June 20th, 2007


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Discussion (11)¬

  1. WuseMajor says:

    See, there is an implication here that if it doesn’t eat all of the shadows, they don’t die. It makes me wonder if it could help that kid with the shadow on her mind.

  2. Magpie says:

    I’ve wondered that too! Especially since the shadow isn’t hers. Though Murai’s brain-shadows may be a god’s, so maybe it’d be another “drinking the ocean” situation?

  3. Sydney says:

    this comic is broked.. it’s all.. skewed in a band across the middle..
    Is it just me? It can be fixed?
    I like this comic.. and sorry to post a random comment somewhere in the archives.
    How did I get here? Ah.. an Otter sent me.
    This comic is cool, thanks..

  4. Cheri says:

    That little moth thing…

    Maybe I’m just being paranoid.

  5. NigaiAmai Yume says:

    Cheri, it’s not paranoia when even the vegetables are out to get you.

  6. BunnyRock says:

    NigaiAmai, that line is going down on the list of epic quotes. thank you.

  7. CJ says:

    The shadows that Shadowchild eats can’t all be from regrets and guilts and bad things people have done. Shadowchild eats the shadows of trees and fish, too. Maybe it’s just that people with fewer regrets or guilts don’t have shadows that are as tasty?

  8. Psy says:

    Not necessarily, CJ– I think there are two types of shadows in this case, the literal ones, like the man’s actual visible shadow which had disappeared, and the metaphorical ones, all the regrets and guilts that act as “shadows” on the heart. I think Shadowchild is capable of eating both. As for tastiness, well, the only preference it’s shown in regards to taste is for… I think it was an oak’s shadow, that it said made it giddy and talkative? Lol, it’s been a bit. XD

    Also, it has been set that trees are capable of speaking– remember the Oracular Slug? Same goes for birds, like when they told Shadowchild that it was not one of them, and at least one mention of… I think it was koi? That discussed philosophy in limericks? But the tree thing, at least, establishes in my mind that all living things in the world that’s been established here are capable of speaking… just, not everyone’s capable of hearing them. And if they can speak and communicate, why can’t they feel and regret?

  9. Lee says:

    I like it that Shadowchild chases flying bugs like a kitten does. This is the second or third time we see her doing it.

  10. Arrkhal says:

    Hm. What Psy said made me think of something. Eating the shadows created by guilt is probably just as bad as eating someone’s physical shadow. The shadow is gone, but the guilt and the past deed remain. A lethally unnatural situation, perhaps.

  11. Silver Guardian says:

    @Arrkhal: Perhaps not… if the shadow on the heart IS the guilt, rather than cast BY the guilt, then eating the guilt-shadow could serve as a crude form of therapy; the past deed would remain, but the person might simply stop feeling guilty about it.

    Of course this is all speculation on my part; I don’t know that the premise of my analysis is the truth of the matter… but (minor spoiler) it’s certainly possible, given the nature of the shadow that appears on Digger’s stomach later.