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Cup Runneth Over
Aug 8, 2009

She said life's
too short to worry
She said life's
too long to wait
It's too short not
to love everybody
Life's too long to hate





SKULL.GIF posted:

I can barely remember what day of the week it is anymore.

you're joking but i literally didn't notice it was friday until 11:20 PM today despite having the words "Friday" said to me multiple times

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Patware
Jan 3, 2005



i'm more interested that the quotes included the Zarei part

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

Don't accept Trump. Vote Joe. Run Joe Run!

Patware posted:

those quotes around "Doctor Zarei" are doing a lot of sudden unexpected work

Patware posted:

i'm more interested that the quotes included the Zarei part

I assume it's because they all know each other from their school days together, and yet on the previous page Spender is calling her "Dr. Zarei" rather than by her first name, which is very formal and cold for someone he should be friends with.

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




Cup Runneth Over posted:

you're joking but i literally didn't notice it was friday until 11:20 PM today despite having the words "Friday" said to me multiple times

I wasn't joking, I really didn't realize it was Friday. I haven't had a reason to care about what day of the week it's been for about... seven weeks now.

Roland Jones posted:

I assume it's because they all know each other from their school days together, and yet on the previous page Spender is calling her "Dr. Zarei" rather than by her first name, which is very formal and cold for someone he should be friends with.

This is it, I think. Mina did something, betrayed, or left the group in some way, such that Jean and Richard refer to her as Doctor Zarei. We know Mr. Garcia was around in Mayview since their childhood from the timeframe he uses talking about the past and the woman he failed/betrayed/whatever that he's hunting, so that adds corroborating evidence. The weirdly stiff reaction Mr. Garcia had to seeing Dr. Zarei at the end of Chapter 5 also corroborates this.

Renaissance Robot
Oct 10, 2010

Bite my furry metal ass


Okay I just have to know: is it pronounced Jean or Jean?

e/ or is there a third way to pronounce it that I don't know of other than gene or zhawn

Renaissance Robot fucked around with this message at 07:33 on May 2, 2020

Cup Runneth Over
Aug 8, 2009

She said life's
too short to worry
She said life's
too long to wait
It's too short not
to love everybody
Life's too long to hate





Renaissance Robot posted:

Okay I just have to know: is it pronounced Jean or Jean?

Neither. Jean.

Renaissance Robot
Oct 10, 2010

Bite my furry metal ass


I walked right into that one

Inexplicable Humblebrag
Sep 20, 2003

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CHU-CHUCKLEVISION




jean or gean

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

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It rhymes with Ian.

Cat Mattress
Jul 14, 2012

I don't find this sort of thing funny


Renaissance Robot posted:

is there a third way to pronounce it that I don't know of other than gene or zhawn

/ʒɑ̃/

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



It's spelled Jean, but it's pronounced Rupert.

Inexplicable Humblebrag
Sep 20, 2003

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there are extra letters in his name that only spectrals can see

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

I presume it's pronounced in the French fashion, because that sounds better with "Garcia."

Splicer
Oct 16, 2006

from hell's heart I stab at thee

https://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-7-page-4

New page and

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



So the left picture shows Ed's parents and what may be a young Mina? Either way I'm excited.

Who What Now
Sep 10, 2006


Statistically you'd think that I'd sometimes fluke into typing a decent post. Nah. Only the most tedious, shitty posts, all day every day baby!

Don't bother engaging me, I don't ever get the hints to fuck off.




It's gonna own to have a three year long flashback.

Brought To You By
Oct 31, 2012


Tenebrais posted:

So the left picture shows Ed's parents and what may be a young Mina? Either way I'm excited.

I forgot that the Burger boy had an implied tragic background. This is going to be 3 very sad flashbacks aren't they?

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




Red yarnstring on the corkboard.

Hmm, the rest of these pictures. From just after Panel 7, to the end of the page, the ones that we can make out the contents clearly:

  • Conspicuous shovel. Likely a Tool.
  • A disgruntled child with something weird in the bottom left corner, possibly another tool. Looks like either an umbrella or a beach ball.
  • Young Isabel with Eightfold. How long has she had that book?
  • A character with long hair looking surprised. Features are too undefined to even guess who it could be.
  • Dr. Burger poofing a giftbox while his wife looks on.
  • Isabel's grandpa.
  • Isaac with a lightning zap.
  • Just behind Ed's baby picture, what looks like a detailed photograph of a tree and some grass. There's also something next to the tree with a texture pattern that looks similar to Forge's scaled armor.
  • Dmitri and Spender.
  • Some sort of spout with a flame. Probably a spirit.

Now for the three major photos that's on display:

  • Mina with the Burgers, with Baby Ed just above her head. Next to Baby Ed is a hand with a spiked bracelet and black nail polish. Whoever has that hand has blond hair.
  • Mr. Spender and the Activity Club from what looks like 1 to 2 years ago from present day, not too far back. You can see Dmitri's hair outline in that photo.
  • Mina and Rick with Baby Ed. Both of them look distressed, and given the context of the other photos, a reasonable guess is this photo is probably from right after the disappearance of Ed's parents.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



SKULL.GIF posted:

  • Mina with the Burgers, with Baby Ed just above her head. Next to Baby Ed is a hand with a spiked bracelet and black nail polish. Whoever has that hand has blond hair.

I don't think the bracelet hand is the blond kid, I think that's someone doing the classic bunny-ears photo thing - note there's another right hand carrying a shovel. The blond kid is probably Rick and the bracelet hand someone else.

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




Tenebrais posted:

I don't think the bracelet hand is the blond kid, I think that's someone doing the classic bunny-ears photo thing - note there's another right hand carrying a shovel. The blond kid is probably Rick and the bracelet hand someone else.

Ah, yeah, you're right. If you squint you can see a bit of brown just above the blond hair, beneath the Post-It.

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




Looking again at the photo of Isabel's grandpa, I'm guessing that the same figure with a surprised face two photos above is in the bottom right corner of that photo.

I wonder if it's Isabel's dad?:

https://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-6-page-46 We know he has a long, flat nose.

https://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-4-page-96 From when he was younger than when he's training Penny.

Both depictions have the same hooded eye that's drawn in these two photos from yesterday's update.

Patware
Jan 3, 2005



nah spiked bracelet and nail polish is gonna be Spender

tell me to my face you don't think it's time for goth child Spender


also i really like that swath of negative space on the activity club picture where Zarei probably "should" be, given the parallels between the two pictures

cropoval
Feb 16, 2020



The Paranatural wiki recorded something potentially relevant here- Zack did an in-character AMA as Spender a few years back, and in it Spender stated exposure to what became his first tool is what made him a spectral.

I bet that shovel is that tool.

A Sometimes Food
Dec 8, 2010

Relinquish your foolish
delusions of control.





Even as a toddler Ed rules.

Tenebrais
Sep 2, 2011



If the comic is currently set today then this page is set a year before the comic started.

...I feel old.

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




Update link: https://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-7-page-5

Looking again at the cover page of the chapter, at the pictures of the Drs. Burger, and then at the final panel of today's update, I have a bad feeling about what we're going to be finding out.

e: Spender is wearing his glasses in this flashback, so he must've already taken that fall into the lake and gotten fished out by Lucifer at some point. I'm guessing "at some point" is between the taking of the picture of him/Mina/Drs. Burger on the previous page (which would be a convenient explanation for why Spender's face is obscured) and the day of today's page.

e2: If Mina and Rick were involved with whatever happened to the doctors, that explains why they're both aloof, keep secrets from the rest of the Consortium, and are furiously doing research and training to deal with Something. They feel responsible for whatever happened, and feel that they have a duty to resolve it.

SKULL.GIF fucked around with this message at 15:02 on May 22, 2020

Cup Runneth Over
Aug 8, 2009

She said life's
too short to worry
She said life's
too long to wait
It's too short not
to love everybody
Life's too long to hate





SKULL.GIF posted:

e: Spender is wearing his glasses in this flashback, so he must've already taken that fall into the lake and gotten fished out by Lucifer at some point.

Wouldn't that be when he is 12? That seems to be the all-important age in Mayview.

cropoval
Feb 16, 2020



Is...is the giant bird thing on the chapter cover Ed's mom?

Perhaps more likely it's a spirit she works with, but I'm not liking how this looks.

Inexplicable Humblebrag
Sep 20, 2003

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CHU-CHUCKLEVISION




my god.. the burger child... the bird-er's child...

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




cropoval posted:

Is...is the giant bird thing on the chapter cover Ed's mom?

Perhaps more likely it's a spirit she works with, but I'm not liking how this looks.

I think it could be Ed's dad. The ghost hair in the final panel today seems to be his mom (similar hairstyles -- straight and parted to the sides), but his dad seems to have a concave face: [1] [2] that could turn into a crescent moon face if he somehow got spiritified.

Incidentally, while I was looking this up, another part of the Day/Zarei conversation jumped out at me. You can see Spender's shovel Tool in panel 4. He probably was a spectral prior to falling into that lake.

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

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Meanwhile, Zarei still has Patchworm's glasses here, but at the same time they look a little different (shape seems a bit rounder, though admittedly that could just be a cartoony thing to have them match her angry expression more, and the colored bits on the sides aren't fully developed). Which would make sense; if she's been using the same tool for a long time, then it would change in appearance as it builds up yarnenergy or whatever.

Rand Brittain
Mar 24, 2013

"Go on until you're stopped."

Meanwhile, baby Ed is a spectral already.

Brought To You By
Oct 31, 2012


70s Agent Walker is everything I could have loved from something I never asked for. Thank you Zack.

Pelican Dunderhead
Jun 16, 2010

Ah! Hello Ershin!

Pillbug

I guess Ed gets a better toupee when he gets older.

SKULL.GIF
Jan 20, 2017




This is completely out of nowhere but I wonder if Davy is PJ's dad. PJ clearly has hangups about his dad, Davy being a vampire is old enough to fit, they both have black hair and pale skin, Davy's rich enough to have a servant like Lefty, both have the last name starting with "J"...

rannum
Nov 3, 2012



SKULL.GIF posted:

This is completely out of nowhere but I wonder if Davy is PJ's dad. PJ clearly has hangups about his dad, Davy being a vampire is old enough to fit, they both have black hair and pale skin, Davy's rich enough to have a servant like Lefty, both have the last name starting with "J"...

I think a similar theory came up before though that variant was "lefty is Davey's literal left hand".

PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

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rannum posted:

I think a similar theory came up before though that variant was "lefty is Davey's literal left hand".
It has to be both. It has to be both. Zach wouldn't pass up an opportunity like that.

RareAcumen
Dec 28, 2012






Brought To You By posted:

70s Agent Walker is everything I could have loved from something I never asked for. Thank you Zack.

What a phase to be in a decade ago.

Lt. Lizard
Apr 28, 2013


RareAcumen posted:

What a phase to be in a decade ago.

To be fair, I think it's absolutely in character for Agent Walker to have 70s phase in late 2000s.

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PMush Perfect
Sep 30, 2009

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Lt. Lizard posted:

To be fair, I think it's absolutely in character for Agent Walker to have 70s phase in late 2000s.
2000. Paranatural started in 2010.

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