"Wendell Watch Too (Not WWII)"

2008
Nov
8

While I have cut all formal ties with Google (leaving $8 of AdSense revenue on the table that I couldn’t collect until I’d accumulated $100) and am no longer monitoring their underrating of this site (after years of overrating me at WendellWit.com), I will continue to occasionally report on other googlable Wendells (albeit using Yahoo! Search…), like this character from the Adult Swim toon “Frisky Dingo”, Wendell Stamps.

wendell NOT me

I could go into a long rant about how “Dingo” is not one of the better examples of its Adventure-Toon-Satire genre (a conclusion I reached before I first saw its Wendell), but I’ll save it for later.

What kind of shook me was how this fat, dumpy character actually resembled me at a younger age (I still own both shirts and jackets exactly like he is wearing), and by lightening his hair, adjusting the shape of his nose and turning his frown into a slight smile…
wendell too close to me
(all changes made using a sub-photoshop-quality image editor)

I did previously notice something similar with the webcomic critic David Willis created for his own “Shortpacked” toon…

ORIGINAL

ORIGINAL

WENDELLIZED

WENDELLIZED

I always knew I had the capability of becoming an archetype (but not an architect; that’s my cousin Mike); I was hoping it wouldn’t be for cartoons.

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