November 10, 2011

The Bear

The Bear is a series of stand alone paintings detailing the bond that forms between a first time father and his son, and the discoveries they both make along the way.

Art by Rebecca Dreistadt
Words by Ryan Sohmer

I came across this webpage as a click-through from one of my favorite webcomics, Least I could Do.

I'm not really planning on having children.  This is not the place to discuss such things, but I'm comfortable enough with my decision to at least mention it here.  Some people think I don't like children, and they'd be only slightly correct.  I don't like poorly behaved children.  I absolutely HATE dipshit parents that shouldn't have been breeding in the first place.

For the record, my definition of poorly behaved is probably far off of what you think it is.  I've noticed that many people think "poorly behaved" is anything out of line with acting like a little adult, which is utter BS because adults often act much worse than kids would.  To me, kids are usually being bratty when they emulate their parents dickish social skills.

Which is why I found this particular illustration funny.  There is a duality in the fact that the young raccoon was doing something bad, but it was obviously an innate behavior.  Instead of being chided by the father the kid is going to learn how to "properly" perform this specific behavior.  I think generally kids would innately try to be nice, but they just learn to be helliants from their parents, either through emulation or actual instruction.

After looking at the rest of the series I doubt this is what the artists were going for, but that's what I got out of this piece.  The rest of the series is very cute.

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