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When the Tea Party takes over the comics page. - Comics reimagined by Ward Sutton for the Boston Globe

Teanuts
B.P.
Wrathy
Zig-Zaggy
Dennis the IRS Menace
Gar-Failed
Nancy (Pelosi)
The Bootstraps
Hagar the Horribly Misrepresented by the Liberally-Biased Media
Broom Hill-da
Mark On-The-Trail
Blandie
Diligent-Bert
Cavinist and Hobbes
Battle Bailey
Love Isn't
The Far Left Side
The Family (Not a Circus, a Sacred Institution)
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Hee! I thought this was pretty sharp for a newspaper's political cartoonist.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:26 AM on September 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


The FC needs a malapropism in it. "Deaf panels" is the kind of thing the FC would go for.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:29 AM on September 26, 2010 [8 favorites]


I'm impressed they re-drew the comics rather then just adding new captions. The choices made in mimicry are interesting, Calvin looses all the distinctive (and time consuming) crow-quill work but is still a recognizable Calvin-shape.
posted by The Whelk at 9:30 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Goddam Massachusettshole Elitists!
posted by ericb at 9:30 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I'd find this funnier if I hadn't just read this and realized that while we've got our heads up our asses snarking about our political differences, China is building lots and lots of infrastructure.

We in the U.S. all have a common enemy, it's called obsolescence.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 9:31 AM on September 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


At first, this was surprisingly funny--but once I got to The Bootstraps, and Hagar the Horribly Misrepresented, I just about died. I didn't expect it to be spot-on parodies of the comics, as well as the politics. Thanks for posting this.
posted by myelin sheath at 9:32 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Holy crap, I am only now learning about "refudiate." Amazing.
posted by Dia Nomou Nomo Apethanon at 9:39 AM on September 26, 2010


Family Circus and BC are the tea party on the comics page. Along with several others, but really. They make Pluggers look positively elitist....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:44 AM on September 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


I would have never found this...thanks.
posted by clavdivs at 9:44 AM on September 26, 2010


So, this is great, I love The Big Picture, and I often find myself ending reading great articles on their site. Is it possible that the Boston Glove is actually a good newspaper? I didn't know they still existed.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 9:44 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


This is all kinds of awesome. The appropriation of the classic first Peanuts strip ("Good ol' Charlie Brown ..... how I hate him!") is particularly clever.

And then you see life imitating art and wonder what the hell is going on in the world.
posted by blucevalo at 9:46 AM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


spidy
posted by clavdivs at 9:46 AM on September 26, 2010


No left-wing Mallard Fillmore? Millard Fowlmore?
posted by infinitewindow at 9:51 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is it possible that the Boston Glove is actually a good newspaper?

They do good work, but I just can't read them anymore. I'm so sick of the way they cram their blatant anti-mitten bias into every article. You know, a guy mugs a tourist, and they just have to mention how the perpetrator was wearing mittens. Like that's even relevant to the story!
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:53 AM on September 26, 2010 [23 favorites]


And here I thought it wasn't possible to make Cathy any worse.
posted by dephlogisticated at 10:05 AM on September 26, 2010 [14 favorites]


What, they hadn't taken it over already?
posted by JHarris at 10:07 AM on September 26, 2010


Can't wait to read about how many people thought this was awesome but didn't realize it was a joke.
posted by fungible at 10:09 AM on September 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


Just an OT aside:

I'd find this funnier if I hadn't just read this and realized that while we've got our heads up our asses snarking about our political differences, China is building lots and lots of infrastructure.
posted by RobotVoodooPower


HAW! Thomas "Suck. On. This." Friedman? Thomas "Iraq War Cheerleader" Friedman is worried about the US wasting it's money on war instead of infrastructure improvements and moon shots? That Thomas Friedman? Too funny.
posted by Ron Thanagar at 10:16 AM on September 26, 2010 [18 favorites]


Apparently there was a mistake. That's just this Saturday's regular B.C.



Is this where I'm supposed to say 'hamburger'? Does it need a backslash?
posted by el_lupino at 10:18 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


First time I've ever laughed at a Hagar the Horrible.
posted by Decimask at 10:22 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Ditto Garfield.
posted by mazola at 10:27 AM on September 26, 2010


I didn't know they still existed.

Yep...and the Globe has been owned by The New York Times Company since 1993.
posted by ericb at 10:43 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thomas "Suck. On. This." Friedman... is worried about the US wasting it's money on war instead of infrastructure improvements and moon shots?

Sorry, Tommy Boy, you only get one choice from Column A.
posted by Joe Beese at 10:44 AM on September 26, 2010


Garfield was my favorite out of all of them.
posted by codacorolla at 10:45 AM on September 26, 2010


fwiw, BC has been quite a bit better since Heart pushed off and joined the choir in the sky. Not.... great mind you, but the beat-you-over-the-head-with-offensive-religion seems to have left with Heat as well.

In other news some of these a pretty great
posted by edgeways at 10:45 AM on September 26, 2010


These are great! They nailed Mark Trail, down to the random extreme close up of an animal in the second frame.

Too bad they didn't do Doonesbury. That would have been interesting.
posted by brundlefly at 10:51 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Most of these were way too on-the-nose to be funny for me... but that Ziggy really needs to be a t-shirt for sale at Poe's.
posted by rokusan at 10:54 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


The Boston Glove sounds like a euphemism. Hopefully something deeply perverted.
posted by five fresh fish at 11:22 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Those were great!

And here I thought it wasn't possible to make Cathy any worse.

I laughed harder at that than I ever did at the actual Cathy.
posted by TedW at 11:36 AM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Good Lord. Finally a Family Circus that doesn't suck.
posted by i_cola at 11:38 AM on September 26, 2010


Wow, these are horrifying and great.
posted by runtina at 11:41 AM on September 26, 2010


Someone needs to keep track of when Tea Partiers begin circulating these in earnest. I say many of them will be convinced that "Nancy (Pelosi)" is right on the mark.
posted by argybarg at 11:54 AM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


These were great. I'd love to see XKCD done - maybe this strip.
posted by Infinite Jest at 12:17 PM on September 26, 2010


Gar-Failed Minus Gar-Failed
posted by bionic.junkie at 12:22 PM on September 26, 2010 [12 favorites]


Lest we forget, Johnny Hart was way ahead of the Tea Party when it came to bashing Islam.

(Sutton did a great job with the artwork but most of the gags are basically just cut-and-paste dialogue from Mallard Fillmore -- subtler would have been funnier.)
posted by Lazlo at 12:26 PM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


You could sneak a real Mallard Fillmore in there somewhere and someone unaware of the comic wouldn't even know it wasn't satire.
posted by codacorolla at 12:45 PM on September 26, 2010


The Boston Glove sounds like a euphemism. Hopefully something deeply perverted.

It's a condom that fills in your back bay.
posted by thesmophoron at 12:56 PM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


Ward Sutton is also "Kelly" (previously), the editorial cartoonist for the Onion, tackling heaven, crime, race, housing, and more.
posted by kurumi at 1:35 PM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Yeah, Ward Sutton is only funny as Kelly.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:47 PM on September 26, 2010


These are nice little hits of funny, but still about as subtle as a dancing Chick Tract on fire. Sutton's work as Kelly is a bit deeper.

I'd hope these will get recirculated and emailed around as real cartoon strips by teabaggers, esp. the BC parody, given Johnny Hart's slightly overt right-wing politics.

It would be funnier if the Globe weren't reprinting these, but if Ward sneaked these into the public as part of some larger situationalist prank.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:13 PM on September 26, 2010


The thing about his work is that it's so on the money that the people being sent up will simply nod their heads when they read them, or laugh in actual approval. The real 'baggers won't see anything wrong with most of these, any more than they've figured out that Colbert is satirizing them.

The Onion cartoons are brilliant, almost too-accurate pastiches of the sort of infantile scrawls that pass for editorial cartooning in small-town papers. Or even large-town papers in parts of Ohio.
posted by George_Spiggott at 2:25 PM on September 26, 2010


Kelly's prolonged absences from the Onion always make me a little sad.
posted by Flashman at 3:05 PM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Shouldn't that be "Calvinist and Hobbesian" (which sums up about 80% of the American Right's ideology)?
posted by acb at 3:18 PM on September 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Vote Hoovr!
posted by ovvl at 3:27 PM on September 26, 2010


No way these were written by teabaggers. All the words are spelled correctly.
posted by PlusDistance at 3:37 PM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd find this funnier if I hadn't just read this and realized that while we've got our heads up our asses snarking about our political differences, China is building lots and lots of infrastructure.

This ain't no party!
This ain't no disco!
This ain't no foolin' around!

No time for dancin'!
Or la-dee-da-dee!
I ain't got time for that now!


(Nonetheless, I'm still glad that the "How can you laugh while the WORLD BURNS???" ratio is just 1-for-45 as I write this, pretty low political satire on the Blue.)
posted by mreleganza at 4:02 PM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


(Nonetheless, I'm still glad that the "How can you laugh while the WORLD BURNS???" ratio is just 1-for-45 as I write this, pretty low political satire on the Blue.)

Much better to live in shit than have the world see us work a shovel. Last week to register/change registration/file for an absentee ballot, folks.
posted by The White Hat at 5:02 PM on September 26, 2010


I can already hear it: Only a bunch of "Elitist" "Ruling Class" "Socialists" would find this kind of "Treason" to be "Satire".

Bravo! Great Post.
posted by hellslinger at 5:33 PM on September 26, 2010


Anybody else notice the didn't dare do Doonsbury?
posted by digitalprimate at 6:52 PM on September 26, 2010


No time for dancin'!
Or la-dee-da-dee!
I ain't got time for that now!


Copping a line from Emma Goldman: if I can't laugh, to hell with your revolution.
posted by Kinbote at 8:24 PM on September 26, 2010


infinitewindow: "No left-wing Mallard Fillmore? Millard Fowlmore?"

Mallard Failmore?
posted by MrLint at 8:28 PM on September 26, 2010


Much better to live in shit than have the world see us work a shovel. Last week to register/change registration/file for an absentee ballot, folks.

Or -- and this doesn't preclude one from finding the above-linked cartoons really, really funny -- you can petition your legislator to sponsor a proposal to allow people to register or change registration on Election Day.
posted by virago at 9:31 PM on September 26, 2010


I wonder when Watterson is going to sue them
posted by tehloki at 3:32 AM on September 27, 2010


Metafilter: Much better to live in shit than have the world see us work a shovel.
posted by stenseng at 8:59 AM on September 27, 2010


I wonder when Watterson is going to sue them

I was under the impression that it is legal to parody specific comics, their characters and style.

But, such does bring to mind Air Pirates and their legal battle with Disney.
posted by ericb at 2:12 PM on September 27, 2010


He's pretty aggressive about the protecting the calvin + hobbes from being used without permission, s'all
posted by tehloki at 9:31 PM on September 29, 2010


I swear to god I typed "the calvin and hobbes likeness", previewed, read it, and then posted it and the word "likeness" disappeared.
posted by tehloki at 9:32 PM on September 29, 2010


In related news: Tea Party, Joe The Plumber Now Targeting Man's Best Friend.
posted by ericb at 11:22 AM on October 5, 2010


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