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Optical Disarray

Optical Disarray

by AlexYoshida
A comic about two guys with a lot of problems. Some of those problems are depression and instability. Another of those problems is a magical fox and a goat with identity issues.

Disclaimer: this comic touches on heavy subjects at times. I recommend readers to be ages 16+
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263
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Last Update
2 Months Ago
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943
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Optical Disarray

A comic about two guys with a lot of problems. Some of those problems are depression and instability. Another of those problems is a magical fox and a goat with identity issues.

Disclaimer: this comic touches on heavy subjects at times. I recommend readers to be ages 16+

Recent Comments

Well,
I apologize for missed updates so soon after the comic's return. Unfortunately, my mother passed away on October 5th and I'm in the process of handling arrangements and other things.

For the time being, OD will be on pause until I figure out what the immediate future holds.

Thank you for understanding.

(In the meantime, here is a somewhat recent doodle)
AlexYoshida
September 24th, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]
Panel one: Focusing on Arthur yet again. He is still doubled over inside the bubble, hands over his ears as he cries.

Panel two: The monster finally succeeds in breaking through the bubble, and a massive split right down the center occurs as the monster's many eyes glow.

SFX: RAAA

Panel three: The monster is taken by surprise when an indeterminate object suddenly smacks into it from behind.

Off-sceen: "HEY!"

SFX: FWOMP!
AlexYoshida
September 17th, 2018
[Page description for screen readers:]

Panels one and two: the boy, Arthur, continues to cower inside the bubble as the monster's tail continues to smack into it, cracking it more with each strike.

Panel three: an image of shattered pieces falling, indicating that the monster has finally broken through the barrier.
SFX: KA RACK

Panel four: Eliot has surged ahead, and is pointing forward while looking back at Kai, who is flustered. In the background, Jesse looks somewhat forgotten, although poised as if ready to fight.

Eliot: There's someone in there- Kai, you gotta do something!

Kai: NO???
AlexYoshida
September 17th, 2018
9/17/18
So I mentioned last week that I planned on talking about some of the things that have happened since I've been gone, but y'know, it's really hard to pinpoint any single event. But if anyone wants to know anything specific, I'll answer questions? Life is... definitely a thing. Yup.

Thanks for reading.

I'm taking a leave of absence from the 20th-25th of September, so I'll be adding next week's page to auto update.
AlexYoshida
September 12th, 2018
@Riaya: Thank you! I finally got some cold meds, so I'm hoping to squash it ASAP
Riaya
September 11th, 2018
I hope you feel better soon! Being sick is never fun :(
AlexYoshida
September 10th, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]

COMING SOON, please be patient, I'm working with quite a bit of backlog, here, and can only do the write ups sporadically.
AlexYoshida
September 10th, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panels one/two/three: Eliot rudely peeks under someone's dress.

Eliot: ? Here?

Person off panel: EEEK!

Eliot continues in another direction, clearly chastised after being bopped on the head by the angry dress wearer.

Eliot: Maybe over here...

Eliot looks up a tree.

Eliot: ? Up there?

SFX: SEARCHING...

Panel four: Eliot grits his teeth, irritated.

SFX: TCH!

Panel five:

Eliot continues his search, now pushing his way past some bushes to look behind them. He looks annoyed.

Eliot [internally]: Surprisingly, life with Jesse is kind of boring. His shop sells thrift items, so it's not like anything cool or "unusual" ever happens. Honestly, I wouldn't mind if something exciting happened for once, to relieve the boredom...
AlexYoshida
September 10th, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: With Kai leading the way and looking serious, the group are walking through a copse of trees. Jesse looks speculative, and Eliot is nervous.
Jesse is looking at a tree with large gashes in the trunk.

Jesse: It definitely came from over this way.

Eliot: Wait, isn't this the same park where we found Kai?

Panel two: The previously mentioned tree is quite suddenly split from the better part of its base, flying wildly through the air as what appears to be a black arc of lightning hits it dead on. Kai, Jesse, and Eliot all jump out of the way without being harmed, and Eliot has dropped the bag carrying their purchases.

Jesse: WHOA-!

Panel three: Eliot turns, brow furrowed, to look in the direction the black lightning had come from. His fear seems forgotten for the moment.

Panel four: Eliot is staring at an alarmingly nearby amalgamation. More of the strange flyaway lightning and other obviously magical foulness pollute the immediate area. A single lamp post is the only other object in the shot. Whatever is happening, it is happening there.
AlexYoshida
September 10th, 2018
WHOA.
I was going to write more this week about the things that have happened since I've been gone, but GUESS WHO'S SICK. It's meeee!

Here's some links you may wanna visit if you're glad to see me back! Thanks for reading :) Including my twitch because did you know I stream EVERY THURSDAY? Yup! Anyone is free to come hang out and chat!

https://ko-fi.com/areyoshi
https://twitter.com/areyoshi
https://www.twitch.tv/areyoshi
https://www.patreon.com/areyoshi
http://areyoshi.com/
Riaya
September 5th, 2018
Welcome back! I'm glad to hear that your situation has improved somewhat and that you're able to heal. I hope things continue looking up for you in the future (both near and far)
AlexYoshida
September 4th, 2018
i broke comments lol. they're back now but a bit bare boned. i'll get back on it later, gotta get back to other things though!
AlexYoshida
September 4th, 2018
@WindowMaker Truthfully, it's because I'm a fool and messed up the html some time ago and then completely FORGOT to go back and fix it! Thanks for reminding me, actually. In the meantime, SJ comments can still be checked on mobile
WindowMaker
September 4th, 2018
Anyway, I just noticed; why didn't comments posted on SmackJeeves' system show up at all?

(I don't use Disqus, since I keep my browser JavaScript-free; and I already have SmackJeeves login)
WindowMaker
September 4th, 2018
One year and half, huh. Welcome back!

Anyway, take care; when your career is not the comic itself, real life always come first.
AlexYoshida
September 3rd, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one:

Jesse and Eliot are standing to the side, having found Kai, who is sitting on the ground and inspecting a cardboard box full of stuffed animals. The box is labeled, 'Toys $3'. Eliot is carrying a black bag, carrying the items he and Jesse have purchased. Jesse looks apathetic.

Eliot: Hey, Kai. You ready to go? Tacos for dinner.

Kai: Yup!

Panel two:

The three have begun to walk. Eliot walks next to Jesse, and Kai is trailing behind them. Eliot and Jesse are looking at one another.

Eliot: So, listen... You and I need to talk about some things.

Panel three:

Zoomed out shot. The tree are exiting an alleyway and proceeding onto a public sidewalk. They are passing nondescript buildings that likely house local businesses. The road is paved and empty, the sides lined with parking meters. The group is clearly walking westward, shadows indicating a setting sun.

Jesse: ...About?

Eliot: You. Me.

Panel four: Side view of the characters as they walk. Jesse looks his standard apathetic. Eliot looks thoughtful, and Kai is smiling enthusiastically.

Kai: "The crazy goat man." Baaaphomet!

Eliot: ...

Panel five: Similar to the last panel, except Kai has stopped walking and looks confused. Jesse and Eliot don't seem to notice and keep going. Jesse looks deadpan as Eliot responds.

Eliot: He's not wrong.

Panel six:

Kai turns around, away from the setting sun, and seems to look nervously off into the distance.
AlexYoshida
September 3rd, 2018
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one:

The monster faces down the boy, Arthur. Arthur has created a bubble around himself, which seems to produce lashes of magic that spiral outwards. The area around them is barren.

Panel two:

The monster's tail swings violently down upon Arthur's protective bubble, creating a dangerous crack. Arthur is on the ground, frightened.

Arthur: Ah-

SFX: KA-RACK

Panel three:

Arthur turns, cowering on the ground and covering his ears. He is clearly frightened, and looks as if he is beginning to cry. The cord of a necklace is peeking out from the neck of his t-shirt.

The monster continues swinging its tail against the bubble.

SFX: BAM! BAM!!
AlexYoshida
September 3rd, 2018
I'm back!
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for their patience. I know I more or less disappeared into the wind, but please believe me when I say nobody was as torn up about it as I was LOL. I was in a very unstable environment for about a year and a half, and I've since been able to relocate, but after six months I am only just beginning to recover. Forgive me if updates do get spotty sometimes, this isn't always easy. But I'm still determined to see this thing through.

Thanks for reading and being right there with me for all these years.
BananaUhl
June 16th, 2018
And Jesse gets K.O.
BananaUhl
June 16th, 2018
What's going on with his eyes in the 3rd panel