The Home of the Creative Mind

Welcome to PooBahSpiel, the online voice and home of the creative mind of Mark Monlux, Illustrator Extraordinaire. Prepare yourself for an endless regaling of art directly from the hand of this stellar artist. And brace yourself against his mighty wind of pontification. Updates are kinda weekly and show daily sketches, current projects, and other really nifty stuff.

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Comic Critic Reviews Little Fugitive

With little dialog, Little Fugitive is a simple story that captures a guilt-ridden child’s view of a world in which he suddenly finds himself completely on his own. It was a coincidence that caught me at nearly the same age as the hero when I saw it. And thinking about running away from home is something that every little kid fantasizes about. Little Fugitive was a good decade ahead of its time in capturing the feel and message of a television after-school special. The movie’s extremely real perspective of how empty the world can be without family or friends threw a wet blanket on my fantasies—and probably helped to make my own “running away” thoughts very short-lived. Still, use of handheld hidden cameras did capture an era in a special location that has more than slightly changed over the ensuing sixty years. I wanted to capture that “way-back-machine” feel in my strip.