You know, it’s the oddest thing.

There’s a webcomic out there whose artist is pretty good, and who definitely needs money. And every so often I feel guilty about reading said webcomic, and not giving the artist any money… but every single time that I start feeling really guilty, the artist engages in political hate speech! Right out of nowhere! Completely egregious!

And then I don’t feel guilty anymore.

Moe Lane

PS: Taunting the artist with this by name is more or less immoral; not because it’s wrong to teach people the practical consequences of hate speech, but because I would enjoy it just a shade too much, and not in the right way.


  • TomInKorea says:

    I’ve felt this way too. It is reminded that he/they want a redistributionist system of government. Of course, since he is much richer than me (in drawing) I suppose it could be said that I’m taking from the ‘haves’ (the artist) and giving to the ‘have nots’ (myself). Make them live by their own rules, is the way I’ve heard it described.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    I’ve dropped a couple of webcomics from my to-read list for that reason.

  • xander says:

    I’d like to know which one it is (if SHADE is supposed to be a clue, then google has failed me) I too have dropped many comics from my list for just that reason.

  • Jimmie says:

    It is for that very reason I stopped reading Questionable Content.

  • Neil Stevens says:

    I recall having a really hard time with comics back in 2004.

    Sinfest was the biggest loss, but it had to be done. Sold out for John Forbes Kerry, of all people.

    I’ve had pretty good luck since then. Once in a while xkcd pushes the limits, but other than that my comics reads stay clear.

  • Neil Stevens says:

    In fact, probably the most political comic I read now is Real Life. Once in a while Greg Dean just goes off on some classic California small government conservative rant.

  • Aruges says:

    It took you till 2004 to give up on Sinfest? You’re made of stronger stuff than I. Stopped reading that one just after 9/11. Insufferable.

  • BigGator5 says:

    Hey Moe, can you email me said webcomic? Thanks.
    Also, I read a webcomic called Dominic Deegan. I think you’ll like it. The creator is clearly liberal, but besides a few small rants, doesn’t let his politics get in the way of the comic much. In fact, I recommend the comic to almost any die-hard conservative.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      This is a general comment, folks: I’m deliberately not mentioning the name of the comic because if I did I’d be taking just a little too much pleasure this time in somebody else’s discomfort. Sorry. 🙂

      (And, yeah, probably shouldn’t have brought it up in the first place, then. Ach, well, still not a Buddha.)

  • Kresh says:

    I’ve learned to separate an artist’s personal opinion from their work. Otherwise I wouldn’t be able to enjoy many forms of media in this country. Luckily, much of the media produced by said over-sharing leftys is free and on the internet (not the same thing and piracy is a big no-no in my book). I enjoy many artist’s work, even if I think they’re chowderheads (see; John Scalzi), and some of it I will even give them money for if I think it is good enough(again, see: John Scalzi). Another example; I enjoy the music of Rage Against the Machine, and I have no issues giving them my money for their music, even though I think they’re morons off the stage.
    So, long story short, if he’s not selling a product, I wouldn’t worry about not giving him money. Only an idiot would think that people buying his non-political product is an endorsement of his crazy rants. That may have been repetitive.

  • DaveP. says:

    There’s a comic I feel the same way about; I take great enjoyment in reading it… and even greater enjoyment in getting the related books USED off of Abebooks so my dirty Rethuglican money need never touch the artist’s hands. What makes it even better is when the author runs a bleg stating that he’s having a hard time making ends meet due to the horrible economy.

    Memo to ‘artists’: You can EITHER display your political ignorance and bad manners OR ask me for money… don’t try to do both.

    Moe, I’m wondering if we read the same comic. I’m not asking you to go against your ethics but would a hint be out of line?

  • DaveP. says:

    Heh. I know that one.

  • Neil Stevens says:

    Kresh, I can separate views from artist, but if the artist puts his views into the work, there’s no separating the views from the work.

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