Washed up on a deserted island, a man is confronted with a bottled message vending machine.

A couple of weeks ago, I drew a man on a deserted island, sending for a ship via a message in a bottle and after a long wait, receiving a ship in a bottle. It got me wondering about where all the castaways that have been sending out messages in bottles over the years have been acquiring their vessels and stationery.

The only reasonable explanation I could come up with is that deserted islands must be equipped with convenient (or inconvenient) bottled message vending machines. The prices of the bottles and associated messages would likely be quite exorbitant due to the extremely remote location and lack of bottled message competition. The alternative is that these castaways already had the bottles and paper with them when they became marooned and I just think that’s a little unlikely.

After no doubt having drifted for days at sea and suffering from exhaustion, a highly priced bottled message dispenser would be a rather infuriating sight, especially if a poor castaway had no available funds or if the machine was out of order. I didn’t think to put an automatic teller machine on the island to make money manifestation a little easier.

I had another idea for a deserted island cartoon while drawing this, so that may come to fruition in the not too distant future.