A few weeks ago I read an article on rabble.ca that certainly had my hair standing on end. The article focused on the opinions of a Canadian named Michael Ignatieff who believes that nuclear weapons should be used against Putin if he crosses into NATO countries. I checked Michael Ignatieff’s site where he describes himself as a professor, writer and former politician. And, indeed, Karl Nerenberg’s article in Rabble is accurate. I agree with him that Ignatieff’s views are extremely destructive.
I am against the use of nuclear weapons that have the capacity to destroy much or all of life on earth. I am against war. I’ve been thinking about some way to voice my thoughts. I find it necessary to do so to maintain some sense of sanity during these hard times. Since I’ve been learning to make comics, I wondered if I might come up with a cartoon as a way to speak. And last week, a sentence suddenly came to me. I wrote it down and changed one or two words, but the rest remains as I first heard it. The sentence seemed hilarious to me because it is so understated and yet is about the extremely serious topic of nuclear war.
I then wondered who or what might be saying the words in the cartoon. I turned to an excellent exercise in Lynda Barry’s Making Comics that I’m reading. In the exercise you create monsters by scribbling and turning your scribbles into monsters in just two minutes. Barry has a lot of timed exercises to help people bypass their own censorship and come up with surprising, fresh ideas. I made several two minute monsters and chose the one I felt was most suited to make the statement I had in mind. This is what I came up with: