Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fat Freddy's Cat

When I was in college I discovered underground comics. Some of these were great, some not so great. The ones with Rick Griffin art in them were amazing. One series I really enjoyed was the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers by Gilbert Shelton. A sub series of this was Fat Freddy's Cat. I've never owned a cat, but have known several people who do. If any of them had a cat like Fat Freddy's, I might have got one.

Also in college I started trying my hand at sculpting. I mainly did comic characters like Cheech Wizard, Cerebus, Hal from the Bookie Parlor, (lol!!), etc... Most of these I gave away to friends as gifts. The only one I kept was Fat Freddy's Cat. When my wife and I were dating we would go to Phil Man's, and load up on FFC comics and read them at the drive-in before the film started.

I wonder whatever became of the Freak Brothers....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Andy and Barney

I guess growing up in the 60's I watched as much of "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry RFD" as the next guy. Yes, there's a bit of corn in both shows, but there's also a lot of happiness, respect for authority, and just good neighbor-ness in both. Like a Norman Rockwell painting, these shows depicted a different time in America. Some, like me, would say a better time. These shows are bittersweet now. Those days are long behind us, and will most likely never come again, at least not in this world environment.

They stand frozen in time. A video snapshot of a slower paced America, one filled with hope and decency. Sometimes the world today can be a terrible place. Thank God there is a Mayberry where we can return to, if for just a little while to remember how it used to be, and should be.