I can’t even count the number of times that I have been asked this question. Most of the time, the questions are from people who can’t believe an adult is still into what they consider “children’s programming.”
When I was younger, it was “here, watch this cartoon.” When I got into my pre-adolsecent and pre-teen years, it was, “you watch too much cartoons.” When I became a teenager going into my adulthood, It was “you still watch cartoons!?”
When people find out about my passion for cartoons, they get a little weird, which I think is hilarious!
I even had a family member once tell me that “anyone I dated would not tolerate me watching cartoons.” It was as if I was given a hint, a hint to change my ways because if i didn’t it would make me look “weird.” In other words, young men my age and from my culture do not do these things. They don’t go to anime conventions or hang out in creatively stimulating environments. They don’t get a kick out of shows like “Phineas and Ferb,” “Adventure Time,” “Fooly Cooly” or “The Fairly OddParents.”
My thought on that along with the attacks on my love for cartoons and animation is this, “who gives a rip!?” But no worries, I have a much deeper thought than that.
The attacks got so ugly and so embarrassing that it almost destroyed me.
Thankfully, it didn’t. I survived and to this day if it wasn’t for a few people that accepted me for who I am, Cartoon Daily News would never have happened, my books would never have happened and my ministry in using cartoons and illustrations to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be non-existent.
So, how did I survive!?
First, I understood that cartoons in my life had value. Cartoons brought value to things that were ordinary in my life. It was the many cartoons I watched that inspired me to create awesome and imaginative stories. It was those same cartoons that made me see different personalities and circumstances as a means to go forward rather than
Second, cartoons were a place I ran too when I dealt with issues like bullying, self-esteem, self-confidence and deep, personal issues. It was a place to relax my mind and heart after daily dealing with a cruel world. It was the place where the sensitive little boy could run and chill after being ridiculed, embarrassed and teased and become strengthened and built up, and told by a fictional character he adored that he could be as powerful, strong and good too.
Third, cartoons began to serve as a way for me to serve. I know my cartoons back and forth along with the latest shows and features. The entire cartoon and animation universe is changing on a constant basis and because of my place in life I know I am responsible for knowing the industry and reaching people in the culture. .
So, to anyone who thinks that it makes no sense for an adult to watch cartoons, I say, it doesn’t make sense for me NOT too.