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January 14, 2011

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Old Familiar Faces IX Part 6

January 14, 2011

In 2010, at one of the many cons I did, a reader was at my table and talking about characters he wanted to see turn up in S*P again.

"I'm really waiting to see what you do with Pepito," he said. I told him there was nothing left to do and about some of my rules for the comic, one of which is, "Dead is dead," and Pepito is, in fact, dead. "Naw, that doesn't count," he replied. "It happened in a dream."

This was very exciting news to me because, see, I wrote and drew the storyline and at no time have I said the storyline was a dream. In fact, I've done a few strips since that pretty much stated, yes, the "Kawaii of the Damned" storyline was canon and not a dream sequence. In fact, I really - REALLY - hate the "it was ALL a dream so none of that major calamity didn't really happy tee-hee" plot device. I told the guy this. He didn't relent.

"No, but it was implied it was a dream," he started to explain. I then explained to him the differnce between "imply" and "infer," and said he was inferring that the storyline was a dream despite the fact I'd never offered any evidence it was. He paused for a moment. "Oh, well," he said, "to me, it's not canon."

"That's fine," I replied. "I mean, you're completely wrong, but it's fine."

He forgot to ask for his free sketch before he walked away. -R.

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