wile e. coyote and road runner

it’s funny how in many “predator chases prey” cartoons we’re expected to root for the innocent good hearted prey (eg, jerry the mouse, the road runner, tweety bird) but we all end up rooting for the ingenious, persistent yet constantly punished predator (tom the cat, wile e coyote, sylvester j pussycat)

one of my favorite things about animation narratives that ive read is Chuck Jones explaining that yeah he did know that the audience sympathized with Wile E Coyote or Tom more than the Road Runner or Jerry and when asked why he persued a direction that deliberately frustrates the audience (Jones even called those shorts ‘sadistic’) his response was basically  (paraphrasing) “Well theyre perpetual failures that are constantly humiliated but they still get up and try again. People find that relatable.”

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DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Spectacular (2017-) #1

The miniseries from 2000 that first united the best-known heroes from two very different universes is back in a single issue collection featuring SUPERMAN/BUGS BUNNY #1-4! All the Looney Tunes are making their way into the DC Universe thanks to Mr. Mxyzptlk and the Do-Do—and only Superman stands a chance of keeping the universes apart…with the help of a certain wascally wabbit!  - $7.99

Legion of Super Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special (2017-) #1

The Legion of Super-Heroes always thought they had taken their inspiration from the 21st Century’s Superboy. But when they try to bring that hero into their future time, the team discovers to their surprise the caped champion isn’t who—or even what—they expected! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters with story and art by Juan Ortiz!

Available on June 14 2017 - $4.99

Lobo/Road Runner Special (2017-) #1

Wile E. Coyote travels to the far reaches of space to hire Lobo to hunt down and kill his greatest nemesis of all time, the Road Runner. And when the Coyote and Lobo are after him, the Road Runner knows if they catch him—he’s through. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters with story and art by Bill Morrison! - $4.99

Available on June 21 2017 - $4.99

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special (2017-) #1

Martian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!

Available on June 14 2017 - $4.99

Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special (2017-) #1

Not since the twelve labors of Hercules has a Greek warrior faced as great a danger and as destructive a peril as the Tasmanian Devil! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters with story by Tony Bedard and art by Ben Caldwell!

Available on June 21 2017 - $4.99

Batman/Elmer Fudd Special (2017-) #1

After a chance meeting with billionaire Bruce Wayne, Elmer Fudd’s obsession quickly escalates into stalking Batman through the dark alleys and high-class social settings of Gotham City. Welcome to Bat Season! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Tom King and artwork by Byron Vaughns.

Available on June 28 2017 - $4.99

Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam Special (2017-) #1

When miner Yosemite Sam strikes it rich, word gets out as everyone comes gunning for his wealth! To protect himself and his new riches, he hires bounty hunter Jonah Hex-—but the man protecting him may be his worst nightmare! And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Bill Matheny and artwork by Dave Alvarez.

Available on June 28 2017 - $4.99

This and the Mighty Mouse are soooooooooooooooooooo disappointing. With the first page of the Mighty Mouse and the variant covers of the DC/Looney Tunes Specials, the comics companies are saying, Here is the cartoon comics you really want, for one image, but we are going to give you this lameness for the rest of the issue instead. 

All of the DC Hanna Barbera Annuals A-Stories were great. Snagglepuss was good but short. Jetsons was fine, but I wish had character designs they did turn arounds with. Top Cat was disturbing. With bad DC character designs for Batman and Catwoman. Ruff and Reddy was fine. So these might not suck, but…

What if comic companies were not afraid of Cartoon Comics? 

Wile E. Coyote actually provides a lot of funny visuals of what being autistic feels like.

When my routine is intact.


When my routine gets broken.

[Two animated cartoon gifs of Wile E. Coyote. He is wearing a green Batman-like costume that allows him to fly. In the top gif (routine intact) he is flying smoothly through the sky without a care in the world. In the bottom gif (routine broken) he looks at the viewer like ‘I’m so cool’ right before he crashes into the side of a cliff.]

Stimming

[Animated gif of Wile E. laying on his stomach in the desert sand, quietly picking up a handful of sand and staring intently at it as it falls through his fingers. He’s plotting yet another way to catch that elusive Road Runner.]

Executive dysfunction

[Animated gif of Wile E. trying to jump off a clifftop and swing Tarzan-style on a rope that is hung off something offscreen. Rather than swing, he smashes into another outcropping below the one he jumped off of because he miscalculated the length of his swing rope.]

Engaging in a special interest

[Animated gif of Wile E. riding on a rocket. His tongue is lolled out and flapping beside him and his eyes have a look of triumphant glee. He’s moving very fast and loving it!]

Sensory overload leading to a meltdown

[Animated gif of looking over Wile E.’s shoulder. He’s watching a steam engine train approach. It hits and there’s a flash of colors, stars and circles to indicate the impact. Afterward there is a brief glimpse of him flattened on the tracks.]

Dyspraxia

[Animated gif of Wile E. tumbling uncontrollably along a dirt road with dust flying up around him.]

Trying to socialize…


…but the social rules keep changing

[Two animated gifs of Wile E. with a boulder-flinging catapult triggered by pulling a rope. In the top gif, he stands at the “front” end of the catapult and pulls the rope. The catapult throws the boulder onto him instead of at the Road Runner. In the bottom gif, he stands at the “back” end of the catapult and pulls the rope when the Road Runner passes in a blur of color and smoke. The catapult defies the rules of physics by flipping over onto him instead of shooting the boulder at the Road Runner.]


That’s all, folks!

All gifs found on Google.

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Looney Tunes Variant cover of Deathstroke #12 as well as some of my personal favorites from other titles.

Too awesome! Who doesn’t love Looney Tunes. Can’t believe we have to wait till November for these to come out.  I’m feeling all kinds of nostalgia… Space Jam comes to mind and good old Cartoon Network. 

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Lobo/Road Runner Special (2017-) #1

Wile E. Coyote travels to the far reaches of space to hire Lobo to hunt down and kill his greatest nemesis of all time, the Road Runner. And when the Coyote and Lobo are after him, the Road Runner knows if they catch him—he’s through. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters with story and art by Bill Morrison! - $4.99

2 versions of the story. The DC version and the Looney Tunes version. BOTH GREAT!