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
Genre: Political
Defining Flaw: This webcomic simply parrots liberal talking points, and does so in the dullest way possible.

Rating Summary

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Good for a political webcomic, with at least recognizable caricatures of the people portrayed.

Storyline:

Not applicable, as it is a series of gags.

Characters: Wiki.png

The only actual characters are D. C. Simpson himself (he was a "himself" then) and Joe the Liberal Eagle, but they are little more than mouthpieces.

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Dana Simpson (her current professional name) has recently posted on her DeviantArt page about I Drew This: "It almost got syndicated in 2005; United Media telephoned me and offered me a contract, and I said yes and then I never heard from them again. In hindsight I'm actually glad, for a bunch of reasons." You're not the only one who's glad.

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This webcomic is simply a rehash of liberal talking points and cheap attacks on conservatives, nothing which hasn't been said by every other liberal already. It doesn't even try to be clever.



Background

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.

Downfall

This webcomic always sucked.

Story and Plot

Not applicable, as it is a series of political gags.

Art review

Line drawings with some shading, recognizable caricatures of the various people depicted.

Writing review

Basically D. C. Simpson's message in this webcomic is, "If you're a liberal, you're kindly, intelligent, reasonable, and sophisticated, but if you're conservative, you're nasty, racist, stupid, hypocritical, and don't let us give our opinions!" (Never mind that this is quite the opposite of my own experiences in the political discussion arena.) Worse yet is the fact that Simpson not only presents the same cookie-cutter opinions every other liberal does, but presents them in a banal and insipid manner without even trying to be humorous or clever. Simpson's conservative counterpart R. H. Junior may also resort to cheap humor and strawmanning in his political webcomics, but he at least attempts to be clever.

Reality check: Global warming alarmists never actually explain the science of global warming except for saying "All scientists believe it!" Which is not true.

It should be noted that the webcomic was concluded when Obama was elected and about to take office. The author did have 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 her credibility in the end.

Author biography

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.

Conclusion

Political cartoons are supposed to be clever, making those who agree with their messages laugh while making those who disagree uncomfortable. And D. C. Simpson has shown that he/she can be clever. But you wouldn't know it from reading this webcomic.

What does this webcomic do, actually? It repeats liberal talking points. Bush and Cheney and conservatives bad, liberals good, and so forth. A political webcomic should have zing to it. It should make proven arguments about how one side is right and the other is wrong. It should show the logic of one political view and the folly of the other. But I Drew This never does this. It simply takes political positions and expects the audience to blindly believe them, a la Adam4d.

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 is nothing but a snooze fest, which even fellow liberals are likely to find more boring than entertaining.

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I Drew This is part of a series about keenspot


About: Created by Chris Crosby, Keenspot has developed a reputation for insane owners and snobbish elitism, which is really rich considering the kind of dreck that has been (and still is) part of the portal.

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