In my alternate universe, Chuck and Chris, protagonists in Chris Offit's Chuck's Bucket meet in a coffee shop but instead of proceeding to conduct scientific experiments on each other’s bodies they fall in love, and enter into a two year long relationship. After which they meet in the same coffee shop. Now it is closing night and Chuck is trying to remember what he ever saw in Chris. My graphic novel, ‘Once Upon A Fuckboi’ spans their two hour long conversation in the coffee shop bar. Here is an excerpt from the book.
In my work, I attempt to explore how stories can be used to process and document relationships. By means of this story I am interrogating the trend in pop culture of creating flat one dimensional female characters as trophies or arm candies, by turning it on its head to create a dimensionless cis male character, Chris. This is communicated via posing him as a ‘Fuckboi’ (a pop-cultural word for a bland partner who takes you for granted, doesn’t call you back, has narcissistic tendencies, lacks individuality, fails to see anything beyond himself etc..). As Chuck digs through his mind for any essence of originality in his partner, the reader and the protagonist both realize that Chris’s lack of personality IS his strongest personality trait, and Chuck’s frustration over it,- his desire to change, control, project and elicit anything else from his partner - his frantic struggling and anxiety about his partner’s avoidant tendencies is the only thing enabling it them to prevail in his life. Without Chucks’s anxiety, expectations and choice of partner, Chris’s existence as Fuckboi wouldn’t prevail.
It is time to make a decision.
The book is a mixture of sharpies drawings and watercolour paintings, prose and song lyrics. This piece is a work of fiction. Any similarities the characters may have to any persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental. Except for the fuckbois I may or may not have dated. Especially Jeffrey Singer. That f****r.