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This cartoon is another collaboration with Becky Hawkins
Another cartoon that was, for me, more about communicating a certain feeling than it was about telling a gag.
I’m in love with how Becky’s art came out on this one. Becky has been using the “ribbon lettering” to funny effect in her work for years, and I’ve always loved how it looks, so I was really happy to find a way to use it in a political cartoon.
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
This cartoon has four panels. Each of the panels shows the same character, a bearded man wearing glasses and a checked shirt open over a tee shirt.
The man is walking, bent over like he has a heavy weight on his back. He’s surrounded by a twisting, circling ribbon that says things like: ABLEISM LONELINESS TRANSPHOBIA RACISM POLICE VIOLENCE DISEASE POVERTY GENTRIFICATION and so on. The man is talking to himself. The background is a dull greenish gray.
MAN: There’s too much wrong with the world! I’m overwhelmed!
The background turns bright yellow as the man straightens up and talks towards the sky, with an expression and body language indicating determination. The twisty ribbon has disappeared.
MAN: Enough! From now on I’ll just think about the single most important issue! Which is global warming! No other issues matter if the Earth is destroyed!
The background color dims back towards a green-gray as the man thinks it through, a hand on his chin in a “I’m thinking” gesture.
MAN: Of course, we can’t deal with climate change until we can hold corporations accountable…
MAN: …which can’t happen without a better government…
MAN: But we can’t have a better government while elections are so broken…
MAN: …which means we have to be looking at racism! And classism!
MAN: …and… and…
The background has become a dull green gray, similar to the first panel but darker. A yellow spotlight-type light picks out the man, who has crouched onto the ground, face down, almost in a fetal position. The ribbon is back, but this time, instead of swooping around him in many directions, it’s a single big spiral seemingly pressing him down. The lettering on the ribbon says “CLIMATE CHANGEVOTING RIGHTSBROKEN DEMOCRATIC CAPITALISM RACISM POVERTY…” and so on.
This panel has no dialog.