Mooretoons http://mooretoons.com Comics and illustration portfolio of Kevin Moore Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:24:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Fallout http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/fallout/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/fallout/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:24:16 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2651

The good news is that this week’s Fetch is less relevant than it was last week, when Kim Jong-un was threatening to nuke Guam and Donald Trump was goading him on with “tough guy” talk. How great was the actual[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

The good news is that this week’s Fetch is less relevant than it was last week, when Kim Jong-un was threatening to nuke Guam and Donald Trump was goading him on with “tough guy” talk. How great was the actual risk North Korea would fire a nuclear weapon at the US or anywhere else? About as much as it remains. Today Kim Jong-un has backed down. But he will stick his chest out again eventually. The diehards in Trumpistan will argue that this proves the president’s bluster was effective in calling the North Korean bluff. Actually, it began as bluff, and has been bluff all along. What Trump did was ratchet up the tensions, put everyone on edge, and relied on Kim Jong-un to choose the rational course. Yet in the end North Korea has demonstrated that it has the plans and the will to bring death and destruction to hundreds of thousands of people. Trump has shown he is willing to push a rival nuclear power right up to the edge. And in the end, his oneupmanship has done nothing to actually disarm North Korea.

I finished this cartoon on Sunday morning and posted it to Patreon for my subscribers. (You can be one, too!) Over the weekend a Nazi white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counter protestors opposing the gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, killing a woman, Heather Heyer, and seriously injuring 39 others. In response to this violence, Trump was quick to blame “many sides” but it took three days for him to confront and name the hate groups that vocally support him and march in his name. After much pressure, he finally stepped up, but it was disingenuous, given that he shortly revealed he is considering granting a pardon to the extreme racist Joe Arpaio. Trump is a white supremacist, a fascist, and should never have been allowed by one of the two-party system’s major players to have gotten a nomination for president, let alone stepped into the office. A total disgrace.

Speaking of responses, people who are using the death of Heather Heyer, a Bernie Sanders supporter, to score political points against Sanders and his supporters should stop. For crying out loud. The DSA, antifa, and other groups of the Left showed up to confront Nazis. Not one of them reached out to create some “alt-right/alt-left” coalition. I really wish the Clintonistas and Sanders-Bros would keep their shit-talking out of this.

Good news: Deandre Harris has raised more than double what he needed for medical expenses. Best of wishes to him.

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Kevin hides in a fallout shelter.

Fetch: YOO HOO! ALL CLEAR! YOU CAN COME OUT NOW!
Kevin: NO, THANK YOU.

Kevin: I HAVE PROVISIONS TO LAST 30 YEARS: HAZMAT SUITS, FOOD, RADIATION SICKNESS PILLS, WATER, ALL 9 SEASONS OF INSPECTOR LEWIS ... I'M GOOD.
Fetch: OH, COME NOW.

Fetch: YOU CAN'T LET NUCLEAR BRINKMANSHIP BY TWO EGOTISTS SCARE YOU AWAY FROM THE JOYS OF LIFE.
Kevin: WELL... OKAY....

A mutant appears

Mutant: HI. DINNER READY? THE MUTIES ARE GETTING "HANGRY".
Fetch: SHHHHH! ALMOST!

Kevin: WHAT WAS THAT?
Fetch: NOTHING! WE'RE HAVE A BAR-B-QUE. C'MON OUT!
Mutant: OOOOOH, BBQ!

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Principles http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/principles/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/principles/#comments Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:27:59 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2647

It’s true. I spend too much time on Twitter these days. Like most cartoonists and other creative types, I use it to promote my work and connect with other artists, as well as folks I share interests with. Politics is[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

It’s true. I spend too much time on Twitter these days. Like most cartoonists and other creative types, I use it to promote my work and connect with other artists, as well as folks I share interests with. Politics is one of those interests, of course. And so I get sucked into debates that are just not healthy and honestly kinda pointless. I have been working on keeping out of them, but sometimes I let my indignation or anger get the best of me. This cartoon illustrates the consequences.

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Kevin sits at his computer, mulling.
Kevin: HM. RIGHT WING TWITTER IS MAD ABOUT SOMETHING I CARE ABOUT.
Fetch: OKAY. SO HOW MUCH DO YOU HATE YOURSELF?

Kevin: BUT THEY'RE ASSAULTING THE VERY PRINCIPLES I HOLD DEAR! I MUST RISE TO THEIR DEFENSE!
Fetch: I WOULDN'T DO THAT...

The computer comes alive with the rage of right wing trolls.
Computer: LIBTARD SNOWFLAKE! ARE YOU TRIGGERED? #MAGA #MAGA #MAGA

A priest arrives.
Priest: DID SOMEONE CALL A PRIEST?
Kevin: YES. PLEASE HURRY.

The computer is strapped to a bed, screaming emojis favored by right wing Twitter users.

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Poverty http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/poverty/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/poverty/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:11:36 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2644

When my GF saw this, she said, “Wow, your brain weasels are worse than mine.” This year has been really rough financially for me. Despite a middle class income, I find it more and more difficult to get by in[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

When my GF saw this, she said, “Wow, your brain weasels are worse than mine.”

This year has been really rough financially for me. Despite a middle class income, I find it more and more difficult to get by in a growing city like Portland. And I know I am not alone. Everyone one in my social circle is struggling much more than they used to, regardless of their middle class or poverty status. More people are losing their homes due to rent increases, finding themselves on the street. This is not a tolerable situation and deserves a concerted socially mobilized solution. Not the usual “there but for the grace of God go I” sentimentality.

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Kevin looks at his bills while Fetch sits atop a stack of them.

Kevin: COOL. IF I DON'T EAT OR REFILL MY MEDS, I WILL HAVE $24 AFTER I PAY MY BILLS THIS MONTH.
Fetch: TIME TO SHAKE SOME TAIL!

Kevin looks out window at man collecting cans from a recycling bin.

Kevin: I GUESS IT COULD BE WORSE. I COULD BE ON THE STREET, SCROUNGING FOR BOTTLE RETURNS.
Fetch: THAT'S THE SPIRIT!

Fetch: MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER VIA COMPARISONS TO PEOPLE MORE OPPRESSED THAN YOU!
Kevin: WHAT? NO! I-
Fetch: SHALL WE GO TO WAL-MART AND MOCK THE FASHION CHOICES OF THE POOR?
Kevin: AUGH! NO!

Fetch sits on Kevin's chest.

Fetch: HAHAHAHAHA! I LOVE MESSING WITH YOUR GUILT!
Kevin: GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

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Probe http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/probe/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/probe/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:17:22 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2641

Keeping up with recent events related to the TrumpAdmin’s Russia problems has been difficult lately. I started with a response to Trump’s creepy barely-veiled threat to fire Robert Mueller if he dared to investigate Trump family finances (Mueller went ahead[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Keeping up with recent events related to the TrumpAdmin’s Russia problems has been difficult lately. I started with a response to Trump’s creepy barely-veiled threat to fire Robert Mueller if he dared to investigate Trump family finances (Mueller went ahead anyway, because “don’t look in the trunk, officer” is never a wise thing to say to a cop), and kept my eye on Sessions to see if he’d quit after Trump insulted him to the NY Times. 

But then by the time I got to the fourth panel of this cartoon in my sketchbook, Spicer decided to jump ship due to humiliations in the White House communications department. (No, that isn’t Scaramucci in the first panel, but damn well could be.) 

By the time I got to coloring this thing, word came out that Sessions had, in fact (no surprise, really) discussed campaign matters with Sergey Kislyak (who, coincidentally, just decided to retire home to Russia).

Tomorrow I expect Sessions will be found in the trunk of an abandoned car, or resign by the end of the week — or who knows? Maybe he’ll stay on, and Jared and Ivanka will push Don, Jr. out of an airplane. In my mind, the future movie about these events will be directed by Brian DePalma.

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A goon dunks a man's head in a toilet and bends the man's arm behind his back, while Jeff Sessions watches.

Goon: THE FINANCES OF THE TRUMP FAMILY ARE OFF LIMITS, CAPICHE?
Sessions: THAT'S ENOUGH, MUGSY.

Fetch appears.

Fetch: HOW GOES THE RUSSIA PROBE, JEFF? TALK TO KISLYAK LATELY?
Sessions: I, UH, RECUSED MYSELF.

Fetch: I HEAR THAT MAY HAVE BEEN A POOR CHOICE.
Sessions: I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS! I HAVE POTHEAD CANCER PATIENTS TO JAIL, CHILDREN TO DEPORT! I HAVE SO MANY VOTES TO SUPPRESS!

Sean Spicer appears.

Spicer: OR A LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO TENDER, YA WUSS!
Sessions: I DON'T COTTON TO TRAITORS, SEAN!

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Climate http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/climate/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/climate/#comments Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:24:46 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2636

This week the Larsen B ice shelf sloughed off the coast of Antartica, generating headlines proclaiming it the size of two Lake Eries, two Luxembourgs, Delaware, or whatever point of reference a target audience could recognize. At first it seemed[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

This week the Larsen B ice shelf sloughed off the coast of Antartica, generating headlines proclaiming it the size of two Lake Eries, two Luxembourgs, Delaware, or whatever point of reference a target audience could recognize. At first it seemed alarming, given all of the other catastrophic climate change news, until scientists pointed out that such phenomena, known as “calving” are part of natural processes. Which is not to say global warming might not be a contributing factor, but not unto itself, and thus this new ice berg is not a cause for alarm. In fact, it won’t even add anything to sea levels, because the volume is already accounted for. Check out Scientific American for the more complex picture.The other big news is a recent report that human overpopulation and consumption of resources, along with global warming, is driving a six mass extinction on par with previous extinctions in the planet’s history. The scientists who wrote the paper call it “biological annihiliation,” because their findings are so alarming. “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.” Good on them.

Anyway, this and that article in New York Magazine about climate change in general really put the antics of Republicans in Washington in an even more petty light than they have seemed to occupy. Why do we vote for such terrible people?

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Fetch and a penguin ride a giant iceberg in Antartica.

Fetch: WOO-HOO! NICE ICEBERG!
Penguin: YUP. IT'S AS BIG AS DELAWARE – OR TWO LUXEMBOURGS.

Fetch: CLIMATE CHANGE?
Penguin: MAYBE? CALVING IS PRETTY NORMAL. BUT IF YOU WANT A REAL SCARE –

Penguin holds up a chart showing that human population increase has driven species decline.

Penguin: CHECK OUT THIS MASS EXTINCTION!
Fetch: HOLY BIO-ANNIHILIATION!

A sea lion shows up.

Sea lion: FAKE NEWS! HOAX!
Penguin: NO ONE ASKED YOU, SHARON!

Fetch: YOU CAN'T ESCAPE THOSE GUYS.
Penguin: THEY'LL BE THE DEATH OF US ALL.

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Beach http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/beach/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/beach/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:15:43 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2634

The beach, the forest, a rose garden on a sunny day — those are places I seek out to clear my head. I’m not always successful. Heads up: I have recently changed the posting schedule for Fetch. New strips will[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

The beach, the forest, a rose garden on a sunny day — those are places I seek out to clear my head. I’m not always successful.

Heads up: I have recently changed the posting schedule for Fetch. New strips will appear on Sunday at my Patreon, then at this site and other social media on Wednesdays. If you’re dying to get an early dose of Fetch, please consider donating a dollar a month to my Patreon account. I would really appreciate it!

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Kevin and Fetch stand on the beach, looking at the waves rolling in.

Kevin: I COULD WATCH THIS ALL DAY.

Kevin: JUST SMELL THAT OCEAN BREEZE.
Fetch: DIMETHYL SULFIDE!

Fetch: THAT'S GAS FROM BACTERIA FEASTING ON DYING PLANKTON AND ROTTING SEAWEED. FARTS OF THE SEA!

Kevin: NICE. AND THE SOOTHING WAVES CRASHING ON THE SHORE?
Fetch: HOPES AND DREAMS BEACHING THEMSELVES LIKE DESPONDENT WHALES.

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Blackmail http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/blackmail/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/blackmail/#comments Wed, 05 Jul 2017 14:45:33 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2630

The president and his administration wages war with the press on multiple fronts: demanding the White House press corps to turn off cameras during briefings, labeling all criticism or negative reports as “fake news”, exploiting incidents where news reporting reliant[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

The president and his administration wages war with the press on multiple fronts: demanding the White House press corps to turn off cameras during briefings, labeling all criticism or negative reports as “fake news”, exploiting incidents where news reporting reliant on anonymous leaks needs to be retracted, insulting the appearance of women and disabled reporters, calling the press “the enemy of the people” and so on and on….Last week MSNBC morning show hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski revealed that the White House had demanded the hosts apologize to the president over the phone, or else the TrumpAdmin would release “a negative story” about them. This came the day after the president tweeted insults directed at Brzenzinski. 

Much is being made about how inappropriate and beneath the dignity of the office Trump’s behavior is. All true. He’s a gross sexist pig. But blackmail directly threatens the roots of a constitutionally protected free press and the need for a democracy to have freedom of expression directed at holders of public office and the government in general. The Robert Mueller investigation, as well as Congress, should include looking into these allegations. If true (and so far it looks pretty credible, no matter how loathsome Joe and Mika are), we have one more thing to add to the list of high crimes and misdemeanors.

And the White House press corps should turn on the damn cameras. The White House has no legal basis for enforcing their demands.

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Reporter: WE HAVE FOUND THE SMOKING GUN OF RUSSIAN MONEY LAUNDERING THRU TRUMP BUSINESSES. HERE WITH AN EXCLUSIVE -
Trump: AHEM!

Trump appears, holding a cell phone to Reporter's face.

Trump: HOLD ON, UGLY. YOU MIGHT WANT TO SEE THIS.
Reporter: HEY! THAT VIDEO IS PRIVATE!

Trump: NOT IF I GIVE IT TO TMZ....
Reporter, speaking to the viewer: UM... AN EXCLUSIVE REPORT THAT THIS RUSSIAN STUFF IS ALL "FAKE NEWS"! EHHHHHH...EW....

Kevin and Fetch sit in a bar, watching TV.

TV Screen: TRUMP-O-VISION. CAMERAS ARE FOR SNOWFLAKES.
Kevin: THIS DEMOCRACY IS BROKEN
Fetch: YOU'RE JUST NOW FIGURING THIS OUT?

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Secrecy http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/secrecy/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/secrecy/#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:03:59 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2626

When The Senate Majority Leader moved deliberations on health care legislation to a series of closed door sessions, did anyone seriously think the result would be a plan that anyone would like? Beyond that forgone conclusion (“no”), there are others:[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

When The Senate Majority Leader moved deliberations on health care legislation to a series of closed door sessions, did anyone seriously think the result would be a plan that anyone would like?

Beyond that forgone conclusion (“no”), there are others: amendments and riders will provide ideological cover for both “moderate” and libertarian Republicans, party allegiance will override constituent concerns or basic decency, and Republicans will pass legislation that will ruin the lives of millions.

I was never a big fan of the Affordable Care Act, but only because it did not have a public option, and in the end we will all benefit from universal health care. I know a lot of people whose lives have been saved and made better by getting access to health care through the ACA. Democrats and hopefully a few renegade Republicans will one day recognize the benefits of making health care access a social given, and not some “privilege” doled out through means testing or some other meritocratic horror.

What the House and Senate GOP has offered the American people is cruel and deadly. I hope their summer is a miserable one, full of angry voters chasing them from town halls to movie theaters to restaurants to whatever golf course congress creeps go to hide.

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Sessions http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/sessions/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/sessions/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:52:45 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2621

As of this writing, one of Trump’s lawyers is denying that the president is under investigation for obstruction of justice, contradicting the president’s own tweets (which so far we are expected to treat as official TrumpAdmin word…I think…).Earlier this week[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

As of this writing, one of Trump’s lawyers is denying that the president is under investigation for obstruction of justice, contradicting the president’s own tweets (which so far we are expected to treat as official TrumpAdmin word…I think…).Earlier this week the Attorney General, one former Senator from Alabama, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, whom long watchers of Washington know is a creepy racist thug disguised as a creepy gentile elf, obfuscated the Senate investigation into that matter and all others related to Russiagate (the -gate with no real center), by invoking DOJ policies that do not exist and executive privilege that has not been declared.

Nothing is real, everything is permitted? Gaslighting taken to new levels? Or just an administration that is flailing to hide its innate corruption? Each and all are possible.

For now Jeff has earned another week in his post, giving him more time to come after cancer patients smoking medical weed and Honduran children fleeing gang violence.

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Fetch finds Attorney General Jeff Sessions naked, chained to a tree.

Sessions: I HAVE FAILED MY MASTER.
Fetch: NO, JEFFERSON, YOU WERE A GOOD BOY!

Sessions: NO, I WAS S'POSED TO LEAD CONGRESS OFF MASTER'S SCENT. NOW THEY'RE ON HIM LIKE A HOUND ON A COON.
Fetch: DEMOCRATS, SURE. BUT REPUBLICANS DON'T GIVE A CRAP.

Trump arrives, holding a bag and dangling a treat.

Trump: STOP WHINING, BEAUREGARD. I GOT A TREAT FOR YA.
Sessions: KITTEN LIVERS! OH, BOSS! YOU DO FORGIVE ME!

Trump: OF COURSE I DO. WHO'S MY LITTLE JEFFY? WHO WANTS TO FIRE THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR?
Sessions: CAN I?
Fetch, walking away: I THINK I'LL JUST RECUSE MYSELF.

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Friends http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/friends/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/friends/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 13:56:23 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2618

I have lived long enough to have substantial pre-Internet memories, so I can remember debates among friends getting heated and personal without the help of anonymity or technological depersonalization we often blame for the intensity of conflict online. Message boards[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

I have lived long enough to have substantial pre-Internet memories, so I can remember debates among friends getting heated and personal without the help of anonymity or technological depersonalization we often blame for the intensity of conflict online. Message boards and social media, blogs and comments sections — these have only brought to light and put on record the viciousness people have always been capable of. 

One big difference I have noticed, however, is that it has become more difficult to cool things down, to act as a moderating influence, or to suggest a meeting of minds. Twitter’s 140 character limits, the sloppiness of instant commentary, the hot take make it harder to bring out nuance, context, or complexity, while encouraging people to double down.

But it’s not just the tech. How do you find common ground with people entrenched in white supremacy? Where do you compromise with homophobes? You can’t even get privileged white liberals to smell their own shit half the time. “It smells like roses because my good intentions!”

And that’s not even touching upon misogyny, transphobia and classism. So I wind up with a migraine after half an hour on the Internet and think about ways to get away from it.

Throws cartoon into the void and runs.

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Fetch looks out the apartment window.

Fetch: HEY LOOK! TWO OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE ARGUING.

Kevin appears.

Kevin: GREAT. PERSONAL OR POLITICAL?
Fetch: I DON'T THINK THEY'RE MAKING THAT DISTINCTION.

Kevin: CAN'T HEAR IT. ANYTHING I CARE ABOUT?
Fetch: O-O-OH YES! YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG OPINION ON IT!

Kevin: OH NO!
Fetch: MAYBE YOU CAN FIND A MIDDLE GROUND.

Kevin: IS THERE ONE?
Fetch: OF COURSE NOT.

Kevin: DAMMIT.
Fetch: KISS ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS GOODBYE!

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