We cannot imagine a more solid, impressive an honourable name than Bacon. Throughout history, many notable figures have borne the name Bacon, and we have written about several of them here at the Republic of Bacon before. From great thinkers to important artists, the name Bacon has a proud and storied lineage. Those who are lucky enough to be graced with the name Bacon have owned the name proudly and left great legacies behind.
It should come as no surprise, then, that a number of authors have also adopted the name Bacon for their various fictional characters. In novels, comics and other creative prose, writers have turned to the name Bacon to add to their characters’ personalities, giving them a strong, unique and positive moniker that readers will have an innate affection for. We thought we would take a look at some of the most interesting and engaging characters who have had this name bestowed upon them.
Hobbes and Bacon
Dan and Tom Hayerman are two brothers and comic artists who ran the incredibly successful web comic “Pants Are Overrated,” a series of hilarious brothers starring a pair of brothers with an innate dislike for pants (something I can sympathize with). During the run of their online comic career, however, the work that produced probably the most attention than anything else they had written was something called “Hobbes and Bacon.” Producing only four spare, lovely strips, the comic followed the adventures of Calvin from Bill Watterson’s beloved Calvin and Hobbes comics, now grown up and married to Susie Denkins, and his daughter, Bacon (named for Sir Francis Bacon), who had inherited Calvin’s stuffed tiger Hobbes. The comics are eerily spot-on, emulating Watterson’s style almost perfectly, and Bacon is a wonderful, spunky, intelligent match for her now-grown father.
Fishing For Bacon
In this comic by Calgarian Michael Davie, the title character Bacon Sobelowski is a much more passive protagonist but nonetheless engaging. The sweet and inexperienced Bacon stumbles through a number of romantic follies, all while progressing through a traditional coming-of-age narrative through the amusing lens of Davies’ excellent comic timing. The story is sweet and comforting and quirky as candied bacon.
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
In this novel by Philip Jose Farmer, often cited on lists of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, the name Bacon gets considerably more adventurous treatment. The Bacon in this story Richard Francis Bacon, a real historical figure who finds himself resurrected, along with several other important people, in a prehistoric landscape. Their adventures for the first instalment of Farmer’s Riverworld series.
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