That’s Why A Bear Can Rest At Ease

[actually posted on 4/14/14] I’m playing catch up on a week’s worth of comics. Luckily I’ve got three written and I’m banging them out one after another. Just like Josh will be at his Bear Meet Up.

Years ago, after Josh have given me a sort of crash course on Bear culture, I remember it dawning on me how cosmically unfair it was that we had similar man-guts (referring to the outside appearance of the stomach and NOT the gooey bits inside the body including the ACTUAL stomach), yet HIS was considered sexy by those whom HE would consider sexy. Of course moments later my brain recalibrated and remembered that as a straight, white male I was at the lowest difficulty setting and I should probably not envy the dude in a counterculture of an already oppressed counterculture. Still, to be able to eat Pop-Tart ice cream sandwiches for dinner and know that I was IMPROVING my sex appeal… there’s something magical about that.

I wrote a blog post about how my Patreon is going and when to expect the rewards I’m working on right now.


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  1. Don't fight it guys. Give into the deep lust in your heart and crotchital region.

    Then Willis will later draw it and post it on Slipshine as "Brokeback Mountain 2: Bi-curious Boogaloo".

    • This is the difference between these two. Watson uses it as a damn amusing punchline. Willis would use it as an opportunity to whore himself out.

  2. I know what a Bear is, but I didnt know there was a subculture specifically FOR that particular body type. Still, not exactly surprising.

    That said, the fourth panel is great, a lot of straight guys seem to operate under very odd ideas of what gay sex is. Its really not that complicated

    • I was a little bit dismayed — that arrogant geeky feeling you get when you catch a reference a lot of other people wouldn't get? I got that when I saw the title. Then the alt-text made it too easy.

      Luckily, the feeling goes away in about a half-second. Especially when the comic is funnier than f*ck (apropos for this comic, surely).

  3. It's interesting to see how bear (and gay) culture has changed since I came out in the late 1980s. Back then, someone who looked like Tom Selleck or the Brawny paper towel guy with a bit of a beer belly personified what a bear was. There also seemed to be more of an affiliation with leather culture. A heavyset man who wasn't particularly muscular and had no affinity for leather would probably have been considered a chub, not a bear. Most of today's bears would have been chubs back then. I think being more inclusive is a good change, but I worry that people have just given up on the obesity epidemic in America and decided to embrace and eroticise it.

    • Somewhere in the 1990's the Chubs got extra hungry and ate the bears. Your observation is completely correct though. Very few of the people who would have been called 'the bears' in the 80's are found at these things now. As more of the Chubs and SuperChubs started going to Bear events

    • Also it seems the bear community fragmented itself again, so now we have musclebears, bearchubs, otters, wolves(?), and a whole plethora of new bear subcategories. It seems taxonomy has run wild here.

      • Which has to be an offshoot of the way internet culture subdivides and subdivides until every interest/fetish is as specific as possible.

  4. Last week I was thinking about the term "pillow biter" and how it should be a freaking compliment. You're having anal sex so good that you need to bite your pillow to keep yourself from hurting your tongue or mouth … that's some good sex right there!

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