05 – Beware the Asylum

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Beware the Asylum represents my attempt to write a “silent” graphic novella, with all the entire story and setting conveyed through illustration (there are a few occasional “sound effects” and some diagetic language, for example on signs). It has been illustrated by Rafael Suzarte. There are also captioned versions of this comic available in 28 languages. You can find them and a great deal of other material via the site index.

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100 – Cover

Teenage lovers Karen and Bobby stroll in the moonlight outside the Euphoric State Lunatic Asylum.

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Teenage sweethearts Bobby and Karen arrive at night at the abandoned Euphoric State Lunatic Asylum

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The Euphoric State Lunatic Asylum, in all its abandoned, moonlit glory.

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No Trespassing signs are meaningless to teenagers on an assignation.

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How many miserable souls must have passed through this entrance hall!

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These old breezeways must have been impressive in earlier days.

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Bobby has romantic intentions in mind, but Karen hears something...

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Karen is sucked up into a pneumatic tube, while Bobby is captured by a mechanical man.

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Karen is transported through the tubes, then seized by a robot.

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Karen's dress is torn off by robot hands.

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Her remaining clothes, and even her little gold cross, are taken away from Karen.

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Stripped naked (though we do not see her as such), Karen is forcibly robot-washed.

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Is the robot washing a source or agony, or pleasure, to Karen?

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Having been washed, Karen is now dried.

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Having been dried, Karen is tumbled back into the pneumatic tubes.

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Bobby finds himself dragged by robot into the laboratory of the sinister Dr. Vragov.

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Poor Karen is now a shivering, naked tube girl, protecting what little modesty she has left as best she can.

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A touch that is not, and then a blinding white flash of radiation.

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Poor Karen's flesh has been turned to green jelly, but at least she still has her bones.

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Oops. Now Karen is just girl-shaped green goo without any bones.

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Now Karen is just a green gooey puddle, swiftly sucked back up in the pneumatics, much to Bobby's dismay.

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Enraged Bobby resolves to put an end to Dr. Vragov and his mad science.

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Everything your cute girlfriend was, her memories, her personality, her form, are now contained in this test-tube of liquid.

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I could either attempt to reconstitute your girlfriend, or I could just pour her down the sink. Which do you think would be better?

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Possibly blackmailed by Dr. Vragov, Bobby sets off to do crimes.

200 — Promo

Deep-blue promo page for Beware the Asylum, Part II, showing hapless Bobby and his mad-science nemisis Dr. Vragov.

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Bobby sets off for an armed robbery of an herbal medicine store in a Chinatown somewhere.

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Bobby confronts the herbalist and his wife, along with two innocent customers.

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Bobby presents a written demand for a certain rare Chinese herb, which he backs up with a shotgun blastBobby presents a written demand for a certain rare Chinese herb, which he backs up with a shotgun blast

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All in the herbalist's shop are terrified. The herbalist surrenders a red box to Bobby.

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Bobby makes a break for it. Meanwhile the Herbalist caalls up Lam and Chow, two Chinatown enforcers to set things right.

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Bobby thinks he's getting away, until Chow opens fire on him with a pistol.

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Chow's bullets smack into the back of Bobby's Chevelle, barely missing Bobby.

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On a narrow Chinatown street, Bobby and a sanitation truck swerve at the last minute to avoid hitting one another.

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The motorcycle driven by Law plows headfirst into the garbage truck. Bobby turns to look in shock.

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Bobby crashes his Chevelle into an urban newsstand.

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Scattered numbers of Time and Playboy put the scene in September 1975. Bobby pulls himself to his feet and runs into the subway hoping to escape approaching police.

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As the cops persue him, Bobby vaults over the turnstyles into the subway.

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Bobby staggers down the subway platform as a train approaches and the cops are in distant pursuit.

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Bobby just makes it onto a departing train between closing doors, leaving purusing cops behind.

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Exhausted, Bobby sits on the train, checking carefully to make sure he is still in possession of the precious red box.

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A cast of curious and sinister characters aboard the subway look back at Bobby.

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Bobby hitches a ride back to the Euphoric State Asylum for the Insane with a Luigi's Heating and Cooling employee.

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Bobby confronts Dr. Vragov in an exchange -- the red box for the reconstitution of his girlfriend Karen, currently imprisoned in liquid form.

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Dr. Vragov double-crosses Bobby, dropping him through a trapdoor in the asylum floor thus disposing of him.

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Dr. Vragov refines the box contents into a red liquid, which is then piped into a radio-controlled B-29 bomber model.

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Vragov pilots his B-29 radio-controlled drone over all-American Pleasant Valley High School.

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Dr. Vragov's RC aircraft sprays a mysterious red mist over Pleasant Valley High.

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In the middle of a boring high school class, hot glasses girl Brenda suddenly detects something...alluring.

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In physical education class, Nancy is suddently distracted by something. Watch out for that ball, Nancy!

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Walking down the hall with her cheerleader friends, Pamela is so struck by something that she suddenly drops her schoolbooks.

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In the cafeteria. something is powerful enough to distract Pamela from school lunch.

Promo — 300

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Brenda rides her bicycle alone at dusk out to the scary asylum.

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Billy and Nancy ride in Billy's van out to the asylum.  Billy thinks that fun times are coming.

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Pamela and Mike arrive at the asylum on a motorcycle, while Sandra and Charlie take Charlie's 1972 Dodge Charger.

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Billy gets death-rayed and Nancy sucked away in one of the asylum's seclusions corridors.

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Mike is grabbed by Zheleznor the giant robot while Pamela fights not to be sucked up  into the bowels of the asylum.

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Pamela wonders at the cleanness of the washing chamber, not noticing that Mike is being throttled by a mechanical tentacle.

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Sandra tries to help Charlie, but is caught and stripped by the mechanical grabbers.

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Desperate Brenda runs from Zheleznor the robot.

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Having gone through a doorway too narrow for Zhelezor, Brenda has saved herself...for a few seconds.

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You are on stage, Brenda, and you big moment has come.

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The grabbers go to work stripping the girls.

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Nancy, Pamela, and Sandra all being forcibly washed.

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Brenda held as if crucified, and forcibly washed.

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Pamela sucked through the tube network.

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Poor Brenda, Nancy, Pamela, and Sandra, all reduced to so much green goo.

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A community meeting.  Parents are angry about their disappearing children, and the police have no answers.

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Dr. Vragov processes the green goo into something like cold cream.

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A handsome motorcycle cop spots Billy's van outside the asylum and realizes something is very wrong.

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Scramble the SWAT team!

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A SWAT team member finds the only trace remaining in the asylum of the missing girls.

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In a posh London gentlemen's club, Dr. Vragov strikes a deal with some shadowy businessmen.

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In her elegant shower, a rich middle-aged lady reaches for some mysterious unguent labelled "Jeunesse."

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Our rich lady lathers up with "Jeunesse" and is swiftly coveed in a large mass of bubbles.

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Our rich lady steps out of the shower among a few remaining bubbles, now youthful, beautiful, and radiant.

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Dr. Vragov is served coffee by his butler at his gorgeous Tuscan villa.

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Dr. Vragov's villa enjoys a glorious panoramic view of Florence.

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Down in his basement laboratory, Dr. Vragov goes to work one more time on a tube of green fluid.

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From a little flask into a big tube...

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Something womanly is taking shape in Dr. Vragov's tube.

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From Dr. Vragov's tube emerges...a catgirl version of Karen...Kitty-Karen.

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Dr. Vragov bells his new-born catgirl and gives her some milk to drink.

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Catgirl fanservice!

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Dr. Vragov relaxes in his villa with his purring catgirl.  A happy ending, if only for Dr. Vragov!

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