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Towel Boy

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This cartoon appeared on the London TV pilot of THE SICK ANIMATION SHOW

Love, Marc M.


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A fascinating character study disguised as a short piece of comedy.
In the first part, Towel Boy's image and gimmick are introduced in a light-hearted atmosphere, post traditional "Damsel in distress" scenario, an obvious nod to the silver age of comics.
In the second scene, the light is quickly cast away as the gimmickry gives way to what would more realistically happen in a life-or-death scenario; Towel Boy's mentor pays the price for his protege's lack of discipline and emphasis on image. This leads Towel Boy down a dark path; clearly an homage to the darkening of comics in the '90s and '00s.
We see the effects of Towel Boy's time of regret in the third scene, wherein he's completely lost his mind; he's capable enough of maintaining a straight-laced guise long enough to penetrate a family's sanctum before cutting loose and teaching them the hard way that their heroes are people, and people will betray them, predicting the trend of mentally damaged characters playing protagonist roles more frequently in the '10s.
The last act shows Towel Boy coming full circle, having learned much in his time as a hero and emerging all the stronger for it. Gone is the showy gimmickry of old, giving way to creative problem-solving without resorting to violence right away. A hopeful note to end on, and a word of plea to creators for more heart and purpose in their coming works.

Some dude eats shit and pops a boner, absolutely fantastic.