Subnormality #230

November 29, 2021

Hey, next comic is here. Also you can watch this as a video for whatever reason, as linked below. Weird! -Wr

44 Responses to “Subnormality #230”

  1. Al Says:

    Wow. It’s been being nine o’clock an awful lot for me recently. Maybe I can use this. Thanks!

  2. Paul Says:

    “There is a Moment in each Day that Satan cannot find
    Nor can his Watch Fiends find it, but the Industrious find
    This Moment & it multiply. & when it once is found
    It renovates every Moment of the day if rightly placed.”
    –William Blake, 1757-1827

  3. chris Says:

    I think I will have to re-read it, it went straight above my head. Maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace for that one or maybe it’s too soon for me and it will click in a few years.

  4. anypo8 Says:

    So good to see something here again. And this one is fantastic for me: hits where I live right now. Thanks huge!

  5. Ken Hartly Reed Says:

    Your comics always hit me straight in the feels. It’s as if you somehow have managed to put all the thoughts I’ve had down on paper (err…screen?) and combined it with pictures. I don’t remember when I first found Subnormality all those years ago but it feels like you’ve always been a part of me. I am so glad that you produce these strips!

  6. pjen Says:

    YOU’RE BACK! So good to see that. We worried!

    This is lovely. Might have broken me out of a slump. I had it all figured out, and then circumstances changed, and distractions appeared, and winter came, and I’m a sofa-sitting, bread-eating mess.

  7. Brian Says:


  8. Viv Says:

    The blue circles on a red background… That’s an optical illusion, right? It looks 3D… It’s doing funky things to my eyes. I’m not the only one seeing this, right? I could stare at it forever…

    (Still midway reading, I just… Had to comment, the effect was so strong.)

    • Alex Blaine Says:

      Blue and red are complementary colours (“opposites”), the effect you see is the strong contrast between the colours. Try staring at the blue/red area for 30-60 seconds, then look at a white wall or a white paper for a really funny effect. (and yes, it’s safe. what will happen is that you will saturate your eyes with the respective colours in a certain area and when you look at the white background instead, the brain will “subtract” the saturated colour from white, which will leave it’s complementary in place instead).

  9. Briana Says:

    Wow! (Took you awhile, but) totally worth the wait.
    Thank you.

  10. Gergo Says:

    You make melancholy hauntingly beautiful and beauty hauntingly melancholic and haunting beautifully melancholic. And there is hope all over it. Thanks for making these.

  11. keulan Says:

    I like the message, and I’m gonna have to re-read this one later to see if I missed any of the little details.

  12. Joyous Says:

    I really like this!!!
    Ethel looks so hot now tbh… the way you draw faces has really evolved and I really like it, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much since I already liked your old style but it’s just so good?? Thank you for making this stuff for free and sharing it with us, I’ve been following your work since I was 13 or 14. (I always found ethal pretty but I never rlly got “bombshell” vibes from her before) (sorry if that’s weird of me to say)

  13. maxchaplin Says:

    The most paradoxically reassuring insight on soul mates came from Randall Munroe – you shouldn’t worry about missing your soul mate because even if you have one, you probably never met them and never will.

  14. Feels like getting a letter from old friends.

  15. wright1 Says:

    Lovely and moving. Many thanks.

  16. comic writer Says:

    just come across your work, fabulous.
    Tremendous text and art, will look out for more!

  17. AlexanderTheUnremarkable Says:

    This is amazing! It always baffles me how deep your insight into the human condition is. I hope you are doing well during these tough times

  18. chris Says:

    Second read, I still don’t get it. It’s pretty rare that one of your comics (stories) don’t click with me, but this one just escapes me completely. Sorry I failed you, I guess?

    • William Osterkamp Says:

      It’s about resentment, of what you could have been, and of what you are now.

      You need to have felt or are feeling resentment towards something for it to click for you.

  19. Sage wisdom going into a new year.

  20. shum Says:

    It took me a while to notice the counting pattern across characters. I’m slow that way. Somehow I can’t figure out where the “8” is supposed to be, either in the words or in the art…is it the 8 hours a day that Ethel spends at her day job?

  21. Curtita Says:

    “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain” -Charles Bukowski

  22. Al Says:

    I thought I got the point on first read, but I’m seeing a lot more on rereading. It comes together as a thing.

    And I realize, even as I continue to face a whole lot of 9 PM, I have actually been able to use “hey, I did in fact have some non-$#^!!% moments recently” to help me hop over present obstacles. Some of them, at least. In fact, there’s a thing I should go do right now. Over and out.

  23. Stanistani Says:

    Done properly and with abandon, you can live many lives in your allotted time.

  24. Vrpl Says:

    Thank you. I’m so glad you’re still there. This one made me cry a whole awful lot.

  25. Orren Fitch Says:

    Hey, I’ve been dropping by once in awhile to read your latest works for over a decade now, and I just want to let you know that somehow, nearly every time I read a new page of yours, it seems to be exactly what I needed to hear at that point in my life. There’s no one else out there doing it quite the way you do, putting down on metaphorical paper the nuanced and broadly varied spiraling dialogues that hone in on deeply considered impressions of life, and day-to-day philosophy. Thank you so much for continuing to share your thoughts in such a beautiful, unique form.

  26. desert_jin Says:

    Haven’t been here in a while. A year ? Maybe more. Anyhow. Thank you for the mental grounding-wire. Did me good. Have a good one.

  27. I review ALL the past work sometimes, and EVERY time, I have to note you have knocked another one out of the park.

  28. fiverx313 Says:

    i forget to stop by and then i do and wow every time. loved this comic for years but i don’t know if i ever commented before and it’s well past time 🙂

  29. I already commented on this comic once, but it’s rough out. And I needed this one again. It always makes me happy to see Zoe moving on. I hope better is out there for her. I really do.

  30. Lootwijk Says:

    I am so happy I came back here.

  31. rexmorgan687 Says:

    I needed this in so many ways today.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Counting now…

  32. A. Leon Says:

    Thank you for Count to Ten. This was art and spoke to me.

  33. buzz Says:

    This is beautiful

  34. JT Says:

    winston rowntree, i think i may grow old with your work. Please continue, these parasocial friends of mine are as real as any other, their lives inform mine. I hope their troubles do not weigh on you too greatly

  35. Fred E. Math Says:

    Haven’t read Subnormality since high school.

    It’s better than I remembered. Rock the fuck on.


  36. YES.

    Good to see you back, and that you survived the plague!

  37. John Says:

    Your comics mean so much to me. They make me cry and smile.

  38. Mor Says:

    This is such an incredible comic

  39. Đinh Tiên Says:

    Keep up the great work. So glad I learnt the language.

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