The Visitor Learns to Play

Alien kicks a ball - gestural, monochromatic ink drawing by Eric WaldemarThe rules are complex, but eventually even the gawky thing gives it a try, at first with big girly kicks that don’t land. After a while, the tentacles become an asset, even in this gravity, because as awkward as they are to handle in a gaseous atmosphere, they skirt the no-hands rule in a way that nobody really knows how to deal with. It’s a lawyer’s way to win a ball game, but this kid needs whatever it can get.

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