Had a meeting of the group tonight. A bunch of us unemployable cartoon characters got together a few years back and decided to form a support group. I get a lot out of the camraderie and socializing, but honestly, some of these guys hang on the group for dear life.
Joe Camel pulled it all together. He had a hard time when they finally decided to let him go, and especially after they told him he could never work in animation again, by order of Congress. He was pretty stunned for a few months but then he pulled himself up by his proverbial bootstraps and got his act together. He's a cruise director for Carnival now, and spends a great deal of the year at sea.
Some members come and go. Magnus and Solar were here for a while, but both of them recently got "The Call" again so they're out working. We were really glad for them, even if we were all a bit jealous, too.
Bosco is the old man of the group. He always has stories of the old days at Warners, before "that damn Bugs Bunny and the rest of his Jewish clique" took over the studio. He says he gets together with B'rer Rabbit every year for a barbeque, but B'rer never attends meetings anymore. He's got a compound up in Montana that he almost never leaves these days.
There are a few other members who drift in and out. Krazy Kat used to come all the time but he's really busy with all these reprints. Hobbes used to to come as well, but he stopped coming after a while... unlike most of us, he retired pretty rich. It was sort of a pity thing with him, and a few other members resented that.