I came across this cartoon on Facebook – where it was poorly reproduced and had Butler’s credit at the bottom cut out (why do people do that? I can see why people reblog and repost cartoons that lack a credit line – I do that myself – but who cuts out the credit line in the first place, and why?). To me, the cartoon is clearly about rich people who yell “class warfare!” every time someone criticizes, well, rich people. But reading the comments on Facebook, many people seem to take it as a straightforward cartoon about postmodernism.
(With only a small change to how the stepped-on character is drawn, it could also work as a cartoon about racism, or misogyny, or transphobia, or homophobia, etc.) (ETA: Well, actually, you don’t need to change it at all to potentially be about transphobia or homophobia.)
Anyhow, Clay Butler’s “Sidewalk Bubblegum” archive is here, and well worth checking out.