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Puck originally started as a university newspaper comic way back in the prehistoric days of 1998. It was reborn in 2011, and is now running weekly, in color. You can see the original run of eighty strips AND the new colour strips all here!
So this is Phoebe’s first time wearing her Howlers uniform (using that word ‘uniform’ in the broadest of senses) within the context of the actual strip. Some of you may recall this outfit from a skyscraper ad I did a while back. It is what it is.
My wife looked at the strip and scoffed. “Don’t blame me!” I replied. “The outfit’s modelled on the real-life equivalent outfit. I had nothing to do with the design.”
“But you chose to make Phoebe work at Howlers,” she noted. “You could have made her be a mechanic or an interior decorator, but you didn’t. And in that way, you’re totally to blame for this. You’re always trying to deflect the blame when it’s entirely your fault.”
She’s right, of course. I’m to blame for this, I guess. It comes with being a guy. We’re in the wrong so often, and we’re not even smart enough to argue our way out.
Yes Christmas is over, but there’s still time to check out the naughty yet nice Puck pic that’s the voting incentive on TWC. The title is “When I think about you, I touch my elf.” If you haven’t seen it yet, you can’t say you aren’t curious.
Though this particular incentive pic isn’t available through voting on TWC anymore, you can purchase the pic from the store. It’s only a buck for a set of five voting incentives! That’s what I call a deal!
Granted there's titilation in a hooter 'uniform', but there's not much contentious issue in being a mechanic or interior decorator. And by not much I mean NONE! What's an author supposed to do, put someone in a boring job and then work hard to try and make that boring job exciting? Or put the character in a socially contentious position? Not to mention women obviously do work at these sorts of places. It's not entirely a choice on the authors part, in part it's just pure reflection.
Granted if she just bounces around for many panels making her assets bounce, there's no examination there. But even the ugly guys joke makes you think on real issues - even in a regular resteraunt, who does the serving? And in a regular resteraunt, are you okay with that?
Anyway, I often go to hooters so as to admire the tails the women have growing from the base of their spine and the pointy calcium projecting from their foreheads...waitwhatamisaying!?!?!?
In response to comments, I would have to side with Janus in saying that Phoebe is far, far too innocent to work in a strip club. There's little that's overtly sexual about her. So this solution makes more sense. I think.
And as for what darknoon said, that sort of cuts to the heart of how I function with the strip. When the idea of having Phoebe work at a Hooters-style restaurant came into my head, I didn't think, "Oh wow! She'll get to wear those skimpy outfits!" My first thought was, "Oh wow! That's freakin' hilarious and will provide endless fodder for jokes." My SECOND thought was about the skimpy outfits. But there you are. I plan for the comedy, and I try not to have characters do things that are not in line with their personalities.
It does sort of make you wonder, though, whether the Howlers patrons like Phoebe in spite of her she-devil nature, or because of it. Hmm.
I've never been in a Hooters, partly because I don't think it would make a good date place and I don't ever go to a restaurant alone, and partly because if I want to look at scantily clad women, I can hang out at the mall or the beach for free.
As for your situation with your wife, I'm reminded of the old metaphysical question "If a man speaks in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?"