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Altogether Ooky

October 20 - "Forbidden" WOMP Character of The Day - I.T. (the Invincible Thing)!  Hey, I was just one letter away from having Steven Spielberg over a barrel!  My I.T. came into being, and then faded from favor, nearly a decade before Spielberg's E.T. hit the silver screen.  Of course, I would have had problems enforcing my copyright anyway because I.T. was just my imaginings of the further adventures of Cousin It from The Addams Family.  Yep, I stole the character outright, inventing a backstory and continued storyline wherein I.T., it was revealed, was actually an immortal visitor from outer space.  Of course.  Look; I didn't understand how copyrights and such worked.  As far as I knew, Cousin It was just another "public domain" fictional character from the past, like Paul Bunyan or King Arthur.  Even though Cousin It had been on television just a bit over ten years before I began to reimagine the character as I.T., it seemed like ancient history to my young mind.  I mean, c'mon; The Addams Family was in black and white, for cryin' out loud!  Well, needless to say, I eventually learned that I.T., like all plagiarism, was "forbidden."  Still, stealing another person's character was not my worst youthful transgression.  No...not by a long shot.  Tomorrow's childhood character comes from the darkest, most shocking depths of what is "forbidden."  And, even in light of how uncomfortable it makes me to acknowledge the situation, I'm still going to talk about it.  *GULP*

Tags: comic books, forbidden
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