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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.

Optical Disarray is a comic by areyoshi that explores the tenuous existence of a young man's life after a failed suicide attempt that leaves him living with the man who stopped him. As if in a fog, Eliot's life continues while dodging the advancing threat of a villain who is intent on stealing human souls. This comic features LGBTQIA themes.

Attention: this comic touches on heavy subjects, adult themes, and potential triggers. I highly recommend readers to be ages 16+
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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.

Optical Disarray is a comic by areyoshi that explores the tenuous existence of a young man's life after a failed suicide attempt that leaves him living with the man who stopped him. As if in a fog, Eliot's life continues while dodging the advancing threat of a villain who is intent on stealing human souls. This comic features LGBTQIA themes.

Attention: this comic touches on heavy subjects, adult themes, and potential triggers. I highly recommend readers to be ages 16+

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AlexYoshida
June 17th, 2019
UPDATED LINK FOR WHERE YOU CAN READ "AFTER DEATH"
http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=135219
http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=135219
http://www.smackjeeves.com/comicprofile.php?id=135219
AlexYoshida
June 17th, 2019
@WindowMaker: End of ch6, to be specific!
AlexYoshida
June 17th, 2019
Hey guys!
Thanks so much for sticking around during this chapter. It's only 23 pages but it still took a really long time to finish due to life things.
I'm trying to finish some paid work, currently, so I may take a bit of time off while I finish up, and will hopefully return with a buffer.

I'll try to set up some art or guest posts for you to enjoy in the meantime! As ever, thank you so much for being here! I will also be going back to clean up the non-page posts from this chapter.

Please check me out on twitter, twitch, or Patreon if you want to support me.
https://twitter.com/areyoshi
http://twitch.tv/areyoshi
http://patreon.com/areyoshi

Or, if you just like the comic and want to give a tip, I have a Ko-Fi account!
https://ko-fi.com/areyoshi
AlexYoshida
June 17th, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: As the Oscuro completely disappears, Kai, still small and round, runs up behind Eliot. He has a few protective 'bubbles' floating behind him as he moves to check on Eliot.

Panel two: Eliot is sitting on the ground looking stunned and confused, and more than a bit tousled. Kai hoists himself up onto Eliot's leg.

Eliot: WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.

Panel three: Looking to the side, something catches Kai's attention.

Panel four: The young boy, Arthur, has reappeared after having escaped the Oscuro. Now, he is peeking around a tree, watching them.

Kai: Look.

Panel five: Horrified to have sworn in front of a little kid, Eliot claps his hands over his mouth.

SFX: OOPS!

Panel six: Arthur is still staring; Eliot and Kai stare back. In the background, Jesse is returning to the scene.

***END OF ILLUSION 11***
WindowMaker
June 5th, 2019
Wow... when was the last time we saw Jesse's "frightened" look on the job again?
AlexYoshida
June 3rd, 2019
One more page in this chapter. It's taken since Sept 2016 to get this chapter out aaaaaah I spent so long stuck in different places and unable to work, thank you very very much for your patience and sticking with me
AlexYoshida
June 3rd, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Treetop view. Some startled birds take to the sky.

Panel two: Eliot is running from the Oscuro, which is gaining on him. Eliot is running into the treeline surrounding the park.

Eliot: Hey Kai, you can go all glowy fox anytime now!

Panels three and four: Eliot's sneaker snags on a root, and he hits the ground hard.

SFX: SNAG!
SFX: BIFF!

Panel five: Eliot rolls. covering his head as the Oscuro bears down upon him.

Eliot: Fu-

Panel six: Quite suddenly, his pursuer dissolves in midair, becoming nothing more than a quick flash of black flame. Eliot is left on the ground, stunned.

Eliot: !?

SFX: FWOOOSH
AlexYoshida
May 28th, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Taking a sudden vertical swing with the lighter in his hands, Jesse shouts.

Jesse: I don't need to be afraid of you!

Panels two/three/four: Baphomet's body splits vertically, unevenly, and he appears shocked as his body begins to dissolve. Jesse stands by, watching cautiously.

Baphomet: This / won't / last

Panel five: Looking infinitely more exhausted than earlier, Jesse walks away from a burning X shape on the ground.

Jesse: I know. But maybe this gives me enough time to find a way to get rid of you for good, you son of a bitch.
AlexYoshida
May 26th, 2019
Thanks for your patience!
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Having had enough, Jesse swipes the ignited lighter in a horizontal arc. Something akin to flame (but not quite) erupts from the lighter.

Jesse: Shut UP!

Panel two: The arc appears to have sliced through Baphomet's middle, jarring his torso and displacing his body on either side. The mark on his forehead, as well as his eyes, cease to glow.

Panel three: Baphomet seems to be catching 'fire' even further. Eyes back to normal, he looks alarmed as he shouts at Jesse.

Baphomet: You- This isn't the same banishment spell I taught you before!

Panel four: Jesse points at Baphomet, truly angry with him.

Jesse: Go figure, I didn't want to use the same sneaky tricks! This is for coming to my FUCKING house! Consider this your God damned warning!
Tae drew this for me to upload in the meantime. A lot of things snowballed and I was away from home without planning to be for way too long, then I had a convention. Gonna try to get back on track again soon!
Thank you for your patience!

Please check out Tae's work! He is the coolest. If you've been following this comic for a long time, then you've definitely seen Tae's art before.
https://twitter.com/Dio_Gatodae
AlexYoshida
April 15th, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Jesse is looking back at Baphomet, clearly freaked out.

Jesse: ....You saw that. Your monsters were there!?

Baphomet (off-panel) : I saw the whole thing, it's true.

Panel two: Baphomet has his hands on his cheeks while trying (and failing) to act coy about the situation.

Baphomet: Still, seeing through your little trick was only a start. Took months before you had the devil on your doorstep!

Panels three and four: While Jesse responds to the taunt, he discreetly transfers the sigil-marked lighter he still holds from one hand to the other.

Jesse: You're NOT the devil. You're not even a demon. You're just a bad idea, a waste of reality!

Panel five: Baphomet's eyes begin to glow and an inverted pentagram appears on his forehead, much like it did when Kai challenged him. The goat man has a nasty smile on his face.

Baphomet: I am a better idea than you or your kind will EVER be.
AlexYoshida
April 15th, 2019
Not as tired as I was!
I went to my dad's for several days, and although it didn't help lessen my work load at all, I'm feeling somewhat refreshed.
AlexYoshida
April 8th, 2019
I AM VERY TIRED.
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: The oscuro is watching, leering and snarling quietly as Jesse drags Eliot back across the railing to safety.

SFX: SNRRL

Panel two: A close up on the Oscuro's eight eyes as they each narrow.

Panel three: Jesse looks distorted while securing Eliot.

Baphomet (Narrating) : But it was like you just popped into existence again. Shimmering, hardly visible...

Panel four: The same image, except Jesse no longer looks distorted; the Oscuro can see him clearly now.

Panel five: A dark silhouette somewhat resembling Baphomet is watching through the Oscuro's eyes from a dark realm.

Baphomet (Narration) : The new soul who escaped me those years ago...
WindowMaker
April 5th, 2019
Whoa, a revisit to scene from ten years back?
http://opticaldisarray.smackjeeves.com/comics/658946/prologue-page-3/
AlexYoshida
April 1st, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Eliot is standing on the railing of the bridge, and Jesse is hesitantly advancing. Invisible to the naked eye, there are actually two Oscuro emerging from the water to grasp at the railings on the bridge, their gazes trained on Eliot.

Jesse (flashback) : You're not planning to... jump, right!?

Panel two: Eliot jumps from the railing. Behind him, Jesse surges forward, dropping a shopping bag he'd been carrying. Beneath Eliot, the two Oscuro let go of the bridge, prepared, no doubt, to catch him with their long and spiny teeth.

Jesse (flashback) : H-Hey!

Panel three: Jesse catches Eliot at the last possible second, grabbing his hand in midair and leaning heavily over the railing in an effort not to drop Eliot (or risk being pulled over himself.) Beneath them, the Oscuro both missed their target thanks to Jesse's unknowing interference.

Panel four: Jesse is panicking as he hauls Eliot back over the railing. Eliot is no longer conscious, having had his say while dangling from Jesse's grip (see original Prologue pages.)

Jesse (flashback) : what the shit what the shit what the shit

Baphomet (narrating) : If my pets get there fast enough, I can poach any soul that I want. I might've missed out on getting an old soul that night, that's true...
AlexYoshida
April 1st, 2019
Whoof.
I am swamped with work and other things lately, but here is the page! ;u; One more page of flashback...
I just reinstalled Windows 10 on my PC, so I lost some time yesterday to set things up again and I'm writing this at 4:15am because I only just finished the page LOL. Gonna.... sleep....
AlexYoshida
March 23rd, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one: Just the same as the first time we saw this scene, Eliot is leaning over the railing. His hair is loose and there are tears in his eyes; he appears to be wet.

Eliot: (flashback) I have to make it stop...

Jesse: (Narrating/present) But you didn't MAKE him try to-

Baphomet: (Narrating/present) I'm afraid not. people die all the time, don't they? And humans, well, they do it to themselves at an alarming rate.

Panels two and three: The water reaper is ascending from the water, floating above it with a serene look on its face, its large ears held out as if expecting a hug.

In the background, Eliot has climbed onto the railing of the bridge, and Jesse can be seen approaching him in alarm.

Jesse: (flashback) Hey!

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: Unseen by the naked eye, a water reaper will always rise to greet the soul it senses will soon perish.

Panels four and five: From behind the water reaper, an Oscuro launches itself out of the water, massive mouth opened wide with a long row of sharp teeth coming right for the much smaller creature. The water reaper appears caught off guard and unsuspecting of its imminent doom.

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: It does this with only the best intentions.

SFX on the final, all dark panel: CHOMP!
AlexYoshida
March 25th, 2019
CHOMP.
I'm trying to make this flash black easy to follow, but there's a lot of information so I hope it doesn't come off too busy!

If you like this, check out my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/areyoshi
AlexYoshida
March 18th, 2019
[Image description for screen readers:]

Panel one:

A transitional panel that begins a flashback. As it was many months ago, we see the very same bridge from the beginning of the comic. The silhouette of a lone figure can be seen running onto the bridge.

Baphomet, narrating: That beautiful night! Ahh, and my Oscuro are very good at fetch, you know.

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: "That" night. The night.

Panel two: A close up of the bridge and the fast-paced water racing beneath it. Just barely visible beneath the water's surface is the shape of... something, swimming.

Panels three and four:

The face of a round creature with small, sad eyes and long ears emerges from beneath the water.

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: A Water Reaper. Shepherd of the drowned.

Panel five:

The Water Reaper floats peacefully in the water, still looking up at the bridge as it silently waits.

In the foreground, the tail of an Oscuro glides swiftly past in the dark water.

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: A peaceful creature with a simple purpose:

SFX: SNEAK~

Panel six:

The Water Reaper continues its silent wait. Visible behind it, the glowing antennae of a second Oscuro slide seamlessly through the water.

ADDITIONAL NARRATION: To kindly ferry the souls of Water Death.

Baphomet, continuing his own narration: They gather artifacts, souls, whatever I need. That night, they went after an old soul.

SFX: SLINK~
AlexYoshida
March 18th, 2019
3-18-19
This page was difficult, I'm not gonna lie. But I'm very excited about it, I've had this flashback scene in mind for quite a while!

Thanks to my good pal Llama for perspective help on the first two panels. Give him a follow on twitter if you want to know the absolute nicest person on the planet: https://twitter.com/slyllama

Also, in regards to this page, some recommended listening:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvCI-gNK_y4