No, this episode of Gralen And Jeddy isn’t about an airline hijacking or anything like that.
This is one of those episodes I have referred to in previous posts, where our main characters have a laugh at their hapless victims’ expense. Sometimes the unfortunate jokee is one of those main characters, but in this one the victim is just a simple passenger that they refer to as “Jumping Jack.” You will see why if you read the cartoon.
Btw, I wonder if the TSA allows thumbtacks on airplanes. But if they do, they probably shouldn’t if Gralen and Jeddy are on the flight.
Just in time for the start of school, when children’s thoughts turn to the anticipation of… the last day of school(I know mine did), here’s an old one about that dreaded school time event – a trip to the principal’s office.
I don’t remember the point, or the joke if there is one, of this cartoon. It begins with Jeddy telling Gralen of the principal’s wish to see him, and then Jeddy gives Gralen a map to find said principal’s office. This leads Gralen to a door which doesn’t go anywhere.
Either Jeddy was playing a prank on Gralen by giving him the wrong directions to the office, or I was being extra philosophical in my young age, equating a trip to the principal’s office as an expedition fraught with dangers and which will ultimately lead you no where.
Personally though, I believe the clue, and hence the joke, lies more in Jeddy’s statement to himself that he is “good at reading maps.”
Now, why a school would have a door that just leads to a vast space of “nothingness” is anybody’s guess. But our taxes would still have to pay for it.
Which is probably a good thing in this case, or else people would think that Gralen and Jessy were a couple of rude buttheads.
But, as I stated in my previous post concerning my older cartoons(The Way Back Machine), a lot of the “punchlines” were simply the main character or characters laughing at the guest character’s predicament or…, the way that they talk. They are certainly not trying to be rude. They are like children, and when children see, or hear, something funny, they laugh.
If you take it as coming from a young boy with a weird imagination who grew up during a time when political correctness wasn’t even on the radar, maybe you can laugh along with him(and them).
Another thing you will notice about some of these older cartoons of mine, is that I used to make title pages for them(forgot I even did that) and would introduce the characters who were in that days cartoon. Note that Jessy in this one is described as Gralen’s little brother instead of being Gralen’s son as in more recent episodes(already posted here). The names would jump around with some characters , as you will see in future postings. I think the only one who kept his name with his character was Gralen. He was always the same dinosaur and always the lead.
And with that, here is “Moonlings“:
And I mean, way, way back.
Just when I thought I had already posted most of my old Gralen and Jeddy cartoons(except for the ones on the extra-big drawing pad that I still haven’t figured out how I am going to scan), my mother calls and tells me she has found another folder with more of my cartoons.
Most of these are even more crudely drawn than my other cartoons, and they usually consist of one character laughing at another character’s predicament, so I can safely say that most of these are older than the ones I have previously posted. Probably early to mid 70’s, but I will have to ask my mother if she has any idea when I started drawing these, because I have no clue.
The first cartoon I am going to post is one whose joke I have used before, or rather, later, since this one is the earlier version. But it has to do with the “telephone booth as mirage” trick that deserts like to play on unsuspecting dinosaurs. *See November 2013 post entitled, “Can you see me now?” to view the other similar cartoon*