Sunday, September 18, 2005

Seduction of the Ignorant 

Who says a comic book has to be good? Not Brand Ecch:
In an April 2003 white paper for the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies titled "The Betrayal of Captain America," writers Michael Medved and Michael Lackner accused Marvel Comics and other publishers of "disseminating comic books that actively promote a destructive cynicism and distrust of the United States government."

But have no fear.

A new comic series called "Liberality for All" premieres next month from ACC Studios, a recently formed one-man publishing venture in Kentucky. Advertised as "an Orwellian nightmare of ultra-liberalism," the series features radio pundits Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North as bio-mechanically tricked-out members of a conservative underground resistance called FOIL (the Freedom of Information League).

Writer and creator Mike Mackey, an affable comic book aficionado, says it's the conservative movement's first comic book series (unless you count the three 1987 issues of the exquisitely low-camp "Reagan's Raiders") and the only series put together specifically for a right-wing audience. (A story synopsis and sample panels are online at www.accstudios.com.)

Set in 2021, the eight-book series imagines an alternate history in which Al Gore won the 2000 election and liberals went on to create a grim dystopia, with Chelsea Clinton as president, Michael Moore as vice president, a hyper-active Department of Political Correctness and the United States under the thumb of a corrupt United Nations world government.

Meanwhile, Islamic terrorists no longer consider the kinder, gentler U.S. government a threat and have focused their energies on assassinating their true enemies -- the archconservatives who make up the resistance. Osama bin Laden, now the Afghan ambassador to the United Nations, plans to wipe out New York with a nuclear device, and it's up to our dynamic talk-radio trio to save the nation.
So let's see: in the "grim dystopia" Mr. Mackey envisions, Al Gore wins (as in real life), Osama bin Laden's terrorist attack on New York is postponed for a couple of decades, and we get to keep New Orleans? Deal! We'll take it.

Although the story describes ACC Studios as a "one-man publishing venture," we suspect Mr. Mackey's enterprise may be partially funded by Bruce Tinsley. After all, how many young cartoonists are able to crank out stuff that makes Mallard Fillmore look witty by comparison?

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