I Love Stupid: the only sarcastic humor comic ever

Friday, October 31, 2008

Master of red sabers and states

Rob: Here's a fun, easy and up-to-date costume you can wear this Halloween.  All you need is...

Rob: A dark hooded cloak like the emperor in Star Wars...
Ned: Ummm, he has a name!  It's Palpatine, or Darth Sidious!
notes: yes thank you nerd geek

Rob: ... and a John McCain mask.

Rob: Put 'em together and you've got Darth McCain, lord of the Sith!  I'm not saying McCain's EVIL, but he DOES have that old emperor look going on.

Rob: And don't offend republicans in the rich neighborhoods.  It's just not worth risking the top-dollar candy.  Just take off the mask and tell 'em you're a warlock.  Happy Halloween!

I swear this isn't turning into a political comic. It's just that this election is all over the news and I'll make fun of whatever's on my mind. The idea came when I was shopping for a Halloween costume and saw, among others, the two items Rob lists. It just seemed natural to combine the two. I'm sure it's not an original idea, but I'd never heard of it when it occurred to me. (At this moment a Google search of "darth mccain" yields Photoshop versions of Vader with the head of Dick Cheney or Hillary Clinton, and a green-tinted McCain head on the body of a tortoise. Unexpected.) I wonder how many people used this idea.

This turned out to be the most fun strip for me to draw so far. It helped that I wasn't drawing one character in barely-varying poses over and over. The more detailed subjects--McCain's face, and an original lightsaber design--were a welcome departure from the same-ol'. The bottom-left frame, in sketch form, had me laughing every time I looked at it. So at least one person found this one funny. Hey, it's a start...

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