This weekend has been an interesting one for me, having spent most of it lying on my couch in various states of semi-consciousness getting over a fever.  At one point, I was flipping back and forth between channels, watching the climactic sequences of ‘Titanic’, ‘8 Mile’, and ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ at the same time (a surreal experience that I highly recommend), and half-watched the second Harry Potter movie for about ten minutes before my daughter informed me they weren’t speaking English.  The wonder that is Spanish-language cable networks aside, I also dreamt that I was in the Robocop cartoon and that we were accompanied into the field by Snarf from Thundercats, during which mission Robo and I spent some time discussing why we didn’t have a better sidekick.  Whether this was due to my illness or just me being @#%ing weird, this peculiar landscape (cartoon Robocop still had the live-action face of Peter Weller) does beg a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) wants a talking monkey, preferably in bright pastel colors and/or able to fly, asking: If your life were being adapted as an old-school cartoon and you were required to choose, what cute talking animal/robot/freaky thingamajig do you want for your sidekick?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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14 Comments

  1. October 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Orko from He-Man. I always wondered what his face looked like.

  2. RAM_evilspaceknight
    October 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    7 Zark 7 . A robot with a cape and HIS own sidekick.
    On a side note -Can we make a renewed push with that funding goat? Every time I look at it all I see are goat nads.

  3. October 13, 2013 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    Either one of the Fairly Odd Parents.
    I want free wishes.

  4. Oldcomicfan
    October 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Raul, the talking cat from American Flagg. Who wouldn’t want a cat who could talk? My first choice was actually the claymation monsters from the cave in “Flesh Gordon” because there’s no way anybody would want to watch the story of my life anyway, and what better way to stick a thumb in the viewer’s eye, but I can’t name those monster because I don’t want to get censored.

  5. Mark
    October 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Jake the dog

  6. October 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Can I pick Gatomon from Digimon since it still technically counts as a cute talking animal sidekick?

    Otherwise, I’d have to go with Slimer.

  7. October 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    How’s about Glomer from Punky Brewster, or else Cringer/Battlecat

    • October 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm — Reply

      I was trying to think of Glomer’s name when I was thinking up an answer, but it just kept eluding me and I didn’t feel like Googling it (I’m sick and on meds that make me cranky and irrational, cut me some slack!).

      I was tempted to list him or R2-D2/C-3PO (because of the “Droids” cartoon) or FX (magical alien doll from “Fantastic Max”).

  8. Luis Dantas
    October 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    Cryll from DC’s Space Ranger comics

  9. October 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    Bandit from Johnny Quest.
    Smart dog that is actually a help rather than a hindrance.

  10. Kirby
    October 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    I’ll take a miniature talking Gamera for my buddy.

  11. Rome
    October 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm — Reply

    Iceman & Firestar.

    Does that count?

    (And feel better, Matthew. You’re tripping me out)

    • October 14, 2013 at 7:09 am — Reply

      You should have seen the dreams I didn’t talk about…

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