(Posted originally on Apr 22nd, 2006)
The most remarkable achievement about this one is that I managed to publish it on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, i.e. in time. Of course, the bun season starts some weeks before Mardi Gras, so it would have been smart to put the comic on the site earlier, but... you know how it is.
This isn’t the last comic where it wasn’t my intention to use myself as the main character, but it just went that way. I meant to sort of introduce the traditions and the bun thing and then bring up the issue of almond paste bun eaters versus jam bun eaters using some fictional characters, but it didn’t work. As a matter of fact, I grew up on my mom’s hybrid buns, which I quite enjoy. This bun thing may be quite foreign to people outside Finland, but back home a lot of people are very sensitive about their buns. For some reason, the fine people in the cities tend to like their buns with almond paste (it’s the Swedish way, so that’s probably why) and in the countryside they prefer jam (possibly because in the old times almond paste wasn’t easily available, whereas everybody cooked a lot of jam. My conclusions are not based on any scientific source material, so you can feel free to criticize and correct). In any case, you are expected to like either almond or jam and dislike the other.
By the way, the bun instructions could be improved a bit: it’s best to leave the dusting with icing sugar last, to avoid leaving finger marks in the dusted surface. I realized it after having drawn the pictures and didn’t bother to draw new ones.