For this week’s hiatus art, I decided to finally give you guys some more information on Chris’s human friends. (He DOES have them, you know.)

First up is Lorrie! We last saw her in 2020′s Halloween comic, and Chris texted her in order to borrow Lucky Buck. She’s one of Chris’s two closest friends, as well as an unofficial enemy of Chris’s mom. (That’s a story for another day) Lorrie has two moms, Jo and Em, although Em is actually nonbinary and uses she/they pronouns. (Em’s fine with being called “mom,” though.) Lorrie also has an adopted big sister, Grace, who is six years older than her. They used to be really close, but have since drifted apart after Grace entered her teens. Lorrie herself is Jo’s bio kid; her birth father is both her godfather and a sweet uncle figure in her life.

Lorrie’s parents never enforced gender roles on her as she grew up, and they always gave her the freedom she needed to express herself. As a result, Lorrie is a confident, butch little girl who both takes pride in her femininity while also ignoring almost everything society deems “feminine.” (Like her moms always tell her, the two aren’t mutually exclusive!) Chris admires this form of parenting, and is secretly trying to get himself adopted by Jo and Em. Jo and Em don’t know this, but the feeling is mutual.

While Lorrie does have fun teasing Chris and grossing him out, the two of them are very close. Lorrie never makes fun of Chris about things that would actually upset him, and Chris knows that Lorrie would protect him from any danger.

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For this week’s hiatus art, we see what it would look like if the Chrisville Theater Society performed The Play That Goes Wrong.

Fun facts: Last week, I saw an off-Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong and had an amazing time. I had already binged and re-watched Mischief’s television program The Goes Wrong Show, so having a front row experience with one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen was more than enough to make me imagine the residents of Chrisville in these hilarious roles.

The trickiest bit of casting was Dirk as Robert and Leo as Chris. For The Play That Goes Wrong, I can actually see them alternating these roles. This is different with other Mischief projects. For The Goes Wrong Show, I always imagine Dirk as Robert and Leo as Chris. For Peter Pan Goes Wrong (the TV special version), it’s the other way around.

Finally, this image is, of course, based on the official poster for
The Play That Goes Wrong.

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Well. I’m ready for another hiatus.

I love this webcomic with all of my heart, and I am so grateful to this blog’s loyal readers. (Especially those of you who give feedback :3 I really appreciate that) Unfortunately, keeping up with this weekly comic takes a lot of time and focus, and that’s been taking a toll on me.

So, for the next month or two (depending on how much time I need to take care of other important life stuff), the Antics of Softboy Pillowman will be on a semi-hiatus. I will still draw weekly art, but not “full-length” updates. Honestly, once the current Dirk arc is completed, I am REALLY going to try shifting to a simpler comic story format to keep from dancing close to burnout.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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