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I think of it as The Fool's Journey. I've been asked who the "fool" is. It's me, but in the classical sense of the court jester. Only the fool was allowed to tell the king of his follies. All cartoons are available as prints or originals, framed or unframed, through my website or e-mail. For mugs, t-shirts, and other products visit my gift shop at www.zazzle.com/jcrowtherart* (be sure to include the *).

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

All Hallow's Eve

Halloween can't really be called a holiday, for the simple reason it's not one, not any more, though it has its roots in an ancient gaelic festival (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween). All the trappings of halloween, children dressing up as ghosts and goblins, the giving out of candy and other goodies, the symbolism of black cats, jack o' lanterns, and witches, even bobbing for apples, have very specific origins. Sadly, they're all lost to us, just the way we've lost the true origins of almost all our holidays, leaving us with nothing but marketing opportunities. Meanwhile, I have a nagging suspicion that kids can't enjoy halloween the way we once did because it's been taken away from them, preempted by closeted cross dressers.

4 Comments:

Anonymous LEE said...

John C, love this cartoon. Jeremy is too much! Too tired to say much except glad to be back and have missed your cartoons very much!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Jean said...

Hey Lee! So glad to see you back here! Hope all is well with you and yours... we have all been worried about you! :-)

We don't do Halloween here but it must get scarey out there for parents when you can't pick the good guys from the bad guys.

12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live too far off the road to get any trick or treaters. When we lived in Meridian TWP. my grandchildren would come down to work our subdivision I handed out candy on our front porch with my made up head sticking through a table. Great fun ! Good to have you back lee! roger

3:48 AM  
Anonymous il professore said...

>>Meanwhile, I have a nagging suspicion that kids can't enjoy halloween the way we once did because it's been taken away from them, preempted by closeted cross dressers.<<

Here in Manhattan where the Halloween parade was once the exclusive domain of NY’s most extravagant gays, everything and everyone are out of the closet; what’s more, judging from what I saw people are wearing on the streets last night, anything they found hanging in there is worth wearing. The procession is now completely democratized. The bridge and tunnel crowd pour out of the subways in Dracula costumes, chefs costumes and nurses uniforms. Those who don’t even have the imagination to come up with something as banal as that just wear strapped-on rabbits ears or plastic devils horns that flash red. Who would have guessed that the Day of the Dead would become as middle-class event as the Fourth of July!

5:15 AM  

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