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February 2, 2012 3:29 PM   Subscribe

Darkness "Sometimes you meet people like that, they have one adjective that fits them like a glove. They could be that word's picture in the dictionary..."
posted by oneswellfoop (49 comments total) 92 users marked this as a favorite

 
That doesnt look anything like Charlie Murphy.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 3:34 PM on February 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


I approve this message.
posted by darkstar at 3:47 PM on February 2, 2012


"where did you see whiskey? he was helping himself to a cup of count chocula!"
posted by mlo at 3:55 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


that really was great
posted by neuromodulator at 4:00 PM on February 2, 2012


Loved it!
posted by UseyurBrain at 4:01 PM on February 2, 2012


I really dug that. Thanks.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:02 PM on February 2, 2012


Awww, that renewed my faith in all things in the whimsiest, most imperceptible way. Like, homeopathy that actually works.

I need more 5-minute comic breaks in my life.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:02 PM on February 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was charming and enjoyable.
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:03 PM on February 2, 2012


That was great.
posted by gingerest at 4:04 PM on February 2, 2012


This is why we can have nice things.
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 4:09 PM on February 2, 2012 [6 favorites]


That was pretty good. It made me wonder what my elemental adjective is.
posted by codacorolla at 4:14 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


He standed there, so close yet so far away ...

I couldn't read past that point.
posted by fredludd at 4:20 PM on February 2, 2012 [4 favorites]


That was pretty great.
posted by rtha at 4:21 PM on February 2, 2012


"That was pretty good. It made me wonder what my elemental adjective is."

I think mine is enthusiastic! Which is all good and well, until you're depressed (with flair!) and yet even your hair is still smiling.

Smiling, and exuberantly mocking me with their million grins, each with their own special chirality.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:26 PM on February 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


As an editor, I get your point, fredludd. It was very jarring for me, also. And the mistakes really started adding up toward the end.

On the other hand, it was a good comic, and you may have missed out by not allowing yourself to accept its warts with its merits.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:27 PM on February 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


He standed there, so close yet so far away ...

fredludd: I couldn't read past that point.

He's French (this is the English view of his website, which is French by default), and it was a 24 hour comic.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:32 PM on February 2, 2012 [8 favorites]


Bear in mind that the cartoonist is French. See FAQ entry about translation. The awkward English in spots is a little distracting but very much worth glossing over.
posted by cortex at 4:33 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


That link does not do what I expect it to. Well, there's an FAQ you can scroll up and get to, in any case.
posted by cortex at 4:35 PM on February 2, 2012


This was charming but within five panels I went " I bet this is a French comic" and I was right.
posted by The Whelk at 4:35 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's just something about that side profile low mouth opening that is feeaking Gallic.
posted by The Whelk at 4:36 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


The link works for me.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:37 PM on February 2, 2012


I agree, iamkimiam is super Enthusiatic! Weee!
posted by The Whelk at 4:39 PM on February 2, 2012


I really liked this but I did not send it to my friends because I thought the blatant gender stereotyping would put them off.
posted by rebent at 4:40 PM on February 2, 2012


seems like it's got that kind of jean giraud linework
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 4:40 PM on February 2, 2012


The awkward English in spots is a little distracting but very much worth glossing over.

And possibly for some of us even worth enjoying as it reminds us of wonderful malaprops and genius statements from our French friends. See also: Cock Strap for Jock Strap and "There's tons of cheese, asshole!"
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:41 PM on February 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


That was super duper.

And Count Chocula is the darkest breakfast cereal.
posted by aubilenon at 4:41 PM on February 2, 2012 [5 favorites]


Years ago, I was talking to a friend, and I mentioned that each of my three brothers had a Dominant Trait. My Eldest Brother was Discipline: he's rigidly controlled, was in the ARMY, got an MBA, argues with great assurance but little knowledge. My next oldest brother was Romance: he had a string of girlfriends, liked fine food and wine, traveled a lot, lived in other countries, and so on. My younger brother was Faith: he really wrestled with the doctrines of the dysfunctional church in which we were raised, studied religion as a historian, and generally looked at the world through that lens.

"So what are you?" my friend asked. I told her I had no idea.

A few days later she called me up. "I've got it!"
"Oh?"
"Your Dominant Trait is Perversion!"
"Hey.... I'm not... that's..."
"Dude, admit it: whatever it is, you are most interested in it if it's bent."
"I... well, I can't really say you are wrong."

And from that day forward, I have known my place in the universe. It could be worse; I could be Discipline.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:47 PM on February 2, 2012 [17 favorites]


Discipline and Perversion are hardly mutually exclusive!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 4:48 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


His 24h comic from 2010 is also great (and wordless, for those who are annoyed by the language). It was published February 3rd-10th; you have to click the "Suivant" link, or the next date, to read the next part.
posted by martinrebas at 4:49 PM on February 2, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm, like, Indifferent, sorta or Ambivalent, whatever.
posted by Divine_Wino at 4:51 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I wonder if my dominant trait can be " long flowing hair "
posted by The Whelk at 4:51 PM on February 2, 2012


This, of course, alludes to you: seems like it's got that kind of jean giraud linework

His style also feels like Miyazaki-type anime. Well, maybe Miyazaki. Possibly someone else. I'm blanking on the example.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:56 PM on February 2, 2012


I wonder if my dominant trait can be " long flowing hair "

You are Crystal Gayle and I claim my five Euro.
posted by Divine_Wino at 5:08 PM on February 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


C'mon, what kind of cutie mark would "darkness" give you??
posted by The otter lady at 5:10 PM on February 2, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was pretty great.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:26 PM on February 2, 2012


Miyazaki, yes. I was thinking of Howl in 'Howl's Moving Castle'.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 5:28 PM on February 2, 2012


That was great for any comic, but the fact that it was done in 26 hours (good on the author for taking the extra 2 hours to do it well instead of rushing to follow the letter of the law) is astounding.
posted by rikschell at 5:29 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


I loled.
posted by fuq at 5:29 PM on February 2, 2012


I dunno, otter lady, but you'd only be able to see it at night or under a black light. Obviously, at any other time, it'd look something like a pizza box or....a bowl of cereal.
posted by DisreputableDog at 5:30 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


C'mon, what kind of cutie mark would "darkness" give you??

A raven!
posted by ymgve at 5:30 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


This made me very happy.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:23 PM on February 2, 2012


Very neat comic... but it's better in French!

A couple lines are kind of odd in English, but not in French. The one line that might be confusing: when Jonas is playing the keyboard, his roommate goes and steals it. (Reading the English version I thought he'd taken out another keyboard.)

I'm amazed that he could do all that in 26 hours. Just the art would be a challenge, much less making a story that works.
posted by zompist at 6:43 PM on February 2, 2012 [1 favorite]


C'mon, what kind of cutie mark would "darkness" give you??
Morrissey shitting a cloud of bats
posted by Theodore Sign at 8:33 PM on February 2, 2012 [5 favorites]


I totally enjoyed that. and I wonder what my defining characteristic would be; sadly, it's probably whaterver's halfway between weird and nice.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 9:07 PM on February 2, 2012


Why sadly? The halfway point between weird and nice is an exquisite junction. I aspire to reach that junction. Quit hogging the junction, is what I'm saying.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:13 PM on February 2, 2012 [6 favorites]


If I'm defined by anything, it's probably Uncertainty.

Hey ladies.
posted by brennen at 2:05 AM on February 3, 2012


I really, really enjoyed this. And I found the language mistakes actually charming.
posted by mippy at 3:24 AM on February 3, 2012


Quit hogging the junction I can't help it! right after I wrote my previous comment, I went up to the kitchen for a bowl of cereal, went back to my room to eat it, and then went back to the kitchen to get a few extra bits of cereal for my pet birds, because they like to share what I eat and they prefer cereal that hasn't been touched by the milk. Then I was all fuck! I'm doing it again! (I just better not be one of those goddamn wretched manic pixie dream girl things or I'll... I'll... probably do something weird.)
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:38 AM on February 3, 2012 [1 favorite]


The story writing is completely American (and fantastic BTW). What can be more democratic than experiencing the wonder and amazement of the pinnacle of nature? Then, after the show, notice the person standing next to you is pretty a-ok (lets shack up). It's Thelma and Louise in reverse (they see the majesty of the Grand Canyon, look at each other and believe the worst).
posted by xtian at 5:48 AM on February 3, 2012


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