Chapter: The Ranch Page: 8.6


Chapter: The Ranch Page: 8.6

May 11, 2021
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May 11, 2021 Oh oh. Watch it, or baby's gonna throw a temper-tantrum...
May 11, 2021 Yup. He walked into that one.
May 11, 2021 Classic Trope, man waiting for other man in the dark and is discovered when the light is turned on.

Classic for a reason though. Very Noir though, and fits perfectly.

May 12, 2021 Oh man. So The Pale has been reccommended to me tons of times, but I just sat down and read the whole thing. Spent the better part of tuesday reading. It was hard to put down.
The writing in this is frickin' incredible, and while I'm extremely grateful it is a webcomic, it should be published! I hope to see it on library shelves some day. It really feels like something a big name producer would want to get their hands on and make into a movie.
You write each character with such distinct voices, and I'm invested in the stories of every one.
There's so much I loved, I can't put it into words. All the quiet panels between scenes. The exquisite care taken with the wildlife that keeps the desert alive. The hard hitting realism. The delicate layering and unpeeling of the town's many mysteries. The flashlights barely cutting into the deep, obscuring nightfall. The subtle body horror garnish on top.
I will also say that I don't trust Agent Ink whatsoever, but I am very interested to see what the hell is going on with him in general.
Thank you so much for all your hard work making this! Can't wait to see where it goes next.
I have a feeling this has been asked before, but what inspired you to write about face blindness for Agent Ink?
May 13, 2021 Whaat?! Jackarais from Bicycle-Boy has blessed us with a comment?!

Thanks for taking the time to read our little desert mystery, we're pretty proud of it :)

For Agent Ink...
I knew of the condition of prosopagnosia and have seen it depicted in media (mostly as a joke), but always thought it was an interesting disorder.

Around the time I thought of Fink, I had just discovered Twin Peaks and was all about FBI anything. I grew up on The X Files and already had a thing for FBI/Supernatural stories, so Twin Peaks and Deadly Premonition were right up my alley.

I was also watching Hannibal at the time-- (with more FBI Agents!) and one of the side characters/victims had face-blindness. And suddenly the idea of Fink clicked.

What if you saw the killer, and didn't know their face?
What if you didn't know anyone's face?

Fink, the setting in the desert, The Cowboy Sheriff and the idea of small town drama, hints of the supernatural-- all came flooding in. It took a while to define, but my husband and I started to work together early on and we really loved what we came up with.

The condition has been in other media, but the idea of a character with this condition translated so well into comics -- it just stuck :)

Glad to see the sub and thanks again for comment! I follow you on Twitter and was a fan of Bicycle-Boy before you made the jump to Hiveworks!
May 14, 2021 Oh my word, I'm just as humbled to receive a reply from you!

Thank you again for weaving together such a fantastic mystery to begin with, it was quite the satisfying read, and I'm positive the rest of the story will be just as good.

I forgot about the face blind killer in Hannibal, that was a good one. But I gotta agree, the way you portray face blindness in the comic is excellent. It's such a simple, immediate way for us to know we're seeing things through Agent Ink's eyes.

And oh dang, I'm happy to hear my silly comic could entertain you in return. I often hear the name "The Pale" passed around in adoring whispers in other places on the internet, and I'm so glad I finally listened to them. You're doing such an amazing job. It's inspiring as hell.
June 3, 2021 I highly recommend to you the film based on your comment here. It isn't perfect, but there's lot of overlap with what you like.

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