A few words on Political Comics


I freely admit that I am a political junkie.  I was lucky enough to have a very good Political Science teacher in college and parents who felt that thinking was more important than reciting facts.

One fun part of politics is political comics. They make you laugh, think, puke, and blow coffee out your nose. The good ones do this all at once.

Here are some political comics and my opinions on them:

Prickly City: A young girl and her coyote buddy nail the politics of the day.

Hope n' Change Comics A look at life under the regime of our Dear Leader

The Gentleman from Lickskillete: The tale of a congressman from the small town of the Lickskillete and his family.

Chris Muir's Day by Day cartoon. This is a very funny strip that revolves around four high tech office workers, two in their twenties; one a idealist liberal, the other a pragmatic conversative; and two in their 40's, with a more seasoned view of the world. One reviewer called it a mix of Dilbert and Bloom County. Fairly accurate in MNSHO.

Diversity Lane: A liberal family saga.

Mallard Filmore: The most widely known right wing political comic strip.  Bruce Tinsley's humor is like a blunt object used with the skill of a highly trained surgeon.  He rubs your nose in the goofy policies of the far left the way Trudeau used to rub your nose in the goofy policies of the far right.  Interesting enough, I know a lot of Conservatives who saw the humor in Doonesbury even when they were the target of his humor.  Most liberals have no sense of humor unless mocking Conservatives. It is a lot better drawn than Doonesbury to boot.

Doonesbury:  The grand-daddy strip of the pack. Hard hitting and way funny in the 70's and even part of the 80's. Now it's just tired and sad.  Trudeau can't even be bothered to draw the strip himself anymore (but he is still hip enough to mock himself for it...). It's subject to random reruns of strips and is more interested in far left propoganda than biting at the ankles of power.
After I wrote this, I saw an article in Reason that says pretty much the same thing.
Truesbury show what this tool of the far left would look like if it really "spoke truth to power."

The Boondocks: Huey and Riley Freeman are the angry black inner children of Aaron Vincent McGruder. He's got that bitting at the ankles of power wit down cold! Better than Trudeau in his prime. His politics are from the far extreme end of the loopy left, so be forewarned. Mr. McGruder used to have my friend Jen Seng drawing his strip now. That improved the artwork. She is very good.
Jen no longer does artwork for the strip because McGruder, in Jen's words, "replaced me behind my back and blatantly lied to me."
Not surprising, but sad. It seems that success went straight to McGruder's head and pushed out any common sense and common decency.
In an amazing display of lameness, Mr. McGruder has decided that the stress of not drawing his own comic is too much for him and is taking six months off to count his money while spouting Socialist nonsense. His syndicated strips are repeating old comics. Space that would be better off given to fresh material.
Some folks do have some fun with his cartoons...

Demockracy: Sadly ended, this webcomic was well written and well drawn. It had a conservative slant, and was topical and very funny.

Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons. Great stuff! Wish they were still knocking them out.

Chuck Asay, conservative cartoonist


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