I've learned over the years is that people
generally prefer comics they can relate to.
It is safe to say that one can never go wrong
creating comics about kids or cats, or cats
that think they're kids, or cats that secretly
plot your demise and plan to blame it on the
I hate those kinds of comics... except for that last one. I'd awake to that one
each day with a golden, anticipatory glow in my heart for the mayhem to come.
My point is that I'm almost physically unable to make the former kind of comic.
For good or bad I tend to delve into areas that require a modicum of investigation
and more than a little morbid curiosity. The result is a comic not unlike the
one above. If
you're puzzled, see below.
David Koch is part-owner of Koch Industries
and the richest man in the U.S.
He throws substantial financial support to both the Republican Party and and
the Libertarian Party. Once ran for vice-president as a Libertarian. Got 1% of
He is the progenitor of the Tea Party. Needless to say, if a political entity
shows any favoritism at all towards corporations David will be there, fisting
it with a hand full of Kruggerands, to make sure it dances to Koch Industries
(2) The Aristocrats. A 2005 film that spent two hours examining the funniest,
filthiest joke ever told. Gilbert
Gottfried tells the definitive version while Bob
Saget tells the most side-splitting version. If you decide to watch these
at work then, brother, you're on your own.
(3) The Statue of Liberty is the Libertarian Party mascot.
(4) Chateau Lafite 1787: The most expensive bottle of wine in the world. Comes
with Thomas Jefferson's own signature on the bottle.
(5) "Clean Coal" is a clumsy meme the coal industry, of which Koch
Industries is heavuly invested, has been positing of late. The idea is
that coal can somehow, magically, be made to burn CO2 neutrally. It can't. And
ths song and dance isn't as silly as you might think as in Xmas of 2008 the coal
industry created the Clean
Coal Carolers, little lumps og animated coal singing such joyous songs as "Frosty
the Coal Man".
(6) Grover Norquist is the Neocon's Neocon, famous for saying he'd like to shrink
the government down until he could "drown it in a bathtub". What he's
really saying is "I'm rich, so I'm entitled to do whatever I want. 100 mph
in a school zone? Fuck you, I'm rich! Got caught torturing people? Fuck you,
I'm rich! Responsible for causing an environmental disaster in the Gulf. Fuck
you, I'm rich!"
(7) The Statue of Liberty is the Libertarian Party mascot.
(8) "Irving Fartzburg" is a sophomoric ethnic gag.
(9) Pocket watch. Who the fuck knows.
Mea culpa: I added the panel featuring the coal minstrel group after initial
"publication". I knew it needed a little extra something to make it feel more
like a show-biz
act but I ran terribly short of time Thursday night.