I feel like apologizing for the racial slur on today’s page. :C
One of the dangers of writing dialogue for racists.
It’s a shame the guards can’t be everywhere all the time, eh, Doc?
A word’s a word, you don’t mean it, it’s just the character. :)
yeah, well, it’s better to make it clear that I don’t endorse it than not. C:
Yay! That first panel was fantastic, the anatomy and such, and as always the coloring is perfect :) I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Poor Schtein!! I love his face in that last panel though, it’s a great expression.
“Okay, I guess — What?! Dang it!”
I’m sorry for the awkward “word thing above”, but I just love this comic and it’s 4 am. Another awesome page!
Hey, don’t worry about the word! As a Jew, it’s the one word I always want to say for some reason. But yeah, it’s the kind of slur that gets easily forgotten by people, so to see it is good. People shouldn’t forget the awful words in the world by censoring them constantly.
Anyway, great page! I love Schtein’s face in the third, sixth, and seventh panels. Great.
But yeah, it’s the kind of slur that gets easily forgotten by people, so to see it is good. People shouldn’t forget the awful words in the world by censoring them constantly.
As a middle-class college student in the USA, it’s not a racial slur that’s in my working vocabulary. I only know “nigger”—these other ones are either from before my time or out of my geographic or socioeconomic experience. It’s sometimes hard for me to remember that they once had (or in some places still have!) any currency or impact.
I dunno. If someone called me a kike, I’d kick their ass. But it’s the kind of term you’d only hear from a crazy racist in a prison, like this guy. Or just any sort of skinhead. But yeah, it’s not good to forget that it wasn’t just the Germans who treated Jews badly. For decades, huge numbers of Americans didn’t like them either.
Hilariously I ran into far more diverse and quite horrid slurs in London than I ever did in the U.S.
“Kike”? I had never even heard it before and am still not sure what it means? Is it the same as “Kraut”? (Because the skinhead said Schtein’s name sounded German.) I simply assumed that the only word on that page that I *don’t* know must be the racial slur, because the rest wasn’t. Hm.
Naw, not the same at all.
It’s an offensive word for a Jewish person. Protip: search engines are great.
And if I put it into Google, next thing I know my IP adress lands in a list of potential neo-nazis or something.
Hahah, I doubt it. You should see the stuff I have to google doing research for this comic.
No black helicopters over my house just yet.
He called him grandpa a few pages ago, now he’s “boy”. I’m not complaining or questioning, but I expected something like “old man”. Then again, who’s to predict to continuity of an inmate?
He’s southern, southerners call everyone ‘boy’ it has nothing to do with age. It’s condescending.
Maybe I should have him stick with calling him gramps, though, I dunno.
I dunno, I think it works. After all, Schtein doesn’t necessarily talk like a “gramps”.
Next Page! please Please PLEASE!!XD
What is the first fellow in the fifth panel up to?
hahah, I have no idea. I shoulda drawn his mouth open perhaps.
He really doesn’t look very into whatever it is that he is doing.
He’s angry because there are no truckers around to respond to his “blow your horn!” arm gesture.
I know that always makes me angry.
I’m so happy you’re updating again! I found this comic during your break, and I don’t know why I always find my favorite comics during breaks. But it’s so exciting for you to update again.
I’m happy too! I was only gone for a week, though. :D
I have to take breaks every now and then or working on this will start to feel like a chore rather than a thing I do for fun. But I don’t take them very often, so don’t worry about that.
I’m glad you like the comic, though! Always flattering to hear people want more, hahah.
Schtein looks like he’s assuming he’s going to be horribly raped daily ): Hopefully reality is kinder than his imagination, which seems to have been the case thus far.
Don’t worry about the “boy” thing, I think it makes perfect sense, age is irrelevant. It’s pretty much a different word entirely from the one that means “male child,” it just happens to derive from it and sound the same.
And it is a sad world we live in when we have to apologize for racial slurs that we don’t even endorse.
That’s what I thought… that’s the way it gets tossed around here. I’ve heard jerks call old guys ‘boy’ before. It’s just meant to be belittling, not an indication of actual age.
jeeze, I need to make something nice happen to him soon or this comic’s gonna just get too depressing!
I know how you feel. I’m writing about 16th-century dudes, and they hated pretty much anyone who wasn’t from their home country. This makes for some very not-okay dialogue at times… :/
HEY! What is Scarface staring at off camera? Do I detect a hint of help coming to Doc?
In panel 5, Scarface is…
I have a feeling The good doctor was about to say “Well… then TASTE IMPROVISED SHIV!”
Is he going to be broken like Bane broke Batman?
please tell me you are not about to pull a shawshank D:
That was exactly the thought running through my head when seeing that panel, and I didn’t just see the movie I read the book, too. Uh oh. :-o
Amazing page, the first panel especially captured the claustrophobic atmosphere of Schtein being cornered.
Oh, jeez, poor Schtein. He reaaaaally needs to find a way out of this jam. For the sake of his rectum. D:
(Meanwhile from time to time I can’t help but feel weird rooting for him, since he reminds me an awful lot of an ex-boyfriend. >_o)
“The trailer park that squeezed you out” — that has got to be the grossest image ever implied. … Yet…it has all the vagueness of being implied. Ohoho!
I love the contrast between their faces in the last panel. It has that whole “brains vs. brawn” vibe to it.
I also find it fascinating that you have built up the whole story around a villain protagonist and actually got people to care about him. I don’t see people try things like that too often.
What I love is that if the aryan-nutjob had shut up in the second to last panel, Schtein probably would have worked for him. Now the good Doc just has to kill him. :D
Time to break out the shank Mr. Schtein. :D
Not yet, they’d just take it from him. Be patient Mr. Schtein.
NOOOOO! Dont rape him! Poor Schtein, all cornered like an animal. Kick their asses Schtein!
What did we see Schtein holding just one (official) page ago, dripping with blood? If that wasn’t the artist playing with us Schtein is not done murdering people just yet.
Captain, that would be very illogical and would not work.
Because as if not some of those nazis wouldn’t be carrying a chiv too. Plus Schtein really should save his for a special occasion, as he yet doesn’t know where to get a new one in case he losses his current.
Good thinking, Mr. Spock. And unless Scar face… really IS looking toward… an approaching man.. who might help him… it looks as though Mr. Schtein is… on his own. We’ll just have to see what will happen next.
I feel like he’s going to FLIP OUT about his face getting touched all over like that, especially his mouth, and get some adrenalin-rage-strength and kill that guy :S
Man, those tattoos look like a super pain to keep drawing over and over. They look good though!
I also love the angle and composition on that first panel. Great stuff there.
Actually, I really like the entire page haha Keep up the good work!
Nah, they’re pretty simple. I could have made it real hard on myself and done full sleeves or something. I think in his original sketches his tattoos were way more complex.
I should keep a better eye on their placement, though. That snake seems to be sliding about on his head from panel to panel! Oh dear. :o
Still waiting until some big publishing company steals you away Becks, you’re setting a high standard for webcomics.
He doesn’t mean “break him” IN does he? lol I’m gross, sorry
Thank you for the comic! Although I personally would have liked this page to have a bigger first panel. I had to go back one page to see if I had missed something, since it doesn’t seem like opening to a new act. It does have a claustrofobic feel though. Otherwise good job!
I think I’m in love with you’re comic. And Doc. Who is double my age, literally.
Is that weird?
It’s probably weird.
Oh man, skinhead’s got his hands on Schtein’s face in a way I’m scared of it being twisted and SNAP! broken D: But jeeze! I bet Schtein’s skin is just crawling right now, especially with his added “breaking you” line… gyuuh I don’t even ew
Anyway, again, brilliant comic! Keep it up!
Oh, Doc. Insulting Southern boys places of origin is one thing… Just don’t go insulting his Momma.
Never heard that slur before, the more you know I guess. Also, weasel face and scar face make a return, sweet.
10 bucks says Schtein is gonna get raped
So you’re going to beat the guy you despise for his heritage because he won’t do as you say, and if he does you’re still going to beat him because he’s a Jew. And you have to remember the warden is going to ensure he gets beaten as much as he possibly can and still survive anyway.
Stein seems to already be resigned to the fact that nothing he does or doesn’t do can make his life any worse. So I think Thug McNaziface here is going to run into some problems trying to threaten him.
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