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Tycho / on Fri, Aug 6 2004 at 4:30 am

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The Eye Of The Beholder

While you are digesting today’s comic, I have something that might give you a bit of context.

In addition to the other things I have mentioned - and the things I will mention - PAX will also have large banners emblazoned with characters from the comic.  Of course, there are versions which are particular to each room, as well - but there are also ones with Twisp and Catsby, Div and the Fruit Fucker, etc.  There’s one of the Cardboard Tube Samurai.  And there’s one of Gabe, tugging earnestly on Tycho’s penis, as a robin would an earthworm.  Observe: 

I mean, seriously.  Look at him go.  You’d think that Tycho would appreciate that sort of dedication.

I told Gabe as much, which lead to the conversation in the comic strip, during and after which he was as angry as I’ve ever seen him.  Why he would be angry at me is an absolute mystery - I didn’t take some drawing of his and use the “move” tool to nudge Gabe’s grasping paw hand over my character’s genitals.  With purpose and conviction, he drew a sexually charged encounter that was designed to be printed six feet tall.  So now, not only is there a scene of basest fornication being played out, it’s being performed by a race of carnal, homosexual giants.     

Every guerilla cartoonist online deploys this same format, our characters (and by association, ourselves) are driven by gay lust, and they revel in their creation as though they have invented some new pejorative technology.  You’d imagine Gabe would be going out of his way to avoid this sort of imagery, putting the characters in different Zip Codes, or using science fiction to create a plausible “Galactic Diaspora” scenario by which Gabe and Tycho, on remote artificial worlds, are able to meet but not physically touch via faster-than-light holographic transmissions.     

He’s not changing it, just to spite me you understand, so if you want to see some amateur action just come look at the banners at PAX.  They’re pretty hot. 

(CW)TB out.

goodbye, california


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