strong content warning for themes of suicide and drug use.
2016 Extra Comic (Lola)
2016 Extra Comic (Sugar)
17th Mar 2016, 1:00 PM
Save My Place
Load My Place
17th Mar 2016, 1:00 PM
honestly fuck those cheap wine bottles that have metal wrapped over the top to trick people into thinking they're screw caps though.
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17th Mar 2016, 8:59 PM
i thought the static was like, symbolic of derealizing at first then i realized it was supposed to be, radio music not coming in well 0.0 and wow, that's impressive!! it's so hard to open those wine bottles even with a corkscrew
17th Mar 2016, 11:45 PM
you're not wrong!
my intention was that the first 2 panels were to be immediately interpreted as some sort of dissociation, and then it becomes more clear that it's static from the radio that's washing over the whole car.
24th Mar 2016, 2:43 AM
I don't have a lot of experience with hallucinating and i am definitely not in a position to expect my interpretation of halucination to be super important - but - I would hallucinate somewhat often when radio static played while I was at work before I lost my job. I was in an industrial kitchen washing dishes and the finicky radio combined with the overpowering din of the powerful dishwasher - almost always running, had me auditory hallucinating a lot if I was low on sleep.
I dunno, that is just interesting, that I had that experience in reverse, I think
19th Mar 2016, 2:42 AM
is it intended to not know how to feel about sugar? i feel very conflicted about how i feel about her at this point in the comic and im not sure if i sympathize with her, which is hard in parts of me because she and i have the same mental conditions. sorry if this is a weird question
19th Mar 2016, 6:56 PM
to be honest, i don't really plan with specific intention for readers' feelings or reactions any which way, because emotions are so unpredictable.
as for not knowing how to feel about sugar... i can definitely see where not sympathizing with her could come from. at this point in the story, she is very much the catalyst for every questionable event so far, with at most a vague "everything sucks and i want to die" as explanation.
a lot of her symptoms are not ones considered sympathetic, moreso ones that should be tolerated, and her personality itself is pretty abrasive (though where we draw the line in the sand between "personality" and "disorders" is blurry to me). she is oblivious, she is blunt, she is short-tempered, she lacks the overt low self-esteem of many mental disorders, most of her anxiety is expressed in the form of paranoid accusations, and most of her depression in the form of angry meltdowns when she's pushed.
it's hard for even me to sympathize with her sometimes. and most of my sympathy comes from a place of experience.
so, i guess, tl;dr: only 20-30 pages in, i don't really have expectations for how people interpret the characters. i do hope most people would find her sympathetic by the end, but it doesn't surprise me right now if people don't.
22nd Mar 2016, 4:03 AM
This comic is honestly one of the best comics I've ever read. Your character writing is amazing. A lot of the things you put in this comic make it feel very real. and I really enjoy how you do expressions (not sure if that is the right term) not just with the face but with things like the panels with the tail tapping/knee shaking on a previous page. and what you did with the radio fuzz on this page is wonderful. I think the road trip to commit joint suicide plot is very interesting(although in another writers hands I could see that plot going terrible.) I'm also a big fan of non human characters so thats a big plus for me. Anyways I'm super excited to see how the rest of this comic plays out :D
23rd Mar 2016, 4:30 PM
I love everything about everything about everything about this comic
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