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Jul 22, 2008
Jul 18, 2008
I'm going to see The Dark Knight tonight so if you've seen it already, don't tell me anything about it except how awesome it is, which I already know. This picture of me as Two-Face was my Halloween costume from a few years ago. If anyone wants the other two sides of the suits I cut in half, you can have them for a reasonable price.
Jul 17, 2008
If you've been watching the news, you've certainly noticed the outrage over this cartoon: It's the latest New Yorker cover, and it depicts Barack Obama dressed as a Muslim and his wife holding a machine gun doing a "terrorist fist bump" while the American flag burns in the fireplace.
When I first saw this, my brain made some immediate unconscious assessments which appear in my field of view as a stream of data, not unlike the Terminator assessing his target:
1. New Yorker = Satire
2. Political Cartoon = Satire
3. Conclusion: Avoid face value, look for hidden message
Therefore, I thought, "Ah, the New Yorker has satirized the preposterous claims by the media that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim, a terrorist, and a hater of the American flag by depicting them together in a cartoon." (Yes, I think in full sentences.) Regardless of whether or not you think this cartoon was done well, it was clearly supposed to be satire.
However, it seems most people (including all major TV news networks) are missing this assessment ability, because the result was public outrage! Without considering the source and medium of an idea, you are bound to misunderstand it.
Unfortunately this happens on a smaller scale all the time. Consider this cartoon I drew last year:Here is an email I received in response: "The cartoon with the two bears, one of them with a leg in a steel-hold trap, is highly offensive to those of us who champion animal rights and abhor the use of such barbaric, horrific contraptions."
Clearly this reader lacks the ability to assess the source and medium of this image. This is what I imagine transpired in the reader's brain as she read the morning funnies:
Ah, Mutts... what a delightful cartoon. That's just how my pets are! Now then, on to F Minus... no... NO... OH HEAVENS, NO! This cartoonist wants bears to be caught in steel traps! That's why he drew it! Why, why, why? I must write him an email and express my counterpoint that steel traps are NOT good!
I hate to do it, but it might be time to bring back The Big Red Arrow of Comedy.
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 12, 2008
While trolling the free section on Craigslist, I came across this little gem:
Womens Bag of Bras
Size 34B (4)
All are used, but some are in Like New Condition, ALL have been washed/cleaned
Will ONLY give to another women, no creepy men....my husband will run you off.(seriously)
I'm sorry, but I think giving away a bag of used bras on Craigslist qualifies you as being a little bit creepy, lady.
Jul 6, 2008
Jul 1, 2008
MONDAY, JULY 7th and 14th
- KIDS EVENT: COMIC BOOK DRAWING FOR TWEENS (AGES 7-11) WITH TONY CARRILLO, 2-3:30pm
Learn how to draw basic cartoons with Tony Carrillo, whose nationally syndicated comic strip, F Minus, currently runs in more than 130 newspapers. Participants will create their own original comic characters. Come prepared with pencils, pens and drawing paper. Mondays, July 7 and 14.
- Call 480-730-0205 to sign up.
- Check out this article today in the AZ Republic about the class.