December 16, 2011
The Obligatory Forever Alone Comic

I’m usually way late to the party when it comes to Internet memes and such — so it’s only appropriate that Scary-Crayon’s first Forever Alone comic is set at a party at which I arrived way late. Last weekend I attended a shindig at which the depicted encounter took place. (Though admittedly it’s a bit exaggerated here for comic effect, and nobody’s really intended to look like anyone present except yours truly.) At first I just thought the guy was being (oddly) complimentary, but the more I think about it — and judging from how the women in attendance reacted — I think it was actually a subtle, clever, and successful attempt to make me look like a conceited jerk (not that I need help to come across as an asshole) and thus make himself appear even more attractive to said women by contrast. Sort of a “Brutus is an honorable man” deal, except even more devious because it manages to place the words in Brutus’s own mouth as if he’d said them first.

It does seem like a technique that could backfire if the women take the speaker to be gay, but experience has taught me that (most) women who already find a guy somewhat attractive will completely ignore the possibility of him being attracted to men. (I knew a girl in college who was dating a guy who skipped about in rainbow sneakers — metaphorically speaking — and she was hurt and shocked when he finally came out of the closet and broke off the relationship. All I could say to console her was, “Duh.”) There’s probably an effective parry, too, but I imagine you’d also run the risk of coming across as an asshole in implementing it. And, admittedly, this is probably the kind of technique that one doesn’t need to break out at all — it seems like something that would work best only when the guy implementing it is already guaranteed victory. It’s probably the equivalent of killing an opponent with Chun-Li’s taunt in the Street Fighter Alpha games.

It’s also entirely possible that I’m reading way too much into this interaction — perhaps intentionally, for my own amusement and subconscious justification purposes. Still, it gave me something to ponder and an excuse to toss an entry into the overflowing putrid slopcauldron of Forever Alone material… so, yeah. I win at something. 😐

Next time, ponies. And/or cake. Seriously.

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