Updated on 16 October, 2021
My Aunt Comic is a comic strip that my father first discovered when he was still a child. The comic strip, which can still be found in newspapers today, originally appeared in eight issue between 1940 and 1941. It follows the adventures of George Peppard, who at the time was simply referred to as George. George starts out as a simple, poor orphan, but soon he is captured by the evil Captain Hook and becomes the newest member of his evil crew.
The comic strip's great appeal is that it is full of humor and often comical at times. For example, one episode has George accidentally buying a gold watch on his way home from work. He then promptly sells it for $500 dollars, much to his chagrin. He later tries to return it to the store, but fails, so instead sells it to another unsuspecting customer.
While the comic strip is mostly comical, George also reveals a side of himself that some may not see. As you can see from the above example, George tends to neglect his responsibilities. However, for someone who has been brought up to believe that duty is what separates men from animals, this lack of interest in duty can be a great source of failure.
One of the biggest similarities between George and my mother's father, my grandfather, is that both are constantly trying to better themselves. In fact, George even tries to get his father interested in art. Unfortunately, this only drives my father further away. As a result, George continues to suffer from a terrible handicap, while my father continues to enjoy life to the fullest. This, in turn, helps my grandmother as she tries to provide for her son, brother, and baby.
My Aunt Comic is not like your typical comic strip. Although it is funny in a cartoon-style format, the comic book references in My Aunt Comic are meant to be taken seriously. While there is certainly some silliness in the strip (there is, after all, a Golden Apple and such), the aim of the strip is to provide lessons on life and family to those who view it.
The strip takes the familiar mythological motifs of fairy tales and combines them with an endless stream of humanity. My aunt, along with her friends, is shown struggling with accepting her own disability and the world that created her. Throughout the strip, she is shown meeting new people and trying to adjust to their own perspectives. In one episode, she meets and gets along with a young man who goes on to become her best friend.
For anyone who knows and respects disability, this is an extremely positive and uplifting message. For someone who has difficulty seeing things objectively, this message will be quite a disappointment. However, there are those who understand that life can be difficult, and My Aunt Comic is one of the few places where this message can be appreciated. In addition, it is one of the few comics available through an Internet comic site, which allows people to access the strip without having to leave their homes.
This is a personal take on disability and a positive look at how people deal with it in everyday life. The story includes many touching moments and teaches a significant lesson about dealing with disability. If you enjoy being inclusive, have an aunt who is willing to draw what is often a boring wall to most people, or want to see something positive in disability, My Aunt Comic is a comic worth checking out. This particular comic is available through numerous online sources. As a former Disability Awareness Month comic, I am sure that many other Americans will enjoy this strip as much as I did.