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, and does so in the dullest way possible.|
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 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.
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.
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. 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.
Other webcomics by this person reviewed on this site
- Insert Title Here, the collected strips of this webcomic from 2004-2005 for sale on Amazon.com - Surprise, surprise, nobody has reviewed this thing at all, and there isn't even a collection of the webcomic's latter years. Evidently I was right about this webcomic not impressing liberals.
- Also available at lulu.com - No review on here either. Wonder how many copies were sold?
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