What are the Mundane Fortune Cartoons? Cartoons have addressed great issues: war, governance, social destruction, the fate of nations. Not the Mundane Fortune Cartoons. They sweat the small stuff, the struggles for self-esteem and meaningful relationships. Shakespeare might say that these cartoons describe the constant heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, the whips and scorns of time, the oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, the pangs of despised love, the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes. Less elegantly we could say that we live in a war zone with our egos under constant assault wherever we are, whatever we’re doing, whoever we’re with.
How do they help you? First, they reveal your enemy. Despite what you’ve been told, your enemy is not women, men, old white men, the spoiled rotten kids in this generation, or even (in most cases at least) the bastards. In the words of Pogo: “We have met the enemy, and he is us”, In the Mundane Fortune cartoons he is the perverse nature of our species and the culture in which we operate. Once identified, the enemy is easy to defeat; all that’s necessary is a complete rewiring of human nature and culture. While waiting for the rewiring, the cartoons provide you the weapon the hopelessly oppressed and overpowered have turned to throughout history, ridicule.