ACME INK'D by Talon Bunn


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  1. Mandu

    Mandu said, about 4 years ago


  2. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    He was, indeed! A man of fantastic talent, sublime intellect and obviously quite prolific when it came to making whoopie. His correspondence with John Adams over the years is the stuff of Founding Fathers gold—two men constantly at odds yet so impressed by each others convictions that it could be called the Nation’s first bromance! He penned some of our country’s most important documents, yet was almost shy to a fault in public. A deeply fascinating and insanely insightful fellow. Way ahead of his time.

  3. Jonni

    Jonni said, about 4 years ago


    I like how your avatar links your pen name, clever!

  4. typerson

    typerson said, about 4 years ago

    Ok, two points. 1 – Yes, indeedy, history tells us that Thomas Jefferson was quite the complex and interesting individual. (Monticello is a cool place to tour if you ever get the chance,) and 2 – Well said, Mr. Bunn. Toons are toons. Read ’em, enjoy ’em (or not,) and keep it movin.

  5. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Thanks! I need to get to Monticello. I’ve marveled at it via several documentaries but that’s nothing like seeing the real thing and I’m robbing myself of an awesome trip by neglecting it for so long. I’m envious you’ve been and can’t wait to take a tour of it myself someday!

  6. salpino

    salpino GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Fun write up about TJ & yesterday. Not sure what the comment was about that or why the person was offended…but such is our desire as people to get attention (good or bad)—keep throwing the toons at the wall !!

  7. Dave Hussell

    Dave Hussell said, about 4 years ago

    Sadly, Talon, Japan isn’t the only country that caters to the fetish of sniffing panties (that is what they are sold for). Back in the seventies when i was in the Navy, we passed books and magazines around and some were of the type with nude pictures. I only read them for the articles of course. In the back they had a lot of, what I would call sleaze ads, this was before spam mail. They used to have the occasional ad for panties that were worn (so they claimed) by young women while working out.

    Fast forward a few decades and they did an episode involving this fetish on CSI.

    It was this knowledge that made me really laugh at your joke. The only thing I found offensive was that stupid glare that I complained about yesterday.

  8. LadyLavendar

    LadyLavendar said, about 4 years ago

    I did not want to go into a long offensive detail over your “selling of a person” as a “thing” to be used, and then tossed aside.
    I find most of your work entertaining, and then sometimes . . . Well I have gone along with the joke, seeing the funny. I even promoted some of your comics in other places, sending them here to get a chuckle.
    I did not see anything funny in that joke. How can selling a human being be funny?
    I did know about the panites fetish.
    But you certainly took offense at a negative response.

  9. Dave Hussell

    Dave Hussell said, about 4 years ago

    Steve Martin said “Humor is not always pretty”

    Just because you make joke about something doesn’t mean you condone it. Actually it can be the opposite. Look at political comics…

  10. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Thanks, Salpino! Will do!

  11. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Dave Hussell

    Fantastic, addition, Dave! I once read a bio of a fairly famous pinup girl from London who used to buy undies by the boxload with her girlfriend and then bottles of fish oil and sprinkle them with it for those very sorts of ads! Clever ladies!

  12. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    You misunderstand me, LL. I took issue (not offense) at being screamed at for no given reason. If you re-read your original comment you’ll see, from my position, it really expressed nothing but anger. Now that you’ve come back and explained your position, we can have a dialog, which I do enjoy.

    I’m going to echo Dave’s comment where he cited Steve Martin and add to it a bit. Humor isn’t always pretty. And humor is often taking a position that is the exact opposite of a personal take on a topic. Mark Twain comes to mind as a master of this approach. I can’t speak for the other Sherpa cartoonists but my cartoons are not always my opinions about things. Because sometimes my personal opinions just aren’t as funny. Case in point, I don’t see the fascination with smelling pre-worn undergarments. But the idea that an entire culture has branched out to not only embrace this fetish but to cater to it in vending machines is something I found to be remarkably absurd and comical in real life. My way of making fun of that absurdity was to introduce the next ridiculous step, which is what I illustrated in the context of a cartoon. I don’t in any way condone or believe I’ve endorsed the sale of a human being by doing this. If anything, I sort of smacked down an entire country’s objectification of women by putting such a strange fetish in my spotlight and taking it one step further into madness. Here’s another way of looking at it:

    My favorite cartoon character is Donald Duck. I’m not alone. At one point Donald was more popular than Mickey Mouse. Carl Barks, an artist at Disney Studios, more or less single-handedly developed Donald and the entire population of Duckberg through his outstanding work in the comics department of the studio. If you recall, Donald is a hot-headed, violent, irrational, jealous, destructive and petty personality. Barks, in real life, was nothing like that—totally the opposite. But he knew that the humor of Donald was to be found in his outbursts and unbridled pension for flailing fisticuffs—ugly traits one and all, yet funny because it taps into something we can see is absurd and irrational and something we’re capable of being, yet we try very hard not to be. No one in their right mind ever accused Barks (or his boss, Disney) of promoting hysterics or antisocial behavior in real life—it’s just a cartoon and it’s supposed to be crazy. We understand that Donald is the exact opposite of what we should be, in the context of a cartoon, which is what makes him endearing.

    Now you might have (or might not have) a personal history with human trafficking or exploitation that makes you more sensitive about the subject than others. I have no way of knowing that when I draw a cartoon. Likewise, I have a deep, often painful personal history with religious extremism and brainwashing, but I have to understand that if another cartoonist makes a comic about a dead person standing at the pearly gates of Heaven in judgement (and they do make a ton of those), they aren’t doing it with me and my quirky sensitivities in mind. They’re just presenting a joke they thought was funny. I don’t think of them as being insulting to me or even promoting something I dislike—it’s only a cartoon.

    I can honestly appreciate your passion on a moral level. We share a common ground in reality here. What I hope you can understand is that if I tried to avoid offending everyone all the time, I’d never draw a funny cartoon again. I’d be drawing Love Is… ripoffs without the child nudity. So it’s much more fair to be consistent by jabbing at everything, which is what I do. I have to put a certain amount of trust in the audience that they recognize it’s only a cartoon and I wont discriminate if I’m poking at anyone, and sometimes it may not even be my real position on a subject—it’s all just for the laughs.

    Not very long ago a Dutch cartoonist was killed by some people who didn’t get the difference between a satirical/humorous expression and fundamental idealism. I have to trust my readers to be sharper than that. Your willingness to return to talk this through a bit more restores my gladness that we don’t see eye-to-eye, we can still meet somewhere in the middle and chat about it so we reach a better understanding of each other. So I thank you for a better opportunity to do that, LL.

  13. Garey Mckee

    Garey Mckee GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    I thought yesterday’s cartoon was funny…and todays!

  14. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Garey Mckee

    Thanks, Garey!

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