His father smiled thinly. “Perhaps not for a while. But in the end, someone always has to have his or her neck popped, as you so quaintly put it. The people demand it. Sooner or later, if there isn’t a turncoat, the people make one.” (Stephen King, from The Gunslinger)
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden behind the dark mustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother. (George Orwell, from 1984)
Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from The Tick #5, which was published by New England Comics and is cover dated August 1989. Enjoy!
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“Concentration-camp existence … taught us that the whole world is really like a concentration camp,” wrote Tadeusz Borowski. “The weak work for the strong, and if they have no strength or will to work – then let them steal, or let them die. … There is no crime that a man will not commit in order to save himself. And, having saved himself, he will commit crimes for increasingly trivial reasons; he will commit them first out of duty, then from habit, and finally – for pleasure. … The world is ruled by neither justice nor morality; crime is not punished nor virtue rewarded, one is forgotten as quickly as the other. The world is ruled by power …” (Otto Friedrich, from The End of the World)
I asked for things more worthy of linkage, and the comics internet responded! Truly, I am King of the Intertubes.
Also, I like this QUESTION OF THE WEEK business, so I’ll try to keep this up. This week’s: Which comic character do you find completely uninteresting, no matter who writes or draws him/her? And (a two-parter!) what would make you change your mind about them?
I only ever saw one episode of this show (with Puddy/Joe Swanson/Brock Sampson himself, Patrick Warburton in the big blue suit) before Fox cancelled it because it’s Fox. I had no idea they had nine episodes in the can. So, that’s pretty cool. I can watch the whole thing now!
Oh, wait, I bet you want a link. Fine! I spoil your lazy asses by doing that, and I really don’t think most of you deserve it, but I am nothing if not begrudingly giving.