WARNING: Lengthy description up ahead.
This has been something floating around in my brain for a while, greatly inspired by Barney Gumble's short film featured in The Simpsons episode "A Star is Burns" (with a line directly taken from Barney's film), this superb drawing done by my good friend Khialat
, and the Ronald Hanmer tune "Bits and Pieces," the latter two which you can check out below.
Ever since I was a young lad, there have been cartoon and anime girls that I've either had crushes on or at the very least was very fascinated with and sympathetic to, and despite pushing 30 as of writing this, I fairly recently found out that it can still happen with me.
Sally Acorn was the most notable cartoon crush I had when I was a kid because ever since I first saw SatAM Sonic back in '93 (and a year later the Archie Sonic comics), I had a crush on Sally from then until around '98 or '99. I loved Sally a whole lot back in the day because she had such stunning looks and had so many sterling qualities to her character (leadership, combat etc.), and even named a cat the family got back in '94 after her (she died in '08). I guess you could say that from 1993 to '99, I was a furry. Even as a grown man, I still think SatAM is a good cartoon and Sally is still a great character IMO.
Back in 2002, I got into the anime phase of my life (which essentially croaked a few years ago) and two anime titles that still resonate very well with me today are Akira and Doomed Megalopolis. The thing that shocked the hell out of me the most when I first saw Akira was witnessing Tetsuo Shima's girlfriend, Kaori, get subjected to grizzly sexual abuse by enemy bikers and then get crushed to death by a gigantic blob of flesh, despite her being the most sympathetic character in the whole movie. Despite loving the movie, I was gravely disappointed that Kaori suffered such a cruel fate and wanted her to live so badly. When I found out the Borders in my neck of the woods sold volumes of the Akira manga, I did a crapton of chores to buy them (this was a few years before I got a job), and like the anime, I loved it, but again, Kaori died near the end (though her death wasn't nearly as gruesome in the manga version). Because of the brutality Kaori experienced in Akira, I became extremely fascinated with her and desperately wanted alternate endings for both the anime and manga versions of Akira where she lived (which I believe I wrote out back then, but I lost them a long time ago).
Yukari Tatsumiya from Doomed Megalopolis was another anime girl I was deeply fascinated with and sympathetic to because like Kaori from Akira, she was extremely innocent and between getting raped by her brother Youchiro and Kato's acts of supernatural cruelty in using her as a tool in his attempts to destroy Tokyo, she turns from a happy-go-lucky young woman to a mentally-scarred and dysfunctional woman. Witnessing her character turn like this is undoubtedly saddening (though not anything close to making me squirt tears), though my young mind back then didn't really demand a happier ending for Yukari because at the time, I thought her character living at the end was good enough. In the years that followed, I spent a lot of time trying to create a story that I thought would become some ultimate masterpiece, and used Yukari's character as the basis for the protagonist's love interest because of how fascinated I was with her attire, beauty, and innocence (I gave up on such a creative endeavor because of the shift in career goals I had 3-4 years ago).
Fast forward to 2016 and after hearing so much hype about The Loud House, I decided to give it a go, and despite expecting to hate Leni Loud because of her character type (I'm not really a fan of "dumb blondes" in fiction), she turned out to be my favorite character in the show (and one of my favorites in the entire realm of Nicktoons). This is so because Leni's airheaded tendencies are usually the funniest parts of the episodes she's in and that her warm and sweet personality makes her very endearing (which is why so many fans, myself included, refer to Leni as "the purest cinnamon roll"). Needless to say, I really wish I could find a single young woman with Leni's traits (though not quite as dim).
Now to the artwork itself...
The chap on the couch is me, and this is how I am sometimes on a Friday evening. Depressed, angry, alone, longing to go back to the past for various reasons, and getting loaded on booze and beer-battered pork chops (if anyone wants the pork chop recipe, send me a note). A myriad of factors have made me like this, but the strongest ones are the chronic insomnia I have, the constant battle to get where I want in life jobwise, the struggle of my hermetic tendencies and wanting to be with others (occasionally the lack of romantic relationships is part of this), and rarely spending time with friends because of the different lives we have. The depression that stemmed from this tends to get at its worst during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and several weeks after Christmas (the depression I experienced periodically last Christmas season were the absolute worst spells of depression I had in my entire life). I imagined what it would be like if the cartoon and anime girls I've been fond of over the years could actually witness me in such a lowly state, and did my best to draw out their individual reactions according to their personalities and experiences in the pieces of fiction they're from.
Despite the strong presence of liquor in the drawing, I'm NOT an alcoholic. I not only want to get a job in commercial transportation (drunk driving violations are a death sentence for such a career), I know all too well about how alcoholism can destroy lives because it killed my dad several years ago.
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