I've been wanting to do a few new cartoons ever since my recent, three part critique of what is already out there. And I've been wanting to experiment with using some basic computer programs to enhance my hand-drawn originals......particularly for the word bubbles. So yesterday I finished one, which is a five panel comic.
As fair warning to those who dislike spanking stuff involving kids, this comic does deal with that, but just like I tend to write about things from my own background, this comic is more of a parody of me personally rather than some lewd use of random, underage spanking victims. ( I even gave the boy my own name! ) I also wanted to mess around with what it was like to be a kid who was a "spanko" from earliest recollection.
The Trials of Being a Kid-Spanko
Beginning in 1958, Lawrence Kohlberg began working on a theory regarding the develop of morality in humans. (link for more info). Essentially he came up with six stages of increasing sophistication in how we decide what we should do.
The lower two, self-interest and avoiding punishment, are the first stages we utilize as kids. Then from adolescence through adulthood, if you're lucky, you develop more philosophical grounds for your decisions. In the cartoon I did, young "Ken" (me) is still bound by self-interest and avoiding punishment.......only in HIS case, that distinction is more than a little blurry. Being a kid harboring a secret, he has learned to lie in order to avoid detection for what he already realizes is not a normal inclination. Now he is being told he must stop lying, and to enforce that restriction, his exasperated mother resorts to corporal punishment.....which on some level is more in his 'self-interest'.
I truly enjoyed rendering the last panel. What a priceless dilemma for anyone, let alone a kid without all the tools and experience needed to navigate this morass. Throughout the panels, Ken has been vehemently warned to never lie again. He has been spanked pretty hard to emphasize that......which in itself is a mixed consequence; the spanking truly hurt at the time......but something about it was also appealing. And finally he is asked if he'd like to experience that sensation again. To the "mom" it's a no-brainer question, meant more rhetorically than inquisitively. She probably sees 'Ken's' hesitation as pride or stubbornness rather than the dilemma it is for him.
True, all Ken has to do is to admit to something no kid wants to say out loud. He could be brave and tell the truth (or turn around LOL) and he could get his secret wish...but for the wrong reason, or his mom might freak out and he'll never experience the 'joy' of being spanked again. No wonder "Ken" looks mentally fried by the insistent question!
Recently I stumbled across another cartoon that deals with kids who are somehow complicit in their punishments, though this one approaches it from a different angle:
Hell....THIS one could be me as well! (If there was such a thing as blogging back when I was a kid!)
The use of kids in spanking stories or comics is controversial. Even as a parent, I never spanked my kids, but never really needed to either. However, as a kid I was spanked and I don't think it had the detrimental effects current psychologists claim it leads to. And I don't think we will ever know for sure. And while no sane person advocates 'abuse' there's a gnawing feeling that modern lack of discipline seems to have done its share of a different king of damage.
Then there's the rare case of complicity. I have written a few "coming of age" spanking stories involving kids and adult authority figures, but in each one there is an underlying theme of complicity....or at the very least, curiosity. And for me, this makes another difference. I definitely think my own recollections of how I was as a kid color my feelings but I can understand how other people's experience can take them in the opposite direction.