passively absorbing the energy as it’s released. Two spirits would mean it would take twice as much time for them to recover their energy, since they would be sharing a limited output. This wouldn’t fatigue the host or anything, since spectral energy isn’t, like, life force or whatever. It would just make the recovery process longer.
The real trouble in a multi-tool situation would be if the two spirits didn’t take a shine to each other. I won’t go into details here since the comic hasn’t exactly gotten to how spectrals communicate/interact with their spirits yet, and you sort of need that base knowledge to get why two tools isn’t always the best idea.
All of this information will be in the comic eventually. It won’t be extraneous information, either, since all of this stuff factors into the plot in some way. Don’t worry, people, this boat’s got a good crew! It’s not just a bunch of rules and cool powers in a sandbox story for me to play around with, there’s a single central plot that will start to unfold soon. I GOTCHA COVERED.
Hmm, I suppose increase in recovery time would not exactly encourage multiple spirits to get along, would it?
Theoretically though, it would be possible for Issac to use the plunger, right? But not any of the others because Issac is the only blue one(I think). Umm, the reflection frog dude was blue right? And Isabel is red, Ed green, and Mr. Spender yellow? Are all the colors pretty basic or are there, like multiple shade of each color and, for example, a light blue guy cannot use a dark blue tool or a green-blue tool or something like that?
Uh, you do not have to answer all that if you do not want to, I can wait for the comic to go into more detail about it. Just wondering.
Yeah a light blue couldn’t use a dark blue. I think it has a little wiggle room, I may have used slightly different shades for two people I wanted to match. Isaac would theoretically be able to use the plunger.
I think Spendor has has both white and black spectral energy. In the first chapter he is charging an attack with his glasses and white and black swirls appear. Maybe it was just the color of the attack though.
Possibly should have read this word dump before posting my own comment.
Because having known joy beyond mortal understanding, I now feel such loss that it shakes the foundation of my being.
I may even cry.
Woah, thanks for the huge comment. Chapter four sounds EPIC for fans like me, likin all da rules and shite. Sounds like we’ll eventually get some awesome spectral-on-spectral action (OH GOD SPECTRAL SEX).
Speaking of fans, what should the fanbase call itself? We have bronies for MLP, homies for slyfox (or bros for pewdiepie, whatevs), and slappeggs for sinsvenials (+10 to interneting for slappeggs), etc. Any ideas guys?
some kinda play on words of “spectral”?
^^^I love Paranaturalists
I love it! “I’m a Paranaturalist” would go nicely with a picture of a fish spirit riding a bicycle. =D
WHERE DOING THAT MAN. WHERE MAKING IT HAPEN.
Actually, I would recommend “Parafans”. Less awkward a word than Paranaturalist.
Hmm, I think Parafan is a bit broad. If I heard it on Tumblr or something, I would probably assume the person liked paranormal things in general, as opposed to if someone used a word with Paranatural actually in the title. Personally, I also don’t think something like Paranaturalist or Paranaturalite sounds too awkward, despite the long name, but that’s just my opinion.
I GOT IT! We, the loyal fans of Paranatural, are the Activity Club!
…Or maybe not. Suzy would blow up our houses…
I call Paranatural P-nat, so I suggest “Peanuts” :)
Well, I like to think I’m a Paranaturalite. Paranaturalian? A Paranaturalist sounds nice, too :D
For the hardcore fans such as me who actually pay attention to the finer details, how about Paranaturalogists?
Woah there, dont jump the gun and go ahead and make that your username :P
I’m thinking paranaturalists sounds pretty sweet, like we actually have degrees in paranaturalentology or sumpfin.
YO ZACK! You’ve been super awesome in the comments, but maaaaaybe a favor? We’ll need some kind of poll if we wanna do somethin like this, so that we have proof its what the PEOPLE want! Democracy! Anyway yeah. I dunno what else it could be used for, but it would be neat and maybe handy in the future?
Gonna defer to Darwin on this one and say it’d be better to let the best name arise on its own. Though a poll could work if you wanna get the ball rolling. Now I’m going to defer to for polling/posing the name question. They’re good at fan stuff and I think tumblr can do polls or whatever better than I can on the site. Shoot them something in their ask box maybe?
Kay, I might look into it. But now that you say it, I agree, we should just see what kinda happens.
actually, there isn’t a polling system in tumblr, you’d have to use an external site to make a poll there and then send everyone that-a-way through a link
what i’ve done in the past was make a post where anyone could reply with an answer, but tallying up results manually might take some time, or at least more than any of the 100′s of poll-making websites out there.
Wait, that means that Max, whose black spectral energy is ‘fairly common,’ is actually super-versatile in what tools he can use? (Seeing as black-aligned spirits are common, and therefore likely have more tools?)
Fairly common among spectrals, not especially common among spirits (is what I’m going with to preserve the integrity of one of my better jokes).
I personally really liked that “fairly common” line. It was making fun of manga, right? Cause the main character in manga indefinitely has some power/form-of-power that is super rare or uncommon.
Not all manga are like that, though. Most yeah, but it’s really fun when you find a manga that subverts the hero-secretly-has-ultrarare-superpowerful-ability :D But I liked Zack’s Take That, nonetheless!
So I guess we can assume that all spirits everywhere are racist. So far almost none of them take after the black or the white and the other ones appear to hate spectrals.
I think Johnny is possesed by some monster trying to steal his tool.
You must be new here. Johnny’s kind of like that. It’s his thing.
Spirits don’t possess Johnny. Johnny possesses spirits.
Dang, that scooter is MAGIC. Such a fast setup and fast start!
It’s called a Zip Scooter. You can buy them at K-Mart.
Oh hells yes! Johnny took Max’ bat! Now Johnny is the Spectral!
Well played sir. I did not see this coming. You had me fooled. Max was a Red Herring all along. Johnny confirmed for Main Character!
Johnny’s fabulous array of expressions is my new favorite thing.
Can I just say that far beyond being hilarious to read, Johnny also delivers with flying colors a character that fills the oft-used role of the school bully (for the purpose of advancing the plot/causing more mundane and relatable strife to the main character) but at the same time manages to have a completely original personality? The standard model of “menace menace menace” bully gets old after a while. Whatever model of bully Johnny adheres to, it never does. Also, look at that last panel. Look at how happy he is. That face makes me smile just looking at it.
I agree wholeheartedly! A bully that appears just for the sake of extra plot content gets pretty boring, nor does s/he have much of a personality. Johnny’s complexity makes for a nice change in the world of stories.
I agree to that agreement. Despite being the school bully, Johnny is a surprisingly likeable character, and has a well-developed personality. Indeed, many of his character traits remind me of real bullies I knew back when I was in elementary school, and usually do not show up in fiction.
I agree to this agreement of the aforementioned agreement. Johnny’s got a great three part personality: Violent bully-Leader Friend-Crazy Prankster. He’s just as happy hanging out with his friends, as he is beating the crap out of Max, as he is ribbing the teacher. He’s realistic and psychotic at the same time.
OH MY GOD HE STOLE HIS EVERYTHING!!!
50 cents really isn’t enough to pay for head indent repairs down in the hospital, but maybe they accept used baseball bats and scooters
Issac’s shortcuts are fun! :D
Well for some people.
I’m going to laugh if Johnny turns out to have the same spectral energy color as Max and ends up becoming a spectral because he stole Max’s bat.
Scratch that. I’m laughing already.
GOD DAMN IT JOHNNY!
Hey Zack, when do you decide to put a different color or special non-literal background in a panel, like the red-colored one here? They’re wonderful and I feel like you communicate so much so efficiently with them (like everything you draw in Paranatural TBH), so I was wondering where in the design phase you decide on conveying a feeling behind everything instead of the physical surroundings.
When I’m sketching I decide if some of the panels should do the color thing. This page was an easy choice since it was a string of panels with an emotional transition in ‘em. Backgrounds could clutter them up and there was a good reason to use color so I just went ahead and plopped in some gradients. It’s a lot easier to do that kind of background than actual detailed stuff so I try to do it less than I did in chapter 1 but here I think it made sense.
Zack, you said that he Jonny couldn’t use Max’s bat. Does that mean he is likely to be a spectral of another color?
He won’t be able to use the bat’s spectral power unless he’s a spectral. And no one will know his color unless he becomes a spectral.
If he held onto the bat for a month or two he might become a black spectral.
Let me rephrase my question:
What are the real chances of Jonny becoming an actual spectral/medium later in the story?
So…in that case, what spiritual entity was Max exposed to for a month or two to get his power. Unless…oh…oh crap.
I think it was that time-travel snake.
TIME SNAKE IS MAX’S MOM
DISREGARD RULES AND LOGIC, I HAVE WILD THEORIES!
What is this, Evangelion?
Oh, great. Now I’m imagining Time Eel and Max’ Dad making out. And now I must ship them.
Remember, while exposure to spectral energy can make someone a spectral, it’s not the only way. There’s also the citrus.
YES! This makes the perfect avatar!
Also panel 2 is hilarious it looks like Dragonball Z. I thought about making an icon with that pose…
If anyone’s interested I can help people make icons.
Did you call for someone interested in an icon from panel 2? ;)
Panels 5-8…Johnny is the worst bully.
Worst bully, or worstest bully?
Wursted bully? I’ll certainly agree that Johnny is a wiener.
Worstershire Sauce bully? He’s so English…
Oh great, now I’m imagining Johnny speaking in a British Cockney accent.
Chapter 3, Page 11, Panel 4…
Johnny: ‘Allo Guv’nor, gimme some skin.
dude really looked like a gorilla in the second panel. I mean yikes.
And also: Worst.Shortcut.Ever
Hey, Johnny isn’t Isaac’s responsibility! Hell, Johnny might not even be Johnny’s responsibility either.
That’s that spirit of Incoherent Monkey-Rage that Johnny’s channelling.
Spectral superpower: poker face!
i love how its only been what? two days, and so little yet so much has happned
Last Panel = The New Trollface. XDD
“Listen, we’re not so different, you ‘n’ me…”
Careful there Johnny, if Suzie overheard you she might think you were trying to recruit him, and you do *not* want to horn in on Suzie’s turf…
Good thing she’s not around! Oh wait, what’s that in Max’s hand? A phoo~oone?
A phone that’s still on, at that.
Panel 4. My god. Their faces DO look kind of the same.
Hey Zack, have you tried doing the finished art in pencils and then changing the levels in Photoshop to make it look like ink? The artist of reMIND does this and you can not tell the difference. Might help save you some time. Here’s the link where he explains it: http://www.remindblog.com/2010/02/18/inking-graphic-novel/
This page, like just about every other page, is dripping with great humor and hilarious faces. Thumbs up to you sir!
can we even call johnny a bully? So far he’s been more of a friend than a certain manipulative storm wielding paranatural.
Well, to be fair, Isaac never claimed that he wanted to be a friend with Max. They only ended up together this morning because Isaac was buying a food-like substance in the store just as Max came downstairs, and stuck together because they were heading for the same destination.
Besides, Max is too cool to have friends. :P
the food-like substance you speak of was a semi-vegan bar
Lol, Johnny’s face assaulted me as I clicked upon this page, and I was forcefully made aware of his appearance (just like Max). Nicely done Johnny.
I kind of love how Johnny in the last panel has his mouth wide open, but no sound effect is coming out.
Zach, would it be possible for me to marry Johnny’s face?
IT IS THE BEST FACE.
Johnny’s face deserves a Starchman star
Starchman star deserves Johnny’s face.
Nah, Johnny’s face is too good for Starchman Stars.
i’ve read this 3 or 4 times already and that 7th panel cracks me up every time
… Has noone noticed the fact that max is glowing black?
I would like to say no, I did not notice that.
i did but it’s the color of his spectral power so it just didn’t seem out of place really
But he lost his Tool, so he shouldn’t be able to do that. Sooo, accident or foreshadowing?
Question about spectral color possibilities.
What about the colors rainbow or chrome?
Or my personal favorite color, Chrome Rainbow?
Well, neither Chrome nor Rainbow are individual colours. Chrome is a surface effect — it’s equivalent would be grey, and rainbow is a bunch of colours.
But this then begs the question — can a person/spirit have an Infrared or Ultraviolet Spectral Aura?
That would explain why we haven’t seen Mr. Spender’s powers.
Mr. Spender is yellow
Them’s fightin’ words!!
Oh, sorry. I thought this was a western for a moment, there :P
McBob’s Head-> | . . |
But in still just as not-very-seriousness,
Would a person with multicolored aura be possible/meaningful, beyond just being able to mesh with different aura spirits at the same time.
Also, I view rainbow as a color in the sense of it being the analog to the
third choice to the thought experiments that present one with
two morally questionable choices, except for the question of “What is your favorite color?”
Also chrome was for the ridiculousness, and chrome rainbow because it should be a thing, but apparently is not, which saddens me so deeply.
the pacing makes me want faster updates. not to say that i would want that regardless.
I like how the comments compared to when you first started till now are like *BAMFOLLOWERSTIMES20+*
Oh Johnny you crazy clepto, mach.wubs.~
Uppppppdaaaates B givins I hope every week!
One thing I would like to say though, I wish there was MORE to read as in convo between characters, I don’t know how to explain that properly but I feel its kinda lacking (Not here since this pannel wasn’t meant for it).
Not sure if this guy is the biggest spas ever, or if he’s the uncovered Well of Babel from which the water of fucking knowledge flows.
I showed and artist friend of mine Paranatural the other day. I showed him specifically because of how amazing the characters emote with their faces.
i have alot of friends who do exactly what johnnys doing in the 4th panel
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