Ingleside views 2, 2014 edition by Janelle Pereyda. Pen and ink on paper. San Francisco, CA
1 – HEY. We’re the sock puppets!
2 – YUP!
1- Why are we sock puppets, though?
2 – ?
1- I mean, that is a completely unneccessary form for us to be, as comic strip characters, right, 2?
2 – I suppose..
1- DON’T interrupt, 2. Let me finish. I mean, we could be anything…humans, animals, plants, objects, but socks covering an appendage for the sake of not having anything better to use to tell a story besides spare pieces of clothing laying around the room?
2 – yeah, we are pretty weird.
1 – OH COME ON, 2. Have your own opinion for once! I tell you time and time again that I want you to say something, but you always time it wrong. Always interrupting.
2- But, 1…
1 – Oh my…GOD how does that keep happening? Just shut up, 2.
2 – 1, we have discussed this before. You have a weird brain disorder where you think you are something for one day, and the next day, it is something totally different. Last week you kept switching between thinking you were a corn on the cob and thinking you were a pig, constantly eating corn on the cob.
1 – ooh, that is low, 2. now the audience thinks that I am crazy. You just made that story up, out of nowhere.
2 – How could I have made that up?!
1 – well, SOMEONE did. Whoever is writing THIS.
2 – what is THIS
1 – sigh you have never understood the concept that we are, in fact, two souls occupying a comic strip which sometimes changes characters, but keeps our same souls within it and we occupy whichever characters are presented. It’s called self-awareness.
2 – well, that seems like a really cool idea for an ACTUAL comic strip, but this is a dialogue, interpreted as a comic strip and published on the internet for the sake of studying psychological disorders, which you have, 1. And by the way, 1 is not your actual name, it is just a label for the sake of anonymity.
1 – Dang, 2, that is one cool imagination you have going on inside of your head. You should think about becoming a writer. Of fiction. Because that’s what you are spouting to the audience.
2 – what audience? Do you see anyone around besides us, in this room right now?
1 – Well, the panels are so tiny and one-sided that it’s hard to say what can be seen …on the other side…but can’t you just FEEL an audience, bringing our words to life inside of their own heads?
2 – No. What?!
1 – This is what I mean by you not being able to grasp the general concept of us being comic strip characters, but it’s true.
2 – I can play your game for a while but I don’t know for how long…
end of episode one