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  • Danygalw

    Is she thinking of phoning… Patrick?

    • Oh damn, right, that’s a smartphone. I thought it was a TV remote! In order to parse the scene as a “lonely person about to make a phone call” situation, I’d expect a plain old Triassic telephoning device, like, with a hook and a cable. I’m living in the 21st century but apparently my fiction-viewing module hasn’t caught up yet…

      • Dwight Williams

        A lot of us aren’t ready to give up on landlines yet, no matter how useful the cellphone is.

        • palmvos

          its a lot easier to get a really amplified land line phone.

      • I did the same thing. When I first read the comic I thought, “Why is she reaching for the TV remote?”

      • Margot

        I also thought it was a TV remote, and I don’t have a TV or a landline.. um..

        • It’s just those cultural things that exist as symbols more than reality. Like those U-shaped red magnets which I’ve never even seen, and yet they’re the first thing that would come to my mind if someone said “quick, imagine a magnet”.

    • Could be cinema guy?

    • Darkoneko Hellsing

      Or at least unblocking his number

    • Lysiuj

      Or Max?

      • Danygalw

        Surely not.

      • Walter

        Worst wit-sec EVER!

      • Tylikcat

        Oh, I’ve moved somewhere my mother doesn’t even know – but hey, I still have the same number!

    • Kifre

      I cannot think of a single person that isn’t her therapist that it would be too awesome to call right now.

      • Arkone Axon

        Possibly an attorney or a public relations expert?

      • Filthy Liar

        Cleaver. She’s down for that serrated action.

      • Margot

        Home? Or is it really late at night now?

      • Happyroach

        Well she could always read Metafilter. The Ask Metafilter section would be particularly relevant.

        Or if she’s particularly masochistic, there’s the Reddit relationship subforms…

    • Zorae42

      I’m going to guess Pintsize or Brad.

      She needs a friend right now that isn’t close to what’s been going on, and one that’s not also a potential love interest or ex-love interest with a dubious set of morals/motivations.

      I’m also guessing them because we’ve listed just about every other major character in the comic (that wasn’t just here a few pages ago) and didn’t want them to go unmentioned as reasonable possibilities. I think Pintsize or Brad would be better choices for emotional support, although I also think Patrick or Klevin are probably more likely (although I hope it’s not Klevin since she’s not in a very good emotional space to be starting anything with him).

      • Danygalw

        Calling one of them would be a *good* decision, but I don’t think she’s going to make one of those.

  • Zorae42

    Are those tears or just eye crust from sleeping?

  • Random

    I wish I had that cliche.

  • I actually thought she was just going to be pissed at the noise at first. Thats usually my reaction to revelry outside my window. Mainly because I hate other people and their joy cuts through me like hot glass shards.

    • AshlaBoga

      Hello soulmate.

      • Do you also share my utopian vision where people just sort of shuffle from place to place in silence aside from the occasional annoyed grunt? Funny thing, utopia for me is 1984 for everyone else.

        • palmvos

          If i could i’d trade you hearing ability. not hearing through doors, not able to distinguish bird calls very much, not hearing the buzz of a florescent light fixture, you might find paradise. then you take out your aids and it gets really quiet, but headphones work much better.

          • Weatherheight

            Mumps have made me Éna ouránio, so I’ve had the “roll over onto the good side, show the world the deaf side” thing going on since I was two.

            Once I was walking along with a group of friends at a youth convention, so I slid on over to the right side of the group so I could hear what was being said. After a few moment, one of the young women in the group slid over to the right side of the group. So naturally, I once again slid on over to the right side of the group. and after a few moments, she slid right back to the right side of the group…

            I literally fell down laughing and everyone is looking at me like I’m mad, and I finally managed to point at the young lady and get out “You’re deaf in your right ear, aren’t you?” She looked at me like I was psychic and then she realized how I knew that, and there was two of us rolling on the ground laughing.

            Good times…

          • palmvos

            did you ever have… weird sound location events? I wore one aid for 20+ years before I finally went bilateral and not ripping the second aid out in pain. that was the weirdest thing growing up- trying to hear where things come from and failing spectacularly.

          • Weatherheight

            I have practically no ability to locate the source of a sound. When I was young and rode my bicycle, this made cycling… challenging.

            It also made walking across a construction site a bit amusing to everyone watching me, as I was constantly rubbernecking to make sure I wasn’t walking in front of an earthmover or other piece of heavy equipment.

            It causes issues with interpersonal relationships, too, since I can’t hear much on my right side – I’m pretty highly functional so people tend to forget I’m deaf on that side, but every once in a while someone says something important on right side, forgetting. Those are always interesting conversations when we try to sort out what the hell I was thinking. 😀

        • Izo

          There was an old Twlight Zone episode like that, I think.

          Or I might be combining a Twilight zone episode with the Grinch’s speech about ‘noise, noise, noise.’

          • There were a bunch of TZ episodes with that theme. That said, I dont actually want the rest of the world to disappear, I just want it to exist entirerly for my convienience. Which I’m pretty certain is a symptom of autism, which would explain a lot.

          • Weatherheight

            Hey, look on the bright side, it could be a form of Narcissism! The world may not revolve around you, but there’s lots of up sides to realizing that it really does.

            ::giggles manically::

          • Izo

            No I mean there was one TZ in particular about a housewife who was stressed out from all the noise and busy people around her and found she was able to stop time and make everything quiet, then I think the twist at the end was that she winds up stopping time JUST as a nuclear missile is about to hit her town and there’s nothing she can do to save anyone, because if she starts up time, everyone dies. If she doesn’t, everyone is frozen forever except for her. 🙂

          • Hiram

            Best choice – Disassemble the missile and bury the components deep underground. Be lady flash. Of course there are a lot of issues with time stop as a power. Like, how do you breathe?

          • Izo

            It was way too high up for her to reach like that. She can’t fly thousands of feet into the air.

          • Tylikcat

            What, TZ portray a housewife as that competent?

    • Raven Black

      I’m sure it’s not just joy though. Screaming babies are worse then revelry, right?

      • Oh yeah, which naturally means that I get BOTH kinds of sounds in my building, the screaming baby in the next apartment over. I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s possible to frame that family for something so they’ll get evicted and I wont get woken up at 6 AM by their squalling brat.

        • butting

          Empty laudanum vials in the stairway, with a patch of spilled talcum powder marked by baby-sized crawl marks? Quiet word with the super and Bob’s your auntie’s bit on the side.

          • Shweta Narayan

            good noir setting fix. Bit unlikely to work at current tech & opioid control levels, but still.

        • Shweta Narayan

          This apartment has two sides with windows, and we had colicky babies on *both* sides for *months*.

          They took turns.

    • Margot

      Alison, get some curtains.

  • BGB

    So, I’m curious. Are there any asexual and/or aromantic characters in SFP? I have my headcanons, but I’m curious what the writers think and what other fans think. The possibility was at least acknowledged by Allison in one of her conversations with Cleaver, but AFAIK no character has been confirmed as ace (yet?)

    And no, my comment has nothing to do with this particular page, it’s just me musing about the comic as a whole.

    • ampg

      None yet, but there are definitely characters whose orientations haven’t been mentioned, so it’s a possibility.

    • SnowDemonAkuma

      The problem is that establishing someone as asexual or aromantic is really hard without resorting to really awkward info-dumps.

      • Freemage

        Yeah. Just as monogamous bisexuals are only obvious during a relationship transition that also involves a gender-swap (ie, they end a relationship with a girl, and start going out with a guy, or vice-versa), asexuals and aromantics are really only obvious when they’re explaining, why they aren’t accepting a proposition.

        You can get there with exposition, but it has to really come up naturally; if you force it, it’s more jarring than just sticking in a yellow text box that reads, “John Doe, Asexual” when the character first appears. (Basically, it comes across as the character needing to explain themselves to everyone they meet–which is a specific character trait that should not be shared by all members of non-obvious groups.)

  • Carla

    Girl, whoever you are thinking of texting, don’t do it.

    • Izo

      Probably Clevin

      • Carla

        Yeah, he’s one of a couple people it could be. None of them are good ideas.

        • Izo

          Meh, I don’t have any actual problems with Clevin but he just seems so two-dimensional, sort of like Warren from Life is Strange but more pushover-ish.

          Good game btw except the end. Won’t spoil it.

          • Carla

            Oh, I actually like Clevin, I just think her messaging him right now is ill advised.

          • Nelly Dreadful

            Yeah, it just seems like a SUPER bad idea to START anything when you’re lonely and upset? Even the nicest potential partner in the world, just, this is not a good launching point or a good reason.

            I wanna yell out to her BABY NO, write his name down then go take a deep breath, take a shower, something, then in the morning after you’ve slept on it THEN text him! (Buuuut whoever she is texting it is probably not me. And also I am not currently the upset lonely person and I probably would also not have great judgement if I was the upset lonely person.)

          • Arkone Axon

            I like Clevin… which is why I really really REALLY do not want to see her with him. Clevin does not deserve any of her baggage. He also deserves someone who is attracted to him even when she’s not rebounding from a previous relationship.

          • Izo

            Fair enough point 🙂

    • Walter

      Maybe her parents? They could cheer her up a bit.

      • Carla

        I salute you and your optimism. From your lips to God’s (Molly and Brennan’s) ears.

    • Lostman

      Mmmm… She could easily have a few pictures on there…

  • Walter

    How dare people be happy when I am sad? Ooh…a phone. I should call a friend who is also a boy. Maybe one that I kissed in a movie theater and not one that I recently threw a mug at.

  • thebitterfig

    Is it just me, or do those two look a little like Finn and Poe? And with the jacket no less…

  • ampg

    Don’t booty-call Klevin, Al! You’ll screw the whole thing up!

  • Kifre

    Oh…so you’re going to…use Klevin now I guess? Hmm.

  • Arklyte

    Definetly not Patrick. He’s still in the hospital… if he even had gone to fix his face and haven’t just “let it heal on it’s own” ie “best face to end up looking like Scarecrow from Arkham Knight”.

    • AshlaBoga

      It’s been weeks since she carved his face up though.

      • Arklyte

        She shattered a cup. That was in a wrapping. Inside a hard cardboard box. Which left him bleeding at much higher rate then you’d get from a few bruises and broken noze. All done by superhuman character in feat of anger.
        I think you’re underestimating the possible damage.

  • JohnTomato

    The ‘Smoker’s Lounge’ is open.

  • danima

    I’m getting seriously concerned about Allison’s level of sleep deprivation, here. What are we on, hour 55 or so of emotionally intense wakefulness? I know she took a little nap, but that’s hardly enough to undo such a significantly altered state.

    • AshlaBoga

      We’re definitely over 48 hours, so 55 sounds about right.

      • Mechwarrior

        A few more hours and she’ll start having hallucinations of Tom Hanks.

      • Tylikcat

        Huh. My labmate only stayed up for 36… and then the next morning managed to get up, walk across the room, solve the puzzles to turn off his alarm, and go back to bed (to have no memory of this some hours later.) He was several hours late to a, luckily, not very important presentation.

    • AshlaBoga

      I poured orange juice into my cereal after 46 hours, and then took several bites before thinking my milk was the wrong colour. Then I decided to pour myself another bowl of cereal with milk, only I put the milk in the cereal cupboard and took the cereal and orange juice back to table… and nearly poured myself another bowl of OJ cereal because giving up and just asking my dad for some sleeping pills.

      There comes a point where not taking drugs is a bad idea.

    • Zorae42

      Maybe it wasn’t a short nap? It was evening when Paladin arrived; and seems like it was before sunset because of the pinkish-purple background. And now it’s some unknown hour of the night.

      It’s cold outside, so sunset is probably somewhere between 4:30-7:30. Even with the median time (6pm) she could’ve gotten 2-3hours of sleep and it be reasonable for people to be out and about. If it’s super far into winter she could’ve even gotten 4-5 hours 😀 Although I suppose that’s super optimistic.

      But even at the worst, she may have gotten at least a good hour of sleep. Probably not enough to undo the sleep deprivation, but enough to keep her going a little while longer at reasonable levels before getting into super bad territory.

    • Happyroach

      Look on the bright side. If she stays awake long enough, her mind will make her some new friends.

      • Weatherheight

        Been there, done that. Trust me, they weren’t friendly at all.
        Entertaining, yes.

  • a person

    Resisting the temptation of looking at people making noise and being happy outside your window when you feel lonely is fucking hard. I feel this, I’ve been there.

  • Weatherheight

    Ah yes, the hormones and intensity of youthfulness rearing their collective heads. There are a great many things I miss from my youth, but that struggle isn’t one of them. So many, many ways to go wrong and so many, many ways to suffer (and almost all of them self-inflicted, in my case).

    Granted, I’d gladly trade the aches and pains and responsibilities of becoming aged for that pain and all the freedom that goes with it. And then bitch about that pain set once I got it. 😀

    Let’s hope she’s calling a friend (which will be tough, since two of her best friends are more than likely doin’ the Painting of Dogs Playing Poker thing right now…).

  • zellgato

    ..Time to visit knife guy?
    I mean not romantic or anything as far as i know, but he and you can be frank with eachother. Though that topic would probbly hurt him more than it hurts you.

  • Danygalw

    I think calling Patrick is probably the most dramatic possibility right now.

    • Danygalw

      ok also i really want patrick back in the story

      • Amilynn

        I do too but that doesn’t make it a good idea for her.

        • Danygalw

          Oh good, you saw my other comment.

          It’s a terrible idea for her! Don’t call your ambiguously evil ex-supervillain mindreading ex-friend you are/were crushing on in the middle of the night when you’re heavily sleep-deprived and lonely and morally fraught… but actually do because I want to read about it. ☺

  • Eva Smiljanić

    Ouch. I know those feels.

  • Just my last, random thought before being beaten over the head by the sandman….

    Alison is not going to use the phone to call any of the various friends or potential romantic entanglements that people have suggested; she’s going to call the cops and make them come out and deal with noisy, quiet-time-curfew-violating neighbors. Anonymously.

    Okay, granted, never gonna happen… but it would be the perfect anticlimax to deflate all the self-righteous jibber-jabber that I’ve been reading…