THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.
A week has passed since I hopped in line to get a fresh seat for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which was NOT easy, thanks repeat viewers). Although I consider myself a casual fan of the firm series, it was still on my mind after New Year’s Day. Started with a sketch and developed from there.
For the Anniversary of the Wright Brothers‘ first successful flight, I’m reposting this oldie but goodie. There was a “first” for everything, right?
Original, circa 2006
A quickie cartoon made around 2013
Back in 2005 or 2006 I drew a cartoon for my College Newspaper making humorous light of the Columbine School Shootings. At the time, I didn’t give it to my editor, feeling it was in bad taste and still too soon for a society that was still recovering from an unusual tragedy. Fast forward almost 10 years (and a quickie cartoon) later, and I find my cartoon still relevant. I decided to redraw it, due to my artistic evolution, and to reflect the new circumstances. However the “joke” needed no changes. Ten years later. My cartoon probably reflects reality more now than it did back then.
Included in this exporation into the deep web by YouTuber SomeOrdinaryGamers, is a CIA-sanctioned illustrated propaganda booklet for Nicaraguan citizens on how to sabatoge their country’s daily infastructure (Link). The actions rage from misdimeanor (scattering nails on a road) to major terrorist acts (building a molotov cocktail). I’m sure a nation in economic collapse due to minor inconveniences pushes it further into a dependance with wealthier nations.
Politics aside, can you imagine being the artist who had to illustrate that booklet? How do process what the a request like this from the CIA?
There must be a support group for propaganda artists somewhere.
While I’m sad that Little Orphan Annie no longer graces the Newspaper page, I do feel a sense of content closure for the series. After 86 years and several ghost writers and artists taking over for original creator Harold Gray, it couldn’t have lasted much longer than a Soap Opera would on television. Besides, 86 years of strips is a lot to compile into book collections. Imagined if it kept going on past a century? If only they hadn’t ended it on an emotionally sensitive cliffhanger.
It’s the season again for a good horror film. Of course I expect to be entertained. If I truly want to be scared, I just seek an episode of the show that helped define the fears of a generation: Unsolved Mysteries.
Top left: Addams ' original family,
Bottom left: The 1960s tv show
Top right: The 1990 film
Bottom right: The 2012 Broadway production.
Whether he knew it during his lifetime, New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams sparked his own cultural revolution when he created a family of creepy and kooky characters.
60 years after their debut in the New Yorker, the Addams family still speaks to the unapologetic outcast that just wants society to leave them be.
Had Mr. Addams not had the courage to embrace his own (very taboo for the 1930s to 1960s) interests, we would not have Hot Topic, Cristina Ricci or Melissa Hunter’s Adult Wednesday Addams. Or fandom for fictional villains. Or goths in general. He made it ok to get in touch with our dark side.
Everytime I watch this video of little girl reacting to her surprise puppy, it feels like watching a window into my own memory. I was also a preteen in private school when my lil guy came into my life. This is my 4th year without him and I don’t regret any moment he was there. I understand why that girl cried. Dogs are worth the tears.
Happy National Dog Day.
In case you’ve just resurface from a subterranean existence last night, you already know that Patriots fans are all over the “Deflategate” the courtroom sketch artist who did not render Tom Brady according to their likings.
In response, the artist, Jane Rosenberg, provided the best “apology” this “controversy” deserved:
“Tell Tom Brady I’m sorry I didn’t make him pretty enough. He’s very pretty.”
While I hope this incident does not Ms. Rosenberg’s career, this provides a lesson for court artists around the nation. Next time a star athlete is in court, sparkles, muscles, and violet eyes will be applied at all times.