ACME INK'D by Talon Bunn


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  1. Mandu

    Mandu said, almost 4 years ago


  2. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 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, almost 4 years ago


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

  4. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Yesterday’s comment from a disgruntled reader deserves a little more time so I’m going to expand on my reply a bit. And I’d like to start by clearing up a little something about how I take negative comments. Drive-by reader rage means nothing to me. Reason: I’m one of the few comic artists on the Sherpa branch of GoComics who creates original content every day. I started back in November of 2011 and I’ve kept the pace for almost a year now. For free. GoComics makes money off my strip because of the advertising hits. Advertisers make money off my strip because of exposure. I make nada. If I was in it for the money, I wouldn’t be here. I do it because I love it. Sure, it would be nice to get paid for what I love to do, and I have no doubt that in time, by keeping up my production, I will, be it with GoComics or someone else. But either way, I’m supplying a gag or take on something every day with an illustrated joke for the express purpose of making strangers laugh, chuckle or smirk. And with that, more now than ever, comes a risk. Nay, a guarantee. Because of the zeitgeist, I am bound to offend someone on a daily basis. 60 years ago people read comics and jokes in a totally different way. They read them for the gag, expecting to laugh. A joke was a joke—end of story. If one day it was at a familiar expense, so be it, tomorrows was at someone else’s. All was fair in love and laughs. This has changed dramatically. More people listen to and read jokes now in an ongoing hunt to be offended. Why? I suspect because so many people feel some type of personal validation by claiming to be victimized. It is our current overall cultural mindset. A lot of folks don’t feel relevant unless they’re whining about someone hurting their feelings. I’ve never felt that way and I’m a little snarky about it when it’s shoved in my face. Here’s why:

    The comments section of this site (and virtually every other on the net) is a chance for readers to connect and converse with writers and content creators. It’s the immediate opportunity to “talk” to an novelty provider that has never been experienced by any culture in the entire history of human civilization. There’s no agent, no middle-man, no possibility of a postmarked letter lost. And as my archive will show, I respond as often as I can. Sometimes I’m too bogged-down with other work to reply within the day—I have rent to pay and this ain’t doin’ it right now—but overall I’m very excited to talk with my readers. I actually adore having a fun back and forth with anyone who has something interesting to say or add. But blasting into the comments section and yelling at me that I’m offensive, never to read my work again without any explanation is the equivalent of watching some self-important brat throw a temper-tantrum. How many of those have you seen and come away from with a sense of enlightenment? I can’t think of a single one in my life. On the other hand, if one took the time to cool off, lighten up a little and explain themselves and why an offense was taken, asking me about my intentions, we could actually have a conversation. Like reasonable folks. Because I really like communicating. That’s why I draw cartoons. And why I’m compelled to write this now.

    The thing about yesterday’s reader and her rage that moves me is, by being such a Nelly about it, she left me with no other choice but to guess at what element in the cartoon offended her so much. The assumption I came to was that she managed to offend herself through a misunderstanding, then blame me for it, because she didn’t know any better. In Japan, as a web-search will show, unusual vending machines are quite common. They supply everything from live lobsters to canned bread to cars. And because they’re more repressed about physical things in the Land Of The Rising Sun, they’ve developed some weird fetishes, including a line of vending machines that dispense the worn undergarments of young adult women. The key word being adult. They call them school girls but they’re as adult as any American Hooter’s waitress. Children’s garments for such taboos are just as (rightfully) off limits there as they are here. Anyone with a minimal understanding of Japanese culture would know this. Yesterday’s reader, I’m left to assume, had no concept of this and mistakenly leaped to a much darker and sinister conclusion. Her ignorance regarding another culture took her down a path that was not my intention for any reader to go down. If, and I stress, if, that was indeed the case—I have no idea for sure because all she did was throw a hissy fit and cyber-stomp away. That’s not communicating, that’s just being a ****.

    What I continue to be amazed by is why anyone with such a readiness to find offense in something is reading cartoons in the first place. Comics originated as a means to poke fun at and challenge everything from social relations to politics, from religion to sex, from power to poverty. Only in the last 60 years or so have the emergence of “safe,” placid, cutesie comics appeared in the mainstream. I have nothing against those types of comics, but I also don’t find anything very interesting about them. I’ve never tried to dupe my readers into believing I’m making them. So it amuses me when some anonymous blowhard flips their lid because, in one installment, they felt I was either insulting them directly or crossing a line of morality with a cartoon. A drawing. Lines of ink on paper. That will never fail to strike me as strange, if not a little psychotic.

    The bottom line is, if you feel the need to complain, I’m all ears if you want to have a real conversation. If you want to act like a brat, scream at me with the caps lock down and storm away like your temper matters, I’m sorry, it just doesn’t. I’m here for cartoons and fun and someone’s emotional baggage or hot temper ain’t gonna bring me down.

    Enough time spent on drivel. As Stan “The Man” Lee would say, “’nuff said.” I’ll be back tomorrow with more fun at some random topic’s expense :)

  5. typerson

    typerson said, almost 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.

  6. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 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!

  7. salpino

    salpino GoComics PRO Member said, almost 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 !!

  8. Dave Hussell

    Dave Hussell said, almost 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.

  9. LadyLavendar

    LadyLavendar said, almost 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.

  10. Dave Hussell

    Dave Hussell said, almost 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…

  11. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    Thanks, Salpino! Will do!

  12. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 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!

  13. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 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.

  14. Garey Mckee

    Garey Mckee GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

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

  15. Talon Bunn

    Talon Bunn GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @Garey Mckee

    Thanks, Garey!

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