996: Making Things Difficult
|Making Things Difficult|
Title text: Favorite mastectomy breast prosthesis idea: a fake boob containing a spare rechargable battery, accessed via a nipple USB port. Complete with a ring of LED charge indicators in the areola!
This comic is a reference to the breast cancer surgery that Randall's fiancee/wife underwent. This comic is the follow up appointment after the surgery. When the doctor asks Megan to take her shirt off, she refuses until the doctor gives her a necklace of beads that, in the New Orleans Mardi Gras culture, is used to exchange for the exposure of a female's breasts.
So, by Megan saying "You know the rules", that indicates that Megan has stipulated that every time she takes off her shirt for the doctor, a necklace of beads must be exchanged.
At the top of the comic page there is a link to a blog posting that talked about the real world events leading up to this comic.
The title text refers to a mastectomy, the surgical removal of one or both breasts. One possible treatment for breast cancer is to surgically remove the breast. After this procedure a false or prosthetic breast is often added to retain a normal physical appearance. The title text also suggests some things that could be concealed in this prosthesis. In the case a charging station with a USB port where the nipple would normally be, and lights to show how much charge the battery inside arranged around the the darker circle of skin around the nipple.
- Breast Cancer Surgery Follow-Up...
- Oncologist: You're looking great! Remove your top so I can check how the incision is healing.
- Megan: Nuh-uh.
- Oncologist: *sigh*. Do we have to do this every time?
- Megan: You know the rules.
- Oncologist: This is so ridiculous.
- [Oncologist annoyedly searches for something in pockets.]
- Oncologist: Here.
- [Oncologist waves around a Mardi Gras bead necklace.]
- Megan: Woooo!
- [Megan disrobes.]