Review: Father and Son by E.O. Plauen - Sequential State
Chris Grady draws comics about being a force for good in an often dark world. as a dad and sharing them in a web comic called Lunarbaboon. Grady has a 7- year-old son and 2-year-old daughter. . Relationships. The dad told HuffPost he created Lunarbaboon shortly after anxiety and depression and the comic started as a form of therapy. He said his son loves the comics and recently started drawing his own. Relationships. of New York Review Comic's collection of E.O. Plauen's Father and Son, The original Father and Son strips were printed in the German Father and Son emphasizes a loving and compassionate relationship between the.
Plauen, the nom de plume of Erich Ohser, was a staunch critic of Hitler and the Nazis, and was arrested in for anti-Nazi opinions. He committed suicide the day before his trial and his likely subsequent execution.
The NYRC team has cleaned up that original line art from archived printings, and with the help of cartoonist Jeremy Sorese, has lettered in English the sparse German text. Most of the strips are wordless, with a short title underneath.
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But Plauen does miracles with these mostly wordless tales. The two characters exude personality — a gruff but good-natured portly Father and his crafty loving Son.
But more important than the gag is the beauty that these comics portray. Father and Son emphasizes a loving and compassionate relationship between the two main characters. The focus on the importance of play and familial solidarity throughout the comics make them feel special.
This collection treats with care and dignity the work of a fantastic cartoonist whose life was cut short by the violence of fascism.
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Kate Kelly Dads in the Comic Strips: Even today the comics are so much a part of the daily routine of readers young and old that most people have a very personal tradition of the order in which they read them… they may turn to the comics first or save them for a final treat after reading the rest of the paper. Most people even have an order as to which strip they read first…often saving their favorite for last.
Since the s, comic panels and strips have provided a laugh, kept readers involved in an ongoing saga or provided social commentary—and some strips do all three over the course of what is usually a very long run… successful comic strips are often carried on by other cartoonists even after their creator is gone. To my astonishment, the oldest strip I looked at, Gasoline Alley, created by Frank King in offered a perfect role model of a loving and involved father in the main character Uncle Walt.
The strip itself first ran in the Chicago Tribune, and its name derived from the fact that it was about a group of men who spent their spare time tinkering with old cars.
However, the co-publisher of the Tribune wanted to shift focus so that women might also take a look at the strip. Here, King faced a dilemma as Walt Wallet was unmarried, and no other character had a significant back story. However, Frank King came up with a plot device: Walt wakes up one morning to find a baby in a basket on his front doorstep, and thus, he becomes a single father. Gasoline Alley was notable for permitting the characters to age, and the relationship that develops between Uncle Walt and Skeezix, the boy he raises as a son, is one of the most loving and caring relationships imaginable.
Two prime examples come from both father and son: When Skeezix is only a toddler, Walt takes the much-too-young Skeezix to the circus because Walt is so excited to share the experience with him. Walt points and shares and enjoys all that they see; Skeezix remains focused on the balloon Walt buys him. How many parents can identify with that overwhelming desire to share what you love?
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Much later, Skeezix is serving in the infantry in Europe during World War II, and at mail call, he receives a couple of letters. Any father today could turn to Uncle Walt as an example of the beauty of a caring and involved fatherly love.
The strip was launched by King Features in and was about Blondie Boopadoop, a flapper and her many boyfriends. When sales of the strip stalled, Young and the syndicate came up with a plot twist.