AN OPEN LETTER TO MR. ERNIE COLON
Dear Mr. Colon, you are one of the most talented artists in the comics industry. Your career spans several decades and you've worked in a multitude of styles and genres with a consistently high amount of quality. But I have just one question for you, Mr. Colon. And that question is
WHAT THE FUCK IS THE DEAL WITH JACKIE JOKERS?
Okay, I get that he's Harvey Comics' kid comedian character, and that his best friend is Richie Rich. I get that. All characters in the Richie Rich universe have descriptively alliterative names.
But really, how appropriate is it for a ten-year-old kid to be going to nightclubs every night? They don't even allow children into most nightclubs, because it's filled with drunk people. Which I guess is just as well, since you'd have to be pretty damn drunk to find a tux-clad little kid telling knock-knock jokes suitable entertainment. Still, I'm almost positive child labour laws are being broken here.
Then again, maybe they think he's a midget? I mean, here he is with his dad, and aside from the height and the pipe, I can't tell them apart. Certainly Jackie looks nothing like his baby-faced buddy Richie Rich. First of all, he actually has normal feet.
Still, it's not as freakish as when someone other than Ernie Colon draws Jackie.
I guess maybe the idea was, you make a comedian character and you can do wacky TV and movie parodies. Okay, cute.
Yeah, sure, cute.
OKAY WE GET IT ALL READY.
One thing Jackie does provide is an example of how to live for aspiring young comedians. For example, Jackie teaches us the number one way to stay focused and confident is: surround yourself with people who are REALLY EASILY AMUSED.
Still, I just can't get over it. It's a little kid (or a midget) in a turtleneck and blazer, telling the worst, oldest schoolyard jokes ever. I guess it's no dumber than a deformed kid in a Little Lord Fauntleroy suit who drinks CASH-parilla out of a dollar-shaped straw.
PS, I'm not even gonna get INTO whatever the deal is with Mayda Munny. Brrr.
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