Here's my latest comic for Everyday Feminism , "What We Tell Fat People."
This is one of my more personal strips; I am fat, and it's affected me. The fat acceptance movement has helped me a lot. (I don't remember why I called it "fat rights" instead of "fat acceptance" in the strip - I may change that.)
This is one of my favorite strips of the last year, as far as my drawing goes. I usually sort of freeze up and try to control every last line; this loose, somewhat sketchy style is actually what I prefer, but I find it difficult to make myself draw that way. I also think the little crowd in the final panel is a pretty successful drawing.
Thanks again to all my patrons for their support. Everyday Feminism is a terrific site, but they can't afford to pay much for cartoons; the support I get from Patreon is essential for allowing me to create strips like this one.
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TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
Title at top of cartoon: What We Tell Fat People
(A man with a TV for a head is pointing at a woman in an aqua shirt and a gray skirt. The woman, who is fat, looks sad.)
TVHEAD: I’m popular culture, and I think you’re sometimes hilarious but mainly gross.
(The same scene, but now the TV Man has been replaced by a balding guy wearing a jacket and necktie. The woman is unchanged, and still looks sad.)
NECKTIE: I’m your workplace, and we all think you’re lazy and stupid. And we pay you less.
(Now the woman, who has not moved and still looks sad, is being talked to by an Uncle Sam like figure. He has his arms crossed disapprovingly.)
UNCLE SAM: I’m the government, and I think you’re a problem that needs to be fixed.
(Now the sad woman is being spoken to by a lady wearing glasses and a black outfit, who is holding up a rolled-up newspaper.)
GLASSES: I’m smart people in the newspaper, and I’m concerned you’re ruining our economy.
(The sad woman is now being spoken to by a female doctor, with a white doctor’s coat and hair in a bun, holding a clipboard. The doctor’s cheery expression is undercut by her harsh words.)
DOCTOR: I’m your doctor, and to tell you the truth you disgust me.
(The sad woman, who still hasn’t moved, is now being faced by… herself. Her doppelganger looks angry, shaking a fist in the air.)
DOPPELGANGER: I’m your self-image, and I wanna puke every time I see a mirror.
(Another fat woman, with dark skin, glasses and an orange sleeveless shirt, appears. She smiles as she speaks, spreading her arms in a welcoming manner. For the first time all cartoon, the main character’s expression changes, as she smiles back at the fat woman.)
SECOND FAT WOMAN: Hi! I’m the fat rights movement, and I think you’re awesome!
(Final panel. The second fat woman looks surprised, and the main character looks annoyed, as ALL the other characters from panels 1-6 loom at the main character, glaring. TVMan is pointing angrily, and the Doctor is yelling a bit.. Only the Doctor and TVMan speak, but the impression is that they’re speaking for the crowd.)
TVMAN: Don’t listen to her!
DOCTOR: She just wants to hurt you, you fat freak!