Leah Wishnia recommends: The Walking Dead #126 - Part twelve of the All out War story arc, the finish line after a series of war games filled with surprising strategies, deceitful trickery, and of course, death, asks us to do something seemingly more difficult than taking down an army of grenade-bearing men or escape from a herd of the undead…. it asks us to trust.
“Doodling is a favorite pastime not just of cartoonists but also of many children. Maybe this explains the potency of comics: it’s an almost primordial art form that’s inextricably linked to our earliest creative awakening. Almost from the moment children can talk, they start deciphering images and trying to make their own marks. With a few rare exceptions, almost any cartoonist you speak with started looking at comics before they could read, with many making their own picture stories before they were literate. Cartooning … is a kind of mother tongue, a language that one falls back to instinctively and one that recaptures the earliest experiences of trying to make sense of the world.”—Jeet Heer, from In Love with Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman
Where are the current Heathcliffs and Garfields? Where are the cartoon cats?
Man, this is a real pressing question. I’m unfortunately not totally up-to date with today’s fashionable cartoon animals, although I’d argue that Heathcliff and especially Garfield are still a thing, even if in a snarky/ironic way. Krazy Kat is totally still cool (and I’ve personally been a fan of the B. Kliban cats). Maybe with the recent wave of ’90s Simpsons nostalgia, Scratchy will be The Next Big Thing. These adorations of Cats of the Past however may indeed be a cry for help that we need some new Cartoon Cats to adore! So I ask all Animators/Cartoonists … who’s gonna make it happen?!?!
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i actually don’t know how people with regular day jobs ever want to party on friday nights. i am always so damn pooped at the end of the week i just want to crawl in bed and decompress. (now saturday night is a different story).