No Animals Were Harmed
“No animals were harmed in the making of this comic strip.”
The source of this familiar disclaimer is the American Humane Association Film and Television Unit. The AHA has been monitoring the welfare of animals during the production of films and television programs since 1940, when it began to oversee filmmaking after a horse died when it was driven off a cliff on the set of Jesse James.
A representative of the society came by the Thinkering production facility the other day requesting similar consideration, as well as an unspecified monetary contribution.
Let me begin by personally attesting that no animals were ever harmed in the making of Thinkering, although some had to be erased and redrawn. An exception to this claim was a professional card carrying SAG member stunt actor.
Also, dinosaurs did become extinct by the time I learned how to draw them, so out of respect for the dumb and the dead you will not find any Mesozoic reptiles frolicking about. Yet. However, for the sake of full disclosure, creating a cartoon does require sable hair brushes, horse glue, bullock-blood India ink, bovine hide parchment paper, whalebone rulers, peacock quills, and my lucky Ben Franklin beaver hat.
Animals aside, my own sense of dignity was deeply harmed in the making of this comic strip, as I’ve been crowded, abused, molested, upstaged, pooped upon, chased and senselessly attacked by animals (not to mention the human guest characters, but that would be expected behavior - from humans).
The afore mentioned Humane Society inspector had to be carried out to a waiting ambulance after our encounter. He recently was sighted shooting Canada geese in celebration of Canada Day.