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a right shame that his power is only useful in the context of leaving the remote on the other end of the room and being too lazy to go get it.
oh, and i guess the whole pulling himself towards metal objects thing. but it’s clear which of the two uses are better.
whaf if, now this is just spitballing, what if he can use the magnet power to “pitch” objects to himself, to hit with the bat?
Awwww! Look at cute spirits on panels 1 and 5! :3 Wait a sec… Is that second spirit…..TOTORO?!
that sphinx is now my profile pic. so much win XD
wait a second….my gravatar isn’t work D: or I’m just not seeing it update
Takes a little while. ;)
GASP… Sphinx Gravatar of DOOM! D:
Poor John- oh hey is that a magnetic bat?
Stretchy finger in panel 4.
Also, next panel has to be Max home-run-swinging that spirit.
No, no…it’s too close now. The only proper thing to happen in next panel is for him to bunt it.
just realized…..I get why Issac said that anything that Max used would pass through a spectral. he was baiting him, as that sphinx was still coming after him, and he was exhausted from running and using his spectral powers n such
Nah, that seems like a bit too much planning ahead for these chumps… Now that I’ve said that, it’s almost certainly gonna be the case. But since I said that, maybe not! Argh!
I’d go for a Johnny icon, but there isn’t one in here, so I’ll wait until his face appears again…
…Or I could add pirate getup to my current gravatar. Yeah. I think I’ll do that.
In the spirit of one-upmanship…
What in the world did you guys do to Johnny’s face??? DX
We took it to its (il)logical conclusion, of course! :D
lol XD Nice!
In the spirt of the spirit of one-upmanship… :D
He doesn’t yet have the ability to use the plunger and yet Johnny’s already cloning himself… into pirates???
This is not going to end well.
(Btw, EPIC gravatar, G0vnah!)
Hahaha XD Thanks. It’s amazing, what you can do with photoshop. :P
@G0vnah or paint.
That is pirate Johnny, made in paint. With a tumor. And it looks fantastic.
CLICK MY NAME FOR AN ADVENTURE!!! :D
I clicked it. a BAD mistake XP
Aww, it’s not THAT bad. Just slightly annoying.
MY EYES! DX Curse you, J0hvnah the Pirate!
Hey, good point.
EVERYONE! THE LINK TO MY NAME IS A SONG ABOUT PIRATES, BUT HAS A LOT OF FLASHING LIGHTS! JUST A WARNING!!!!
Foul. Max only stuck around for one riddle and didn’t cross the, uh, bridge or whatever. That spirit has gone too far.
Wow that thing doesnt give up
I get the feeling Johnny will soon be a medium….
i have the same feeling.
oddly enough, I also feel that an addition to the team is waiting in the wings.
but I’m beginning to feel more that it’ll be Suzy. Someone that obsessed with finding out what the activity club does is going to flip when she actually finds out and is forced to keep it a secret, comedy gold. Or better yet, tries to report it, but because all her stories up til now are all yellow, nobody believes her and she just sort of hits this wall and has nowhere left to go but join. Both of these fit pretty well as far as story plausibility.
oh wait, you mean red spirit pretty much gonna have to die plus unconscious likely red aura’d person lying nearby and him being the only reachable savior vessel. hmmm…. good point. hmmm. but what power would it be, barrier creation?
Johnny (of course he’s red it’s too funny to pass up) gains the ability to be EVEN MORE ANNOYING.
The power to bully others by creating unsolvable riddles?
No the power to put walls in front of people so they hit them.
Johnny is clearly getting the power of Riddles, then going full Zen Bully on all of us.
I love Suzy.
Honestly, I think that Suzy already is a spectral, or was, but an unmentored one. Mostly because of the fact that houses blowing up is a theme for both.
AAGH! She’s here!
It is too late for us all.
evacuate the website! oh, and suzy, Paranaturalist and G0vnah were saying some bad stuff about you earlier in the chapter….
Oh god, I hope Johnny just stays as regular Johnny. There would be no end to what he’d do with those powers. D: He’d go mad with power.
Aren’t scooters usually made out of non-ferromagnetic aluminium?
Does this mean that Max can move diamagnetic stuff like water or people?
Can he set up a magnetic field that creates an electric field and acts like a taser?
Am I far too concerned with the physics of magical powers? (yes)
oh, this was explained in the comments two comics ago, okay
Isn’t the BAT made out of aluminum?
Is mayonnaise an instrument?
Okay, I know. Odd joke is odd. I just couldn’t resist. :P
No G0vnah, mayonnaise is not an instrument.
Horse radish is not an instrument either.
Can flying monkeys fly?? :D
As it turns out, no. They actually just glide.
These avatars are hilarious.
GIANT ENEMY CRAB!!!!
……i just want to be popular.
What is Beartato doing in panel 5?
Maybe he’s on spirit animal duty.
next time someone asks why im busy, this is my reply
OH MY GOSH! YOU’RE RIGHT!!!
wait, is johnny dying at the moment?
No, he’s good.
good?!? I had him filed under chaotic/evil!
I think he’s probably more chaotic neutral. I dunno, I’m no good with alignments.
8ut isn’t it kinda your decision XXXXD. Oh and sorry for dragging Homestuck over here 8ut I know I’m not the only one.
If you were sorry, you would not do it. This is why people hate Homestuck fans.
There’s no reason to be sorry? People can enjoy multiple webcomics? People can reference one thing while enjoying another? It isn’t a bad thing to like multiple things? Really if you are gonna apologize for anything it ought to be using an emoticon derived from ‘XD’
there’s a difference between referencing and roleplaying as the characters in the comments without any relation to the comic page
I mean really if there is a problem with using a homestuck name to comment on this, then there would logically be an identical problem for whoever is using the name blair diggory, or james because his gravatar is one of the money badges from twewy
and the zombie from “public humiliation” worn by man in black
go oma, go oma! mom’s rule! /son-of-oma
Always wanting to devour spectral flesh.
This webcomic is one of the best ever and I wish I had discovered it three or four years later so I would have had more to read in one go.
Also I would recommend it to all my friends if I had any — I meand, if I had friends who can speak English.
That was the most ominous alt-text I’ve ever read.
Also, your Oma has the same name as mine! Weird.
Max is gonna try and launch some magnet stuff at this spirit, isn’t he? A) The metal he tries to throw goes right through and he gets a faceful of Sphynx teeth (Isaac’s plan) or B) He just cracks it in the head with his bat in a beautiful action page. Either one is cool.
that is ominous alt-text. which organs are shutting down? maybe his “sanity” organs. wait a second, they were never there in the first place :O
‘Oma’? Does this mean you have Dutch roots?
That would explain the lack of polacks
Aww, boo, for a moment I felt really connected with you, y’know. But alas.
I swear to Odin, if you kill Johnny I will unsubscribe from your Twitter feed.
Meaning I will first subscribe to your Twitter feed so that I may unsubscribe from it.
Meaning I will make a Twitter account for the sole purpose of subscribing to and unsubscribing from your Twitter feed.
The consequences will never. Be. The same.
The trou8le is so worth it just to show him how mad you are XXXXD
panel one spirit omg
Whoa whoa. Wait. Stop. Whoa. Are Isaac and Max BOTH smiling in the same panel? Are they… are they actually bro-ing it up?! What kind of dark sorcery is this?!
What’s next, Zack? Johnny actually making sense for more than 5 minutes? Suzy not being an insane-asylum escapee?? Adults in Mayview actually being more responsible with their kids!?
Collin standing up against Suzy? Ed actually being calm and quiet? Or the real kicker… RJ’s face???
I vote we see R.J.’s face. That would be cool.
Wow, chapter 2 page 20 all the “trash” is made of metal. nice.
Was that Totoro in the background of panel 5?
I love how Max points out his power to Isaac. So subtle… XD
Hi. First-time poster. Just had a thought.
PJ said that ghosts with… well, let’s call it a lot of willpower, can manifest physically, right? Or touch things, at least. Maybe Max’s power is one of those I-get-stronger-as-you-do types of powers. If whatever he’s fighting is confident enough to touch solid matter, BAM – soup can to the chops. Just a thought, probably not relevant presently.
I really like this ^
Did anyone see the Dinosaur in the top right corner of picture one.
At least Max can still beat em up with the bat.
Calling it: Next panel, that bat is going to be in direct contact with the sphinx’s face.
course it is!
I for one am not so sure, I feel like it would break the moment going from funny to awesome that quickly, you would get whiplash, wouldn’t you?
But I haven’t seen it yet, so who knows, that could work.
Maybe he shoves it down the sphinx’s throat.
That would be funny. XD
Loving how proud is Max of his new powers.
I’ve noticed the amount of ink you use now is a lot more than the early comics, mostly the lines. from thin to thick
just wanted to know how do you feel about that change.
I switched to using a brush pen at the end of chapter 1, so that upped the thickness. It slowly went down after that. This page was thicker because it was drawn on low quality paper on the road. Overall I’m trying to have more intent behind my line thickness choices, instead of just doing whatever.
Johnny :”What’s that purple thing flying at your head?”
Hey. I’ve been following this for a while but I’m slow to comment. Decided to but in with speculation above, so I thought I’d just have an unrelated post about this being an awesome comic. Showed it to a few friends.
Too lazy to figure out gravatars.
Still, on behalf of myself and the other lurkers who hate posting; Keep up the good work and Happy New Years [Eve]!
From Zack’s twitter: “Reading my own comic :3″
DARN IT ZACK YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO BE ADORABLE I RESPECT YOU TOO MUCH.
But seriously like… you’re the best creator of anything ever because you don’t get all mighty about it, but you’re not infuriatingly humble. Sort of like “I know I rock, but so do you guys.”
I continually have to remind myself you’re not a celebrity, you’re not a god, you’re just a guy who writes the best webcomic ever conceived.
I guess Zack hasn’t colored in the first pages yet because he’s keeping with that old webcomic tradition.
Not redoing your old pages to show improvement, I guess.
The tradition of not using color for the first chapter(s).
It happens surprisingly often.
Oh okay. :)
HAPPY NEW YEARS (in just over three hours for me) EVERYBODY!
and a happy new year to you too
What he said! Happy 2013. :L
The blur effect in frontof the Sphinx xpirit is interesting.. Though I’m unsure nif it’s caused by, say a screach of Max holding it in place with magnets or… Something.
anyhoo, New Years cake and whatnot for all, toodle-pip and tally-ho, what what!
I love the backgrounds and the background creatures.
Happy new year!
Happy 2 0 1 3!!!! :D
Why does the metal stuff pass through spirits, but /paper/ doesn’t?
Well, because the paper is part of her tool, while the magnitised metal is not actually part of max’s bat tool
At least that’s what I think, only zack knows for sure :)
but what if zack DOESN’T know? what if he’s having a conflict over whether the stuff that the bat attracts can be used against spirits, or if they can’t.
Well some spirits can touch physical things….. Maybe max should try testing his powers on lefty?
If it’s been magic spirit magnetised they might be magic spirit magnets and thus able to stick to deceased fridges? Most metal is not super-magically-magnetised to begin with.
Also how magnetic does non-magic aluminium normally get.
Aluminium is normally never magnetic, but max has superpowers now so he doesn’t care about aluminium’s feelings on this matter
Max needs another metallic tool, and then he will be able to launch anti-spirit projectiles around like a boss.
^^^ B-| ^^^
His face in the last panel is amazing.
BAM! New Gravatar. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO NOW, CONNORS?
Probably swipe the next epicly drawn image of Johnny’s face, because Zack is only the best artist in webcomic history.
…At least, when my Gravatar actually comes in and stops taking so long to load…
so your not the only one experiencing this. good to know
Max seems a little off in panel 4. Did you draw him?
Oh my god Zack this is actually the best idea ever that I imagine is coming in the next comic or so
Think about the characters, what’s happened and what’s about to happen.
Max is going to smash Ollie and the Sphinx in the face at the same time?
^^ This. Would. Be. Awesome. ^^
This is essentially what I was forecasting.
Dude wheres the new one. I asked 15 people and everyone said it was friday.
It IS on Fridays. This one’s just a little late is all. :)
I gotta get a new gravatar, I’m shamed by connors and govnah :<
I also gotta figure out how to change it on my phone… :I
i really like this comic so far. i just love the way the whole fantastic side of the world becomes more visible and the whole idea and how its done graphically – but (ye’ve seen it coming didn’t ye) anyway i must admit it bothers me, kind of – that our protagonist stays sooo cool facing this new world and “magnet” powers and aluminum scooters – nah! shouldn’t call it magnet then… but hey don’t get me wrong this is absolute great work and really beautiful – i’m eager to see how it continuous…
me, big cheer to artist and many thanks!
K so it is friday. I seriously lost track of the days of the week. Zack how can i find a spectral defeat itand get it to make my bat a tool.
Hello. Hi. And where is the new comic page?
Guys Zack is sick. He’s got a cold or something, he said so in his twitter. :( That’s why the comic’s late.
get well soon zach
check your FB bro.
It’s been checked. I’m on it with you now.
GUYS HELP I’M GOING THROUGH UPDATE WITHDRAWAL.
I’VE BEEN REFRESHING THE PAGE BUT THERE IS NO NEXT TO CLICK.
So, if you look on Zack’s twitter you can see that the image file (finished, I might add) was corrupted, and Zack now has to recolour it. And he’s sick. He’s not having a good day!
So we should all be patient because we know that Zack’s trying his best to get the page up!
“It still seems coincidental that a spirit with paint powers ends up in a paintbrush, and that a spirit with paper powers ends up in a book, and that a spirit with magnet powers ends up in a metal bat…”
holy shit the bus chasing lines up too. how far are you planning these things (I guess a chapter in advance isn’t much)?
And that a spirit with powers to pull things out of reflections ends up in a plunger.
Wait why would a convienience storw have a plunger just sitting on a shelf? I have never seen any with one so I’m sort of confused now.
It’s just because Max’s Dad’s store sells bizarre items. Stuff like “diet water” and “soup?” in the background, too. I don’t think it’s supposed to make sense. It’s just for lulz.
They also stole that toilet plunger.
This is what I suspect, since they only stock 1!
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