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Some comments about this cartoon (originally posted on my Patreon page).
The modern “alt-right” – those conservatives who are now, among other things, running Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – consider it an infraction on “free speech” for anything they like to be criticized, even while they use online bullying campaigns to shut up anyone without elephant-hide skin. It’s vicious and hypocritical, and it’s affected a few people I know.
Unfortunately, there are some on the far left whose behavior is similar. But 1) those folks on the left aren’t claiming to be doing all this to protect free speech, and 2) those folks on the left are marginal, while the alt-right now has a major party presidential candidate.
Artwise, this is one of my standard approaches, but there are a few things I’m doing differently. First of all, I tried my best to make the main anti-feminist a physically attractive specimen, which was a drawing challenge to me – my natural style is to draw everyone a bit grotesque.
Secondly, the “panel within panels” approach used in panel 5 and panel 8 is not my usual. I think it works, but man, that’s a lot of extra drawing. :-)
And third, I tried to give the colors the look of a faded old comic book. Not for any symbolic reason, I just like the way those faded colors look.
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TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
(This panel shows only the title of the strip, in large, cheerful letters on a blue background.)
Title: How Free Speech Was Saved
(Two men, in their 20s or 30s, are in a coffee shop. One of them, a handsome, muscular blonde man with a square jaw and wearing a sleeveless tee, is looking angrily at something on his tablet. The other, a scruffier looking man in a collared blue shirt, is sitting at a table with his laptop, but looking up in alarm.)
Handsome: The feminists are attacking free speech!
Scruff: Oh no!
(A closer shot of the two guys as they stare at Handsome’s tablet.)
Handsome: Look, this one’s calling out sexism in a video game!
Scruff: Feminist criticism? But that’s censorship!
(Handsome dramatically gestures, looking up and waving fists in the air, as Scruff turns to his laptop.)
Handsome: This injustice cannot stand!
Scruff: I’ll get on social media!
(This panel is divided into four sub-panels, showing four different men in different locations, all reading something on their computer or tablet and yelling.)
All Four Guys: Attack!
(A 30-something woman in a black sleeveless tee sits in front of her laptop, a cup of coffee on the table, and looks shocked at what’s on her computer screen.)
Various Messages from Computer: Step in a hole and die! Rape! I know where you live! Hate! SJW scum! You are pure @#$&! Die!
(The same woman, now crying a little, types a message into her computer.)
Woman: Dear friends: For the time being, I’m shutting down all my social media accounts…
(Another panel that’s been divided into four sub-panels, each showing a different woman in a different location. They are all looking at their Internet devices, and all thinking the same thought.)
All Four Women (thought): Look at what they did to her… Maybe I shouldn’t post online.
(Back to the two guys, who have their arms crossed and are looking happy and prideful, as they talk to a third man, a hippie-looking dude who is very impressed.)
Handsome: And that’s how we saved free speech!
Hippie: Wow! You guys are heroes!