Saturday, January 12, 2008

Penguin Awareness Day

According to the newspaper, today is Penguin Awareness Day. So let's all watch for the penguins in our life. Maybe rewatch Happy Feet or one of the other penguin movies from the last few years. Or slide down an icy slope on our bellies. Or eat raw fish (sushi?). Or just think penguiny thoughts.

My favorite penguin is the hero in Samurai Penguin, an off-the-wall comic book published in 1986. The artist, Dan Vado, was tired of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other animal heroes that lived like people in the human world, so he developed a penguin hero who lives in the Antarctic and acts like a penguin - and a little bit like a human. Samurai Penguin dresses in Japanese clothing and wields a big samurai sword, but he protects other penguins, even punk penguins, from those who would eat them: walruses, tiger seals, sharks, and skua (penguin-eating birds). Very odd, and very funny.

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