Saturday, November 19, 2005

So, Tony Millionaire, cartoonist of the not-very-good-at-all-actually alternative paper comic strip Maakies, said some cool/interesting things in an interview. This is about a Maakies cartoon for Adult Swim, following in the failure of the SNL shorts: Probably be called Maakies’ Tavern. Dino Stamatopoulos — he was a writer on Mr. Show and wrote TV Funhouse with Robert Smigel. He and Jay Johnston are writing the script now. [...] Those guys are both big booze hounds, they love the world of old men in bars, fighting. When the hipsters come in, [in crazy old-man voice:] “My god, these hipsters are coming in ruining our bar!” At the same time the hipsters are bringing all of these young women, and they’re, “But look at her. Look at her boobs . . .” You throw Uncle Gabby and Drinky Crow into the mix and you’re all set. This is from the LA Weekly, by the way. In the interview, he also sings the praises of A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh stuff, pre-Disney, and it ends with this: Some philosopher — I don’t remember who — his theory was: You’ve got to give kids really beautiful children’s books in order to turn them into revolutionaries. Because if they see these beautiful things when they’re young, when they grow up, they’ll see the real world and say, “Why is the world so ugly?! I remember when the world was beautiful.” And then they’ll fight, and they’ll have a revolution. They’ll fight against all of our corruption in the world, they’ll fight to try to make the world more beautiful. That’s the job of a good children’s-book illustrator. Kind of too bad about his actual work not speaking to me at all, but there it is.

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