Comic 41 - Too close to, er, the bone.
15th Nov 2021, 8:00 AM in Dunestock
Too close to, er, the bone.
Transcript Panel 1
On stage:
Band closes its set.
Singer: Thank you and good… afternoon I guess? We are Catboy Café, remember our name! Er, we're selling CDs outside.

Panel 2.
At the food stands:
Phil the milkman is selling tonnes of milk.
Attendee 7: I read a rumour that they'd booked Trousersnake for this festival.
Attendee 8: I don't think this festival can afford Trousersnake.
Phil: Guess there weren't enough trousers for the snake! Heh heh heh!

Panel 3
On stage:
New band appears.
Singer: Greetings, nudies! We are Echidna Shrubbery and we're gonna play some songs for you. Actually, we've only got half an hour so it's only going to be one song. Let's get going.

Panel 4
In the audience:
Tess, to Abby: Ah, neo-neo-prog!
Abby: That's… maybe too many chords.

Panel 5:
Ernst is on the phone with a member of the Blues Dads while Trudy and several other staff people (Klop and Hafid?) are listening in.
Mac Truck, the bassist: You tracked down my 90-year-old mother and made her worry about me! Who does that?
Ernst: A desperate, desperate man, Mr. Truck.
Eisso: Who is this?
Trudy: Mac Truck.
Trudy: Bassist from The Blues Dads.

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Author Notes:
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete
Echidna Shrubbery is obviously a pun on Porcupine Tree; someone else had already done "Hedgehog Forest" and I thought I'd go one further.
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User comments:
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
I missed a trick by not letting the Catboy Café singer say they're selling cassettes.
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
Also, it turns out there's a webcomic on Webtoons by the name of Catboy Café, as well as a now-defunct Mastodon server. I was unaware of these before; I had just heard the phrase in a Discord channel and ran with it as a potential synthwave alter ego for myself and a good name for a fictional band on the festival stage.
area5.1 edit delete reply
You had me at Trouser Snake - love it! Is that a huge floppy disc in the final frame?
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
It's a tablet. Without colors, I have to make some choices on whether or not to render things like the slate grey that is the default color for most tablets even today.

I really thought "Trousersnake" was too easy. It's not like David Coverdale hasn't been perfectly clear about what the name of his band refers to.
burstlion edit delete reply
Caroline's plan worked! That's awesome!
Ha ha, I too love the name Trousersnake, that's delightful XD

Echidna Shrubbery being a gag name based on another band tickles me! I'm 50/50 curious and worried to find out what Porcupine Tree sounds like XD

Fantastic page!
ReinderDijkhuis edit delete reply
As part of my participation in February Album Writing Month 2023, I've written some lyrics that Echidna Shrubbery may have been performing during their set:

(Link may disappear after FAWM ends)