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Scaredcited! And songs! [Oct. 24th, 2011|10:02 pm]
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There's a new Stop Paying Attention comic!


EDIT: My server seems to be a little weinery right now, so




A 2-page Halloween comic!

Spoiler: The haunted house wasn’t all that scary. But fun nonetheless! I think most haunted houses probably tout themselves as “one of the scariest haunted houses in the country.” Smart selling.

Anyway, this is a two-page comic, chock full of guest appearances. I really love these “comics crowdsourcing” experiments. I asked my twitter followers (LucyKnisley) to send me a deep fear of theirs along with their photo in order to incorporate them into the second page. It’s sort-of auto-bio-for-everyone. If you lent your fear and portrait to attend the big “House that is Haunted,” thank you so much! It was really fun and challenging to draw everyone (sorry if I forgot your coloring exactly when it came time to color the enormous page). One thing that struck me as I was drawing out the page was that so many of us share specific fears. Drawing everyone in a place where we all faced our fears was really comforting. At least we’re all in it together.

Some of your fears got condensed into the general idea in order to broaden the specific fears, so see if you can spot yourself! Also; if you have any idea how many figures are features in this drawing, let me know. I lost count too many times and gave up.

In the first page, special guests include my mom (when is she NOT in one of my comics?), and Simon Pegg. Also my pals: Mark Thisse, Joey H.(who would actually NEVER EVER be caught dead watching The Human Centipede), Lonnie Mann, an assortment of monsters, and Yuko and Ananth, of the absolutely wonderful Johnny Wander webcomic (their images used without permission– I hope they don’t mind). I just finished reading the collected Johnny Wander book 1, and it was really excellent. You guys should go check it out!

Also there was a clown.




My friend Mark and I have been doing duets together for a few years. He's my favorite person to sing with, even though we live far apart and don't get to sing together often. This week I dug out my guitar and we recorded a few covers of some good songs.

A drinking-song version of "Nobody Loves you Like Me," from the new Jonathan Coulton album

And a slow, harmonic version of "Let Me Go," by Cake
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[User Picture]From: adam_0oo
2011-10-25 03:20 am (UTC)

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Wow, that is some artistic achievement, super duper, especially the maze bit.

What was the haunted house btw?
[User Picture]From: Mark Jefferson
2011-10-25 03:53 am (UTC)

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This was soo awesome. I've often thought about how scary movies are really a take on our own real fears. Im bummed I missed the call for fears on twitter :(. I dont check my feed nearly enough. Masterful work on the maze btw. I loved the two ghosts taking a cigarette(joint?)/coffee break haha
[User Picture]From: limehadfun
2011-10-25 03:56 am (UTC)

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Aw man thats pretty awesome. Wish I had an updated picture of me, I wanted to send my face&fear in!



Loving the cover of 'Nobody loves you like me"! You and your friend Mark have lovely voices! (:
[User Picture]From: madhatterpan
2011-10-25 04:49 am (UTC)

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I feel lame for not recognizing Anath and Yuko immediately. I think it's because I'm so accustomed to Anath having eyes.

I am content to let everyone else enjoy their horror movies and stories and whatnot. I've never really put much thought into the purpose horror serves (because I am too busy fleeing in the opposite direction). This was extremely interesting.
[User Picture]From: askeladden
2011-10-25 05:08 am (UTC)

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Okay, am I the only one who thinks that the subtext of "Nobody Loves You Like Me" is that it's sung from the perspective of a rich old man with a chronic illness who had a clone of himself made when he was first diagnosed and now that the clone is in his 20s he's all ready to harvest his organs so he can keep living, but at the last minute he realizes that killing the clone and taking his organs would be worse than dying, because it would be like murdering himself in his prime (I know that identical twins aren't the same person, much less people with the same genome who were raised decades apart, but this guy has to be pretty twisted or he wouldn't have hit on this scheme in the first place), so he decides to retreat to his mansion and die after all, and his clone never knows that he just narrowly escaped a fate that's been destined for him his entire life, because even though the old man constantly kept tabs on him and got to know him from afar, the clone never knew of the old man's existence?

Just me, then? Well, okay.

Then answer me this: What's the meaning of "it's not a real heart; it's not a real heart; it's not a real heart; it is a real artificial heart", huh? One rich old man might discover he has a conscience and refuse to sign the harvest papers, but there are plenty more rich old men where he came from...
[User Picture]From: askeladden
2011-10-25 05:22 am (UTC)

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(The tricky thing is that when he sings "Nobody loves you like me", he's singing to the clone, but when he says "I'll use a pencil and that will show you", he's singing to the part of himself who had planned to harvest the clone's organs in the first place. He's got some serious self/other conflation issues.)
[User Picture]From: a_username
2011-10-25 05:10 am (UTC)

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I think I see myself! Thanks for letting us be a part of it. It turned out excellent.
[User Picture]From: giant_ant
2011-10-25 07:32 am (UTC)

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Lucy this is fabulous comic- leaving me in awe of your skills but intellectually thought-provoking as well. Amazing.
[User Picture]From: jaymarcy
2011-10-25 10:37 am (UTC)

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After seeing the "pre"-pencilled and inked page of page two, all I can say is "wow!"
Love you and the work!!
[User Picture]From: jaymarcy
2011-10-25 11:02 am (UTC)

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Came back to check the "ghosts on a break" and saw the two ghosts makin' out too! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!
[User Picture]From: milkradio
2011-10-25 01:19 pm (UTC)

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I like the ghosts who are taking a smoke/coffee break :D
[User Picture]From: oboe_sama
2011-10-25 10:26 pm (UTC)

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haha, i was able to find me! i forwarded it over to my sister so i can see if she can find me as well, almost like a "where's waldo?" puzzle. it looks great!
[User Picture]From: Noah True-Daniels
2011-10-26 03:02 am (UTC)

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Great comic, really amazing! Love the ghosts kissing/smoking/coffee break. I didn't see those things till I read the comments.
[User Picture]From: losttoy
2011-10-26 07:03 pm (UTC)

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I too loved the ghosts smoking and drinking coffee.
[User Picture]From: garurulous
2011-11-01 02:36 am (UTC)

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those are so great! (just like every other "stop paying attention" comic, really.) love looking at all those distinct faces in the maze! also, i'm glad someone suggested "the sea" as a fear; *shudder*

speaking of marine life, i was watching the NY1 coverage of the village halloween parade tonight and could've sworn i saw your squid costume in a crowd scene, only to get very exciting confirmation when you got some solo screen time! very impressive costume in addition to your very impressive comics :)
[User Picture]From: lucylou
2011-11-01 03:09 am (UTC)

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HAHAHA YES!
I'm so glad you saw it! Man, I wish I could see it! Dang live TV.
So rad!
Thanks for the kind words. Awesome to hear, always!
[User Picture]From: rotineb
2011-11-01 11:15 pm (UTC)

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great post as usual!