Chapter 2, Page 33

Even down here, no man is an island entire of itself… Tune in sometime this weekend for the thrilling conclusion of the chapter :]

*edit* Hi guys, your comments about the physics of backlighting vs reflection is exactly what I was worried about, when I mentioned it on the previous page’s comments section!! I admit that physics is not my strongest subject, and this morning I realized I could physically test this scenario with a bagged flashlight in the sink in a dark bathroom and confirmed that you’re all right and I am wrong. So I am REWRITING THAT PART because I am wrong and I don’t like my comics to be inaccurate, please don’t freak out about this page suddenly changing… you’re right, despite the author’s weakenesses, it would not make sense for Mike to not know that stuff. This is why Mike gets annoyed with people like me.


Movin’ on, lol…


  • arysthaeniru

    That…did not go how I expected it to go xD And LeVi from the previous page comes in, I suppose?

    • Ben

      Either LeVi, or some previously unknown character… Occam’s Razor says LeVi

  • Wood

    Dun dun DUNNN!

  • lamepudding

    it better be bex, that lady has been seriously slacking off

    • Asterai

      Am I the only one who thinks she didn’t fall in with Mike? Because I think she didn’t fall in with Mike. I thought that was the point of her not crawling out onto unstable rocks to pull him up.

      • JJ

        Chapter 1, page 38, panel 5: Bex falls in.

    • corvideye

      Yeah, but the silhouette that’s been stalking him is seriously un-Bex-like.

      • Kittenears

        Maybe she has a facefriend. That could be awkward If they want to ~flap~ though

  • Draug

    ARGH I can’t wait…!!!

  • Shihchuan

    “Oh, so it was my face fungus talking to me; for a moment I thought it was something strange.”

  • What the ?

  • MSD3000

    Not only does Martion sub-surface fungi have the ability to communicate, but it already has a solid grasp of word-play.

  • NielsR

    You wouldn’t get a reflection if the main source of light is bioluminescence in the water, I think?

    • DukeBG

      If there is no sorces of light above ground then yes, it would be as if he’s looking at a lamp and won’t see his reflection.

      …I think.

      • DukeBG

        To see his reflection he needs to be illuminated enough that there would be MORE light-reflected-from-his-face (which is a % of luminance from his face) coming from the water THAN the light coming directly from underwater.

        So, he would not see his reflection, if he’s illuminated by a light source directly under him. He would only have a chance for it, if there’s no light source immediately under him, but his face is illuminated enough by the diffused light around

  • Lorenzo

    You now what I would say

  • Nessus

    Dang: headfungus, concussion, or atmosphere seems to be taking its toll. The water itself appears to be glowing, so there’s nothing weird about not seeing a reflection. For most people that’d be unconsciously obvious from a lifetime of experience with lit windows at night, swimming pools at night, glass light bulbs, etc. That he thinks he should be seeing a reflection says way more than the fact that he isn’t seeing one.

  • DukeBG

    So… Spiderbex or FungiLEVi?

    • Mouse

      Spiderbex, Spiderbex, radioactive Spiderbex….

  • Vert

    Well, if it’s a hallucination, then that’s going to be his mother or something.

  • Meoi Lass

    so like….have any of you ever swam in a pool with underwater lighting? if so you will remember that the light in the “water” makes it pretty dang impossible to see any sort of reflection. second off if the “water” is anything else besides H2O then you wouldn’t see much of a reflection either. Good job w/ the coloring. Keep up the good story. And good job w/ getting towards the top of TWC.

    • shingworks

      Thanks for your comment, it made me realize I could test this scenario myself in the sink! And you’re right, so I fixed the text to correct my error.

    • lou

      Why are you saying that if the liquid isn’t H2O then there wouldn’t be a reflection? Reflection is related to the refractive index (or more generally, frequency-dependent dielectric permittivity) of the materials present. These can assume various values, but if you can see the liquid’s surface (i.e. its refractive index is not the same as that of the “air”), then there’s reflection from its surface. What’s more, if the liquid is optically denser than H2O (compared to the “air”, but that probably has a refractive index of around 1), then a much larger fraction of light could be reflected from the surface.

  • Unclever title

    Wouldn’t the glowing overpower any reflection anyways?

    Come on Mike, you are a freaking Astronaut, KNOW YOUR PHYSICS.

  • Nrolad Dro
  • Brad

    I thought Levi didn’t have legs

    • shingworks

      That’s a different model, Legi

      • Wood

        Do you have to add legs to everything? Wasn’t legschilla enough?

        • DukeBG

          Wait, wait, wait. Maybe that IS legschilla

  • DanialArin

    No reflection because it’s overwhelmed by the glow.

  • Charles81

    Strew the. Don’t tell me the shadow beast is a much more heavily fungified Bex.

  • Intile

    So I’m just curious, what were the original lines he spoke before the accuracy edit?

    • shingworks

      The gist is the same, I just took out his confusion over not being able to see his reflection (since IRL a smarter person than myself would immediately realize that a surface emitting light would not be capable of reflecting)

      • Intile

        Gotcha, thanks for the reply!

  • David

    On reflection… I don’t think it is matter of him being confused on physics of reflection (it is obvious when stuck in pool with lighting below why no reflection) as freaking out that he is changing and can’t find a mirror so imagination will make it seem worse.

    Sort of like guy who runs out of gas and says “of course no gas station nearby”.

  • David

    The new voice may come from another human who has been down here longer, and is more modified as result.

    • Ben

      No, because Mike would KNOW if anyone has been lost on Mars. I can’t believe such a basic plot point would be introduced in that manner, at this stage; lazy story telling.

  • LostYooper

    The beauty of a web comic is being able to make chances as you please, with that though I personally liked the original monologue better, it was more internalized and less outwardly confrontational. The way I read the original was he was pretty sure he was losing his mind and the water and lack of reflection, etc kind of confirmed it, like the idea that you aren’t suppose to be able to read in your dreams.

    • shingworks

      Yeah, agreed! As a patch up I don’t think this is too bad, but I have a lot of other work to get to today, and didn’t want to take the time to redraw all my speech bubbles to a fit longer/ shorter sentiment. But like you said, that’s one of the nice things about a webcomic :] I’ll probably go back and touch it up later, as i have been doing here and there to other early pages, and nobody will be the wiser.

  • TJ

    i’m so confused as to why anyone is making a super big deal about real life physics
    i’m sorry
    this is a comic its not rl u gais
    as far as i’m concerned the light could be in cutout shapes of apples and bannanas and it’d still be okay

    • shingworks

      I think it’s partly my fault, I have a certain standard for the research that goes into the comic, but I also have limitations. I’m glad to be corrected since I do want to put out a good product. All the wtf stuff should be story-related, not basic science related.

    • youhappynow

      You just have a very low bar for what you consider credible.

      • shingworks

        MI Chapter 3: banana lights

  • Karyl

    Maybe the comment comes from the sentient AI he thought he lost before, now melded with its own Mare-based entity?

  • Luces

    That fungiforms around his head look like claws (shudder). Whose, I wonder?

  • DatComment

    Look I found Mike and creepy-hiding-talk-friend:

    Yay physics!

  • Lilian

    Lighting in the last panel = masterfully executed. Well done.

  • Teej

    Next page I bet is either going to be a splash page of an intensely weird Mars life-form/robot ooooooooorrrrr SCENE CHANGE! Either way, I will be yelling and possibly curling into the fetal position. So, a normal weekend. :)

  • Belen

    This comic is great, thank you!

  • Belen

    And I wanted to add that I really respect that you changed it to be accurate. I love that about this comic. So many people would just wave their hand and say well maybe it’s glowy magic reflective water. But it’s just bad writing if you have to explain outside the comic all the time and make excuses for yourself when people point out inconsistencies.

  • StClair

    (This is totally going to date me, but…)

    If that is Michael’s robot buddy, I will not be able to stop imagining him sounding like William Daniels.

    • Ben

      Douglas Rain…

  • Angelina

    I’m totally scared right now about who is behind him lol

  • Jojo

    I love the expression in the last panel and the hint at something else being down there on the previous page.

  • msouth

    This brings up just how “internal” the internal sea is…

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