April 17th, 2017 Barry
I have a new comic up at The Nib today! This is a very unusual comic strip for me – it’s autobio, a genre I almost never do. It’s about what happened to me when I took a job playing a female duck.
February 13th, 2017 Barry
Panel 1 shows two “black bloc” protesters, with black hoodies and faces masked, standing with broken glass around them. One is holding a brick, and both are waving a fist in the air.
CAPTION: Berkeley: Masked far-left protesters set fires and break windows.
BB1: Oooh, look at us. We’re such hardcore rebels!
BB2: In your FACE, people who do tedious activism work that actually matters!
An angry man holding a smoking handgun yells at someone on the ground in front of him.
CAPTION: Seattle: A fan of a right-wing speaker shoots a left-wing protester.
ANGRY MAN: Stop trying to silence me!
A cheerful man in a suit and tie looks directly a the viewer, hand out in a “explaining things” gesture.
CAPTION: Michigan: A Republican party official suggests that student protesters should be shot.
MAN: Kent State is a model we should all aspire to!
A young white man, face distorted by hate, is standing with his back to us, holding a gun, and glaring back at us over his shoulder.
CAPTION: Quebec: A white supremacist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, Trump supporter murders six people in a Mosque.
MAN: Being privileged in every way imaginable has made me so ANGRY!
Three well-dressed people wear expressions of panic as they yell in unison.
CAPTION: And the pundits spoke.
PUNDITS: Why are liberals so intolerant?
Posted in Media criticism |
January 19th, 2017 Barry
(This panel, and all the panels that follow except the final panel, are colored in cheerful blues and blue-greens. This panel shows only the title of the strip, in large letters, overlapping a drawing of a judge’s gave.)
(A courtroom scene, showing a JUDGE, a DA, and a PRISONER.)
JUDGE: What are the charges against this prisoner?
DA: The prisoner is accused of being a woman in public!
(A closer shot of the prisoner and the judge; the judge is angrily admonishing the prisoner/)
PRISONER: Can I say…
JUDGE: No you can’t! You have to be silent!
(A large panel showing the DA as he sternly talks.)
DA: The charge isn’t just being a woman… She didn’t smile. Not even when I told her two! She wouldn’t share her phone number…. She wore clothing I found provocative. She used sarcasm!
(The prisoner angrily speaks up, but the judge and DA yell and interrupt her.)
PRISONER: This is ridic–
JUDGE AND DA: QUIET!
(The DA continues talking, looking serious and reasonable.)
DA: Most damning of all, the prisoner is accused of being unavailable for our immediate sexual use!
(The DA, warming to his theme, spreads his arms wide in the air as he talks.)
DA: By existing in public yet not sleeping with us, this woman flagrantly attacks our masculinity.
(Overcome with emotion, the DA lifts his clenched fists to his face and weeps cartoony tears that fly away from his face.)
DA: She even does this right in front of our male peers! Oh the humiliation!
(The judge leans forward and points at the prisoner as he speaks. The DA looks smug.)
JUDGE: I’ve heard enough! The prisoner is guilty!
PRISONER: What about my defense?
(A close-up of the judge as he raises his gavel and looks angry.)
JUDGE: I don’t want to hear it! I will now pronounce your sentence….
(The scene has completely switched to a slightly grubby street, colored in shades of dim brown. There is an alleyway in the background, with trash and litter. There is a bench, with two guys in very casual dress on it, both yelling after a woman who is walking by them quickly, her eyes firmly fixed on the ground in front of her. The two guys are the same guys who have been the Judge and DA in the earlier panels, and the woman was earlier seen as the Prisoner.)
DA: Hey! What’s your name?
JUDGE: Give us a smile.
DA: You got a number?
JUDGE: Don’t ignore me!
DA: We didn’t want you anyway!
Posted in Feminist cartoons |
August 2nd, 2016 Barry
This cartoon is by Barry Deutsch and Becky Hawkins.
In the foreground, a middle-aged man types on his laptop. Behind him, a yelling child is calling to the man, while the child’s mother, holding an infant, shushes him. A caption shows us what the man is typing.
JUNIOR: Dad! Dad! DAD!
MOTHER: Junior, let your father work.
CAPTION: “The ‘wage gap’…”
Same scene. The boy has calmed down, and the mother is bringing him along by the shoulder as she exits. The mother looks exhausted, and the baby is pulling on her hair.
MOTHER: I’m going out – I have to meet with Junior’s teacher and do groceries and pick up your dry cleaning and…
CAPTION: “…mostly disappears….”
The mom has departed, but the man, still typing, turns his head to call out after her.
MAN: Oh, the nursing home left a message about my mother… Would you take care of that?
CAPTION: “…when you control for the fact…”
The man turns back to typing.
MAN (thought balloon): Hope she makes stew for dinner tonight.
CAPTION: “…that women work far fewer hours than men.”
March 15th, 2016 Barry
Transcript of cartoon:
A man in a jacket and tie is listening to a woman in a striped shirt speak.
WOMAN: We at Planned Parenthood don’t sell fetuses. We donate fetuses for medical research. There’s a fee for expenses, but we never profit.
The man turns his back towards the viewer and is facing the woman’s word balloon from panel 1, which has remained in the cartoon, but is now mostly hidden by the man stepping in front of it. He has produced a magic marker and is making marks on the woman’s word balloon; the marker makes a “squeak squeak squeak” sound effect. The woman is puzzled by this development.
MAN: Hold on a minute…
The man has turned back towards the viewers, and is holding up the woman’s word balloon from panel one. He has crossed off most of the words on the balloon; the remain words read “We at Planned Parenthood… sell… fetuses… for… profit.” He is pointing an accusing finger at the woman while yelling. The woman looks very surprised.
MAN: LOOK! SHE CONFESSED!
Posted in Feminist cartoons |
February 29th, 2016 Barry
Transcript of cartoon:
What If All The Defaults Were Reset?
(A suspicious-looking young white man in a sweater, arms crossed, is listening to a magical fairy, who is speaking earnestly to him while hovering in the air on her two small wings. The Fairy is dark-skinned, has her head shaved except for a little poof of hair on top, has no arms below the elbows, and has two little feathered wings.)
FAIRY: When you’re not the “societal default” – white, straight, male, cis, etc – it’s like a thousand little weights!
(Sweater-dude looks angry, and has lifted his arms in the air to make a point.)
SWEATER-DUDE: You minorities always make a big deal out of nothing… I’m sure it’s not hard to handle!
(The Fairy, a wild grin on her face, casts a spell – we know because a caption says “casting cool magic spell” – and a big cloud of magic smoke appears where Sweater-Dude was.)
FAIRY: Okay, let’s see!
(These panels form a giant circle. They can be read starting with any panel.)
(A man with an eyepatch puts his hands on his face in a gesture of astonishment.)
MAN: You identify as the sex you were assigned at birth? Whoa! So what does your junk look like?
(A fat woman with cat’s eye glasses and a striped crop top is giving instructions with a cheerful, helpful demeanor..)
WOMAN: If you’d just stop undereating you could be fat. You can do it!
(An irritated looking woman with curly hair, arms akimbo, is asking a question.)
WOMAN: ¡Habla español! Esto es América!
(An older woman with a punk haircut makes a shrugging “what can we do?” gesture.)
WOMAN: Sure, nearly all the Senators and CEOs are women. But how is that sexist against men?
(A young person with tattoos looks anxious as they speak.)
WOMAN: Have you tried being queer? Really really tried? I only ask because I want you to be happy!
(An older woman looks up from a TV Guide, looking puzzled..)
WOMAN: Why would anyone watch a TV show about young people?
(A cheerful man wearing a yarmulke is giving helpful advice. His hands are flapping in the air around his face.)
MAN: Couldn’t you just try making stimming gestures? You don’t want to seem weird!
(A woman holds her hand over her mouth in a gesture of dismay and astonishment.)
WOMAN: You like sex? That must be so hard.
(A man in a wheelchair spreads out his hands to indicate being impressed..)
MAN: You walk everywhere? Wow! I could never live like that!
(A young Black woman looks at the viewer with a friendly “just asking questions” expression.)
WOMAN: Why do white people talk with that accent? And can I touch your hair?
(This panel is surrounded by the circle formed by panels 4-13. It shows Sweater-Dude, wide-eyed and panicked, hands on the sides of his face.)
SWEATER-DUDE: What’s happening?
(This panel, occupying the bottom third of the comic, shows the Fairy speaking directly to the viewer. In the background, we can see Sweater-Dude, with the giant circle formed by panels 4-13 on his back. Sweater-Dude is trembling with the effort of holding up so much weight.)
FAIRY: If you have to lift this weight every day of your entire life…
Plus the weight of historical inequalities plus the weight of institutional oppression…
It can all add up to a crushing load!
If that weight looks petty to you … Maybe that’s because it’s not on your back.