976: Sail

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It only works a few times before you have to capsize the boat in a soap lagoon again.
Title text: It only works a few times before you have to capsize the boat in a soap lagoon again.


A billowing sail sometimes looks like the first stage of blowing a bubble. The main character is clearly surprised when a bubble is actually formed by the filled sail.

Readers infer from the title text that the water is also part of this fantastical scenario. If the boat was overturned in a soap lagoon, a film would form between the mast and the boom (horizontal bar that adjusts the sail). The film would become like the sail in the comic, filling with air and forming bubbles until the film is used up.

This comic was uploaded on November 11, Armistice Day. Possibly the comic is peaceful in honor of the signing of the ceasefire that ended the first world war.


[A person is sailing a cat-rigged sailboat. He detaches the mainsheet from the stern.]
[The sailor pulls back on the mainsheet.]
[The sailor stands up and pulls harder, causing the sail to arc outward.]
[He continues pulling as hard as he can, and the sail begins to buckle outward in a semi-circular shape.]
[Finally, the sail buckles so hard that a bubble forms and detaches from the sail, which begins to return to its normal shape.]
[The sailor sits down and scratches his head in confusion as the bubble floats away.]

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Really doubting the Armistice Day thing.--Jimmy C (talk) 03:21, 29 November 2012 (UTC)

I agree. I've removed the mention. lcarsos_a (talk) 19:44, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

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