147: A Way So Familiar

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A Way So Familiar
Two Hedwig references, an obscure Joey Comeau, and a girl with a mohawk. Yes.
Title text: Two Hedwig references, an obscure Joey Comeau, and a girl with a mohawk. Yes.


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Some introverts tend to empathize with other people they perceive as being shy or introverted. Sometimes their imagination leads them on to far/obscure futures. A person outside the imaginative world can easily see through this and judge as a delusion.

In this comic, Hairy points out he saw a girl at the bank and probably started having platonic romantic feelings toward her, describing many characteristics that would be impossible to know about her without actually talking to her (sweetness, soul pain)

In the last comic, the reader finds out she probably does not look like the sweet girl the reader imagined, having a Mohawk and shoveling prostitutes into a car.

Joey Comeau is a Canadia writer, best know for the "A softer world" webcomic.

The joke is that Hairy seems oblivious to the fact that his imagination is a very obvious delusion. While people could forgive a guy empathizing with a "cute pretty girl", Cueball seems annoyed by the lack of judgement of Hairy.


Hairy: I saw a cute girl outside the bank today. She looked nice.
Cueball: Oh no, not again. You are the worst judge of these things.
Hairy: But she was so sweet. Shy, but there was something in her eyes. A pain down in her soul, the same as the one down in mine.
Cueball: Mm hmm.
Hairy: The police light played through her mohawk like the sun setting through pine trees as she shoveled the third hooker into the trunk of the camry...
Cueball: Back up.

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I've added some explanation. But the joke could be taken the other way. Cueball is judgemental on girls with mohawks (that shovel prostitutes into cars), maybe she is indeed a cute girl in pain. Now that's food for thought! --Pnariyoshi (talk) 14:33, 15 March 2013 (UTC)

Does anybody know what the reference is to Joey Comeau's work? 23:04, 30 August 2013 (UTC)DBrak