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5th Jan 2017, 1:00 PM
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bluestar 5th Jan 2017, 2:09 PM edit delete reply
i'm glad sugar was wearing shoes!! i love the eerie lighting on this page a lot too like they're being illuminated by a flashlight (especially in the last panels)

also sugar taking hold of lola's hand and the uncomfortable pause before they split up (and the different in intensity of them saying the same word) seem to connect with sugar's right eye being exposed (not sure if thats right or why but)
edit i realized it's partly because of the blood on their hands but yeah,

an lola starting their sentence about what they think happened twice but not finishing it seems.. important

also are they gonna find a gun? or somethin not so good
Guest 5th Jan 2017, 2:11 PM edit delete reply
The tension in those last 3 panels aaaa. this story is just so well written

also calling it right now--this looks like a drug den. Inb4 they find some hard stuff.
Guest 5th Jan 2017, 2:20 PM edit delete reply
the 1st panel is sooo goooood
Wert 5th Jan 2017, 2:40 PM edit delete reply
sometimes if people get a bad infestation of bedbugs they have to leave all their stuff bc they can hide everywhere. Not saying thats the cause here but i always think about it every time there's an abandoned home with a lot of belongings.
i really really like the lighting on this page.
Nobody 5th Jan 2017, 4:51 PM edit delete reply
Nobody
me too! the script originally mentioned bedbugs at one point, but it was edited out. the thing here is that they're in the desert-- and one effective way to kill bedbugs is with heat. not too uncommon to see people leave their couches outside for a few days to kill bedbugs in arizona.
wert 5th Jan 2017, 5:06 PM edit delete reply
oh, in alaska too!! but with cold, since it gets to like 40 below.
Kavka 5th Jan 2017, 4:34 PM edit delete reply
This would be a hell of a time to totally switch the genre of the comic to horror/paranormal
sig 5th Jan 2017, 6:13 PM edit delete reply
breaking the picture frame glass seems veeeerrry symbolic. but im dumb so im not sure what of
anon 5th Jan 2017, 6:57 PM edit delete reply
the hand grab in panel 14 (i think?) looks 99% exactly like the one in the top banner... what a beautiful touch!!! ( i got a screenshot of it,, just in case it was significant) except, obviously its much darker.
also the way their hands break apart in the last one - i could be over analyzing but i worry that something bad is happening between them? Lola looks uncomfortable and nervous almost and Sugar looks angry. but that could just be me!! Everything is so beautifully drawn, such care is given to detail and lighting.

..... does Lola ever wear shoes? I hope their feet are okay :0
Nobody 6th Jan 2017, 5:44 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
they don't! it's kind of hard to wear shoes since they're designed to stay on a whole foot rather than a nub. it's mentioned a bit later.
ricki 7th Jan 2017, 2:08 PM edit delete reply
I just imagined lola wearing those build a bear shoes since build a bears have the same foot shape lmao
vulli 6th Jan 2017, 12:10 PM edit delete reply
this reminds me of the abandoned house I went into... it was filled with a ton of letters scattered throughout the bedroom and the garage and back shed were COMPLETELY filled with vintage porn novels
bee 6th Jan 2017, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
could someone explain to me what's going on in the last 3-4 panels? im not sure i totally understand the final exchange between sugar and lola
Jean 7th Jan 2017, 12:28 AM edit delete reply
Well if you look closely you can see Sugar grabs Lola's hurt hand, and I think that short exchange of looks between them is a mix of Sugar being :/ over Lola not telling her how bad their hand was hurt and then maybe something deeper and more serious.
Nobody 7th Jan 2017, 8:04 AM edit delete reply
Nobody
i can explain!
on the last page, sugar takes lola's hand and starts firmly holding it while pulling her along (as a protective gesture and to apply pressure to the cut to make it stop bleeding). so. that's necessary information for the following.
5th to last panel: both of them see something they're interested in looking at on opposite sides of the room. they're moving towards those things.
4th to last panel: they get far enough away from each other that their arms lock with tension, because they're still tightly holding hands at this point.
3rd to last panel: both of them say something trying to convince the other they should go in the direction SHE wants to go. they don't want to split hands.
2nd to last panel: now, this panel is a little ambiguous (purposefully) and can be interpreted 2 ways. what's happening in the panel is that lola's pulling her arm away from sugar while sugar's still holding her hand-- but sugar is much stronger than her. two ways to read this: 1) lola was trying to pull her hand away and sugar didn't want to let go; or 2) lola was trying to pull sugar in the direction away from the knives and sugar was too heavy and stubborn to be budged.
last panel: sugar releases lola's hand and they're immediately walking away from each other to go inspect separate things. sugar comments on the fact that she hates books (after so much school) to try to clarify why she so badly did not want to go by the books. lola doesn't clarify why she doesn't want to go look at the knives and just acknowledges what sugar said to relieve tension.
Guest 8th Jan 2017, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
is the "photodegay-" line from sugar supposed to be indicative of an accent or lisp, or was it just her fumbling her words? also, lola's reaction to it was essentially mine, lmao. what a great page!
ell 8th Jan 2017, 7:58 PM edit delete reply
I think she was trying to say photodegraded or something similar, but stumbling over it?
Nobody 8th Jan 2017, 10:06 PM edit delete reply
Nobody
yes, she was trying to say photodegraded. she's high here, so she stumbled over her words a bit-- she did used to have a lisp. language and speech problems are common with developmental disorders like ADHD, and sugar received a lot of speech therapy when she was younger. there's more on that that'll be elaborated on with comics later, so i'll save it, but, yeah, that was a slight lapse back into that stumbling over a pretty large word while stoned.