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I am going to do something very shocking for someone who writes about comics for a webcomic magazine and who creates comics herself. I am going to decry political cartoons.
As a practicing liberal foreigner, I often seek out topical gaming humour with political undercurrents and boobies. Substantial, voluminous, unAmerican boobies. Those boobies should be attached to hot anime chicks, like the ones which are popular with the teen girls who shop at bookstores! They make me feel like Ben Affleck --
Clique, Clique... c'est du webcomique politique?
Walking home with my wife and a dozen tallboys of beer strapped to my back, I playfully babble out some brainstormy thoughts as to how to compare the various webcomic camps to the American Political Beast. Meaghan, much more politically savvy than yours truly (my political bent goes about as far as rooting for the Silly Party), quickly goes on to show how easy it would be to put everyone in type. As I listen to her words and explanations, I marvel at how right she is.
One of the dilemmas I have been faced with this fall is when and where it is appropriate to get into political discussions. This is a pretty heated time to be politically active in the United States, and it seems like everyone wants to talk about their views with others. In general, I absolutely applaud people debating the issues of the day; as Garrison Keillor recently reminded us, "Dante said that the hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who in time of crisis remain neutral." It certainly seems like as we get closer and closer to election day here in the USA, people are acting more and more as if the decision we make about our next president is of vital importance to our nationâ€™s future.
I often get mails regarding web comic and how to start it and how to make it in this business.. and to be honest, I'm not the right person to ask - I haven't made it in this business (or any business).
David (D.C.) Simpson has been doing gentle, ironic humor, poking fun at all sorts of difficult issues, political or not, in Ozy and Millie and has been doing more overt political commentary in I Drew This. Al Schroeder talked with David Simpson about webcomics, syndication and politics.
You're not shy about tackling politics, in a low-key, ironic way in Ozy and Millie, more overtly in I Drew This. You tackle other hard issues, too, like a character suspecting we're mortal and alone in a harsh, godless universe (but marischino cherries make it better). Do you get much hate mail?
The scene: Dave Wright is typing up an email to ask BoxJam B. Boxjam to do an interview for Comixpedia. There is a light clicking in the air until Wright slides his finger to the mouse button and pushes. The email is sent.
I told you there would be political questions in this interview, right?
Just make sure they aren't softballs.
No softballs, eh?
Ok, first question. Being a supporter of a pro-baby killer, how do you feel about Kerry's stance on not only making sure abortion stays legal, but offering incentive programs to welfare "frequent aborters" - sort of a frequent flier thing for unwanted children?
I wasn't aware of that program. I find abortion morally repugnant, but I believe it needs to remain legal. Here's my question back to *you* - if George W. Bush successfully criminalized abortion, would he realize that abortions were still going to happen, or would he land on another flight deck under a banner that said "Mission Accomplished" and think he'd solved everything?
Probably the latter. I think he should hold all press conferences on the flight deck of battleships! There is something comical about our leader dressed up playing soldier. It adds to that cowboy mentality that undermines all attempts to look respectful to the rest of the world.
Ok that was just an attempt to start off with a crazy question to grab everyone's attention. Let's get to the first real question.
Another week and three more short reviews of topical webcomics including In Contempt by Kevin Moore, Xoverboard by August J. Pollak, and Debt On by Scott Morris.
In Contempt by Kevin Moore
Writing an article in a column whose stated goal is to be critical of webcomics, in a month when the theme is "politics," is a tricky beast indeed.
It is, arguably, impossible to do without seeming horribly biased.
Because conservatives just aren't funny. Or interesting. At all.
Eric Millikin has been outraging and entertaining readers for years with Fetus-X, currently appearing in several places, including Serializer.net. When we decided the theme for October would be politically inclined, he naturally came to mind. He was kind enough to grant us an interview that is not for the faint of heart or the politically correct.