Just a little egg today mon frere

Remember, this isn’t the first time you’ve seen this handy fear metaphor; it won’t be the last, either. And it especially won’t be the last if you go and read Octopus Pie, because it turns out Meredith used a similar device in the Fear storyline (starting here). I only started reading “The Pie” (as no one calls it) late last year, and I didn’t get around to going through the archives until I was procrastinating over this very comic, so the discovery of this similarity between our work was simultaneously awkward and reassuring, in a weird sort of way. Anyway, Octopus Pie is amazing so you’ve probably already got that shit under your belt but if not, go go go!

Oh and by the way, yes, I am a product of the same system as everyone else, so I’m sure there’ll be loads of times when I fail to live up to the standard I am putting forward in today’s comic. Just like a real garden, there’s always more weeding to be done, after all. One of the reasons why I drew this comic is because I want you guys to feel like you can approach me whenever I screw up in this fashion, because I know how hard it can be to have to be “that guy” when everyone else is joking around. Humour is one of the easiest ways to alleviate dissonance without actually doing anything to fix the problem that triggered it in the first placed, so it pays to surround yourself with alternate viewpoints. You don’t want to find yourself committing war crimes in a Libyan AIDS-treatment orphanage.

Of course, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t require such prompting to complain about things, then don’t worry, your well thought out opinions have no doubt already been taken into consideration. ;)