Whoa, slow down there, Socrates.
FREEZE IN HELL BATMAN
De ICE AGE!
Deep fried frozen battenburg
FREEZE WELL, BUHRD BOY.
Michelle’s Gravatar makes his comment ridiculous.
I don’t think I’ve seen a “superpower responsibility” speech this good before.
Yeah, it beats Spiderman quite handily.
Everything beats Spiderman.
Yeah, SURE… -_-
I does, I promise.
Have you seen the movies!? A spoon could kick his ass.
Agreed. Very nicely done. *claps*
Ditto, reminds me of when a superhero uses their powers to threaten the villain in front of civilians or something.
Yes, very eloquent.
Whoa, I really dig that design. Props.
I love the Doorman design. Now I’m even more curious how Paranatural would look with quality animation.
I’m also thinking that part of the reason for the lecture is to distract from the question of who Doorman was waiting for.
Paranatural + Quality Animation = Epic TV Show
At least until the executive meddling comes in.
Which reminds me: did you update the Paranatural TVTropes page to include the “with great power” trope? If not, then you should. It seems like this is gonna be a re-occurring theme.
Yo no tengo un TV Tropes account.
Oh I’ll do it, ya pansies.
You have our gratitude, brave troper.
Well network “suggestions” are a double edged sword. It has ruined many things, but when you see some of the things they changed in classic movies, you can see improvements made too.
Just as destructive, to me, is the 22 minute format, the episodic/season format, and the size of a season order.
Key word is “quality”. Quality animation.
Depends on who produces it and if they change anything.
I think it would be nice if animated by Gainax in a style similar to panty and stocking.
But it was animated by Gainax, we would have a somewhat depressing ending that ends with all the characters screwed or at the very least in the midst of great personal tragedy. Look at what happened to Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Panty and Stocking.
Plus, the ending would make no sense to anyone who wasn’t as high as a kite.
“make no sense to anyone who wasn’t as high as a kite.”
I think you are forgetting that we are the target audience, and we are (mostly) naturally of this nature…
But then we might get Max’s Dad as an expy of Gendo Ikari.
And to be fair, while I can’t speak as much for Eva or Panty and Stocking, Gurren Lagann was fantastic. And not THAT depressing, as I understand Gainax goes.
What about Studio Shaft, a la Madoka Magica? BEAUTIFUL animation. (Admittedly, not THAT far from Gainax in this particular case…)
I would hate to see Ollie’s shirt animated.
It’d look cool if the animator(s) did what was done on Chowder with the textures n’ such. :) imo, at least.
I’m a part time animator myself. If their were like five other animators, this could be possible. I don’t do frame by frame drawn animation though :/
Kinda reminds you of SMT Persona,doesn’t it? Like a mix of Philemon and Igor,isn’t he?
Dang! Doorman knows how to party!
“Expecting someone else”? Now who would that be… MR. GARCIA???
In the fifth panel, did Doorman mean to say “…when first we met”? Or is that supposed to be “…when we first met”? Just curious~
Oh, and Zack? I absolutely love Doorman’s speech, particularly that last panel. “If you wish to be truly just, you must understand the destruction wrought by the shadow of a stormcloud.” Just… thank you :)
“When first we met” is grammatically correct. It’s just an alternative way of saying it.
Oh, is that so? Well then, this is the very first time I’ve encountered this way of saying it. Thanks, McBob! :D
(old English major here)
“When first we met” is an older form of Usage. The other construction is modern.
Ambiguity alert! Are you an English major in your old age, or did you major in old English? Or a combination of both?
Or he USED to be an English Major….
Back when Old English was spoken. For you see, he is immortal. THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
Or is he an elderly British militant leader?
One of my favorite historical quotes is “I bring fire and sword on Tuesday next.”
Well, it was in middle English from one Border Riever to another.
To the point, more eloquent than opening up a can of whoop ass, and constructed as a sentence similarly to “when first we met”. Or at least the part you questioned.
Doesn’t matter. The speech thing that is.
There’s caution, and then there’s paranoia. Isaac might be taking him for granted, but the Doorman’s laying it on pretty thick.
Reminds of a politician verbally circling around morality, but never quite making it to it.
Well I mean if you were a magic fuckin doorknob that could presumably take anyone to anywhere in two worlds then you’d be pretty valuable so I mean you’d be pretty careful! Or else you’d be locked in some assholes cave and used to take everything and break everything because bad guys. Additionally he seems to be like a philosophical/spiritual mentor to Isaac? It seems he set him on the whole I dont enjoy beating things up deal.
Besides, politicians shouldn’t talk about morality! Ethics, maybe, and law and policy for sure, but morality is an innate thing that people develop on their own based on their experiences and thought. The very act of trying to set external moral rules is impossible, because an external moral system is actually an ethical system!
You know,for a guy with a username like yours,that was actually very intelligent. I see Doorman kind of like a mix of Philemon and Igor from the Shin Megami Tensei Persona games,or SMT.
I can’t express in words how much this comic entertains me. I feel like I should start sacrificing small animals in your name. Will a goat or piglet do?
Sorry, Zack only accepts thralls and screencapped messages as sacrifices. And shoes…
I imagine my life as a thrall for Zack’s Dark Reign would go something like this:
Yep, pretty much.
psychotic sprites. urgh.
I like Doorman already! This is probably going to sound weird, but his hands are so cool.
Aw, Isaac, how does it feel to be considered some sort of spectral nuke?
I don’t think I’ve made a voice for a character that quickly before.
Doorman’s looking pretty interesting, especially since he’s the polar opposite of the exaggerated personalities we’ve seen thus far. A Mr. Spender kf the spirit world
That is a very chatty doorknob. Too chatty, really, to be a proper doorknob.
is that Lewis Carol?
It looks like you have to stab him in the face in order to ‘unlock’ the shortcut.. T3T
Naw, he just has to flash you.
So the key to his.. keyhole is in his pants? Owch spinal injuries…
I AM THE KEYMASTER!
It was a bad idea to read this page half-asleep at six in the morning.
false. it’s never a bad idea to read paranatural at any time of the day or night.
Oh my god I love the doorman already!! I can’t wait to see how hes used as a shortcut (unless his speech makes isaac not use him at all, lol)
it’s startling to actually see a spirit afraid of the spectrals, for once. spooky.
Uh…. hm… I did not expect that. :D
Oh and yes, looks like I was wrong. Doorman is Issac’s “servant” I believe.
On one last note, anyone imagine a sort of Alfred (Michael Caine’s version) voice for doorman?
I was thinking more along the lines of Ian McKellen….slow, precise, English…with the weight of a thousand years behind it.
And I was imagining it as Anthony Daniels/C3P0, oddly enough…
C3PO’s voice was sort of in my mind as well.
The Doorman’s getting deep.
And is it just me, or does Isaac look like he’s kinds blushing in the second-to-last panel?
Nah, it looks like that, but it’s just how Zack shaded it.
i think isaac just got caught bein’ a dickweed to what seems like one of his best friends… or maybe he’s misinterpreting the word “bond” in doorman’s lecture
Doorman is the coolest spirit so far, mostly for his awesome hat
Yes, it is all about that hat!
Oh, yeah, and Max in the back is overthinking it, aha
Eeeeep. Door dude is scaring me a bit. I think it’s the no eyes thing.
I take offense to that.
Doorman has more facial features than you.
See, I can’t even tell if you’re smiling or frowning.
You scare me too, dude. And it’s definitely the no eyes thing. And the tall. And the long limbs.
I now have the strangest thought of Slenderman playing professional basketball.
do you have to collect 8 notes in order to intercept the ball?
Someone make this game. Now.
“You have seen the damage a lightning bolt can do”
Isaac might’ve committed an uh-oh in the past D:
Pretty sure that’s what happened.
I wonder if when he told Max that he can only do small things with weather, it was that he only could do small things, or he restricts himself to small things, a la Superman. Weather can be extremely unpredictable, and putting too much juice into it can lead to a nasty feedback cycle.
Remember when he said when his powers are big, they were…
*pause for dramatic effect*
… hard to control.
* * * * *
* * * * * *
* * *
Exactly as planned.
Just as planned!
Probably. On chapter 1, page 61, Mr. Splendi-SPENDER says:
“Most in our young friend’s situation begin their foray into the supernatural by blowing up buildings or worse.”
Isaac’s insanely powerful too, so he probably started out doing something really bad, maybe killing someone.
quick where are isaacs parents
wait no it would have to be a spectral or else a friendly spirit
quick wheres casper
Somewhere in Wyoming, methinks.
It doesn’t seem like Ed or Isabel have parents either…
Aw, you can see Isaac looking away out of shame in his reflection on the Doorman’s head in the last panel. Way to make a guy feel bad!
he even blushed in the panel before that.
Judgement of how good a comic is- you can see reflections of people’s faces in shiny things
Yeah but he made a PROMISE.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER PROMISES ISAAC?
Wait no stop it don’t start crying you big sissy oh god dammit.
You know, as much as I like Isaac, Doorman has a point here. Isaac has essentially all the power in this relationship. If he wants to, he can just blab where Doorman is, and is Doorman protests he can just fry him with lightning. In contrast, there’s really nothing Doorman can do to keep Isaac from talking. Their entire friendship rests on Isaac’s good graces, which is never a healthy way to build a relationship.
Also: Zack be droppin’ backstory hints yo!
Yeah, this is what he’s getting at. Isaac started to break his end of the bargain and brought this inequality back to the surface.
On the other hand I think Doorman’s being a little passive aggressive here; Isaac’s just being a kid, and any friendship has to be flexible. Doorman has power over Isaac because Isaac clearly wants to please this person, and he’s using it pretty flagrantly here and undermining what seems to be the first real positive contact Ike’s had with another Spectral, if Isaac’s bitter comments about the other Activity Club kids can be taken seriously.
Doorman certainly is intelligent and eloquent enough to seem like the adult in the relationship, which is, I suppose, why I think his little speech here reads as a bit poisonous. “Finally reach out to your own kind? Well if you want to be a pig-disgusting human and enslave me that’s cool Isaac, I just thought you were better than that.”
Concur’d. Doorman definitely seems like the adult in the relationship, and while he may be trying to teach Isaac how to use his powers responsibly, he definitely seems to be a bit passive-aggressive.
A little passive aggressive? That’s just about as passive aggressive as you can get. And of course he’s the adult in the relationship, Isaac sure as hell isn’t build for it and what’s would he say ‘ I’m so disappointed in you for being right.’?
In addition to Doorman’s design being spectacular, I really like the way you draw him using his body–the hunched, sort of taken aback posture in the first two panels, the way he holds his hands and tilts his head–I love all the ways his motions express character, especially given the absence of an emotive face. I also love the way he talks. Whatever, if you’ve done it with Doorman, assume it has left me in awe. I really hope, whatever capacity he serves in the story, Doorman shows up more!
Everything I would have said, but better.
So what happened with Issac? Doorman says Issac has a REASON for swearing defense only. What did you do Issac? Come on now! You can tell us.
Did it have something to do with that one kid he mentioned in the first chapter? Maybe it went like:
“Oh uh yeah, this kid went crazy Mr. Spender. Sure thing. Nothing to do with me traumatizing anyone or anything.”
OMG Isaac’s troll faces. All of them. ALL OF THEM. <333
I love Doorman. o 3 o He's become the most mature character in like, a page.
Well I suddenly have a new favorite character and must commence drawing fanart immediately.
In panel 2 it looks like Doorman has pretty stabby click-clack clawleg-thingies. Is that right?
Yeah, they just end in points. 2 legs.
Am I allowed to hug the Doorman? He seems like he could use a hug.
Isaac’s the one that needs a hug, did you see the look on his face in the last panel? He looked like he just got news that his dog died because he forgot to feed it. He’s a CHILD, a child with power, and the doorman is being a complete ass. He’s a great character but Isaac’s a child, of course he messed up.
OBJECTION! I must refer to the case of Bonnibel v Finn
it was established that, for the purposes of an oral contract, “keeping a secret from everyone” only requires a person to keep it secret from the untrustworthy. You’re allowed to tell someone as long as they’re “cool”
…And Max is a Scooter Skater.
Doorman is already insanely cool. I don’t believe I’ve grown to like a Paranatural character so quickly before.
Poor Isaac, he just wanted to help the Doorman make friends, but nope, Doorman’s too cool for that stuff
Did Issac just get told off by a door knob in a suit?
And, really, no one was terribly surprised.
Not every day you get guilted by a walking door.
Not to mention, get a past mistake shoved back in your face.
don’t forget all of this being in front of a potential ally.
“-and would also never reveal your location because he fancies not being considered a schizo nutcase.”
Poor Isaac, he didn’t get to finish his sentence.
Kill them all, Isaac.
Its the only way, Isaac.
Wear the bucket helmet and cape Isaac.
I already like this guy
Doesn’t sound at all like Doorman might, but it does sound like a half-decent Beowulf.
I should try and make up a voice for ‘em. I like to think he’d have a voice that could be described as sounding like… a creaky door.
I keep hearing a normal voice, but with a rusty, kind of “fingernail scratching metal” type noise in the throat.
Honestly, he seems to me like having a subdued, quiet voice. Very soft, pleasant, yet slightly unsettling in its tone.
Sorry, should say “Biowulf”. Stupid autocorrect.
I was wondering what you were getting at with that one. :L
I always hear a sort of quiet, low voice but with a slight british accent.
I think I have the text from Max in the second-to-last panel.
“or, it’s just a man who looks like a door that doesn’t actually function like a door man, despite dressing like one? in which case, it’s name isn’t it’s function, it’s a description. interesting.”. did I get it?
Yeah, you got it. I have small handwriting, so I can read that stuff pretty easily.
I could read it just fine.
I think my favorite part of this page is Max’s dialogue, oddly enough.
Yeah it was so funny I was laughing out loud and it nearly ruined the mood of the whole page.
Doorman just doesn’t want Isaac to turn into (more of?) a douche. Nip the douchiness in the bud.
little dramatic there
I CALLED IT I TOTALLY CALLED IT
JK JK, but this confirms my suspicion (I discussed this in Chapter 2) that Isaac seemed less needlessly violent than Ed and Isabelle. He is not reckless with his power and can settle a fight without forcing a spirit to it’s knees and making it hide in a tool. Sure it was funny when he possessed a toilet plunger but can you imagine how humiliating it would be? I get a feeling the implications of that kind of violence may prove to be far more serious than any of these characters currently suspect.
Remember what you guys kept saying, about what might happen if a powerful spirit was rejuvenated enough to escape it’s tool? What if it was pissed at someone? What if there really are spirits that can exert a significant influence from within a tool?
Not that I’m asking Zack for clarification on “the rules”, I just want to sit back see what happens in the rest of the comic. ^^;
Zack, this comic seriously needs a forum, the comments just can’t be contained with 200+ per page!
Zack… what she said!
finally got a emoticon for Issac’s face in panel 4
That works nicely. :D
not to double post but…
Zack! you need to update the character profiles to include doorman!
I’m working on a new cast page atm
I love how you update it with more info as the comic goes further… But you should put some kind of spoiler alert or sth, cos for us readers who follow your comic its always known information. But if a new reader comes and he is curious to know about characters, he would know from the start that Isaac is a medium, max’ power, the fact that max will be friends with PJ and other “secrets” they shouldnt yet know… Maybe make a cast page for each chapter, so in every page characters are repeated but with more info.
I dont really know, just naming ideas
Anyway, congrats for a great comic!
Or basically have a Cast page for each chapter, heh.
A lot of manga do that. That might work. They also often use said page to make Borderlands-style comments. A la:
Johnny: Hint, he’s not yo friend.
Your face is a doorknob. Your argument is invalid.
sooo…..how does this whole thing work out? isn’t that key a tad…modern for a lock head like that? and what does he do, how do you get to school?
For a minute there I thought it was Slender.
You mean Slenderman.
If you read this backwards, it’s about a boy who loses his superpowers overnight , his friends all start to shun him, and he moves away because he’s so embarrassed.
Or its a heartfelt story about a close-knit group of friends, who have to deal with the potential loss of their friendship when one of them moves away, only told through the lens of people with superpowers.
The end of each page always keeps me waiting for what is next.
….If I put a key in that keyhole, would I be poking it’s brain?
Man I am just all about this page, this is great.
Isaac, this gentleman is highly disappointed in your conduct. Do attempt to do better in the future, dear boy.
Oh, and Max? If you leave here without asking if you can try and use your bat to attract Doorman’s face you are missing a learning opportunity.
Lurking time done! OK Zack, so, I know this was all said and done on a previous page but, if someone nearly died from drowning in orange juice would their parapowers be twiced or something?
Doorman… I think I love you…
And if he turns out to be evil he might have a spot secured for my 3rd all fav villain (or at least 4th (probably) )
Also Doorman X Isaac is now another one of the stupid crack pairings I’m compelled to draw… along with PJ x Lefty and Mr. Spender x Mr. Spender’s Shades…
You should draw Isaac x Sphinx Spirit. They’re MUCH more compatible.
o_0 You people disturb me.
I just have one question, if the Doorman’s face is so shiny how does he polish it? Ow!
I don’t think the doorman’s entirely serious about their bond being over forever now. He’s exaggerating the impact because this is a lesson. The doorman has taken on the responsibility of teach Isaac life lessons he needs to know as a superhuman freakshow.
On a subsequent readthrough of Doorman’s speech, my opinion of him has skyrocketed as a character. He’s not chewing out Isaac to the tune of “You did a bad thing and you should feel bad about it because it’s a bad thing”, he’s intentionally drawing Isaac’s attention to his actions, and the fact that that’s not cool, in the interest of making him think and dissuading him from further actions. It’s not so much that he’s terribly offended by what Isaac did (he didn’t freak out at Max’s presence or being seen by him) but more that he wants Isaac to be aware of his actions and their consequences.
Leads me to wonder if Doorman himself isn’t a mentor to Isaac in ways that Mr. Spender isn’t, and if so, could explain why Isaac is less willing to take Mr. Spender’s vague crap, if he regularly hangs out with someone who is more forthcoming with advice/information. I feel like Mr. Spender wouldn’t address the problem until it actually exploded, though I could be not being fair to Spender, since most of what I know of his character is from what vague things we’ve seen of him in person and Isaac’s extended diatribe against him.
TL;DR: Doorman is cool, I don’t think he’s saying this just to be a jerk. I’m also astonished at how expressive he manages to be without any mobile facial features that we’ve seen. Also his design is cool and I don’t think any of us expected that Isaac’s shortcut would be facilitated, or even made possible, by a spirit, despite the description of it as a “secret, SPECTRAL shortcut”, which honestly should’ve set up a red flag since I don’t think we’ve met anything in the spirit world that’s actually inert.
Indeed, concur’d indeed.
In thought and in deed, a reasoning most concur’d to me.
it appears that we have concur’d.
I think we have enough ‘Concur’d's to form a group, or the more correct term a ‘flight’.
So you could say we have a ‘Flight of the Concur’d.’
What happens if I type your name in Scribblenauts Unlimited? Your name sounds like something that’d appear…
Then I will appear on your screen, to assail your foes with paragraphs of fictional character theories.
…Look at Doorman’s coat.
He’s going to flash those kids to let them use the shortcut.
“Master have you succeeded-”
“Young Master Isaac! I was… expecting someone else…”
So he has a master and a young master. Or is he calling them masters of what they do?
This could mean…
Either Doorman (and maybe Issac) know another spectral that we don’t know about. Possibly someone older.
And/or, Doorman knows another person who is a medium, which is why he refers to them as masters.
His ‘Master’ is Mr. Garcia.
CALLING THE HELL OUT OF IT.
I called it first!
I’m going the sublime route and saying that Colin is his master. :P
no, Suzy his his maste….wait a second. then it would be mistress. Jeff! Jeff is this master.
Holy cannolis, the details in the character we’ve only just met! Two pages in and people are already analyzing his speech to the point of exertion.
Are you planning on publishing this? If you did, my clan and I would buy a couple copies each, just sayin. This is the coolest, funniest comic I’ve ever read, btw. May you go far in life.
My clan? 0_0
The art of lecturing; perfected.
I love that you can so easily make a character that is flawless.
If only I knew people like the Doorman.
Just less of an ass.
Wait… the doorman is a hypocrite…
He said he was waiting for someone e else. He gave away his own secret hide out. I get that he is not happy with Issac but didn’t he just openly admit he did the same?
Bad Doorman *wags finger*
Not necessarily. Doorman’s secret hideout is his secret, and he’s free to share it with anyone he feels he needs to, for whatever reason (e.g. Isaac being a powerful spectral). The person(s) being shared to, on the other hand, if they’ve given their word to keep it a secret (like Isaac did) should keep it a secret.
Alternatively, Doorman DID say “Master”, which might mean that this master of his might be the reason he’s in The Slanted Manse in the first place (maybe his master told him to stay there and keep a low profile, but then Isaac accidentally discovered him?), at least until the master comes back from whatever he/she was supposed to do.
You have made a wonderful argument. I guess we will have to wait to see his master, if we ever do
I have seen a lot of webcomics selling volumes of their series and i was wondering, will that ever be happen to this comic? Cuz that would be really awesome! :I
That is excellent. we are all waiting impatiently.
The Doorman’s design is everything I ever wanted. Object-head, punny, stylish…
and it always makes me laugh how spirits stand on the ground despite being able to fly and walk through stuff. Normally I’d wonder why Doorman behaves like this, but Sphinx does it too.
What I DO wonder is why Doorman is apparently hiding from other spirits and/or spectrals. Though if he was hiding from spectrals then that begs the question, does the Activity Club know about him? If not, then why does Isaac trust Max with this info but not the older members?
Though this is all moot, we don’t know if the Activity Club is aware of him or not. Would be pretty interesting to know why/if he’s hiding from other spirits though.
Doorman is on the fast track of challenging Johnny for the spot as my favorite male Paranatural character. And he’s only been in 1 page + 1 panel! A testament to Zack’s awesomeness.
Also, Zack, there really should be a forum or something where your minio- I mean fans, can chat and discuss Paranatural-related topics. With the introduction of Doorman (who’s shaping up to be the first major Base Breaker here, it seems), there’s gonna be a lot of conversations, each with their own Alternative Character Interpretations. I’m already seeing points for and against Doorman all over the comments section on this page. Personally, I think Doorman’s awesome and I agree with almost everything he says, but I digress. It really would be nice if there was somewhere all of us Paranaturalists can discuss these.
Just re-voicing a thought :)
I really dont think that any conclusions about Isaac’s past can be gleaned form the information we have so far but two things are for certain.
one Isaac just got the verbal samckdown of a life time and secondly Max may want to consider a career as a philosopher.
Wait a second, does this mean they’re going to be late for school now?!
Without a doubt.
Of course. This shortcut is becoming a long tangent.
they would have been better off taking the bus ¬_¬
I love how you can see Isaacs reflection in shortcuts doorknob/head thingamabob.
is it just me, or does it look like doorman is squinting in every panel, and then you realize he isn’t?
I get how the door man can teleport. when you take Issac’s key and insert it into the doorknob on his suit, he opens up, cloaking the room in shadows then the shadows melt away and become the room where they want to go.
Calling it now!
Is….the Doorman some sort of shapeshifter?
You want Hanna Arendt, not Socrates. She’s all about this stuff.
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