Dating my daugter
(This strip was actually an instrumental factor for me deciding to try going vegetarian again, after going back to eating meat for a couple of years.)A couple of stories and elements, however, disturbed me deeply, I believe for the wrong reasons—by which I mean, unintended by the artist. Johnson broke down one story that appears collected in this book in an essay for The Hooded Utilitarian blog called ] is the creation of excuses for abusive behavior.The Narrator never outwardly admits he was abusive.The young man’s mother did a very good job teaching manners and etiquette to her son.
A story that begins with the phrase “Americans love an underdog” suffers from similar oversimplification.
Dawson theorizes that the white liberal need to cling to the myth of a post-racial America comes from the general problem of believing in the story of the United States rather than a reality.
Both narratively and visually, the short format seems to agree with him.
A recursive, playful quality comes from banging different drawing styles against each other.
, Kickstarted to fund production, and now published by Tom Kaczynski’s Uncivilized Books, focus on parenting in a hyper-masculine, capitalist, culturally volatile age.
While I enjoyed some elements of the book, many rattled me (I’ll get to those in a moment).
This thread comes together in the last story, in which Dawson’s daughter brings home a drawing and some text she’d written, from a prompt to write about a difficulty in her life.
Her piece gives Dawson pause, because she’d written about his getting short with her when she rode her trike while he was trying to get her and her little brother to go somewhere.
Cartoony, ink-wash drawings sit alongside hatch-heavy pages, giving different weights to respective moments.