There’s too many Schteins in this room, aaaaaa, call the fire marshal
Ah, that ragdoll flop in the fourth panel is killing me! It’s so fabulous!
Holy god! Did Schtein have a sister? Did his grandfather kill her?! I wonder if Schtein knew her at all? Yeesh…what a big, happy family he’s got…psycho mom, suicidal dad, megalomaniac grandfather, and a sister of unknown whereabouts. Good times, good times.
Oh, just noticed, in the second panel you put ‘and end to this’ instead of ‘an end to this’ though my mind autocorrected the first time I read it.
Hmm, but now I can’t help wondering: Was Robert really suicidal?
Did I? Hmm, will have to fix that!
Oh man Robert’s expression in the 3rd panel.
Many graphs! I HAVE CHARRRTTSSSSS! MY KINKO’S BUDGET IT ENDLESS!
is endless, natch.
“If you would only allow me to show you the many graphs that I have–” In ANY situation where a sentence starts this way, the appropriate response is to run away. Immediately.
Little Schtein’s grabby hand and one terrified eye in that panel make me so sad, wow.
I’m starting to be impressed with just how sane Schtein is, giving his background…
So many feelings! So many mysteries! Could Schtein’s mysterious past finally be revealed?
Huh, so lil’ Schtein couldn’t talk.
Looking at this, I can understand where he developed his various fears and general distaste for humanity. I guess if you ended up hydrophobic and spending 15 years in an underground laboratory, being exposed to a filthy station being experimented on is a great place to start.
*stupid auto-correct. Mysophobic.
I’d hardly call the place filthy. As a matter of fact, it’s fairly pristine.
everything I draw looks filthy. It’s my fault. :V
I love the way his father look like elder Herville in the second panel. Iam so sorry for little Schtein.
I really just LOVE that little orange bow-tie! Everything is so toned down, and blue-tinted, and then ya got that little bow-tie just livin’ it up!
I bet Orville tries very hard to cultivate an atmosphere of cheeriness. He’s channeling all of his love and joy into various brightly-colored fashion accessories.
hence the yellow colored glasses. Trying to keep everything cheerful!
As well as kid-friendly; He looks towards Peewee’s playhouse for inspiration.
You know, in my gang those are called “meth glasses”.
Maybe genetic science is more interesting than sleeping.
well, that’s a given, but I doubt he’s using. Yellow glasses are supposed to be less tiring on the eyes when you stare at backlit displays all day like computer monitors.
What a… what a normal looking guy his dad is!
Perhaps this, right here, is the most depressing strip so far.
We know that the one normal, well-adjusted (or seemingly so) person who wanted what was best for Stein, then a terrified, tortured child, is going to die– And we know that either:
A) He’s going to kill himself, likely over guilt involving something done to Stein (My guess? Allows the experiments to continue, based on Gramp’s last words here.)
B) Be killed, and have his death covered up as a suicide, for attempting to rescue Stein.
We also know that whatever way that death happens, it’s just going to leave Young Stein in a predicament where he has to go to either an emotionally abusive mother, or return to his physically/genetically(?) abusive Grandfather.
I’m tempted to guess B, because Occam’s Razor, but A is just more…angsty, in some ways.
Either way, this is a really depressing strip. Kudos.
I should also point out that I suspect the treatments aren’t even meant to get Stein to a point where he can talk.
He’s a genius, after all, and he exhibits some autistic tendencies. If I recall correctly Einstein didn’t speak until he was four, either, and certainly these experiments don’t /seem/ to involve aiding children in developing psychologically. Not that we’ve seen them, but given certain clues…
Historical misconception. Einstein began talking, normally, at the age of two. He was just a bit quiet and tended to repeat sentences to himself so people were concerned that he was slow.
I did not know that, and now I do. Coolio.
“..it’s unfortunate with margot what happened.”
is this a mistake or just his normal syntax? o:
also, awesome. all of it, but especially the lab’s ceiling/interior.
except for that unfortunate ‘and’ in a certain panel there’s no mistakes
Dude’s got graphs; I think we should hear him out.
graphs never lie! Just wait until he whips out his venn diagrams, too, oh boy
Aw c’mon, what’s a little humanity when compared to science??
That’s what I’m sayin’!
That clingy little Schtein breaks my heart.
Schtein’s(was) blond haired and blue eyed, but neither his mother or father are, not even gradpa. I don’t know for sure what this implies, child from dad’s first marriage? Or perhaps adopted, but then why is he a genius?
There are many genes involved with both eye and hair color- it’s possible they carried just the right combo to end up with a kid that doesn’t look like them.
orville’s eyes are blue. Easier to tell two pages back. Also you don’t always end up looking like your parents like that. I can think of one person I know who comes from a family of brown hair and brown/green eyes who is blonde and blue eyed.
YOU’RE ADOPTED. >:D
but I wasn’t referring to myself. :C
Blond hair and blue eyes are both recessive traits. As long as both parents carry the recessive blond/blue alleles, they can end up with blond babies.
This tends to confuse people. You can generally have a blond kid without blond parents, but two blond parents will generally only have blond kids (though even then, there’s no guarantee).
So the genetics don’t indicate adoption.
You know, many Caucasians are more blond when child, and get darker gray “ash” at their teens. See Shtein’s dad and grandpa as example, I bet they had pretty same hair color as Herwy when they were at his age. This description fits to his mother as well, but she has grayed.
I believe this is called “dirty blond” and that’s the main brand of blond one finds outside central Scandinavia and Finnish coast.
that’s my family! Blonde as children, hair slowly turns into a gross grey/brown color as we age. Well, except for my father and his brother who were both redheads before turning brown. I don’t know why this issue keeps popping up every time Schtein’s family shows up. Like it’s so goddamned crazy that a blonde kid could have dark haired parents. You guyss… 9_9
Whoa…I just realised…that means that Schtein…(kid Schtein) had a sister, right? “Poisoned my daughter”?
correct! Do you think he knows?
I loooove your paneling
Wow, thank you, that’s a compliment I’ve never actually gotten before. C:
Oh, I was looking for a reason his mom resented him so much
Poor Schtein! He looks sooooo scared in the second to last panel.
Nice to see where Schtein got his nervous face from. Lovin’ the 4th panel.
I’ve read that there are 10,000 possible gene combinations in any one person, so like myself, blonde with brown-haired parents, Schtein could certainly be the “fluke”.
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