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Holy fuck.

(From College Roomies from Hell! Click on the thumb... nail... holy fuck.)


I... I thought....

Holy fuck.

See, I thought Roger was running to save Margaret (whether he knew it or not). It never...

Holy fuck.

Campos gets a biscuit.

Yeah. A tasty, tasty biscuit.

Holy fuck.


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MC deserves far more than a biscuit for this coup. I haven't been this pleasantly (and shockingly!) surprised with CRFH in a while, but now I remember why I've been reading it for so long. Now all we need is a Cthulhu reference...

Honestly, I saw it coming, but it is interesting even so. I'll be watching closely to see what happens next.

Biscuits are tasty. But for a writer, exclamations of profanity are even more tasty! I treasure 'em holy fucks. So warm and fuzzy and snuggly... ;)

As for the strip... uh. When making this sequence, the words "train wreck" kept coming over and over. For some reason... o.O


I'm sorry, but I have no idea what's going on in that strip. The art is extremely unclear. I've gone back and read the last half dozen strips, and I still have no idea what's happening. Is it one panel or two? I can't even tell.

This may be a great comic strip, and this (whatever it is) may be a shocking development, but as a newcomer, I'm completely lost.

I understand that. I love CRFH, but sometimes the pacing draws things out to a point where even when I've been following it daily, I've had to jump back several months to remember exactly what's going on in a given plot thread.

In this case, though, I think you'd have to go quite a ways beyond even that. Short version: Roger (the yellow fuzzy guy) is a werecoyote. He inherited this trait from his mother, who left his dad and became feral a looooooooooooooooong time ago. I'm pretty sure that's who Margaret shot. And now Roger comes upon a Margaret in shock, holding a gun, over (presumably) his mother's (also presumably) dead body.

To make matters worse, not only is he already in Coyote form when he arrives, lately he's been having trouble restraining the more violent tendencies of that form.

As an example of how the plot threads can get lost, I forget exactly what happened that pushed Margaret to run off and live in the woods. It only happened this year, and I'm fairly sure it was something that happened towards the end of the girls' spa trip, but I'd have to look up the exact details at this point, since she's mostly been in the background until recently.

Once again, this isn't a criticism, or at least a mild one. I love the expressiveness of Maritza's artwork and the way the strip and characters have developed. The losing the thread thing is something that tends to sneak up on me. I'll be reading, something that's been on the back burner comes to the forefront, and in trying to jump back and refresh my memory about what's going on I realize it's been several months since that particular plotline has been visited. It could just be me, for that matter. :)

Christopher Mills:

CRFH is a highly serial strip; you need to read from day 1 to understand it. (Or at least read from Misery Journey on.) Maritza's been building towards this moment since 19990823.

Actually, my comment was specifically about the artwork in this case. I can't tell what's going on in this panel. As I said in the first post, the artwork is unclear. You tell me there's a body... I see nothing that resembles one... although if I squint, and believe that there's a body there because I'm told there is... I can kinda pretend to see it.

This is not a criticism of the overall strip/series. But this particular installment is not clearly drawn.

Christopher: did you click on the thumbnail for full sized holy fuck? Because it seems pretty clear to me. It's in slight soft focus, but given the blood that's there, that's a kindness.

I think the art is striking. Especially Margaret's look of horror. Because that look of horror isn't what I expect from Margaret after violence.

But then, this is purely subjective on my part.

(Also? Holy fuck.)

A couple of tweaks on the finish would have made the art a bit clearer. The blur used to create a cinematic out-of-focus effect has the unfortunate side effect of making all the art in the foreground and background unclear. Since the foreground art in this particular strip contains vital plot information, blurring it might not have been the best choice.

I hesitate to offer art criticism of any kind, considering how crude my own artwork is, but I also had trouble trying to figure out what was going on in that strip. Nonetheless, I remain in awe of Maritza's ability to keep all these story threads going for so long.

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