Friday, February 09, 2007


Two more for this Friday:

Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley
Sherman's Lagoon by Jim Toomey

Wait, Sherman's Lagoon? The one with the fish? What th-?

I've shared my whole thing about anthropomorphic fish before. The whole conceit can be very limiting to a cartoon. And when the cartoon world you've created no longer lets you address the things you want to, you can do like Johnny Hart and simply ignore it and just go ahead and have your Before-Christ cavemen talk about Jesus. Or, you can magically transform your characters.

I mean, really, bring in a magical character and have him transform your characters.

So the little nerdy fish and the milquetoast shark are now just a nerd and a milquetoast. They've become what they formerly only represented. It would be like Charles Schulz suddenly drawing Charlie Brown as an actual lonely and loveless middle-aged man.


Blogger cbrubaker said...

That's actually one of the recurring elements in "Sherman's Lagoon." They have turned into humans before. At least once a year.

7:40 PM  

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