Cartoon: It Does Sound Wonderful


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After I posted this cartoon on Twitter, some folks assumed that the Youtuber was a caricature of a vlogger called “The Amazing Atheist.” That wasn’t my intent – I was just trying to draw a cliche of what right-wing vloggers look like – but after reading their tweets, I googled for photos of “The Amazing Atheist,” and damn.


Transcript of cartoon

This cartoon has four main panels, and also a tiny “kicker” panel under the bottom of the cartoon.

PANEL 1
This panel shows two men, in what looks like a kitchen. One is a bald man with glasses and a argyle sweater vest, the other is a man wearing a sleeveless shirt who has a full-sleeve tattoo on his left arm. Tattoo is sitting at a table, with a plate of food and a coffee mug in front of him, watching something on his smartphone. Argyle has his hand on Tattoo’s shoulder, and is leaning over to watch Tattoo’s smartphone.

ARGYLE: Whatcha watching?
TATTOO: Some Youtube guy.
YOUTUBER (speaking on smartphone)L You know what Democrats really want? Socialism!

PANEL 2
A close up of Tattoo’s smartphone. On the phone screen, a video is playing, showing a man yelling at the camera, a forefinger held up in the air.

YOUTUBER: Can you imagine how hard it is to be a cop now?> If you so much as rough up a suspect – BOOM! You’re fired!

PANEL 3
Like panel 2, a close-up on the smartphone. The youtuber looks aggravated and his holding both hands up in a “explaining my point” sort of gesture.

YOUTUBER: You can’t make jokes about anyone anymore! Jews, Blacks, gays, trans, fatties – all off limits!
YOUTUBER: Racism was a problem like a century ago – but that’s all over now!

PANEL 4
Argyle has turned to Tattoo is and is clasping his hands together in front of him, in a begging gesture. Tattoo is amused.

ARGYLE: Can we please move to the American the right thinks we live in?
TATTOO: It does sound wonderful!

SMALL KICKER PANEL BELOW THE BOTTOM OF THE STRIP
Argyle talks to Tattoo; they both look amused.
ARGYLE: Getting in should be easy – I hear they don’t guard the border at all.

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5 Responses to Cartoon: It Does Sound Wonderful

  1. 1
    Chris says:

    Reminds me of a question I saw on Twitter the other day that said something to the equivalent of “What right-wing lie do you wish were true?”

    I went with “Man-made climate change isn’t real,” but all of the ones in this cartoon would make good answers too.

  2. 2
    Ampersand says:

    OMG, I feel like such an idiot for not putting “Climate change is a myth!” in this cartoon! Seriously, I may have to edit it and replace one of the current items with that.

  3. 3
    Eytan Zweig says:

    If you are replacing any, I’d replace the first one – that’s just proposes that the Democrats have a different motivation than they do, not that they achieve anything.

  4. 4
    Ledasmom says:

    I adore this cartoon, especially the facial expressions in the last panel and the kicker. My only issue is that I couldn’t see the tattoo sleeve, even after reading your description. It is very pale, at least as seen on my phone-I can just make it out if I enlarge the image, but it has minimal visual weight.
    But I do love this cartoon. It has logic and characters and a little plot in the restricted format of four panels plus kicker, and just enough gentle bite.

  5. 5
    Ampersand says:

    Ledasmom, I agree with you about the tattoo sleeve – I should have made it darker. But hopefully I’ll do it better next time.

    Thanks! I’m really glad you liked the cartoon.

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