Saturday, July 16, 2011

Plains Pops: Saturday Morning Cartoon And Local News Edition

I don't have much to add to local education news.  The Madville Times has pointed out that a watchdog or watch snake group has been formed.  The Press and Dakotan has opined.
Two Words ...
THUMBS DOWN to the derisive letter sent out to the membership of “We the People, Yankton!” at the end of June by board members Charlii Gilson, Mike Lemon and Wayne Wurth. This is the new name of the organization that led the effort to defeat the Yankton School District property-tax opt-out in May. If a way forward on the school funding issue is to be found, it does not appear it will occur with these individuals in charge. Their derogatory comments are the things of playground exchanges, not adult conversation. “Classic” lines include, “We could not have kicked a** on the last ballot election ‘OPT-OUT’: without your help,” and, “If the truth is your agenda and you believe in God, you will never get your a** beat as bad as ‘Yes for Kids’ did!” We have a couple of words of advice for this organization if it wishes to be taken seriously: Grow up.
 SouthDaCola.com has offered to help them with cartooning and offered a professional redesign of their logo.


I do like the fact that the artist kept the oval motif from the original.


It's fairly early on a Saturday morning and for some reason, I'm a bit overcome by nostalgia for a misspent youth that allowed me to read comics and watch Saturday morning cartoons.  I'm guessing a group of self-appointed watchmen, their request for a cartoonist, and the snake logo had something to do with it as well.

Something about the patriotic desire to "monitor any public or private entity that receives our tax dollar" reminded me of The Watchmen.  The local group may find things in The Watchmen that they like.  That group featured a character with a unique take on patriotism who called himself the Comedian.  He has a unique look.
When he's not wearing a mask, he fancies himself a patriot.
Of the course the movie did make this image iconic; the jovial local leaders of the watchdog group may find itobjectionable.



Marvel Comics features a group called Hydra.  They too use a snake motif in their logo.


Hydra's uniforms are colorful.  The local group might want to add a splash of color to their proposed newsletter.


As the above images show, Hydra seems unified but that unity doesn't prevent independent action.


Of course, the most famous Saturday morning cartoon group with a snake for a logo was Cobra.  The local group's logo does have a few similarities to Cobra's iconic design.  Note the open mouth ready to strike.


Like the local group, Cobra ably uses the snake motif to combine recruiting and imply that "all information [especially member identities] will be held in the strict confidence."


Cobra's membership drive certainly seems to have been successful.

After this trip down memory lane, it occurs to me that groups that use snakes for logos and appoint themselves as watchmen may need some watching themselves.  I'm not the first to appropriate Juvenal's Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?, often translated "Who watches the watchmen?" for that purpose.

3 comments:

caheidelberger said...

Great comic tour de force! I know, I know, they're graphic novels, not comics anymore... but comic works better on a number of levels here: direct mockery, reference to language that is both obsolete and inaccurate....

LK said...

Thanks. One does what one can.

You, Scott, and Shane the hard work by dealing with the serious elements of the situation and making sure information got shared on various blogs.

I just worked on some cut and paste skills and tried to have some pictures tell a story.

yanktonirishred said...

Very very funny. Been out of the loop for a couple days (phone upgrade? laptop? IPad?) and am catching up. Great post.