3.I.02 Bishop Street 16

August 18th, 2009, 10:01 pm

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Gibson Twist, August 18th, 2009, 1:44 pm

In my first apartment, we spent a lot of time playing drinking games, many of which were focused around songs by The Pogues. We also had a community puke bucket for parties and stuff, and whenever one of our guests would say something like "I don't feel so good" the cry would sound through the apartment of "Get the bucket!" and we would pass it like a fire brigade to them.

These two things collided one evening after the Bottle of Smoke game and I was helping a friend Jonny put on his shoes before I walked him home. He mumbled, almost inaudibly, that he didn't feel so good. Directly in front of him as I called for the bucket, that was a tense moment for me.

Also, this page has cameos! Nena Martinez from Heard and Gisele Lagace from Menage a 3 were kind enough to let me use their characters, and I just stole a couple from Ben Steeves of Zom-Ben fame. Links above!

User Comments:

TacoTotes, August 18th, 2009, 10:35 pm

Haha love the Zom-Ben cameos, they are the ones that stuck out the most. I noticed the Heard character right away too cause she looks like me!

Great job as always, Gibson!

tezzle, August 18th, 2009, 11:18 pm

I love your stories almost as much as the comic. "Oh boy, Gib updated! Now I get to read the author comment!"

Ryuuichi, August 19th, 2009, 5:28 am

We are planning on a drinking game focused on Lord of the Rings, where we'll separate in good/bad guys and drink at respective cliches...I'll let you know how it'll work out - if I survive...

Zizi (Guest), August 19th, 2009, 7:29 am

:3 I love this comic. I've spent the last three days reading it- time well spent. I cannot believe I get to read this for free! Haha, is that Romy I spy?

Wiseass know it all (Guest), August 19th, 2009, 12:18 pm

Dionysus and Bacchus are the same god.

Andrew (Guest), August 19th, 2009, 3:26 pm

I usually don't read the comments but had to jump down to make sure that "DJ Pharoah" was who he looked like! :-)

Great job! Love the story!

Helas (Guest), August 20th, 2009, 3:36 am

Hey, Great text :) It discribes very well the student-party-life :D

And in the second-last panel, the girl in the background with the bandshirt looks like Zii from the Webcomic "Menage a 3"

Leona, August 23rd, 2009, 11:01 pm

Beautiful page, lovely narrating, but Dionysus and Bacchus are the same God.

Rev.Smith (Guest), August 28th, 2009, 3:18 am

Fabulous webcomic- keep the great stuff coming!!
1. Hi there, Zii!
2. Just because wikipedia doesn't have a bacchus page doesn't mean Twist was off: Dionysis and Bacchus are most certainly related and equally-certainly NOT the exact same god. Da Vinci did not do a drawing called 'Dionysus', and Bacchus does not have the Primo theatre (nor festival) in Greece named after him. Apollo is considered a compare/contrast subject to Dionysis (apollo=order, dionysis=chaos), but not Bacchus (okay, Winckelmann uses Bacchus, but all the big german philosophy guns like Nietzsche only use Dionysus, and rightly so: Romans changed the god when they stole/adopted it). Dionysus was androgynous, chaotic, cunningly deceitful and yet brutally honest, tied to secret rituals and magical rebirth (he was born twice). Bacchus was relegated to being friend of drunks and pimp to a harem of valkerie-ish bi/lesbian warrior-cannibals. Dionysis would lend himself to inhabit his followers; that is, he would be inside their cells, therefore making them temporarily gods, and this was used as the explanation for the madness. Romans couldn't abide regular citizens being able to be gods, so Bacchus' madnesses are often blamed on the wine. Most importantly, some scholars submit that Bacchus was inserted into the Greek pantheon like a virus into a computer: Bacchus was a rebel, his baccanal an anti-government/anti-establishment party almost specifically designed to counter all that was deemed holy by the Romans. Bacchanals, cults of naked women getting drunk, disrupted Rome for years after Greece was conquered/annexed.
Hestia, the first Greek god, the goddess of Home & Hearth, gave her seat to the young upstart, Dionysis/Bacchus. For a reason, the scholars posit. He was a religious saboteur. Not a far stretch to see why many artists equate Bacchus with Jesus (and not just the water-to-wine rumor either).

In any case, I think Twist might be giving a nod to the subtle differences here in that 3rd panel: Dionysis the chaotic flighty and darkly magic Greek = our misogynist-ish friend on the left with the vaguely greek features; Bacchus the Roman (latin) drunken prince to a (pack of) raving woman, also chaotic and undermining the rule of the local authoritarians = our good friend C; and Apollo the fair, fan of light, music, agriculture (farming), loved by both the Roman and the Greek, lover of ordered law and things that makes sense/can be put neatly into boxes - and known as the fair judge = our blue eyed narrator.
Love it.

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