Friday, March 30, 2012

Heckle and Jeckle

Heckle and Jeckle

Heckle and Jeckle were a couple of magpie cartoon characters created in the late 1940s by Paul Terry. I drew this marker rendering a while back in time. This one in particular could be Heckle or it could be Jeckle.

Just like either Heckle or Jeckle, all artists must rise to their imagination and flights of fantasy to create such characters. We must return to the reality of the real world every now and again. What a shame. I guess for some artists, it's hard to return; after all, we have to reach for the unseen and untouched and it's a tough journey back.

This week's theme is a difficult one. When I think of "return," I think of returning home or going back in time. I remember one such time growing up as a child in England during the 1960s. I'd walk down to the small village newsstand (it was safe enough to do so back then) and buy two or three of my favorite comic books. And yes, it was usually cold, rainy and wet. But I didn't mind, I was a kid. I'd come back home and sit with my grandmother by the old furnace fire, have "tea" and a strawberry tart, read to my heart's content and marvel at the colorful and fun books! Such delight! I still like the old cartoon characters of yesteryear and a return to old memories. And, I still love to read comic books! But don't tell anyone as they'll probably say I'm "too old" for that stuff. Never!


  1. First of all, pffffft! To anyone who says you're told old for anything. Those kind of folks are just jealous you can still find joy in simple things. As for your rainy day with tea and tarts with your grandmother, that sounds like a lot of fun!

    I remember Heckle and Jeckle, and you've made a great likeness. They were seriously goofy.