strong content warning for themes of suicide and drug use.


13th Apr 2017, 12:00 PM
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Author Notes:

Nobody 13th Apr 2017, 12:00 PM
slow burn.
this is the last breather page of the comic. originally, i said there would be one more than this, but somewhere in late 2016, i decided it was redundant, and restructured the 3rd act of drop-out to be more concise.


monkeyking 13th Apr 2017, 12:09 PM
even for a breather page it still feels like theres a lot going on without needing spoken words.. Good Shit
Peach 13th Apr 2017, 12:14 PM
I think this really shows how good you are at showing how much can go on in one page without needing the words to explain it, and all the little details (the blood and water, the food, the petrol dripping from the hose, the sunlight) are so fascinating to look at...
m. 13th Apr 2017, 12:14 PM
kitsune-rokko 13th Apr 2017, 12:15 PM
The sun looks like it's an a high-bright spot each time it appears like it seems to be like time feels slower for Sugar and Lola than it is actually going?

Very nice texturing and detailing the pebbles at the oasis area sell a lot of ground texture!
angel 13th Apr 2017, 12:38 PM
loving all the detail in this page. the horizon showing thru the windshield, the no smoking sign, and the bathroom signs just to name a few
this page is really fun to just look at over and over, its kind of relaxing
woops 13th Apr 2017, 2:35 PM
For a couple of people who just want to be happy, that is a lot of tension I can only believe you have to be used to to act like everything's fine.
Artemis 13th Apr 2017, 3:50 PM
I love all the colors on this page so much...
Aqua 13th Apr 2017, 4:49 PM
I love the visual throwback to the cover page here. It was also nice to see Lola eating alongside Sugar. Great page as usual! It's definitely one I'm excited to try and go through in depth.
Guest 13th Apr 2017, 4:52 PM
a couple things i thought while reading this page:
- i love how you use sky shots to show the passage of time, not only in terms of time of day but also how far into the story we are. right now, it's the morning before some big event
- the panel with what appears to be the grand canyon makes me feel... anxious? not in a "i want to stop reading" way but in a "oh man we're almost there" way. given the tense mood of this page, it fits
- i don't remember where you said this, but i think you mentioned once that lola seems to be almost trying to stall the trip, which fits with the latter half of this page. meanwhile, sugar seems anxious to get it over with.
- i'm canadian, so sorry if this a thing most americans know, but is the store sugar and lola are walking out of called oasis? i dunno why, but that just seems like a neat detail to put in
- i love lola's nubby feet
Nobody 13th Apr 2017, 5:23 PM
it isn't called oasis, actually! in america, we have rest stops built, scattered around the perimeters of our interstate highways.
rest stops are usually federally funded public service areas. oases are rest stops which are privately funded-- they're usually larger, because they accommodate several restaurant/gas chains, and so on.
thank you for the comment!
Guest 13th Apr 2017, 6:02 PM
Aaa,beautiful page as always. Uh, I'll admit I'm a little confused by some of the events though. In the first set of panels, is Sugar... taking Lola's seatbelt off? I'm not sure what it is that Lola's looking so nervous about.

Also,how did Lola dry her hands without paper towels? XD
Nobody 13th Apr 2017, 7:35 PM
1st question: sugar is waking up. she has the button-down shirt she was wearing yesterday over her head because it was bright enough to sleep.
she leans to the side to check lola's phone because she's disoriented and wants to know how late it is in the day.

2nd question: she waited for them to air dry.

hope that clears things up!
Guest 15th Apr 2017, 8:17 AM
Ohhhhh ok! Sorry about that. I probably should have picked up on that.
bluestar 13th Apr 2017, 6:21 PM
i like how the sky shots make these events feel like they're going by almost like. agonizingly slow? and that's compounded on by lola's attempts to stall in any way possible (for some reason? why would they do that?) and the feeling of what seems like tension and the blue traditionally soothing lighting in a lot of the panels. also i really like how the lighting turned like, subtly pinker when lola's face came into view on panel six! lovely page, ty as always
essie 13th Apr 2017, 10:13 PM
dude the way you can just, display emotion just through simple movements, and the way the characters interact eithout words is just...... sublime. like, the past few pages-- there was this underlying emotion that you couldnt help but FEEL. there was no skirting around it. that effects this page even more because of that, you can just feel lola's hesitance through everything, the way she cuts up her food and air-dries her hands, its perfect, its a great buildup for the scenes to come.

also: every new panel is just..... im blown away by how much you have improved from the beginning of drop-out. it shows in how subtly you can uses colors, that blood-and-water shading (HNNG) and how naturally the characters move around the enviroment!
Guest 14th Apr 2017, 1:40 AM
JFGDHK i love these breather pages so much..... n your coloring is always so nice
Kira 14th Apr 2017, 3:48 AM
I really love the colors you've used after having such dimly lit pages for a long time! I love your style!
cactus 14th Apr 2017, 10:49 PM
i was actually at the grand canyon this thursday and checked the update on my phone in the welcome center, lol. wonderful page as always--it feels almost cinematic, the way you can feel the tension building in a completely wordless scene. i really like the shot of the curb where sugar steps off without hesitation and lola stops--seems symbolic.
reader 17th Apr 2017, 12:38 AM
that undereye purple streak...lola definitely hasn't slept
anonymous rabbit 17th Apr 2017, 2:53 AM
god i know ive said this a gajillion times but the way this page is is just absolutely stunning. the detail, the direction, the subtle exchanges. its all gorgeous and amazing.

i also know ive brought up Lola stalling for time but its still something important to bring up again because Lola has always been about going with the flow, float where the wind takes you, etc. instead now we're seeing Lola do things that they normally wouldn't do? like cut up their food into teeny tiny pieces (Lola is a person who hormfs down food at the speed of light), letting their hands air dray instead of just wiping it on their shirt (which would be faster and more convenient), looking Sugar, who has stated multiple times that they're in a hurry, DEAD IN THE EYE as they light a cigarette (why not smoke in the car?). this is not a coincidence at all and i think what Lola is doing is deliberate. instead of just going with everything and letting it happen, they're almost... resisting the flow. except in a very Lola way. Lola in the later half of the comic has definitely been showing trepidation at being on this trip, but now we're seeing them actually taking that a step further and actually starting to resist what's happening.

Part of me so badly wants for this ending to be happy, where Sugar realizes there's still something left to live for and they both walk away from the canyon, but part of me also knows that that's probably not what's going to happen. I know that you have always chosen the realistic ending, and while realistic endings can be happy, its usually not the case.

like tl;dr is: this page is good, i love it, the tension is just slowly building and its leaving me wanting more.
yan 20th Apr 2017, 2:21 AM
this setting is so... quintessentially arizona i must say. i really like the settings here, it just really strikes me as realistic & tangible with the backdrops and their reactions. waking up in the afternoon with the sun right in your eyes, soaked in sweat; sleeping in so long trying to avoid the sun and it's still blaring down so hot it wakes you up
ive driven to the grand canyon before & been on various road trips to and from az and the backdrops here seem very familiar down to the rest stop they pulled over at (i kinda wanna know if its based off a real one cuz omg its so familiar)... cheap diner food is definitely true to road trips in the southwest too lol.
all the settings in drop-out thus far have been really beautiful and interactive, these ones just hit a chord with me so strongly bc they're places ive been to and it really comes off as realistic in their portrayal
i am kinda excited to see grand canyon tourist hot spots just cuz id recognize them but... we'll see!! i really like seeing places i recognize, its very cool. i love these panels a lot, the lighting is gorgeous :-)
Guest 2nd Jul 2017, 7:08 PM
the Midwest Feeling is very strong here, reminds me of when i lived in colorado and we would drive through utah or arizona or why oming and go to the rest stops there. (no story to it its just the feeling) so good job on that
lolas really. stalling here. they have a time frame to fit into but i guess if it could your last day you arent in that big of a hurry to appeal to other peoples expectations anymore.
vee 21st Jul 2017, 2:41 AM
sometimes i like to come back to this page and just study lola's plate of food.

one, because its rewarding to know theres something there metaphorically,(as someone who is Always looking for links/double meanings/metaphors in day to day life), with the eggs being the sun and its rays and the pancakes the canyon.

and because i keep flip flopping with myself about one Specific hash brown that i think could be an abstracted silhouette of lola, and trying to dissect if that means something specific (ex: its up in the air, lola seems to be "up in the air" about the trip, "in the air" could also refer to falling in the canyon, etc.), or if im reading too far into it lol
still vee 28th Jul 2017, 12:45 AM
also since ive been perceverating on this and worrying i wasnt clear for like a week:

to clarify what i mean by lola being "up in the air" about the trip i mean shes just not as actively pumped about it as sugar seems to be, not like "sugar is manipulating lola and bad" rip
Guest 21st Aug 2020, 9:07 PM
Ah. I love this comic so much. :)