CoolJaw: Dreaming Darkly

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Update| 2012| June 18|
Previous music replaced with royalty free tracks, new animated intro, retrospective document, and minor spelling errors fixed!


After nearly a year in the making, it's finally complete...

Colin S Jaw is a man shifting in and out of a dream...
Missing teeth, and with only a little time left to live, he embarks on a journey to
discover the origins of a mysterious pair of "sharps" he was sent upon waking from a coma.

A journey somehow intertwined with two detectives, and a string of extremely violent and disturbing crimes, a man slowly mutilating himself, and a series of esoteric dreams that are all pieces of a horrifying puzzle.

In this tale of a man darkly dreaming...

Main Features:
- A animated intro, exclusive to this cut.
- Remastered versions of all 14 prior comics,
and the premier of the conclusion to the series.

- Photo Gallery.
- New Interface.
- Spec Page.

- Celx

P.S. Add me to your favorite authors list if you want a P.M. when I release other stuff!
And it would be grand if you could recommend this for the noir section!



Scary, horrific, everything. This should be a movie.

Celx-Requin responds:

Someday, one day, not so far away.
- Celx

Very Dark, Very Deep

Highly deserving of the awards that you won for this piece, so kudos on that - the buildup with the comics that you wrote, before committing to the anthology were worth it, even if they were just for the proofing part, so you could get a few ideas from people and see how they thought your work was progressing.

The opening animation really did help to give a nice lead into the series of comics. Even though I'm unsure about the style in which they are animated, you've done a good job that people really love. Perhaps the story was a little deep and if a Literature Portal is indeed coming to Newgrounds, I'd love to see a transcript of the work, just to perhaps let me understand the plot better.

There were a few issues with the spelling and grammar, but as I gather that English is not your native tongue (please correct me if I am wrong here), we can be more lenient on that front.This is another reason for using the Writing forum, as people can help in the editing phase, by picking up simple errors for you here.

Perhaps it's just me, but there were some parts of the tale that made me utterly lost within it and I was confused by others. One's perception of the world is certainly not akin to those of another.

A good selection of music, though I did find that at the end, I was humming along to "Sad But True", by Metallica, as the discovery of all of the root of this piece was kind of sad but true.

What are you planning now? This project must have taken up your free time for the past 3-4 years, so there can understandably be a massive hole there now to fill...

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Celx-Requin responds:


I grew up doing a lot of travel so while English is my native tongue, I needed to learn French and Spanish as well, and at times the rules governing these three languages can cause confusion when writing...

Also I looked up that song, and although the way it's preformed isn't very "Cooljaw" the lyrics fit in so well, really fantastic stuff!

As for what's next, I obviously still need to finish "Shark:Shattered Guns", and I've got a bunch of other stories I'd like to put out into the ether before I die...

Anyway thanks for the review, and all the other prior reviews,
I really appreciate them :)
- Celx

the best horror story i've seen ever

this easily gets a 10/10 and 5/5...it took me about 30 minutes to read the whole stuff though, n im really glad i spent all that time with this...the depth of the plot and the way the "pieces of puzzle" fit together is really amazing...way to go celx...now u r one of my fav authors on NG n ill checkout ur other works too

P.S: this horror graphic novel could make a blockbuster oscar winning movie

Celx-Requin responds:

30 minutes, wow you read fast!

- Celx

Breath taking!

This has to be the greatest horror/graphic novel/flash video i've ever seen. The amount of planning that went into this definatly proves your skills as both an atrist and a story teller. Throughout the entire thing, I was captivated. From the beginning to the end, I couldn't think of anything but what I thought might happen next. The only thing that was able to sepperate me from the screne was when i had to go eat something 'cause my blood sugar started to drop. You have definatly earned some serious kudos. The detail was superb and captured the overall feel of the story, the plot was flawless and the music set the mood, prepairing you for something you knew was going to be horrifying, but you diddn't care. You knew this was something you had to see through all the way to the end. Definatly worth every second.

Keep up the good work. Artists like you are a shining light in a world of mediocrety and indifference. This may very wellbe a brand new genre of storytelling. I can honestly say I have never seen something like it. This was truelly unique in avery aspect of the word. I can't see anyone topping this for a long time to come.

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Celx-Requin responds:

Aww man this review is awesome,
it's such an ego stroke, I love it.

I hope you'll check in to see the new stuff I have coming out!
Thanks man!
- Celx


As far as horror goes this is pretty good. The story starts to get a little hard to follow but slowly every piece falls into place. My only gripe was that silent hill reference "There was a hole here. It's gone now." I still regret playing those games.
it is pretty morbid so I won't be suggesting it to anyone. I read this story thinking it was based off a scanner darkly but it clearly wasn't.

Take care and happy future.

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Celx-Requin responds:

"it is pretty morbid so I won't be suggesting it to anyone."

Aww I thought this was a perfect story for the whole family.

Thanks for the review anyway!
- Celx

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4.08 / 5.00

Sep 5, 2010
12:22 AM EDT
  • Review Crew Pick September 8, 2010
  • Daily 2nd Place September 6, 2010