BiNGE Notes

Rambling thoughts of a cartooning cab driver on the Jersey Shore

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The First ever BiNGE Cartoon 2004

After I drew this, I knew I was onto something.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Athena DeCruelle's almost porn site

Athena DeCruelle's Web Site of Eternal Dependancy I tried to create an alternate "internet world" for the BiNGE comic. Links that would take off to small fictitious sites giving a depth to the characters and the town of Keysburg Beach NJ. Athena's is the most in elaborate. A non-porn porn site. I wanted to keep it a PG 14 rating as to not offend the easily offended. Besides, there is more humor in subtlety implied porn than the blatant cheap sleaziness of "adult comics."

Her site provides a background to what she does for a living. Some readers might not be sure what a dominatrix does, or what the adult internet has to offer. So for that one person, I created her site. I offered free wallpapers for one's computer, fake film sales to give a complete biography. Also, it shows one of the reasons Binge might be so enamored by her. He has what so many men fantasize about. If there is one lesson to be learned from BiNGE, it's "Be careful of what you wish for, you just might get it."

The BiNGE & Athena almost relationship...

When I think of all the times I've tried so hard to leave her,
she will turn to me and start to cry,
And she promises the earth to me and I believe her,
After all this time I don't know why, Ah, girl, girl
There is nothing more vile or ugly than a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, however a man stuck in one is hilarious for some reason. Don't ask me to explain why, it shouldn't be. Athena DeCruelle is a professional dominatrix and adult internet film star. Binge views their almost relationship as a traditional vanilla boyfriend/girlfriend thing. "I'm not into the whole S&N scene" so says Binge. A dominatrix by trade and nature, Athena is quite possibly at her most sadistic in the emotional arena. Her tools include deceit, critism, infidelity and constant verbal abuse. I based the character on observations that I have made over the years of my friends. I, of course would never tolerate such behavior in a woman that I was involved with.

Done laughing? Good. I thought the relationship would work in a comedic way in the comic strip because almost every guy has known at least one Athena DeCruelle in his life. Perhaps women may identify with Binge as the passive partner, or secretly admire Athena's power and control.

Was she told when she was young that pain would lead to pleasure,

Did she understand it when they said that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure,

Will she still believe it when he's dead?

The Beatles

Mr. Sticky

Meet Richard Stickle, or as BiNGE likes to call him "Dick Sticky." I couldn't do the addiction comic strip with out having a sex addict. A sticky topic for sure. Some might view BiNGE as a sex addict, I don't think so. Although Athena uses the promise of sex as a carrot on a stick to lure BiNGE into her world of intrigue, it seldom pays off. On the rare occasion when he does receive the cheese at the end of an emotional maze, he usually ends up in the Emergency Room of Shore County Hospital. I think Binge seeks sex from Athena as her "approval" or sign of love. His character is emotionally starved and confused. Needing the attention of a self centered woman, he jumps thu hoops to achieve a misplaced goal. I doubt Binge thinks about sex more than any other man, he just hangs paintings of his escapades in art galleries. (or creates a comic strip about it)Mr. Sticky on the other hand (ahem) is void of emotion, a chronic masturbator who is detached from women. In the episode "Same as the old boss" Mr. Sticky is confronted by a fantastic situation: A real live adult actress alone, and luring him into a night of passion in a motel room. Mr. Sticky flees in terror of the prospect of having a personal connection with a real woman. He probably rushed home and pleasured himself to one of her films. Much more comfortable with fantasy than an actual brief relationship. If he had to be defined, I would call him a "Solosexual."

The gang @ work...

This cartoon is based on my co-workers. "What if the taxi dispatchers were air traffic controllers." A great bunch of people. I love them all. Tammy is easily the best employer i ever had. Most of the passengers are cool too. I have grown more with my people skills at this job than any other. Ironicly, it's the passengers that are the biggest jerks that help me grow more as a person.