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16 Responses to “Terminus – a weekly comic strip”

  1. Zom Says:

    There’s an entire film/book/comic series in this

  2. bobsy Says:

    Ha, yeah we were slurring about this feeling on Saturday. I see where you were going with it – bloody brilliant.

  3. Tucker Stone Says:

    You know I’d pay for these Terminus strips, right? And I can’t be the only one.

  4. Zom Says:

    [whisper]And you might just get the opportunity[/whisper]

  5. The Beast Must Die! Says:

    Vol:1 of Terminus is being sorted out now, and I’m going to sell it through the site. Probably with Paypal or some other hi-tech shenanigans…

  6. adam aaron Says:

    Very Eddie Campbell.

  7. Slow Dunce Says:

    Why doesn’t his disappointment help matters?
    Awe and respect (towards the fancy get-up etc) would be worse, no?
    I think this one goes way over my head.
    But i still love the drawing!

  8. Zom Says:

    Why doesn’t his disappointment help matters?

    I don’t think it goes way over your head, that’s a perfectly valid question. It seems to me that this is simply a case of cognitive dissonance: on the one hand the teen believes that he is looking at his future self, on the other this embodiment of his future self doesn’t fit with his own self image. Studies that have looked at this sort of psychological tension seem to show that people, when presented with facts about themselves that go against their self image, are capable of behaving highly irrationally to preserve said image, hence the implication that the kid’s behaviour asserts that there’s no way someone of his charm, wit, intelligence, beauty, whatever, could ever turn out like that.

    People can be bloody stupid, basically.

  9. lord nuneaton savage Says:

    Fucking. Brilliant.

    Best yet, fella.

  10. Slow Dunce Says:

    Zom.
    thanks for trying to explain but i’m still lost.
    i thought the disappointment would back up the older chap’s point.
    “you don’t want to end up like me,” sort of thing.
    now i’m starting to think the disappointment must come after an initial positive feeling of “cool suit, i want one of those.”
    and it is a very cool suit, with superb crackling sparkly bits.
    and the kid’s face is brilliant.

  11. Zom Says:

    Yes, I understood your initial point.

    Not sure Dan intends the suit to be read as cool – at least, it seems to me that the door is definitely open to the opposite reading: the guy who’s wearing it looks miserable and it does nothing but expose his poor physique, the colours are drab and muted, it looks like a romper suit, etc…

  12. The Beast Must Die! Says:

    The disappointment is what any 17 year old know-it-all would feel when confronted with a lecture from a saggy jaded vision of ones future-self.

  13. Zom Says:

    Jaded. Hence green

  14. Zom Says:

    I’m going to start writing annotations

  15. Slow Dunce Says:

    Ahh! got it. yureeker!
    so it’s also incredulity: “why should i listen to you, you uncool old twerp. in your crappy suit that i scorn. you must be a fool.”
    and thus he ignores the advice and ends up doing the same things etc.
    i missed the irony in the suit.
    i will now look at funny animal cartoons in a new, more subtly nuanced light.
    phew, what a journey i have been on this day, thanks everyone, especially the beast (or anti-beast).

  16. Zom Says:

    Huzzah!

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