The fellow in my dreams who appears in the glasses and striped shirt is Martin. He is modeled after Waldo from Where's Waldo by Martin Hanford. The Waldo books were my favorite as a child. Martin is a catchall for male friends in my life. So when he appears he is one of any of my friends. There are only a handful of people I represent in their actual appearance - my wife, my mom, my dad, and a few others.
Thinking in dreams:
The more I listen to my dreams, the more I notice my thoughts within the dream and how much of the content they occupy. (I'm going to pre-apologize for the confusing grammar here:) Because dreams are so often weighed by their symbolic content it presents a problem with analysis. How much importance should I place on my in-dream thought process? No psychoanalyst I've ever seen has seemed to show much interest in this. Are we to interpret the thoughts in the dream as thought by our unconscious selves? Or is it just a neurotic addition to an already confusing subject? When I talk about in-dream thoughts here, I'm not referring to "that lady looks weird" - I'm referring to critical analysis of situations. For instance, some event will happen that will provoke me to go into a long-winded breakdown of the situation. In conflict, I will go over and over the motives of another person, and analysis of my actions, until I finally either say or do something in the dream (or not!). In this waking analysis I suppose it's easy to say that it's not what I am thinking, but the fact that I am thinking so much, and how does that reflect back onto me? Is all this out-of-dream analysis affecting my in-dream activity and visa-versa? Maybe an analyst hasn't shown interest because I haven't brought it up in this way.
This is one of my favorite dream comics I've done. I won't go into all the self-indulgent details of why I love this, instead I will cite Elsevier again:
"Vermin: 1. any animals that, though not necessarily dangerous, are obnoxious to man; like ants, fleas, wasps, etc. grew after Man's fall in order to pester him bees (Faustus, DVB 3, 52); 2. they can be banished by exorcising formulae, at which gypsies were proficient (Leyland 41); 3. they "depart from dying persons and forsake [the] bodies, when the blood, from which the vermin derive their sustenance, loses its vitality: (Plutarch, M 49); 4. dreams: a. folklore:: dreaming of trouble in killing vermin denotes much riches (Folkl. &c. of Brit., p. 94); b. Freud: i. vermin and other small animals denote children; being plagues by them may denote pregnancy (IDr 6E, p. 357); ii. they often refer to one's brothers and sisters (ILP 10); c. Cheywynd: i. in the house they denote the same as insects (q.v.); ii. undesired children, whether as offspring or as brothers and sisters (see Freud, above). De Vries, Arthur. Elsevier's Dictionary of Symbols and Imagery. Bingley: Emerald, 2009. Print.
I would cite the entry for "boar", but it is SO LONG, and in the dream I specifically addressed the vermin. The boar happened to be the only "vermin" I saw. Regardless of the type of animal, the nature was definitely that these guests were unwanted, which - to me, is vermin. Blah, blah, vermin, blah, blah.
Over the years I've become much more of an analytical person. Talking through all of my issues, problems, etc. Perhaps me screaming away the vermin is a metaphor for verbally exorcising my situations. The maze adds a navigational element of problem solving as well. Running down a mound of dead bodies? Not sure about that one.
I'm not excited about this dream because the comic itself has too many details that I threw in to be clever. For instance, the Jumbotron has reads "Sponsored by Rebork" and it is called the "Corporate Funds Arena". Also, the posters in the classroom are completely made up and not elements of the actual dream. These details are fun, but they stray too far from the original content of the dream. I want the dream to stand on its own and I want to be as honest with the content as possible.
The comic format is ideal for conveying a dream because of the way you can sequence such absurd events. Dreams often skip around from one setting to another, or one minute your shirt is on, then you're shirtless, then it's back on again (as with this dream). There are very few movie sequences that I feel succeed in presenting a believable dream sequence. I can't even think of one off the top of my head. I hope these comics give the reader a modicum of the feeling of dreaming.
This is why I can't stand Freud: "The dreams of little children are often simple fulfillments of wishes, and for this reason are, as compared with the dreams of adults, by no means interesting."
I remember many dreams from my childhood. Feelings and emotions were sometimes first experienced in my dreams when I was younger. This was (and still is) a magical and scary realm that is yearning to be listened to. Wish fulfillment? Pfft.