a man after my own heart.
I've been reading for a while, and after this most recent page I'm seeing more of myself in peter than I have before. After all that just happened, he just wants to sit down and have a smoke
I like the way each character has developed to this point. They each have a different reaction to these events and the skill it takes to write them, and distinguish them, does not escape me. So again I applaud you Mr. Twist.
If you think about it, neither Christo or Michelle have gone to Devon's house to see that he is alive and beaten. Christo may just be worried that his friend might go to jail for murder.
Michelle's reaction is not unexpected. In her own words, "He did not do a god damn thing I wouldn't have done myself." Her defense for Peter is more of a self-justification for what she wanted to do herself.
Peter's reaction is great. The shock/adrenalin has worn off, and he just needs a relaxing smoke to calm his nerves.
Wow, I'm a little surprised at Christo's reaction. Especially since he seemed so eager to mess with Devon and crew earlier on... I guess when it really gets serious, Christo's much more of a worry wart than I thought.
Michelle's reaction was perfect, and I can really identify with both her and Peter right now. As the "Slugger" in my group of friends, I've been in Peter's position once or twice (although never in a situation quite this serious- it was more high school level violence, heh)... and because of that, I've also been the one to step up and automatically defend any of my friends who've gotten in fights.
How do you keep Michelle getting even cuter? She's absolutely adorable in the last panel. Not to mention how touching the whole scene is. Have we ever seen Michelle care so deeply and openly for somebody besides Wiley?
I agree with Calia, I would have expected more of a "Man, it was about time" from Christo. But I think we can cut him some slack; In my view he is as worried about Peter as Michelle, note how his face in the last panel is clearly more distressed than angry.
At the risk of us sounding like a bunch of parrots, I can only concur(again) with the others: It stays being amazing what captivating charcters you create.
Smeagol, do you mean screenplays? I script all of my comic work, so I script all the time, but if you mean screenplays, then no. Maybe someday.
Dorm, I keep making her cuter and cuter because she keeps threatening to cut off my johnson if I don't. Or maybe my artistic ability is starting to catch up with the way I always wanted to see the characters. Yeh, probably that last one.
Usually a lurker
I've only recently been commenting the comic, but I've been reading for a while. I love your characters.
I agree with Calia and Kotire, I think Christo is in more of an "Oh God, if he killed him what's going to happen to my best friend?" mindset than an "Oh my god Peter is violent!" mindset. As has been pointed out, his face in the last set of panels shows more worry than anything else.
Am I sensing some feelings for the Slugger on Michelle's part? Or is she just sympathizing with having something big and ugly happen and needing to be left alone to decompress (such as a recent lover's quarrel...)
I think you could do screenplays right now, sir. Why wait for the distant maybe of a future? You have talent. And I think the evolution of the characters lies in your own artistic talents becoming more honed.
Excellent comic, sir, can't wait for the next update.
yeah, christo isn't being a 'worry wart' here he's freaking out because one of his best friends appeared with blood all over their hands and he doesn't have a clue what happened.
"omgwtf-did-you-do" is kind of a natural reaction in those circumstances. I'm thinking (or possibly incorrectly assuming) that Michelle is slightly more used to these such circumstances or she's just figured in her head that Peter would never go *too* far.
or just realised that even if he has there's sod all any of them can do about it now so they might as well give him some space till he's ready to talk.
I just wanted to hop on for the first time, I read you on drunkduck quite awhile back and found you again and have been lurking around ever since. I just wanted to pipe in and say I love everything about your comic, I've been genuinely giddy waiting for the next page to be put up. Keep up the most amazing work.
Hey, randomly followed a friend's link here yesterday, and read right through. Bloody good work! Love the art, and the characters are so real it hurts. It was fairly obvious how the Devon thing was gonna go, but guess that just adds to it, in reality it's the sort of thing that's obvious to everyone except those involved.
First, I'm coming in late for this but this page and the previous one are great. I loved how Peter seemed to feel awful, and now I love how he's trying to cope now. (Not to mention I love to see Christo serious for once, and Michelle so cute.)
The only thing I'd criticize in this page is Peter's shirt in the last panel; I feel it doesn't rest against the pavement in a convincing way, which is uncommon to say the least. (I think a single crease, or maybe a shadow, would help.)
Aside from that, I fully agree with smeagol92055 and Dormitator that you could write great film screenplays with wonderful characters. The stories would have to be shorter than what is intended for Pictures of You, of course, but I trust that this would be easy. We've been hooked since that first chapter.
Rake the Gnome, if you read Peter's craving for a smoke as a cool thing a composed guy would do, I can't disagree more. As stated by Kotire, he thinks he needs it to settle his nerves. (Never mind that nicotine actually aggravates nervousness; I know at least one ex-smoker who knows that and still envisioned taking a cigarette if the current extremely stressful situation kept up.)
Kotire, Christo's reaction is indeed a sharp contrast to his calm here : http://picturesofyou.smackjeeves.com/comics/128598/1-01-a-step-out-of-the-wilderness-15/ . But keeping in mind that he's already in a dismal situation (fighting with his girlfriend for the whole previous night, and certainly some of the day too) and that the situation seems much more serious here (blood! Not to mention Andy - Smiling Andy! - stated Devon was a dead man, and Peter's a much looser cannon than him).
darkamnios, would it help if I told you you're actually sounding Phantom of the Paradise-ish? Besides, this whole story is 90-ish. Come on, Seven, Spice Girls, pre-Special Edition Star Wars on video?
LeyLegbreaker: I'm pretty sure Devon feels exactly sod all remorse right now. (To use yayness's phrase.) Because he's convinced he's had it tougher than her. (And he may even be right about it.) So in his permanent victim point of view, it atones for the things he's done to Melanie and takes away any need for remorse.
But I guess he isn't plotting revenge either, so maybe it'll be all right in the end. (Yeah, fine, so we already know it won't be all right in the end.)
Oh, and somehow I fear that soon the trio will go back to Bishop Street, only to find Andy and Melanie's kissing, maybe even more. Then Melanie would presumably run away, never to be seen again. (Not that I want it, but Peter did state he hadn't seen her for years.)
jd_singer: I don't think we should be so quick to tear the group apart. This is the first book of what, ten? Sure, some of those are going to take place after the Prologue, if I'm not mistaken, but my impression is that the group has a ways to go before it all falls apart.
Face is correct, except that this is the third book, not the first. Also, the idea of them returning to Bishop Street to find Melanie and Andy making out is repugnant. Melanie is beaten, bloody and fresh from a significant trauma, to think that she would be in the mood for snogging is as ludicrous as thinking Andy would find that attractive is disgusting.