This might be the tallest yet.
Nice! Without stories for the depths, how would we find our ways out.
Keep on building. It’s valuable stuff
I really feel strongly about this one– major kudos for a tremendously well-executed concept. Really great storytelling (so many of these panels are so perfectly executed, especially the last one), not to mention the story being told. You should be proud of the work you produce.
That was fantastic. I got excited when I saw you had a new one up, you never disappoint.
I agree with everything WR said. Great concept, perfect execution.
I keep rereading this. You nailed something important here.
I’m proud to say that I couldn’t agree more with the great Winston Rowntree. Keep up the amazing work.
That was excellent. I’m a fluffy story guy who can count the number of days he’s been depressed this year on one hand (I might be able to count the number of days I’ve been depressed for a full day in the last _decade_ on one hand). But I understand the value of art which finds common ground with those in a subterranean mood. That was an excellently executed metaphore.
That’s pretty damn beautiful. I’ll have to re-read it at home so I can really take in the detail, especially the first panel.
Light can only shine in darkness.
That’s great, man.
Great idea, and really nicely executed. I love the expressions/posture/clothing of the builder, and just the overall thing you’re getting at.
This is easily my favourite thing you’ve done to date, next to the the Broken Hand one.
I too side with WR The Great… it’s really something special. Resonates with something within. What that is, i can’t really tell.
when I first looked at this on my phone I think I missed that they were calling the balloons stories, or at least I didnt catch the significance. But reading it again now, it really hit me. Great work, keep it up.
Hope the balloons don’t stop coming
Outstanding work. I hope you don’t mind if I feature it here, properly credited of course: idkartbut.tumblr.com
Man this is fantastic. I often feel like there should be more art for the mud-people. This affects me so personally, I feel like I’ve been hit. But hit with an uppercut, so that I could reach that handle above me.
I have to say, I tend to get emotional easy- but I’ve never had my eyes welt up from such a succinct story. I’ll remember this comic for the rest of my days and am so grateful I’ve come across your work in this big ocean of webcomics.
This is the truth. Thanks for making it.
This was wonderful. Thank you so much.
If what you do makes a positive difference in even one person’s life, it is worth doing.
I’m not sure how to express what this comic makes me feel apart from…
Great comic! Bookmarked!
I saw this this morning, and thought it was amazing. Every time I look at it again, it gets better.
What this says to me: If you find a work of art – be it a story, a game, a piece of music, anything – that doesn’t speak to you, and you think that makes it unworthy, shut the fuck up. Because not every thing is for you. And because sometimes the people that this work is for need it more than you can imagine.
Thank you so much for making this.
One of the things I really love about this work is the way you use the power of the medium to your advantage. The short story scenes at the top then build to those long scrolling panels at the bottom, drawing your viewer along on the journey the balloon takes, and then back up with the final panel. It’s just breathtaking. Nicely done.
Thanks for this… It was cross posted on the discussion thread of John Scalzi’s blog (I tweeted it as well btw) as an example of the power of darkness in storytelling… Not everyone trusts, expects or desires sunshine & rainbows & those things don’t reflect everyone’s experiences… Thanks for showing just what that kind of storytelling means to people who need it….
This is the best comic I think I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing <3
Hey, I read this the day it came out way back when. I was too afraid to do what I knew I should. I am finally writing those stories. It’s what I am meant to do. Thanks for giving me the story I need to remind myself what I am doing.
Must… have… a… print….of…. this….
I’m just coming to this two years later, courtesy N.K. Jemisin: this is spectacular. Bookmarked. Will be reading lots of other things by you.
This is so inspiring. I would love to use this idea about floating vehicles helping people, If I can have permission?
I just discovered Akimbo last week, and in reading backwards. I have found that the comics can leave me feeling dejected, if I’m not in a good state to begin with. I’ve taken to only reading on relatively good days. This one is beautiful and made me feel so good. Thank you very much for sharing your art !
you’re a great human being
As soon as I found your website, I read over half of it in one day. I walked away from my computer depressed by some of the thoughts you were having, mainly because I could either empathise with feelings or agree with negative ideas. I then walked right back and read the other half. I love your stuff. I try to be a positive person, but the stories that resonate most with me are the disgusting, dark, pathetically hopeless ones. Thank you.
Thank you so much for this wonderful comic, thank you for creating art.
When life is pain, you have to speak the language of those in pain to lead them out of it. You are beautiful.
So I was just talking about this with a friend, and how I have the opposite problem of the grim story goblin. Mine are too light, too bright, go too far up. I like to think that I reach the people stranded on cold mountain peaks.
Either way, this is a great piece.
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