Doonesbury has taken up the issue of trans-vaginal exams in this week’s strips which has caused it to get pulled from numerous newspapers. I’ve been waiting all week to figure out exactly got so many people bristling, maybe today’s strip was the issue? Here’s the two likeliest panels so far that has caused the controversy.
Maybe it was the “rape” comment?
We reported on Friday that popular political comic strip Doonesbury was being pulled by numerous newspapers this week over it’s taking on the attack on women’s rights and issues like being forced to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before an abortion. We’re two strips in and I’m scratching my head as to what the problem with the strips are (then again, I am a damn dirty liberal/hippie).
Warning, these panels do ruin each strips punchlines.
Monday’s strip possible offenders…..
Have to like that Scarlet letter A.
Tuesday’s possible offenders….
Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau discussed the censorship and strips with the Washington Post on Sunday. In why he hopped into the debate Trudeau responded:
To ignore it, would have been comedy malpractice.
Comic beats truck, just like paper beats rock. Bleeding Cool has reporting that the Calgary Pro-Choice Coalition have decided to battle a roaming truck with pro-life propaganda with an online comic book.
Think, created by local artists Sasha Cameron and Ben Rankel, it’s available free and can also be downloaded free here.
I guess online beats offline too….
Here’s this week’s quotes showing that comics aren’t just for kids anymore. Everything from war and abortion to free speech were touched upon.
Liberty News 24/7 – A special session of Congress has convened to petition the United Nations, a body that the United States was forced to quit at the start of the war, for support in a renewed mission to not merely contain the Free States movement…. but, in the words of an unnamed source on the senior staff, “To defeat them in the fullest military sense of the term.”
Ex Machina #48
January – It skeeves me out whenever a dude tries to parlay any kind of success into a political career. There’s only one reason guys like that get into Government. It starts with “p” and ryhmes with “pussy.”
January – Then what’s his angle? I mean, are there any issues he even cares about? I’ve just seen that one commercial where he spouts a bunch of platitudes about building bridges. Like, how pro-choice is he?
Journal – I don’t know actually.
January – You don’t know where he stands on abortion?
Journal – I’m not a single-issue voter January.
Green Hornet #2
Metro Staffer – Deanley just passed Scanlon in the latest poll.
Britt Reid – By how much?
Metro Staffer – Twelve points. You sure you wanna continue to back the lame-duck Mayor in his re-election bid?
Britt Reid – That’s not what I’m talking about, Frank. I’m talking about their sizable donations to your re-election campaign.
Frank Scanlon – They’re entitled to their opinion on who’d they’d like to see running this city just like everyone else, aren’t they?
Prelude to Deadpool Corps. #5
Deadpool – Dude, this is a recipe for a spaceship in the face. No way. Don’t you remember Tiananmen Square, that guy standing in front of the tanks? This is our chance for the Intergalactic History Books. A lone hero against the might of an imperial–
Lizzie – It was a novel written by a Jew from a Jewish perspective. It became the most successful anti-semitic movie of all time.
It’s a decent week of Twitter posts on a range of subjects.
Comic book writer Ben Templesmith has two this week. One covers his thoughts on whaling and the other about Delegate Bob Marshall’s statement on abortion and disable children. You can follow him at http://twitter.com/Templesmith.
One of the men behind Lost and some time comic book writer Damon Lindelof asked for some political action to get his latest podcast posted. Follow him at http://twitter.com/DamonLindelof.
Ron Marz, who’s no stranger about speaking his mind, decided to comment on Fox television personality Glenn Beck. You can follow Ron at http://twitter.com/ronmarz.
Today is the first entry in our “Friday Fun” series of historic political comic books. Today’s entry comes from the 1988 Presidential race. The comic book is called Magical Mike and was created by Dick Hafer, and was endorsed by Jerry Falwell and Republican Party.
The comic book tells “the ‘real story’ of Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic nominee for president. Includes jabs at blacks, gays, women (including Dukakis’ wife) – also attacks the sick, the poor, foreigners, peacemakers, and others, connecting Dukakis as the common link.”
Jerry Falwell encouraged his entire congregation to distribute the comic books and the Republican party made sure to include a copy on every delegate’s seat during the 1988 Republican convention.
Here’s some of the highlights:
You can catch the comic in it’s entirety here.
Thanks for http://www.ep.tc/ and it’s amazing collection of these fantastic nuggets of history.
Dark Reign: The List – Wolverine
Marvel Boy – We Kree have a mathematical equation that proves the nonexistence of any deities. We learn it when we’re children, about the same time we learn not to soil ourselves with excrement.
Fantomex – Cool. I always knew atheists would someday save the world.
Ex Machina #46
Candy – You have any idea how it’s going to look to middle America if you start spending the considerable taxes you’ve raised on free morning-after pills for underage girls?
Mayor Hundred – I told you, I’m not making any decisions for my constituents based on some hypothetical future run for the White House, that’s a pussy move.