Notes added 7/3/2003:
This stands as perhaps one of the definitive comics Mr. Snodgers' Neighborhood to me. While it relates
to almost nothing at all, if I was forced to show someone just one of the strips I'd done to give them
a feel of my humor, this is the one that usually springs to mind. It manages to how sorta the twisting
logic that so much defines anything that I work on, a bit of the art style, and all without that
pesky background knowledge that links all these comics together.
On some level I have to wonder how much I drop down to the level of inside jokes in general in these strips. Frequently they do refer to themselves, or older things, or whatever. BUt what counts as continuity, and what as hopelessly confussing people who don't know everything thing in here as well as I do? I mean, where do strips get the power to be funny without knowing the characters?
Anyway, back to the actual strip here, which manages to succeed at working partly because people simply know these characters in some part out of history. It's sorta an oddity to me, and one of those things that would end up in S-sub-Not currently. I normally don't do political stuff at all, minus a couple occations when I get particularly pissed. I suppose this paricular instance was brought on by the exclussion of Ralph Nader from the year 2000 presidential debates. It pretty rapidly departed that though.
I'm not sure how things sprang from this. It might be the case that I had some cynical thoght in my head that Hitler would win the debates, and wouldn't that be ironic. Being myself though, the idea would have pretty rapidly twisted from it's original intent, inot such a sily question as, how would they comunicate? Which isn't to say the former idea didn't manage to creap into things anyway
Actually, it would be an interesting thing about having them talk even if they could speak the same language. They're experience would be so radically different, the sort of world they existed in, the type of political ideaologies that surrounded them, the very type of societies they ruled over, would be so very differnt, what the heck kind of debate could occur? It's highly remincent of Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series. I've been rereading that recently so it strikes me.
back once again to the comic itself, it stands as surprisingly good art for it's time period. Actually the real surprising thing about it is that the drawings of Hitler and Lincoln manage to be at least somewhat convincing. Despite what my art page may say, I actually almost completely unable to draw anything that I can see. And I'm even worse at working from memory. I had to work out on paper a lot of times in advance how I'd translate these guys to my particular style. See, if I actually try and copy something straight, I'll end up with far too many lines, and it'll look nothing like the face at all. What's more, it conflicts with the general style I've established.
It's also interesting because the darker pencil lines resemble a bit the combinatoin pen and pencil shading styles I'd later adopt. Something I almost imidiately forgot though after doing this was the art of filling in little bits of the panel with at leat miniml stuff to make it more interesting. It's a small thing, but it makes all the difference. And I so rarely do it.
I suppose what remains in being poked here is somewhat at television in general. The process of trying to pump something up as moch as you possibly can, perhaps without any sort of consideration as to what the content is. And the Sit-com? *shrug* Sometimes you have to wonder what inspires things. This at least would be a curiousity.
Next to final note: Yes, Adolf Hitler is saying he's a Jelly Donut. This is unfortunately, or fortunately if you choose, the only real german I know. Well, almost real german.
FInal note: Evil Cloning Corp. Inc. is really fun to say out loud.