Drinking, drinking and more drinking
One of my interests in emulating the Foobiverse is to not have the characters stray too far from what is presented in the strip itself. This seems a preposterous thought given that I have changed Howard into a gay, opera-loving, thug who was hired as a part of a conspiracy to get Liz together with Anthony. I have discussed at length in prior posts to this blog why the strip itself made that explanation more plausible than the one LJ intended. I should mention that I am waiting for an opportunity to explain the Howard thought balloons that appeared in that strip sequence, to make the transformation complete. So, despite evidence to the contrary, it is actually one of my intents. Believe it or don't.
The novel creative experience for me today was to wend my way through the posts of Duncan, Anthony, Becky, and Gerald to piece together a sequence of events involving Duncan's and Gerald's visit to the gentlemen's club "The Gig"from the perspective of Kortney, the dancer there, whom I have recently established as being interested in Howard romantically. Not only did I want the explanation to include elements from each character's story, but I wanted to grant the possibility that Gerald and Duncan were still the somewhat innocent 14-year-olds that appear in the strip. The posters for Gerald and Duncan were disturbingly good at maintaining a sense of continuity between their stories, so Kortney only had to address the few spots where they disagreed and some of their more obvious lies. It was not as difficult as I anticipated, but when I got to the end of it, it appeared a very dull and humorless exercise to me. I was surprised when people posted they liked it. I can never tell what people are going to find funny.
Years ago I was in a production of "The Sound of Music" playing Uncle Max. In the show, Max comes into the House Von Trapp, and is required to make a quick change into a tuxedo from his traveling clothes. When he steps back onto the stage in his tuxedo, he says in a loud voice, "Presto Chango." I never found this to be particularly funny, and yet in every show the audience would howl with laughter. It was pleasing and yet disconcerting. Sometimes reactions to posts are like that.
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