Chapter 3! We all know what fortune cookies and a mint means in a Chinese
restaurant... end of dinner, pay the bill and GET OUT!! That means you, Ollie!
'Xit' door? I musta inked over something and not noticed.
Comics are not animation, but I cannot help but draw a couple of key-frames to denote
character movement. I've always been a lot happier drawing poses than doing subtle
ease-in-ease-out animation. This is why I draw comics instead of animating, even if
drawing multiple figures in the same panel confuses some folks as to why there are
ninja jutsu clones. Plus, I don't gotta find voice acting ;)
One of my solutions to that "suspension of disbelief" problem I mentioned at the end
of Chapter 2, is to keep ramping up the stupid shit and try to just have fun! Who
cares if the tonal shift is jarring! The characters used to be drawn as 10 heads tall
yaoi figures, and now they're flying through the air in chibi form? Good. This isn't a
realistic world, it's HEIGHTENED REALISM. Something like that. And heightened realism
means Ollie surviving the ingestion of cleaning products. Thank you Shane for your
janitorial knowledge, for helping me fill in the environment of these scenes.
How do we keep the setting consistent since I'm filling it in with mostly black? We
keep the fumes going through these panels to connect them to the previous panels!
They're in the same place that Ollie's been drankin' Fabuloso (the forbidden Jarrito).
Basile plays the part in my brain that's questioning "what's the POINT of this story".
And Ollie plays the good cop that's like "LET'S JUST HAVE FUN DRAWING UWU". As always,
my dankest yaoi is ADHD fucking depression up the butt. Yaoi is just a great way to
This is me thinking out loud about how the OTHER student/teacher AU with the blackmail
wouldn't work out longterm. Can Ollie make it werk?!!
Back in da dorm again, I cannae help but draw the obvious squid. And I have to prove
that this story is connected to chapter 1 by re-drawing Ollie in that older style.
Ollie's outfit is awful chaos and 90% of it's formed from my own wardrobe. Especially
the fannypack. Can't steal my money if you have to touch my ASS and be GAY by touching
my ASS to get it. Wish I had those Minion shoes though.
Even for the time period of this comic in 2010-ish, Ollie's music taste is a little
outdated... but I'm sure he'll influence Basile to love the CLASSICS of the Ying Yang
This restaurant is based on a real place in San Francisco, famous to tourists and
children for their candied chicken. My memory has latched onto that place for a long
time, because it relates to the Metalocalypse quote about "Chickens that tastes like
candy". Now that's ADHD brain! I do not remember if it actually looks like that
inside. I draw vibes-based backgrounds, not accurate ones!!!
The way different people interpret Ollie's actions and character is interesting! Some
people think that he's intentionally torturing Basile, and manipulating him to get
what he wants. Like free car rides. Very evil Ollie. Some people think Ollie's too
stupid to do anything and doesn't get anything he wants intentionally other than by
pure chance. Whaddya think?
"Cockalorem" was a word that I asked Shane to find for this dialogue. "Bonobo-dicked"
came from me becoming obsessed with apes after the Ancestors video game came out.
Those bonobos do be kinda crazy, but their idea of solving conflict through penis
fencing is pretty sound.
I think Ollie's genuine in that he's okay with just being friends. It's just too bad
the whole "had sex with my professor" thing sours the relationship with Basile a LOT.
People gonna talk, weird tension. Wish you coulda started over, huh?
Who's the sir and who's the wife? I think they're both each other's wives!
Something that I very vaguely touch upon with my depictions of Basile is some form of
addiction and dependency. Whether it's literal substance dependency, like lil nudges
at Basile being dependent on alcohol (harder drugs too in other stories!) for small
respites of numbness, or emotional dependency. That's one reason he lets Ollie hang
around, no matter how much distaste he has. Dude has no friends now! Stoic men turn
into mush when you hit them in their fee fees.
Hey, dig that splatter texture though! I wasn't getting the texture I wanted with IRL
ink spatter and toothbrush, because of the small 5.5x8.5 size of the pages. Digital is
Basile's like a wine mom who can't hold her alcohol... drinking away her lonely nights
watching soap operas over boxed red wine. I've said that so many times! I always
repeat myself! But yeah, Ollie's having some second thoughts about his choice in
attraction... I mean, Ollie may be a real stinky catch but Basile is not emotionally
well LOL. No one is a great guy, y'know? Ya get to know someone for REAL and you get
to figure out if you LIKE-LIKE them.
I like to mirror pages from the beginning of the book :3c Something that caught my
imagination when I was reading the Tiger chapter of Watchmen as a kid. More scraggly
backgrounds drawn from memory and VIBES... more reason to warp that perspective!
Nothing is real!!!
Door design from memory. Basile's room is based on Lana's empty ass depressing square
living box in the "High on The Beach" video. Barely any furniture to speak of. Shit on
the floor. Mattress on the floor. This was not meant to be a permanent living
situation. But he's stuck here.
The end of the book is a GREAT time to figure out how to use negative, undetailed
space better as abstract shapes! Dig that empty white hole that's Basile's head,
y'know? And all those angular fabric folds that have no basis in reality? Yowza! This
is why you can't just wait until you're Ready to draw a comic. It'll be inconsistent
cuz you'll be learning while drawing. Cool!
Now that fortune cookie is the MONEY SHOT of this whole comic. So succulent! So round!
Encased in an air bubble, never to be touched....
Shane asked me what my favorite panel from this comic is, and I'll say the fortune
cookie and the ~chu~ kiss. I'm fond of noses smushing into each other during yaoi
kisses. The untold perils of having vastly different nose shapes. Those curls on
Basile's head look pretty swell and cinnamon-roll-like too! His gel is loosening up,
he's becoming a natural woman. It's symbolic or somethin', ya know?
Don't worry Basile, I can't read Chinese above a pre-school level either. That's why I
didn't write the fortune. Basile and YOU, the reader, will have to tell me what sorta
good luck he got!
Dirty ass house pieced from memory! Sidewalk cracks and weeds growing through the
streets. No one takes care of this place!
Hopefully Ollie's phone helps the viewer place the date in their head. Unless they're
too young to have ever seen Facebook's old layout. This is an account Basile had to
make for work, that he never logs into. Shoot your shot into those unread DMs, Ollie!
THA! END! Zigzagoons ate my flesh! Actually walking the distance from the restaurant
to Basile's home may have taken an hour.. now how's Ollie gonna get back across the
Oakland bridge?! He can walk too right? Maybe sleep on Basile's doorstep? In any case,
this concludes this particular timeline for Ollie. I don't really do sequels? All that
I wanted to say is right here. They'll have more adventures in other settings :D
Looking over these is always a mix of cringe and warmth. I can do better! I can draw
better! I can think better! But damn that do kinda look good though? Good job me.
Having finally made n' printed this comic in 2022 cemented that these characters are
MINE!!! There's just something different about having an open and closed story about
'em, compared to the vague concept of having OCs floating around in tumblr tags not
doing anything in particular. I have boomer brain, I love having physical media to
remind me what's real. I hope you enjoyed this comic and my old man rambles!