Real 13

29th Jun 2017, 10:46 PM in Chapter 6: Real
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Joanna 30th Jun 2017, 2:26 AM edit delete reply
Uh oh... I dont like where this is going....

Also, has the name Glaskill been mentioned in the comic yet? I feel like it hasn't yet but I just want to make sure.
...(RockB) 12th Dec 2017, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
...(RockB)
Meanwhile the name was changed to Gahn in the comic.

(You most likely know already but I thought I mention the change so the future readers know what you were talking about.)
Mark N 1st Jul 2017, 5:24 AM edit delete reply
Quentin has the look of someone who is sorry he has to bring his friends deeper into his rabbit hole. The name she mentioned may be an organization that is causing them so many PR headaches.
Trad 2nd Jul 2017, 1:26 AM edit delete reply
Did Quentin's ring change colors? I seem to remember it being gold-could it be that since he just got back from a public-y event thing he may have switched it out for a less wedding-y looking one, and not have gotten around to replacing it with his and Viktor's when he skittered out of the suit.

It seems 'Emily' and the rest of the hippie stoners might be a bit more nefarious than their initial appearance leads to suggest. Quentin's possibly going to get to face the music now about having drug Corelle into whatever constant danger he is in-is this going to be it's 'becoming relevant' arc where Corelle will learn what it is everyone is so afraid about? I'm hype, good work dude.
demure 3rd Jul 2017, 3:42 AM edit delete reply
Just starting reading this recently, interesting so far.

Would you consider adding three features to your site?
1) first/prev/next/last links at the bottom of pages too.
2) the ability to left/right arrow key between pages.
3) clicking the comic picture to load the next page.
maarvarq 9th Jul 2017, 4:31 AM edit delete reply
I agree. Having to scroll back up to advance every page has been a bit of a pain, but now my archive trawl has finished it won't be so bad.
Mike 3rd Jul 2017, 6:55 AM edit delete reply
Just binge read the whole thing after being sent here from Puck. So sad I have to wait for more.
Kazz 3rd Jul 2017, 12:16 PM edit delete reply
Same here, Mike.
Zac 5th Jul 2017, 5:48 PM edit delete reply
Same here Kazz
maarvarq 9th Jul 2017, 4:29 AM edit delete reply
Same here, all.
Kaufeedrinker 7th Jul 2017, 3:53 PM edit delete reply
Also got sent here by Puck. Darned that Robin Goodfellow!

Anyways, I noticed that psychological disorders, trauma, etc. seem to drive, or be in the background, of pretty much everything. The main character , a teenaged black girl who is on the autism spectrum (I fee it's pretty similar to Asperger's), a guy experiencing hallucinations from some damage in his past, the denial going on in the girl's own family, the trauma about her father's death, amongst the most notable.

I gotta wonder if this is pointing to another problem in a secondary character that is being thrust into the forefront. Mads made it absolutely clear that there is something spooky about something/someone named "Glaskill". And that there would have been some risk regarding Glaskill with her daughter around. That could indicate some shady government thing or secret group going on. However, due to the propensity of psychological issues going around, I'm thinking that Mads, or even her daughter, has MPD/DID (multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder). It would account for the unknown name, as well as fear of Glaskill finding out about things. Often times, the alternate personalities are so radically different from the prime one, which can even manifest as things that the prime likes/loves being hated by the secondary one/ones. The thought of having children or being a child could be such a repugnant one to the secondary that harm may come to one or more parties. Or that the secondary personality may be fairly similar to Hannibal Lecter, in that he seems to be of the mindset that the rude don't deserve to live, so they might as well die. Or a full-on psychopath may emerge. Glaskill could be a secondary, or alternate, personality that sees no problem killing someone that they perceive to have done them or their friend(s) wrong.

What do you think?
Roman Jones 11th Jul 2017, 12:00 AM edit delete reply
Roman Jones
Wow, now THAT'S a theory!

But there's no MPD/DID in Serious Engineering. Corelle's Autism and later on psychopathy (displayed in the common form you meet in the real world, not the absurd garbage you see in the media) is in the comic, but nothing else.

On one hand, I don't feel qualified to discuss mental issues that I have no personal experience with (I have autism and I have met several psychopaths).

On the other hand, using mental disorders as plot points in a comic that focuses on overarching social issues at large would be distracting AND disrespectful.
Kaufeedrinker 31st Jul 2017, 2:25 AM edit delete reply
Well, I'll give it to you that there's no MPD/DID yet. That doesn't mean that it won't show up.

Also, I don't think that having each person's condition/disorder/etc. as a driving point for their part in life as necessarily a bad thing. It sure can, especially if it's used for turning any person into the fool for our amusement. But if done right, as I am of the opinion was done here, it can be a powerful tool for exposing all the aspects of something like Aspergers. While I am not on the spectrum myself, many of my friends are. Two in particular are members of the local Ren Faire cast with me. One of them is about a medium on the functionality scale. If set up with meals and such, he can take care of himself for more than just a few days. Much past that, and he needs help from a trusted person. And it definitely needs to be a trusted person. He, unfortunately, doesn't deal well with strangers. But he was an absolute champ as a member of cast. The other fellow is higher on the functional scale. He's made several friends on cast and has quite the passion for history, specifically civil was history. None of this is to say that I am an expert. But I do have some experience. I also am somewhat knowledgeable about the effects of exploitation. Using a condition as one of a character's primary aspects can be a very narrow ledge to walk. Teeter too far over on one side or the other, and you risk falling right into some bad territory. The creators seem to have balanced things pretty nicely. Even with Corelle, while it wasn't directly out in the forefront of the plot, it was and has been very close to the surface. I think that her moments of inner monologue help lots. It's not just how other people deal, it's how she deals with it as well.

I still think there is a good possibility of MPD/DID showing up in the next page or two. Maybe a few. Mainly because of how the phone conversation went just as corelle and the "Back-2-Basics" gal went off on their walk around. The mom was clearly frightened for her daughter, because of what this mysterious "Glaskill" would find out/do if the found out. That points a little towards the mom flipping to a bad personality. I've read a few personal stories regarding MPD/DID. One in particular had actually been in one of his secondary personalities so long that he considered it his now primary. Also, there was a pretty dramatic example of this disorder in the Stargate SG-1 season 7 episode 6 show, Lifeboat. I do encourage you to check it out.
Kaufeedrinker 2nd Aug 2017, 6:17 PM edit delete reply
Also (sorry, forgot to mention this earlier), there are distinct advantages to using disorders such as autism and MPD/DID as elements of plot movement. It brings them right to the front and forces the reader to see them. It gets them to understand how they affect the characters and the people in their own lives that may be afflicted. There is a distinct social stigma that surrounds mental disorders. Most everybody won't talk about it in any meaningful way, and it gets made into a sort-of non-existent condition. Even admitting that you are worried that you might have the condition and going to seek professional help or reveal it to your friends and family is something that a disturbingly large percentage of the population does all the time, even to the point of inflicting psychological harm on themselves. Driving the plot (or at least having it help it along) with mental disorders, used right, can be greatly beneficial to humanity.
Roman Jones 5th Aug 2017, 11:41 PM edit delete reply
Roman Jones
MPD isn't going to show up. Ever. I promise. As the author and artist of this comic, I promise.