October 17th, 2007

The Zombie

Myeah, see?

October 16 -  "Forbidden" WOMP Character of The Day - Jaw!  For as much as I continually talk about how superhero comic books influenced me when I was a kid, classic Warner Brothers cartoons may actually have been my greatest early influence.  In the beginning, Monkey was little more than my version of Bugs Bunny.  Heck, I even stole the "Esquire" addendum to my name right off of Bugs Bunny's mailbox!  I suppose that it should come as no surprise, then, that many of my now "forbidden" characters would be more appropriately cast in a 1940's cartoon than a 2000's comic book.  My childhood character Jaw is a prime example.  Although clearly spun off from the classic 1975 film Jaws, my Jaw was a sharkified caricature of actor Edward G. Robinson!  As I look at old drawings of Jaw now, I'm surprised to see that it's a pretty good likeness of the famous Hollywood heavy, too.  Still, he was an awkward character to utilize.  Did he live exclusively in the water, or could he also operate on land?  Could he walk, then, or just sort of "float?"  And just why did he look like a deceased gangster-portrayer in the first place?  As near as I can tell, my whole motivation for creating Jaw was to be able to use Robinson's classic speech pattern, see?  You mugs gotta understand, see?  Jaw was a lot of fun to write, a lot of fun, see? Myeah, myeah.  Still, the character is too out-of-date for even me to use now.  To paraphrase the great Robinson's line from Little Caesar, “Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Jaw?”