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BIRTH OF A CLOWN

22 June 2005

It was an unprovoked attack, for which I apologize. I had no reason, and you were without warning. Many are scarred for life. Others have broken down into withering shadows of their former selves. I speak of course about the unannounced appearance of a giant, full-colour, devil clown.

It was a stab to the back. You may think I was serious in trying to kill my audience. I think this might be considered one of the most ruthless attempts of mass-media killings ever. And it didn?t even take subliminal suicide messages hidden between the frames. The pure shock of by far the scariest pop culture icon of our times was enough. The clown.

Let me relate to you the history of this monster. Actually, you already know it, because I?ve told you before about the animation project I was working on that my teachers weren?t too pleased with but that I did anyway because I?m a stubborn now-it-all. So you know it was about the inner depressions of a clown and featured actual video of my lips doing the monologue which I was inspired to do by a DVD-animation of The Incredibles. I stole it from them, just so you know. I?m sure they wouldn?t mind.

So the clown featuring in that animation also happened to be perfect for this scene in the August mythology. I was ruminating about what to do when the lights would go on again (actually I already knew it fom the start of the adventure), I knew I wanted a shock. So I thought a devil clown would be pretty much terrifying. But it had to be more shocking than the stuff I had done before. You were already adjusted to kingdom full of miniature clowns. To top that I had to make this a giant and show him in full-colour blasphemy. The only way to surpass that would be to have an actual clown come out of the computerscreen and reach for you. So you kind of know what to expect next time.

The animation was received pretty well by the teachers by the way. Heck, it?s no perfect show, but it?s unique enough to have the right to exist. If you want, you can download it here: http://www.captainaugust.com/birthofaclown.mov. Just be warned: if you though the clown in the comic was scary; this one?s animated and talking.

Roderick.