Fair warning: there is some slight language in this post.
My name is Jonathan Ponikvar. I’m the creator of Peter & Company and an avid cartoon fan; I have been trying (successfully or not) to draw them since I first discovered the magic of crayons and markers. Like most kids in the 80’s I grew up watching a crazy amount of cartoons. My favorites were the cartoons and films of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Don Bluth, so my earliest and crappiest of doodles always revolved around those characters in some way.
As I grew older and began seriously getting into cartooning, I noticed something odd going on around me: the cartoon animal was quickly becoming an endangered species. The animal designs of the 80’s and 90’s TV cartoons were being seen less and less in modern times within the industries that they helped create.
How could this happen? Are people just no longer interested in funny talking animals?
Why did I never think to use poison arrows from underneath the bridge?
Truth be told, I didn’t think it’d work. I figured I’d blow through the 98 Large Arrows I had left from when I was grinding slimes. I popped in the Poison Arrows I bought from that creepy sewer merchant lady into the mix make them last longer. I can’t say for sure if they helped or not, though.
I thought that, with my luck, I’d waste about 100 arrows and walk away with a better idea as to how much pain I can inflict from that spot. Didn’t think it’d actually go down.
That said… With my stats, my bow and that particular spot, I was dishing out about four shots at 60+ damage a hit - a minimum of 240 damage a cycle. That’s a total of 62 shots/3720 damage (minimum) with a single heal cycle (which that spot allowed me to keep hitting it during) with Nothing dealt to me. Not too shabby!
I moved from my home in Luton, England to Los Angeles, California in 2007. My last trip back to the UK to visit family was in the spring of 2009. This means I haven’t been back to visit family in over 5 years… most importantly, this means I haven’t seen my mother in half a decade.
Unfortunately my mother is not a well person. She has a number of health problems and they only seem to be getting worse. Last year she had a serious spell in the hospital and I had no way of getting home to see her. If she’d died I would have had absolutely no way to get back to England for anything.
So what I would like to do is surprise her by flying out to visit her for her birthday this coming September. In an ideal universe my family in the UK would arrange a party or a dinner, and when my mother arrives there I’d be. Surprise! I would love to do this… but sadly I don’t have the sort of income right now to plop down $1,600 on a plane ticket back to Blighty.
I have avoided doing stuff like this in the past because it’s not your place, gentle internet user, to fund my visits back to the motherland. But my mother’s time on this earth is limited, and I don’t want the last time she saw me before passing away to have been over half a decade ago. I want to see her again, to spend some quality time with her, before the worst happens.
If you can chip in, fantastic. If you can’t, please spread the word. Either way, please do not let my mother know about this fundraiser. If I hit my goal and I’m able to visit her, I want this to be a surprise.
I know I’m not trying to cure cancer or change the world. I just want to see my mother. Thanks for your time.
Reblogging for the European morning crowd.
So far I’ve received $273 in donations. That alone is exceptional, but I’ve got a way to go yet before I can actually buy that ticket. If you can help make that happen… thank you. :)