Cartoon Analysis 1
Bob Ross was an American painter best known for his television show, "The Joy of Painting". As an iconically serene personality, he touched many would-be painters and craftsmen with his gentle disposition and his technical grace on the canvas. While it is slightly absurd to think that Ross would eat smurfberries in the after life, there is precedent in the dead artist's community.
In a 1997 letter to his beloved Isabella, reknowned toadstool, mushroom, and fungoid artist P.K. Newton wrote, "I dreamt that I was a smurfberry, and that Pablo Picasso himself, your existential liege, your great great uncle of eternity, presented me to the King of Spain in a gold-adorned box, cubed as only the great master could, and I dissolved into the regal gullet as a vessel of good will, an ambassador of the great modern master himself!"
And later at a 1999 luncheon at TGI Friday's in Tuscaloosa, TN, the former Secretary of Agriculture of the United States of America was overhead saying: "Andrew Wyeth hated red almost as much as he hated the color green. I was in the back of a pick-up truck in the late 30's with him. He was skirting the great depression with his watercolors, I was skirting it with my seeds. And he said to me, bright, like he was: If I had a smurfberry for every man who suffers, I could then give a smurfberry to each man on earth. Now, I didn't know what the hell a smurfberry was, but he had a whole sack of those things, and though he held magnanimity in his words, he wasn't sharing any that day."
Finally, if you use a black-light on the back of a two-dollar bill, you will notice that the chalice holding gourds and fruit mysteriously turns into a woven basket of reddish -- mauve if you will -- berries. Obviously, your first thought would be: cherries. However, cherries are never displayed in currency except on a tree. Because one of the United States longest held ounces of mythos is the story of George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, the plucked cherries have come to represent "small lies". Additionally, if you look very closely in the range of hills behind the basket, you will see what appears to be a tiny smurf cap, distinctive in its stunted-stocking sort of way.
So, it's entirely possible that our protaganist in the preceding comic actually did see Bob Ross in some sort of incorporal form snacking on smurfberries. As for what it *means*: we'll probably have to tune in next time. It seems the writer decided to present his first cartoon whimsically, though we can learn a lot simply by the first words uttered: "Anybody out there?". Though similar in fashion to the "Hello World!" program that all computer programmers tackle as their first endeavor, the hero has not chosen a delcaratory or even exclamatory statement. He's asked a question, and already we notice that he is on a search for something -- a connection, another sentient being, knowledge, experience, wisdom. Any or all of these might be what he seeks, and we just won't know until the writer turns the next page for us. --Kevin R. Scripps
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