I Drew This
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|Original review author:||Long Tom|
|Webcomic name:||I Drew This|
|Author:||D. C. Simpson|
|Start Date:||January 30, 2004|
|End Date:||December 16, 2007|
|Defining Flaw:||This webcomic simply parrots liberal talking points in the most banal and holier-than-thou way possible. Political cartoons are supposed to be funny, but this webcomic is simply preachy without the humor.|
The Bad Webcomics Wiki has already reviewed Raine Dog and given a good review to Ozy and Millie, so inevitably any other webcomic creations by D. C. Simpson would find its way onto this wiki as well.
This webcomic always sucked.
Story and Plot
Not applicable, as it is a series of political gags.
Line drawings with some shading, recognizable caricatures of the various people depicted.
Basically, all this webcomic does is repeat cookie-cutter liberal talking points. All it says is Bush and Cheney bad, conservatives stupid and evil, liberals enlightened and noble, and so forth. And it makes no attempt to be humorous or clever; it just says the exact same things that every other liberal has said already and tells us nothing new.
It should be noted that the webcomic was concluded when Obama was elected and about to take office. The author did have his/her characters warn that they would be judging Obama as well. One person did send a note to Simpson how they were disillusioned with Obama after he took office, as many liberals and progressives were. But it seems that D. C. Simpson, far from criticizing Obama, clearly viewed him through rose-colored glasses even to the end of his term, as indicated by his/her comments. Seems that Simpson turned out to be more of a yellow-dog Democrat than a true progressive, rather spoiling his/her credibility in the end.
Dana Simpson (she no longer uses her former name D. C. Simpson) is best known as the author of the well-regarded furry webcomic Ozy and Millie, which has received much acclaim and numerous awards. Whether this person's becoming a male-to-female transgender has had anything to do with it, Simpson has also produced duds such as the bungled Raine Dog, although humorless, pretentious political comics such as I Drew This prove that even in her Ozy and Millie days she had a penchant for being overblown and unfunny.
But Simpson seems to have gotten back into her groove, finally receiving newspaper syndication with her latest strip Phoebe And Her Unicorn (originally titled Heavenly Nostrils) and that has turned out well enough, so there is hope for her yet.
Political cartoons are supposed to be clever, making those who agree with their messages laugh while making those who disagree uncomfortable. They are supposed to make substantive arguments about the logic of one political view and the folly of the other. But I Drew This fails to do any of that. It simply rehashes liberal platitudes and expects the audience to blindly believe them a la Adam4d. This webcomic cannot even claim originality; every single joke told here has been already told plenty of times in other places. D. C. Simpson is capable of being clever and amusing, but you wouldn't know that from reading this webcomic.
Even Raine Dog, described by Simpson as "the most maligned thing I've ever done", had its fans who wanted it continued, and that webcomic at least had some amusing moments. But I Drew This seems to have no fan base at all, not even among people who like other works by D. C. Simpson. It has not even warranted a listing on TV Tropes, which has listings for everything else done by this author.
Other webcomics by this person reviewed on this site
- Raine Dog
- Ozy and Millie - good review
- Insert Title Here, the collected strips of this webcomic from 2004-2005 for sale on Amazon.com - Surprise, surprise, surprise, nobody at all has written a review for this book. Guess I was right about this not being popular even among D. C. Simpson fans.
- Also available at lulu.com - No review on here either.
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