So where are the conservative webcomics?
Submitted by El Santo on November 13, 2009 - 02:16
In the comment section of a previous post, an observant reader wondered, “Pray tell, good sir, where are there notable conservative webcomics?”
Actually, it was not as amicable as that. And I don’t think he or she said, “Pray tell, good sir.” I think I was thinking of Tiny Tim. Curse you, Christmas season. In any case, I thought that it was actually a very good question. Comic creators are typically, by and large, occupy the left/liberal/progressive/blue portion of the political spectrum.
But surely, there are some conservative webcomics, right?
Typically, I hate stepping into the hornet’s next that is politics. It’s far too shouty for my taste. Still, political cartoons have represented the backbone of the humble art since time immemorial. I mean, what were you reading when you opened up those history textbooks in high school? The text, or that awesome illustration of Teddy Roosevelt swinging a hammer to carve out the Panama Canal himself? I say, if you can’t get excited over The Bully Pulpit in its full illustrated glory, then you, sir, are dead inside.
I’m eschewing the ratings system because I haven’t read the entire runs like I usually do. But why would you? That’s the thing about politics: no matter which side you’re on — conservative, liberal, conservaral, libertive — you end up saying the same predictable things over and over again. You’ve read one, you’ve read them all.
Incidentally, I’d considered turning off the comments because, well, half of you think I’m a dirty Democrat for posting these comics, and the half of you think I’m a dirty Republican for pretty much the same reasons. So… pretty much a lose-lose proposition, huh? Still, I’ll keep it open as long as folks keep it civil.
I think it’s a safe assumption that the title of Diversity Lane, by Jason Sanborn, is supposed to be ironic. Sure, the annoying little girl can be taken as a parody of angry Republicans. On the other hand, the “liberal” types are much, much bigger hypocrites. It’s OK to be open-minded as long as everyone agrees with you, eh, you stinkin’ liberal?
Chris Muir’s Day By Day, draws in about 100,000 visitors, according to Compete.com. This is very healthy by webcomic standards. To give you a sense of scale, it draws in more readers than PvP, Sheldon, and chainsawsuit combined. Compared to Diversity Lane, Day by Day takes a less dire view on multiculturalism. I mean, one of the most conservative characters is a Black man, so there you go. Also, despite all appearance, this comic is not Doonesbury. I mean, this one’s got fanservice. Take that, Garry Trudeau!
No discussion about conservative comics could be complete without mentioning Comic Strip Club by the infamous Hapajap. This is that one with the elephant who is always right and the donkey who is always wrong. I wish there was more to say about this, but that’s pretty much everything in a nutshell. Lately, Hapajap seems to be branching out into religious matters, which kinda makes him the conservative Robert Crumb. Good for him!
And, finally, for those of you who have ever wanted to see Obama as a rascally scamp, there’s Jim Treacher’s Li’l Obama.
So yes, Virginia, there are conservative webcomics.