Friday, October 7, 2011

Norman, Is That You?

  In my last post, I mentioned that Perfect Wife and I recently visited The Norman Rockwell Museum. As I said, we had a wonderful visit. Seeing the work of perhaps the greatest commercial artist that ever lived in person was really inspiring, even to a hack like me. If you are ever out in the boonies of Western Massachusetts, you should really drop in.

  Unless you have teenagers with you, that is.

  While we were at the museum, we noticed a couple of teenagers touring the museum. They were easy to spot- Everyone else at the museum was middle-aged or older, and everybody except the teens seemed to be enjoying themselves. The teens were miserable. I overheard one say to the other, "This is sooooo boooooooorrrring! How much longer do we have to be here?"
The other replied that since their Mother was having fun, they were probably going to be "stuck" there for a while.

  I found the kids' dilemma both sad and funny. Sad because today's teens seem to be unable to enjoy or appreciate anything that isn't targeted explicitly to them, and that someday things like the work of people like Norman Rockwell will be completely forgotten by unappreciative future generations. I found it funny because the kids' attitude cheesed me off, and it was fun watching them suffer.

  Forget what I said earlier. Go to the museum, even if you have teens in tow. It will do them good- or serve them right, depending on how you feel about your teens.


I would now like to remind you that next week, October 13th through the 16th, I will be attending the New York City Comic Con! I haven't been to a "big" comic con in awhile, so I'm really looking forward  to it. As I have previously mentioned, if you are also attending and see a geeky guy with a hot babe wearing an Infinite Hollywood tee shirt, that's me (the geek not the babe, that's Perfect Wifey). Please come up and say "hello".

And if you spot any teens having a miserable time, please point them out to me. I could use a laugh. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stunning work, William! You should do a book of parody illustration!

Steve D

October 10, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with steve d, this cartoon is great. did you work an beetle bailey, or are you just a fan?

if you're thinking of making a book, i'd like to see these blog illustrations collected.


October 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Bill White said...

Thanks for the praise, kids, but don't expect a parody illustration book from me, ever.

eeteed- Mort Walker and his associates' work was a HUGE influence on me. I'm sure I've mentioned that before.

No collection of blog illos in the future, but something almost as good coming up!

October 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM  

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