Even back in 2004, “MacGyver” had been off the air for 12 years, but even today, people still get the reference. Well, people over 35, probably…I’ll bet that anyone in their 20s would look at you slightly sideways and stroke their awful hipster beards. I have NO idea where this one came from, other than Pinnochio being nervous any time anyone wanted to start a fire. I like my take on the old Wooden Boy here, and his expression sells the joke nicely.
Sure are a lot of Jack’s in fairy tales. At this point of “BookSmarts,” I was mostly concentrating on the fairy tale world, and once you start doing a little research, you realize that apparently there were a LOT of Jacks and Peters back in the day. I figured that sooner or later, someone might get confused.
Art note: I was still using “Impact” for my caption font. It was in the early days of Impact, before it would become known as “that meme font,” and it was cool and hip to be using it. As a designer and layout guy, I’m a big old font-nerd, and I will always find it fascinating how you can pin down designs by decade and sometimes specific years simply by the fonts.
Words fascinate me. Old phrases we say all the time often make absolutely no sense when you take a minute to ponder them. “All of a sudden…” What the hell is a “sudden?” Is there half of a sudden? A third, maybe? It just occurred to me that if you had the Dickens scared out of you, something like this would happen. I love this gag…I don’t think I captured it as well as I wanted, but I love that Dickens’ feet are still stuck inside the poor guy in a weird, metaphysical way.
A recurring theme in “BookSmarts” is how classic literature is portrayed in Hollywood and popular culture, and this was the comic that started it all. Basically, it’s what happens when Michael Bay gets a hold of any piece of literature. What’s funny is there are all sorts of recent movies and TV shows that have unique takes on Fairy Tales…I was either ahead of my time, or just not soulless enough to actually try to MAKE “Red Riding Hood II: Wolfhunt.”
It’s also fun to whip out the comic-book style drawing. And look at all that stippling! Good lord, who has time for THAT?