Sheryl and I were talking about Bugs Bunny at lunch today and how much cartoons have changed in the last few years. Turns out today is the day Bugs debuted in 194l. He was patterned after Groucho Marx with a carrot instead of a cigar. And of course, he always won his battles with Elmer Fudd with cleverness and ingenuity instead of violence.
Just comparing that with the Simpsons and what I see fleetingly on the cartoon channel makes me sick. And I might add that I am having trouble enjoying or even looking through graphic novels. I had my young adult classes read Maus! for my course, but there is no comparing today's graphic novels with the beautiful writing of Richard Peck and other young adult authors.