Tools have color coding? Interesting. I wonder why he was such a problem with yellow ones…
probably because Spender’s “color” is also yellow and he doesn’t want to bond with the tool I guess.
That is, I am assuming now that a tool with a certain colour can only bond with a spectral of the same colour.
IF that’s the case, it also seems safe to assume that Isabel has a very rare spectral type, as she holding not one, not two, but THREE tools. Of different colours.
oooo sneaky, because Mr Spender does give the impression that even being in contact with a disruptive tool could have dangerous consequences.
Why do you think Mr Spender always wears sunglasses? The sun is the biggest tool of all! To gaze at its yellow-y shine is to wield it’s fiery glow!
Oh no wait it’s because he’s a dork.
So I guess you could say that mister Spanner is a tool?
maybe the sunglasses are a tool
yes, but she’s only bonded to one.
The blue and pink ones she is incapable of bonding to or using.
If I remember correctly, she’s a red. So she’s in no danger from them.
Isaac can bond with the racistwhaleplunger (why does he get all the militant bad advice spirits?) which would give him duplication from reflected surfaces. Combined with his puddle-making abilities from MonteZuesma, that should be a good combo.
Unless spender’s freakout is saying gaining a new tool of your color will unbond you with your previous one, in which case sheesh, that’s dangerous depending on your spirit.
Not necessarily. Holding a tool doesn’t mean you bond with it. Ed was able to hold the plunger last night without anything of note happening to him.
I think there’s just something funky with Mr. Spock’s mind. Probably because of his spirit…
The Ed part of your post doesn’t make sense. The plunger is blue, but Ed’s color is green.
I was making the point that just because you hold a tool containing a spirit of a certain color doesn’t mean you automatically bond to it, or even that it has any visible effect on you, as shown with Ed. You can hold a tool with a spirit that’s not your color just like any other normal person, it seems.
This is in opposition to Karla’s postulation above that Isabel’s spirit must be a very rare type since she’s holding three tools with three different colors, implying that Karla thinks holding tools, regardless of spectral color, are equal to being bonded with them.
Since it’s been confirmed that you can only bond with similarly colored tools, Ed couldn’t possibly bond with the plunger regardless of whether Karla is right or not. Ed = green; plunger = blue. I’m not aware if Zack has said anything on if tools automatically bond with a spectral that have the same color or not, but what you said doesn’t really prove anything.
I know Ed can’t bond with the plunger; that’s my whole point. Karla said, “Isabel has a very rare spectral type, as she holding not one, not two, but THREE tools. Of different colours.” I was just saying that just because she can hold three different tools of different colors doesn’t imply her spirit is special or rare (as Karla seems to be suggesting), since we know (from Ed holding the plunger – a tool with a different spectral energy color to his – in the last chapter to no effect) that anyone can hold different tools of different colors.
In other words, Karla was saying that you need a special or rare spirit to be able to hold multiple tools of different colors. I was just saying otherwise, using Ed as an example.
Wow, you are so patient! :)
Uhh, who are you talking to, thespoonmaster? (stupid reply button at its limit -.-)
I think what Karla was trying to say is that since Isabel is holding three tools of different colors, presumably all ‘common’ colors, we can infer that Isabel’s color is none of them, and therefore possibly a less common one.
Not necessarily the tightest logic, but not entirely wrong, either. If she had a rarer color, it might at least explain her attitude towards handling all these tools so carelessly.
@The Chosen One – That’s the impression I had.
But she knew the colours of all the tools already. She’s not worried because she knows for a fact that none of them are red, not because its ‘unlikely’ that they are red. She is reckless, but I doubt she’d take the risk of becoming the mind-slave of a powerful red spirit on nothing more than statistics.
Talking to you! Mr. Paranaturalist.
I would have given up on this a long time ago.
You know, debating about something you both agree on….
Maybe spirits with the same spectral color can, when bonded to a spectral after being tooled, see and interact with each other when the two tools are in contact with each other or the spectral.
That would explain why Mr Spender wants to avoid yellow even though his color is yellow. Because he doesn’t want another spirit messing with the one he’s already in contact with.
That is an extremely good theory.
I would agree with this. Zack said in the previous page (or two) that one spectral can have more than one tool or even that a medium can have a tool, though that’s kinda obvious by now.
Maybe he’s possessed by an evil spirit and the glasses have a good spirit to keep the other spirit under control and that’s why he has to wear them all the time.
with that being said, watch his spirt be the most adorable harmless thing ever.
You know, that one butterfly making ghost from chapter 1 was a yellow spirit… XD
Except it was a yellow ghost? Now I’m confused, why could he make butterflies?
Elementry, my dear Connors! As was explained in the first chapter, all paranormal beings, that is to say both ghosts *and* spirits, each have a specific spectral power. As explained ANY of them can possess an object or a person while on their last legs, embuing them with said power.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner!
This was confirmed by Zack in the comments on Ch3 Page 9: http://paranatural.net/chapter-3-page-9/#comment-3483
Since the replied to comment is way up there, ‘this’ meaning a spectral can only use a tool of the same color.
Going back to that page, a spirit can be released once they have enough spectral energy. I theorize that Mr. Spender can’t hold a yellow tool because his spirit would absorb the spectral energy. This would make him more powerful with the drawback of the spirit being closer to releasing itself.
Alright, current theory: Spectrals can only bond with spirits of the same color. Spirits are divided into factions based on colors, and the different factions are in dispute. So, Isabel’s spirit is on the same side as Doorman and the Sphinx, Refrogtion is allied with Isaac’s spirit, and so on. We have a lot of evidence to support this, such as Montezeusma disliking Mr. Spender (yellow) and Doorman (red), Doorman and Max’s spirit’s little argument, and so on. I also theorize that Max’s color is usually evil (and fairly common), so Mr. Spender wants him to join to make sure he doesn’t become an enemy. My final thought is that Lefty is of an allied faction (grey implies he’s at least close) and that’s why he was so insistent to help Max earlier.
…Actually, that makes me think that colors closer to each other are allies. For example, black is enemies with EVERYONE but grey, blue is hostile to yellow (Monetzeusma seemed to REALLY hate Mr. Spender after all), red is hostile to teal spirits, and so on. Come to think of it, that might have to do with why Isaac is only club mascot. Mr. Spender doesn’t like him too much because he’s opposite, and the reverse is also true.
Like the Lanterns. But with alignments instead of emotion.
red seems law-oriented (sphinx and doc scratch 2.0.)
blue seems chaotic (‘zuesma and whalefrog).
black seems decidedly evil.
Heh. Mr. Spender has problems explaining WHY things have to be kept secret. That always has kind of bugged me with Paranatural, as it would only harm the person claiming that ghosts were real, most likely by having them locked in an insane asylum. And now we know the answer! Late passes! They cannot exist if people know that ghosts are real! :P
Didn’t mean to have that as a reply to this comment. I guess I clicked reply and then forgot to cancel it. In my defense, there was something weird happening where the commenting thing appeared at the bottom of the page instead of here.
Not necessarily; All you have to do is manipulate something regular with your spectral powers and you’d have some degree of proof. Enough to have to go through some more tests to prove your tools powers, which you would pass easily, and then you’d prove the existence of spirits enough that some people would start trying some of the things necessary to learn to see them, like getting in car accidents and surviving or having orange slices in lemon juice instead of cereal at breakfast. This would result in a lot of deaths and also an influx of spectrals who need tools. In order to get more tools, more spirits would have to be killed, prompting spirits to kill as many humans as they can, creating more spectrals and causing spectrals to kill more spirits. It’d be an all-out war.
And that would be terrible…
…but make for good entertainment for us readers! BD
Yes, spectrals and spirits have individual colors.
Spirits may possess an object, which becomes a tool. They do this when very wounded and need to regenerate.
They can siphon off energy from a spectral that uses the tool, but the catch is that the color of the spectral and spirit must match. In exchange the spirit uses its powers.
Max is black, Spender yellow, Ed green, Isabel red, and Isaac blue.
Their spec shots match their color and when angry or otherwise emotional they are wreathed in their color spectral energy.
Spencer is yellow AND black
black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow black and yellow
Also no. Spender is -only- yellow. I suspect the black swirls he showed on Chapter 1 is just part of his ability and not actually reflecting on his aura’s color.
A very succinct and accurate explanation.
well if color coding is the case then why did they have an argument about her grandpa “not wanting” the tool because of it’s color instead of just accepting that he couldn’t use it.
Oh also kudos for breaking the record for the longest reply chain ever in Paranatural.
Wow. You’re right. :O This chain is HUGE.
His is probably purple, the complimentary color to yellow../
Well apparently it isn’t
haha Mr. Spender’s face is priceless
Wait crud I got it backwards
He even wheelie-chaired away! Heee!
Urgh so many questions.
Can a person have more than one tool? Can they be possessed and carry a tool? Is there a limit to the amount of spirits a person can have burning off their excess power?
Is Mr.Spender possessed by 2 spirits? Does having a Yellow or (black? I vaguely remember black light at one point) make him go cabonkers cause his spirits get angry?
Isabel’s Grandfather is a Spectral?
So the factions that have been previously alluded to ARE colour coded by spectral energy?
I believe the first two have been answered ‘yes’.
Yes, Yes, No (but each one takes a percentage of spectral energy, and having multiple spirits would make each spirit angrier at you and make their growth shorter so theyd probably just kill you and get a couple new hosts, or team up and control you), Maybe?, He says that “[its] a delicate balance” so maybe hes just barely able to control the spirits he has as is, yes, there’s colour coding but I dont think it has to do with factions, more like its determined at birth/spiritbirth/conception/whatever
Also I love how Max’s ”Why” Is just a statement and not a question.
Confused Mr. Sparkles is confused.
I get the feeling no one’s ever asked that particular question before.
Plus he kind of shot himself in the foot by insisting he couldn’t fully explain the greater situation to Max (or the others). He can’t answer “why” without going back on that, but he has to answer “why” if he expects Max to play along.
I love the tangled line graphic representing his thoughts trying to come up with an answer. That’s a little slice of cartooning genius, IMO.
I want to high-five Max for how he’s handling this in general. Spender wants loyalty as if to a cause, but as long as he’s unwilling to explain that cause, he really can’t expect any more loyalty than the bare practicality of the moment dictates. I get the sense that Max is the first kid to really call him out on that.
The question is, is he unable to answer without revealing too much, or does he just not have an answer at all?
Interestingly, when first meeting the bat spirit Ed had the same expression and line effect as Spender in panel 3.
I think Zack just uses that to express emotions, not foreshadow a connection between the two incidents. Of course, you could be trying to tell a joke, in which case I apologize for not getting it. ^^;
So many questions.
What is the importance of color-coded spectral energy? What is so special about red energy? Why does Mr. Spanker have an aversion to yellow energy? Just how many spirits does he have within him? Why can’t he come up with a good excuse of secrecy such as “being labeled a crazy person”, “spreading unwarranted panic”, or “because shut up”? But then we have the most important question that I fear may go unanswered for a long, long time…
Why doesn’t Isaac want a toilet plunger?
Why would he?
He already has two people making dramatic speeches at him all day. He doesn’t need a third as annoying and arrogant and Thunderbutt, he who owns no inside voice
Plus, unless you are a plumber (generally of the Italian origin) Carrying a plunger around us gross and weird
I don’t see anything special about red energy, so far only 2 characters use it (Isabel and Doorman). Perhaps Isabel’s grandpa also bears a red aura and thus has no need for other tools that aren’t ‘red’, or he might be thinking of other tools that might be useful to Isabel.
As far as Spender’s aversion to yellow… No. It’s more about Spender having a yellow aura, and not wanting to bond with any random yellow tool.
Also, well, I think Spender simply got his brain fried by Max’s question, since the reasons to keep secrecy are pretty obvious already, and not understanding them would mean the person’s crazy. Max’s crazy. There.
(Not to mention that if you count Johnny and Mr. Garcia as witnesses of spectral power usage, secrecy is all but useless now…)
I disagree on the reason Mr. Spender got frazzled by Max’s question. Max asked a perfectly logical question, Why keep this stuff a secrect. It’s not like it can’t be proven. Bam, I just used a bat to fly up into the air and attach to a metal lampost, not crazy. I got 3 guesses why Mr. Spender is frazzled.
1) He agrees wth Max, why should the spectral community be kept secret. Spectrals could hugely benefit being made public, new laws, more research into the subject, better protection of youth and no longer have to use 12 year olds to fight monsters etc. He just doesn’t have a good reason why it should be kept secret.
2)This is on of those, you are not authorised to know moments, he is not aloud to tell Max and can’t come up with a suitable explaination at the moment.
3)This is the first time he thought about it and doesn’t have a good reason as to why it needs to be a secret
I always assumed it was because this is information NOT to be given to the general public’s hands for safety reasons. Can you imagine the chaos wreaked if everyone knew about and had access to the para-natural world?
Can you imagine the good it could create? Every major discovery has both good and bad potential.
I answered this for the first post in more detail, but basically a spectral can only use a tool that matches their color energy.
Spender might not actually be a medium or have a tool. He has shown he doesn’t want to let spirits in tool and mediums know too much. He might not want the connection at all.
Hmm… maybe. But what about the glasses, then?
If Spender has only his own powers and isn’t a tool user or medium, the glasses could be some sort of focus or to cover up the signs of his power. Maybe just a red herring.
We know spectrals can do more than toss spec shots and see spirits. Isabel put up a force field when fighting the bat spirit and she was disconnected from her book. Spender had books on spectral knowledge, so he could have more powers.
Further while he separates Max from his tool before telling him about possibly getting eaten and limits what Isaac is told so that neither spirit knows too much, Spender says everything with his glasses on. Why no secrets from his own tool?
Just ideas, could be totally off base.
Question! I dont understand why Mr S. was scared. Asuming the reason is he has different bonds with spirits who are barely in balance. If he did touch a yellow tool, and bond with it… could he then brake that bond? Cant he just drop the tool somewhere and forget about it?
It’s unlikely he would get the chance. A powerful enough spirit can control their host, like scrapdragon does max that one time, and multiple spirits would be much harder to resist than a single spirit. It’s likely a yellow would result in him not being able to remain autonomous.
Oh Mr Spectical, your mind was fragile before the tools
And I was sure RWF was dark blue
“mmnnyurrh” – Greatest Onomatopoeia in the history of webcomics.
Until the next Paranatural update, that is.
I like the nose you’ve settled on for Spender a bit more than what it started out as this chapter, but I gotta say that I still prefer the subtler nubnose (well, nose shadow) he had by the end of Ch. 1.
I love the line in the background while Mr splendid is thinking to himself.
And that tools can be frosty Pink. Because now I’m imagining a huge biker spectral dude with hot pink tools.
Whoa whoa whoa. Hold up! “Grandpa didn’t want it ’cause it isn’t red.” Isabel also has red spectral energy… Does spectrality run in the family? Meaning… Max’s dad is… And his mom was probably…
(those who are familiar with Bleach may know where I’m going with this)
Spectrality can be inherited. You can also get it from eating a lot of grapefruit.
Has this (‘spectrality can be inherited’) been confirmed somewhere? Did I miss Zack giving confirmation?
It seems like spectrality can run in the family, but not necessarily. It can also be caused by a near-death experience, other prolonged exposure to the supernatural, or possibly other reasons not yet introduced by Zack. Max’s Dad is almost certainly not a spectral or he would have noticed Mayview literally crawling with spectrals and ghosts.
You don’t become a spectral by having a spectral parent, and color isn’t inherited genetically or anything. Isabel’s situation will be explained eventually.
My guess would be Isabel’s grandfather is the ghost powering her book. So far, we’ve seen nothing that says a ghost can’t possess/offer spectral abilities the same way a spirit can, and a ghost would have spectral energy, thus, a color.
Nope. End of chapter one, when Max leaves Izzy and Ed decide to catch up to exchange numbers. Izzy says they have to go, or grandpa will be irked.
If he is in the book, he was already with Isabel.
It has been confirmed that spectrality (spectralness ?) cannot be inherited.
If it were, you couldn’t keep a secret anyways, it would spread.
However, the reason Max’s dad isn’t a spectral is that the dying whale-frog didn’t inhabit him and slowly turn him spectral.
I love this page.
So much to analyze.
man I was just waiting on the “why”, I have this compulsive tick where I always imagine myself in the scenarios I read and it’s exactly what I would say.
So many fictional universes have this and there never is a probable explanation, I can see that this comic revolves around making fun of cliches.
This is a fantastic comic and I would really like to see it finish your planned story … which brings up the downside. Drawing two large comics a week is a serious time commitment. I flunked out of college because I was doing other things, so I hope the drawing isn’t dragging down your schoolwork. Apologies for sounding negative, but I would seriously prefer a slow-but-steady schedule to burnout.
I was concerned about this too. Many promising webcomics have gone on infinite hiatus or have huge delays because of real world responsibilities.
On the other hand, there have been guys who have managed to do multiple comics professionally.
The guy who does Gunnerkrigg Court did three updates a week, maintained a 3 month buffer, and had a full time job that he has since left.
Mitigating the work load is that Zack seems to have been working on the outline of this for a long time, so he doesn’t have the burden of making it all up as he goes along.
Yes, huge Kudos for Zach for maintaining this twice weekly update schedule. But don’t overtask yourself. We love your comic enough that we will wait, a-drool, for however long the next update takes. :D
Yeah, I do second this! Better once in a while than none in a lifetime, said Montezeusma! (?)
Mr. Splurge seems to be having a hard time keeping those darn spectral kids in line.
A pencil. Frosty pink. Suzy.
My thoughts exactly.
So is a plunger…
Holy crap that would be perfect for her.
Think of all the trouble she’d cause! She’d be in on the “Activity Club,” which can’t happen for reasons. At least not yet.
You think she’d keep quiet about something that’s caused her so much unnecessary self-inflicted pain? Even if she got erasy-powers from it? Nope nope nope.
I’m seeing some foreshadow here, but not until much later in the story. If it’s meant to be she’ll stumble on it after acquiring access to the room, when she realizes she lost her own pencil and needs to take notes on the terrible choice in furniture.
Probably after all Chel breaks loose with Max’s spirit.
Yes. And pink seems to be her color. And it seems like the sort of object she would be attracted to/ accidentally obtain considering she likes to write…. And has a tendency to throw pencils at people, so she must need to replenish her ammo occasionally.
she’d keep it behind her ear!
Mr. Spenda’s face has made me so happy this morning. So happy.
All this color hate is getting very racist.
Yellow and red spectrals are spectrals too!
Not green ones though. They have to sit at the back of the bus.
Watch it. The bus driver is a green spectral, and he won’t stand for that sort of spectralist idea!
But nobody likes the blue spectrals. It’s a fact.
I’m a blue spectral, and I am VERY offended
There’s no love for the White Spectrals. They’re the go-to “Bash” colour.
Excuse me sir. There is nothing wrong with us White Spectrals. Its those orange spectrals you need to watch out for, with their gang signs and hormones and scented candles.
Orange? Excuse me! That’s a stereotype and you know it!
My candles are ENTIRELY UNSCENTED!
Pity a poor Plaid Spectral; we’re ever so confused.
Hazel spectral. even worse. sometimes were one color, sometimes another!
Well White Spectrals don’t dance.
And if they don’t dance, they’re no friends of mine.
join the (paranatural) activity clum
also known as the paranatural activity dum(b)
I don’t get the clum thing…
“Your grandfather does not have the rights of first refusal on tools secured by this clu-”
Oh wow. Zack is silly. You’re all silly.
I’m sure this can be decoded.
YEAH AND WHAT ABOUT THE WRITING ON THE “OH WELL EXCUSE ME” GIRL’S TSHIRT
Oh wait i didn’t enter my name
MMNNYURRH must stand for…
Mother Mary, No Noxious Yellow Utensils for (w)Riting Required Here!
join the clum
So many great theories jumping around. I can barely keep up.
Especially all the color coding. Spirits of the same aura interacting with each other if the spectral is in contact with both tools, bonding with multiple spirits of the same color, all that jazz. It all seems like pretty good ideas. I haven’t got anything to add.
On another, more random note:
Isaac’s face (or what you could see of it) in the last panel had me laughing. As well as Mr. Spenders face, we all know which one. Jeez cheese, I wanna draw like Zack. This guy is an amazing artist.
Yesterday I was so distraught because “Tomorrow’s Monday which means school.” But then I remembered that Paranatural updates Mondays. :D Thanks, Zack for making Monday mornings better!
So… is there a FAQ of known information? Somewhere? I am totes enjoying this, but my aged and decrepit mind has issue remembering everything.
I tried to whip up something on my own, though it is of course not even close to official. Still, all the information contained I did obtain by scouring the archives for comments from Zack:
1) Will there be a book? What about other merchandise?
A: Zack pretty much always says something like “definitely, but later” to both questions. Get more friends reading, and it will probably happen sooner!
2) Is the ending planned out / how much is written / how long will this go for?
A: Zack has definitely confirmed a planned end date, though we are nowhere near it yet. He has the entire plot planned out, but not specific things like dialog yet.
3) Is _______ inspired by or an homage to (some other comic/manga/game/show)?
A: No it is not. And stop asking lol.
4) What IS a spectral really?
A: A human who can see and interact with the spirit/ghost world, caused by long-term exposure to supernatural phenomenon, a near-death experience, or possibly other methods not currently revealed. Zack frequently describes them as having living and ghost attributes together in one body, thus they can interact with both worlds. Their development is first marked by seeing faint, wispy purple images of spirits and ghosts called shades.
5) What is the difference between a spirit and ghost?
A: A ghost is what you think it is, left behind by a dead person, and resembling them. They eventually get all “white and forgetty” then pass on. A spirit is a more exotic entity that was never of the living world, and can be significantly more powerful.
6) Why do some spirits/ghosts pass through walls and physical objects but others seem to treat the real world as solid?
A: Some (like Lefty) are poltergeists and can easily manipulate the physical world, or phase through it if they desire. Others (like PJ) just interact with the world as if it was real (such as appearing to lean against counters), but it actually isn’t solid to them. However, no ghosts or spirits can phase through active spectrals, who are just as solid as other ghosts/spirits to them.
7) What are tools and mediums? How do they work?
A: A tool happens when a seriously wounded spirit possesses an object, rather than fade away into non-existence. A spectral is lured to it, and gets to wield the spirit’s power through the tool. The spectral emits energy which replenishes the spirit, until the spirit eventually emerges renewed, and the tool becomes normal again. If a spirit possesses a human, they in essence become the tool (called a medium), and use the spirit’s powers directly.
8) Can someone have two tools / Can someone be a medium and have a tool?
A: Yes, and yes. But the spirits might not get along, and they would have to share energy, so not usually.
9) Can a defeated spirit possess a normal human?
A: Yes. The human will be slowly turned into a spectral by this. But possessing an existing spectral offers a quicker recovery for spirits. Prolonged exposure to a tool could also turn a normal human into a spectral.
10) Can spectrals use tools of different color energy?
A: No. Although, non-spectrals turned in to spectrals take on the color of what caused it.
11) Can normal humans see _____ ?
A: Variations of this get asked a lot. Normal humans cannot see or hear spirits, ghosts, or spectral energy. However, Zack has confirmed that normal people see things, even normally impossible results, that happen because of spectral/spirit/ghost/tool activity, like Ed’s missing face and Isaac’s glowing eyes while in a trance. Ed’s paint is unusual in that it appears to be a purely spirit-based substance and thus is invisible to regular people. Almost everything else is visible to normals, like Isabel’s paper, Isaac’s lightning, etc.
12) What is the Sphinx’s power?
A: Sets up a game such that if the conditions are met, reality alters to make something happen. The rules have to be specific and agreed upon at start (though participation can be considered tacit agreement).
13) How does the spirit trance work? Is it “real”?
A: A newer question following recent reveals. Stuff in the background is not real to other people (cannot be perceived or interacted with, not even by other spectrals), but it is very real to the one in the trance. They can walk through a hole in the wall that no one else sees, climb junk that is not real to their friends, fall to their death as a result, etc. Combine that with the drastic slowing of time to the spectral, and Zack has noted that significant possibilities result.
14) What is (question that inadvertently reveals a future spoiler)?
A: WHO KNOOOWS?
Maaaajor kudos. All of these answers are accurate and super clear.
About Question 6, ghosts can usually only interact with solid objects when they have the sense that they ‘can’ or ‘should’, as shown here:
However, this is from PJ’s experience, so it may be inacurate.
Still, something to note.
Fantastic, thank you. Things make a bunch more sense now.
Other than Isaac, each known spectral has something of their color on them.
Isabel always has a red top, matching her spectral color. Note too that her book has a symbol like the hourglass symbol of the black widow spider. Isabel’s hair is black. Black and red are the colors of the black widow spider.
Green spectral Ed wears a green shirt today
Yellow spectral Spender is blonde.
Black spectral Max wears a black hoodie both days.
Isaac has crazy-blue eyes. That’s like the first thing I noticed.
I said some time ago that when there is enough material we should form a Paranatural wiki. If enough people are up for it, I’ll add some stuff.
So Isabel’s Grandpa is a spectral, interesting. He also might be the one in charge of the archive based on this conversation.
MR SPENDER – GREEN LANTERN OF EARTH
Ask and ye shall receive.
oh my god yes
I have a lot to type, so here’s a TL;DR version of what i’m about to ask:
1) Why’s Max acting surprised that he can’t tell?
2) What’s Mr. Spender mean by that “my mind is in a delicate balance” comment?
3) What’s “Rights of first refusal” mean?
4) Is the plunger going to be used and by whom will it be used by?
4.5) On a side note, if it’s used enough to free him, will we see Mr. Racist Whale Frog again?
Okay, question time:
1. (not the most important question, but…) Max has already been informed (near the end of chapter one) that ghosts are, like, “Totally a secret, okay?” So why is he acting “surprised” that he can’t tell anyone. I know Max doesn’t really care, but I’d think he would at least know this already.
2. What does Mr. Splendiforous mean by a delicate balance? It’s been confirmed by Zack that spectrals can have multiple tools and mediums can as well. Why would he (Mr. SparePants) be concerned over getting another tool, but not about whether or not Issac or the others get multiple tools? I believe that either:
…………(a) Mr. Sparticus’s spirit (likely in him, since he’s saying that his mind is unbalanced) hates him aggressively and is messing with him,
…………(b) His spirit has some sort of “mixing” power with other spirits (unconfirmed, and I’m leaning to a “light” spirit, but this is still possible), and he has to control it,
…………(c) Mr. Stampede is actually a non spectral (this is a theory me and my friend have worked up) but his glasses are synthetically created to be able to see the world of the supernatural. I really am doubting this as of now, or…
…………(d) Mr. Spork has recently been involved in a freakish paranormal incident with his spirit/tool/whatever, and is still recovering.
3. What does “rights of first refusal” mean? Does it mean he has to accept whatever is given to him (i.e. he doesn’t have the right to refuse it) or does it mean that the tool isn’t to be distributed to anyone without supervision from Mr. Spelunking (the latter idea is what I’m going for at this point)?
4. Either we’re going to get a new spectral (one with blue energy) using the toilet plunger, the kid that went bonkers (mentioned by Issac in chapter 1) has blue energy and he’ll wind up using the toilet plunger, or Isaac will eventually wind up using that plunger somehow. I just can’t see Mr. Racist Whale Frog not popping up again. I can imagine it happening at a very inconvenient time, too, like in the middle of a battle against something bigger, the Racist Whale Frog is freed from the plunger.
1) Max isn’t acting surprised at all, he’s just asking /why/ spectrals are secret. Nobody has explained the reason for this yet.
3) Rights of first refusal is an ordinary phrase, it basically means who’s got dibs. Speeder is making the point that Isabel shouldn’t be offering tools to her grandad i.e. He does not have dibs
4) Johnny gets the plunger.
Mr. Spender is definitely a spectral, that I know. I’ve seen him with the yellow spectral energy, and how else would he stop Isaac’s lightning? Not to mention the shining and the such.
Not sure why else though. I’m not very good at theories. But perhaps something has left him in a somewhat delicate state in which he is more susceptible to bonding? Or maybe there’s something special about his spirit(s) to the point where if something was added to the mix it could prove disastrous? Ah well.
Zack also said that using two tools and/or possessions at once will cause competition and possibly conflict between those spirits. Either Spender has a particularly possessive/aggressive spirit, or he’s operating under some sort of strained relationship with it.
Possibly he already uses more than one, and throwing another into the mix could be catastrophic to the balance he has?
^^^^Liking this idea.
Haha, called it (in regards to Issac being about to use the plunger if he wanted to, I mean). I laugh at everyone who has questions, this page makes complete sense to me.
IIRC, Zack already stated Isaac’s blue and the RWF’s blue are different?
Maybe Isabel’s grandfather is just one of those guys who care not about tonality and go “red is red, blue is blue, don’t give me sissy color name bullcrap”.
Dammit. I went back and I couldn’t find any mention of the blues being different.
Though I do recall that RWF’s aura was sky blue, and Isaac’s aura is electric blue (ba dum tssh?); so I doubt they’d bond (Zack did mention that the hammer tool on Isaac’s explanation and Ed’s aura were different kinds of green and thus incompatible, so I guess I’m on the right track. I hope.)
Their colors are technically different but my intention was that they could hypothetically bond. There’s a bit of a spectrum that constitutes one color category, I guess is the best way to explain it.
Kind of like how a magnet can stick to another magnet even if it’s a bit away from it.
Imagine Racist Whale Frog and Montezeusma together though.
Whoops forgot to put the name/email info in. (it usually remembers it fsdjgn)
I don’t know. Sparky Kong puts his vessel in very high regard (“your fury is righteous, your anger divine”, etc) while RWF despises spectrals (“abomination, jailer, parasite”)… I bet they’d get in quite a lot of interesting conversations.
IF ONLY THEY’RE COMPATIBLE OHOHOHOHOHOHOHO~ I still think their shades of blue are different.
Poor Isaac. Having them both would be a constant headache (not that Montezeusma alone isn’t one already, haha). I hope for his sake that they do not match! However, I cannot remember if Zack said they were supposed to be the same or not. I thought I remembered him saying such, but now I’m not sure.
(Also, I seriously just typoed headache as Isaac.)
Welp, I’ll be using that as a synonym now. My stupid English homework is giving me an Isaac.
Whoever gets the plunger will die very soon after.
Wow. Story. That sounds like an inspiring epic adventure sure to remain a classic for the ages. (Whoops, sorry for all the comments. ‘m just bored in school and have nothing better to do then post all these)
Perhaps Mr. Spender is guilty of both being a medium and a tool wielder (His eyes being a manifestation of his Medium abilities, while his sunglasses is his tool), justifying why he gets so irked from other possessed items due to the fact that he’s already interacting with two different spirits.
So his glasses have a spirit that lets him control darkness and he has a light spirit?
That’s my current working theory, since spender seems to mention a delicate balance and in the first chapter his almost demonstrating powers before hitting the bat seems to channel both dark and light abilities.
Wats with spenders face and wats the deal with the spectral energy?
okay, heres whats going on.
spender tucked his chin into his neck, which results in him looking like he has a double chin and looks so humurous that i decided to use it as my avatar.
it seems as though a spectral can only bond to a spirit or a spirit’s tool if both the spectral and the spirit have the same aura/chi/spectral energy color.
spendet doesn’t think he can deal with another spirit or tool, and therfore doesn’t want to bond to the possesed pencil on acident
Obviously a wheelie chair is the best defense against accidental bonding.
And I was thinking how great toilet plunger Suzy would be, but just imagine her with the frosty pink eraser! No one would look twice at her carrying it around, and she could get rid of all the evidence of her make-it-and-rake-it schemes!
Good call, Isaac. Good call.
Yo, it’s funny ‘cos the pencil is physically yellow and the plunger is physically red.
I just noticed that Mr. Spender in panels 3 through 5 is thinking so hard that the line behind him is getting all tangled. Background clues are so cool.
My guess is that is not just thought – the tangled line was used when Isaac was pulled in by his spirit. I bet Spindle got pulled in but just didn’t move much, so it wasn’t obvious he was communing with his spirit(s).
And on a different note, how many variations of Mr. Spender’s name can the comment writers come up with?
Yoink! New gravytar!
Oh boy Zack, you sure know how to keep people guessing. What with all the speculation and whatnot. You webcomic like a pro.
NEW PIRATE GRAVATAR!
I went with a sneaky one this time around.
“This pencil, it matches the yellow and pink warmth I feel within my soul”
Jeff is secretly a super powered evil spectral bent on taking over the world.
Calling it now.
Or, Jeff asks to borrow a pencil and just /happens/ to find a possessed one.
JEFF CONFIRMED FOR BOSS
actually that brings a good question
What if a random guy finds a tool? Does it have any effect or does it act as if it were just that object?
I’m pretty sure it would act as just that object. Earlier in chapter 3 Johnny stole Max’s bat and I distinctly remember Zack saying that the bat would just be a normal bat to Johnny and it wouldn’t have any affect on him. So if you’re a non spectral and you find a possessed pencil, it’ll probably just function as a normal pencil.
Yup. Though if a normal person carried a possessed object around for a few weeks/months/years they could become a spectral. Spectral energy is like radiation and becoming a spectral is like… cancer. I guess.
Traumatizing Max is a running gag now.
SUPER CANCER THOUGH
HOW’S THAT ANY BETTER?!
Cancer that gives you superpowers. What is this, the Marvel Universe?
Which just begs the question, what has Max been exposed to that led to his (presumably) rapid transition to a Spectral.
1) PJ and or Lefty and/or Hissing Pete are “supersaturators” that rapidly infuse people with spiritual energy
2) Max’s mother has been secretly hanging around him since she died, and Max absorbed that spiritual energy more easily due to his close affinity with her.
3) Max is the Boy of Legend, and Destined to wield the Tool of GodSmacking and Deus Ex Machina.
Max is the Spectralborn. Body of a human, soul of a… soul, he’ll have to learn to use his gigantic spectral powers to make reality his slave.
This is the first Spectral Shout, which instantly renders everything silent and nullifies any anime atmosphere around:
El Huesudo II – XD I decoded it quickly. :) Truly a powerful weapon.
Nullifies any Anime atmosphere about? Does that mean that Max is the (gasp) ANTI-ISAAC!? *faints*
He keeps his partner in check.
If Suzy does get the pencil tool, that’ll be three kooky spectrals with drawing related themes – paper, ink, and eraser.
Er, abilities, not themes that is.
Or maybe Colin. It would be just like the abuse and humiliation he faces if he were to end up a Spectral with Frosty Pink Spectral Energy. But he would have the power to erase Suzy’s mouth, so it might be worth it!
I have been reading this comic since the very beginning and I can tell you I don’t ever recall the comic directly stating anything about the color coding system or how anyone bonds to the tool or anything.
I assume all of this color and bonding discussion was confirmed by the author in the comments section at some time. If this is correct I’d like to remind the author that, just like Max, we are all new to this world and not everyone reads the comments section.
It’d be nice if they took a second to explain some of this stuff to us, in the actual comic, without having to worry about reading the comments section to actually understand the comic.
I believe that is mostly fan theories, not ‘canon’ fact, although I could be wrong. But half the fun of this comic is knowing that they mysteries will be revealed, just read on, and you’ll find out what they’re on about eventually.
I can’t remember if it is all in a page or answered by Zack, but I’m sure it is cannon. A lot of stuff can be learned from reading earlier comment sections. Zack answers quite a bit.
Chapter 3, page 9, panel 3.
It isn’t directly stated about matching colors, but it is shown. Outlines of spectrals of different colors are shown, but the ‘suitable’ spectral’s color matched that of the spirit inhabiting the hammer/tool.
The presentation of this information was intentional. It was suggested visually by Isaac’s explanation at the beginning of the chapter and by his phrasing (“suitable spectral”), and implied by Max’s energy matching his spirit and Isaac’s matching his. This page is presenting the information indirectly. It’s supposed to be extrapolated from this discussion, potentially, and will be presented explicitly in the comic when the information is relevant to Max. I’ve done this before with the explanation for how tools work and other things. Please have patience. I know I present a lot of information in the comments, but I’m writing the comic under the assumption that people aren’t reading them. Thanks for reading.
Hey man, as long as you intend to release information as it becomes relevant. I was a little annoyed when it seemed like I missed vital information because I don’t always read the comments.
I’d actually like to ask a question, I don’t know if it’s been answered or not.
Since there’s a color coding system, is it possible for people to have more then one color, or adapt, or even possibly have a rainbow color?
I guess I am curious because of the fact that Max uses black energy. In art class we were always taught black and white were not true colors, I thought maybe there might be instances in which people might be able to use more then one color.
There are some fun things with the color coding system that will come up in the comic in the future. The first time where it’s sort of played around with will be an instance in the next chapter. And there may be some things that happen eventually relevant to your other questions! WHO KNOWS, etc. Thanks!
I thought it was all pretty obvious without you saying so. All the people claiming color matching as being “theory” are just silly. The rule is clear without it being explicitly said.
I actually didn’t catch on at all, I just enjoyed reading the comic without having to read too deeply into it, so fuck you guys.
Calm down. Nobody was swearing at you. In fact people don’t really swear in this comment section.
Hanging a giant sign next to everything really gets in the way of the flow of a story and makes exposition even more unnatural. One of many problems with Hollywood blockbusters.
Anyways, tastes aside there are at least half a dozen readers here with a strong grasp of cannon. Just ask, that’s what comment sections are for.
I think there’s enough foreshadowing in the comic to qualify as the information being there before it’s explicitly stated. Which fits with what Spender said in-universe about finding out information by other means!
Which makes for better storytelling anyways. Otherwise the exposition would drag things down and there would be no joy of discovery.
” I know I present a lot of information in the comments, but I’m writing the comic under the assumption that people aren’t reading them.”
I haven’t read the comments before as there are A LOT and I like to understand a comic through the storytelling of a comic, side explenations can fill in if there are any holes afterwards. or between chapters like done in http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=117134 for example.
Whenever I look at the eighth panel I can’t help but giggle. :)
I probably look like a freak to my family.
The reaction and expression in panel 8 are hilarious! It reminds me of something Jim Carry would do.
and thus suzy at a later point of this day, in a “Righteous” retaliation to Isabel taking her new member takes the pencil creating our first, known to every character on the board, villain. ^^’ we are all so doomed…
OK so Suzy being a spectral with a pink aura and a pencil tool is basically amazing and I want it to happen.
SO MUCH DISCUSSION. mmnnyurrh. also, when you highlight on this page, it is, as you may guess, frosty pink.
GASP! A PLOT HINT! FORESHADOWING! IT MEANS SOMETHING!!!
Hasn’t it always done that?
Wait, that still might be a hint! Zack planned it all along!!@! as;dfjhllsjad;lfj
THIS WEBSITE IS A TOOL.
QUICK WHO IS A FROSTY PINK SPECTRAL
No, wait! NO I’M NOT!
IIRC, that’s a brand-new plunger, out of Max’s dad’s store stock.
Isaac might want to rethink things and claim it before someone uses it on a clogged toilet.
Actually, being use to unclog a toilet seems apt justice for the Racist Whale-Frog.
But even if the plunger gave you the power to plunge phantom clones to do your bidding, would you carry a plunger around with you at all times?
Hey Zack if Anger Gills have a name then does that face in panel 8 get a name?
Squashed stuffle neck?
The Hawking… I know, I’m a terrible person.
Well now, this poses an interesting question.
What happens to the spirit when the pencil is done? As in, used and sharpened so much it is no longer a thing.
Or perhaps its spectral power is to provide infinite graphite.
Okay, working theory: Mr. Spender has at least two powers. Maybe he is medium and has a tool (the sunglasses). He is simply totally convinced that his set of powers is awesome and cool and so he does not want to accidentally bond with another tool which would make the whole thing less cool. Because the combo is that awesome. Maybe it even is not that easy to deal with several spirits.
I’m guessing he has light powers (which is obvious by now) and darkness powers, first he is going on about balance (Yin and Yang and the like, y’know) and secondly look here at panel three of this side, there are clearly dark swirls and light swirls.
I don’t know if I got the html code thingy right. We’ll see.
You got it right, and I concur. Basically with your whole comment just now.
Pencil’s aren’t known for being long lasting. Whoever gets that pencil better be careful with it.
I stopped using wooden pencils because I used them up too quickly.
Now see, I can’t use mechanical pencils ’cause I have a death grip and always wind up breaking them. XD
(oh crud I forgot to sign out of this account)
The Max is a spy!
It’s a magic ghost pencil I’m sure it’s got infinite lead or somethin the way the paintbrush has crazy infinite ink.
Frosty pink spirit in a pencil. I haven’t read the comments yet but I bet someone already mentioned Suzy.
For some reason I want Johnny to be the pink spectral.
I mean, come on. Don’t deny it’d be hilarious. PINK AURA.
Better for Johnny and friends to be inhabited by a fragmented spirit or spirits that work together so that the Friendship Fusion actually works.
^ This. Will it be morphin’ time?!
It will, in fact, be morphin’ time at such a point.
The rest of the broken god. Then Max’s addition completes the FINAL ÜBER AWESOME FORM
Perhaps I’m old, but I’m at least a little surprised that nobody joked about Johnny doing the “Mr Pink” speech if he ended up being a pink spectral.
Just watch us all be completely wrong about spenders tool and it turns out to be his tie or his left shoe or something random that the mind of Zack could come up with.
Actualy nevermind, looking back I see his sunglasses in the paranatual logo, but there is no way to delete comments currently so this will have to do.
My left-field theory is that they’ll just turn out to be normal sunglasses. If he has light powers, then maybe he just wants something to protect his eyes XD
i dont think anyone’s said anything about it yet, but Mr. Starchman looks EXACTLY like numbah 1′s dad from Codename: KND
link to the wiki page: http://knd.wikia.com/wiki/Monty_Uno
Why is there a wiki? :T
Holy awesome, that’s crap!
JKJK I use to like that show and it is indeed a rather uncanny resemblance.
OH MY GOD, SO THAT’S WHY MR. STARCHMAN LOOKED SO FAMILIAR TO ME!!!!!
Your gravatar goes perfectly with your reaction xD
As does yours! :D
You know. I just came to a realization that insolent children was also written on Max’ fathers shirt as the start of the comic when he opens up the store. LE GASP
While Max himself being somewhat insolent, no less.
It’s an in-universe band. Max and his family must be fans of ‘em.
Okay, I’m pretty sure that having the whale-frog Isaac head would be a bad idea. A spirit with a god complex AND a racist spirit? Not good for the psyche. On the other hand, Mr. Storm God might be able to knock some sense into the warty punk. The big guy does care about Isaac after all.
Since the whale-frog sees himself and his kind as being enslaved by humans, the combination would be more righteous vigilante.
Clum is Fum
Interesting. I know people mentioned that they think Mr. Spender’s glasses are a tool or something else. I just now noticed all of the tools in the comic logo along with his glasses, so I’m guessing they really are his tool lol. I just found this comic 2 days ago and it’s awesome :)
this comic has the best faces.
Me, McBob, and awesomesnes currently have the same gravatar! All three differ in the zooming, however!
y thar no pg 53
His twitter feed says that he’ll be a li’l late today what with it being the last page of the chapter and all.
LAST PAGE!??!…. of the chapter. Right. Whew. I thought Zack was trollin’.
I should look there more. I=(idea*0)what’s going on.
Well, I only understand the story, I mean.
What about Johnny getting the Rasict Whale-Frog Plunger? They’d totally fit. And If max causing crainial damage twice in 2 days isn’t a near death experience, I don’t know what is.
I mean the near death thing could be what makes him a spectral
Am I the only one refreshing this page over and over again?
Being late costs extra bandwidth!
Obligatory comment about the late page! :D
It’s three quarters after one, I’m all alone, and I need Paranatural now. </3
Im like going in and out of the page every 5 seconds, my family is now complaining about the internet speed. XD
Hmm… Maybe Johnny and his gang are going to become spectrals in the future…
So, my theory here is that spender is both a medium and tool user.
The light spirit is inhabitting him, causing glowy eyes.
However, the sunglasses he wears to cover said glowyness also harbors a spirit of dark.
Hence both swirls, the “delicate balance,” his ability to glow, and the appropriateness of a dark-related spirit being in sunglasses.
Zack, is life keeping you away?
it’s OK if you are. Just a little worried
hey guys check out the goggles
i put a little something on the homepage
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You did the face? That’s awesome :D
Oh that 9th panel XD
Three things. One, I think Mr. Spender’s tool-spirit has two personalities, one light and one dark. Two, I think ghosts are an open secret, noone normal can see them but noone’s really looking for them. Three, it’s funny how Mr. Spender just assumes that the pencil has a yellow aura.
maybe isaac’s powers will get stronger, and the spirit’s influence will take over more and more, and he’ll become a villain until the activity club stops him and gets the spirit out then he’ll be tool-less and have to use the toilet plunger. not a final boss kind of thing, more like a halfway point, end of arc type thing
and i don’t mean the spirit will be some evil mastermind, i think his attitude will rub off onto isaac (anger, pride, etc) and rather than ignore being the butt monkey for reasons not explained to him, he’ll snap
I’m so sorry.
I love the image of some poor spectral trying to explain why they have to bring a plunger to school every day.
Explanation 1- I’m a trainee plumber apprenticing with the janitor.
2- I have a condition that makes me digestively unpredictable and I have to clean up after myself.
3- I’m the secret love child of one of the Mario Brothers. I bet you can’t guess which!
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