And so on day 4 of #Inktober, I continue to share my drawings. This is for the fourth prompt of #Inktober2020, “Radio.”
The 1980s were a giant film discussion of the Vietnam war. From First Blood to Platoon, from Aliens to Hamburger Hill, you couldn’t escape it. Thing really kicked off with The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, I guess, but overall it makes sense simply because movies are how we connect with and examine experiences we didn’t have ourselves.
The film coverage of Vietnam was, I think, unlike any other. The psychological scars of the era were indelibly conveyed from one generation to another. Gone were the noble war films, replaced by the constant drumbeat of the perspective that any war is pointless.
In the era of the auteur taking over the studio system, the film school kids who watched the protests and the riots, and the friends who went and got spit on when they came back, had a platform to express their angst. There were some magnificent works of art, and we even got an action hero in the deal, John Rambo, whose purpose was to prosecute how we abandoned those who were suffering PTSD in the modern era.
And so, like anyone else who experienced that period in film history, I saw a ton of those war movies. I even watched Casualties of War, which seems to be the Brian DePalma movie that time forgot. So when the cue word “radio” came up, my instant thought was of the desperate officer, trapped in a hail of gunfire in a jungle environment and grabbing the radio from the dead soldier to call in air support.
Anyway, that’s where “radio” took me.
The usual disclaimer: If you like it, great. If you don’t, that’s fine too. I’m just trying to put it out there for the sake of putting it out there.
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