Here you go guys, sorry!
I think Max is more scared of Johnny haunting him than he is actually killing him.
Yeah, I’d be scared too. Oh, and hi Julian.
Hey, Vriska. How’d you get here?
Know these guys’ luck, he’d probably get really dangerous power too.
My name is actually Julian. I agree with Not Julian.
Nice. Real nice.
I love how Isaac gets the worst of both worlds.
Is that foreshadowing? There would be a ghost if he’s dead? Lol cutaway to him getting beat up!
Yes! GhostJohnny! His ghost is probably just slow, like Johnny is. :P
Let the Ghost-Trolling begin!
A side effect of Johnny’s hair dye is a helmet-like carapace.
Holy glu88ing crap I love your name!!!!!!!! <33333333 ::::D
way to be obnoxious
Way to be rude and ignorant of the fact that they’re emulating their namesake
Besides it’s not like the comment takes up an entire page; it’s barely even a line
And that blood? hair gel.
I need Isaac’s shirt. Right now.
I will throw money at you Zack if you start making these shirts.
Sorry for what? Usual length, funny, still Friday. Whatever standard you want to apply to this release, you’ve passed it. And that is one hell of a slope. You know you have to do a winter scene there sooner or later, with toboggans or pulks or whatever you call them in English.
Yess, the story spans a year+ and there will be winter bits. Thank you also.
Is there going to be a part where some of the characters graduate?
Because if there is, I’ll tear up, I just know it.
I almost always tear up during graduation scenes, no matter what it is.
Which is odd, because I was perfectly fine when I graduated.
You better not mess with my heart, Zack.
They’re 12; Grade 7. Elementary schools don’t graduate until the end of Grade 8, and Middle schools not until the end of Grade 9.
They’re too young for a graduation ceremony, even if a year+ passes.
Unholy molies? Are those like possessed moles?
The opposite of holy moly.
Which perform exorcisms on unholy moles?
No, not on unholy moles. Those they convert. Holy moles perform exorcisms on possessed moles.
I don’t care what anyone says; I’m not going to perform baptisms on moles.
You think that’s bad, try baptizing cats!!!
Uh… not that I have tried or anything… it just sounds like it’d be a pain… in the face…
But don’t worry, YOU don’t have to perform baptisms or exorcisms on moles, that’d be the job of the holy molies. All you have to do when encountering a possessed mole is run. FAST.
Correct, holy moles do all the work. And did you know an unholy mole was originally cast for the part of the girl in the Exorcist? Fact.
And I shall never perform another circumcision on one. *shudder*
well, new pic. and first time in chapter 3 johnny isn’t the one making the crazy face. well he is, sorta, but not willfully
I want that CLOTHING brand T-shirt.
Near-death experience. Johnny’s maybe going to become a spectral. oh gee
IF he were then I think it’s obvious what his spectral energy colour would be, although it would be funny for it to be blue so he would get the toilet plunger XD
so he *could* get the toilet plunger.
It’s checkhov’s plunger. You know it’ll come back, and you know it’s going to the person who would make the most out of it…. in this case, where it’d be funniest. He -will- have the plunger!
Johnny + Spectral Powers + Plunger = MAYVIEW IS DEAD!!!
Haha, yeah. That’s a good point. That plunger has CLONING powers. Something tells me that’d be an awesome superpower, regardless of what tool it’s in, though.
Johnny will make clones of himself…so he can beat them up and take their lunch money.
I still find the plunger hilarious, I bet you could literally stick it on a reflective surface and suck out a reflection.
I like this line of thinking! And good point on the near-death experience. :)
“Unholy mollies, I’ve killed him”. I’ve been walking around the house for the last 6.45 minutes saying that phrase.
MORE PLOT ROCKS!
What else would one even do in the woods but woods stuff
Or just float down rivers in peace.
dis! Bb ^^^^
I love how Isaac actually looks completely exhausted and jacked on adrenaline, not only because of the sweat but because of the body language. Brilliant.
how did max fit the whole bat in his backpack
He pules it out right after he stuffs the scooter in his backpack that was on the end of the bat.
It’s either Hammer Space (well, Bat Space in this case) or the backpack houses a pocket dimension.
your faces. YOUR FUCKING FACES.
You REALLY should make a book drawing just faces.
If you like face-emotions, this other webcomic I found recently has great ones too-
oh my god, why did you have to do this. I’m a freaking otaku and you hooked me up to a webcomic running 6 years already. SHAME ON YOU
OH GOD JOHNNY’S… Out Cold
Gadzooks, Zack, don’t scare us like that! Given the theme, I thought he was dead for real.
Also thanks for the opportunity for me to use the word ‘gadzooks’.
I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s dye seeping out of his scalp.
Or more soup.
What if he dyes his hair with soup?
A. they are right. you should teach a class or write a book to other cartoonists about face creation. As an amateur cartoonist myself, I would love to read it.
B. I’m seeing a pattern of Johnny’s forehead being covered with red liquids.
I think I’ll take this opportunity to call out Dimitri as the villain of this epic.
Wait, new theory, Dimitri is that unaccounted for head and arm in Issac’s flashback about long dramatic speeches.
I was wondering if there might be an extra limb in there, or otherwise a clue about the member who may have disappeared. (See Isabel doodling in her sketchbook… And some other possible mentions.)
Man, I want a “clothing” t-shirt!
Is anyone else confused by Isaac and Max’s exchange right before they met the sphynx? Isaac mentioned Max encountering his spirit, but Max didn’t see to understand.
Someone else probably mentioned this, and I missed it. Does a spectral always have to encounter their spirit before they gain their powers? Or did Max somehow accomplish this without doing so?
Or, does that just confirm that Max’s spirit is indeed Time Snake, as that’s the only spirit with the same spectral energy colour as Max?
If someone already said this, tell me, please!
Judging by what I’ve seen so far, Max’s spirit is probably not the snake. From what I can gather from Isaac’s explanations, the spirits stay inside the tool until they have enough energy to free themselves again. The Time Snake wasn’t inside a tool when we saw it.
Or was it?
Maybe Max met Future Time (and Magnetism) Snake, allowing him to use the currently toolified Present Time (/Magnetism) Snake.
I interpreted the Time Snake thing as Max meeting the spirit that lives in the bat. There were big piles of metal stuff all over, and when it was over, Max was attacked by a can (presumably pulled towards him by newly acquired magical magnetic powers).
The can was thrown to draw the attention of Racist Frog Ghost. Ed threw it. It hit the glass, not the bat, so it wasn’t the result of the bats powers.
Nah, Ed explicitly states on the second-to-last page of Chapter 2 that he didn’t throw anything. And the soup can just barely hit the bat, hence the “tapp” written sound effect.
I think it’s pretty likely that the time snake is Max’s spirit, unless Zack is just pulling a marvelous bait-and-switch, which, considering the rest of the comic up to this point, is a possibility. Regardless, I can’t wait to see how things tie together.
You know, people are assuming time powers for that snake spirit; there’s never really been any precedent to show that it had time powers. It was able to generate a vision, possibly symbolic, for it to present itself to Max, but it was really just a split second, between the windup and the punch to the head. It’s kind of obvious now that the bat doesn’t impart time powers of any kind.
A “Hand Snake” is a more appropriate name, I think, because its head looks like a hand with fingers.
I think the nickname just stuck, that’s how nicknames work.
For a comic this.. family-friendly so far, the second line of panels rather disturbed me. o,o Caught me right off-guard.
ESPECIALLY PANEL 5
Yeah, this disturbed me a bit. I got into a skiing accident as a kid and got saved from severe brain trauma/death only by virtue of my helmet. I know it’s just a comic and Johnny will come out of this unscathed, but seeing him crash into that rock is really unnerving.
So… I take it Isaac has seen someone die before, so he knows from experience that there would be a ghost?
That’s very worrying.
How can you have never seen someone die? People die every day. Assuming you aren’t a child right now there should have been a whole generation of your family dieing while you were growing up.
Well, gee. thanks for the happy thoughts. -_-
In all my 19 years of life, I have never seen anyone die. Not in front of me. I think UndeadOranges was talking about seeing people dying firsthand… Which I think not a whole lot of use have seen.
Isaac knows that ghosts appear immediately after death, so either someone told him that this happens or he saw someone die with his own eyes. Isaac is like twelve or something, so it’s possible that he saw a relative die, but I think the adults would probably make him leave the room of a dying relative. And I’m not sure when he got his ghost powers, but it must have been within the past few years.
I think that Isaac has some sort of TERRIBLE SECRET PAST. Or maybe he just saw his grandpa die. Still terrible, if you ask me.
As explained, one can get spectral powers by
“A near-death experience”
So Isaac just might have been in a mass-death-thing.
You do know what “woods stuff” implies…..
This comic is amazing, as always. :D
DIBS ON JHONNY’S FACE!!!!!
YES! I GOT IT! I WIN THE JOHNNY FACE CONTEST FOR THIS WEEK!!!!
congrats! now to see what Connors is going to do….
Yes… what IS connors gonna do ’bout it?
20 tools says he’s not gonna comment this week, then nab the johnny’s face next week.
lol XD tools are now currency.
30 tools says he TRIES to, but fails b/c I get Johnny’s next face!
he should do an animated one of it spinning.
Totally agree. B)
I tried to make an animated one before that cycled through several faces from one page, but Gravatar didn’t display the animation. ;-;
amazing page as always
Apparently the woods were what’s good.
Oh crap! I was right! He will be a spectral!
The mental and physical limits of Johnny’s body will never cease to amaze me.
He’s leaking grit ‘n’ grace.
I just had a thought, uh… Could it be that Paranatural really stands for Paranoia and Supernatural? Para[n=N]atural, sort of, because it seems likely that Max will develop some of that good stuff sooner or later. Living under constant pressure from at least four dimensions at the same time, as he is these days.
Sleep deprivation ho! Me, not Max, maybe.
Paranatural = Paranormal + Supernatural. Isabel explained it near the end of chapter 1! :D
Mere subterfuge. Don’t believe her lies.
I love this comic… it makes me happy on so many levels
Wait, if Johnny’s head connected with the rock in back, why is he bleeding down the front of his forehead? Doesn’t look like his face hit the ground on the way down, either.
Do not be sorry, sir. You have delivered your comic page on friday and with your usual above awesome quality. I thank you for your dedication!
We need like a dozen doctopti here, or we are going to end up with one huge and very happy doctopi when Johnny comes to.
Actually that would be another good sign of life. Dead people feel no pain and doctopi feed on physical pain as far as we know.
This means Johnny is goin to be a spectral because he had a near death experience, right?
He’s going to have pink spectral energy.
Today my avatar is sideways. Cause G0vnah took the good pic. Again.
In all honesty, that pic’s still pretty funny. It’s like Johnny’s going through that split-second right as you realize that “this is gonna hurt… and there’s nothing I can do about it…” xD
I think that is called the “Oh shit” face
so when do max and isaac start making out
Come on, MaxIsaac is way better, and honestly more realistic. Max<3<Johnny is all but confirmed.
Post ate my brackets, that was supposed to be Max Isaac.
Ugh, it makes a diamond shape. Anyone who cares will know what I’m talking about.
Oh you wacky Drillgorg.
Well, I guess you could say HE’S…
sounds like one of Ed’s quotes after he beats a ghost/spirit.
I cannot get my gravatar to work on here. X(
Lol! Johnny just got OWNED!
I just realized….What the heck would be able to damage a VERY LARGE snake-like creature with magnetic powers to the point of it retreating into an object? And will we ever find out how the bat made it to the school?
Was the bat *always* there, thus standing to reason that the snake was defeated at the school, and if so, is the creature responsible STILL AT THE SCHOOL????
Well, seeing as real-world objects can’t harm a spirit, the snake spirit would virtually be restricted to fighting hand to…erm…coil if anything came after it. At worst, its on the low end of the spirit world’s food chain/totem pole. At best, its the spirit version of Batman.
I think the question we ought to be asking is… What would it do if it got out of the bat?
His name is… MAGNETO.
Johnny’s not dead, but he might be dying right now…
Clever, Isaac. Clever. >u>
Hey Zack, how sad/scary/deep will the story end up being? I mean we saw hints of this with Max’s mom, but how much of the humour will be shed as we get the ol’ plot ball rolling? I mean, considering how Max likely got his powers, as well as the other kids, there’s gotta be some heavy stuff there, right?
My intention is for the tone to stay pretty much consistent throughout. Stuff can be heavy/emotional/plot-relevant and funny at the same time, I think. I’m not gonna just make the comic jokeless for 30 pages in order to explore dark themes or whatever.
Don’t worry, the package you get will, I think, deliver on the sort of stuff you’d expect a serious story to be better at delivering (emotions, plot, w/e) without sacrificing the stuff the man tells you you’re supposed to sacrifice (jokes, characters without superpowers, bright colors, fun). Pretty sure you can have your cake and eat it too. Have two cakes. From me.
But yes there will be even cooler things happening in the future. The coolness will keep going up. Yes.
Aha, great! The humour is just the greatest thing about Paranatural, if it was gone I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But I’d also be disappointed if there wasn’t any heavy stuff. Thanks for the cake. Thanks for all the free cake you provide every week. You’re beautiful.
THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!
…is what I *would* be saying, but I think we all agree Zack has earned our utmost trust, so THANKS FOR THE CAKE! :D
So long, and thanks for all the…cake!
heh. kidding. Imma be sticking around for a long time yet. because of the cake.
Merry Christmas (or whatever) everyone!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!! :D
Merry christmas, g0vnah! enjoy your bleeding head!
Thank you! And you enjoy your smushed one! :D
(Anonymous was actually me logged onto my Grandma’s computer XD)
thanks :D enjoy your (hopefully soon) spectral powers!
i get so impatient waiting for the next friday. omgomgomgomg. but merry christmas everyone. xp
merry Christmas every one
I feel like at some point in the story, someone’s going to die and become a ghost, and someone else is going to make an extremely inappropriate comment, and it will be hilarious.
Or someone’s cat dies, is stuffed into a sack and thrown down the incredibly large hill that is Mayview. Then it returns as a ghost (or spirit? I dun remember) and someone’ll say “Looks like the cat’s outta the bag :D” and everyone will stare horrified at him.
Forced joke is forced T3T
Okay I feel like that would be Ed.
Lol I hope the cat dies and keeps P.J company when handies busy! Oh and Zack if Johny join the paranatural activity club i will find you and kill you with a metal bat. Johny does not belong in the same club as two guys he almost beat up.
I think if Johnny was a spectral and stayed as violent as he is, Max might have an excuse to beat him to death with a metal bat.
I think I just stayed up so late waiting for the update I’m gonna have to sleep now and I’ll miss it.
Eek, sorry! Follow me on Twitter for occasional estimates of comic arrival times.
Max, this is your SECOND villainous act. TJ predicted it all along!
Max, looks like you just got Everything You Ever..,
Panel nine is my favorite image.
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