- The Sensual Santa
"The Sensual Santa" is a one-page comic by
Daniel Clowes. It originally appeared in "Eightball" #14 (published in October 1994) and was reprinted in the Clowes collections "Orgy Bound" and " Twentieth Century Eightball".
The comic's titular character is a pudgy, blond, bearded middle-aged man wearing a
pink tank topand a lavender cap. He introduces himself in the story's first panel while perched at the top of a chimneyin the middle of the night, in the manner of Santa Claus:
"Why wait for a holiday? The spirit of "giving sensuality" is in season all year 'round! Come and join me on my rounds... maybe we can "both" learn something!"
In the ensuing panels The Sensual Santa invades several homes and administers
hugs, cuddlingand backrubs with cinnamonbody oil to unsuspecting people, who react to his "gifts" variously with alarm, puzzlement or numbed resignation. All the while, and totally oblivious to his recipients' evident discomfort, he delivers a cheerful monologueon the virtues of sharing sensualitythat parodies the sensibility and prose style of books such as " The Joy of Sex". The final panel shows The Sensual Santa holding a surprised-looking elderly woman in the middle of a bubble bathwhile exhorting his audience to "Be a Sensual Santa! It's contagious!"
The bottom of the panel contains a parting message from the author: "I hereby apologize to each and every reader. - D. Clowes."
Peter Baggealludes to "The Sensual Santa" in a comic he drew for "Reason" magazine. [http://www.reason.com/news/show/29043.html?pg=4]
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