"What the hell is this Captain? This was an outpost? You knew about this!"
"Central gave us a mandate to investigate after the last installation ceased communication two months ago. This was a hush-hush development site. Theoretical stuff. They mentioned plans for a deeper extraction, but Central never heard from them again. We're here to case the place, get a sample, and scan for survivors."
"...You son of a bitch. I've never heard such insubordination. I ought to leave you here on this frozen rock. You can study it all you want. How about that?"
"I don't think so. You don't know anything about extraction or containment. You don't even know how to take samples. You NEED me."
"What do you want Jensen?"
"I want you to use more caution and not shoot everything you see. I want to know why you're so excited about what's down there. This isn't just an energy well. What did central command tell you that you're not telling me?"
"Captain, you have no idea what you're talking about."
"What was that?"
"You don't know this terrain like I do, you're rushing into--"
"Shut up. You are a soldier, you follow orders. This is my mission and you will respect my command."
"You keep reminding me. There's something very wrong about this whole thing. No one knows what's down there and the risks are very real. The energy levels are so high we could be blasted or poisoned on contact. You talk about doing my job, I AM doing my job. I'm trying to keep us alive, but you seem interested in getting us killed."
I don't know what the Occupy Wall Street movement represents, but I do know that SOMEONE has to get angry about the current situation. I'm especially peeved that in addition to the subprime mess, bailouts, too-big-to-fail, and the credit crisis, banks are still operating with impunity and no one is in trouble. Goldman Sachs also helped Greece to mask their debt woes so they could gain entry into the euro..and look what happened. I'm not anti-capitalist, far from it. Nevertheless, the nonsense has to stop and guilty parties must be held accountable.
The whole situation reminds me of the final chapter of Animal Farm.
This is the last Weirdo of the Day. I wanted to do thirteen off-the-cuff quick sketches that pushed me out of my comfort zone. I normally work in a realistic fashion, but I thought this was a good opportunity to go big. I like some of the results, and it was nice to do something random. I have a project in the works, so I may turn my attention to that for the time being. Maybe the Weirdos will make their return eventually.
Cartoons aren't what they used to be. Warner Brothers cartoons such as this classic exemplify a kind of tasteful insanity that seems absent from the airwaves today. The legendary Maurice Noble co-directed this, and if you look at the layouts, they are very dynamic. The designs are elegantly stylish and they give you a great mood. Story wise, the timeless gags build on one another until the level of absurdity skyrockets with the catapult at the end.