long as there has been Klyde Morris, ladies have been asking me
the question, “Why don’t you have any girl ants?” My response has
always been truthful- I simply do not draw them well.
The fact is that in some
of my earliest cartoons there were female ants. For example, the
little old lady stow-away in my 1975 cartoon “Scareport”.
Later in “Scareport 76”
there was a female flight attendant ant.
as Klyde Morris has become increasingly popular on the Internet,
I have again come under pressure to create a female ant. The most
intense bugging has come from my sister-in-law Karen, who not
only wants a female ant character, but wants her to be an aviation
mechanic as well.
My excuse of, “I don’t draw
them well...” grew so thin that I was forced to show Karen my
concept of a female ant.
This rendering was instantly
disapproved by not only my sister-in-law, but also by my wife.
They said something about the hair looking like dreadlocks.
So I picked up my handy
sketch book and drew a new rendition of the female ant.
This concept was also instantly
and intensely disapproved... for reasons that are still a mystery
At my wits end I gave Karen
my sketch book and told her, “Here, you make a woman approved
version of the female ant and I’ll start putting them into the
cartoons. After I drew the basic head outline, Karen came up with
a female ant concept.
Which both her and my wife
|So, when you
feminist readers see the appearance of the female ants in the cartoons,
I don’t wanna hear any crap. They were created and approved by women
without any input from the author. Of course if I decide to start
dressing them in spike heels and teddies... that will be another
Oleszewski pushes his sister-in-law’s patience to the breaking point
during the creation of the female ant concept as Klyde Morris offers
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