Christmas Holiday Greetings 1984
Posted December 29, 2008 To
see Holiday Greetings 1979 1980
1981 1982, 1983 1985 etc
(Adam Blatner's Autobiographical Notes)
This cartoon is less elaborate than the others, but much was happening.
Living first in Austin, in August I took a job at the San Marcos
Treatment Center as their Unit 2 Medical Director (as a child and
adolescent psychiatrist). Earlier in the eventful year, several things:
Allee moved her father to a nursing home in Austin where he died soon
We looked around and found a residence for her mother where she moved in a while afterwards---and her mom still lives there at Westminster Manor!---a
very lovely residence indeed! I offered some psychodrama
workshops in Austin. We looked for and moved from Austin to an
apartment in San Marcos. Meanwhile, always there were new characters
Celebrate Life! Singin' little ra-da-da songs represents my entourage, a group of little guys who give me back-up moves.
On the right in this figure are the Shmarfarfels, a goofy clown act
that resonates with the silliness generated in the everyday activities
of the Adam n Allee show.
Also early in the year I attended one of the last
workshops about the latest discoveries in the decipherment of the
central ancient Mayan civilization offered by Linda Schele, who died a
few years later from cancer. It stimulated my interest in different
writing systems, and in the writing system of the Mayans, which is
kinda like cartooning. I really resonated with these little forms, as
they connect with my style of cartooning. It seemed to me that they
also had their elf-like resonant energy beings.
There were also groups associated with the Unitarian Church, and
follow-up visits with my philosophy mentor, Professor Charles
Hartshorne. This was a special time for my own philosophy thickening
Let's give a little attention to two characters: First, there's
Batty-Man and his sidekick, Guano. Batty man is not exactly a
Indeed, he's not exactly a hero.
But he can pretend that he flies.
And having a sidekick helps.
But when is an assistant or companion merit becoming a
sidekick---but not a henchman, or even worse, one of the hero's
Batty-man has a fanged bat, but not exactly a vampire-bat or a vampire.
It's just a popular hunky-do logo.
Batty-ness requires a bit of practice in the field of silly-ology.
Now, let's consider on the right another character, Bully
Vardieyay. The name is a take-off from the French term "boulevardier"
as a sophisticated fellow. I feel a resonance with Maurice
Chevalier, the Hollywood character actor.