Webcomic / Parallel Dementia
) by Ben "834n" Fleuter was a somber webcomic about a world that is under siege by creatures
and the Templar organisation that secretly defends it
. Although there are many bit parts
, the story usually holds Character Focus
on one of a few key members of the cast:
The human figures at the beginning are loose and rubbery, the comic's greatest weakness. However, it had a brilliantly executed Crossover
with NJ Huff's Emergency Exit
that really seemed to bring out the best in both webcomickers. A comparison of recent strips with the early ones shows great improvement in the human figures, clearly influenced by NJ's style.
Aside from that, the art has nice backgrounds (avoiding a common weakness of webcomics) and makes good use of a wide variety of palettes. Other strengths are good Character Development
, a compelling story, creative panel arrangement and choice of POVs, slick written effects, and evocative lettering in general.
As of 18/04/2010, it no longer updates.
On June 24, 2015, Fleuter introduced a new webcomic called The Sword Interval
. While the plot is different from Parallel Dementia, it still has a modern supernatural theme and many PD characters were only slightly changed to fit back in. It has a Kickstarter here.
Provides examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo: All the Templars who use firearms have a long list. Amethyst, obsidian, silver, blessed, or even all of these at once!
- Each is specific to a particular supernatural threat-silver for werewolves, obsidian for angels, blessed for demons, what have you. Agents going into an unknown situation start with a test clip containing one of each, and when they find the one that pisses off their target, they switch to clips of that. "All at once" ammo is for when there's no time to bother with trying to figure out what it is, but is heavily rationed because of the expense of making it.
- Action Girl: Alexi, Fall.
- An Ice Person / Making a Splash: Miyan.
- Another Dimension: where the Nightmares come from.
- Apocalypse Maiden: Fall certainly seems to fit, with turning into an unstoppable killing machine as an added 'bonus'.
- Art Evolution: See for yourself.
- The Atoner: Visage, in his own twisted way. His only reason for existence is to destroy the demon-god Greed, who was created as a result of the destruction of Visage's world, which Visage sees himself as being responsible for.
- Back Story: Issues #6, #7 and #8 detail Alexi's, Timmy's and Visage's respectively.
- The Blank: While Visage has a White Mask of Doom and actually does have a face underneath, albeit an undead one, his undead minions are all faceless horrors.
- Blob Monster: Visage is made of tar.
- The Cameo: Half the cast!
- Chekhov's Gun: The vials of blood seen here set up the awesome fight in this later strip.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Miyan.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Reginald. Mocked in this guest comic.
- Creature-Hunter Organization: Atlas, in a rare example actually managing to uphold The Masquerade (which is essential since Nightmares are summoned by belief in them, including nightmares about them, which is how they get their name). They haven't managed to prevent the complete collapse of the economy and in many places society, though.
- Dark Action Girl: Miyan.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Every single major character. If their past is known, it's dark and troubled.
- Deliberately Monochrome: All of Visage's backstory, with the lone splashes of colour being his fiancé's eyes and the windows of his castle (see Shout-Out below).
- Determinator: Reginald. He's Made of Iron already, but in Chapter 11 he keeps going even when his armor is broken and he's been pummeled by the mercenaries.
- Elemental Powers: Both Timmy and Miyan.
- Evil-Detecting Cat: Chainmonster Nightmares are no match for the intrepid Mittens!
- Eye Scream: Shizu recently had an eye cut out.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink
- Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: on the Message Board.
- Genius Bruiser: Reg.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Midas has two scars over his eyes, but it's not yet clear where his loyalty lies.
- Guns Akimbo: Fall.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Fall has had at least two.
- The Insomniac: Fall.
- Interspecies Romance: NJ and Orion (human/zombie). This Squicks David slightly.
- Jerkass: Timmy.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
- Kid with the Leash: Timmy is bound into servitude to Fall.
- Kill It with Fire: Visage, though he turned out to be Not Quite Dead.
- Knife Nut: Alexi.
- Lightning Reveal: this page.
- Living Shadow: Lord Greed.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: See for yourself.
- Meaningful Name: Midas, Visage.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain:
Timmy: I'm very uncrazy! I'm very normal! Yes! Human! Yes, mortality and whatnot. Um... how's about that food? Good stuff!
Eddie: He's so cute when he lies! Let's bring him home and name him Barsley!
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Dearnaley can change forms at will.
- Panty Shot: Miyan high-kicking Visage in this strip...
- Painting the Medium: Virtually any non-human has some kind of special speech bubble, usually becoming more fancy if the increase in power. The comic makes great use of the infinite canvas as well. Also, Alter!Fall causes the panels to crack in her vicinity.
- Perky Goth: Miyan.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tim and Miyan (although inverted in that Miyan in the Dark Action Girl and Tim is the Anti-Hero).
- The Shadow Knows: When David passes Midas in the hospital, Midas' shadow looks suspiciously like the god Greed.
- Shout-Out: Issue #8, Masquerade. Visage's backstory is one extended shout out to the Masque of The Red Death, an Edgar Allen Poe story.
- Shower of Angst: Here.
- Slasher Smile: Visage. Beneath his mask, he doesn't smile an awful lot though.
- Don't forget Fall, while she was attacking Silverton.
- Smoking Is Cool: Alexi Ivanova.
- Some Call Me "Tim": Timmy, obviously.
- Speech Bubbles: Most Nightmares get their own distinctive speech bubbles: Timmy has orange ones, Visage's are black and white, Miyan has blue ones, etc.
- Talking the Monster to Death: Reginald to Alter!Fall.
- The Virus: Weregoyles.
- The World Is Not Ready: The more people know about nightmares, the more there will appear. Because of this, the Templar tries to keep their existence a secret.
- Those Two Guys: Balcom and Pfister.
- Unexplained Recovery: Visage is asked why he's still alive in this strip. His answer? "I got better."
- Wham Episode: Midas killing Silverton.
- Written Roar: Including some truly epic ones.
- Written Sound Effect: Some great examples.
- Your Head A-Splode: Fall can do this when Alter!Fall starts ... surfacing. Or however that works.
- Your Worst Nightmare: Fall has ... issues.