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This is a cartoon from July, but I can’t find it on “Alas” or on leftycartoons.com, so I suspect I forgot to ever post it.
America is different from the rest of the wealthy world; we’re less generous, less willing to pay for a safety net, less supportive of our citizens at every stage of our lives. And research suggests that the reason for that is racism.
So this cartoon is an attempt to translate that research finding into a four panel gag. I do this every once in a while; translating social science research into cartoons can be hard to do, but a lot of my favorite cartoons began that way.
I like some of the art for this one; I like the use of multiple angles and camera distances, and the backgrounds (which, I hope, find the right balance between “enough to be satisfying” and “so eye catching that they detract from the cartoon”). And the expression of the blonde character in the final panel really works for me. :-)
(Other things in the art work less well for me, like the blonde character’s body language in the first three panels, which looks kind of stiff to me. That’s how it goes. I never get to the point that I really like all my art, but I hope my batting average is improving over the years.)
And hey! I made it! Four cartoons in two weeks. (Pant, pant, pant.)
(Hey, Barry, if you could do four cartoons in two weeks, doesn’t that mean you could be doing eight cartoons per month instead of just four?)
(Hey, Voice-in-my-head, please shut up.)
Transcript of Cartoon
This cartoon has four panels.
Two women, a dark-haired woman with glasses (who I was thinking of as Latina when I drew her, but looking at the finished drawing I have to admit she looks racially ambiguous) and a blonde white woman in a polka-dot skirt, are standing outside, talking on a sidewalk. Glasses is saying something enthusiastically; Polka is listening with a hand on her chin.
GLASSES: No regular person can afford a million dollars in medical bills if their kid is in an accident. So we’d ALL be helped by Medicare For All.
POLKA: That makes sense.
The two are walking as they talk.
GLASSES: We need food stamps and rent subsidies. Because no one in a rich country should be hungry or homeless.
POLKA: I hear you.
GLASSES: And maybe we need some sort of federal job guarantee, so everyone who wants to work, can.
POLKA: That would have helped me a lot last year.
Glasses continues to talk happily, hands outspread in a “it’s all so reasonable” gesture, but Polka is angrily yelling, pointing one finger into the air.
GLASSES: Plus, these programs can do a lot for groups like the Black-
POLKA: THESE IDEAS ARE SOCIALISM AND I’LL HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM!