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This is what distresses me about global warming: As long as powerful people benefit from not seeing it, they won’t see it. I don’t know if global warming is a solvable problem, but it seems like it’s a mitigatable problem. But mitigation won’t begin if powerful people – and to be clear, I mean the Republican party – are choosing not to see what inconveniences them.
Artwise, this cartoon is up and down for me. The up: I really like how the colors came out. The cool-colored figures and water standing out from the reddish world really work, at least for my tastes. Normally I’m happy if my colors just reach the level of “pleasant looking,” but I think the colors here actually add to the impact of the cartoon.
The down: That car. I keep on trying to learn how to draw cartoons of cars, and it’s slow going. I have an upcoming cartoon with a better-drawn car, but this one looks “wrong” to me.
I said “cartoons of cars,” by the way, because I can draw realistic cars. That’s not hard, exactly; it just takes finding reference and taking time to do the work. Here’s a VW Bug I drew in the second “Hereville” graphic novel, for example:
But just because I can (with reference) draw a realistic car doesn’t mean I can draw a satisfying cartoon of a car. But I’m going to keep trying until I get the hang of it.
Transcript of Cartoon
This is a single-panel cartoon (although there’s a mini “kicker” panel in the bottom right corner). The main panel shows a comfortable-looking white man, standing on top of a cliff, facing away from the cliff’s edge. He has a huge SUV parked nearby, and in the background a factory is spewing huge clouds of smoke from smokestacks. The sky is red. Behind him, way at the bottom of the cliff, standing in five feet of water, stand four people, all looking up angrily at him. All four are non-white.
MAN: Is global warming real? I just don’t see it!
Kicker panel shows a woman who was in the water in the main panel; she’s now in front of the white man and speaking to him, with a frustrated expression. Facing her, the man folds his arm and replies cheerfully.
WOMAN: Just turn around!
MAN: I’d rather not.