Sam and Fuzzy Q & A: Ironic Edition
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"Do you think of the character Jess Star as a trans woman?" -Carol
Jess Star is a shapeshifting slug that identifies and lives primarily as a human woman. That's... not a real thing, and I am reluctant to call it a direct analogy for a very real thing like transgenderism, because I think it would be kind of a problematic one if it was. That said, I try to treat Jess' fictional kind of identity with the same respect I would for a real person's real gender identity, be they trans or otherwise. Because in the comic, it is real! Do you know what I mean?
"Wait a minute. Mr. X, with his three arms, resembles a Y, while Mr. Y resembles a X. Ironic?" -Dave
No! But if Mr. X had always dreamed of resembling a Y, and had tried his whole life to become a Y, only to realize that he was better off being an X all along, and THEN he lost his arm...
...well, that actually wouldn't be ironic either. But if he was then accidentally run-over by a giant truck full of xylophones, driven by John Xavier, who was only in a hurry because of a scheduling error caused by a misplaced "x" value in the software coding... then, THEN...
... it still wouldn't be ironic.
"Where in the world is C̶a̶r̶m̶e̶n̶ ̶S̶a̶n̶d̶i̶e̶g̶o̶ Sidney?" -Jake
Sidney eventually returned from the "dead" to launch a new career in a new musical direction, to great success. Sid's independent success was part of what made Nicole so self-conscious about how the new Noosehead was received.
I miss Sid. It would be fun to work with him again someday! But like so many of my favourite older characters, there just isn't really a logical place for him in the current story.
That's a wrap for this week, team. See you on Monday!