I have a feeling that Ben, Fred and Elaine will be making an appearance.
You’d think they’d know the signs of a returning card. And let’s hope that Snapdragon76 is correct. I do hope we’ll get some explanations to Elaine and Ben that will help us too!
Their questions about the ghost are about to be answered.
I like how this page is ending, but I’ll wait a bit more before saying what I wanted to today, in case . . .
Oh thank goodness. They’re being delivered to Alice and Jack.
I find Jack going on about how well he notices stuff and he doesn’t realize the cards against his chest are going haywire. Oh sweetie. “Apparently, Jack doesn’t see everything” indeed.
I’m loving how he, Alice, and Wendy interact.
I think Jack doesn’t notice the deck because it is something he isn’t very familiar with. It isn’t from his story, and he has trouble with Fred intially, I think he flat out states that Alice is better with the cards at one point. Alice on the other hand is very familiar with the deck, and is always on the look out for this exact thing.
Plus I don’t think Jack’s in the habit of looking down at his own chest. Alice has a better vantage point.
A very well name page.
And to think, it was right under his nose!
The deck is shinnin’ as a signal of ‘warning, damaged card’ maybe?
Maybe when a card is damaged, the whole deck activates? Don’t suddenly want 51 guys (er… 47 guys and four queens?) sitting on Jack’s chest…
True. Maybe the deck is going t’a heal the damaged one, and that’s why the shinnin’.
Pick a card, any card.
It’s a jack, right?
I’m sorry I have a question that’s been bugging me for awhile now. Is there two separate ghosts? There’s the one who has Emma’s face but what about the ghost that looks like Karen? Are they supposed to be the same ghost or different ones?
Actually, the ghost thing has not been explained yet. It’s implied that the ghosts are connected, but no one as confirmed or denied that it was the same ghost or a different ghots. I’m guessing this is the type of thing that might get explained when Alice/Jack/Wendy. I personaly think they are different ghosts, because the “karen” ghost just passes thru Emma in chapter one and the masked ghost keeps telling emma she was around and trapped. But maybe all ghosts are conencted? The wardrobe monster was probably also a ghost. Maybe ghosts are past namesakes who can never leave stories and screw them up?
Perhaps it can change it’s face. Maybe if it sees someone (like Emma) it can mimic it’s face. It’d be a good way to cause chaos at the VERY least.
I always thought that the ghost was some sort of parisite. You relize that the frist time the ghost showed up Emma thought it was Karen and Alice or someone said that the ghost needed a living host. Also, the fristfrist 2 appernaces of the ghost looked like Karen but then the ghost got a mask.
Oh my God *headdesk*
I COMPLETELY FORGOT that was going to happen.
So Wendy and Alice took out their lip piercings, but Jack never thought of washing his hands? Considering several hours have passed.
I think that’s a scar. From a burn, perhaps?
Oh, ok. It’s been a while since we met them, didn’t remember he already had those red patches the first time we saw him, I assumed it was Karen’s blood.
Is this related to this name’s story? I think he alluded to the original Jack once, but I don’t think I understood completely from which story he was from, and I can’t find anything via googling. As I’m German, the only “fairytale” Jack I can think of is the one with the beanstalk
It is related to Jack’s story. Soon it shall be revealed
That’s been bugging me too, every time I see him. I keep referencing Paradise Lost for the Red Right Hand of either god or satan (debatably), but there’s also the thought that you might be playing off the trope, Red Right Hand, which would mean that Jack could either be a villain or a conflicted hero. Finally, there’s the origins of the Red Hand of Ulster, which would give Jack connections to the Celts, most particularly, Labraid Lámh Dhearg, the son of the Sun (pun intended). Or there’s the possibility you have your own unique take on the Red Right Hand (arghhhh!). In any case, it’s driving me only slightly nuts.
I can hear the evil laughter all the way in SoCali.
God, how I wish I could Like this.
Are they in danger and the cards are all activating? Weird. So…
The ghost is the cat, and it’s waiting for the other Namesakes to stumble in so it could get a new host? Or one of those objects isn’t quite as harmless as it looks.
In any case… not good.
The ghosts are SCP-682.
Scratches in the CD that contains our universe. Errors in the code. And they hate everything.
I’m curious… I’d originally thought “Jack” was from the Beanstalk stories (giant-killers, as it were) but when you consider his use of cards (which the original Jack didn’t use)… is he perhaps a different Jack? As in from poetic literature?
Just curious here.
The cards are Alice’s originally. It’s explained way back in chapter 2 and chapter 6. Jack’s been taught how to use them but isn’t comfortable with them, as was shown when he tried to get Fred off Ben in chapter 3.
But our Jack is drawing from both Beanstalk and Giant Killer stories. I should add them to the list of tales now that we’re back to them for a longer period of time.
I came across this while googling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Wright_(fictional_character)
So not this one?
That Jack Wright wasn’t a Namesake … but the fictional Jack Wright from the 1800s was the inspiration for our Jack’s last name! As your reward, here’s the original conversation between me and Isa from November 2010 where Jack got his last name.
Isa: oh, jack still needs a last name
Me: Yeah, been thinking on that.
Me: I can’t think of anything that sounds right. Naming sucks at times.
Isa: I was thinking Jack carver
Me: Carve a Jack.
Me: You carve a Jack-o-Lantern. Halloween.
Isa: ah. Well, see, it works XD.
*We look up surnames because ‘Jack Carver’ didn’t feel quite right*
Isa: Jack Cobb?
Me: Hmm … How about Jack Wright? It’s a common surname and it shares a common past with this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Wright_%28fictional_character%29
Isa: considering the namesake thing, could be fun Alice – “You know what they say… Jack Wright is always wrong”
Me: Jack: groans Once a week. She says that at LEAST once a week. Wendy: I’m quite sure that it’s been twice already, Jack.
omg I influenced you! Does that mean I’m a Writer?
Nah, we picked it out back in 2010. You just happened to guess right!
Alice doesn’t think much of the writers? Has it been explained yet how exactly writers influence a namesake’s journey, as I recall Elaine writing non-stop but not seeing any effects? (If it’s been explained, a link would be nice, thanks!)
Writers are still in the to-be explained category.
I’d gotten the feeling that writers weren’t accessible to ordinary Calliope members like Jack and Alice, that the “pft” was more like “keep dreaming madboy”.
I wonder if stories have gotten twisted when their writers cared too much about the namesakes involved in them? Perhaps, they’re deliberately separated so they won’t change a story for love of a namesake?
Thanks, that interpretation makes a lot of sense. Also like the idea of writers caring too much about the namesakes. It’s true, writers tend to get very attached to their characters…
I just found this today and literally spent all day caching up. When I marathon new comics, there is all ways that feeling of “noooooooooo!” when I hit the next button and it stays on the same page. Can’t wait for the next one
Hahaha, welcome to the torture!
Stop. Being. Evil! Anyway, I agree… the waiting is torture. And I do the same thing with mainstream comics. Get caught up with graphic novels, then painfully await resolution. Aargh!
Stop being evil? But that is the first word in “Evil Isameg”. The ladies have a reputation to live up (down?) to, and besides, they will tell you that it is fun.
It is really good that they have not turned to coercion. (“You want to see what happens to , do you? It would be a real shame if we had to switch to another thread of the story, but for a small^Wsizeable contribution, we might be able to do something for you. Maybe.”)
The real evil is comment systems that strip out — well, I can’t put them here, but — less-than and greater-than symbols. The coercion paragraph should have read (using LT and GT for the forbidden characters):
It is really good that they have not turned to coercion. (“You want to see what happens to LTfavourite characterGT, do you? It would be a real shame if we had to switch to another thread of the story, but for a small^Wsizeable contribution, we might be able to do something for you. Maybe.”)
I’m not a fan of forcing fans to pay to get more of the main story. It’s nice when it’s a bonus such as in our Kickstarter, but I refuse to withhold part of the plot for money reasons. It’s like writing fanfic and you have these authors going “I’ll only post the next chapter if I get X number of reviews.” To me, that’s taking advantage of your readership.
I tease. I am just playing with the “Evil”.
I know of one writer who does that, but he is up-front about it. I think it has its advantages. What better way to sort out the stories that do not appeal?
Yeah! Return of the writer- just after they spoke of writers. That is not a coincidence.
Also, if they don’t get Emma fast she’s going to be in humongous trouble.
New reader here; found your comic and got caught up today. Love the story!
Awesome! Thanks for giving us a try!
Well another new reader who just caught up to the current page. Just wanted to say hello. Love the story so far. Well unlike many that caught up and have to wait I do believe my next update is tomorrow.
Indeed! Welcome aboard!
Right. British accents.
British. (I had literally no time to practice/get into the habit of it though.)
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