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Craving Control is/was a webcomic published on Drunk 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.


In August 2016, Arthur briefly returned to deviantArt to upload three new pages as a special one-off treat for fans, inserting new scenes into the Coming Apart At The Seams story line. This would in turn inspire a faithful continuation along the same lines by prominent fetish artist Adjective Noun Combo. Quickly grabbing Arthur's attention, he stepped in to offer his blessing and input on future instalments, effectively reviving the comic once more.

The new content can be found here:


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  • Aborted Arc:
    • The series originally 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. The Double Dip storyline picks up after the cruise, with the events left unexplained.
    • This finally gets a nod in the ANC revival, where Jane and Trevor are briefly seen on a date.
    • 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: The only thing we see of Lalia's mom was a flashback of her punishing her daughter for eating her birthday cake past her bedtime, grounding her for every inch her belly had swollen.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Of an unusual sort. Coming Apart At The Seams was originally just a collection of Lalia's gluttonous antics that culminated in her winning her cruise ticket. Much, much later, new pages were drawn to be inserted in between them, turning it into a flowing story.
    • Almost comically, once Arthur and ANC started collaborating, further pages were added, expanding the story a second time.
  • 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 change is extremely jarring.
    • The ANC revival goes to lengths to avoid this, but being a recreation, the artist's normal style does bleed through in places.
  • 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.
    • Jane falls victim as well during Thanksgiving and later while studying at an ice cream bar.
  • 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.
  • Bittersweet Ending: ANC’s reboot ends with Trevor and Jane breaking up with the former extremely ashamed how he treated his girlfriend, though in the end they part amicably. Lalia also finally realizes how her indulgence has hurt her friends and starts changing her ways to being a much more reasonable glutton.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jane goes ballistic when she sees the mess Lalia has made trying to eat one hundred boxes of cereal, and proceeds to angrily stuff the last few down her gullet. Not that Lalia minds.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Technically. In one page of the ANC revival, Jane gets a blood nose after Lalia accidentally falls on her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Jane comes off as much less of a stereotypical nerd in Double Dip.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Everyone but Lalia and Jane disappeared after the initial run on Drunk Duck. The ANC revival seems intent on bringing some of them back.
  • Clip Show: Done hilariously in a single strip when Lalia is completely dumbfounded by her slight weight gain.
    • A Very Lalia Thanksgiving mixes some older panels with new artwork to retell the Thanksgiving special from her perspective.
  • Continuity Nod: After getting stuck while trying to avoid her teacher, Lalia starts desperately promising God that she'll never overeat again. She made a similar, equally empty promise when she was hiding in Kim's room.
  • 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.
  • Extreme Omnivore: During the Christmas Episode Lalia accidentally swallows Jane's house keys. She's clueless to this, however, and ends up believing that the jingling sounds coming from inside her stomach are just Christmas bells from the shopping mall. She eventually hiccups them back out without ever noticing she had eaten them.
  • Fat and Proud: While not technically fat, Lalia has nothing but love for the enormous belly hanging off her hips.
  • Fetish: While pretty obvious by The Lap of Luxury, the new editions to ''Coming Apart At The Seams' make it very clear that Lalia gets off on eating.
    Lalia: I prooobably love food more than sex?
  • 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.
  • Genre Blindness: Jane starts force feeding Lalia cereal in a fit of rage, which she (Lalia) immediately starts to enjoy. Possibly justified, since she's angry, but wouldn't actually want to hurt her.
  • Gone Horribly 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.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Lalia, frequently, as a result of her constant overeating. She never sees them as an inconvenience, mind you, and at one point they actually came in handy when Lalia unknowingly swallowed Jane's house keys.
  • 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.
  • {{Jerkass]]: The clothing store clerk who, ahem "helps" Lalia find some fitting clothes after she finally manages to gain weight.
  • 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: Trevor pines for Lalia, but is dating Jane. Lalia barely knows Trevor, but is clearly affectionate for her Instagram admirer, Tgainz. Jane is caught in the middle.
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: A major criticism of ANC’s version is that this tends to happen quite a bit. It is especially prevalent in the finale, we go from Jane bitterly breaking up with Trevor, to his bedroom where a drunkenly Lalia marches in, her stomach the biggest it ever gets in the comic, and she and Trevor start making out... Then the humor and eroticism ends abruptly when Lalia finally notices who she is cuddling with and has a huge Heel Realization. This then leads to the surprisingly somber scene of Trevor and Jane parting ways... Then we end on the reformed but still gluttonous Lalia making out with a pizza guy.
  • 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.
    • Jane has also developed into this over time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When she starts drunkenly making love with her best friend’s boyfriend, Lalia inevitably reqlizes what she is doing and is utterly horrified. This gives her a major Heel Realization and finally starts cutting down on the food, though naturally she remains a glutton.
  • 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.
  • Peeping Tom: Trevor watches Lalia change through a hole in the wall. An imaginary Lalia calls him out on it.
  • Fanservice With Plot: The series has always zigzagged on how much plot it has, but it has always been framed around pictures of a busty redhead stuffing herself to absurdity.
  • Prequel: The Early Warnin Signs series was intended as this, but only received a single strip before being quietly cancelled.
  • Retcon: Relatively minor, but the comic originally began in 2007. Lalia is now depicted having an Instagram account.
  • Serial Escalation: Thought Lalia's gut was big at the start of the Thankgiving Special? Just wait until page four.
  • Sanity Slippage: Trevor starts seeing an imaginary Lalia talking to him, poking fun at his shortcomings. This eventually culminates in him both her and an imaginary Jane fighting for his attention.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Poor Jane...
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Trevor goes from harmlessly pining over Lalia to afar, to peeping on her while she changes and manipulating Jane - his actual girlfriend - to spend more time watching her eat. His deplorable actions catch up with him when Jane catches on.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Jane's mother is completely unfazed by Lalia's colossal, ten foot tall girth in the Thanksgiving Special.
  • Vacation Episode: The unfinished series Lap of Luxury is based around this.


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