*I know what you’re thinking… He disappears for months and doesn’t post anything at all, then he comes back and posts this horrible joke? I’m amazed (or is that a-maized?) that this was not a thing already, but I scoured the Internet for at least five whole minutes and could find no evidence that anyone else had as horrible of an idea for a joke as I did, so enjoy! Does this mean Fringe Kisses is back as a regular strip again? Does it mean I’m back as a regular blogger again? Nobody knows! 🙂
*Sometimes I do political and current event stories and humor… but the real world has been a little scary and depressing lately. I thought maybe it was good to just be silly for a while, which is why Batfly and Robant have been very disconnected from the real world the past couple of weeks. Literal escapism in the form of a trap might accidentally be deeply profound in a weird way… where you’re actually safer inside the trap than you are once you escape to the outside world. But they can’t stay in the self-made trap forever, eventually everyone has to try and get back out and make the best of tough times. Here’s hoping I can continue to be a little bit of a distraction some days to help you get through the real-world nonsense with some fictional nonsense. 🙂
I actually drew this last month, but various rounds of illness have put me behind in some of my intended blogging. One word of caution up front, if you’re not familiar with this woman, please be careful searching online because you’re going to pull up some images of adult situations.
April O’Neil is an adult film performer and, yes, she did take her performing name from a love of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character of that same name. She is also equally well-known for her love of all things geek and you are just as likely to find her cosplaying or geeking out over Doctor Who or Star Trek as you are anything else you might normally want to associate with adult film performers. Take note, for example, of the bad wolf tattoo on her left arm. 🙂 As a result, she challenges your perception of what a person is like based upon their chosen profession.
I found a nice image of her from an industry awards appearance, and that served as reference for my illustration here. I liked her look here in general, but especially the glasses. I was not able to completely capture the golden gleam of the dress she was wearing, but I think the overall effect still works here. As an aside, you might be surprised at just how difficult it was to find source images online of an adult film actress in clothing. I realize I’m probably in a weird minority group of people actually executing that search, but still!
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