#1180 Refusal Of The Call

June 30th, 2015, 4:10 pm

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He reads a lot of books.

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Reply NtKGar, June 30th, 2015, 4:42 pm

Couple of callbacks for cognoscenti in this one. The dessicated human remains are from the 'Ten Years Gone' story, and the Red Key first appeared here near the end of the Things Get Weird Omnibus. For those of you who started the archive on Book 4, don't worry, previous stories form a background for future stories, but if we're bringing something back from an old strip it'll always be reintroduced enough for everyone to know what it is within the comic.

Some of our readers might not have heard of the monomyth (also known as The Hero's Journey). The idea is that almost all stories have the same basic story - a hero goes on an adventure, leaves the world they know, faces trials, learns some shit about themself, then goes home. Quite a lot has been written about it and that link leads to TVTropes, so that rabbit hole's as deep as you want it to be.

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Reply NtKGar, July 3rd, 2015, 8:29 am

FerrumAeternum wanted the last panel on a t-shirt, but I'm with Connors on clothing with the word 'Fuck' in bold-face type are a bit tacky.

Which is why we're artfully hiding it for the t-shirt version

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Reply Connors, July 1st, 2015, 1:40 am

Ohhh no, I'm not falling for that one again it's too late at night to be going on TVTropes.

Reply NtKPaige, July 1st, 2015, 2:46 am

Temptation @ Connors: Dooo eeeeeeet. You know you want to. Give in. Submit to your dark desires. Trope the night away.

Reply FerrumAeternum, July 1st, 2015, 12:02 pm

...anyone else think that last panel would make a good t-shirt design? :P

Reply Connors, July 1st, 2015, 2:35 pm

yeah if you want the word fuck painted across your chest go right ahead

everyone will know how badly you want to have sexual relations with an abstract storywriting concept

fuck is a dumb word to use for swearing.

Reply NtKGar, July 2nd, 2015, 8:41 am

It's a fucking amazing word for swearing with. Yes, fuck is a verb, but in most cases it's just used to deliver an emphatic tone. Yell it real loud and you'll feel slightly better about being angry, whisper it when you're concerned with what's going on. Put a question mark after it and, OK, it's probably a verb again in that case but fuck it, you know what I mean.

Reply someboddy (Guest), July 3rd, 2015, 10:20 am

Why isn't the shirt animated?

Reply NtKGar, July 4th, 2015, 12:16 am

It is, but only if you're jiggly

Reply VictorB, July 4th, 2015, 3:16 am

Wow, the flashback made me wonder... Your first comment on the first comic was on July 27, 2010... that's almost 6 years ago to the day!

That and finding out that I've been reading some comics for a year now (not realizing it was that long) makes me feel old.

Anyways, I agree, the journey is based on the same, however, sometimes, just for kicks, the last part is omitted. AKA the hero dies.

American horrors are the same "Psycho is on the loose - shit happens - people run - psycho kills people - psycho is stopped.

Sometimes the psycho isn't human, but you feel safe at the end.... Asian horrors though.... shit gets real!

Reply Sarah (Guest), July 7th, 2015, 11:31 am

The link to the page regarding the red key doesn't work??

Reply willky7, July 8th, 2015, 1:54 am

Where does he find these books? I doubt his owner with the name I can't bother to remember has books like that

Reply NtKGar, July 8th, 2015, 6:42 am

@Wilky: Strip #658, Alice has a degree in Literature and History, boom!

@Sarah: Whoops, typed in the code wrong. 'Tis fixed now, thanks :)

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