What a crappy way to sell Song Of The South! I guess it's a free country and all that, but as somebody who loves that movie and would like to see it unstigmatized, I gotta say this ain't helping!
The first line reads "Own the movie that THEY don't want you to know exists!" (It's a Flash graphic, so I had to grab screen shots). I don't know who THEY are, but - oh hell, I don't need to go on.
The web page auto-updated while I was making the screen shots, so the ad disappeared and I couldn't click it. I have no idea who "H" is.
Since I brought it up, here's my take on "racist" imagery. I think cartoons that have ethnic (or gay, or religious etc) characters that are unsavory buffoons are racist. I think cartoons that have ethnic characters that are clearly loveable and even heroic are merely naive. All the children love Uncle Remus. He's kind and wise. He even seems happy! It may be naive to portray a plantation slave's life as jolly, but I don't think it's mean-spirited.
Walt Kelly always treated Bumbazine with respect, in the context of Pogo comics. Compared to Albert and other swamp characters, he's a genius!
Little Black Sambo - I've never understood why that's a bad character. He tricks tigers into butter! He's the hero!
I think the waters start to get muddy when the ethnic character becomes subservient. Ebony White starts to seem a little offensive to me. I don't think Eisner meant it that way, and sadly I think Ebony White is more accepted and has stood the test of time more than Bumbazine. Sad because bumbazine should be accepted TOO, not because there's so much wrong with Ebony. In my mind, Bumbazine and Uncle Remus are just a tad LESS racist than Ebony. It ain't fair!
Anyway - promoting "arguably racist" bumper stickers with Song of the South DVDs - ugh. It slimes Song of the South. If I saw those WACKY bumper stickers alone I doubt if I'd even notice them. In and of themselves I don't find them so much offensive as just lame. But juxtaposing them with a DVD that has racist notoriety sux. The racist notoriety is unfair in my opinion, but it exists and this seller seems to be exploiting it and playing the reverse-oppression card.
eeTeeD wants me and Sculptor Rick to get that #@%#% Buddy #2 finished already, and so do we! We're working on it! I just took a break to check the headlines and saw that annoying ad and got distracted. Here's a screen shot of some work in progress. This shot shows: story by me - pencils by Rick - lettering by the font "Jack Armstrong", unless Rick changed it - space capsules and capsule interiors built by me in photoshop. If this was a work of "ART" that I felt passionate about, like a painting of Apu and Sue storm, I would not cheat in photoshop, or use typeset lettering. But since it's a commercial project that needs to look super-clean and stop taking so dang long to finish, I say cheat away!
Here's my reply to somebody who wrote and asked "how much" for TMNT art. In case anybody else wants to know.
I've been getting $100 page for "good" pages, ones with strong character presence. "Not as good" pages, ones that just don't have the same OOMPH are $75. And really lame pages - pages that have xerox special effects, or lots of text etc, pages that are still actual art from a TMNT comic but not in great demand - I've let them go for $50 or less, sometimes WAY less. The issue where the turtles are mutated into the weird robots that don't look like turtles have never been in great demand, so I'll probably sell them for $75. Personally I love them the BEST, but TMNT fans don't seem to be too fond of them. As you can see, I'm flexible. If you're interested in buying anything, let me know what page(s) and we'll firm it up.