Once upon a time, Lisa and Adrienne worked for the same alternative newsweekly. Now, both spend their respective days mining their creative souls and leading hermit-like lives. And so an idea was hatched. Every week, one would send the other a sketch - either in illustration or word form - and the other would make a companion sketch. The result would be posted on both their blogs every week, just for grins. Even if the result isn't award-worthy, the exercise might make both minds more nimble. Hopefully.
It took several Earth decades but the aliens from planet Xarcon-5 finally figured out the perfect disguise. Most of the target human population studiously ignored Sqetzel when he was wearing his avatar. He -- well, he-ish if you want to be accurate -- could observe his subjects his optical buds’ content. Once the designers put his note-taking stylus and key pad in the faux sinus cavity -- it had been down the back of his avatar’s pants but the looks of disgust from his subjects skewed the data -- Sqetzel’s research capacity soared, winning him the coveted Global Research Medallion three years running. Sadly, Sqetzel is out of the running this year after the incident with the overzealous hand sanitizer on the cross-town route.Text ©Adrienne Martini; illustration ©Lisa Horstman. Until the end of time. Or something.