December 2019 Democratic Debate Thoughts

December 20, 2019 Politics / Religion Comments (0) 29

Last night’s Democratic Debate was, I thought, the best so far. I almost didn’t watch, because I’m tired of hearing the same questions and answers ad nauseum, but Corky pointed out that impeachment might make for some interesting new questions.

It didn’t–I think there was only one question about impeachment–but as it turned out, the moderators from Politico and PBS did a great job coming up with thoughtful, relevant questions on a broad list of topics.

The usual format, especially from godawful NBC news, is to try and come up with “gotcha” questions and encourage the candidates to fight one another. These questions addressed subjects that are often neglected (environment! disabilities! violence against trans women!) and got the candidates arguing naturally and organically, not through cajoling.

As a result, I thought most of the candidates came away looking good. Almost every candidate had a strong showing, I think, and for once I didn’t feel like I’d have to suck it up to vote for whoever wins the nomination. Kobuchar’s jokes were obviously rehearsed, and Bernie got caught unprepared to talk about trans safety and made a clumsy pivot to Medicare For All, his panacea this campaign cycle (not to be outdone, Yang argued that his Freedom Dividend would protect trans health…. somehow.) Biden ALMOST got through without a gaffe, although his forced stutter (intended to illustrate how children with stutters look to Joe, who himself has a stuttering problem, for inspiration and guidance) mostly confused people, and left some without knowledge of Joe’s own history thinking he mocked childhood disability.

As always, I really don’t want Andrew Yang to be the candidate, but I really like a lot of what he says.

And as always, I’m disappointed that the first openly gay candidate to have a viable shot at the Presidency isn’t… better. Pete’s not the worst person in the world, by a longshot, but he’s such a model of the “white gay” stereotype, simultaneously talking about the importance of civil rights to his marriage while defending the status quo and minimizing the plight of other marginalized groups… it’s frustrating.

Warren remains my favorite on that stage (Cory is my #1, but he just can’t seem to get traction in the polls) but Bernie has climbed into my #2 spot, despite the mountain of resentment toward him that I carried into this cycle. After them, I guess it’s Amy Klobuchar, because I outright disqualify Yang and Steyer and really don’t like Biden or Pete.


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We’re Off to Deceive the Wizard!

August 13, 2019 Comics Comments (1) 119

The Wizard of Oz gang meets Donald Trump along the Yellow Brick Road

My mother has always been a massive fan of The Wizard of Oz, and while I was home a couple of weeks ago asked me why I’d never done a cartoon mashing that with Donald Trump. I then got to brainstorm ideas with my parents, which resulted in this cartoon.

I’ve been trying to challenge myself artistically, and experiment with some approaches–line widths and colors, for instance–so I tried to make this one a bit more ornate than in the past. There are some bits I really like, and some bits I’m less happy about, but overall I thought this came out well.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Time Traveler!

August 5, 2019 Comics Comments (0) 86

I give it about two weeks before the world forgets Neil DeGrasse Tyson was ever a dick about mass shootings.I assume by the time you read this that the world will have forgotten Neil deGrasse Tyson was a giant dick about mass shootings, but it happened, and I drew this.

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How Game of Thrones sabotaged Emilia Clarke and betrayed Daenerys Targaryen

May 13, 2019 Science Fiction & Fantasy Comments (1) 77

The night is dark and full of spoilers!

First of all, holy crap. I guess we know why this season of GoT took so much time and money to film—the epic destruction of King’s Landing is unlike anything we’ve seen from this show so far, even the Battle of Winterfell two episodes ago.

However, like many fans, I came away feeling unsatisfied by Daenerys Targaryen’s heel turn. While plenty of people predicted she might be on a path toward villainy, the moment itself felt unearned and out of character. Already, dozens of essays explain how this is a betrayal of the fans of Game of Thrones, a betrayal of Dany, a betrayal of feminism…the list goes on. In the end, I think there were subtle failures on the parts of the writers that left viewers unprepared, and more importantly a real betrayal of trust between the show runners and Emilia Clarke, who portrays Dany on screen, that sabotaged her ability as an actor to fully present her character. Continue Reading

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