Message 652
August 6, 2015 9:27 AM   Subscribe

Man, Subnormality is so great. Something about the narrative structure of this one seems like it could have been taken straight out of a Bradbury story from the 50's. I wish I could remember more specifically what it reminds me of.

Somewhat related: the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer.
posted by teraflop at 10:11 AM on August 6, 2015 [5 favorites]

The characters in this story set my teeth on edge. Really fiercely. I find it hard to articulate why. It's something about the way they talk to each other. I think I feel about it the way I've heard people describe feeling about twee; but I love twee. Other than that, I've got nothing.
posted by escabeche at 10:13 AM on August 6, 2015

Oh damn, I meant to make an FPP when I saw this comic go up, but it totally slipped my mind. Thanks for the reminder; it was a joy to read it again. Also, previously, my other favorite recent Subnormality.
posted by WCWedin at 10:43 AM on August 6, 2015

Thanks for posting this. I didn't notice when I read it the first time the interpretive sign saying that nobody knew the pod played that message and it was only discovered by accident. Also, I didn't pick up on the red-haired woman being the recently departed Ken's daughter until I saw it in the comments.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:10 AM on August 6, 2015

I LOVE SUBNORMALITY SO MUCH, GOD BLESS WINSTON ROWNTREE, although i prefer the ongoing adventures of ethel/Pink Hair/Zoe/Sphynx/Airplanes Lady/The Generals to the one-offs

still, subnormality hergghh love it so much
posted by beefetish at 11:17 AM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

i prefer the ongoing adventures of ethel/Pink Hair/Zoe/Sphynx/Airplanes Lady/The Generals to the one-offs

I also love the recurring character work, but my god, his one-offs are like the difference between hearing Pavarotti doing a perfect scale and hearing him do Nessun dorma.
posted by Etrigan at 11:26 AM on August 6, 2015

Somehow I keep forgetting to go back to Subnormality, despite it being The Best Thing. I probably have it bookmarked in seven different places by now.
posted by regicide is good for you at 11:33 AM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Yeah, the red-haired woman being the daughter in combination with the calendar "visit mom and dad" -> "visit mom". Awful dusty in here.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:39 AM on August 6, 2015 [2 favorites]

It took a little doing (so many text balloons, and I didn't at first understand that the top panels were a prologue to a time shift), but I finally got into it enough to really enjoy this.

Tangentially related is a section from Lois Bujold's Barrayar that resonated when I was young, and really brought me comfort after my first miscarriage, and seems to carry a similar sentiment.
    It's...a transcendental act. Making life. I thought about that, when I was carrying Miles. 'By this act, I bring one death into the world.' One birth, one death, and all the pain and acts of will between. I didn't understand certain mystic symbols like the Death-mother, Kali, till I realized it wasn't mystic at all, just plain fact. [...] Our children change us...whether they live or not."
posted by offalark at 12:55 PM on August 6, 2015 [3 favorites]

I love how that was constructed. Got really tough to read, though, what with the tears and feeling choked up.
posted by mixedmetaphors at 2:32 PM on August 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

Great comic, but induced a dizzying sense of temporal vertigo. I'm fine with heights, but don't ask me to confront the future, please, especially one that looks halfway plausible.
posted by The Zeroth Law at 6:48 PM on August 6, 2015

This wouldn't load properly on my phone, and I didn't have another internet device until yesterday. I'm really really glad I decided to come back to this and read it (and especially on a full screen, good comics deserve a good viewing device). Thanks for posting.
posted by nat at 8:00 PM on August 10, 2015

This has come back to me a lot in the few days since I've read it. Thanks for sharing.
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