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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!
New Daily Voting Incentive: PUCK’S STUPID SKETCH ADVENT CALENDAR!!!
It's a Stupid Sketch Puck Advent Calendar! Count down to Christmas with 25 holiday-themed sketches! Instead of putting a whole bunch of effort into one really good pic, I made 25 mildly crappy yet entertaining ones! Vote to see today's special pic!
Hey, look! Two male characters are talking to each other! You might have noticed that this is a relatively rare occurrence in this comic. I’m proud to say that the Puck archive passes the Bechdel test quite frequently. At a glance, I counted about 113 strips where two female characters converse about something other than a male character. It’s the reverse Bechdel test (two males conversing about something other than a female) where this comic usually fails. Only 13 strips in the entire run vaguely come close to passing reverse Bechdel test, and almost all of those are the ‘Sigmund and Satan’ comics. Maybe I missed a few, though. Feel free to count!
I’m not even sure if this particular comic qualifies for passing the reverse Bechdel test, but I’ll include it in the count because their conversation is ostensibly about a shower, which, technically speaking, is not a female character. So that makes 14.
Of course, this bias toward female conversation in Puck has less to do with forward thinking or gender equality than it does with my penchant for drawing girls and my general discomfort with male social patterns. And though many of my comics theoretically pass the Bechdel test, I feel like some should be disqualified on account of the female characters wearing bikinis.
That said, I never write anything to pass some form of test. I write the comic because… Well, I… Why do I write this comic anyway? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine.