Ryan Lee Blue-Ray Commentary
Some of these strips just end up being people interacting in the way I wish they would, instead of how things seem to play out in depressing reality.  In Depresso World, if Sid referred to an educated women like Polly as Punkin’, he would likely receive a ten minute lecture on “micro-aggression.” Then neither of them would talk to each other again.  I’m a dinosaur, of course, but that sounds…unhelpful.

In Superpub World, Sid gets a gentle correction, Polly gets a free drink, and both sides are still open for more parlay.  My favorite part of this one is Sid’s reaction to Polly playing back at him.  He was pretty sure he was in the driver’s seat, and then that hand dropped onto his shoulder!  I think he would have been less surprised to see Apocalypse show up. That’s fun, to me.

Incidentally, I don’t think anybody in North America is less qualified to write about pub-style sexual politics than me, but I don’t intend to let that stop me for a moment.  You’re welcome.

Monster Mike Blu-Ray Commentary

I love this strip. Not particularly my art on it because, I think this has been one of my weakest outings. What I love is that it shows two people interacting in a human way. Free of any walls they might have up. There is sarcasm, sure, but it’s playful> Here you have a feral beast of a man going toe-to-toe with the smartest person in the bar. He hits her with a simple term of endearment. She doesn’t flip out. She hits him back with some playful sarcasm. He doesn’t lose his shit. If only we could all behave this way with each other.

Instead, we scour the internet looking for something that might be conceived as offensive and we light the torches.

Ryan has created the perfect relationship in a simple 3-panel gag strip. I wish I could have given it the art it deserved. Maybe when we George Lucas all of these in 20 years, I’ll fix the poses, the hands, and the drinks. I’ll also toss a dewback in the background.