Chapter 4, Page 48

its time to get in the crack

Been a bit slow updating, sorry about that. I had to redo this page several times and have also been writing out the end of the story… Up until now it’s been just a bunch of sketches and post-its of interesting ideas but swiftly approacheth the hour that I have to sit down and render it, scream. Q1 of 2018 is gonna be interesting. We’ll be done with this chapter and the 4th Interlude before the holidays, then into the wild. I have a lot of Patreon posts backed up and will hopefully have time to pop those out this week finally as well. Not much else to add, just trying to unbury myself from this workpile, 2 more pages left in the chapter.

BTW, the Comixology Twitter has a poll up, if you wanted to vote for The Meek, my other comic, that would be very nice of you :]


  • Charles

    You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink an alien, bioluminescent, liquid communication medium.

    • Glavos

      COTD! Seriously almost choked on my coffee reading that.

      • Weirderthanweird

        So I didn’t know what COTD stood for and I googled it and the first acronym I read for it (from Urban Dictionary) is not what I think you meant. I think you meant it as “comment of the day” but the other meaning still makes a lot of sense with the rest of your comment.

        • shingworks

          lol, I did the same, was confused and backed away slowly

          • Charles

            I got Catch Of The Day… then I specifically looked for urban dictionary’s definition… just another regrettable action to add to the list.

            Some variation of rule 34 I’m sure

  • awhorl

    Michael, so hostile–can’t disengage, can you? You have to stay connected if only to oppose. You break my heart. I do wonder what will happen to you.

    • Spark

      He doesn’t strike as being as hostile as he was in previous pages. It’s a neutral statement, one I’m also curious to know the answer to.

  • Android 21 3/7

    I see Mike has some foot growths now… If he’s stripped naked, will he have new friends growing all over his body?

    • AGV


    • Solanuma

      i’m not sure if he can do that anymore

    • MikeLinPA

      Does he have a tail? Last panel

      • Android 21 3/7

        The highlight is the side of a pocket, but he might have one starting to poke out from under there for all we know.

    • DukeBG

      I don’t think those are growth, more just the depiction of water droplets.

  • I4ve been thinking since earlier, but aren’t Michael’s eyes pretty much glowing now ?

    • Michael : part human, part mushroom ; all cranky.

      • alfie275

        Hey, I’m sure he can be a fun guy :P

    • Fawnet

      I think you’re right.

    • Vert

      He’s chock full of bright blue neural medium water.

    • BigDogLittleCat


  • Kuggur

    Feeling rather ambivalent about nearing the end of this story.
    Very curious about how it is going to play out, but sad that this great comic about to stop.

  • James

    “I gave the Tinman a heart, Michael a Thighfriend, and you Bex can have the gift of self-examination!”

  • Fawnet

    Please, don’t rush yourself finishing this story–not on my account! I don’t really want it to end.

    • Tadrix

      What, you don’t want for The Meek to continue?

      I mean, Mare is a great comic, but personally I’d rather have two consecutive comics at 2× speed instead of two parallel at 1× speed (since we can’t have both parallel at 2× speed and I prefer to read updates while I’m not already forgetting what was in previous pages).

      BTW, this is one of the reasons why coming late and archive binging works great for me. By the time I’m done reading on my own pace I already know if it’s worth emotionally investing myself in characters, staying and putting up with update schedules, or not. Then again, with Shing and Mare this was never a question.

      • shingworks

        Thank you for believing in me XD I can’t wait to get back to working on only one comic (without guilt)… I’ve already got the cover for TM CH6 sketched out, hnng

  • typoAdventure

    I’m concerned about the ominous “I wonder what the processor thinks you’ll need.” Why would Michael say that unless he thinks Bex isn’t getting out at all?

    • typoAdventure

      Like, what if Michael previously went to the processor and doesn’t remember? What if the processor gave him thighfriend when he made it there? What if the processor gives Bex a tricepfriend? or an eyefriend?

  • deiw

    Didnt know there was another chapter planned.
    Cant wait for chp 5!

  • SFCGator

    Somethings been bugging me for the last few pages. Maybe I missed an important datum or am not understanding. But supposing she does get out how does she survive? Where’s her helmet? Mars, right? Also, what’s the status of her suit regarding power, oxy and life support?

    • shingworks

      You’re right, we don’t know that info yet! She knows it (and me, haha), and it will be addressed.

  • awhorl

    All those bones. Are they just previous Kallas, or the remains of the rest of her kind who didn’t make it or were reborn as other life forms? Are they not resorbed because they are somehow of special value (I won’t say sacred)?

    Hmmm. Levi was delighted by the rebirth process–made a request and got just exactly what it wanted. Kalla didn’t seem so fulfilled by living in MA, at least the way she told her story to Mike. The processor didn’t seem to be able to supply what she needed–that came hurtling down through a hole in the roof.

  • Kuggur

    I like the positive outlook on life that the commenting crowd here seems to have.
    I mean you have got to be a super optimist consequently referring to invasive alien organisms taking root in someone’s body, as “friends” …

    • JJ

      Join us! Take a seat, have a parasite, drink some of the glowy water, and your thoughts on the matter might change for the better :-)

      • Android 21 3/7

        Let us never forget the friend who started it all. A toast to Amorous Thighfish.

        • shingworks

          lol, who was, if I recall correctly, the name bestowed upon Mike’s wayward femur

          • StClair

            Part of it, anyway…

            Which he attempted to re-set, which caused his BRAIN to reset, and when he woke up he had a new friend!

          • DukeBG

            And it was entirely correct

  • Cavemonster

    OK, has Mike acknowledge the various headgrowths minus his “leg friend?” I mean he has a mushroom growing out of his head and eye and unless I missed it(i’m sure I have), its never been brought up.

    • Sheridan

      When arguing with Kalla at one point, he did say “…these are in my head, and you are not” referring to (and physically manipulating) his nascent headcabbage.

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