Sunday, September 21, 2008

TO SUBMIT OR NOT TO SUBMIT

...to Reality.
That is the question.

19 comments:

Damien said...

Bosch,

Interesting twist on Hamlet. Its okay, but kind of hard to see though. So which piece of Jihady scum is Pig Man throttling?

Bosch Fawstin said...

If you mean that the pun 'Ham'let above the image is kind of hard to see, good, as I didn't want it to dominate, though it may still be more visible than I intended, esp. at first sight. And this is no jihadist in particular, they're all the same in their end.

Damien said...

Bosch,

I'm not arguing with you there. These guys would kill or brainwash all of us if the could.

Mike Thompson said...

Very cool, Bosch. Very cool.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Thanks, Mike, curious if you got all I intended.

Godfrey of Utah said...

Very dramatic Bosch, and true. I could see how the jihadist was having the life strangled out of him and how he was struggling to escape from the "Ham'let" that is Pigman. Ruthless in revenge like the Danish prince. Whether against the Koranimals literally or the pussy-foot PCs politically and culturally. Except I'm sure "Ham'let" has no remorse for the guy his is about to make into nothing more than an empty skull. We did not start this, but we must sure as heck finish it, or they will finish us.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Very well put, Godfrey, and thanks.

Mike Thompson said...

Ok, Bosch, I think I'm up for the challenge...

Here's what I got from the illustration (I have only read a tiny bit of Hamlet, not the entire work so forgive any mistakes).
1.) The Hamlet comparison is perfect considering that it is a tragedy...a long one at that. The character goes from grief to revenge over the murder of his father (by his uncle, I think). This emotional journey the character endures is not unlike the grief we all felt on 9/11 and then the intense need for revenge afterwards.

2.) The HAM part definitely refers to Pigman, and the LET refers, at least in my mind to blood-letting (curing the world of this disease that is jihad by pounding the blood out of those pesky jihadists).

3.) The withered figure, who bears a strong resemblence to Bin Laden, symbolizes the weaking of al Qaeda. The chiseled physique of Pigman represents our strength/resolve to see this enemy eliminated entirely.

4.)There's also the fact that Hamlet's uncle wanted to usurp the throne previously held by Hamlet's dad. Much like al Qaeda wanting a world entrenched in Sharia law.

Hopefully I got the impressive amount of meaning you usually put into your work accurate. Did I miss something else?

Again, in my eyes and wee tiny brain, this one is top-notch.

Mike Thompson said...

The 'reality' part has multiple meanings as well.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Mike, you saw things not directly intended, but spot on regarding our war against Jihad. I thought it was obvious, but found out it wasn't that the image is meant to evoke the famous one of Hamlet with the skull in his hand, here with Pigman holding 'the skull' above him, unlike Hamlet, and about to make the jihadist's skull as inaminate as the one in Hamlet. I tried to suggest a skull in the enemy's head here, with the hollow eyes and the teeth, and by having a bald head instead of the typical turban. Regarding my addition of the term Reality, it's my take that the enemy will only submit to reality when we do, when we decide to finally say and then do what we've been putting off for any number of unimportant reasons.

Mike Thompson said...

Yes, the image of Hamlet holding the skull aloft. Fantastic! I noticed the skull-like face, but that image of Hamlet did not immediately come to mind. Doggone it. As soon as you said it, I immediately recognized it. Although Pigman looks decidely more peeved than Hamlet.

Anonymous said...

To integrate the timeless character of Hamlet and [an upstart comic-hero!]Pigman; to then pare down complex cultural/religous and interpersonal concepts into "simple" imagery...pure genius, and I mean it. You NEVER cease to amaze, Bosch.

I confess I had to look up the "alas poor Yorick" quote to make sure the skullish-character I was seeing was truly from "Hamlet," so this next insight was triggered by an online source: your Pigman may also be reflecting on what-was - i.e. the Islam-of-peace - his creator knew as a youth, but has now grown out of, just as Hamlet reflects on the person of Yorick, compared to the stinking skull which remains.

How apropos that whole skull image is, as Islam is so fond of providing the world with so many fresh ones.

wholebrainer

Mike Thompson said...

Listening to Ahmadinejad's most recent address to the UN this afternoon. Complete and incomprehensible bull. He could barely string together a coherent thought. He even referred to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as crimes. Quite natural for him to do so, of course, as most UN addresses of late refer to events that happened more than 60 years ago (eyes roll). He's so in touch with "the universe" as he proclaimed today. The entire assembly was riveted, I'm sure.

Damien said...
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Damien said...

Mike Thompson,

I think its a bit hypocritical of Ahmadinejad to condemn the US for using Nukes to end a war, when he would use them on us or Israel in an instant in an unprovoked attack. According to Newt Gingrich Ahmadinejad has written suicide poetry, gleefully extolling the joy of being a martyr nation. Yet this guy condemns us for using nukes.

Bosch Fawstin said...

Wholebrainer,

Thank you for your comments, very appreciated, good to see you here.

Why Achmadinijihad is allowed a forum in America is merely a reflection of our weakness, as we do have the right to not allow him access to our soil and yet give it to him, along with the pretense that what he has to say has an iota of worth, which gives many others that same false impression. Iran has American blood on its hands and it threatens to nuke Israel and this little rat punk smiles away at how far he can push it on our soil. In Pigman's world....

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