The photograph was initially the illustration to the Shore Leave Daiquiri, but I liked it enough to turn it into an illustration as part of the Sea Legs storyline.

I’m sure you can guess who the “M” and the “J” are referencing. “J” happens to be on the left, with mystery girlfriend on the right (Her name is Astrid).

As mentioned WAY early in the story (Interlude 1, “Shore Leave”), Malcolm and Jules are in a polyamorous casual relationship. Jules was already involved with Astrid when they got together, and their [M and J’s] relationship emphasized on no expectations aside from being friends first, lovers second.

Astrid is part of another comic I may or may not pursue, but she is currently mourning another metamour who passed away a little over year ago in the current storyline. She met Jules just before he died.