Punx Against Punx 41

Back in October, I got very sick and had to spend some time in the hospital.  So I went a few months without updating the site.  This comic is one I drew months ago, but never got the chance to post here, but did appear at psychosemanticpress.com.  When I initially posted it on Instagram, I gave it the following caption:

Sometimes, while I am busy working on a #comic , events unfold in the real world that make a difference in the way I want to discuss whatever social issue it is that I’m trying to comic about. In the case of the latest #punxagainstpunx from psychosemanticpress.com, that event was the afl-cio making a statement endorsing the #dakotaaccesspipeline last week. #workingclass #solidarity is an important value to me, and an organization like the afl-cio needs to be responsive to the needs and concerns of it’s members, but with this #comicstrip I want to place the #dapl controversy in a larger historical context.
When Columbus sailed to the New World hoping to enrich the Spanish monarchy, returning home with captured Taino slaves, his voyage created jobs. The slave trade created thousands of jobs aboard slave ships, as well as jobs for slave catchers in America and jobs in the textile mills of Europe and New England. Building the railroads and clearing the western buffalo herds created even more jobs. Wars like those in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq create jobs in the munitions industry even as those munitions destroy lives on the other side of the globe.
But first and foremost, all of these things create profit. Jobs are a secondary consideration. It was the pursuit of profit over the course of centuries that forced the American Indians from their homes. And it’s in the pursuit of profit that we continue to invest in fossil fuels that are destroying the ecosystem we all depend on for life. We need an economic system that is driven by the needs of all, not the profits of a few. #webcomics #nodapl#standingrock #punk #indiecomics#cartoonviolence #punx #capitalism

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Punx Against Punx #40

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A few people in the #rightwing #media last week were kicking dirt on#colinkaepernick on the grounds that he was only half black, was raised by white parents, and is a rich pro athlete, so he is not “oppressed,” and has no right to “play the victim” with his protest against police murder. So then this#comic kind of wrote itself. These pundits will say anything to deflect attention from the reality of what Kaepernick’s protest and the#blacklivesmatter movement are all about. From psychosemanticpress.com

Welcome to Kafco #35

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This week’s #welcometokafco #comic is dedicated to a friend of mine who hepled me out recently by hooking me up with some image editing software that allowed me to get my #comics up and running again. To thank her for the help, i asked her if there was anything that she wanted to see in a#comicstrip that i could work in just for her. She said that she wanted to see something featuring #ritarepulsa from the #powerrangers , and i was happy to oblige. Unfortunately, i have never watched a full episode of the#mightymorphinpowerrangers , so i was disappointed to discover that Rita Repulsa does not, in fact, shoot fireballs out of her magical staff, as i had assumed she did when drawing this #webcomic. So i have to apologize to all the real #mightymorphin fans out there for the misrepresentation. However, i do have one Power Rangers related memory that I would like to share, and it ties directly in with this comic:
The girl i had a crush on in 9th grade was totally hot for the white ranger. Being a hopeless putz, i would try to sit next to her in the cafeteria everyday while she and her friends would discuss boys and college and generally being superior to me in every way. One day, while my coveted lady love was gushing on about the mighty morphin hottness of her favorite ranger, a guy at the table (an upper classman who, unlike me, was ACTUALLY dating one of the girls at the table) piped in with a dissenting opinion. “Power Rangers is so stupid,” he said, “Every episode is the same thing. It’s like, they’re getting their asses kicked the whole time, then right at the end it’s, ‘hey, let’s form Megazord,’ and then they win. Why the hell don’t they just form #Meagazord in the first place?”
It was with this scathing critique of the mmpw formula in mind that I added Chuckie’s aside in the final panel about how organizing into a #union is like forming Megazord. Think about it: A union is not only the most powerful weapon we have to fight for our wages and our rights in the workplace, it is the ONLY thing that gives us any power to confront the bosses. Standing united as a workers is our Megazord. But our society tells us to do everything in the world exept for forming a union to deal with our problems. If something is wrong, they tell us, well we have an open door policy, you can talk to your manager. If that doesn’t work, go to corporate or call HR. If taking your problems higher up the ladder doesn’t help, well by gumbo you can just quit! That’ll show em! But the only way our conditions get better is when we stand together and fight. And this applies not just to all of us in our individual jobs, but to the working class as a whole. We’ve been getting our asses handed to us for decades. It’s time we come together as a class and form Megazord, before they roll credits and the bad guys win.

From globalrevolutioncomix.com