These are the stars of the stories below. Seagull Boy, Harriet, Rapunzel, Banana, the slug-man, and Tor all seem to be variations on a naive, super-positive character. Fashion Ghost is a reoccurring character who has a tendency to be self-absorbed, rude, and vain. The Bladder also leans towards this type of personality. Randy is nervous, submissive, and hard to like, and once again appears in several stories. Red Monster, Banana, and Rapunzel all find themselves in conflict with social pressures concerning their gender, and the slug-man, Banana, and Seagull Boy are characters who must deal with being ostracized by a group. At least half of these stories have themes that deal with conformity. There is also discussions about consumer culture and religion. All in all, this exercise is proving to be buttz and isn’t really helping me with anything… I can see there are several themes and characters that I seem to be returning to in these stories, and whether this is good or bad is still up for debate. Much more importantly is the way in which I choose to present these themes and characters, so that they still feel fresh and interesting, and taking such an analytical approach is sure to produce something stale.