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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Left Out

The revision of 57 Pages appears much to emerge into a different publication from the third edition of the book released in late 2014. In the negative reviews of the book, there were no specified examples provided of what cartoons were disliking the most. I made assumptions in pondering what might result in the new 6th edition. Among the cartoons removed were any focusing directly on homosexuality and gay marriages. The reasons for the decision have little to do with the messy political and sociological battles involving the extension of civil rights of homosexuals. It is not my wish to be participating in that fight on either side. 



After hours spent preparing the cartoon above of the auto racers I had to exclude the picture because it taken up too much file storage and seems unrelated to the overall content of 57 Pages.

The concern is the presence of those cartoons would draw attention away from themes more important than what is going on with same-sex issue globally. In the revision, there is a cartoon featuring a gay couple, yet the primary subject matter of it addresses both heterosexual and homosexual partners in a committed relationship. The book conveys how important truth and trustworthiness in various situations of human society.


Many persons dislike graffiti in their local areas. I learned few were able to remedy it or lessen the damages of this irritating costly problem affecting public and private properties. We too realize graffiti vandals continue to resurface in secrecy like bedbugs in the darkness, it is not an easy crime to combat and overcome. Besides legalized or commissioned graffiti is emerging as a modern art form. So it was a simple option to delete the unfunny cartoon about a graffiti vandal facing exposure of his spray painting violation.

Similar reasoning was applying towards another cartoon about a prescription drug overdose; it was removed from the book because it too seemed to subtract from the overall scope of the publication. Most of the cartoons in 57 Pages have a connection of theme with another humorous picture in the book strengthening the publication's consistency. A new attempt at the revision was having a cartoon enhance the meaning another cartoon before or after it.
For example, In 57 Pages are drawings reflecting the insensitivity of human society. Before those cartoons is one using the coldness of the winter season as an illustration of a community disinterest in fallen and forgotten famed persons. The following pictures point to an individual's lack of regard rather than of a population's numbness of fellow feelings. Of course, I also excluded cartoons that after much thought had been short on quality, my goal was having the book worth more than the purchasing price. It was an objective in addition to helping the reader gain a new experience reading the book. My realization now I did not have to put forth much effort in that goal.

This cartoon of two church officials I felt should not be in the book because there were one too many cartoons about religion already in the publication. More so 57 Pages drew the attention of the failures of universal religion, it is important not to target so much on the global Catholic institution. Although the esteemed domination is a major, prime time contributor, it is only part of a greater abomination against man's desire of having spiritual assistance and resolution.

When I first drew the cartoons for Curtis on the News blog site, it was one by one, one at a time on separate dates of blog postings. After reading my download of 57 Page sixth edition, I felt some degree of impact on the collection of cartoons, one strong theme after another. It is still poignant taking note of a picture of a man coping in the loyalty of his wife's cancer and then considering other cartoons in the book of people eluding their mates, families for lame, superficial or ill-advised excuses. Then there are bright moments of characters bonding instead of separating, in that manner 57 Pages may be circling into a completeness not leaving the reader empty handed. The conclusion of the book indicated that no section or chapter in 57 Pages adequately addresses each theme or subject matter. This realization is on proving ground of the book of having references listed in it. Of the 6th edition, it is now more challenging for people to state they cannot understand the cartoons as book critics claimed in their negative reviews. Because too, there are author's explanations of the pictures included in the book. The promising news it is also more possible for people to discuss the subject matters of the chapters in 57 Pages. What they talk about future wise won't necessary need to be left out.

Cartoons focusing on same-sex relationships and civil rights were left out of the sixth edition of 57 Pages.

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