Matt Bors by Matt Bors

Matt Bors

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  1. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    An interesting take on overly cloying and sentimental Obit cartoons…

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    Har!

  3. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    “But why take it out on the deceased?”


    This isn’t uncomplimentary to the dead celebrity, but to the living cartoonists.


    Obit ‘toons generally ARE knee-jerk, overly sentimental, and obvious. The two “types” shown here are well-represented among those which have appeared since Ebert’s death.


    Celebrity deaths too often make for lazy cartooning. I hope that the Thatcher death MIGHT spark some original treatments, but I also expect a dozen “Maggie arriving at the Pearly Gates” cartoons from those who liked her and “Maggie facing the pitchforks and fire” from those who didn’t. (Either treatment will probably have her being welcomed by Ronald Reagan.)

  4. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    This has been a strange day for me.
    Earlier I read Suzy Lee Weiss’ essay complaining about why she didn’t get into the college of her choice. Now this head scratcher.

  5. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    @fritzoid

    I get it now. Two types of obit cartoons.
    Thanks.
    Annette Funicello will be on these pages very soon.

  6. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    At first I thought it was his critique of life on earth.

  7. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @David

    Dammit, I accidentally deleted my earlier post.


    The quotes from Ebert given were not kind, but they were honest. Bors is applying Ebert’s criticisms of two bad movies to the two stereotypical Obit Cartoons shown: overly sentimental, trite, unimaginative, lazy. Were Ebert alive to comment on the quality of cartoons his passing has inspired, his own critical standards would (presumably) elicit responses similar to the quotes cited.


    Again, this cartoon is not uncomplimentary to Ebert; rather, it is complimentary of his willingness to call out sloppy artistic efforts. The target of Bors’ satire is his fellow cartoonists, not Ebert.

  8. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @Rockngolfer

    Thanks, I guess, for sending me to Suzy’s essay. The poor thing. Doesn’t it make you just want to …. barf?

  9. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Rockngolfer

    “I get it now. Two types of obit cartoons.”


    There are of course more than two types of obit cartoons, but the majority of those inspired by Ebert’s passing have been one of these two types: “Rog and Gene Reunited to Watch Movies Together Forever”, or “Rog Gets ‘Two-Thumbs-Up’ from Heaven/Eternity” (Bors’ OWN cartoon, refreshingly, is neither.)


    “Annette Funicello will be on these pages very soon.”


    That’s a shame, but… Want to bet on the number of obit cartoons that show her running off to an Eternal Beach? (Bonus points if it’s at sunset.) Frankie Avalon isn’t dead yet or she’d be rushing to meet him, so the “joyful reunion” role will probably go to Walt Disney (probably not at the beach, though).

  10. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    And here come the “Maggie at the Gate” cartoons, as well!

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @lonecat

    I was young once! Thankfully I didn’t print any of my High School opinions in the open press. I do understand the difficulty, and the hoops these kids feel they must jump through, but the Japanese students have it far worse competing for higher education spots. She should have run the idea past her school counselor first for advice.

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    @ahab

    There’s not much point in critiquing a spoiled kid, but it is embarrassing that she published her envy. Too bad she didn’t get into an Ivy, but there are a lot of good schools that aren’t in the Ivy League. Maybe if she gets over her envy and studies hard in whatever college she got into she’ll learn something.

  13. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I’d actually like to see his review of “Life as Known in the 20th Century”. That should be interesting. It wouldn’t fit into a couple of panels, though. Just finding the plot, much less unraveling it, would take days!

  14. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Update on the Thatcher cartoons (once again, I deleted my previous comment while trying to reply to it):


    After yesterday’s initial three “Maggie and Ronnie Reunited” cartoons, that’s still the prevailing theme of her obits, although there’s been one meeting with Churchill as well, and a rather odd one of the women in Heaven awaiting her arrival as a Female Icon (some would object to the term “Feminist”, while others would object to “Feminine”). A couple have shown St. Peter’s/God’s ambivalence about admitting her through the Pearly Gates, but no one has yet shown her cast into Hell (of course, Ted Rall has yet to weigh in).


    A respectable number of cartoonists have NOT jumped on the “Maggie’s Arrival in Heaven” bandwagon, so there are still a few cartoonists who chose not to take the easy path.


    Nothing so far featuring Annette Funicello, except in “The Doozies” on the other list (next-day coverage in a daily strip – impressive!). It’s possible that Thatcher’s death will crowd Annette off the pages entirely (particularly coming so soon after the Ebert obits).

  15. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Actually, I’d like to see somebody do a mash-up, with Ronald Reagan saving a seat for Margaret Thatcher so they can watch old movies (starring Annette Funicello) forever, with Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel sitting behind them explaining how silly and unrealistic those movies are.

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