Anyone who works or has worked in the service industry is aware that customers are assholes. If you make the slightest mistake with a customer’s order, they will pounce on you. Even a perceived slip-up on the part of a service industry worker can earn said worker anything from a stern lecture to a blustering, histrionic temper tantrum. The pressing question is why. Why should a customer be so upset that you accidentally gave them a cappuccino instead of a latte, that you put too much ice in their soda, or that you put avocado on their sandwich even though they said no goddamn avocado? The customer’s impotent rage must come from somewhere, and it’s far too ubiquitous a phenomenon to be explained by way of each customer’s psychological idiosyncrasies. Continue reading
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Tagged anti-capitalism, capitalism, commodity fetishism, consumerism, hayek, ideology, marx, privilege, service industry, slavoj zizek, weber
I like cartoons. I pored over the comics page as a kid, and I pore over webcomics now. I spent much of my youth drawing poor imitations of Calvin and Hobbes, and much of my adolescence animating poor imitations of South Park. I can state unironically that cartoons are deeply important to me, and so naturally, the Charlie Hebdo shooting hit me hard. My immediate reaction was one of horror––horror over the rashness and brutality of the action, and horror over the idea that anyone could be killed for drawing a cartoon. Any mass execution of this type is utterly dismaying regardless of who the victims are, but when the victims are people I might conceivably identify with, the horror can only be magnified. Continue reading
This past May, I posted a couple short comics about Jeremy Mill, a depressed, anthropomorphic rabbit with a dead-end office job. I’ve drawn a few additional comics about Jeremy since then, and I’ve finally gotten around to uploading them here. They’re available on the Comics page, and from this point forward I’m going to make an effort to post new content to that page somewhat regularly. Which probably means I’ll upload new things in spurts every couple months. So check that out, I guess.
I thought I’d fire off a quick missive about this. Reports have been circulating about Robert Ransdell, the neo-Nazi who is running as a write-in candidate against Mitch McConnell. Ransdell has been setting up lawn signs throughout the northern Kentucky area emblazoned with the pithy slogan “With Jews We Lose.” Though he has stated publicly that he does not expect to win, he still sees the campaign as an opportunity to spread his white nationalist message and put the fear of God into anyone who isn’t of pure white stock. In sum, he seems like an all-around fine gentleman, if by “fine” you mean “vile,” and if by “gentleman” you mean “putrid clump of diseased pus.”