This 2008 New Yorker cover inspired not one but three comics. Actually not the cover, the reaction to it.
The cover was a funny send-up, an obvious parody. But the Cult of St. Barack threw a fit and said copies should be burned -- yes, KPFA, on air promoted BOOK BURNING. So-called free speech radio allowed that IDIOT Aimee Allison (the mixed, bi-racial fool) to advocate for BOOK BURNING. What a little ass.
So while that nonsense was going on, I offered three other versions in solidarity with The New Yorker.
I've got one more of that series.
An e-mail asked about whether or not I get a hard time about my Barack comics.
In 2008, I got a lot of hate mail.
I didn't care.
That's dropped off significantly. But there are White people who still feel the need to e-mail me and gripe.
It's just White people.
Black people know what racism is and they're not going to start screaming in an e-mail at me the way some White people will.
I think it probably also helps that (a) I'm Black and (b) I have a history that pre-dates Barack online. My comics have shown that I will take on Bush (and did while a lot of others were cowards) and I will take on any politicians. I don't bow before politicians.
And I think because I have that history and because I played it fair in the primaries -- I made fun of everyone on the Democratic side (not sure about the GOP side but I'm not sure I knew all the GOP players -- I don't think I did a Mitt Romney comic in 2008 and didn't even know he was running in 2008 until this year when someone mentioned it on NPR).
Most people know I supported Hillary and they know if she was president, she'd be the focus of almost every comic and I'd be making fun of her. (I've done two of her since the 2008 election. One was about Barack hiding behind her skirts and the other was comparing her and Leon Panetta to pigs over their wish list in terms of the budget.)
I like Hillary. But if she were president, even though I would've voted for her, I'd still be sending her up because that's what you do if you're a political cartoonist, you go after the big targets.
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