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I drew this one back in June, but as far as I can tell, I never got around to posting on “Alas.” Oops!
“I die and the spirit of science dies with me!” cracks me up, but I have no idea if readers will find it funny or not.
The debate over climate change exhausts me. Because while we should be debating what’s to be done about climate change, or how to mitigate climate change, we’re instead stuck endlessly debating if climate change exists or not.
And I always wonder – what do climate change deniers believe is happening among climatologists? Why, in their view, has virtually the entire scientific community in this field chosen to mislead the public and perpetuate a hoax?
Artwise, this was a fun one. I amused myself by sticking nonsensical “science stuff” in the backgrounds – a reel-to-reel tape recorder, a big lever, a portrait of Al Gore (I swiped the “celebrity photo in the background” gag from the beautiful comic strip Bloom County). The mad scientist character’s design looks unlike my usual characters and I really enjoyed that (I had a “eureka! moment when I realized how much better he’d look if he had no neck or chin).
I’m especially pleased with how the dude in the final panel came out. I’m usually pretty conservative with how I use coloring, but for that dude the coloring is really carrying the drawing, and (to my eyes at least) it looks good.
Transcript of Cartoon
This cartoon has four panels.
Two scientists are talking. We can tell that they’re scientists because they’re wearing lab coats and there’s sciency-looking equipment in the background. Also a reel-to-reel projector and a photo of Al Gore. The Young Scientist is talking animatedly to the Older Scientist; Young’s eyes are wide and naive.
YOUNG: Doctor Goldberg, I know it’s my first day on the job, but I found data proving that global warming is a hoax!
Older Scientist holds a hand high in the air, gesturing towards a brighter future. Young Scientist turns away, looking up in a noble fashion, his left fist clasped over his heart.
OLDER: It’s true, we made it all up! But play along and you’ll be rich!
YOUNG: Never! The people have a right to the truth!
OLDER has produced a handgun and shoots YOUNG in the back; YOUNG is in great pain and looks like he’s about to fall over.
OLDER: What a shame.
YOUNG: AAAGH! I die and the spirit of science dies with me!
Two completely different characters, a man and a woman, in a completely different scene. (We know it’s different because there’s no longer science stuff in the background, and because the color scheme has changed). The man is telling a story.
MAN: …So that’s what I think happens.
WOMAN: It does sound more likely than global warming being true.