GONOGO has returned for the rest of the season, and with new episodes the bi-weekly blog about last weeks episode returns also.
I hope, perhaps in vain, that I could inject a little bit of character development into this “Sunday funnies” style strip. So, this week’s episode turns on the idea that there are many types of Troll, and that Foggy may have a spotty past when it comes to his troll identity. We all live in the age of the internet troll, and GONOGO has not been immune to some of the slings and arrows from the comments section (although they almost always centered around the confederate statue, Col. Magnolia Runsandhyde…I wonder if there is some connection there…) But, as they say, at least they are talking about you…
This week’s episode had the most “engagement” by the GONOGO fan base in the history of this webcomic. (If you must know, these are the stats according to Facebook: 3764 people saw the comic, 510 did something like click on it, 17 shares and 9 comments) So, what has changed? I blame the Civil War. Yep, the one line “Hero of the War of Northern Aggression” seems to get people’s hackles up. I find it fascinating that the civil war has such a grip on us a century and a half later. Really, GONOGO was making a commentary on the removal of civil war statues (told by the statue’s perspective) and y’all are just stuck on the Civil War itself!
If I would have known about Colonel Runsandhyde’s popularity beforehand, I wouldn’t have “killed him off”. Perhaps he can return in a later episode…at low tide…
Readers of GONOGO will hear me say for the millionth time that this comic is written almost a year in advance. I often bounce ideas off of my father while writing the scripts and it was June of 2020 that I started talking to him about this wacky idea of Confederate statues falling from the bridge. Literally the next week the news was consumed with BLM images of confederate statues coming down. With that kind of lead time I can only hope that the jokes still hold up.
One of the difficulties about this topic for a comic is that it needs to be crystal clear where I stand on the issue. For the record (although I think I did a pretty good job in the comic) I am for pulling the statues down. Allowing The Colonel a voice does perhaps introduce some confusion on that point, but I feel that he is sufficiently ridiculous that pretty much anyone who reads it gets where I stand. My opinions on the Confederacy are pretty straightforward: They were traitors. But, it gets tricky when you consider the average joe conscript, who was essentially forced to fight. I am less in favor of tearing down that sort of monument. It’s that wiggle room that gives me a comedic opening. Our Colonel is known for running away. Does he really deserve to be torn down like the rest of the generals?