Mooretoons http://mooretoons.com Comics and illustration portfolio of Kevin Moore Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:04:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 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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Empowerment http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/empowerment/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/empowerment/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:17:18 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2614

My car recently died, so I had to get another one. I like my new car. It is newer, drives well, feels comfortable, has lots of features, is relatively fuel efficient, and looks nice. But a new car payment every[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

My car recently died, so I had to get another one. I like my new car. It is newer, drives well, feels comfortable, has lots of features, is relatively fuel efficient, and looks nice. But a new car payment every month  was not what I was looking for this year. And it gets me questioning (more than usual) the way we in the US and other parts of the world build our transportation infrastructure around the individual automobile, instead of a more robust public system. Eventually that leads me to Theodor Adorno, who provided the model for Marxist Pug.  If you are not familiar with his work, this blog post  provides a nice introduction.
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Kevin dumps a bag of money into the gaping maw of a car.

Car: FEED ME!!!
Kevin: This thing is insatiable.
Fetch: Get rid of it.

Kevin: Then I'd have to bus to work. ICK!
Fetch: But you'd have more money for stuff you want.
An off-panel voice: A FALSE choice.

A pug in glasses appears.
Pug: Consumerism pretends to empower you with choices while masking your exploitation.

Fetch: Thanks, Marxist Pug!
Kevin: Great. Now WHAT?
Car: DRIVE ME! FEEL THE FREEDOM!
Marxist Pug: Another illusion.

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Centrist http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/centrist/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/centrist/#comments Mon, 29 May 2017 16:16:36 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2611

While everyone is finding ways to resist, protest, oppose, undermine, foment revolution against, and at least mock the current administration, there seems to be no end of counsel from comfy conservative white dudes. They often style themselves as “moderates” or[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

While everyone is finding ways to resist, protest, oppose, undermine, foment revolution against, and at least mock the current administration, there seems to be no end of counsel from comfy conservative white dudes. They often style themselves as “moderates” or “centrists” or “old school conservatives”, but they’re just the kinder, gentler end of an oppressive system. They won’t yell at you or beat you or call you names. But they will talk you to death.
 
I’ve been stewing on this one for awhile, but was finally prompted by a recent post by Emily Bartlett Hines on her IHateNYT blog. Hines is wry and bitter about the tendency of New York Times columnists to strike the most muddled centrist pose or, even worse, be David Brooks. Go read it.

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Sucker http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/sucker/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/sucker/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 13:45:59 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2607

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[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

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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Fetch: Impeach http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/fetch-impeach/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/fetch-impeach/#comments Mon, 15 May 2017 18:33:52 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2604

I just don’t know how seriously to take the institutional momentum and public outrage against the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Don’t get me wrong: I think he did it to throw the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

I just don’t know how seriously to take the institutional momentum and public outrage against the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Don’t get me wrong: I think he did it to throw the FBI’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russian influence into chaos, and his public pronouncements to sew confusion, even amongst his own staff.

But I don’t see Republicans in Congress taking this matter seriously beyond token words of respect for Comey before pulling out talking points that deflect criticism back to Democrats. I see Trump supporters adding reinforcements to their wagon circle. “He’s a fighter!” said one Daily Caller commenter. And Democrats in Congress have only so much power. We have to rely on that One Republican Who Puts Party Above Country, apparently.

Are you kidding?

So I offer you dick jokes. <bows, doffs hat, falls over into orchestra pit>

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Expendables http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/expendables/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/expendables/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 13:58:50 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2600

Paul Ryan got all the votes necessary to push through his repeal-and-replace legislation to destroy the Affordable Care Act, but only by making enough concessions to convince the Freedom (sic) Caucus that the American Health Care Act was cruel enough[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

Paul Ryan got all the votes necessary to push through his repeal-and-replace legislation to destroy the Affordable Care Act, but only by making enough concessions to convince the Freedom (sic) Caucus that the American Health Care Act was cruel enough to pass paleo-conservative litmus tests. Due to the rushed time table of the vote, no Congressional Budget Office report on the new version of the ACHA was available, but the CBO report on the previous slightly-less-horrible plan predicted that 24 million Americans would lose health insurance coverage. Now the mess goes to the Senate, who seem likely to scrap the plan in favor of another plan that harms maybe only 12 million people.

Oh, and Ivanka Trump has a book out. No one likes it. 

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Adrian Wallace Guest Strip http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/adrian-wallace-guest-strip/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/adrian-wallace-guest-strip/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2596

This week I am really pleased and grateful to present a guest strip by the truly amazing Adrian Wallace. Long time fans of webcomics might remember his great strip Jumbo deLuxe, an adventure series about kids who solve mysteries with[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

This week I am really pleased and grateful to present a guest strip by the truly amazing Adrian Wallace. Long time fans of webcomics might remember his great strip Jumbo deLuxe, an adventure series about kids who solve mysteries with their dog. He has also collaborated on the third book of Barry Deutsch’s excellent Hereville series of books.

Last week I was the technology coordinator for the 2017 Conference of the Oregon Library Association in Salem, OR. I had a great time, it was exhausting but very satisfying to work with so many great colleagues. I knew it would leave little time to do a strip, so I asked Adrian to do a guest strip for me, and I am really grateful he accepted. I love the work he did on this strip, and I hope you do, too.

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FETCH Guest Comic by Adrian

featuring FETCH a Cat-Demon
and KEVIN a Cartoonist-Librarian
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PANEL 1:
Interior, KEVIN's teevee room comfortably furnished with a couch, many bookshelves, LP record player, and a teevee. FETCH is on the couch watching teevee. (The teevee Screen shows PAUL RYAN using the BILL OF RIGHTS as toilet paper with the headline "LATEST OUTRAGE!") KEVIN, approaching from across the room through a door at the left, grabs the remote control from FETCH's paw.

KEVIN: "Turn that off. It's all too horrible nowadays. Just this once let's go without news & current events."

FETCH: (annoyed) "But this guy is funny"

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PANEL 2:
KEVIN gestures towards his rather large bookshelf, full of Russian novels and other delights.

KEVIN: "Why don't you read a book instead?"

FETCH: "Oh... Okay"

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PANEL 3
HEADING: "Soon Afterwards"
FETCH is sitting in an easy chair, reading ATLAS SHRUGGED (Title Author and Distinctive cover graphics are easily visible to readers). Kevin approaches from the left in a similar position as panel 1.
FETCH "Haw! This John Galt character is hilarious"
KEVIN (more annoyed): "No! Don't read that. You'll end up quoting that crap at me for days."

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PANEL 4
KEVIN grabs ATLAS SHRUGGED out of FETCH's paws, moving towards a nearby open window.
FETCH: "Awww..."

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PANEL 5
EXTERIOR, KEVIN's house. Open window with a trash can directly below it. ATLAS SHRUGGED has sailed through the open window and landed with a modest CLUNK in the open trash can where part of the cover can still be seen. (Trash can is pitching over slightly and a motion line connects the open window to the book in the trash can.)

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PANEL 6
INTERIOR, KEVIN's teevee room. KEVIN gestures towards a large crate of LP records and his stereo. FETCH looks on.
KEVIN: "Here, why don't you listen to an LP record?"
FETCH: "Oh! Rock Music! Guitars n' stuff."

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PANEL 7
Close up of FETCH rumaging through KEVIN's LP collection and holding up a copy of 2112 by Canadian Prog Rock Superstars RUSH. Kevin's back is turned in background getting coffee or something.
FETCH: "Whoopee! This one looks like fun. (Says here they're from Canada, eh?"

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PANEL 8
HEADING: "Soon Afterwards"
FETCH is sitting near KEVIN's record player reading LP liner notes while LP plays background.
KEVIN looks on in glum resignation.
FETCH: "Wow, Crazy! This song sounds a lot like that book I was reading a while ago."

THE END

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War Pig http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/war-pig/ http://mooretoons.com/comic/fetch/war-pig/#comments Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:47:37 +0000 http://mooretoons.com/?post_type=comic&p=2591

After the praise  he received for bombing Syria (a decision made over a “delicious” chocolate cake ), the American president sorta-kinda oversaw  the dropping of a MOAB on Afghanistan and enjoined North Korea in a game of One Upping the[…]↓ Read the rest of this entry...]]>

After the praise  he received for bombing Syria (a decision made over a “delicious” chocolate cake ), the American president sorta-kinda oversaw  the dropping of a MOAB on Afghanistan and enjoined North Korea in a game of One Upping the Tensions . He still has time for golf.

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