Saying Goodbye to (what felt like) Old Friends
Well I just got the memo, i.e. just tragically discovered, that Kickstand Comics – home of that delightfully eccentric commuter cyclist, Yehuda Moon and the rest of the chain gang – illustrated its very last comic strip at the end of 2012. Geez, and I just thought they were taking a long vacation or something.
If you’re not familiar with the comic, get familiar. You’ll LOVE IT. http://yehudamoon.com/
You can either sign up for the online comic strips which you may peruse at your convenience; perhaps read a comic a day, much like I did. Or you can buy one or all of the Kickstand graphic novels, volumes I through V.
The creators, Rick Smith and Brian Griggs, made sure to incorporate a variety of cyclists within this strip, from the hardcore helmet-hating commuters to the hardcore forever-sporting-spandex roadies, and everyone in between, including a snarky and super funny Shaker fixed gear rider. Each character reminded me of someone I knew personally. Each strip, I could relate to in some way. There were so many moments that made me laugh and even pulled at my heartstrings in a very emotional way, revealing parallels of the typical trials and tribulations associated with cycling on a regular basis and the ever-present conflict between the uneducated motorists and the cyclists who are just trying to get from point A to point B safely, lawfully, by way of thigh-powered, earth-friendly means.
Here’s the very first strip, elegantly simple and something we can all relate to no matter what type of cyclist you are.
There are way too many wonderful strips, but here are just a few examples I pulled from the web that really hit home for me.
The one below is actually a sad reminder of a local, well known, and highly beloved cyclist who was struck and killed recently by a young woman who claimed she didn’t see him because the sun was in her eyes. I do not yet know the outcome of the situation, but usually these incidents do not lean in favor of the cyclist for some insane reason. I will never understand how it’s perfectly okay to drive at the normal speed limit, and not have to slow down and drive extra cautiously, when the sun is blinding you. IF YOU CANNOT SEE WHILE DRIVING A MOTORIZED VEHICLE, YOU ARE DRIVING RECKLESSLY AND YOU SHOULD BE AT FAULT FOR THE INCIDENT. PERIOD.
Do yourself and these fine creators a favor and buy at least the first volume. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it. http://yehudamoon.com/
To the Kickstand team and the creators thereof, I thank you immensely for the laughter and sincere inspiration. You will be missed immensely.
The Jacksonville Bicycle Coalition