The year draws to a close, and I close out my drawings for 2013 with my annual list of what worked, what didn’t and what tickled my bunny bone for the year. You get a replay of the five MOST popular Bun Toons of the last twelve months (chosen by most unique page hits) and the five that absolutely dropped into the ether with no attention whatsoever. We get a range of readership here at Bun Toon Central, with some posts being seen by as few as a dozen people, and some being seen by as many four of five dozen people.
Coming in at the what’s-below-bronze position of #5 on the big, big hit parade of 2013 was a Bun Toon done in the style of Dr. Seuss’ immortal classic, ONE FISH TWO FISH RED FISH BLUE FISH. The style suggested itself as a way to make a simple point even simpler, and since I was dealing with the complex issue surrounding Orson Scott Card’s writing an issue of Superman, Card’s particularly offensive positions on gay rights, and the possibility of a boycott of DC comics as a form of protest, I proved there’s no better way to start public discourse than to simplify it to the point of nonsense.
Obviously the BUN TOON worked, because there was no boycott of DC comics over this issue. It probably helped that Chris Sprouse, the artist originally hired to draw the Superman comic Card was going to write, backed out at the last minute saying he didn’t want to be part of this controversy, and could he please go back to just drawing pictures, and then DC cancelled the issue as an afterthought.
I’ll score that as a win all around.
I returned to the ORSON SCOTT CARD controversy when the film ENDER’S GAME opened in theatres, with THIS screed about over-simplification:
There, now that I’ve given a reasonable, balanced opinion about the man and his body of work, you can understand the details better.
Holiday themed Bun Toons were the big losers this year, as you’ll see as we go along. After the great COLUMBUS DAY disasters of previous years (and the ARBOUR DAY debacle of ’05) , you’d think I’d learn to keep away from the subject of grand important holidays, but I can’t help but punch organized days-off in the groin. It’s who I am.
This year, Easter (or BUNNY DAY as we call it around here) was a Bun Toon ignored by one and all. Lucky you, you get a chance to ignore it all over again. A bit of a warning, there’s some NSFW nudity coming up, but it’s subtle, you have to STARE at it for a while to see it, and then you feel all icky for staring.
Hah! I made you look at a woman’s European styled under-area, all in the name of making fun of Easter! HAH!
See you back here tomorrow for more successful Bun Toon fun featuring the comic industry’s leading lady, and another piece of crap no one liked featuring a true story from my youth.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Of course, as is tradition, we wish STAN (the man) LEE a happy 91st Birthday! Stan always has his birthday the same day we start the Bun Toon countdown because you know Stan, he’s trying to horn in on my action. Sheesh! You get the movie cameos big guy, stop trying to hog the Bun Toons!