1. The gap between land animal and fish serves as a very literal and evident generational gap, but serves the purpose of a figurative one as well. Uncle N’ba N’ga is a product of another time, even genetically speaking, and this underscores the differences between the ages. This is used within the structure of the story to convey many concepts regarding change, prejudices, and reactions in relation to the evolution of a society.
2. It was easy to connect with the scenario of being in relation to one whose lifestyle or opinions have fallen out of popular favor in a rapidly changing setting. N’ba N’gas vexed tirades on the newer generations and their alternative lifestyles would be perfectly at home amongst Baby Boomer frustrations towards Millenials. In addition, Lll’s interest in N’ba N’ga’s ways and subsequent reactionary dismissive response towards contemporary trends is a familiar pattern amongst youth today.
3. Were I to adapt The Aquatic Uncle to a graphic novella, I would condense the spoken exposition as the visual elements might allow the difference in species to be more easily readable.