So I’m on a lot of social network sites, I know you were dying to know. One of the ones I’m on is Pinterest. Some people rave about it, I’m hardily on it. I was bored and looking at it through when I saw this image.
I never knew that Waterson did politic style comic on the industry. It’s interesting to see an artist’s view on his industry. This got to me thinking, “Do we love Calvin & Hobbes so much since there is only the books?” He hardly license a couple of things outside of the book (when I mean a couple like 2?) So when you think of Calvin & Hobbes, it’s the books, the characters, the story.
Now a days, if something is license from a character. You are giving up a little part of that character. So are you doing a good or bad to that character by taking a piece of him? It’s hard to say. I mean Mickey, Snoopy and Garfield have grown because of all the marketing. That’s the only reason why things get made. I mean the book, the comic, movie doesn’t sell. The toys video games.I won’t lie, I would still buy a stuff Hobbes if I could, however I rather have the complete volume.
I guess it’s a little sad we can’t tell a story any more unless it’s independent publish. Maybe this is how it always just time destroys everything but the thing that made it great. The story. I’m a huge Calvin & Hobbes Fan, that was the first book I ever read on my own. You can see a lot of influence in it here. So I think as this grows to not just throw my characters into a grinder to make things. Thanks again guys.
Now Entering Stone Cold Steve.. wait no?! That’s not it. What else could I be talking about? In the early nineties with the Warner Brother Studio’s Batman Animated Series was being made. The Censors made a lot of complaints and made them change a lot of things. The Broadcast Standards and Practices made a list of nine things couldn’t be shown. They were; Guns, Drugs, Breaking Glass, Alcohol, Smoking, Nudity, Child Endangerment, Religion, and Strangulation.
Now after the recent storyline, with Scotty and Jake flying through the glass. After finishing that page, I realize a couple things. Well one thing, I have broken four out of nine of those rules. I have shown smoking, guns (lots of guns) Child Endangerment (how couldn’t I right?!) and now breaking glass.
This got me thinking. What is appropriate for kids? I mean, a lot of those points I understand and agree with. However how you do you a children show and not show child endangerment? I can understand a couple of things, religion, drugs and nudity. After making this thought I remember Batman Beyond episode with Slappers. A drug based off of venom, that teenage boys in athletics where taking. This was a child show, showing drugs.
I’ve been reading some Terry and the Pirates, an old news paper comic strip by Milt Caniff. In the comic, I’ve been introduce to a character named Big Stoop (Best name ever!) However another character cut out his tongue. Now I don’t know if they showed them doing it. However, just even talking about it is a big,WOW. I mean news papers are more censored then television ever has been.
It use to be ok to show children with guns, I mean how else are they going to find villains? Now a days it’s unthinkable to show a child with a gun. The other way to get around this was, well let’s make every villain a robot. So that way if get’s destroyed, it’s just a toaster. I’ve notice shows are going back to human villains.
I do try/feel like this is an all ages strip. The way I judge is simple, would I show this to my grandmother? The answer is a simple yes. This strip might not cut it for tv but I will always make it safe for children. Take it easy guys.
How are you guys doing? I’m doing good. Now as you guys know, one of the main stars to this strip is Jake. He’s a little king cheetah. Well last week I saw a couple of cool cat videos. Now, wait, don’t run off. I know the internet is full of random cat videos. The first one is a little cat that is amazing to watch. I don’t wanna ruin anything but just watch. The second video is a slow motion of a cheetah running. It’s interesting to watch it move. Just picture that cat chasing down prey. I know I picked the right animal. Also a video on how they got the shoot. Enjoy guys.
Hows it going ya’ll? Well this year I started to read Terry and the Pirates, this is the comic strip that inspired a lot of works. Including Jonny Quest, which is one of the things that inspired me to do.. well this. It’s a great series and I would recommend it to anyone. I was writing a comment on a site, looking how to spell Caniff when I came abound this little gem. There are some spoilers to the story, but great to see a master at his craft. Also watching him do this with markers and crayons. Just wow. So take about an hour and enjoy the old school way of doing things shine through. Also the first video is a breid history of the man. Enjoy kids.
I’m a week late (oh well.) but last week was two years of doing Scotty Odyssey. It’s been a fun ride and I’m only getting started. Two years ago I didn’t know how long I would want to do this comic. After two years, I know I got a long long road with these two brats.
I got a lot of stories in line, and hoping to not only increase in post but with art and writing this next coming year. I also know, Scotty is something I’m always going to work on. I need to find some paying art work, but I wanna always but out less once a week.
Well let’s take a look at the last two years of Scotty and Jake. Thanks again and love ya guys.