Thursday, February 4, 2021

I Want To Come Back As One Of My Cats

Jim, Yellow Bear, and 
Teeny Puppy.
Back in 2007, we rescued an abandoned cat. 

His name is Jim.

He was already a full-grown cat when we got him, so in 2021, he's at least 20.

BUT - his weight is good, and he is happy.

True, his pupils don't expand or shrink at the same time or rate, and at night he wanders the house yelling, with a stuffed toy named Yellow Bear in his mouth, all of which signals dementia. Well, I don't know if Yellow Bear is part of that, but he participates.

He has some kind of large mass in his belly - possibly in his spleen or liver - but he's too old to have an operation, and the vet doesn't think she can reach it anyway. 

He eats, he drinks, he poops and pees - and he loves to sleep under his red light by the stove.

We'll just keep him home until he passes away, or until he needs vet assistance to leave.

It's our job to be cheerful and pamper him.

In our house, we have a saying: "I want to come back as one of my cats."

We should all end up so good.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Easter Eggs To Me?

This is getting odd. It's one thing to see story ideas or characters that resemble each other, because there's been a lot of genre-borrowing over the centuries.

And then there's some very specific stuff that is so oddly the same you start to wonder.

My comics, The Desert Peach, and Stinz, have had a world-wide audience for years. I'm beginning to wonder if other creatives who know my work - especially writers in much more recent film and animation - are throwing little Easter Eggs to me. I would be so delighted if they were.

I can't prove this. Just take a look and think about it.

ZOOTOPIA: There are a bunch of stupid wolves guarding the secret project. In Stinz, there are a bunch of bachelor wolves my fans call The Stupid Wolves. They even look somewhat like the ones in Zootopia - and they're about as bright. 

I wouldn't think that was enough to prove those are my images - but look at the secret installation on the lake with its causeway, and then look at the mill and the mill-race in Stinz. The two things together have me wondering. What do you think?

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: This is really an oddly one. In Tarantino's movie, Sam Jackson shows up as a man who famously served in the Union army as a Major. So he's the Black Major. That's just one point - but his old enemies have a ransom on his aging head? Stinz was the Black Major - and had a ransom on him. And had gotten old.

FROZEN: I know there's a reindeer in the original Snow Queen. But the role of the reindeer and the person who rides him is much more like Udo and his reindeer in The Desert Peach. What do you think about that in addition to the birch trees?

THE GOOD LIAR: This one is sensitive. First and foremost, the REAL bad guys in that movie are the Nazis, that screw up two families SO BAD. 

"Taub" is commonly a Jewish name in Germany. Jews who were officially Germans - yes, the Nazis took over the roll of the Rabbis in saying who was Jewish - served in the German army. They could visit their official Jewish relatives in camps before the war started, and all access were closed to the camps, which were then devoted to extermination. 

Taub's relatives seem to have already died in the camps. This is a weird complex idea, and you see it in The Desert Peach, between Udo and Leutnant Winzig.

It's what makes the movie even more horrible. I'm not saying anybody saw this - because this kind of stuff happened all the time. 

There you go. If these are coincidences, so be it. But if they're Easter Eggs - thanks, guys! 

Final note: one Stinz character is the village blacksmith. He has a pet black rooster who is really a demon. One of the woodcutters up here has a pet red rooster who follows him everywhere. 

Both birds are named "Chicken."