After a week with so much going on , you would probably expect me to mine it for satire and political laffs. But I have been exhausted by how much mental space Trump and his team of kleptocrats colonize. Maybe I could frame this inward turning as some kind of resistance, a “self care” exercise, but that would be a lie. As much as politics is a significant part of this comic strip. so are more personal matters that I take apart with as much satirical purpose as I do the wreckage of capitalism and our dysfunctional society. The inside of my head is full of the kinds of things this sucker demon feeds upon. They’ve been working over time lately as financial problems and professional confusion have taken up so much of my mental energies. Lately my dreams have woken me up in the middle of the night, panicked, chest constricted, claustrophobic. There are certainly larger political and social forces impinging on this (wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to worry about paying for health insurance or making rent this month?), yet sometimes it feels like focusing on politics is a distraction from more personal problems.

Jeez! What a downer. Anyway, I hope the cartoon is funny, anyway. <nervous emoji here>

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