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Penny Arcade - Comic - Grace, Part Six

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    It'd probably never happen, but I'd be so happy if they dropped the PA strips back to two a week, with the third comic being a new instalment in one of their side-project worlds. One can dream.

    I think I'd much prefer any side projects to be released all in one chunk. If that resulted in fewer regular comics a week, then so be it (maybe Friday could be a sketchdump of whatever the side project is), but it would go some way to appeasing people who can't deal with unanswered questions.

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
  • YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    Vontre wrote: »
    It's not normal for readers to pull apart those details and clues [...] in their first read of a very short story.

    ... it's not?
    I don't think it's even necessarily the rule on this forum which is full of hardcore fans. Especially if you are talking about things like visual details. I'm not a very visual person, so I don't give the art more than a cursory examination usually.

    fortyLostNinja
  • WordLustWordLust Fort Wayne, INRegistered User regular
    Vontre wrote: »
    It's not normal for readers to pull apart those details and clues [...] in their first read of a very short story.

    Ever seen Pulp Fiction?

  • metroidkillahmetroidkillah Local Bunman Free Country, USARegistered User regular
    Vontre wrote: »
    It's not normal for readers to pull apart those details and clues [...] in their first read of a very short story.

    You may be right, and that's fine. If you don't quite get it the first time (as was the case with me), then you read it a second time. And a third, if necessary. There's nothing wrong with not "getting" everything in one's first time around.

    I'm not a nice guy, I just play one in real life.
  • WordLustWordLust Fort Wayne, INRegistered User regular
    edited August 2015
    Vontre wrote: »
    It's not normal for readers to pull apart those details and clues [...] in their first read of a very short story.

    You may be right, and that's fine. If you don't quite get it the first time (as was the case with me), then you read it a second time. And a third, if necessary. There's nothing wrong with not "getting" everything in one's first time around.

    Indeed, sometimes you are not SUPPOSED to get it the first time. Some stories (or aspects of stories) are intentionally written that way. Not to say that was the case with Grace, but just saying a story can be vague or cryptic in both good and bad ways. Being loose/light with information, details, explanation can be a super effective writing tool. Lots of readers crave a story that jogs the mind a little.

    TLDR: Yeah totally.

    WordLust on
  • JBluewindJBluewind Registered User regular
    I'm not sure if someone else has thought of this, so apologies if I'm not the first...

    I read a post by another member asking what happens to the child if the night lite fails. Most agreed that the child disappeared or died, but I honestly don't see it that way. There would be too many lost children in this universe because parents/guardians failed, didn't care, or couldn't see the monsters. The way I see it, the monsters feed on the negative energy of their victim and there is only a short window of time which humans can be fed off of - early childhood.

    Children are filled to the brim with emotions, both good and bad. The monsters (tiny and insignificant at first) give their victim nightmares and grow more powerful from feeding on the negative energy produced from the darkness, negative emotions, and fear in the child. As they grow stronger, their form reflects the dark emotions they are feeding on. They require more "food" to sustain themselves, so the darkness in the child grows as starts overshadowing the light as the nightmare pushes for more power. Without a nightlight to protect the child from the darkness/nightmares, it eventually engulfs them, destroying all the light, goodness, hope, wonder, innocence, and positivity within the child and leaves only dark emotions and a shell of the good ones behind. Gone is that happy loving child filled with hope and wonder. What's left is a pessimistic angry one who no longer seems to care. It might take the child years to grow his or her light back (if they ever do at all), but a scar will always remain.

    The nightlight's job is to protect the child's sense of wonder and hope. They must possess a strong internal light and a fighting spirit. They use their light to destroy the darkness and nightmares which plague the child they are protecting. I like to think that people who have internal light, but no fighting spirit are able to passively help the child as well. While not as effective as a nightlight, they could still offer some protection with their presence by helping the light to grow within the child and pushing away some of the darkness the nightmare caused so that the nightmare will never be powerful enough to overtake the child.

    As a side note, I loved the series and have been enjoying Penny Arcade for a long time. I've just never signed up or posted before. It was pretty adorable how the kids helped with the monster concepts on this one.

    My favorites have always been the ones that involve yall's real lives (or a parody of it), especially the kids. I often bookmark them or save them on my phone. The Minecraft one is impossibly sweet as well as Larvae. Of course I had to make Broom Man (Thusla Broom) one of my backgrounds (+300 hrs in Skyrim so far). My SO loves Character Selection because what man wouldn't laugh his ass off at testicles big enough to be used as a hippity hop? ;)

    I hope that all makes sense. It's late here and I'm sure it's full of errors from my tired brain. -_-

    TL;DR Penny Arcade is awesome. I love stories that involve their kids. Nightlights protect children's hope, wonder, and innocence from monsters. Monsters fill children with negative emotions (sadness, fear, anger,...) to feed off the negative energy byproduct they produce and can destroy the light/goodness in them if they win. I'm far too long winded for someone who types posts exclusively on her phone. :P

    PS: Have yall ever thought of making a few cell phone wallpapers available?

    TheCanMan
  • tehgr8supatehgr8supa Registered User regular
    After reading all of this, I enjoyed it. If this is what this concept had originally been, I'd have loved it. I'm a little disappointed though because the original concept portrayed a father defending his family, and that's what I was looking forward to.

  • Commander ZoomCommander Zoom Registered User regular
    Protecting one's family isn't necessarily/exclusively a dad thing, and I was glad to see that acknowledged as early as the discussion of that first strip.

    PAX_Skeletordarleysam
  • furlionfurlion Riskbreaker Lea MondeRegistered User regular
    Loved this whole run. The artwork is great and so is the writing. It did take me a few reads to completely understand what happened but considering it is only 6 comics long that only took a few extra minutes. As usual your ability to create an entire world is impressive.

    On a separate note I would love to see some more stuff in the store relating to your side projects. Not sure what symbol or phrase would work for this realm but I think it world be cool.

    sig.gif Gamertag: KL Retribution
    PSN:Furlion
    LostNinja
  • GolemGolem of Sand Saint Joseph, MORegistered User regular
    I had to dredge up my old account just to post a comment on this. Holy shit, people are way too harsh on Jerry. I love this side project and I love Jerry's writing. I really can't believe some of the comments I've been reading. It's almost like watching someone walk up to a street performer and kick them in the balls.

    darleysam
  • WordLustWordLust Fort Wayne, INRegistered User regular
    Golem wrote: »
    I had to dredge up my old account just to post a comment on this. Holy shit, people are way too harsh on Jerry. I love this side project and I love Jerry's writing. I really can't believe some of the comments I've been reading. It's almost like watching someone walk up to a street performer and kick them in the balls.

    Jerry indeed rocks. Don't go to the internet if you're looking for kind words or normal porn. Neither of them exist there.

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