The Creeping Realization That Children’s Cartoons Are The Only Remaining Viable Art

“The contrast between these two children’s shows provides a literal illustration of certain eternal tensions, not only in children’s entertainment but in literature and in American culture in general: Innocence vs. Experience, Nerds vs. Normies, Individualism vs. Conformity, Gender-Neutral Egalitarianism vs. Explicitly Heteronormative Sexuality — and maybe most strikingly, Art vs. Commerce.” — Read Awl pal and eminent cartoon writer Maria Bustillos on the cult and myth of My Little Pony.