Comics Reflecting Adult Angst.


As the readers of this blog know, I get a regular email feed from delanceyplace.

The mail today is about Charlie Brown, an endearing cartoon character from “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz.
I quote –
“Children are not supposed to be radically dissatisfied. When they are unhappy, children protest–they wail, they whine, they scream, they cry–then they move on. Schulz gave these children lifelong
dissatisfactions, the stuff of which adulthood is made.

“Readers recognized themselves in ‘poor, moon- faced, unloved, misunderstood’ Charlie Brown–in his dignity in the face of whole seasons of doomed baseball games, his endurance and stoicism in the face of insults. He … reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be
vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human–both little and big at the same time.”

David Michaelis, Schulz and Peanuts,
Harper Collins, Copyright 2007 by David Michaelis, pp. 245- 247.

Now this is about the most poignant way to describe what in the heart of hearts I knew to be true. To be human — both little and big at the same time. David Michaelis has truly done a great job of writing about the author and his creation and the message that was being sent to the readers.

This is why I think that those comic strips always were favorites and I look for them everywhere. I also suspect that these cartoons have a larger adult audience than a children one.

What do you think?

Advantage Of Being In Debt.

Readers will remember my posts about my friend’s problems with his credit card. A reader impressed by the posts, sent me the following story by email.

Ramesh and Sumathi were on a cruise holliday to celebrate their ten years of wedded bliss.

In a sudden storm, their liner ran aground in the night and in the morning the Captain advised the passengers that, he was sorry to report that, although the ship had run aground on an island, the island was itself not on any map and it was unlikely that they will be found by anyone. He was unable to send any messages as the electrical and radio equipments were all damaged beyond repair in the wreck.

Ramesh turned to Sumathi and asked her “Did you send the check to XYZ Bank for the monthly credit card payments?” Sumathi – “Sorry, I forgot.” Ramesh, “And the check for the house loan monthly payment?” Sumathi, sorry, in the hurry to pack and leave, I forgot that too”. How about the car loan, he asked and got the same reply.

Ramesh heaved a sigh of relief and said, “Not to worry. They will find us.”