“Get Your War On”
Today I was listening to “To the Best of Our Knowledge” on NPR on my way home from a meeting. They were interviewing cartoonist David Rees about his comic strip “Get Your War On” – a Jon Stewart-esque look at politics and the War on Terrorism.
Rees needed some satirical release from all of the war talk back in 2001 and since he couldn’t find it anywhere else he’d create it himself. The result is a strip about coworkers talking on the phone about world and national news. The art is plain to make it look unassuming, that is, until you get to the biting commentary in the bubbles. They cleaned it up a bit for the broadcast when they offered examples such as:
“Knock, Knock… Who’s There?… Weapons of Mass Destruction… Oh, there you are!!!”
“Knock, Knock… Who’s There?… Neo-Imperialism… Neo-Imperialism, who?… I just wanted to see if you could say it.”