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TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
This cartoon has four panels. Each panel shows a scene on a city sidewalk between three people: A labor activist (carrying a “Stop the war on workers” sign), a boss type guy (wearing a suit and tie), and an Uncle Sam-like superhero (wearing the Uncle Sam hat, a big cape, and a stars-and-stripes themed leotard).
The activist leans back a bit, looking unhappy, as the boss aggressively leans forward to point at her, yelling in her face. A superhero flies down, yelling with an angry expression.
BOSS: Labor organizing? Not in my company! You’re fired!
SUPERHERO: Hold, corporate miscreant!
The superhero has landed on the sidewalk and is talking to the two people, with a very stern expression. The activist looks happy at this turn of events, and the boss is startled and unhappy.
BOSS: Who are you?
SUPERHERO: I’m the U.S. government! And I’m here because firing people for labvor organizing is illegal! NOW HOLD OUT YOUR HAND!
A close up panel shows the boss’ hand, held out, palm facing down, and the superhero’s hand, holding a ruler. The superhero hits the back of the boss’ hand gently with the ruler. A very small sound effect says “tap.”
The superhero, grinning widely, is flying up into the air. The boss, smiling, waves goodbye. The activist frowns and looks at the readers out of the corner of her eye, with a “can you believe this?” expression.
BOSS: Um… Okay, I’ve learned my lesson.
SUPERHERO (loudly): Mission accomplished!
You are on fire! this week … write (sic) on
I just don’t think this one is realistic. I would expect that the boss, after being tapped, would cry at the unfairness of it all and demand that the courts take the ruler away from the superhero. And they would, because being forced to treat your employees fairly is so awfully unfair to the bosses!
Fair point, Dianne. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever do a sequel. :-)