History Comicbook / Concrete

21st Mar '18 4:46:59 PM Orbiting
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21st Oct '17 9:26:26 PM NOYB
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Take the mind of a sensitive political speechwriter, put him in the body of a slightly scaled-down Ben Grimm from the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and you have Paul Chadwick's Concrete. This series has run on and off since the mid 80's, and while it has never been a massive seller, it never quite goes away, with a small but solid core of dedicated readers. The series is known for Chadwick's realistic while still slightly stylized (and occasionally bizarre) art, and his elegant, musing, introspective writing.

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Take the mind of a sensitive political speechwriter, put him in the body of a slightly scaled-down Ben Grimm from the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and you have Paul Chadwick's Concrete.''Concrete''. This series has run on and off since the mid 80's, and while it has never been a massive seller, it never quite goes away, with a small but solid core of dedicated readers. The series is known for Chadwick's realistic while still slightly stylized (and occasionally bizarre) art, and his elegant, musing, introspective writing.
26th Jun '17 7:31:46 PM HeyPC
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* ArtEvolution: Concrete's head is a bit shorter and wider than when the series first began.
25th Jun '17 10:51:17 PM HeyPC
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* InnateNightVision: Concrete can see in almost total darkness.
25th Jun '17 8:16:26 PM HeyPC
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* RetCon: ''Strange Armor'' changes many of the details of Concrete's origin story.
23rd Jun '17 11:24:31 PM HeyPC
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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The government tries to invoke this by making Concrete a two-bit celebrity so that everyone's so sick of him they don't even want to speculate about his origins. It mostly worked, he still gets the occasional odd look but most people are so used to the idea of him that he's left alone.
23rd Jun '17 11:17:58 PM HeyPC
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* EmbarrassinglyPainfulSunburn: Larry and Astra get one in ''Sympathy From a Devil'' after forgetting to apply extra sunscreen while on a nude beach.
22nd Jun '17 8:01:19 PM HeyPC
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* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.

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* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens Happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.



* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the government covers up Concrete's true origins.
* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.

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* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the government covers up Concrete's true origins.
* TheTopicOfCancer: In the story "A Remarkable Life", Concrete sprouts antlers that grow uncontrollably and apparently without bound. Chadwick mentions in [[http://concrete.blogs.com/paul_chadwicks_weblog/2012/03/jean-giraud-has-left-us.html his blog]] that the antlers are "a metaphor for cancer". Deprived of food during this time to see if it has any effect on the growth, his normally bulky body dwindles and leaves him looking like a skeletal human in the depths of chemotherapy.
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22nd Jun '17 7:57:14 PM HeyPC
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* VomitIndiscretionShot: happens several times. If Concrete throws up, the readers usually have to see it. Once, he even threw up on public television, leading to an in-universe example.
22nd Jun '17 12:28:43 PM HeyPC
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* {{Asexuality}}: Maureen starts out seeming to be this, apparently totally uninterested in romance or sex. She briefly responds to [[spoiler:Larry when they are adrift in a life raft in the Atlantic,]] but seems to have forgotten afterward. Completely thrown out during the "Fragile Creature" storyline, where she has a relationship with another scientist. "The Human Dilemma" takes her right back into asexuality where she admits (while drunk) that she loves Ron and his lack of a sexual nature is a part of that.

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* {{Asexuality}}: Maureen starts out seeming to be this, apparently totally uninterested in romance or sex. She briefly responds to [[spoiler:Larry when they are adrift in a life raft in the Atlantic,]] but seems to have forgotten afterward. [[spoiler: She also responds rather enthusiastically when her ex-husband shows up.]] Completely thrown out during the "Fragile Creature" storyline, where she has a relationship with another scientist. "The Human Dilemma" takes her right back into asexuality where she admits (while drunk) that she loves Ron and his lack of a sexual nature is a part of that.
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