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Monday, March 2, 2020

Membrane Degradation

Episode One Hundred Sixty Eight: Membrane Degradation.
In which we lost the gutter.

1 comment:

  1. Half-baked attempt at an intra-frame collage: Two separate strips are spliced into one frame. One strip is a goofy light animal cartoon with broad characters and simple jokes, a' la Garfield. The other is a Soap Strip drama along the lines of Rex Morgan. Think of quickly flipping back and forth between two channels on TV.

    The splitting of the two strips causes a dis-jarring sense of confusion which leads to misinterpretation (the discussion around the mask might be taken as Jungian in nature, actually this idea came to me following a sleep clinic overnight). The two stories are by themselves banal, but spliced together they hint at a deeper meaning.

    When I was a kid, I invented a cartoon character named 'Ken the Koala,' whose main character trait was that he was excited at the prospect of food. He comes back here - for the first time in over forty years - perhaps having grown a little scruffy with 5 o'clock shadow, yet with an undiminished character arc. His roach friend is new, and presents a tired cynical foil to Ken's gastrocentric enthusiasm. I'm bored already.

    In the same vein, I feel as though I know the couple having the discussion about masks, having read them already in a million domestic scenarios. I do want to know what happened to that guy's right arm in the third panel, though. There's some intrigue there.