That’s right. Be sure to clarify, Ben.
And Fred! Be safe, Fred!
Elaine/Fred happiness warms my shipper heart. Take good care of him Elaine.
At least the card looks whole, I was a bit worried his human form injuries would transform into damage to the card too. Makes me hopeful he can be healed.
Oh sure… a playing card and a 15-year-old girl. That’ll work. ¬_¬
Hey don’t dis the playing card and fifteen year old girl I think it’s a great pairing
For some reason I wasn’t expecting Fred to come back as a card. I was thinking he would just come through in the human form. Oh well. At least he can be fixed now (I hope?) and I sure hope he’ll be back in human form again soon! I like Fred.
Well since the normal procedure in the case of damage/injury seems to be “return to the deck”, it’s no wonder he turned back into a card. The unusual thing here is that Elaine and Ben came with him – I suspect Fred caused that, intentionally or subconsciously, to protect them.
That makes sense. Especially the emergency procedure; you’d hardly want a fully grown human-card in your pocket.
I must say, Elaine catches on really fast when it comes to card care. (I was half-expecting “Ben! Don’t fold him!” to be the page title….)
And whereas Ben may be a bit more flustered, he’s not bad as a witness (“Lovecraftian” actually sounds about right, I should think).
After all, we don’t want Fred to be a marked man, let alone a marked card.
. . . Now I CAN say “Yes! The two good groups come together!” (okay that’s NOT Exactly what I meant to say before, but you get the idea).
I like how Elaine and Ben are still clinging to eachother as they appear (keeping contact during transportation: Good!) and Ben REALLY looks shook/shaken up after his rapid explanation. But I don’t know what “lovecraftian” is . . .
Just in case you ever happen across this again, Sam:
“Lovecraftian” means of or pertaining to the situations, creatures, gods, and other entities described in the supernatural horror stories written by H.P. Lovecraft. One of the best known of these is Cthulhu, a Great Old One who lies dead but dreaming in a sunken city somewhere deep under an ocean on Earth, plotting his own return to the surface where he can destroy and devour to his dark heart’s content.
Lovecraft’s writing is disturbing, scary, and full of blatantly creepy and often horribly powerful monsters. So naturally someone made a tabletop roleplaying game, Call of Cthulhu (also the title of one of hit books) in which you play relatively ordinary people investigating terrible, mind-bending events, faced with terror and unreality on a regular basis. It is in this game that the SAN stat (sanity) was first introduced: you lose SAN if you see some sanity-breaking manifestation of Powers Beyond Man’s Knowledge.
I could go on but I think that’s enough of a primer Google can get you lots more info on the books, the author, and the game!
Light and laughter,
Also, you should be able to find them at Gutenburg, as they are out of copyright, though I haven’t looked for them myself. Personally, I find Lovecraft rather amusing and over-the-top; Poe on the other hand *shiver*.
The unfortunate part is that most people completely miss the core feature of a Lovecraftian villain – that is, the fact and implications that human action is actually beneath their notice.
People like to write stories about “Lovecraftian” enemies being actively malevolent. However, in the stories, even when human action manages to spoil their plans, the enemies seem to respond only in a sense similar to “lol a bug landed on my touch screen and clicked something”. And the plans are meant to make as much sense as a real estate law conflict would to a mouse living on the abandoned field in question.
Oh yeah, I remember one of my online friends mentioned that to me. Thanks!
I clicked on this page several times before I could finally admit to myself I had caught up. I am sad… especially because it is 2:30 and I have to wake up at 6…
I apologize for the awesome preventing your sleep…
Dang it, I meant to go to bed tonight at 10:00 PM and now it’s 3:27 AM. It’s your comic’s fault!
VERY, VERY good stuff!
Namesake is apparently stealing sleep all over lately! I blame Warrick. He steal things a lot.
So true, he definitely stole my heart anyway!
Aww. Ben is so shaken. I want to give him a big hug. And I love Elaine’s concern for Fred.
So… Ben Folds Five?
Only folded one so far, and damn you for getting to that joke before I did!
Poor Fred. And now Alice and company are about to find out just how badly things have gone.
Come to think of it, Fred IS the FIVE of Hearts…
Good Lord, Ben Folds Five.
This story is very good! I like it a bunch. Can’t wait for Saturday!
“There was a monster and it was Emma!”
I kinda don’t know whether to laugh or cry at that.
At any rate, poor cardFred D:
Elaine is awesome. Want to see more of her writer skills.
If Fred was a #5 card, then it would be Ben Folds Five.
I retread the beganning of this comic and I think I finally sort of figured out the ghost part. One things for sure I know why it looks like Emma.
All in all, they seem to be taking it quite well.
At least Ben’s still relatively coherent!
What interests me is that they were only just now bemoaning the fact they couldn’t get help from the writers. Now it seems they have a writer at their fingertips. The soup thickens….
But no-one knows she’s a writer do they? Not even Elaine. Complications should ensue.
Actually Fred suspected she was a writer when she named him and he grew hair the morning after. Then he got her to write something to try to confirm it, she wrote: I wish we could understand each other. And Poof! Fred now speaks English. I’m pretty sure Elaine and Ben sort of know about the writer thing too, because after that Elaine tried to write Emma back and Ben had to stop her from writing in the books after they ran out of paper.
The real question is how long with it take before our lovely members of Calliope to catch on to that fact, or will they have to wait until Fred heals to get it.
Dang, you said so before I was about to (had to check the chapters before posting, first)!
Put it simply: It’s kind of said so before the end of Chapter 6.
So Fred has returned as a card, but he will be ok, right? he will be able to be back, right? Suspense is killing me!
I think that when/if (hopefully when) Fred returns he should definitely be healed. On the other hand what concerns me is whether Fred will retain his personality, since this individuality he’s acquired would make him a marked card, in a sense, like a bent card. =\
Yessss, finally they meet! I really want to see if/how Alice reacts to Elaine having named one of her cards!
I wonder if they’ll be upset when they find out what Elaine did to their card. Assuming he’ll remain that way when released again. (and before that, I could see someone raising an eyebrow and saying, “You named a playing card?” )
I love Ben’s wacky faces! “You! Magic Dude!” Great.
Elaine’s tender look in the last panel is marvelous!
I love the faces of the Calliope members… They’re like, “We really need to get caught up on what just happened…”
Elaine needs to invest in some card sleeves.
Wow, Ben, chill. I mean, it was only a monster with your friend’s face and then Elaine’s card-man got wounded and you appeared somewhere else.
The gang’s all here except for Emma. What are you waiting for, girls? Bring Warrick too!
No!!! I can’t be caught up! *hits head on desk* I’m so addicted to this story! I found it last week and have been reading in NONSTOP!!! I love ALL your characters! Gosh…. now I’m going to have to wait for updates….. like a normal person…. I’ll wait.. of course! But still…. the pain! Also…. Totally love Warrick.
“Gosh…. now I’m going to have to wait for updates….. like a normal person….”
What is that about? Like a normal person? No, you are going to have to wait like the rest of us fanatics.
fanatics = normal people (in this context)
Yep, what Nathanyel said. I was too tired to come up with something more descriptive then ‘normal’. lol
Take a chill-pill, go find another webcomic while you wait.
No shortage of them out there.
This one will still be here when you get back.
Not a chance.
Oops! My previous reply should have been to the preposterous suggestion that fanatics are normal people.
Lovecraft also wrote a fantasy story called “Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath.” If your name is Randolph you can go there to save the Dreamland for the Crawling Chaos Narlythotep. Care to visit the yellow masked four-eyed Pharaoh of Leng? Have ghouls be your guides and partners riding the faceless night-gaunts?
Randolph Carter was Lovecraft’s self-insert… so I imagine it would probably draw in namesakes called Howard (which is just as well, as it isn’t a terribly glamourous name).
That said… the Dream Quest was…. not particularly great by Lovecraft’s standards. I don’t think he was really best suited for the longer stories, as it tends to all drag out a bit aimlessly. The whole political nonsense between the cats and the zoogs amused me though… mostly because the idea of an army of cats will ALWAYS amuse me.
And then there was that stuff with the Silver Key … but that just got surreal.
heresy! Dream Quest is the best…if we’re talking about the super awesome graphic novel adaptation that is lol…
Oh gosh, I love Ben’s in-shock reaction, poor boy.
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