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Hi, everyone! I just posted a new Toonicorn comic on my page! I hope you enjoy it - and Happy New Year!
My second comic starring the Toonicorn! by Toonicorn
My second comic starring the Toonicorn!
New year, new comic! This one features some guest stars you may recognize - although it's possible  that some of my readers may be unfamiliar with the sea serpent and the little boy in the second panel. They are, respectively, Cecil the Sea-Sick Sea Serpent and Beany, and are from the 1960's TV toon "Beany and Cecil", which was created by Bob Clampett, who was one of the top animators for Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes. I thought it might be fun to have them share a table at Toon Brew Cafe with Spongebob Squarepants, since they're all sea-folk, in their fashion, and might have many a seafarer's tale to tell.

As for the Toonicorn - in the mythology I'm building for him, he's known to other toons, and has both unicorn and toon abilities; in regards to the former, he can heal, purify, unlock any lock, be virtually impossible to capture (as Sir Blathersham has discovered), and can do random bits of magic. As for the latter, he can defy gravity, logic and physics, recover quickly from injuries, and summon ordnance such as anvils and explosives when needed. His special Toonicorn ability is that he can enter any cartoon world at will. As such, he'd love to have his own cartoon series like the other toons, but he's having a hard time convincing cartoon producers that a unicorn can be funny. But he's a persistent cuss...
What do you do when someone who's always made you laugh...makes you cry?

And if that happens, can that someone ever make you laugh again?

Well. Yes. But there's a trick to it. Allow me to digress for a moment.

One of my favorite fantasy films is "The Wizard of Oz".

Oz by Toonicorn

Perhaps one of the reasons so many love this movie is the poignancy of Judy Garland. Poignant, not just because of the incredible authenticity and sincerity of her performance of the earnest and innocent Dorothy Gale, but because of the tragedies that haunted the actress later in her life.

It's hard to watch her buoyant, effervescent portrayal of a simple farm girl lost in a bright, radiant be-careful-what-you-wish-for dreamworld without thinking of her dark struggles beyond the other side of the rainbow. But let's take a page from Doctor Who and get a little "timey-wimey" here. You can't see the light at the end of a tunnel if you're focused on the darkness surrounding it. You can't live in the moment if you're focused on what happens next. You can't look at a clock and tell what time it is if you're focused on the second hand.

To enjoy a moment in time, you've gotta be there - even if you're experiencing it days and weeks and years and decades after it happened.

When I watch "The Wizard of Oz", I remember that in that particular moment in time, Judy Garland was 16 years old, and well, and happy, and outgoing, and affectionate, and cheery, and funny, and professional, and endearing. According to everyone who worked on the film with her, she was "a doll". Everyone from the director to the songwriters to her fellow actors to the Munchkins to even the dog - Terry - who played Toto - bonded with her (and that's pretty obvious when you watch the dog's reactions to her in the film). And that's what I think about when I watch that wonderful old movie - and in doing so, I enjoy it in a way I wouldn't otherwise. It's the way I think Judy would want to be remembered. And since she's entertained me so profoundly, I think I owe her that much.

We owe that to Robin Williams as well.

"Laugh, clown, laugh, but he's crying inside" is a cliche, but unfortunately, I'm here to tell you, it's often very true.

Nevertheless, let's remember Robin when he was doing was he was meant to do, when he was in his element, when he was entertaining us, when he was (I suspect), really truly happy. Remember those moments, and be IN those moments when you watch him onscreen. Performers like Robin are the point of light in that tunnel of darkness. That's how he'd want to be remembered. We owe him that much.

Let's remember the laughter.

Rest in peace, clown prince.

Group hug.

Geniehug by Toonicorn

Liontears by Toonicorn
  • Mood: Sadness
  • Listening to: Vivaldi
  • Reading: Naomi Novik's "Crucible of Gold" (Temeraire)
  • Watching: HunterxHunter
  • Playing: Candy Crush
  • Eating: Little Chocolate Donuts (breakfast of champions)
  • Drinking: Starbucks

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J.L. Meadows
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
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
"The professionals have been losing their powers these days. It's been going on for
quite some time." - Hayao Miyazaki
"Like a bolt out of the blue, Fate steps in and says 'Screw you!'" - Sam Snail

My piece "Mobile Home: The Epic Poem" has been featured HERE:…
Many thanks to Loellyne!


Which is your favorite TV toon? 

8 deviants said My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic
1 deviant said Gravity Falls
1 deviant said Spongebob Squarepants
1 deviant said The Legend of Korra
No deviants said Phineas and Ferb
No deviants said Adventure Time
No deviants said The Regular Show
No deviants said Super Best Friends Forever



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Armosk Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
:iconpinkieisexcitedplz::iconsaysplz: Happy Birthday!:iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Are you gonna do any more WB/Disney crossovers
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I might, if I get another interesting idea!
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
May I lend you some ideas
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
I prefer to create my own ideas, but thank you for the offer! :)
curtsibling Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You have a natural cartoonist's talent! Nice work!
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
izasartshop Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!:)
PrincessCarol Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Photographer
Happy Birthday :D 
bizrat Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday. :meow: 
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