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The Existence Of Trains Debate

You folks have already seen a stick-figure sketch version of this cartoon, so if it seems familiar, that's why. :-) 

This one was a bit challenging to draw - I normally like having my characters move around a bit and "talk with their hands" and so on,  That really wasn't a possibility here, so I had to rely on moving the "camera" around and facial expressions to keep things visually active. 

I'm really happy with the "Crash" lettering - that was fun - except that I don't like the way one leg of the "A" was drawn. I'm resisting the urge to go redraw that bit, because one great bit of advice for comics is "once a page is done don't finish it." But I might give in to the urge, if that "A" is still bugging me a few months from now.

Global warming is such a frustrating issue because we - liberals and conservatives - are tied together. And if you're tied to someone who refuses to move, chances are, you're not moving.  

Republicans, by and large, are wedded to denying that human-caused climate change is happening at all. (This is very much President Trump's opinion). This cartoon was me trying to get that "we're tied together and that means even those of us who aren't lost to all reason are screwed" feeling into a cartoon.

Oh, and I have a question about this cartoon. Should I leave the "kicker" panel at the bottom in, or take it out? Right now I'm leaning towards taking it out, but if anyone here wouldn't have gotten the cartoon's subject without the kicker panel, then I'll leave it in.

Thanks so much to everyone for supporting these cartoons! I couldn't do it without your support, so if you like these cartoons, keep in mind that you're a collaborator on them! (If you don't like these cartoons, then maybe you shouldn't think of it that way).

You're seeing this several days before I'll post it in public, because you're patrons and that's awesome! But if you're donating at the $5 level or above, then please feel free to show it to folks sooner.

See you next week!

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Transcript of Cartoon

This cartoon has nine panels, arranged in a three by three grid, with a small "kicker" panel under the bottom of the cartoon.

Panel 1

We see two people on the train tracks. They are not tied to the tracks, but they are tied together, so neither one could move without the other. One person has black hair in a pony tail; the other has wavy hair and is wearing capri pants. Ponytail has a panicked expression, while Capri looks wryly amused.

PONYTAIL: I can't believe we're tied together on the train tracks.

CAPRI: Are we sure these are train tracks?

Panel 2

Ponytail turns her head back towards Capri to urgently suggest a plan.

PONYTAIL: If we work together, we can crawl off before a train comes.

CAPRI: There's no evidence any train is coming.

Panel 3

Ponytail shouts a bit, angry, and Capri laughs.

PONYTAIL: The train comes at this time every day!

CAPRI: HA! What's happened in the past can't predict the future.

Panel 4

Ponytail panics, yelling, and Capri responds with amused dismissal.

PONYTAIL: The tracks are shaking!

CAPRI: it's natural shaking. Haven't you heard of earthquakes.

Panel 5

Ponytail angrily yells, and Capri sneers. (It's a mix of a grin and a sneer).

PONYTAIL: LISTEN TO ME! I'm a train engineer, and

CAPRI: Pfft! "Engineers" are just in it for the money.

Panel 6

A close up of their heads. Ponytail is terrified now, sweat droplets flying off her. Capri remains amused. 

PONYTAIL: Let's get off the tracks, just in case! HURRY!

CAPRI: Expend all that effort over what might be nothing?

Panel 7 

Ponytail yells, her eyes as big as dessert plates.


CAPRI: You're being hysterical.

Panel 8

This panel contains only a sound effect, in big overlapping letters, with stars flying around: CRASH

Panel 9

The same two characters are hovering in the sky, in angel outfits, including wings and halos.  Capri is shrugging but still smiling; Ponytail is yelling angrily.

CAPRI ANGEL: Okay, maybe there was a train.


Small kicker panel under the bottom of the cartoon.

A bald guy talks to a fat guy with a ponytail and glasses (i.e., me, the cartoonist).

BALD GUY: Cute cartoon, but what if some readers don't get that it's an allegory for global warming denial?

BARRY: I'll find some subtle way to let them know!

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