OK, I have a tendency to rant when I write letters to the Xpress, so I’m going to try to keep this one as succinct as possible. I have already written to the Xpress in the past about Molton’s juvenile artistry and banal attempts at pertinent “local” social commentary. I’m sure you’ll receive furious letters about his most recent scribbling from the squeamish and overprotective masses because he put kids and sex in the same joke [August 11, Xpress]. This is not one of those.
No, I am furious because I like to read the Xpress and am sickened by your continued use of this guy’s work. Is he sleeping with the owner? Is he the owner? Does he pay you? Is he blackmailing you? Does he have one of your children in a closet with a flame-thrower pointed at them?
Nepotism, favoritism or terrorism are the only explanations I can conceive for constantly running such ridiculously hackneyed drivel.
I have a very open-minded sense of humor, and absolutely love “dark” and “blue” jokes. Want to make fun of homeless gay illiterate Guatemalan toddlers with birth defects and a penchant for necrophilic bestiality? Fine, do it. Want to make fun of me? Go for it. Just draw it well and take a little time with the friggin’ punchline. Merely Watching WLOS at six and slapping down a 30-second sketch with a barely related and often nonsensical pairing of speech bubbles is not art, folks. It’s best used for lining cages or pasting to chicken wire effigies.
Why you throw this third-rate trash in the front of the magazine every week but cancel relevant, well crafted and (in my opinion, of course) hilarious funnies like “Tooth & Jaw” I’ll never understand. I guess I don’t have to because I don’t run a paper. I just read them.
— Jake Gardener