Just wanted to thank you all for the encouragement yesterday.
You are all so wonderful.
I’m going to try and do a Livestream today.
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i think alex is whipped
Way to go, Alex. You cannot stand up to anyone (yet).
YUSSSSSSS INITECH SHIRT! (I know, I’m probably way behind on noticing it, but that doesn’t make it less awesome!)
Haha, I LOVE the fact that he’s wearing an Initech Shirt I also love that Dan is wearing an “I’m with Stupid” shirt
yay for whipped guys by good girls XD
Yeah, us boys are a little bit off by them ladies…
but it’s all good.
In another note, I do have a serious problem with the shoulders of the boys on this one, do they both play quarterback for Dallas? Man those are some HUGE shoulders!
The color and the perspective is in the I Be Awesome zone, so no regrets there.
I have rather broad shoulders and a towering frame, myself, but I’m no football player. People figured I’d play basketball with my stature, though. In reality, I code for a living.
Its all those beef steroids on that side of the atlantic.
Seemed like 90% of male americans were either horribly obese or just a wall of muscle…
Ok, so I’m exaggerating a bit, but still.
Was almost as disturbing as the number of baseball caps I saw over there.
He’s not whipped! At least not exactly….loving her has made him bolder, that’s all. He doesn’t want to let her down, which is totally ok. Dan kind of looks like he has two horns on his head…his hair makes me giggle.
In the first panel especially. XD
Time for Alex to turn the tables and start asking Dan about Nicole!
P.S. BTW, Scott, did Dan get new eyes when the others did? Because they look great in the first panel!
Don’t know if it’s coincidence, but the first time the “I’m with Stupid” hand is NOT pointing at Alex is when Dan tells Alex Nastajia has done a number on him!
Kind of neat hidden message, that.
true… it’s the first time it’s not pointing at alex, right?
one could probably come up with endless theories about what/who it’s pointing at now.
I was going to quote a song about whupped men, but I really, really can’t think of any.
DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY… nah, that won’t work… um… YOU USED TO SAY LIVE AND LET LIVE… nah. Um… Crap. There’s nothing on my playlists about whupped men… Possibly because they were too whupped to sing it?
Mood Rings? Can’t stand the band that plays that one, but that IS a funny song (and that I think that probably explains partly why I’m still single….)
Has just realised the humour inherrent in a avatar of Alex, encased in his metal armour and holding his metal sword, whilst having the name RARR METAL.
Oh how I chortloled.
love is in the air! la, la, la, la, la!!!!! eyhaaaaaaaa, lalalalala!:P
ooooh, are we done with the denial, alex?
nice, very nice. but you don’t have to look so down about it.
lol! guys are always sooooo ashamed when its a girl who’s whipped them into action! hehehehe
oh p.s i’m loving the night time scene even if i am seeing it at 10 in the morning lol!
weird, it’s 11 at nite in Indo, and for me it’s the daytime scene…
I think it doesn’t take in to account the time zones. That might do it. Hopefully, or else your screwed.
No- it’s based on Central Time.
Sorry for the delayed post… Scott, we love you because you are doing your best!! Your best is all anyone can ever expect from you. If you need to catch up on the next chapter or take a mental note, we will COMPLETLY understand. But not time for some encouragement!! HIP HIP HUZZAH!!! GO SCOTT!!!!
i so totally meant But NOW time for some encouragement!! HIP HIP HUZZAH!!! GO SCOTT!!!!!!
Aww. Night time scene and it is only 2 in the afternoon here in the UK! Feeling ill and a good dose of love-struck Alex is the perfect medication. Thanks for a great comic.
Depending on where the server is based, the clock could be anywhere between 5 and 8 hours behind us. If it still was on night setting at 2pm then I suspect the server is on the West Coast.
I second Mason010′s statement! Take all the time you need! Dreamland is a gift you’re giving us; it’s completely free of charge to enjoy. Therefore we have no right to demand anything of you! And frankly I’d like it if the story continued, and to do that the creator must remain happy and healthy. A hiatus is better than a discontinued story. I’ve seen too many discontinued webcomics, just because the authors got burnt out and stuff. Don’t get burnt out, and always remember to take good care of yourself, man. ‘Sides, you’ve got a family. It’s getting close to the family time of the year – Thanksgiving, Christmas…
That brings up some interesting thoughts: I wonder if they celebrate holidays in Dreamland, and if so which ones?
I mean, through kids’ dreams they would be quite aware of Earthly holidays. Visions of sugarplums, anyone? And turkey-induced comas would definitely make Thanksgiving a busy day in Dreamland …
Of course, many holidays have their roots in religion … and so far Dreamland has done a fair job of skirting the big “R” minefield …
Alex’s every expression in this page are just Priceless. So completely into it, the first time he ever does big talk and WHAM, reality hits home, poor guy! Dan, you so really spoiled the moment for your brother !
That’s what brothers are for.
you know it
Mine is horrible at it thankfully. Yay me!
Wow this comic series has gotten so stellar it’s incredible! Hey Scott, a while back I bought all the first comics and was a faithful reader but then I switched to a Mac and didn’t keep reading webcomics. I just finished reading the Terry Goodkind series about the sword of truth and I remembered, Hey, I used to read an epic story online in webcomic form. I read through all the ones I misses which is since he first went to the centaurs, and I have been blown away. Excellent story telling, excellent composition, I am reading each new page every day. I’m glad you are still updating daily.
Ps. Princess would not love him so much if he was that easily whippable. I think she inspired him. And if she is his Queen one day in that world, is he gonna be single in the real world? And isn’t that like cheating?
I discovered webcomics on a Mac and my Mac is what I’m using now. You can still read webcomics.
I figure he just means that the switch between Windows/Linux/Whatever to MacOS disrupted his webcomic viewing habits, and forgot to check what he had been with the different browser, before finding other webcomics and remembering the ones he used to read before his computing world changed. Not that he feels Macs keep him from reading webcomics.
At least, this is my interpretation.
Nastajia definetely inspired him, the hard way, shoving him down rockfaces and then saving his life after he was tossed into a canyon.
Wait a minute… Did Alex just say something… MATURE?!! He didn’t strain for some sort of stinging come back, he just … concurred? The changes become more and more evident.
Oh, ‘ahem’, pardon me…
Perhaps he is indeed ready to train.
ALEX SAID SOMETHING MATURE!!!! AHHHHH IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD!!! lol
Ah, you miss the point of the “horns” in Dan’s hair. Here is X, motivated to do good, start working harder, turn over a new leaf, etc. And there is best buddy Y, mocking X, subtly tempting X back to the old ways, the familiar ways. Don’t know if that is what the purpose was (it might have just been the way the software draws “messed up hair of Dan”), but that was what I got. Yeah, been there, done that, had the downdraggers trying to keep me with them, even if it is unconsciously.
so ur saying dan is evil, rite?
Many people have commented on Dan’s “hair horns” before, and Scott has confirmed in the past that they are an artifact of the rendering process.
Still, we can’t help but wonder at the symbolism …
No, not evil at all. Simply human nature. You get a job out of town and you will have friends/family/etc. who will be asking: “You know you won’t be able to do with us all the time anymore?”
They aren’t evil and they may want you to succeed, but they will point out what you are losing (in this case Alex’s floating attitude) rather than what you are gaining (in this case Alex’s maturity).
did anyone notice that dan’s “i’m with stupid shirt was pointed at Alex? lol
Hey guys! I don’t know what “Nastajia has done a number on you” means… Is this equal to “you really falled into her”? Or “she made impression on you”? Sorry for my poor english once again..
Its basicly what you are saying but he is saying it in more of a sarcastic way. He is teasing Alex about her influence on him (but doing it in a friendly way).
That pretty much sums it up. It’s mostly equivalent to “you’re really falling for her, aren’t you?” but with more of a stunning impact implied.
(hope that helps … )
P.S. Don’t apologize for your English, it’s far better than some I’ve encountered, and many times better than any Spanish or Russian I can dredge up from many years past …
Agreed. My spanish, french, latin, and japanese are probably horrendously bad to some one who uses these languages normally. I would probably embarass my self to the point where I would want to die from the shame.
It’s got mixed meanings.
It normally means that you’ve been persuaded to do something stupid by someone. In relationships it could mean that you’ve been persuaded to go against your nature.
As it’s clear that this is a friendly, light-hearted conversation, Dan just means, “You would never have done that/thought that way if it wasn’t for Nastija.”
Sometimes, it’s less about comprehending the literal meanings of a language’s terms and more about understanding cultural significance, which is certainly hard if one hasn’t directly experienced the culture from which a phrase is taken. For English, this can include American, Canadian, British, or Australian cultural interpretations. There can even be phrases unique to particular regions of each nation. Linguistics can be rather fascinating and complex.
Just something I thought I’d mention… though probably got a bit rambling…
On the topic of whether or not Alex is “whupped”… Seems to me that he is becoming more empowered, if anything! He is making a choice, on his own, to stand up for what he believes in, for what he cares about. It’s called commitment, and there is power in it! It’s the difference between a man and a boy. GO ALEX! Let nothing stand in your way!
Alex is learning to put others before himself. What’s at stake is the safety and well being of someone he loves and a land that is counting on him to help them conquer tyranny so they can live as free people.
I agree wholeheartedly with Narrowlander. That isn’t being whupped, that’s being a real man. Ask anyone in the armed forces.
When this is all over though, does the duality of Alex’s existence leave him and Nastajia in an adequate situation? Or does Alex have to be in a coma to keep this relationship going.
That is an interesting question. If you read up on the Arthurian legends, Arthur was almost killed and then sent by boat to Avalon, which I believe may have actually been a portal to Dreamland for when you are awake. Now I don’t know if Arthur was in a coma like state at the time (I know I would be if I wasn’t dead already) or not, but I don’t think he was. This is all based on speculation though, mostly in regards to the Mer peoples hidden tablet listing Arthur Pendragon as a king of Dreamland in the past.
Both of them know the rules of Dreamland so they accept and plan around it. I suspect that, just as Orion taught Alex how to get up, he might be taught how to stay asleep. As Alex is legally dead when he visits Dreamland, I suspect that he could stay for quite a while in Dreamland without it effecting his body. The big problem would be Dan and Nicole worrying about him.
Another possibility could be that he learns to control relative time passage to a degree. After all, he’s gone a whole day on Earth and only been gone from Dreamland for a half hour if I remember correctly. If he could learn to control that more directly he could likely live a full and happy life in BOTH worlds.
That’s a pretty cool idea!
That does sound like a good idea.
“…when the time comes, you won’t have to [dodge].”
I’d love to have Alex say something next like: “But you know what? It’s a good thing.”
xaxnar, that would be very cool!
For some reason, they both look buffer than usual.. is there been so many comics with his armor on that I’ve forgot what he look like without it? Is it just me?
I love the second panel, strike a pose!
Alex, stand up for your woman!
Scott, sorry if this has been asked before but is the “J” in Nast’s name like a “J” in English or like a “Y” as in the German “J”?
I -think- it’s more like the J in english… Nah-stah-jee-yuh.
Ж – A russian alphabet character, produces a sound pretty much exactly like you’d hear in Nastajia’s name – IF I’m thinking correctly… it’s pronounced much like you’d say the first bit of Zhivago, or the start of genre.
Yup. How Tolin42 said it.
I came up with the name from Anastasia.
Just got rid of the A and changed the s to a j.
Maybe my mind has just been permanently influenced by cereal commercials from the 90s, but I can’t help but feel that the dialogue in the second panel should be “Taking down Nicodemus will be GRRRREAT!”
.. I’m sorry )=.
Well then the third panel would be “Silly Rabbit. Tricks are for Kids”.
That’s just adorable.
“Behind every great man…”
“…may be a beautiful woman whippin’ his butt?”
….Still hearing it….”Mysterious as the dark side of the moooooooon!”
Dan truly is with stupid.
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