Why Can't I Be You?

Why Can't I Be You?

A lot going on in this one...

  1. This strip is based on one of the gag ideas I originally came up with back in the 90s. Only it was the Cure tour van that splashed Cassie. (And yes, Robert Smith did look like that... the Edward Scissorhands hair didn't start until 1982.)

  2. Marzie is based on a woman that used to frequent the Lizard Lounge's "The Church" goth night in the mid-90s. She called herself "Marz", looked a little like Tori Spelling and liked to dye her hair all kinds of wild colors. And finally...

  3. Those two clubgoers on the right are Roomie and Ramona from the webcomic "Go Get A Roomie!" (at gogetaroomie.com - randomly NSFW). Check it out... it's funny, crazy and sexy all at once.

Comic transcript

TRANSCRIPTION COURTESY OF JOSEPH HOUK - (CW is at a bar, somewhere in the Dallas Metroplex, dressed in "goth" attire) "Hi, Marzie! Love the new hair color!" (Marzie, bartender in blue hair) "Thanks, Babe. Haven't seen you at Goth Night in a long while!" [Blonde girl and a gothy brunette – Roomie and Ramona from "Get a Roomie" – are in the foreground] (CW, over an exterior shot of the bar) "I know, I've been super-busy. Still, I've never seen this place so packed!" (Marzie) "Yeah, you can thank the whole sparkly vampire craze for that. [to CW at the bar, as Roomie approaches from right for a drink] Makes me yearn for the days when the noobs were crazy over Robert Smith." (CW) "Ha! I hear ya!" (Roomie, who is, of course, clueless – but still clothed) "Robert Smith? Who's he?" (Marzie, handing her a bottle of beer) "Ugh. I feel like such an old fart." (CW) "You need some Cure CD's, missy! (to Marzie) I actually met Robert Smith once… Really cool guy!" (Marzie, getting CW a beer on tap) "Oh WOW! When was this?" (CW) "Not too long ago… For ME, anyway." [1981; a bar in England; CW doesn't look all that great] (CW, in unkempt black hair and her eyes black and muddied) "Sorry about my face, some asshole splashed me with his car a few minutes ago!" (RS) "You look okay to me!" (to himself) Hmmm… That could be the new style I'm looking for!

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