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After I started posting Animorphs fan art this past week, I got into a discussion with several Deviants about the way the original book series ended. My stance was, I didn’t like Animorphs’ gradual slide into bleak depressing hopelessness, where nothing works out for any of the main characters and it’s heavily implied that they all die. The whole thing felt like K.A. Applegate toying with the readers’ emotions for five years just to say “See? This is why war is bad, people!” Yeah, I get that. But I prefer stories where the good guys triumph, where they overcome insurmountable odds and achieve their goals. It’s hopeful, it’s inspiring, and it’s why I love to read stories.

But entertainment at large is trending away from that, it seems. Just a few days after I had this discussion, the guys over at Cracked put out a podcast that coincidentally talked about the exact same thing:… They cited TV shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, as well as movies like No Country for Old Men and the recent oeuvre of the Coen brothers. Everyone’s doing stories where every character is some kind of bastard, everyone does unspeakably terrible things, and levity is nowhere to be found. And audiences can’t get enough of it. We’re watching TV and going to the movies these days to deliberately depress ourselves.

Personally, I can’t get into that. People keep telling me “Oh, you need to watch Breaking Bad/Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead/Mad Men! It’s the greatest show on television!” And I’m thinking “Why would I want to get emotionally invested in characters who are clearly in a world where no happy ending is coming? Why would I want to sit there for an hour a week and watch these horrible human beings live out their bleak meaningless lives where nothing pleasant ever happens? This is supposed to be fun?”

I’ll give you an example. A couple of months ago, I was visiting my dad, and he showed me one of his favorite new TV shows, Banshee. I guess it’s about this guy who used to be in prison but now he’s working as a detective or something. All I remember from the one episode I saw was a family losing their home to a corrupt bank official, a 12-year-old kid who has a near-fatal asthma attack, and a flashback scene where the main character nearly gets raped by a horrifyingly strong albino man in front of a room full of about a hundred of his fellow prisoners. The last shot of the episode is the corpse of one character sunk at the bottom of a lake with a fish eating its eyeball. And I’m sitting there thinking “Holy fuck, I’m going to have to watch like six episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 back to back just to get this out of my memory.” This is what people are calling the golden age of television?

Don’t get me wrong, I like a good conflict in a story. Obviously, the characters have nowhere to go if something unfortunate doesn’t happen to them. But what’s wrong with seeing them…oh, I don’t know, win at the end? Do we really need to pile on all this extra drama, running the characters through the wringer until they’re just bitter broken shells of a human being? I mean, if everything is just DRAMA DEATH FEAR ANGST MURDER BETRAYAL ARRRRGHHH all the time with no positives at all, then what the hell’s the point in watching it if you know nothing’s ever going to get better?

An earlier Cracked podcast brought this phenomenon up as well, where they discussed Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and wondered how well it would hold up in the future. The argument was that it wouldn’t, because it’s so dark and depressing, and future generations will likely look back on the movies and television shows of the 2000s and 2010s and wonder why we chose to entertain ourselves by not being entertained. You can keep your cancer-ridden meth doctors and your incestuous dragon princes or whatever. I’m going to be over here watching Wander Over Yonder and laughing my ass off.


Jesse J. Barboza
United States
Current Residence: Earth
Favourite genre of music: Classic rock
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny
Personal Quote: "If everyone was normal, the world would be a really boring place to live."

Do you think Off the Deep End can work as a continuing series? Be honest! 

100 deviants said Yes! The characters are interesting and the concept is unique!
34 deviants said No! It's too obscure and self-indulgent to attract a wide audience!



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JK-Antwon Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really loving Forever 16 and the 90's references! I still have to read your new batch you posted recently, and I'm a new to the comic in general, so bear with me but I have a question. I was a big Jim Carey fan growing up and just found myself quoting The Mask. (Lame 90's geek alert!) Are there any plans to quote movies like The Mask and Ace Ventura?
cresent34 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Seems the 1980s are the new 1960s, whilst the 1990s are the new 1970s...which is to say, the decade few want to talk about.

Something to file away for a later date, I suppose..
Weirdoway Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
Are you ever going to take more pictures of yourself underwater?
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
When it comes to capturing my underwater creative vision, I just stick to drawings now. I don't really have the time to do photo shoots anymore, and I lacked the equipment to do anything really decent looking.
Smithkakarot Featured By Owner 6 days ago
At the risk of sounding pushy...please check your notes.
stanarthur Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Your drawings are so cool and original ! 
ExDxUxAxRxDxO Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your gallery is so amazing  !!!       

altairVXsub115 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Filmographer
great art man

love the styleAwesome Face, Doctor Style :powerwoot: 

reminds me of my childhoodParenthood Lite 
bakertoons Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  New member Professional Filmographer
I saw your comics in my copy of BANG! The Entertainment Paper (I had one of my comics published there last year). We're both on ToonZone.
cartoonistkev14 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude your art rocks! You have a very unique style of toning dude. You're going places asa cartoonist. Keep up the great work. =)
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