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I remember the first time I saw "Ghostbusters". As I sat in front of my TV, laughing at Rick Moranis' geeky pursuit of Sigourney Weaver, and at Bill Murray's interaction with an apparition with an enormous appetite ("He slimed me!"), I wondered why scary stuff always makes comedy that much funnier.

I was already a fan of the old Abbott and Costello comedy-horror films. Films like "Hold That Ghost" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein".


Holdthatghost by Toonicorn
A modern-day equivalent of that type of "laughing in the dark" comedy team might very well be Dipper and Mabel from the delightful "Gravity Falls".


Gravityfalls by Toonicorn


But "Ghostbusters" created a new kind of horror-comedy - one where the protagonists don't just scream and run when encountering a phantasm (a formula the venerable "Scooby-Doo" has done to perfection - or perdition, depending on how you look at it) - but aggressively seek it out and fight it, even if that phantasm turns out to be several stories tall and made of malicious marshmallow. It was a new kind of laughing in the dark. When we watch "Ghostbusters", we don't just laugh at the comic heroes - we want to BE the comic heroes, fighting rogue apparitions with heavy weaponry and thumbing our noses at humorless government bureaucracy (even if that includes politically-correct bureaucracies like the EPA). Laugh at what scares you; FIGHT with what scares you; amusing and empowering. In my case, "Ghostbusters" helped a kid who still had occasional nightmares deal with them. That, I daresay, is one reason why Harold Ramis' death has hit me so hard. That, and a deep appreciation for his comedy genius.

So the geekiest of the Ghostbusters is gone. But his work and his role as Egon Spengler will live on, keeping the ghosts at bay with bright laughter, and pushing away the dark with the flickering of a TV screen.


Ghostbusters by Toonicorn

Rest in peace.
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Vivaldi
  • Reading: Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" (Temeraire)
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  • Eating: Little Chocolate Donuts (breakfast of champions)
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Toonicorn
J.L. Meadows
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I love creating illustrations, stories and comics. I love good hot coffee and good cold beer. I love the music of Mika, Caravan Palace, the Beatles, the Turtles, Queen, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Irving Berlin, Scott Joplin and Aaron Copeland. I love good books like The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle, the Shadow series by Anne Logston, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and sadly out-of-print books like The Gate of the Giant Scissors by Annie Fellows Johnston. I love hilarious websites like Cakewrecks and hilarious online comics like Penny Arcade. I love hit animated films like The Lion King and How To Train Your Dragon, and I love animated films that should have been hits, but were sadly overlooked by audiences, like The Iron Giant and Imagi's Astro Boy. Of the four seasons, I love autumn the best, and my favorite holiday is Halloween. My personal hero is Walt Disney, not just because of all he accomplished, but because he was a decent fellow who loved his family and lived the values he put into his films. And I love his Mouse.

What don't I love? Eh, I'd rather not say. There's too much negativity in the world as it is.

Current Residence: In front of my drawing board
Favourite genre of music: Bubble gum - anything bouncy
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: Impressionist
Operating System: Windows (damn it)
Favourite cartoon character: Good question.
Personal Quotes: "Keep moving forward." - Walt Disney
"Have patience, and keep shuffling the cards." - Cervantes

My piece "Mobile Home: The Epic Poem" has been featured HERE: news.deviantart.com/article/15…
Many thanks to Loellyne! lorellyne.deviantart.com/
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you take requests?
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I wish I could, but I've got more projects than I can handle right now. But thanks for thinking of me! :)
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KayleetheDragacron Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. And you're welcome!
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Kresli Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
Hello! La la la la 
Your artwork is featured in my journal here: kresli.deviantart.com/journal/… Huggle! 
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
SO sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Thanks for featuring my art! :)
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TheWizardofOzzy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hi :iconshinyheartplz: Sorry I Never Talking To Loving You in A Longest Time
Because I Get Very Busy with Photography, Drawings & Travels with My Dad
and I Still :iconshinyheartplz: You and :iconshinyheartplz: OXOXOXOXOXO :iconshinyheartplz:
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice to hear from you!
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Suzanne-Helmigh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi :wave: !
I came across your deviantart page and I'd just wish to say
Keep up the great work and never give up on your dreams.
Have a great day!
:hug:
Suzanne
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :happybounce: 
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DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tnx for the watch! :)
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