Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
A perfect example of MISINFORMATION and how it destroys creativity (and good video games and other media). THe “OMG Furries are bad” attitude ruins things for everyone not just the poor folks you have decided are somehow less important than you and thus worth picking on for liking cartoon animals. You are picking on people for liking cartoons and art not for what you think you are. That makes you the dick.
THIS is why the fandom wants to be seen as what it really is. A wonderfully creative place for anyone who likes animal cartoons. Not this terrible stigma of being some dumb group of people who like to bang in animal costumes. So those of you in the fandom who like to say things like “It’s never going to change” and “why should we bother? no ones going to believe we aren’t like that anyway” ARE HELPING MAKE THINGS WORSE.
BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO PICK ON PEOPLE FOR SHIT THEY ENJOY KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT.