Pizza from Scratch, 1
12 September, 2005
Really "Do the Right Thing"
© Bill Lemmond (Actually, you're welcome to download and share these web-resolution
images, and you probably won't be happy with printing them.)
Years before, the late Carole Cass, Richmond Times-Dispatch movie reviewer, described
Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" as "a joyous celebration." I didn't see the joy.
I saw lots of people doing the wrong things, in big ways and small. There was one very
short, very funny scene, cutting between the Asian store owner, the Italian restaurant
onwner, and Spike as the pizza delivery guy, each dissing the other two ethnicities. And
even theywere doing a very wrong thing. The ending left me more depressed than usual.
So when I had the idea of a comic strip about cats running a pizza parlor, I wanted them
to have something better than the Italian-American Wall of Fame, or the Feline-American
wall. I wanted them to set up a Wall of Fame for all their customers' proud moments.
But what picutes would they get? Aw, the cute kitties want our pictures!" They'd get
pictures with the family cat, but not the family dog. Some people would assume the cats
are prejudiced against dogs.