So where are the conservative webcomics?

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In the comment section of a previous post, an observant reader wondered, “Pray tell, good sir, where are there notable conservative webcomics?”

Actually, it was not as amicable as that. And I don’t think he or she said, “Pray tell, good sir.” I think I was thinking of Tiny Tim. Curse you, Christmas season. In any case, I thought that it was actually a very good question. Comic creators are typically, by and large, occupy the left/liberal/progressive/blue portion of the political spectrum.

But surely, there are some conservative webcomics, right?

Typically, I hate stepping into the hornet’s next that is politics. It’s far too shouty for my taste. Still, political cartoons have represented the backbone of the humble art since time immemorial. I mean, what were you reading when you opened up those history textbooks in high school? The text, or that awesome illustration of Teddy Roosevelt swinging a hammer to carve out the Panama Canal himself? I say, if you can’t get excited over The Bully Pulpit in its full illustrated glory, then you, sir, are dead inside.

I’m eschewing the ratings system because I haven’t read the entire runs like I usually do. But why would you? That’s the thing about politics: no matter which side you’re on — conservative, liberal, conservaral, libertive — you end up saying the same predictable things over and over again. You’ve read one, you’ve read them all.

Incidentally, I’d considered turning off the comments because, well, half of you think I’m a dirty Democrat for posting these comics, and the half of you think I’m a dirty Republican for pretty much the same reasons. So… pretty much a lose-lose proposition, huh? Still, I’ll keep it open as long as folks keep it civil.

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I think it’s a safe assumption that the title of Diversity Lane, by Jason Sanborn, is supposed to be ironic. Sure, the annoying little girl can be taken as a parody of angry Republicans. On the other hand, the “liberal” types are much, much bigger hypocrites. It’s OK to be open-minded as long as everyone agrees with you, eh, you stinkin’ liberal?

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Chris Muir’s Day By Day, draws in about 100,000 visitors, according to Compete.com. This is very healthy by webcomic standards. To give you a sense of scale, it draws in more readers than PvP, Sheldon, and chainsawsuit combined. Compared to Diversity Lane, Day by Day takes a less dire view on multiculturalism. I mean, one of the most conservative characters is a Black man, so there you go. Also, despite all appearance, this comic is not Doonesbury. I mean, this one’s got fanservice. Take that, Garry Trudeau!

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No discussion about conservative comics could be complete without mentioning Comic Strip Club by the infamous Hapajap. This is that one with the elephant who is always right and the donkey who is always wrong. I wish there was more to say about this, but that’s pretty much everything in a nutshell. Lately, Hapajap seems to be branching out into religious matters, which kinda makes him the conservative Robert Crumb. Good for him!

And, finally, for those of you who have ever wanted to see Obama as a rascally scamp, there’s Jim Treacher’s Li’l Obama.

So yes, Virginia, there are conservative webcomics.

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Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on November 12, 2009, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. No conservative webcomics? What about “Better Days”?

    Sorry, that was unfair.

    • I prefer to think of that as a comic with conservative leanings rather than an out-and-out conservative comic. It would be like putting “Shortpacked!” on a list of liberal comics; technically correct, but not the main gist of the comic.

  2. Maybe the lack of conservative political comics is because guys like the Tea Baggers are making people too busy laughing at them to laugh with them?

  3. Hey, for a big claim like the one Day by Day is making, would it kill you to do a little fact checking?

    Quantcast estimates the site’s audience to be closer to 33k. Still nothing to sneeze at (and a lot more than a site like that looks like it should have), but a mighty smaller number than 100,000.

    Yes, I realize it’s the difference between a US audience vs. its global audience, but I wouldn’t think a “conservative” comic like that would have a huge enough international presence to make up the difference.

    • Sorry. I usually only go to Compete.com for my numbers. The site tends to synch up with what I find on the wordpress meter — if slightly lower — so I didn’t have any reason to doubt the numbers.

    • Even though 100k is indeed a large number for a webcomic site, it’s not a large number for an internet site. Day by Day doesn’t typically operate in the “webcomics community” (I’m guessing mainly because of its right-leaning bent). Its more a conservative politics community, and when compared to sites like Breitbart.com (1.7 million), it’s actually fairly small. I think Day by Day is more like xkcd: catering to a rabid group that doesn’t typically read webcomics, but are receptive toward the message. I imagine there are less physicists in the world than there are conservatives, but xkcd does alright for itself.

      (And in some respects, I think Penny Arcade falls into the same camp as well, what with branching out to the gaming community rather than catering to the webcomic community.)

  4. James Hudnall and Batton Lash have a new strip, “Obama Nation,” that appears each Sunday at Big Hollywood.com (James writes, Batton draws). The first one is here: http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/hudlash/2009/10/25/obama-nation/

  5. I’m more curious of the amount of webcomics by more right leaning individuals rather than outright conservative or republican comics. I have noticed a little of a bias in many webcomics more to the left even when politics are not an issue being brought up directly. Despite my own views on politics I do notice certain “cheep shots” as they could be called that pop up in many forms of media that obviously point out the views of the creators and such things have popped up in webcomics.

    I’ll have to look into this further.

    • I think that quite a few of the webcomics I’ve reviewed on this site are written by right-leaning individuals, but the writers don’t make a big deal about it — mainly because most political discussion these days devolves into the adult version of name-calling. It’s like Mike Nelson from MST3K. The guy’s conservative, but it rarely ever comes up in his humor. As a result, the dude generally has a lot of folks from the opposite side of the political claiming him as his own.

  6. I’m not criticizing these comics for their subject matter, but with titles like “Diversity Lane” and “Right Left Center” I would expect them to be unbiased. What’s next, “Fair & Balanced?” Of course, FnB is either a liberal comic that just makes fun of Fox news, or a two-guys buddy strip: Fair, the compassionate liberal, and Balanced, the voice of fiscal responsibility and small government.

    Actually finding an unbiased political comic would probably be about as unlikely as finding unbiased political commentary. Is there even such a thing? Something along the lines of Jesus & Mo could be entertaining, but even that is clearly biased in the direction of “both sides are wrong (and stupid).”

  7. i try to be open-minded, but after spending the last twenty minutes reading comics from these sites i just feel sad. really sad. but, on the upside, i do get sad easy.

  8. My webcomic President Suit, Savior of the World, makes no apologies for its content and revels in political incorrectness because political correctness is just another way to describe the Libs’ hijacking of the language of dissent.

  9. Not much of a bag either

    But enough about you.

    • Good job Jim. You’ve managed to prove the “Angry AND dumb” stereotype. All you need now is to wipe the spittle off the keyboard and take a nap with your Glenn Beck body pillow.

      • …and yet you fall under the same category, baiting people into conversations that have no merit whatsoever. I’ve heard more convincing arguments from a fast food commercial. Go troll somewhere else…troll. hehe

  10. Good god those comics were awful. I mean I know they’re political cartoons but still some of the were so forced and so tactless.

    I’m off to reread Gunshow to cleanse my pallet.

  11. No love for RH Junior? His other comics don’t beat democrats to death but at least Nip and Tuck (how he dreads the name after the show Nip/Tuck appeared) qualifies. You can’t read ten strips without some Left golden cow having it’s gold plating removed to show the rust underneath.

    • How come so many furries are conservative? Conservative politics aren’t exactly big on the whole “sexual liberation” front. Come to think of it, they tend to frown on any liberation that’s not taking place in the Middle East.

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