I have been seriously debating with myself about whether I put this up here - or just leave it alone forever.
But this seems to be the right
time to do it - even if it involves a made-up fictional character here. (Look at the bottom of this little rant to see who
created him, BTW.)
In 1989 (I was in high school at the time), I fell head over heels in love with the new version of a classic comic strip (1950s-1970s) about adorable-looking swamp critters who seemed to talk about a mile a minute. Not suitable for young kids with very short attention span, of course.
This comic strip is not only about cutesy-poo animal adventures; it is also about political statement - in the bizarre guise of animal caricatures wearing the masks of well-known politican figures to poke fun at them in real life. And it had been one of the best-drawn and written comic strips ever created, too.
What is more, the animal characters had also been used to educate about the risks of children watching too much TV (that was BACK in 1950s, FYI!) and pollution (that was why the comic strip's most famous motto was created for this storyline: "We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us".)
Eventually, the two young cartoonists who took over this strip found it increasingly difficult to keep up the production of a very old masterpiece in the same eye-pleasing quality every single day.
(And it started to show in its very last days, too.) So the revived comic strip gasped its very last breath in 1993, I believe.
Naturally, I was VERY disappointed. I wasn't alone, of course.
A fanfic, "We Have Met The Enemy And He Is You" mysteriously appeared on the Internet in late 1990s and it is about the aforementioned character being ran over and graphically killed in cold blood by local drunks. His grieving kids (not canon characters) were so enraged they wanted to destroy all the humans as revenge and even the official comic strip characters now acted like the whole humanity is nothing but scum (except for the oh so untouched narrator, of course.)
Oh, it's so nice to know what our beloved animal characters REALLY
think of us fans.
Either that, or the furry babies are acting like such little psychopaths the poor old father had actually committed
suicide. Who knows?
So rather than marry some shapely French skunk who lusted after him in the comic strip, perhaps he is better off finding a mate of his own species? (Not too many of such girls to be found in a magical little comic-strip swamp to begin with.)
Or perhaps the fan who wrote this harrowing fanfic (and also inserted himself as the narrator) is as mad as a hornet about the unnoticed passing of this unique "talking animal" comic strip from the Golden Age. Or is it just a sad metaphor, period?
Broken children, broken homes, broken relationships, broken hearts, broken trust, etc. Who needs this garbage?
There are also recent stories about animals being brutally abused and killed, too - even behind zoo gates! Someone on Facebook thought we humans should all die out for the sake of all animals on the planet. Would you truly agree with this???
We got through The Holocaust.
We got through TWO atomic bombings on Japan.
We got through 9-11.
We got through school shootings nationwide.
We got through children getting their eyes gouged out, throats slit, or ran over by uncaring drivers.
We are going through racial tension, especially between poor black people and the police force.
We are going through terrorist attacks on innocent people around the world, including Turkey, Britain, and Russia.
We are going through Native Americans STILL being forced off their lands (and they were massacred
in the old days - even women and children!)
We are going through drug wars in Mexico that are leaving mutilated and bloody bodies all over the public area.
We are going through children being raped, killed, and cut into pieces - by their OWN parents.
Now we have ISIS to deal with, too. Not only that; a very unqualified
president just took office here in America and he is THREATENING our rights, our freedom, and perhaps everything
we tried to do right over the years! And don't forget several bloodletting wars STILL going on around the world, too.
So should we humans be the
enemy that deserves to be vanquished for once and for all???
I get the sentiment, yes, but I'd rather not go outside and get shot
in the head by some PETA wacko who is doing it for "the good of animals and the whole planet". In fact, people who think that way would be no better than a victim's vengeful offspring or serial killers OR EVEN TERRORISTS
if they actually
act on it.
What's more, hate would be like, "Yummm!
More victims!" Hate doesn't give a damn
about what sides are taken as long as it gets enough
prey to feed on.
Ironically, I learned a great deal about being a good person FROM THE COMICS. Like Elfquest, for instance.
Elfquest is about a small band of alien elves struggling to survive on a primordial planet where whole tribes of prehistoric humans relentlessly try to kill off all of them. But during the course of this great elfin saga, the heroic chief eventually learns that not all humans are bad, nor are all elves good (remember that wicked elf villainess named "Winnowill", BTW? She is so deadly
her spirit has to be kept captive AT. ALL. TIME. And for all eternity
to come, too.)
Ok, back to reality...
Right now, the peace of innocent
Muslims and immigrants is being jeopardized - because they are now considered the "enemy".
Oh, and such anger, hatred, and fear can cause a great deal
of LONELINESS and isolation, too.
There, I have broken my silence about this - almost 20 years after I read this unhappy fanfic about my once-favorite comic strip characters.
(Sorrowfully hangs my head like this little creature above.)
Done in dark and neutral color pencils (hard to get it right, though.)
Character by Walt Kelly.