Political satire or not?


There seems to be a dearth of material on the net, which deals with U.K. or international politics that isn’t within the realms of newspapers. However, as always having a monkey in the Whitehouse seems to spur the Americans into action. Two strips have come to my attention, I Drew This by D.C. Simpson and Fascist America by Ryan Brown.

First off I Drew This. This strip on American current affairs offers incisive insight into the current state of American government and policy with a wry sense of humour. Perhaps more important are the insights offered into the state of political dialogue in the U.S. or is it that a lack of dialogue. The humour is well considered, intelligent and when the artist poses a cheap shot he at least acknowledges it. The artwork is well executed and up to the standard you would expect from any political satirist worth there salt. I think this is key as Simpson is a satirist, his humour stems from the worst excesses of his targets own actions.  As a cartoonist he also seems to have a view of the bigger picture, being able to poke fun at Liberals or Democrats as well as Bush Bandits.

Fascist America on the other hand resorts all too often to cheap gags and parody. In tone it is more of an incoherent rant and in that is reminiscent of a teenager taking a pop at there hate figures in an all too personal way. Which is a shame as the first couple of strips showed real promise and some intelligent observation. Brown is not lacking in talent as an artist either as he has a photo-realisitic style. I feel that his writing would benefit from maintaining a more balanced approach. Considering the antics of the Bush administration there is plenty of material on tap. Lets be frank Bush doesn’t need any help here, he’s already a self parody. With that in mind, less spleen and more insight please.

Both strips are amusing, so I leave it to you to decide between sharp insight or cheap puns and in a truly democratic fashion decide who is a worthy President of Parody.

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