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Digital comic of a 1993/1/15 dream (with bits from a couple of other dreams, as you'll see). By Chris Wayan
NOTES 19 YEARS LATER
- Page 1
- The divided city: Beirut in the dream, but it stood for any hopelessly factionalized society--such as my middle school, where I was shunned hit and spat on for being a minority of one. Yes, I'm quoting Orwell.
- Page 2
- The stolen sun, frozen Earth, a pail of air: images from Fritz Leiber's classic SF story "A Pail of Air", which made a big impression on me as a kid.
- "Now, go": the Wizard of Oz (turned suddenly sinister) to Judy Garland.
- Page 3
- I'm a black-maned horse: My recurring dream-friend Silky often appears as a black mare. My equinity here suggests I'm getting a Silky's-eye-view, my dreams' viewpoint.
- Dig up and smelt gold with my clumsy hooves: a decade of hard dreamwork
- My slave-boss eats the gold: for that decade I compulsively saved so I could quit my job and be an artist; I harshly restricted spending.
- Devil mask: from the cover of C.S. Lewis's That Perilous Strength, an unpleasant book about scientists, demons, and academics (all one species, if you ask C.S.)
- Page 4
- Cat girl: now this is Silky! The generous-hearted side of me open to strange situations.
- shying away: I often still do.
- Page 5
- "The Shadow is 90% pure gold": from Ann Faraday's The Dream Game, on Jung's concept of the Shadow, all we dread and deny about ourselves.
- Attacks: I had recurring flulike attacks I now think were undiagnosed Lyme disease. The illness isolated me.
- Page 6
- Paradox of the chessboard: still mysterious. But the stress of forcing myself to be social, to try and date, when I was so ill, did trigger attacks. I got better when I indulged my solitary side.
- Page 7
- Gumball machine full of sea life: I just saw an episode of "Cosby" in which a shopowner falsely testified he saw Bill Cosby smash open a gumball machine.
- Tidepool critters: they endure dehydration, and my life was dry indeed. No booze, sex, dancing, fun--everything made me sick.
- Page 8
- The bubble on the beach: I was starting to control my illness and come out of my shell, but I had narrow survival habits to unlearn.
- Page 9
- "Therapists may say": I'd had a dozen therapists say I must secretly want to be poor, single and sick. Since I HAD had a hard childhood, I half-believed them. This nightmare urged me to raise my standards. Soon after, I found & stuck with a 13th shrink who helped me to fight. I can now turn the attacks on & off with herbs & antibiotics. Psychosomatic, huh?
- "Born cry work die buy buy": a hexapaul, my variant of the pentapaul (a terse verseform) quoted in Cordwainer Smith's tale Under Old Earth:
- This comic was drawn with a mouse on an old Amiga computer with just 8 colors per page. Bronze Age digitality! As opposed to, say, watercolor.
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orphans, runaways, feral kids -
alternate worlds -
gimme air! -
house and home -
I'm Just Not Myself Today -
cross-species dreams -
freedom and slavery -
animal people -
cat people -
sexy creatures -
Jungian Shadows -
threats and bullying -
chess and other games -
healing from abuse -
pure digital art -
a very different dream of digging for gold in the human ruins:
Ringman's Squirrel -
buried treasure dreams
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