Webcomic / Craving Control
Craving Control is/was a webcomic published on Drunk Duck.com in 2007. It followed a beautiful young freshman named Lalia, as she attempts to survive college with her roommate Jane. The twist was that Lalia had a massive appetite
, often with the gut to show it
, which is the entire point of the series
Despite being relatively short and prone to extreme cases of Schedule Slip
, it managed to acquire a decent-sized fanbase. After spending time as an Orphaned Series
, it returned on the author's deviantArt
account, though now trimmed the supporting cast out and focused exclusively on Lalia and her increasingly over the top binges; what the creator and his fanbase considered the fun
stuff.Unfortunately, despite it's fanbase the series was again orphaned and later taken down due to personal reasons.
This work provides examples of:
- Aborted Arc:
- The series itself ended with Lalia having shirked her college responsibilities to go on a luxury cruise, and the last we see of her is a page of her indulging in a massive stack of pancakes.
- When the original run ended, Word of God states that Trevor would have started going out with Jane in order to get closer to Lalia, who continued to not notice him.
- Arthur drew a single page for a prequel series that would have followed a teenage Lalia developing into the familiar gluttonous bombshell. Unfortunately, there was controversy in regards to her age, and the story was abandoned. It's possible Lalia's mother would have reappeared during this.
- Abusive Parents: Lalia's mom wasn't exactly abusive, but she was VERY strict about her daughters eating habits. Grounding her for every inch her belly had swollen after finding her eating cake too late at night. And it was her birthday cake!
- All Love Is Unrequited: Trevor is head over heels for Lalia, while Lalia never acknowledges his existence.
- Alpha Bitch: Kim was essentially set up to be Lalia's enemy before the cancellation of the original.
- Art Evolution: There is a noticeable improvement in the art between the old series and revival.
- Art Shift: For a brief period, the series was illustrated by a completely different artist to get it out of a hiatus. The art is fine, but the shift is extremely noticeable.
- Artifact Title: After the Thanksgiving Special, Lalia gives into her appetite, something which sticks throughout the rest of the series. In other words, there is no more focus on he attempting to Control her Cravings.
- Author Appeal: What do you think?
- Balloon Belly: The entire point of the series.
- A non Lalia example is Jane in the last page of the Thanksgiving Special.
- Berserk Button: When Lalia shows up to Thanksgiving Dinner already stuffed to the brim, and having eaten a pie baked specially for the day by Jane, the usually quiet roommate finally loses it, and Lalia is clearly worried. Of course, it doesn't amount to much.
- Big Eater: As one character put it, Lalia is a thunderous glutton.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: More like, Brilliant but Hungry. Lalia is a clever girl, but her appetite tends to get in her way. The "lazy" side gets more prominence in the series as Lalia becomes increasingly concerned with stuffing herself over study, etcetera.
- Captain Oblivious: While Lalia knows she's a Big Eater, she doesn't realize how insane her appetite is, or how much frustration it can cause to those around her.
- Characterization Marches On: Lalia and Janes' interactions in the initial run were a little more indifferent, with both being polite to each other and Lalia frequently trying to force her presence on Jane. Come the Thanksgiving Special (technically about a year later), the two are pretty much best friends, though still with the same gripes as before.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Happens to anyone who isn't Lalia or Jane after the original run on Drunk Duck.
- Clip Show: Done hilariously in a single strip when Lalia is completely dumbfounded by her slight weight gain.
- Denser and Wackier: The original had a a few goofy moments, but was mostly just a quirky story about a girl trying to get through college with a big appetite. The retool instead embraced cartoon physiques, with Lalia eating until she became trapped in doorways, or her stomach was larger than the rest of her body.
- Determinator: Lalia needs to collect one hundred tickets from one hundred cereal boxes to win a free cruise an offer that expires the next day, and the sun has already gone down. She makes it happen.
- Fat and Proud: While not technically fat, Lalia eventually comes to take pride in her colossal gut.
- Flanderization: Lalia starts the series struggling to live a normal life despite her appetite and desperately attempting to control her cravings. After the first story, she becomes a simple glutton who only cares about gorging herself as often and as massively as possible, taking blatant pride in how big a Balloon Belly she can give herself.
- The series itself follows suite. The original run had a full cast and a developing story, while the revival is more or less a showcase of Lalia's binges. Arthur explained that he had lost interest in the story and instead wanting to focus on what he considered the fun stuff.
- Food Porn: Though food is rarely on screen long before vanishing behind Lalia's face, on occasion we can see some food that has every right to make Lalia such a glutton.
- Forgotten Childhood Friend: Christina, Lalia's pal from the prequel series, has only come up once since.
- Freudian Excuse: Lalia's mother was very strict about diets, and would punish her daughter harshly for overeating. It has permanently made her feel that she has no self control.
- Gag Boobs: To the extent that Lalia's chest has been mistaken for the entire point of the series.
- Gone Horrible Right: Jane makes Lalia promise that she will only eat what is offered to her at Thanksgiving Dinner. Jane's mother proceeds to offer her more than she's ever eaten.
- Halloween Episode: Lalia goes out Trick Or Treating and ends up cleaning out the neighbourhood before the kids could get to it.
- Hypocritical Humour: An imaginary Lalia makes fun of Trevor's eating habits and how he has no self control.
- Improbable Food Budget: How the hell isn't she broke?
- Inappropriate Hunger: Lalia completely fails to recognise receiving pizza delivery through the window as disruptive to her class.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Though she does flaunt her curves, Lalia probably doesn't realise how attractive some find her engorged stomach.
- I Thought It Meant: During a cram session, Jane asks Lalia if she could pick her up some fruit for her while she's out. She comes back with fruit pie. After Jane explains what she meant, Lalia happily treats herself to it.
- Lost Episode: Most, if not the entire series can still be found online with a quick search, save for the final page of the original run, and the first and only page of Early Warning Signs. Fans likely overlooked them for two reasons; the former did not feature Lalia, and neither featured any belly stuffing.
- Love Triangle: In the initial plan of the original series, had it continued on.
- Meaningful Name: The title of the webcomic actually has a couple of different readings, which border on Fridge Brilliance:
- One way it can be read is "control over one's cravings", the complete lack of which is basically Lalia's defining trait.
- An alternative way to read it is "craving to have control (over one's cravings)", which is one of Lalia's traits in the initial stories, before in later stories she simply blithely gives in to her gluttonous impulses.
- A third reading of the title would be a reference to how Lalia's cravings have such control over her, leading to the eventual shift in motif.
- Meganekko: Jane.
- Nerd: Jane, again. One strip has her explain in great detail what she and her clan had been doing in World of Warcraft. Lalia understands none of it and merely says, "Sounds fun."
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: On a much smaller scale, with no death involved. Lalia's obliviousness has at times caused considerable destruction around her, at one point burning down a sorority house.
- Moral Dissonance: Within the same story, Lalia both stole clothes from the Alpha Bitch and accidentally burnt down her sorority house.
- Ms. Fanservice: Lalia, both stuffed and unstuffed.
- Oblivious to Love: Lalia has no idea about Trevor's existence. Trevor is also completely unaware that the object of his desires is a glutton beyond comprehension.
- Odd Friendship: Lalia, a pretty, glamorous redhead with the appetite rivaling some species of whale, and Jane, a geeky, shy and very sensible worrywart.
- Off the Wagon: All it takes is one Thanksgiving to send Lalia off the deep end.
- Once an Episode: Many, many, MANY strips consist of Lalia doing something gluttonous, and Jane reacting negatively.
- Only Sane Man: As the series has gone on and on and Lalia's binges have gotten bigger and bigger, Jane seems to be one of few people to react to Lalia's extreme eating. Even her own mother is barely fazed by her ten foot girth which proceeds to crush the damn table!
- Overly Long Tongue: It can scoop up entire slices of pie.
- Fanservice With Plot: While the first half of the series did try to develop stories and characters, the second half is expressly dedicated to Lalia binging and looking good for the audience, with just enough context to push it along.
- Prequel: The Early Warnin Signs series was intended as this, but only received a single strip before being quietly cancelled.
- Serial Escalation: Thought Lalia's gut was big at the start of the Thankgiving Special? Just wait until page four.
- Sanity Slippage: Trevor appears to go through this towards the end of the original series. Namely, seeing an imaginary Lalia taunting him about his unrequited crush and occasional poor eating habits, eventually culminating him imagining her dressed as Princess Peach.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Jane's mother is completely unfazed by Lalia's colossal, ten foot tall girth in the Thanksgiving Special.
- Vacation Episode: The series Lap of Luxury is based around this.