” Characters are like people, but they are drawings, and as drawings they live in the real world. You find them in books and papers, on TV screens, in the digital world. But above all they live in the world of the imagination. They are like letters from a universal alphabet. They are part of a language that is used by people from all over the world to communicate with each other.”
Characters have always been my life blood. From the moment I could draw they filled my pages and gave me ways for a shy young kid to say things I could’nt say otherwise.
They are the actors when I could’nt get on stage. Spoke their mind when I felt too timid. They have always been my voice.
As the kids who grew up with Rocko come of age and enter the real world, I’m finding more and more of them expressing their appreciation for the characters that shared their childhood. It’s strange. But the world I created became their world. We all shared it. I didn’t create it for them. In that sense I was extremely selfish. And yet, maybe for that reason, these characters resonated.
Sometimes I feel they are merely nostalgia. But I think it goes deeper than that. And the sense that they are not mainstream, gives us a group and a nod to each other for a shared joke , or a moment when the world seemed to glide smoothly for all of us.
They are definitely not my characters.