Posts Tagged ‘Cartoon’
I suppose we’ve all been there, 1 time or another.
You find yourself making a joke about someone but instead of them laughing about it, they’re hurt.
Yeah, even though you meant well the person in question just doesn’t appreciate your (attempt at) humour.
That can be quite akward.
So, what to do after your joke has failed ?
What can you say or do to the hurt party & make things better ?
Apologize & then promise never to do it again ?
Hell NO !
It’s a country of fears
A country of tears
It’s a country of hateful edicts
& a country of bloody conflicts
There’s so little that’s fair
That it’s time we’re aware
It’s a small-minded country after all !
February 11th 2011 was called “The Friday Of Departure”.
But it maybe it could also be known as “Goodbye Hosni & Hel-looo Selective Democracy !“.
Because less than 5 months after that 11th of February, there’s trouble brewing in Egypt.
Certain Muslims there recently reacted angr… yes, I know nothing new there… but hear me out here… reacted angrily to what they deemed to be an attack on Islam.
& no, it’s not about the pyramids being un-Islamic atrocities, nor is it about the Great Sphinx not wearing a veil.
Nope, instead it’s about a tweet by fellow Egyptian yet Coptic Christian, Naguib Sawiris.
As no doubt so many have done before, this disgustlingly rich telecommunications mogul put up 2 funny looking pictures he’d come across.
They depict Mickey & Minnie Mouse as Muslims, dressed in traditional Islamic garb.
Now, that could’ve been picked up as: “Good, Mickey has finally converted to the 1 true faith !” or “Haha, this is a funny pic !” & also “It’s good to see this can happen now that Mubarak is gone !”.
But instead a cleric expressed his anger on TV, several lawyers filed complaints & the people themselves started a Facebook page against it.
All that & death threats apparently too.
Sooo, freedom of speech isn’t part of the all-new free & democratic Egypt ?
& since when does making fun of extremists = making fun of Islam ??
What, are they as holy & untouchable as Allah now ???
Whether you’re a moderate Muslim or a Coptic Christian, with nonsense actions like these, it must be tough being an Egyptian nowadays.
Mubarak’s barely gone & freedom should flourish but it’s already being stifled by the small-minded brigades.
Oh wow, look at today’s date.
Can’t believe it’s an entire year later already but in any case…
Happy EDMD everybody !
Yeah, remember good ol’ EDMD & how it all began ?
Once upon a time… there was a US female cartoonist named Molly Norris & one day, after hearing a certain episode of South Park would be censored, she decided as a form of protest to create a cartoon about the prophet Muhammad by depicting him as a cup of coffee (or was that tea ?), a domino stone, a box of pasta, a spool of thread, a single red cherry & a doggie purse (wait what ?).
But then she was seriously threatened (oh no !) by some of Muhammad’s most “devout” followers & she vanished into the night never to be seen or heard of again !
Now, no person in their right mind throws away his or her life for a mere animated cartoon.
& I’m using the word animated loosely here as it’s South Park we’re talking about.
So, either she was a really stupid fan or it must’ve been really really REALLY important for her to do so.
Buuuttt a question remains.
Yes, just a single question.
But an extremely important one…
Where oh where is Molly Norris ?
What is she doing ?
& as whom is she doing it ?
Well wonder no more pilgrim !
Join us here on X-Mer’s New Atlantica Page for the possible answers as we celebrate the first ever…
Everybody Draw Molly Day… South Park style !
First up, Molly Norris before the threats made her disappear & she was still known as plain ol’ Molly Norris…
Add a lil’ bit of Muslim fanatic threat & *POOF* she went into hiding & no one knows who she is or where she is…
So, did she go mad with fear & end up in an asylum or something ?
Yeah, that’s possible.
But what if, while on the run, she ran into some rich Arab guy who then recognized her ? She could’ve asked him to forgive her for her actions & spare her life, right ?
So, did she end up as wife #03 assigned to kitchen duty somewhere in the Middle East ?
Yeah, that’s possible.
Yeah, that’s possible.
In fact, we might never EVER know what really became of ol’ Molly.
May 20th ?
Why, that means today it’s EDMD.
Happy “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” everyone !
As you may have heard this 1st-ever EDMD was thought of by a female cartoonist from the US called Molly Norris .
She did this because of what happened in New York & Washington DC on 9/11… no, I meant because of what happened in Madrid on 3/11 of 2004… no no, it’s because of what happened in London on 7/7 of 2005… wait, EDMD is because of South Park ???
Now that (the animation series) is just stupid.
& also stupid was the whole reason for holding this event.
But even more stupid was Miss Norris because after making the drawing calling for EDMD, posting it on her website & even giving an interview on the radio about it, she chickened out & distanced herself from the whole thing mere days later.
She eventually posted a statement explaining herself, part of which follows below…
“Personally I can feel afraid of Muslims because I really have no idea if in their hearts they hate non-Muslims.
I hope for the sake of this country that moderate Muslims will speak out with everyone else against any violent members of that or any other religion. That way I would know that there is a difference. Maybe this cartoon I made, this fictional poster of “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” had such a wildfire effect because it is finally time for Muslims and non-Muslims to understand one another more.
I am going back to the drawing table now!
What kind of response is that ?
To Hell with this clueless “oh-I-dunno-know-if-Muslims-are-evil-or-not” sell-out of a hypocrite.
But her desertion is no reason to worry.
Because we here at X-Mer Central do care for the Freedom Of Speech, so how could we remain silent ?
& by silent I mean picking up the computer mouse & using it for some good ol’ counter terrorism art.
However, EDMD is in no way meant to attack evil Muslim terrorists or even help bridge cultural &/or religious differences between Islam & non-Islam.
This event is nothing more than a piss-poor excuse for non-Muslims to ridicule an entire religion at the expense of everyone including themselves.
& for this very reason I will not be joining up on EDMD to create “art” depicting a certain prophet.
Not all is lost though, as I can still create some art that is not related to EDMD or what it stands for.
She’s not a prophet, she’s not holy, she’s not even realistic.
She’s a cartoon depiction of a cow & a rather nice one at that.
You see, I had never drawn a cow on my computer before & I’m proud that on this day a stupid event still made me do something new, worthwhile & productive…
A caricature, when done right, is positively hilarious.
Those big ears, that lil’ nose, it’s all stuff to exaggerate with & the more = the better the end result.
But what if after anxiously waiting for it, your caricature sucks ?
Not because the artist failed to capture those… unique details that make your face your face but rather because there’s no exaggeration.
Our good friend Christopher Walken got his caricature done for Sardi’s restaurant, yes the one where the walls are decorated with drawings of famous peeps.
The assignment is a caricature, the model is Christopher Walken’s wonderful face & that is the end result ???
That’s Christopher Walken like after being Photoshopped into oblivion.
That’s Christopher Walken like from an alternate universe where he’s a male model.
That’s Christopher Walken like 35 years ago (at least).
How could an artist miss all those typical & current Walken-esque details ?
Folks, I’m no caricaturist but give me a crappy art program & I’ll do better than that.
Well, probably not but in the spirit of World Peace I’m willing to give it a shot…
*5 minutes later*
Hmm, kinda looks like Jon Voight‘s failed clone or something… but with exaggeration !
As we head into the 2nd half of 2009, we here at X-Mer central think that with recent events like the Evil in Iran, it’s time for something F-U-N.
& as it happens, I’ve got just the thing.
You see, just recently I created this little tribute of sorts on my computer.
& since it turned out rather nice, I’ve decided to share it with you.
Now before we get to the BIG reveal, I’ll just say it’s about music.
Music from the 80’s.
Music from the 80’s sung by a certain special artist.
– An artist who had this… original type of look.
– An artist who wasn’t afraid to wear heavy make-up in public.
– An artist who began a singing career because of a certain father.
– An artist whose appearance could change drastically from one moment to the other.
I’m guessing that by now you know exactly who I’m talking about.
So, without further ado…
“It’s showtime, Synergy !”
Now go make your cartoon heroes @ the South Park Studio.