Introducing a new character! And by “new,” this time I really mean new. Libby was made in the past year or so as a vehicle for liberal ideas I wanted to lampoon, and this is the first time she has been published, including on the blog. I had actually considered for a time making Chuck my leftist foil, but I felt it compromised the integrity of the cartoon to change the politics of an established character just for the sake of making political cartoons. Also, keeping both Ralph and Chuck conservative lets me poke fun at statism and liberalism in different ways. Things that bother Ralph wouldn’t necessarily bother Chuck, and vice versa. I plan to introduce Libby a bit more in the next cartoon.
The planet is going to be fine. There is very little we can do that will have any effect on the planet beyond a short-term period at the local level. On this subject, I recommend everyone listen to George Carlin (warning: foul language).
I had a lot of fun drawing this one. Visual gags are the most satisfying to pull off, because it’s something that writing cannot do (although technically the “save the planet” sign is writing, I know). While all of my jokes could be written in some way, including this cartoon, it wouldn’t have the same emotional effect as that last panel of Chuck laughing his head off.
Do you think the planet needs to be saved? What do you think of the cartoon? Let me know in the comments!