788: The Carriage
Title text: I learned from Achewood that since this poem is in ballad meter, it can be sung to the tune of Gilligan's Island. Since then, try as I might, I haven't ONCE been able to read it normally.
Grand Theft Auto (GTA) is a well known video game series where players commonly steal cars by grabbing the driver and throwing them out of the vehicle. In the lower left corner of the second panel, there is a picture of the Y-button used to enter (and steal) vehicles in the Xbox version of the game.
The proposed Emily Dickinson edition of Grand Theft Auto mashes up these two concepts. When Death stops to pick up the protagonist (Hairbun, possibly representing Dickinson herself), she violently carriage-jacks him and takes over his carriage to use for her own purposes.
The title text refers to this strip from the webcomic Achewood where it is pointed out that poems written in ballad metre can be sung to the same tune as the theme song of Gilligan's Island, a 1960s sitcom. Upon learning this it can (as it seemingly has for Randall) become difficult to read Dickinson's poem without singing it.
- [Death with his scythe is driving a horse-drawn carriage. The text is written in two frames above and below the carriage:]
- Because I could not stop for death
- He kindly stopped for me
- [Hairbun grabs Death by the arm and pulls him off the carriage. There is a circle with the letter Y in the lower left corner. The text above the carriage is in a frame.]
- The carriage held but just oursel-
- Death: Hey!
- Hands holding Death: Grab
- Circle: Y
- [Hairbun takes off in the carriage with the scythe, leaving Death behind on the ground in the dust from the carriage taking off.]
- Hairbun: Hyah!
- [Hairbun stands with her arms crossed, and Death's scythe next to her. The first text above her is printed as the official logo and the text below is in a type of square brackets.]
- Grand Theft Auto
- Emily Dickinson Edition"
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