Daniel Peterson wrote:
At least four things are apparent from Scratch's offerings here:
1. He has some artistic ability. (To the suggestion, above, that he become a cartoonist, I would respond that he's already been one for at least five years.)
Gee, thanks, Dr. P.
2 He's paying no attention to the "rules" of the thread, which is supposed to be dedicated to depictions of MDB posters.
Yeah... I've never had much interest in "rules."
3. He's expressing precisely the same personal hostilities, employing the same themes and directed at the same people, to which he's grimly dedicated the past half decade of his life. (It's difficult not to think, albeit on a much lower level, of T. S. Eliot's famous comment about the novelist Henry James, that "He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it.")
Please correct me if I'm wrong... But wasn't Eliot speaking to James's neglect of the "real," working class? Eliot was a Modernist, after all, and James (at least part of his output) predated that.... Eliot's poetry (especially something like The Wasteland
) speaks to the segments of society that James's fiction would almost automatically have ignored. Thus, your criticism here seems rather like complaining that Toni Morrison "has a mind so Black that no Whiteness could violate it," or that Raymond Carver "had a mind so Trailer Trash that no Sophistication could violate it."
Maybe you need to come up with a more productive cliché?
4. The difference in spirit and tone between Scratch's personally insulting cartoons and Blixa's affectionate ones could hardly be clearer.
Oh, I'll readily acknowledge Blixa's vastly superior technical skill. That's obvious at a glance. (Shades's, too.) These two are far more technically able than I am. All I can say (and I'm just guessing here) is that crudity occasionally has its charms.
But feel free to contribute, Dan! Let go of your grim humorlessness.