argh Paul you do these shots and it leaves us waiting.
AHHHH!!!!!! Paul is a master of suspence!!!!!!!!
Indeed, the suspence is like a giant wall called Wednesday and I hate that wall lol. I’m not sure there’s any good outcome here Jin seems on the edge which could lead to all sorts of disaster.
Look on the bright side. This could have come on Friday. 🙂
It did come on Friday, and it hasn’t stopped sence 🙂
Dun dun DUUUUUUNN!
It’s Alan with one arm in a sling and a bandaged head
That sounds about right.
Better than Alan with one head in a sling, and a bandaged arm! There are strips where that would be more likely…
Well, if Alan doesn’t have a good reason for not showing up sooner, he may find his ass in a sling.
You know, that’s an odd saying. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone with their ass actually in a sling. It would be difficult to walk for one thing.
I always thought it would look like someone sitting in a swing on a swingset. Even more awkward that a wheelchair.
I always think of this when I hear that expression.
@Fairportfan – Maybe he spent the afternoon buying out all of the local flower shops and then doing something exceptionally romantic to indicate that he wants to grow old with Jin now that she can? That would be forgivable, right? 🙂
RE ‘Ass in a sling”, two possible origins I know of. One is a Bosun’s chair, where your arse literally is in a sling; the other, the result of a boot in the butt or general ass-thrashing so hard your ‘foundation’ breaks and you have to put it in a sling. Strange saying, either way, but everyone gets the general meaning. 🙂
‘It took me this long to find the right flowers, and then the hospital wouldn’t tell me if you were still there because I’m “just the boyfriend.” Then this cop wouldn’t let me go because he didn’t believe I wasn’t involved.
“You still like daisies?”
That’s the kinkiest picture I’ve ever seen…
SoWhyMe- Shattered hip/pelvis type injuries were once treated that way I think, back before hip replacements. In short a very old saying.
I know this might sound odd, but that would be adorable.
The two injured love-birds.
That would be funny. Funnier still when they try to get intimate.
“Ow! Ow! Ow!”
“Oh, sorry, was thet your rib?”
“Yes, now just let me get around your …”
“Augh! My arm!! Move back! Move back!”
“Sorry! Sorry … Ok, time out! What say we just lie here?”
“What? And miss out on all this great make-up sex!?”
Make-up sex does not sound feasible, at least not for Jin with her broken ribs and broken nose… I imagine breathing would be quite painful, at least at the accelerated rate needed once Jin really gets going.
“Two juggers can’t f*** after the game. It doesn’t work. Unless you like to rub wounds against wounds.”
We latecomers don’t even need to speculate, it’s all been done for us! Paul is a master at keeping us coming back.
That all sounds good. kind of the last image in Billy Joel’s video for “She’s Right On Time” with both of them beaten and battered by the misfortunes while they tried to get together for a romantic evening.
Also the ubernerd/romantic in me thinks it would be wonderful if it is Alan but on one knee with a ring.
I considered that… and didn’t rule it out.
And it takes time to find and hire a good mariachi band!
Owen! Lakshimi! What are you doing here?
She’s looking at eye level. It might be Alan with a ring, but if so he’s standing up.
Standing with his leg in a cast because he broke it as he fell down his stairs trying to get to the hospital to see Jin.
It’s Alan, or the cop coming to tell her about Alan’s wreck and she needs to come back to the hospital.
I… Fear the latter.
If that is the case, the cop in question should be Justin.
Not sure if he’s been introduced to Jin before, because otherwise he could use the line:
“He’s dead Jin.”
Hey.. Someone had to make that joke. 😛
Dammit Jin! I’m a doctor not a mason!
It’s the cop.
Alan wouldn’t have knocked.
It’s the Cop with Alan in handcuffs!
…and bandaged head and arm in a sling. Which must hurt with handcuffs.
…they still managed to stop by the flower shop on the way over, though.
I assume it’s Alan, but what does he have with him? Either something delayed him, or he was getting something. If it was the first, then judging by Jin’s face, he showed up at the door in a cast himself. My money’s on the second though. He probably has something or someone with him.
It’s Brandy, just sayin’ hey.
Brandi does know how to knock. That’s a good guess.
But Jin had better be careful.
She’s fragile now.
And… landsharks also know how to knock–
Wasn’t Alan Kevin’s wingman? Monica, get Kev on the phone, we got a missing boyfriend to locate!
…..Unless that’s him at the door….and there better be humongus piles of roses involved…..
Long as whoever is at the door doesn’t lead off with “I regret to inform you …”
Please let it be Alan!!
Please let it be Alan with a bouquet of roses and one arm in a sling. That would be so pitiably CUTE!! XD
I dunno.. Jin looks surprised, and not happy or elated, so ,I am afraid it’s one of those rabbits Pablo has a habit of pulling from his hat, say, one of the politicians , or other high-ups Jin has been manipulating.
Pay-Back time! Ayayayayayayayayyy….. :8
That would be quite a twist!!
Actually I just hope Alan’s alive. I mean if he’s dead that would be some really dramatic story-telling. But he’s also one of my favorite characters, so I don’t want him to bite it.
Indeed, let alone the fact that there must be a limit to the amount of unpleasantness a writer can pour onto a loved character….
Or so I’m told.
Well, if Scott can get Felicity to wait for Nicole for naught, who knows what Paul,-making a seriously darker comic- can do to his characters.
*bites nails in nervous anticipation*
I’m sure there’s more examples of cruelty to characters than just Dreamland Chronicles. Heck, you want pure cruelty to characters, Randy Milholland does it daily over at Something Positive.
Try Sakura Mato/Tohsaka in the True Ending of Heaven’s Feel in Fate/Stay Night.
Waiting for her Beloved Sempai to return for decades, never fully realizing that he’d never come as he’d died destroying the Holy Grail (Not THE Grail, just something with similar abilities and named after that particular artifact)
It essentially ends with her falling asleep for the last time in her chair, as her niece/apprentice chatters away at her about the festival that they’re supposed to go to next..
Oh and this is after a lifetime’s worth of mental/physical and sexual abuse by her adoptive family and by becoming corrupted by the power of the Holy Grail, which itself had become tainted during the Third Grail War by absorbing a being representing All Known Evil in the World.
While you have a point, jwhouk, it’s still an illustration of how a light-hearted, family-friendly comic can pull massive character disappointment…which in theory means that Paul can do soooo much more to Jin here.
Don’t bad things typically come in threes? They do for me.
That’s a bit of a depressing thought though.
If it is Alan, she’s having to shift gears from “He’s abandoned me, I am a Poor Pitiful Thing and he is a Worthless Good-Timing Coward,” to “Ohmighod, he’s here and he’s hurt too.”
I figure it is Alan. He figured out and had performed the procedure that turns him into a Golem. It just completed and he got this call from Bud… And um, oh yah. Um. Surprise?
I can hear that call:
Bud: Alan get over to the Hospital, Jin tried to kill herself and she is now MORTAL.
Alan: She is mortal….
Alan: You couldn’t have told me before I lit my self on fire????
It’s the ghost of the girl that had her ancient home destroyed by the chimera.
I doubt she would have to knock.
Maybe she’s just being polite? 😛
Well, it could be worse. It could be Friday….
Yes. This is just Wednesday and only a “mini” cliff hanger. Paul would not waste a “maxi” for today so get ready for some wild speculation this weekend!
…and Bill Gannon.
Just the facts, Ma’am.
So tune in next week, same bat time, same bat channel.
Oy..look at her face! I can SO feel her. Having had quite the interesting experiences with momentum and gravity on dirt-bikes, I know for a fact that the real painfull, throbbing hurt is always the evening and night after the initial bruising..auwtchie!!!
And the knocking better be Alan, or ALan and Tepoz, with a humongous bunch of roses, because those first two frames are even sadder ,an full of longing than the hospital scenes.
Jin looks really like she has lost all purpose there, just sitting ,waiting for he day to go by… sniff… *snotter* *Pfffrrrrtt!* 🙁
Yeah, I am the emotional kind. 😛
you ain’t the only one jay-em.
only thing thats stopping me from bawling is the fact we don’t know specifics yet. I can exist in a fantasy world where everything is happy until the bubble is burst. Sure we know alan hasn’t shown but the happy is that he really doesn’t seem to be the type and there will be an explination at some point.
*breaks-out fresh box of tissues and hands a few over to Paula*
Let’s hope the surprised look is because of “a ring” (which, inevitably leads to more sniffing and snottering 😆 )
Hmm…. Physics has Schrodenger’s Cat.
Webcomics has Jin’s Boyfriend.
Paul is Eeeeevil…….. 😉
Are the first two panels supposed to indicate she has been sitting in that chair from sometime in the day right into the night?
i got that yea.
I love how Paul shows what can be going on inside people’s heads. These first two panels are wonderful in that you can see that she’s there, waiting, thinking, waiting, staring, waiting…. You can project many different things into that scene that make the story yours in so many different ways. What exactly is she thinking about? Is it all about Alan? Is it about other things? What sort of hole does she feel she’s in? I LOVE IT!
That’s what I thought as first, but it’s possible the tone shift just reflects Jin’s darkening mood as time passes and Alan doesn’t show. Her head and shoulders DO slump between the panels, after all.
I would have thought Maya would stay in the apartment to take care of Jin. Maybe she did, knows who’s at the door, and is discreetly keeping to another room because it’s Alan. Odd that Jin didn’t immediately wonder “Is it HIM?” when she heard the knocking; she really has given up.
And she DOES look like a raccoon.
Panel 3 shows the sky getting lighter, so 1( day, 2) night, 3) dawn.
As Douglas Adams put it, “The long dark tea-time of the soul”. You can put in a lot of miles of loneliness, just sitting in one spot and looking out the window like that, as the heart goes from aching to ashes and back again, over and over and over. Jin may be feeling 80,000 years of loneliness coming back all at once.
Somehow I’m reminded of a song “Hipnautica” done by Daniel Crommie and Glyn Havard: (it’s under “View more songs”):
I am the rolling thunder
I am the restless wind
I don’t have a number
I have no next of kin
I don’t know where I’m going
But I guess I know where I belong
Between the darkness and the dawn
I doubt that Glyn has ever heard of Wapsi Square… but somehow it feels appropriate.
That reminds me of Argent! Uh, Dance of Ages I think…
Maybe no one’s at the door, thus her surprise. The knocking may be coming from within, which could be why May didn’t hear anything or respond to the knock.
Or she could also be dreaming, asleep in the chair. Another reason May isn’t responding.
It’s the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol!
Alan as a wolfman (he did play a wolf to her Bo Peep once)
The staff of Cerebus coming to collect on a bill.
while i nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
” ’tis some visitor,” i muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;
only this, and nothing more.”
Also notice how her head is hanging in frame 2. Is it hung in sorrow, or is she nodding off to sleep? I’m still thinking dream. Whatever is at the door may be really out there if it’s a dream. So tomorrow we’ll see something strange and Friday see her waking up with a start.
With all of these mini-cliffhangers, I’m getting the vibe that is a descendent of Torquemada. It’s pure torture having to wait an entire day for the next webcomic.
hopefully paul is just torturing us this week and on friday he will leave us with a happy ending instead of a cliffy.
and there is a phrase i never thought to use..
Alan is on the floor, bended knee wtih a open ring box in his hand.
Least I will assume this happy thought until I know otherwise.
oh in fact taking it further
that’s why he hasn’t been seen!
he has been arranging the marrige with kevin and all he has to do is pop the question.
it could be kevin to tell her the bad news of alans demise.
that’s why she is surprised.
yea didn’t think my happy thought bubble would last long…
That would require at least a few moments to sink in, and Jin went directly from angry to speechless before whoever was at the door said anything. Your first idea is far more likely, now back to the happy bubble.
This is torture, Paul. Complete and utter torture.
While reason tells me Allan doesn’t have to knock because, he sort of, lives there, I still desperately want him to be. Just late. Traffic. Got mugged in the way. Just…-something-! But ultimately, Allan. Alive. And relatively well. And not-breaking-up with Jin.
It could be Monica’s grandfather, maybe–resurrected in this time by the fixed calendar. While not possible by Canon standards, it would still be one hell of a twist…
Anyway… another day to go… mus…find…out…what…the…hell’s…going…on…here…
Hey! I just realized…
She’s dressed the same as when she tried to break the GGs out from Lanthis.
…the black eyes are new, though.
Rib wrap for broken bones. Support and all that.
Actually they don’t usually wrap the ribs like that anymore unless the injury is severe. Too restrictive of breathing and pneumonia can occur.
I just make up my own storylines.
Jin is furious, then stunned that it is Monica bringing a huge batch of Chinese comfort food and a six-pack of Coronas. Her urge to destroy the Earth to punish Alan vanishes in an orgy of Kung Pao chicken and Moo Goo Gai Pan washed down with beer. It end with Jin crying on Monica’s shoulder.
And then there is ANOTHER knock on the door…!
Clearly, hot&sour soup must be included. It is Good For What Ails Ya… comfort food of the highest order.
no…PIZZA is the ultimate comfort food!, when have YOU ever felt sad or doubtful while eating it?
When it is the industrial pizza that fast food has.
Yuppie pee. Needs a lime to give it any flavour.
If it’s got to be Mexican beer, make it Bohemia (a brewery originally established by German shipping lines so their crews would have something drinkable); a good pilsner with a Mexican twist.
Buddy of mine called Corona “Skunk Beer” as the aroma reminded him of the smell. As proof, he insisted that the griffin on the bottle was actually a skunk, the wings being skunk odor rising off the animal. He was of course intoxicated at the time. I’m partial to Dos XX lager at this moment in time, space, and reality.
Normified fire girl or no one at all. The “someone at the door?” line makes me wonder if it’s really someone there or she’s hearing noises from elsewhere.
I’m hoping it’s Alan in the long run. I miss happy Jin and want to see that again.
Jin has been fixed, no more voices no more imaginary noises. She has been totally fixed.
The fix is many times the easy part…the healing however…
Bud and you got that info from WHO?… Oh, Yeah, MAY… the one who created the Calendar Machine in order to FIX her Daughter… and that method didn’t work too well, so she created the Galaxy Alternator (not yet seen onscreen, but mentioned) then, in order to destroy the CM she had herself turned into a Golem, and at the same time, gave the formula for making them to the EVIL PRIESTS… while trying to destroy the CM, she was sent to the demon realm…
So… I’m not sure if i believe May when she says that Jin is fixed now. maybe all she did was to “fix” the hallucinations so that they are now much better and smoothly merged with reality than they were before. now rather than just seeing them or hearing “voices”. Jin is now seeing, hearing, feeling, etc… all the little things that make something “real” rather than just voices in her head, or seeing people but having them not looking “quite right”… who knows? (besides Paul, that is)
Maybe there is a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people-eater standing in her doorway right now, and she’s just now realizing that she’s NOT “fixed” and is still crazy, but now she’s NOT the indestructible Golem she once was, due to May’s interference, and she really should run away now.
So we think. Not everything works out as intended however. She could be 100% fixed, or perhaps she’s fixed in one way but this has developed into another issue
Ok — and we have:
1. Alan – Injured
2. Alan – with ring (mariachi band optional)
3. Monica with comfort food
4. Fire girl spirit /other specter from the past
5. Daydream sequence begins in 3… 2….
6. Officer (Justin) with bad news
7. Kevin with bad news
8. Tepoz with who knows what/whom
The mind boggles…
9…remind me again who Jin’s father was, and what happened to him?
May bit his head off and ate him after sex.
Please that is a Praying Mantis… sorry, I see your point now. ;-p
It’s Death. Be careful what you wish for.
What happened to her appearance, anyway? She doesn’t even look like Jin anymore. She used to be Asian and really cute, now she looks more like a bland version of of Shelly’s demon girl. Shelly looks different as well, and it’s not just the long hair. This seems to go beyond the usual stylistic evolution of a character’s appearance, it seems like they’ve been reworked.
i hope its the death from ‘touched by an angel’
he was cute 🙂
Gaiman’s? Python’s? Iizak? Pratchett’s? Anthony’s?
The only thing that is certain is that any one of them would immediately spout at her the ironic line:
“There you are! Where the hell have you been!?“
That better be Alan!
Alan finally arrives.
I think it’s alan also (either that, or it’s Shelly in Sphinx mode!) 😉
Shelly as sphinx would have to be laying down for Jin to be looking at her.
Her hall would have to have over a ten foot ceiling and space in the hall to match. As a Sphinx, Shelly is rather huge.
I’m thinking it is Shelly. She said some nasty things to Jin and now she is as old and mortal as Jin and may want to talk about it. I hope it is Alan, but he is late. /understatement
i too think its shelly and angry, very angry.
shelly gone through ~80k years and has seen herself dying over and over again to save jin not to let her kill herself. ^^
shelly as shellinx
would be cool 🙂
Let it be everyone with flowers, baloons and the stupidest banner ever of welcome to humanity.
Hell of a welcome she got earlier, might as well try it again.
I’d think a party in her current state of hurt would not be too much fun.
Anyone else think her rib bandages resemble her mode of dress before getting thrown in the pit?
StJason thinks so, up above.
And why the hell does May seem to be gone? Shouldn’t she be nursing her daughter back to health, and, more importantly, keeping an eye on her so she doesn’t try again?
I thought about that question: where are her friends and family?
But I think she’s still in the hospital or something–the door and window look institutional rather than home-like. So maybe they had to leave after visiting hours were over?
OTOH, they are not locked as you might expect in the Psych ward.
Never mind–looked back a few days and saw where they went home. . . .
My hunch is it’s Bud – she feels bad about how she acted and realizes Jin’s achieved something she and Brandi have not. Despite their differences, she also realizes they were bonded by being part of the Chimera and part of that connection has now been lost.
I highly doubt it. One, Bud didn’t do anything bad. Two, Bud thinks Jin’s having lovey-dovey-snuggle time with her man. She doesn’t know that Alan never showed up.
Then again, given her stunned expression, it might be Phix, come to brief Jin on her new circumstances.
Dude! You’re killing us with the suspense.
I’m hoping it’s every one Jin knows around here and Alan has organized a surprise “Birthday Party”.
May is out there too, trying to keep things in order.
That would be great. You could be right.
All I can think is…
It is Rod Serling doing one of his Twilight Zone end monologues.
It would be a truly sucky ending but while we are spit-balling strange things, why not?
Too soon. Something ironic has to happen first, and then the camera will pan away as he waxes philosophically. However dated the lesson, he beats The Outer Limits’ hamfisted narrator every time.
If it were all to end here, we’d just have The Lady or the Tiger?
Grinning from ear to ear with the suspense!
Okay, coming up to time.
I’m going to put most of my chips on it being Brandi (h/t Noamuth). With a couple on it being all her friends, rallying to her en masse.
And just one chip on the longshot that it is one-to-fifty-six other Jins. “We… have to talk.”
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