Thursday, 18 May 2006

The Outbursts of Everett True

by Charles Pooter

Everett True is character from a comic strip published for a while starting in 1906. True is similar to Victor Meldrew except that he is fat, American and instead of just moaning "I don't believe it!", he reacts to annoyances with extreme violence. Click here to view his cartoon adventures. From the Barnacle Press website:

This cartoon is the model of comic draftsmanship. There's a tremendous, palpable feeling of weight in these comics. It's important that it has this weight, which really drives the violence home in a tangible way. Outbursts of Everett True prompts a very visceral, cathartic feeling for me. The comic's impact surpasses the wry head-shaker that you pin up on your office wall, a'la "They'll Do It Every Time", it provokes a sly grin and a chortle of delicious schadenfreude.

"Lobster" is my new favourite insult, replacing "poltroon".

I feel we need True, now more than ever. Certainly the 1900s were the start of a very crass century, but I feel the 21st will top it in terms of rudeness and charlatanry. We need Everett to smash in the heads of the yahoos who yammer on their mobile phones in the cinema. We need him to punch the faces of the boorish, the cruel, the arrogant and the pretentious. The wry humour of Dilbert and his ilk no longer adequately convey the frustration of modern-day life. If True was stuck in that office cubicle, instead of Dilbert, he would have given the boss a good beating long ago and rightly so.