Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Big Boy

Christmas is just around the corner, and yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I've found the time to conceptualize and pen a brand new comic (available under the cut) starring one of my classic muses. We'll call him Charles Blarney. Don't let all the text and background story chase you away -- If the comic is all you want, by all means click on that link, scroll down, and it will be there for you!

In my senior year of high school, I was voted "Shyest", for purposes of a senior superlative yearbook photo shoot. Were I not quite so shy, I might have also won the titles of "Most Artistic" and/or "Funniest," having received a decent chunk of votes in both categories. But the blonde young Philadelphian who won "Funniest Male" was -- aside from our varying degrees of sociability -- the male version of myself, "Charles". He and I were so much alike, it's like I could read his mind. We both liked orange juice with pulp, cheese-less burgers, memorizing secret scripts ahead of time for use in (thanks to us) surreal classroom discussions, poking fun at our schoolmates through creative writing, not making eye contact...the similarities were uncanny.

"Charles" and I became good friends in the 8th grade -- before becoming his friend, I earned his positive attention when I started featuring him and his pals Aigy and Mat in a short-lived underground comic series: "The Devil's Triangle". He and his friends used to make fun of me in class, and I sort of returned the favor by bashing them in cartoon form. Mat and "Charles" thought these comics were hilarious -- "Charles" enjoyed them so much that he stole the first issue and held it ransom until I created more. To this day, he owns the full set of original "Devil's Triangle" comics, as well as the concurrent, more superhero-based sister series, "Satan's trio".

Actually, issue #2 of "The Devil's Triangle" is missing, since Aigy ripped it up.

Well, "Charles" and I are in two different places now, but we didn't grow apart, really... in fact, he still feels close enough to me to reveal plenty about his personal life -- enough for me to realize that he's a grown-up now, and, like most young men, engages in the popular mating ritual known as picking up chicks at the bar -- and I don't mean religious tracts!

Being the hopeless romantic in the parade of weirdos who comprise my closest friends, I've never hooked up with someone I just met at a bar, an apple orchard, church, the library, or anywhere else. Not even through a sheet of saran wrap. But I'm glad "Charles" is there for me to live vicariously through -- he's as fascinating now as he was at age 13. And it's been quite a while since I've featured him in his own comic story, so let's see what he's up to now, shall we?

That charming story is, in typical "Devil's Triangle" fashion, true yet exaggerated.


  1. "Well, it was nice talking to you. Maybe I'll see you in a men's magazine someday." Fabulous! I wish every conversation ended with that line--life would be so much more entertaining. I like the karaoke too!

  2. i finally got a chance to seeee thissss!!!!!! i was envisioning the real charles doing this and it's a very accurate depiction.... i couldn't help but wonder - did your interactions w. your chinese friends help you with the writing of the kalaoke'd lyrics? you had me dying~

  3. My interactions with the boys were more instrumental in inspiring song selection than accent transliteration. I knew before about the "L" and "R" issues, but Chinese-style karaoke, i.e. incredibly sincere renditions of light love songs, hadn't been on my radar prior to my grad school experience.

  4. I can't say I thought of Charles as blonde...but now that I think about it, I guess he is! :P
    I just had some nostalgic flashbacks of Devil's Triangle and Ms. Dipetro's class...good times. :D
    Miss ya,