2005-12-30: Butterfly's Dream
This comic was inspired by a christmas present: volumes 1 and 2 of Zhuang Zi Speaks, the comics by Tsai Chih Chung translated by Brian Bruya. I've always been a fan of Zhuang Zi's weird proclamations (he's also known as Chuang Tsu, the butterfly-dream-having-guy), and probably the influence goes deeper than that.
Trying something a bit different with the colours; what do you think?
This comic is in the storyline:
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Rabish: What happens if you don't try very hard, or not hard enough? [[Rabid pushes an elevator call button.]] Rabid: To do this? It requires effort? Rabid: Oh... oh hey... this button... is not... hey! ARRGH! HEY!! Rabish: At least the elevator has arrived regardless. Rabid: I guess... [[The pair climb a staircase]] Rabish: Oh... it's... Rabid: And it's all "up", too... [[They arrive at a label "-1th"]] Rabish: Oh! We made it to the basement after all! Rabid: I guess the button worked after all! [[They float off into a void.]] Rabish: Wait, no, we're in a formless void. Rabid: Oh hells. Rabid: The button -- you were right! I hadn't allowed myself the freedom to press the button freely & openmindedly... to press it well. <<The moral & conclusion:>> Space Frog: To press a button so poorly is not indolence, nor is it incompetence. It is a denial of the true self.
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