As fans of the Arctic Circle Facebook page (Arctic Circle Facebook page) may know; the boyf, dog and I have moved to Spain for a year to learn Spanish. We are living in Hondarribia, in the Basque Country, on the border with France.
I was bullied as a kid. It was rarely physical, but it made life at school miserable between the ages of about 8 and 12. This happens to be the age range of a lot of illustrated chapter books that cartoonists are writing for kids, so when I was given the opportunity to present an idea to a publisher, I knew what I wanted to write about.
I had a reader complain about this cartoon today:
She emailed: So …the white polar bear can just go ahead and eat part of a still alive creature AND THAT’S supposed to be funny – really? I am now officially sorry that this particular strip is in my daily paper – I’m thinking there are other choices that are not quite so lame and gross – if you are trying to bring the idea that climate change is a bad thing, perhaps you want stay away from the image that a cartoon polar bear eats a part of a cartoon character while it still talks. Really? This cartoon did not impress me and did not make me laugh and made me reconsider its humor entirely. I must say, I was disappointed.