People died because of cartoons. We know that cartoons can be used as weapons. History tells us this –INCENDIARY CARTOONS
An artist always has the choice to NOT do a cartoon that will feed hatred.
-- Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons
I believe there is power in art. People see images and through their own experiences and subsequent filters, give those images power. Cartoons and art are used to communicate “enlightening ideas”, support and they are used to “stir the fire” for nefarious reasons.
PROPOGANDA is a fine example of all of the above. History has shown this to be absolutely true.
The most recent example that I can think of was the deaths with the CHARLIE HEBDO attack on January 7, 2015.
I witnessed the world split in their opinion:
an artist has a RIGHT to draw whatever they want vs. the artists KNEW what was going to happen.
Many people do not realize that there were artists at Charlie Hebdo who passed on the assignment citing that their refusal was out of "personal responsibility". The magazine is notorious for printing incendiary images that would elicit everything from laughter to outrage.
Personally, I believe no one should be censored. I also believe that an artist does have a responsibility when publishing a piece.
I have always stood by these proclamations.
One would think that drawing a rabbit-oriented comic would keep an artist out of trouble.
One would think.
UNEARTHED COMICS -- Sara Zimmermam
I had an idea that I have kept hidden. I knocked it around. I sketched it out. I drew it. It really didn't have a "good feel.” Still, I wondered if people would like it.
I put it out on my Facebook page and simply asked for public opinion.
Now that I have built up the idea that I suddenly became horrifically political and made a loud polarizing statement – here is the image that caused a rukus:
Some laughed.Some decided that they did not like the message but thought others would like it. Some were outright angered/horrified and sent me email to say so. It was a most interesting mix.
I sat and thought, “Wow. This little comic made for one long thread in social media.”
I have said it before and I will say it again: Rabbit Folk are a passionate people.
This is why I love them.
I am proud to admit I am one of them.
I played around with the concept above but it just did not have the same punch.
That is my confession: there is part of me that is dark. There is part of me that likes the "punch".
And that was what I liked about this cartoon: it was a punch in the gut.
I asked myself whether it flowed in the vein of what I am doing with the comic as a whole.
Do I really want people think someone would actually leave a soul behind? Plus ... the sentiment has been done before ...
Here is the comic that was birthed:
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