Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2010
What does the new Knobby look like? Some of the world’s most famous cartoonists have responded to the challenge. See the results!
The descriptions are specific. Below, I shall be sharing with you the illustrations from some of the world’s best artists/cartoonists who have depicted this creature for me.
First, here is a quick review.
Timothy Peeler called 911 on June 5, 2010, saying a man-like beast was loose on his property. He said the creature was “upwards of 10 feet tall” and screeched and grunted his way along.
Peeler saw enough to say the Bigfoot-like individual had dark hair and a gray beard that extended all the way down his belly. He says he “rough talked” the creature with “beautiful hair” and ran him off.
Lee Speigel’s AOL News story added the final detail, which has pushed this sighting over the edge into monster media mania for the summer.
From Peeler’s mountain home in North Carolina, it was noted “the thing was 10 feet tall with beautiful hair, yellowish hair, and a yellow beard,” the mountain man recalled. Peeler also said the beast had six fingers.
“Close Encounter With Blond Bigfoot” exclaimed the AOL headlines.
Okay, first of all, let’s deal with “blond” vs “blonde.” Should this have been described as a “blonde” creature, instead? The terms “blond” and “blonde” come from the French and thus follow somewhat the French pattern of usage. “Blond” (without the e) is used to describe males, mixed gender, or uncertain gender. “Blonde” refers to women or female gender. In modern use, “blond” is sometimes used for female as well as male, but “blonde” is preferred for female.
Since this recycled Knobby or this new North Carolina Bigfoot appears to be male, as best we can tell from the beard, the most accurate employment would for it to be called “blond.”
While we are going to go with the blond description for the day, I must proclaim one of the artists consulted receives the “Yellow Light Bright Idea Award,” for incredibly good detective work in thinking through this reported description.
Charles Berlin, the cartoonist behind Professor Wexler, when doing this exercise for me, wrote: “I’m sure you observed this in the video: there is an outdoor light mounted on the witness’s shed, which gives off a yellow light—hence a greying Knobby turns ‘blond.'”
The mystery may have been solved as to why this Bigfoot “appears” to be blond.
So, without any further waiting, here are what the artists have submitted for what the blond Bigfoot, Knobby revisited, might have looked like.
First, from the Secret Saturday and Scooby-Doo writer John Rozum, the following image has been sent along, tongue-firmly-in-cheek:
Rozum’s son, Dash, however, has sent to me a more realistic Bigfoot drawing aligned to what was seen:
Peter Loh of Pete’s Cartoon Corner imagines this new visitor to North Carolina, thusly:
Ted Bastien of Bugsport sends along this blond Knobby:
Dave Lowe of Paraabnormal The Comic sends in this novel approach:
Finally, Charles Berlin, the Cryptoonist, shares this:
All are excellent representations of what they view as the Knobby Blond Bigfoot.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.