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Hey, Aquaman had a great self image!


(From Wapsi Square. Click on the thumbnail for full sized shower ruminations.)

The power is back on, and with it the heat. Which is nice, you get right down to it.

Katherine, in this strip, is feeling isolated and shy, but also comfortable there in the water. She's been thinking about fishbowls a lot. But seeing this particular strip makes me consider water. And showers and the rest.

I love water. I've always loved water. I used to go swimming for six or seven hours at a time, just playing and sporting in the water because I loved it. I actually used to pretend I was Aquaman. In my defense, I was six at the time. But the idea of being able to breathe under water while I was swimming, to be able to spend all my time at the bottom... it just seemed like the coolest thing in the world.

It's worth noting I never pretended I was fighting crime as Aquaman. My imagination only went so far.

Today, I rarely swim. I'm not exactly comfortable showing my skin off these days, because I'm as shallow as the next person. But I do love taking showers for hours at a time, just enjoying the sensations. I'm the sort of person who can use up all the hot water with a full tank. It just feels good.

So I can see where Katherine's coming from, here. When you're feeling like the world is too much with you, at that moment of supreme solitude it's easy to wish it would go on forever.

Anyway, it's better than saying OMG TEH BREASTS! Right?

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You fumbled a quote in the image link. It says <a href=http://www.wapsisquare.com/d/20050211.html" target="_blank">, which probably doesn't do what you want.
Also, don't you usually have the link in the comic title going to the front page rather than to the snarked page?

OMG TEH BREASTS

No, seriously. Based on Mr. Taylor's active role in a number of support-group-style communities on LiveJournal dedicated to having large breasts, I suspect that the pleasure of drawing Monica over and over again was at least part of his original motivation for creating this strip.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I've caught up on WS again, and I guess it's time to put it back in my daily rotation. This is the fourth time I've done so, which means I've taken it out thrice. I'm not sure why I keep reading it, and I'm not sure why I keep stopping. It's a very strange strip.

"RoboSnarky not see big deal with breasts. Where her big, sharp TEETH? That what me want see! And long tail!"

Quiet, RoboSnarky. Ow! I'm using that limb!

Two comments.

First, since I think most folks here know my default setting towards cleavage, my first thought upon seeing the above strip was, "Damn! Where was she hiding THOSE?"

The second thought was, "Waitaminute. Is Pablo drawing her this way in the shower for personal satisfaction, at the expense of her normal (clothed) character design... or is the fact that she's concealing cantelopes a plot point to be brought forward later?"

And yes, I -do- care which it is. As much as I loves it the boobies, I don't like the idea of having them tacked on out of the blue. As everyone knows, I have no problems with a story plot of, "X girl gets big breasts by improbable means," but I have plenty problems with boobs appearing out of nowhere.

Right now I'm hoping that (a) my perception is just my libido seeing things not there, or (b) that this is a revealation which will be important to the story down the road. Otherwise... well, plus five points for boobs, minus fifty for cheapening what is otherwise a very cool comic.

Second comment: when I was a toddler, and right up to kindergarten, my grandmother would wash my hair by putting me on the kitchen counter, pulling my head back until my neck hurt, and blasting the kitchen faucet *right in my face*, ignoring my screams and burblings until she was satisfied.

I've been terrified of water ever since.

(This is the same grandmother I'm currently living with as driver/nurse/handyman; she's 88 years old and, although slowed down, refuses to stop. But I don't let her have anything to do with what little hair I have left.)

I don't think it's supposed to be surprising, so I went and dug through the archives for the most recent Kathy storyline. If you look at the cast page, or back at http://wapsisquare.com/d/20040628.html Kathy has always been a...healthy girl.

As a research aid, here are all of Katherine's appearances.

Oh, that's it. From now on I'm drawing all my female characters topless so I can get Snarks from Eric about how subtle and sensitive my character development is. Also he will share tender personal memories that were evoked by my strips but are TOTALLY NOT ABOUT THE BREASTS, OKAY?

Eric will think I am SO deep.

Oh, that's it. From now on I'm drawing all my female characters topless so I can get Snarks from Eric about how subtle and sensitive my character development is. Also he will share tender personal memories that were evoked by my strips but are TOTALLY NOT ABOUT THE BREASTS, OKAY?

Eric will think I am SO deep.

Holy crap -- it worked.

I wonder if this will work along the same lines:

Once, I had cause to write this bit of dialogue -- "Your back's grown breasts in my absence."

YES. EMO VICTORY.

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