508: Drapes

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Drapes
Wait, what?
Title text: Wait, what?

[edit] Explanation

For those not familiar, this comic is a play on the classic question guys ask red-heads, where drapes=head hair and carpet=pubic hair. The assumption is that some people artificially dye their head hair red, but typically would not dye other body hair. The question is essentially asking "Are you a 'natural' red head?". The classic question doesn't mention upholstery, hence Cueball's confusion. There is some speculation about other body/arm/leg/arm-pit hair interpretations for upholstery.

This comic could also be a self-referential joke where the furniture is a double entendre to the art of the comic itself. The "carpet" is the white background of the comic, which matches the black "drapes" of Cueball, the woman, and the words. The "upholstery", in this case, is the woman's hair, which is orange and heavily bordered to create a 3D effect, which does not at all match the rest of this comic. The fact that Cueball seems confused (as per the last panel and title text) suggests the fourth wall may have been broken.

[edit] Transcript

Cueball: So, does the carpet match the drapes?
Woman: Yeah. But not the upholstery.
[Woman walks away.]
[Cueball scratches his head, confused.]
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Discussion

Or it turns out she is Beret Guys sister and thought Cueball meant the interior design of her apartment.99.102.154.28 21:08, 13 August 2013 (UTC)


From my own image development work, the 3D effect of the hair in the comic can be achieved one of two ways. A layer consisting of the hair must exist on its own and then be duplicated on a new layer. The coloured layer must be in front of the noncoloured (original) layer:

Simple method: desaturate (and darken as necessary) the original layer (its Z order causes it to be behind the coloured layer), offsetting it as desired. Then merge.
Emboss method: desaturate and emboss the old layer (it should be behind the coloured layer as in the Simple method), and set the opacity of the new layer to 50%. Merge both layers together - as the desaturation and 50% opacity results in a 50% desaturation of the merged layer, adjust the saturation to restore the colour. Thokling (talk) 08:56, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
"[T]he woman's hair [...] is orange[.]" Seems blonde to me. --Troy0 (talk) 04:47, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
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