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The Patron Saint of Superheroes

Chris Gavaler Explores the Multiverse of Comics, Pop Culture, and Politics

Facebook memes combine my top two areas of interest: comics studies and political speech. Like other political cartoons, political memes are image-texts, though not in the usual “cartoon” sense. The images aren’t exaggerated, caricatural drawings, and the words aren’t contained in speech bubbles or caption boxes typical of one-panel comics. Memes usually use photographs, and their words are often superimposed without borders. I make mine on Word Paint, the digital equivalent of a woodcutting in the age of Photoshop, but the limitations can be practical and aesthetic too.

I’ll save the formal and creative analysis for another time. For now, here’s the collected sequence I created and posted on Facebook, beginning in October and ending (for now) with the inauguration. Though it wasn’t my intention, they form a diary-like chronicle of political events surrounding Donald Trump, as filtered through my indirect narration. Some are amateurish on the graphic design learning curve (it turns out that font size and ink color are everything, and that some photographs are basically impossible as backgrounds), but many hit the note they’re stretching for. If there are any you like, copy and paste at will.

The first two are before the election, starting with a quote from Speaker Paul Ryan taken out of context. The first after the election is my angriest (and features my Two-Face alter-ego, who also appears in longer cartoons here, here, here, here, and here). After Trump’s official election by the Electoral College, my tone shifts to inspirational activism (which coincides with my other blog, Dear Bob, in which I’m writing my Congressman Bob Goodlatte every day).  After that I started posting images everyday too. There’s a three-meme sequences on fascism and another after Meryl Streeps’ Golden Globes speech, followed by confirmation of Russia’s interference in the election and Trump’s cabinet nominees contradicting his policy statements during their Senate hearings. After the first White House press conference, they shift to overt calls-to-action in the week before the inauguration. The day of which there’s no direct reference to Trump, just scifi allusions, because, seriously, we’re in an alternate reality now, right?

a-joke-gone-bad

taco-trucks-for-hillary

 

two-face-talks-to-the-gop-by-cg

 

reality-check-single-image

 

trump-one

 

piece-of-my-mind-facebook

 

imagine-facebook

 

fascism

 

trump-cabinet-2

 

merging-state-and-business

streep

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never-mocked

 

intelligence-assessment

 

2-flags

 

muslim-ban

 

kelly-on

 

waterboarding

 

tax-returns

 

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angry-calls

 

pre-existing

 

approval-rating

 

january-20-2017

 

president-who

 

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