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This is my fan-art account. Lately this means Aqua Teen Hunger Force fan art. If you like what you see here, be sure to watch cause there's more to come!
So why do I ship Carl and Hand Banana?
I've known of Carl for years on Aqua Teen. I've always found him an amusing character, but I was never inspired to draw or write about him before... not until Hand Banana. It was actually several years after for me because it wasn't until this year (2012) that I was surfing along the internet and found the episode.
It was the dynamic of the two characters together that really inspired me.Carl has low self-esteem, his only sexual relations are for pay and usually result in him getting crab lice, bitten or something generally bad happening. It's hard for him to find willing partners at all, even homeless women won't stay with him. Hand Banana on the other hand, is obsessed with him just the way he is. He's pushy, and rough around the edges, but so is Carl. Hand Banana comes with all of a dog's unconditional love and random destructiveness. Hand Banana obviously likes having some control in a relationship but that fits with Carl, who is generally passive, even when it is to his detriment. I think Hand Banana takes care of Carl better than Carl takes care of himself.
Carl complains a lot about Hand Banana throughout that episode, but I believe actions speak louder words. He can pull a shotgun out of hammerspace any time he wants, but when Hand Banana came back for more,Carl didn't shoot him. Also, when Carl's life was in danger, Hand Banana came to the rescue to help him. Carl's life being in danger or Carl dying is a common occurrence on the show and usually the other characters do nothing to help him, so Hand Banana cares enough about him to save his life. That's special.
Their whole thing with the mind-linking telepathic communication is fascinating. I find that very idea intimate and interesting.They seem to balance each other out, having things to mutually teach/share between them. For example near the end when Carl tells Hand Banana that he used to think r*pe was funny, and he wanted Spaghetti to teach Hand Banana that it wasn't. But that backfired. If you want a job done right, you need to do it yourself. ;0)
I saw a lot going on between them. I continue to see it. There is a lot of story there, way more than what was used in 11 minutes, then thrown away. I can't stand waste so... yeah, I just kind of adopted them. Used my magical powers of writing and drawing to carry their story further, maybe inspire others to do it as well. So that's why this pirate ships.
Feel free to ask questions. I love talking about this. =0D