"Play the violin, Uly......" Haha
@The_Hankerchief: I read your comment as coming from Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs, and suddenly a new dynamic is added to the whole page.
Joseph's smirk both in the first panels and the flashback... now that's schaudenfreude if I've ever seen it! :D
Also this is entirely a guess on my part but is there some interesting story behind how the older brother has a fancy classical literature name (I mean Homer not Joyce obviously, though I had to check when Joyce wrote his book to be sure) and the younger brother got a more "normal" name?
@Oly-RRR: Joseph is a little terrifying like this, I admit :D
Interesting question! I'm wondering if there's any point soon in the comic where it'll be coming up, but who knows if it ever will, so I'll just tell ya. The Harpers' grandfather had taken a young Mr. Harper to some sort of celebration/parade during the time of Ulysses S. Grant's presidency, and the president shook then little Mr. Harper's hand and basically just bid him well. It was a little moment that meant a lot to him, and so when their first son finally was born (after a series of miscarriages and stillbirths), Mr. Harper named him Ulysses, intending it kind of as a good luck gesture.
Joseph got the simple end of the stick and just got named after a grandfather XP
@mitchellbravo: Awww I see! :] That's funny, when I was looking up Ulysses in wikipedia I thought "Huh, or maybe it's after the president... nah, it's not after the president." XD
@Oly-RRR: Lol!! Joseph's parents are good people, but I don't think either of them is well-read enough to make such a strong literary reference.
Years ago, when I was first toying around with the characters and before any sort of story had really formed, Uly's name was going to be "James." I'm glad I changed it, it's a bit more intresting this way :P
@mitchellbravo: Yeah, I like unusual names too! Though most of my character-naming decisions are either random or some kind of puns or references.
@Oly-RRR: You gotta go with what works! I went through an old baby name book and wrote down names I thought were interesting. I'm glad I opted away from most of them as they sounded way too pretentious or just plain weird. And like, weird in a way that doens't make sense for the story :P