Over ten days, I’m highlighting one TV show per day that has influenced my artistic and personal life. Today, it’s the turn of my comic God, the colossus that is Spike Milligan, and his cosmos-shattering comedy platform, Q.
Over ten days, I’m pointing the finger towards television shows that have influenced my life. Today, it’s the creepy, kooky, mysterious, ooky, and altogether wonderful moving version of Charles Addams’ magnificent creation, The Addams Family.
Over ten days, I’m discussing television shows that have made an impact upon me. Today, it’s the dystopian future of TV’s most cynical science fiction show, Blake’s Seven.
Anthropomorphism is a gift to cartoonists. From Bill Watterson to Stephan Pastis to Charles Shulz to Walt Kelly, cartoonists have known one thing for sure: turn your everyday hooman into a beastie that walks, talks, obsesses, and generally acts like a hooman, and you’ve tapped into comedy gold. (Okay, nobody told Jim Davis about the comedy bit. You can’t win them all).
Find a way to match your animal character with exactly the things that make its humanity a giant, cosmic, banana skin, and you’ve got something that might actually work. So: mayflies, lifespan of a day. Job interview, standard stupidest question ever. And for once in my misbegotten cartooning lackocareer, I think I nailed something pretty well.
“Where do I see myself in 5 years? What is this, some kind of sick joke?”
Over ten days, I’m posting about ten TV shows that influenced me. You can see Day One here. Today, it’s time to talk about a show that has been the longest relationship I’ve had in my life.
There’s a new meme rounding Facebook, wherein people post one TV a show, for ten days, that influenced their life.
I like it, so I thought I’d post it here, as well. For each of the next ten days, I’ll post an image from an iconic television show, and talk about why it is so central to my life, and why it has influenced me.
Let’s start Day One with the obvious choice.
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