I wrote once how animated movies are wittier and more sophisticated than ever before.
This movement is, of course, not limited to animated movies. We see similar movements in graphic novels, and in one of my favorite genres of literature; the comic strip.
Here are a few, (mostly) all from this year. You probably have your own collection. 😉
Here is a great quote from Emerson (the poet, not the singer). Ah, if we could always live like this!
I feel I should mention something here. I had to briefly play with Photshop to clear, clean, and colorize the comics.
Onto the next one.
The Three Laws of Robotics are well known to the Science Fiction (SF) fan. However, I don’t ever recall seeing a reference to them outside the SF realm. And that makes this comic strip even more of a delight! And if you don’t know what these three laws are, you’ll find them at the end of this comic strip.
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
We hope all robots will obey all the laws here.
And yes, that is oil the robot is drinking.
When I was a child I did in fact, had these songs “on my mind”. Maybe not so sophisticated as the previous strips, but certainly a couple of steps above the mindless Bugs Bunny cartoons shown on Saturday mornings, which are also childhood memories.
And finally, Existentialism being used as a central theme in a comic strip. (although this strip may have come from 2015).