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“Fat-shaming is bad, but…” is the fat-acceptance equivalent of “some of my best friends are Jewish.” Or of “I don’t want to sound sexist, but…”
It’s a sign of how much fat acceptance has advanced that many people now feel the need to say “of course fat shaming is bad” right before they say something fat-shaming. I’m not being entirely sarcastic! Just a few years ago, almost no one would have felt the need to put in the disclaimer, after all.
Baby steps are still steps.
I had fun drawing this one. Panel one was especially fun for me – I drew three-point perspective freehand, without even a perspective grid as a safety net. The furniture in panel one may not have totally accurate perspective, but to my eyes it’s lively.
I also had fun trying to make the two characters recognizable in each panel, while giving each of them a new outfit in every panel. I’m relying more and more on google image search to find outfit ideas for my characters, and I think it’s improving the look of my work.
I decided to keep the colors very stark and simple – I think it looks nice and suits the mood of the strip. But I’m not sure I’ll actually have the guts to stick with it – it’s tempting to go in and noodle around with shading and try to make it look prettier. I’m going to wait a few days, to get some distance from it, and then look again and decide about the shading. (Update: One day later, I added a couple of colors. Still pretty stark, though.)
The gag in panel 3, with the woman interrupting by sticking her head in through an open window, I’m pretty sure I swiped from Matt Bors. (If you ever read this, Matt, remember about imitation and flattery!)
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
This cartoon has four panels.
Two women talk in a living room. One woman is older (possibly the second woman’s mother), with light-colored hair in a bun. This woman is thin. The younger woman has dark hair and is fat.
The younger woman is sitting on a sofa, looking up at the older woman, who is leaning over the arm of the sofa as she talks. The older woman is smiling, the younger woman is listening with a blank expression.
OLDER: I’d never fat-shame, but did you see the gym has a sale on new memberships?
The two woman sit at a table in a restaurant. Both of them have a plate of food and a drinking glass in front of them, and both are holding forks as they eat. The older woman is holding up the forefinger of her other hand, smiling as she makes a point. The younger woman, who is wearing Capri pants with a floral pattern, looks a little bit annoyed.
OLDER: Not to fat-shame, but maybe you should think about how much you order in a place like this?
A caption has two arrows coming from it; the arrows point to each of their plates.
CAPTION: Ordered the exact same thing.
The younger woman in inside a house (presumably her house), and is startled by the older woman, who has stuck her head in through an open window to speak. The younger woman is dropping her smart phone and looks surprised. The older woman looks very concerned.
OLDER: Fat-shaming is bad, but remember, we love you and want you to be with us a long long time.
The two woman sit together at a round table, coffee mugs on the table in front of them. The younger woman is reading aloud from a newspaper. The older woman smiles and places a hand on her chest in a “I am so virtuous” gesture.
YOUNGER: “Studies show that fat shaming makes fat people less healthy and is linked to weight gain.”
OLDER: That’s why I would never fat shame!